Should You Buy The Mavic Air 2? 5 Yes And No Reasons.

should you get the mavic air 2

Since the Mavic Air 2 came out, the social media forums I frequently visit have been asking a common question, which is should you get this new drone?

And so, being an owner of 3 Mavic’s myself, as well as someone who was on the fence about getting the Mavic Air 2 and decided not to, I wanted to share this simple yes and no reasoning guide to help you decide on that. 

Just so you know, here are the 3 Mavics that I own:

I am going to do a further review of the Mavic Air 2 soon, but just so you all understand my positions on this drone, they are:

  • It’s an amazing drone with insanely good specs (flight time, range, reliability, ect…) for it’s current price.
  • It’s camera is good, but not on the same level as the 1 inch sensors in the DJI arsensal such as the Mavic 2 Pro, Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire drones.

should you get the mavic air 2

5 reasons to get the Mavic Air 2 drone:

Let’s start with the most obvious one:

1) If you have an original Mavic Air and want to upgrade, do it.

There’s so many reasons why but the Mavic Air 2 is so much better that the original in every way that you’d be crazy not to. If you can afford it get it, because:

  • It’s way quieter.
  • The camera is better.
  • The flight time is WAY longer.
  • The range potential is ridiculously better (ocysunc baby!)
  • The price of the Mavic Air 2 is identical to the the price the original Air was when it first came out (it’s a great deal!).

Note: You can use DJI’s trade up program to get credits for your original Mavic Air to help pay for the Mavic Air 2.

2) If this is your first drone, get it.

The Mavic Air 2 mixes together what it’s like to own a great drone, plus one that’s pretty good for beginners. If you are looking to seriously get involved in the drone hobby and this is your first pick, I’m applauding you because you’re making a great choice.

3) If you’re a traveler, get this drone.

It’s so small and convenient, you’d be crazy not to. The speed at which you can set up this drone and have it flying is amazing and that convenience (speaking from experience) is it’s own value.

4) If you own drones that are underneath the level of this one, and can afford it, get it.

Here are the drones that are at least a level under this one: The Spark, the Mavic Mini and obviously something like the Tello, and that’s just from the DJI lineup. This doesn’t take into consideration all the other companies out there releasing drones and/or those who already have plenty of models on the market.

I can tell you that the Mavic Air beats about 90% of all the other drones on the market in 2020 so for it’s price, it is a top tier drone, hands down.

5) If you own a Mavic Pro 1 and want to upgrade, do it.

As much as I still love my original Mavic Pro 1, I gotta give the trophy to the Mavic Air 2. I believe the Pro 1 is still better than the original Mavic Air but the second version of it is unquestionably better and is an upgrade I’d recommend going for.

5 Reasons not to get the Mavic Air 2:

1) If you already own a Mavic 2 Pro, don’t bother.

It would be a downgrade. I’ve seen people making the mistake of thinking the Mavic Air 2 is somehow better than the Mavic 2 Pro because of it’s 48 megapixel capabilities. People, it doesn’t matter how many megapixels it has, that 1 inch sensor on the Mavic 2 Pro is what gives it the edge over the Mavic Air 2 and why the Pro is better.

Yes it is true that the Mavic Air 2 does have a slightly better flight time, but aside from that, and a bit more portability, every other benefit goes to the Mavic 2 Pro.

Ultimately, this was the reason I decided not to get this model and stick to my Mavic 2 Pro.

2) If you own or plan on getting an Autel Evo 2. 

In my opinion Autel Evo 2’s drone is going to get to the same level as the Mavic 2 Pro if not better and if you are seeking high quality imagery and video, then Autel’s drone would be a better choice for you than the Mavic Air 2.

3) If you own a Mavic 2 Zoom, there’s no need to get this new drone.

The camera on the Zoom is different, but I’d say it’s as good if not better than the Mavic Air 2’s camera, and aside from that, the other capabilities the Zoom has still makes it superior.

4) If you’re an unskilled drone flier and are likely to crash your drone.

Simply put, if you think you’re likely to crash, get a safer, easier model to fly with such as the Mini or Spark. They are easy to fly.

5) If you’re really tight on money but really want a drone.

Then your best choice is the Mavic Mini. 

Well that should help you decide on the Mavic Air 2!

If it didn’t, I’d love to hear your questions about this drone and the more details you can give me on your circumstance, the easier it’ll be for me to suggest whether you should get this new model or not.

Again, this is a great drone, and of course if you have a limitless budget to buy this model and are a drone collector, it’s a great addition, but since most people don’t have that luxury, these 5 different yes and no reasons should help them decide if this is the right choice for them.

Autel Evo 2 Initial Review. Is it Finally a Mavic Killer?

autel evo 2 review

Well folks, the drone world in 2020 is going to get pretty exciting with a number of new models coming out, none of which (at this time at least) are from DJI and I like that.

Among the lineup of new drones that were officially announced at CES, the one which personally interested me and pretty much most of the drone world was the Autel Evo 2.

autel evo 2 review

There were “leaked” specs prior to the official announcement, but it wasn’t until CES took place, that we found out the leaks were true, and they basically told the following story about the Autel Evo 2:

  • That it would have a 40 minute flight time.
  • That it would have an insane range of 16 KM.
  • That it’s camera would be able to film at up to 8K footage and that it would be incredibly sharp.
  • That it would have no geo fencing (like the original Autel Evo).
  • That it would have 6 sides of obstacle detection.
  • That it would be able to take 48 megapixel photos.
  • And that it would also be able to follow people at a level close if not as good as Skydio 2.

Now all of these specs tell a pretty important story and that is that this new model, at least on paper does destroy the Mavic 2 Pro (and obviously Zoom). 

But here’s why at least for now, the Autel Evo 2 is not a Mavic killer…

Based on what I saw from initial reviews out there from people who HAD already be given this model to review and released their reviews on the day of CES, I have to say, thus far, the Mavic kill story is still a bit farfetched and I’ll explain why that is in a moment and I will show video comparison proof of what I saw that makes me say this…

But let me make something clear:

I was one of the many people anxiously awaiting the announcement of this model since the leaks came out. Since I own 5 DJI drones (a Mavic 2 Pro being one of them) and have considered numerous times on buying the original Autel Evo, I had elected to wait until the second version was released and when I heard the same specs I listed above, I was almost entirely sold. I was ready to buy this drone model on day 1.

But this is where I turn back to the reviewers who were given this drone before it’s official release and showed me their comparison videos, some of which compared the footage of the Autel Evo 2 to the Mavic 2 Pro. And well, I wasn’t impressed.

In fact, I though the Mavic 2 Pro footage was far better, and considering how it’s camera is close but not as good as the Phantom 4 Pro’s, which in my opinion is at this point in time the best drone camera out of any I’ve seen, that says something about the superiority DJI still holds in this market.

Now let me actually show you the video that made me believe this (Autel Evo 2 vs Mavic 2 Pro):

Now let’s get some things straight…

This is where Autel Evo 2 absolutely wins against the Mavic 2 Pro:

  • It can definitely fly further.
  • It can definitely stay in the air longer.
  • You will be able to change the 3 different cameras this drone has available for it (it’s easier to switch them than with DJI’s model).
  • Not that it needs to be said, but I’ll say it: This model already beats the original Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, the Mini, and more. So you can think of this is a victory for Autel in the “Mavic killer department”.

But compared to the Mavic 2 Pro, there are thus far only 2 obvious advantages you can spot right away, but as for the camera being better? 8K or not, I did not see it being better than the footage in the Mavic 2 Pro.

In fact, I saw the opposite, both for the video AND photo comparison:

The Mavic shows far more details, contrast and structure. You can tell me what you think below regarding this comparison.

Here’s the silver lining though: There’s 3 versions of the Autel Evo. 

You have the regular Autel Evo 2 model, which is the one you saw in the video above being tested against the Mavic 2 Pro.

You have the Autel Evo Pro which has not yet been released, so there’s no footage to compare yet, but this is the one I am most hopeful for. This is the model whose camera has a 1 inch sensor and likely the one which will give the Mavic 2 Pro’s camera a run for it’s money at least.

Then you have the third camera which is basically the same as Mavic 2 Enterprise’s version of things. But I don’t know enough about that one to make any comparisons. 

And the beauty is that you, the consumer will be able to buy these cameras and switch them to the same Autel Evo 2 body as you like without having to ship it to the dealer like you would with DJI.

If these 5 things are true with Autel Evo 2 (Pro), then it will be a Mavic killer:

1) If it’s 1 inch sensor camera is truly as good if not better than the Mavic 2 Pro’s camera (this is pending).

2) If it’s overall performance is better than the Mavic 2 Pro (this is so far the case, so we can add 1 point).

3) If it’s sensors perform as well as the MP2 if not better (this still has to be tested).

4) If it doesn’t have so many bugs when it comes out (this happened with the first generation model and it’s still pending).

5) If it’s autonomous flight modes like tracking are better and more intelligent than the MP2 and on the level of Skydio 2 (still this is pending).

If all of these 5 things will be prevalent with the Pro model, then I will officially call it a Mavic killer and I will definitely buy it. So far, because there are uncertainties, and I believe the regular Autel Evo 2 is not as good at the Mavic 2 Pro, I can’t make this claim.

But I am still hopeful because I own only DJI models for now and for the longest time have wanted to make sure that the 6th model in my collection is a none DJI product. 

Whatever happens, you’ll probably be hearing the following a lot from other drone enthusiasts and that is with this influx of new drone models into the market, DJI will be pushed to stay at the top, and this means we’ll likely be getting some seriously awesome models from them (A possible Mavic 3).