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.

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Video comparison

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.

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. 

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 

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.

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.