The comparison between Mavic 2 Pro and younger brother Mavic Mini was easily won by the Mavic 2 Pro.
Anyway, this time the Mavic 2 Pro is compared to the new Mavic Air 2 and it will be more difficult to choose the winner between these two.
So, let’s start the comparison of the Mavic 2 Pro with the drone Mavic Air 2.
Will he have a worthy opponent? Let’s see!
WHO ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?
Released a few weeks ago, the Mavic Air 2 is the latest drone produced by DJI.
Brings many innovations, such as new sensors, more flight time, updated active monitoring, etc.
It seems to be the perfect drone, but is it right for you? Read on and we’ll find out.
Mavic 2 Pro has a Hasselblad camera with a 1-inch sensor, an omnidirectional obstacle detection system, 30 minutes of flight, and many other features.
This drone, after almost 2 years, still holds the title of best DJI consumer drone ever released.
It will be interesting to see how it compares to the new DJI Mavic Air 2.
When we talk about how they are designed, Mavic Air 2 and Mavic 2 Pro share a similar appearance. The biggest difference is in weight, the Mavic Air 2 (570gr) is almost half the weight of the Mavic 2 Pro (907gr). If you are a travel lover, you will carry it more easily.
Mavic Air 2 and Mavic 2 Pro are also similar in their flight capabilities. The Mavic Air 2 can stay in the air longer with 34 minutes of flight, although it is only a slight difference from the 31 minutes of the Mavic 2 Pro.
It can also fly farther with a maximum flight distance of 18.5 km, but again, it is only a slight difference from the Mavic 2 Pro 18km (values measured in FCC under ideal conditions).
The Mavic 2 Pro marks a victory with the maximum flight speed, 72 km/h against the 68.4 km/h of the Mavic Air 2.
Both drones have the same internal memory capacity (8 GB) and they support SD card up to 256 GB.
Drones have a clearly different weight, but the other differences are really insignificant. Since the Mavic Air 2 competes with the Mavic 2 Pro in all the aspects mentioned, we will give it the victory in this first part.
Winner: Mavic Air 2
This is where the comparison becomes really interesting.
Both drones can take photos in JPEG and RAW format, they can encode videos in the latest and efficient HEVC (H.265) codec and have the same shutter speed.
The Mavic Air 2, however, outperforms the Mavic 2 Pro on a few points. It can record 4K videos up to 60FPS compared to 4K @ 30FPS in Mavic 2 Pro, it can also record at a higher bitrate at 120 Mbps, compared to 100 Mbps for Mavic 2, apparently adding more detail to those resolutions.
This is not the case, however, since Mavic 2 Pro records 10-bit videos while Mavic Air 2 uses 8 bits. 10 bits means that the Mavic 2’s camera sensor is capable of seeing 4 times the dynamic range and even 4 times the colour levels.
This means that you have much more freedom in post-processing images and videos. You can highlight shadows and change lights without creating more noise. It’s something Mavic Air 2 can’t do.
Finally, Mavic Air 2 almost doubles the resolution of the images to 8000 × 6000 px compared to the 5472 × 3648 px of the Mavic 2.
The Mavic Air 2 has a 1/2 inch 48 MP sensor and the Mavic 2 Pro has a 1 inch 20 MP sensor. You might think that the Mavic Air 2 is superior thanks to the 48-megapixel sensor, but we must consider the larger sensor of the Mavic 2 Pro.
Larger sensors mean less noise when shooting in low light conditions and you can also get a higher dynamic range, in practice, it means that you can have noise-free photos and videos with better colour accuracy.
Mavic Air 2 updates Mavic 2 Pro in many functions, but it is still difficult to beat the 1 inch Mavic 2 Pro sensor.
So if you are a professional, Mavic 2 Pro (true to its name) is still the best choice if you want those sharp and clean at sunset.
However, if the large sensor isn’t a necessity for you, DJI Mavic Air 2 is definitely the right choice.
Winner: Mavic 2 Pro
3D SENSOR SYSTEM
Although Mavic 2 Pro has more sensors than Mavic Air 2, the latter has much more advanced features.
DJI has updated Mavic Air 2 with ActiveTrack 3.0 technology to avoid obstacles more reliably and recognize the subject.
With Spotlight mode, you can control the drone while it is watching the subject, so the camera remains stuck on the subject you want, but still allows you to have control over its movements.
An impressive new feature of Mavic Air 2 is AirSense. The drone is capable of receiving ADS-B signals from nearby planes and helicopters, so you will receive a notification from your drone when there is air traffic in the area.
The Mavic Air 2 has received significant improvements in its detection system which has positioned it above the Mavic 2, but we cannot ignore the avoidance of omnidirectional obstacles that the Mavic 2 possesses.
So if you need more sensors, Mavic 2 Pro is your drone, but if you want the latest technology, Mavic Air 2 is the winner.
Winner: It’s a tie
GIMBAL AND REMOTE CONTROL
DJI has also updated the Mavic Air 2 remote control. It is now larger and hooks the smartphone inside the centre instead. With an updated OcuSync technology it is now able to transmit video at 10Km 1080p, while Mavic 2 remains at 8Km (values measured in FCC under optimal conditions).
They both have a 3-axis gimbal with the same movement range: inclination from -135 ° to 45 °, roll from -45 ° to 45 °, panoramic from -100 ° to 100 °.
They have the same low latency live video transmission at 120 ms, thanks to DJI’s OcuSync technology.
Thanks to small improvements, the new Mavic Air 2 once again achieved victory.
Winner: Mavic Air 2
DJI MAVIC AIR 2 VS MAVIC 2 PRO
To end this comparison, the Mavic Air 2 appears to have won this battle.
In many ways, the Mavic Air 2 is a superior drone compared to its older brother, and the reason for its choice is more compelling when you consider what it can do, even if it costs much less than the Mavic 2 Pro.
There is still a market for Mavic 2 Pro, particularly for those who need a camera with a solid sensor and for professional use.
Both the Mavic Air 2 and the Mavic 2 Pro are available in our online store.