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DJI unveils Mavic Air 2 with 4K 60p Recording

Today DJI unveiled the new Mavic Air 2 drone with a large Quad Bayer 1/2″ sensor that can capture up to 4K 60p footage and 8K hyperlapse. and record high-resolution 48-megapixel photos.

With advanced programmed flight modes, intelligent features, and imaging technology. Flight time has also been improved with enhanced maximum flight time.

The Mavic Air 2 is the first in the Mavic series to offer 4K video at 60 fps and 120 Mbps with an HDR video option, 4X Slow Motion in 1080p at 120 fps or 8X Slow Motion in 1080p at 240 fps. The Mavic Air 2 has a mechanical 3-axis gimbal that helps compensate for camera shake for smooth and stable footage,

Pilots can record 12-megapixel images or choose a new high-resolution 48-megapixel feature. The newly added SmartPhoto records 12-megapixel photos using advanced scene analysis and deep learning to automatically choose one of three image capture options.  

  • HDR photos: Mavic Air 2 automatically captures 7 of various exposures, merging them together to bring out a highly dynamic image. 
  • Hyperlight: Hyperlight is designed for low-light scenarios, taking multiple photographs and merging them to bring out a clear image with less noise which usually occurs in low-light scenes. 
  • Scene Recognition: When photographing in this mode, Mavic Air 2 can recognize 5 categories including sunsets, blue skies, grass, snow, and trees, optimizing the settings to make the photograph pop by bringing out the highest degree of color, detail, and tones.
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Mavic Air 2 features new motors, new electronic speed controllers (ESCs), enhanced battery technology and an aerodynamic design to provide a maximum flight time of up to 34 minutes. DJI’s proprietary OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology has been upgraded to deliver an extremely reliable and stable HD video feed from the drone at a maximum distance of 10km. OcuSync 2.0 supports both 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequency bands and uses an auto-switching feature to move between the two based on signal strength, while anti-interference technology blocks unwanted signals to keep the video feed clear. 

Resolution, frame rates & bitrate

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The Mavic Air 2 can record in UHD at up to 60fps, 2.7K at up to 60fps, and Hd at up to 240 fps. You can shoot in D-Cinelike or Normal picture profiles. There is no D-Log.

The maximum bitrate is 120Mbps.

Controller

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The newly designed remote controller features an ergonomic design for a more comfortable grip and boasts an impressively long battery life of 240 minutes. The new clamp makes attaching smartphones fast and easy, while integrated antennas significantly improve user experience.

Safety Features

Mavic Air 2 is equipped with new safety features to help make flying as safe as possible. Obstacle sensors on the front and rear of the drone warn pilots when they’re too close to an object and can also be set to stop the drone from moving any closer to avoid a collision.

Additional sensors and auxiliary lights on the bottom of Mavic Air 2 assist with several functions including smooth, automatic landing even in difficult lighting. Mavic Air 2 also comes equipped with our GEO geofencing solution to help keep drones away from the highest-risk locations, such as busy airports.

Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) 3.0

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When users enable APAS 3.0, as obstacles come into the drone’s path, Mavic Air 2 will create a new path around, under or over the object to avoid collision. Using 3D mapping, the updated version aids in smooth transitions and more fluid movements around objects even in highly complex environments. 

In accordance with DJI’s industry-leading, 10-point Elevating Safety vision published last year, Mavic Air 2 is also DJI’s first consumer drone designed to include AirSense technology, which provides enhanced safety by warning drone pilots of other aircraft nearby. AirSense uses aviation technology known as ADS-B to receive signals from nearby airplanes and helicopters, and displays their location on the drone pilot’s control screen. As these other aircraft approach the drone, AirSense will warn the drone pilot with messages, sounds and vibrations, enhancing the pilot’s awareness and ability to move the drone safely away. 

Intelligent Features 

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FocusTrack

FocusTrack offers three different capture modes:

  • ActiveTrack 3.0: Select a subject for Mavic Air 2 to automatically follow. The third iteration of ActiveTrack uses state-of-the-art mapping technology and new flight path algorithms to offer improved subject tracking and obstacle avoidance, along with the ability to quickly re-engage the subject if it temporarily moves behind an object.
  • Point of Interest 3.0: Set an automated flight path around a specific subject. The updated iteration improves surface recognition to better dynamically track subjects.
  • Spotlight 2.0: Found in professional DJI drones, Spotlight locks a subject in the frame while the user has free operation of the drone’s movement.  

Hyperlapse

A Hyperlapse feature brings the visual appeal of timelapse but with the added element of the drone physically moving. For the first time, Hyperlapse can be shot in a max resolution of 8K while pilots can choose four flight modes including Free movement, Circle, CourseLock and WayPoints. Pilots can also choose from several pre-programmed flight manoeuvres known as QuickShots, which use a 3-axis mechanical gimbal and electronic image stabilization. Pilots can choose Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix, Boomerang or Asteroid. 

Intuitive App, Convenient Editing and Accessories

An updated version of the DJI Fly app adds more advanced functionality for Mavic Air 2 while maintaining user-friendly navigation. New tutorials get users familiarized with the drone and quickly in the air to start capturing compelling footage. Easy to use in-app editing features make the DJI Fly app a one-stop tool for editing and adjusting the footage captured. Mavic Air 2 will be supported by a host of additional useful accessories including a shoulder bag, ND filter sets, propeller guards, protective case, tablet holder for the controller and monitor hood.

Pricing and Availability

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The Mavic Air 2 will be initially available for immediate purchase in China today while global regions will be taking preorders today with an expected ship time of mid-May.

Mavic Air 2 will be available in two option: a standard package which includes Mavic Air 2, one battery, remote controller and all the required wires and cables for $799 USD, and the Fly More option which includes all items from the standard version as well as a shoulder bag, ND filters, charging hub, and 3 batteries for $988 USD.

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Mavic Air 2 offers two ND filter sets that help control exposure and provide more creative options. The ND 16/64/256 set is helpful for adjusting shutter speed and in extreme lighting conditions, while the ND 4/8/32 set enables vivid images even with low ISO values

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