Now the DJI Mavic Air 2 is finally here, it may pose some interesting questions for Mavic Pro pilots who are looking for a new drone. The Mavic Air 2 packs a lot of updates at a very competitive price. Though it’s not the most powerful Mavic drone, it edges out the 4-year-old Mavic Pro in terms of flight performance, camera, range, and obstacle avoidance. Most importantly, it comes with a more competitive price.
Let’s take a look at how the Mavic Air 2 and Mavic Pro Stack up.
DJI Mavic Air 2 vs DJI Mavic Pro
|Dimensions (Folded)||H84×W97×L180 mm||H83 x W83 x L198mm|
|Weight||1.25 lbs/570 grams||1.62 lbs / 734 grams|
|Max Range||6.2 miles (10 km)||4.3 miles (7 km)|
|Battery Life||Up to 34 minutes||Up to 30 minutes|
|Max Speed (Sport Mode)||42 mph (68.4 kph)||40 mph (65 kph)|
|Obstacle Avoidance||Forward, Backward, Downward||Forward, Downward|
|Internal Storage||8GB onboard||No|
|SD Card||Supports a microSD with a capacity of up to 256 GB||Micro SD™|
|Sensor||Sony 1/2″||Sony 1/2.3”|
|Camera||48 MP||12 MP|
|Video||4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps
2.7K: 2688×1512 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120/240 fps
4K Ultra HD HDR: 3840×2160 24/25/30 fps
2.7K HDR: 2688×1512 24/25/30 fps
FHD HDR: 1920×1080 24/25/30 fps
|C4K: 4096×2160 24p 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p 2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30p FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p|
|Video Format||MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)||MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)|
|Max Bitrate||120 Mbps||60 Mbps|
|Shutter speed||Electronic Shutter 8-1/8000s||Electronic Shutter 8-1/8000s|
100-6400Photo (12 MP):
100-6400 (Manual)Photo (48 MP):
|Video: 100-3200 Photo:100-1600|
|Gimbal||3 Axis||3 Axis|
|Transmission System||Ocusync 2.0||Ocusync|
|App||DJI Fly||DJI GO 4|
|Price||Start from $799||Out of Stock|
Mavic Air 2 vs Mavic Pro: What’s the difference?
There is no big change to the aircraft, both Mavic Air 2 and Mavic Pro have a similar foldable design but the Mavic Air 2 comes with a smaller frame and different color. The props on Mavic Air 2 are quieter than those on the Mavic Pro.
The remote controller is one of the major differences between these two models, the new Mavic Air 2 doesn’t use the same design as the Mavic family, it features a bigger controller that is similar to that of a Phantom drone, also it changed the way you mount your phone or tablet, it allows you to attach the mobile device on the top.
Mavic Air 2 Remote Controller
The Mavic Pro’s remote is more compact and has a built-in small screen which allows you to monitor the status of the drone when flying.
Mavic Pro Remote Controller
Flight Performance: Longer Flight Time and Control Range
Mavic Air 2 has the longest battery life in the Mavic family. It packs a 3500 mAh battery that supports up to 34 minutes of flight time. Mavic Pro’s max flight time is 30 minutes.
When it comes to the top speed flying in Sport Mode, They are pretty close. The Mavic Air 2 can fly up to 42 mph (68.4 km/h) while the Mavic Pro’s max speed is 40 mph (65 kph).
The Max control range is crucial for use in some scenarios, it depends on the transmission system a drone uses. The Mavic Air 2 packs the latest Ocusync 2.0 that supports 6.2 miles (10 km), Mavic Pro also packs Ocusync and the Max distance is 4.3 miles (7 km). They both support a 1080p live view.
Obstacle Avoidance: More Sensors
Obstacle Avoidance is one of the features that a high-end drone should have. The Mavic Pro is only equipped with front and downward sensors while the Mavic Air 2 comes with front, back and downward sensors. More sensors mean more robust obstacle sensing.
Intelligent Flight Modes
When it comes to Intelligent Flight Modes, the Mavic Air 2 performs much better than the Mavic Pro. It not only has everything Mavic Pro has but also features the latest and greatest ones including FocusTrack, Spotlight 2.0, QuickShots, SmartPhoto, and more。 FocusTrack includes ActiveTrack 3.0, APAS 3.0, POI 3.0The Mavic Pro features fewer modes and doesn’t work as good as those on the Mavic Air 2.
The difference in cameras is huge. Mavic Air 2 packs a much better camera that has a 1/2″ CMOS sensor. It supports shooting 4k videos at 60fps and 48 MP still photos. It also allows you to capture HDR videos and 8K Hyperlapse. Mavic Pro comes with a smaller 1/2.3″ sensor camera capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps and 12MP photos. It doesn’t support HDR and Hyperlapse.
The Mavic Air 2 comes with 8GB onboard storage. Though is far from enough for video-focused pilots, it makes a great backup when you forget to insert a microSD card. It also supports microSD cards that are UHS-I Speed Class 3 or above. The Mavic Pro doesn’t come with built-in storage so you need always remember to pack a microSD card before flying.
The bottom line is the Mavic Air 2 a powerful drone that has quite a few flagship-like features including 34 minutes of flying time, 6.2 miles (10 km) range, and the capability of 4K videos @60fps. It’s likely to be an extremely attractive choice for both DJI or non-DJI users.
If you are not sure which one to choose, just get the Mavic Air 2, it’s much more powerful and comes at a cheaper price.
If you are a Mavic Pro user and want to upgrade your old device, the Mavic Air 2 would be a great choice. It has a lot of things you’d expect: better camera, more robust obstacle avoidance, longer flight time, longer control range, quieter operation. Most importantly, it’s much affordable than the flagship Mavic 2 series.
You may also be interested in:
Mavic Air 2 vs DJI Mini 2 vs Mavic Mini: Which One to Choose?
DJI Mavic Air 2 VS Mavic 2 Comparison: Which one you should buy?
3 thoughts on “DJI Mavic Air 2 vs DJI Mavic Pro: Is it worth upgrading?”
Thanks for the information, i am bookmarking it for future updates.
The Mavic Air 2 has a native 12 MP sensor, not 48 MP. The latter value is through interpolation, yielding muddy results…
Yes. It is actually not true 48 MP, it’s basically 12 MP sensor with x4 Bayer filer in front