The Dji Mavic Air Fly More Combo 2 looks a cross between a Mavic 2 Pro and a Mavic Dji Mini . It’s also a little bigger than the original Mavic Air, but it’s still small enough to fit in your backpack or camera bag. I prefer the first Air’s appearance. It was a little smaller, had a shorter wingspan, and was available in three different colors. Altogether, it is a much more attractive design.
Except for the $699 Smart Controller, it’s about double the size of any other DJI controller. Which doesn’t have a screen, and no visible antennas protrude from it. The phone holder is spring-loaded and shifted to the top. The entire design now makes a lot more sense to us. It’s also a lot more comfy to hold.
If I had to pick a flaw, I would move the custom function buttons to the bottom of the controller rather than the side.
DJI Mavic Air: Video and sensor information’s
The Dji Mavic Air Fly More Combo now contains a larger 1/2-inch sensor capable of capturing 4K 60fps video and 12- and 48-megapixel photos, which will be of most interest to most consumers. It still is modest when compared to other conventional image sensor sizes. It’s greater than the 1/2.3-inch sensor on the first Mavic Air, but it’s still a fraction of what you’d get in a mirrorless camera.
That implies that, while it should generate better photographs and video than the original Air, it won’t be a significant improvement in image quality. In comparison, the Mavic Pro 2’s camera system provides an even larger 1-inch sensor. Other tricks up the Mavic Air 2’s sleeve to leverage that sensor include the ability to snap 48-megapixel photographs thanks to the Quad Bayer color filter array.[wptb id="304" not found ]
It’s the same technology that’s been featured in a slew of Android phones in recent years. What this means for you as a drone photographer is that you’ll be able to choose between high-resolution photographs with lots of information and lower-resolution images with more dynamic range.
The camera on the Air 2 has a 24mm (equiv.) fixed-aperture F2.8 lens with an 84o field of view. DJI’s Fly More bundle contains three neutral density filters that look to twist and snap on and off in the same way that the Mavic 2 Pro’s filters do. To boost photo quality, DJI has added SmartPhoto settings, which are comparable to computational photography techniques used by many smartphones.
HDR photos: For a more dynamic image, the camera automatically collects 7 different exposures and mixes them
Hyperlight : The pictures captured in low-light situations, particularly on DJI drones, are grainy and noisy.
Hyperlight combines many photographs to create a more detailed image. Sunsets, blue sky, grass, snow, and trees are among the five primary components of a photo that the drone can recognize in this mode. It will analyse these items and adjust the tone, clarity, and colors as needed.
When photographing a sunset, the latter capability came in in, and the HDR shots I was able to shoot are rather good for a 1/2″ sensor and might be passed off in professional situations. The Air’s tactics for slowing down a scene aren’t limited to better 4K frame rates. The drone also includes some new slow-motion modes that slow footage down to four times its normal speed (1080p at 120 fps),
or eight times slower (1080 at 240 fps) Just keep in mind that those settings are only available in HD quality, not full 4K. Support for HDR video is also a huge deal in video on the Air. When you put it all together, you’ve got a drone with remarkable video capability that fits easily in a camera bag.
App compatible for DJI Mavic Air
Because the controller lacks a display, you’ll have to connect your phone to see the view from the camera; whether you’re looking for a drone that you can fly without the need of a smartphone,
The DJI Fly app, which debuted with the Mavic Mini last year, is used by the Mavic Air 2. If you’re upgrading from the original Air, the UI will be familiar to you if you’ve used the previous DJI Go app.
It’s available for Android and iOS; We test the drone using DJI Fly on an iPhone 8 Plus. The software displays the view via the camera lens, which you may switch to a Google Maps view of the area you’re flying over by tapping the screen. On-screen controls allow you to choose between different camera view settings and flight modes.[wptb id="304" not found ]
You can change the imperial units to metric, add a framing grid to the camera display, or put up a virtual geofence to keep your drone inside a certain distance by going into the menu. The automated shot modes and tracking functions are also powered by the app. The Mavic Air 2 will automatically follow a subject that has been identified .
Because it isn’t designed for completely autonomous flight like the next Skydio 2, you’ll need to keep an eye on the controls. Spotlight is a new tracking option that keeps the camera on a target as you manually fly the drone.
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The app does things that have nothing to do with flying. You may also use it to update the drone’s firmware, see flight logs, and transfer media from the drone to your device.
The Air features 8GB of internal storage and a microSDXC slot, which is adequate for around 15 minutes of 4K video. Footage automatically buffers to your phone at 1080p, but if you want to edit at full quality on your tablet or phone, you’ll need to transfer 4K video over Wi-Fi. Images must be manually copied across, but only JPGs will do so.
The obstacle detection and avoidance system, dubbed APAS by DJI, performs excellently. I took the drone to a nearby park and tried to crash it into some trees, but the Air 2 automatically changed course to avoid them.
Fly More Combo:
While the camera and automation enhancements are both excellent, the Mavic Air 2’s extended flight time is my favorite feature. In optimum conditions, DJI claims 34 minutes. I never got close to that, but I did achieve over 32 minutes on eight different flights, which is astonishing since the original Mavic Air struggle to fly much more than 20 minutes.
The extended flight time appears to mean you won’t need to bring as many extra batteries, which not only lightens your burden but also makes the $189 Fly More kit—which includes extra batteries, propellers, and a multi-battery charger—seem less important. The battery-to-power-bank converter, on the other hand, is quite useful for recharging in the field..
The Air 2’s best trick may be staying in the air longer, but it’s far from the only one. The range has grown to more than 6 kilometers. I tried it out to make sure it worked, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Your situational awareness is near zero at that distance, therefore you should keep eye contact with your drone at all times.
If you fly too high, the DJI Fly app will warn you. The amount of safe flight varies depending on where you are, so make sure to check local restrictions.[wptb id="304" not found ]