Mavic Air 2 vs Mavic 2 Pro Low light comparison


Mavic Air 2 vs Mavic 2 Pro( Low light footage comparison)

If you're trying to decide what to get between the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic Air 2 you're on the right track, as they're both extremely good drones.

In this article we're going to take a look at the differences between the footage and photos in low light conditions for these two drones.

You can also take a look at a detailed spec comparison between the two on the official DJI site.

Bellow there's also a video with my hands on comparison between the two.

Video comparison

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Mavic Air 2 HDR mode in low light

I want to start with a look at the Mavic Air 2 footage side by side with it's HDR mode footage to see the difference.
On the left we have the standard footage while on the right there's the HDR one… HDR basically exposes all areas of the image properly so there's no really dark or really bright spots and this is amazing for daytime.. but not that great for night time as it bumps up the ISO pretty badly in some areas.
As you can see, the sky is much better exposed in the HDR video compared to the standard one… the colors are more true to life and the dark spots are also better visible.
However, this makes the areas in the shadows more noisy. I'm pretty impressed with how the HDR video turned out to be. So i can't say for sure if it's better to use HDR on not in low light scenarios, you be the judge.
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Mavic Air 2 vs Mavic 2 Pro Low light (side by side)

When we show the mavic Air 2 side by side with the Mavic 2 Pro standard footage we can clearly see a difference in noise levels. The footage for both these drones is in auto mode.
However, the Mavic air 2 is not that bad I must say, it's almost on par when it comes to noise and I would say a bit sharper because of the default camera settings. 
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Daylight side by side footage sample

Before we get to the night shot, let's see them both in daylight conditions again side by side to compare.
The sharpness of the mavic air 2 is slightly higher than the one on the Mavic 2 pro, yet I must say  there's plenty of detail in both images.
I can see a tendency for the Mavic 2 pro to have slightly better colors and for the Mavic 
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Night time comparison

And here's the more extreme test, a side by side with both drones in a pitch black night, only with normal city lighting.
As you can see, there's quite a big difference in white balance and color, that's how each drone automatically sets the color balance, so I left them both like that.
If I was to say, I would think the Mavic 2 pro is more true to reality, but it's in fact somewhere in between.
A thing is certain, the 1 inch sensor of the Mavic 2 Pro definitely does its job well, the image being brighter and actually with less noise. I actually wonder what The next mavic 3 is going to be like.
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Low light photography comparison

When it comes to night time photos we can pretty much see the same difference, the Mavic Air 2 is sharp and looks good, but it has visibly more noise than the Mavic 2 pro.
I would say as a conclusion not to get a Mavic Air 2 if you're really into low light photography and videography, but there's really not much concern if that's not your main focus.

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:


1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

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2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.


How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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