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The DJI Mavic 2 Pro, better than the DJI Mavic Air 2s for Professional Pilots

Learn why professional pilots are skipping the Mavic 2 pro over the Mavic Air 2s.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic Air 2s
The DJI Air 2S folded (right) compared to the DJI Mavic 2 Pro (left). (Image credit: Future)

Professional drone pilots are overlooking the purchase of the Mavic Air 2s if they already own a Mavic 2 Pro. Before we delve into the debate of the Mavic 2 pro and the Mavic Air 2s, lets look at the history of these two drones in more detail.

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro, was released to the public in mid-2018. As soon as it took to the sky's, photographers and videographers were stunned by the incredible features the DJI team had packed into the drone. Highlighting the 1-inch sensor and adjustable aperture and to top it off, being able to cram all of this into a compact and lightweight design was revolutionary. Before this, the only other drone with this type of sensor was the Phantom 4 pro which was a significantly bulkier drone and harder to move around with.

Fast forward to April 2021, we saw the release of the DJI Mavic Air 2s, a follow up to its former model the DJI Mavic Air 2. There were some additional features that came out with this drone, but the biggest by far was the sleek, compact design. The design was smaller that the Mavic 2 Pro and yet the DJI team still managed to squeeze the 1-inch sensor in.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic Air 2s
The DJI Air 2S folded (left) compared to the DJI Mavic 2 Pro (right). (Image credit: Future)

But why then are pilots overlooking the newer Mavic Air 2s? the answer "Control". Most professional pilots like to know how to operate there equipment inside and out which allows them to have complete control on what type of shots or videos they get. However, DJI has made it pretty clear that they are doubling down on the ability for new pilots to access this capability. The Mavic Air 2s has a fixed aperture, removing the freedom of being able to have full control of their drone.

Now, you have to remember that most drone pilots buying the Mavic Air 2s would already have the Mavic 2 Pro with a 1-inch Hasselblad sensor! Begging the question, why switch to a newer drone with less aperture control. Why is aperture control important? Simple, pilots have the ability to capture higher quality HDR photos, low light photos and better video.

So in conclusion, pilots are skipping over the Mavic Air 2s because:

  • The aperture cant be controlled.

  • Due to the Mavic Air 2s being lighter, pilots have limited flight time on windy.

  • There is limited flight motions due to limited camera control.

Although Dronespect has a Mavic Air 2s as part of our equipment, we predominantly use it for inspection purposes in hard to get spots where a bigger drone wouldn't be able to. We still use the Mavic 2 pro and the Mavic 3 pro for Real Estate photography and Videography.

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