DJI Mavic Air 2 Vs Mavic Air Vs Mavic Mini (Ultimate comparison)
Took me a few days, but I finally have it: Mavic Air 2 vs Mavic Mini vs Mavic Air, a complete table comparison between these three (and much more).
With the release of the new Mavic Air 2 I must say it's really hard for the other mavics to compete, especially thanks to its great price.
The comparison between the Mavic Air 2 and Mavic Air 1 might seem irrelevant, but don't forget that DJI just made the original Mavic Air cheaper.
The Mavic Mini is also a drone in a price and weight category where it has no competitors.
That's why in this article I'm going to help you find which one is the best for you until the end.
We'll go through each and every part you might want to know about all these drones in particular: from battery life to camera comparison, range and every other spec possible.
Winner Mavic Air 2
Second Place Mavic 2
Even if just a few years ago, the 16 minutes of the DJI Spark seemed like enough, 2020 came with a record in terms of battery life between the Mavic series.
The Mavic 2 Pro was the king so far, and still isn't far off, but with the improvements of the Mavic Air 2 and considering the Air 2 is still cheaper than the high-end DJI drones, it's a no-brainer to buy.
The answer is: yes it can.
How many decibels does the Mavic Air 2 have?
I have measured both the Mavic mini and the Mavic Air 2 to have 64 decibels on average when nearby.
The new Mavic Air 2 comes with silent propellers, just like the latest releases from DJI and the sound it makes is low pitched and very silent compared to anything I've heard before.
The difference in terms of sound level and pitch (how annoying the sound is) between the Mavic Air and the new Mavic Air 2 is collosal.
Winner Mavic Air 2
Second Place Mavic 2
What's the difference between wifi and occusync 2.0?
The older Mavic Air only used wifi technology which limits the range to a maximum of 4km in this case, but it's even worse if we take into account using the drone in a highly populated area.
If you want to fly your Mavic Mini or Mavic Air in a city, good luck with that. Wifi interference from the city will mess up your signal and you will be able to fly no more than a few hundred meters before getting your feed interrupted.
However, the Occusync 2.0 is a different transmission protocol from wifi and reaches much further and isn't that badly influenced by local city wifi.
What is the range in Europe for Mavic and why does it differ?
I will compare the Mavic Mini to the Mavic Air 2 soon, subscribe to my channel on youtube to get notified when I do that.
The big battle happens between the Mavic Air 2 and the Mavic 2 Pro, since the cheaper one does have the higher bitrate and the more MP in the camera, which might seem strange.
But that's not the entire story.
What is bitrate and why is it important?
Video samples compared side by side ( Mavic Air 2 vs Mavic 2 Pro)
I applaud the guys at Moment for taking their time to make a great comparison before I could.
We're currently going to compare the zommed in footage of the Mavic Air 2 and the Mavi 2 Pro, and after that we're taking some photos and comparing those.
These images are zoomed in quite a lot for you to see the differences and are shot in standard modes, without any color changes.
Images compared side by side ( Mavic Air 2 vs vs Mavic 2 pro Photos)
Is the new SmartPhoto function of the Air 2 useful?
The SmartPhoto function seems to be much more than simply an automatic exposure setting. It can detect certain elements in the shot and compensate with exposure values so it makes sure nothing is under or over-exposed.
Does HDR make any difference?
The Mavic Air 2 can turn HDR on for both photos and video and can allow you to capture more details in photos with more extreme lighting conditions. As you can see in the example bellow, it corrected for the darker spots, making them lighter as well as for the harsh lighting in the sky, making for a much more detailed landscape.
The obstacle avoidance won't be as multidirectional as the one on the Mavic 2 PRO, that has sensors in basically every direction, but certainly smarter.
- When you're using things like follow me or other flight modes.
- Flying backwards for a shot
- Return to home ( it's better for the drone to stop there and you get it later than simply crashing into something)
- Cables ( these are harder to see sometimes but the obstacle sensors detect them)
- flying while looking down ( this means you can't see what's in front of you so it makes it a little more dangerous
Weight - Is it worth upgrading from the Mini to the Air 2?
I would say it completes the Mavic lineup just perfectly, as the size and price difference between the two is considerable.
On one hand, you'll need to register the Mavic Air 2 in most countries, because it's even over 500g, on the other hand, the Mavic Mini is even more portable than the Air 2 and can be easily carried in super small luggage around the world.
An advantage of bigger size however is that it looks more professional and deals better with wind. So you decide what's best for you in this case.
Can these drones be flown inside?
- Better grip by default
- No need to unfold the antennas and bottom parts.
- Much easier to stick the phone in the top compartment.
- No more cable issues (it fixes right on the side)
- Twice the battery life (which is absolutely great)
Does the Mavic Air 2 come with a pause button?
Let me explain why:
It's mainly used for stopping any automatic flight mode in case you detect any problems. And considering the drone doesn't have side sensors, I don't want to see what happens if you're not fast enough to use the app to stop it while a circle shot goes towards a tree and you panic, lol.
What about flight modes?
I would say it's the definitive winner when it comes to flight modes in the Mavic lineup so far.