On the 27 April 2020 DJI will be unveiling the much anticipated Mavic Air 2 which will shortly be available in South Africa. You can view their live event which will be featured here.

It's been 2 years since DJI unveiled the first generation DJI Mavic Air currently due for the upcoming upgrade. Although this has been a highly popularized drone boasting a full 21 minute flight time, 1/2.3 inch sensor with 4k/30fps max resolution, and an adequate battery size, the Mavic Air series is now overdue for a major upgrade!

Mavic Air 2 summary:

  • 3500mah battery (50% capacity increase)
  • 34min flight time (13min increase)
  • 68.4kph top speed
  • 8km range (100% range increase)
  • 1/2 inch CMOS sensor 48MP (Stitched 12MP)
  • 4k resolution
  • Occusync 2.0 FCC and CE compliant (Upgrade from wifi transmission)
  • Updated remote controller
  • ADS-B aircraft obstacle avoidance (Mavic 2 Air Enterprise Edition) - this would be a second version of the Mavic Air 2 series

FCC testing reports submitted for the new Mavic Air 2 Drone were uncovered on the FCC website identifying a larger battery size of 3500mah (original 2375mah). A few days later in brazil further information was extracted from ANATEL, a Brazilian FCC authority, where they had according to reports such as found on Drone Friendly uncovered a manual reflecting a 34min flight time (original 21min).

The Camera upon further investigation seems to hint towards a 1/2 inch CMOS sensor which will capture 48MP images and shoot 4k cinematic footage fixed at a f/2.0 aperture allowing more light into the sensor.

Top speeds as indicated by the leaked information point towards a 68.4kph flight speed under optimum conditions which is the same as the first generation Mavic Air 1.


Finally after much time a new Mavic Air 2 remote controller design is expected to be featured with the unveiling of the DJI Mavic Air 2. As we are all familiar with the existing Mavic air series had mounts at the base of the controller for your device. With the birth of the second gereration Mavic Air 2 the controller has undergone some considerable enhancements where we will see telemetry devices been fixed to the top of the piloting remote controller. Furthermore it appears DJI will be abandoning the inferior wifi technology that plagues the first generation Mavic Air and move on to CE and FCC compliant frequencies operation between 2.4-5.8ghz which equated to less interference which will be required when operating a flight range of up to 8km. All this is thanks to the DJI Occusync 2.0 transmission technology. The Mavic Air 2 in South Africa will operate on the CE frequency as this is as per the regulations stipulated in Southern Africa. Therefore, as a measure, we can deduce range advertised by DJI will be roughly at 60% of that figure when operating in South Africa on the CE frequency. So for the Mavic 2 Air to fly a max range of 8km we could infect to see it operate safely at 4.8km in South Africa.

The Mavic Air unfortunately lacks omnidirectional obstacle avoidance which is a must have feature in 2020, the reasons for this decision are unclear as we are in a time where all drones should be fitted with omnidirectional obstacle avoidance. Leaked images clearly indicate a lack of sensors on the sides as well as the canopy of the drone. Therefore, obstacles will only be assessed from the front, back and underside of the Mavic Air 2. On another note the Mavic 2 Pro side sensors are present but permanently deactivated in all phases of flight except tripod mode and active track. Autel Evo 2 had laid the benchmark in providing all round obstacle avoidance moving forward so this decision per DJI such as the decision of not giving the pilot the power to choose to activate the side sensors in the Mavic 2 Pro series is illogical.

Indications point towards the likelihood of their been 2 versions of the Mavic Air 2 which may mean we could see a type of Mavic Air Enterprise Edition which will not only possess the capacity to make its location known to other aircraft within its immediate vicinity but to simultaneously allow the drone pilot to identify any fixed wing, helicopter or other such piloted aircraft operating within the same air space as well as to make its drone location available to fixed wing of helicopter pilots utilizing the same airspace.

The Mavic Air 2 May debut at a retail price or R24-26k depending on market conditions, this is still to be unveiled by DJI.

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