DJI Mavic Air 2 review

With 48 megapixel stills and 4K video at 60P – the aggressively-priced DJI Mavic Air 2 drone looks like it will fly off the shelves

DJI Mavic Air 2 review
(Image: © Adam Juniper/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The DJI Mavic Air 2 is a massive improvement on its predecessor (and for action fans the best Mavic full stop). It has a better camera, great range and far better flight times. The software has some niggles, but the AI is impressive, and the drone extremely capable in the air. Safety features are good too, though some will undoubtedly grumble about the lack of 360° collision sensors.


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    Stunning 60fps 4K video

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    1/2 inch sensor

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    Nimble in the air

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    AI Tracking


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    No side or top sensors

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    Internal storage could be bigger

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    App feels a little limited

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The new Mavic Air 2 is the latest generation of the DJI dynasty. The Mavic range is DJI's family of consumer camera drones;  the folding design has cascaded down from the Mavic (launched in August 2018), through to the recent super lightweight Mavic Mini (which arrived late 2019). The only outlier was the origial Mavic Air, from early 2018. Its friendly styling, in a choice of hues, was a plus, but even at launch the Mavic Air had some major drawbacks; it’s battery life was poor and range very disappointing.

The world beyond DJI has been marching on apace too. The Air’s natural market might be thought of as people looking for a ‘flying GoPro,’ to capture family fun or content for branding. The Slow-mo possibilities offered by 60fps at the now de rigueur 4K are what the market wants, and recent entries (like the Powervision PowerEgg X) deliver. With the Mavic Air – and the Mavic 2 Pro for that matter – only offering 4K at 30fps, customers heads were turning. 

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook