A reliable source has posted some leaked photos of the new DJI Mavic Air 2 drone on Twitter including a message “Time to sell your Mavic Air”. A verified DJI drone pilot, Twitter user @OsitaLV published 5 photos and provided anexcellent look at the forthcoming mid-range drone. Rumors have predicted its launch in April 2020. The Mavic Air sits in between the small, beginner-friendly Mavic Mini, and the pricier Mavic 2 Pro. It has been considered a perfect option for non-professionals who want a highly portable 4K drone. The leak clearly shows the folding design of the Mavic Air 2.
One of the photos shows a new controller a little larger and sturdier compared to the current one. It enables you to attach your phone above the controls. There are all of the usual controls, including a central switch to flick it between Normal, Tripod, and Sport mode. However, the most interesting new features are to do with safety. There are 2 rear sensors on the back, so Mavic Air 2 should have 360-degree obstacle avoidance. It will be an improvement from the current model’s 3-directional environment sensing. DJI also announced in May 2019 that it’s an entirely new drone weighing more than 250g including the AirSense technology.
The AirSense tech receives ADS-B signals from nearby planes and helicopters and warns drone pilots if they’re on a collision course. The DJI Mavic Air 2 seems smaller in size and would match the one-inch sensor seen on the Mavic 2 Pro. It is an upgraded version of its predecessor’s 1/2.3-in CMOS chip. It is noteworthy that the original Mavic Air was already very capable of its size, with the ability to shoot 4K video at up to 100Mbps and 12MP HDR stills. It seems drones could be about to return in 2020, but with new safety features like AirSense, along with new laws requiring drones above 250g to be registered in the United States and the United Kingdom.