DJI Mavic Air 2 Review
Verdict: With a compelling mix of imaging, stability, and safety features, DJI's Mavic Air 2 is the best drone you can buy for under $1,000.
The Mavic Air 2 ($799.99) is DJI's mid-tier entry in its small, folding drone series. Thanks to its design, it can be stowed in most camera bags, and it doesn't skimp on safety features. Its camera uses a Quad Bayer design for crisp, detailed photos and 4K HDR video, and footage is silky smooth. If you're looking to spend less than $1,000 on a new drone, the Mavic Air 2 is our Editors' Choice.Small Enough The Mavic Air 2 is a bit bigger all around than its predecessor, the Mavic Air, but you probably won't care. At 3.3 by 3.8 by 7.1 inches (HWD) and 1.3 pounds, it's slim enough to find a space inside most photographer's gear bags.
The footprint is larger when the arms are extended and the drone is ready to fly, but the profile is still pretty low. You may not be able to take off from a lawn if the grass isn't freshly cut, but you can typically find an appropriately flat patch of dirt or asphalt to launch. It's heavy enough to require registration for use in the US—the fee is a n...
- Superlative battery life
- Strong image and video quality
- Obstacle detection and avoidance
- Automated shots
- HDR video and Raw imaging
- AirSense transponder
- Video profiles limited to standard and flat
- App-based editing limited to 1080p output
- Remote omits EV control wheel
- Not easy to get Raw images to your tablet or smartphone