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DJI in late April debuted the Mavic Air 2, a foldable drone that includes upgraded flight modes, longer battery life, a larger camera sensor, 4K video recording and 8K Hyperlapse video capabilities.

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As of today, Apple is selling the Mavic Air 2 in its online store, offering the drone on a standalone basis ($799.95) and in a combo package ($989.95) that also includes a carrying case, two extra batteries, a charging hub, and extra propellers.

The Mavic Air 2 is DJI's first Mavic drone able to capture 4K video at 60fps and 120Mb/s, supporting HDR video, 4x to 8x slow motion video, and 48-megapixel image capture.

It features a 3-axis gimbal, and its new motors, electronic speed controllers, refreshed aerodynamic design, and updated safety features make it easier to fly and increase flight time to up to 34 minutes. The drone can be used with either an iPhone or an Android smartphone, and it offers a long list of notable features, as outlined by DJI:
  • HDR photos: Mavic Air 2 automatically captures seven varying exposures of the same photograph, merging them together to bring out a highly dynamic image.
  • Hyperlight: Hyperlight is designed for low-light scenarios, taking multiple photographs and merging them to bring out a clear image with less of the noise which usually occurs in low-light scenes.
  • Scene Recognition: Mavic Air 2 can recognize five categories of scenes including sunsets, blue skies, grass, snow, and trees, then optimize settings to make the photograph pop by bringing out the highest degree of color, detail, and tones.
  • ActiveTrack 3.0: Select a subject for Mavic Air 2 to automatically follow. The third iteration of ActiveTrack uses state-of-the-art mapping technology and new flight path algorithms to offer improved subject tracking and obstacle avoidance, along with the ability to quickly re-engage the subject if it temporarily moves behind an object.
  • Point of Interest 3.0: Set an automated flight path around a specific subject. The updated iteration improves surface recognition to better dynamically track subjects.
  • Spotlight 2.0: Found in professional DJI drones, Spotlight locks a subject in the frame while the user has free operation of the drone's movement.
The Mavic Air 2 can be purchased from Apple as of today and will arrive on May 12th at the earliest. DJI is also accepting orders on its own site for the same bundles.

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Article Link: Apple Now Selling DJI's New Mavic Air 2 Drone in Online Store
 

NMBob

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Is this worth getting?

A couple guys at work have drones. The drone can decide that it won't fly until it has gotten firmware/software updates. There are many restrictions about where you can fly (like not within five miles of an airport) and the software knows all of them, so sometimes you can't even take off. Don't know what the state of "registering" these things is any more, but I'll bet it hasn't become less restrictive. A lot of the fun has been regulated out of them as far as I'm concerned. If you are just going to run one out in the middle nowhere they can be kinda fun, but beware.
 
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tangfish

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There was a time when Drones were a thing and everyone one including grandma was flying them..now, alongside mine in the box, with regulations etc... not sure the point unless your a drone enthusiast or biz that needs them.

This ^^

Some of the new drones look awesome, Mavic Air 2 included. However with the complexity of the regulation landscape ever changing, I don’t even know where I’d fly it so not interested in a new drone.

The days of the drone flying wild west are over, which is probably for the best, but as a result someone like me who was a moderate enthusiast, not a hardcore one, I’m no longer interested in drones at all.
 
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Treq

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Is this worth getting?
I have the Mavic Air original red version and it is frickn awesome. It packs up very small and can be taken practically anywhere. I only ever flew it just about exactly a mile away, and it was still pretty flyable at that distance, but that was in a place with no buildings and no wifi interference. In my neighborhood I only got it about a block away before I lost contact. I think this new version uses a different radio freq so it wouldn't have the same issues. The only thing I don't like about this version is it's a lot bigger and less packable... but still pretty packable. Anyway, I'd get the fly more combo. The extra batteries and the multi charger are worth the money.
 
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calzon65

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Beats products and a few others seemed like a good addition to the Apple product suite, but drones seem too much like a niche product for Apple to be reselling.
 
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SDJim

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This would be cool if any Apple Store purchase got the 3% back and special Apple Card 0% APR financing.

For now, it's just a discount-less marketplace...
 
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Bryan Bowler

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I completely understand casual enthusiasts being turned off by regulations, but as a content producer, drones are invaluable assets for me. I am also a Part 107 operator and thoroughly understand the U.S. National Airspace System and abide by the rules at all times. I love the way technology is marching forward. Filmmakers have tools at their disposal that one could only fantasize about just a few years ago.
 
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travis64

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Love my dji mavic pro 2 can’t wait for it to get nicer out so i can fly,its been a long winter
 
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BuffaloTF

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DJI is Chinese Communist Party controlled. Stay away. Google It.

Every company that exists in China is owned by China to certain degrees with a proprietor at the helm.
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Is this worth getting?

DJI is the best brand in drones.

And yes, contrary to other posts you can absolutely fly in airport zones, it makes you assume full liability. I'd advise not approaching its airspace though.
 
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tangfish

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These drones are made in China and there is a bill to have them banned for use by law enforcement. We really need to get our manufacturing out of China!

As long as we’re collectively willing to pay twice the price for things, you’re right it would be a good idea to make more things at home.
 
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davidjytang

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As long as we’re collectively willing to pay twice the price for things, you’re right it would be a good idea to make more things at home.

If everyone pays twice for everything, then wouldn't it become the same as not paying twice?

Shop buys coffee beans at 2X prices and sells at 2X prices.
 
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BvizioN

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Weird product. What's the connection to Apple? I don't get it. Will they be selling Dyson vacuum cleaners too, soon?

Video and photography. DJI makes the best drones for these 2 things. The main focus on these drones, which actually are not Toys but tools for Photographers/Videographers. In case you have not noticed, Apple products are oriented on multimedia stuff. Correct me if I am wrong, but Dyson products don't do video and photography.
And not a weird product at all. Quite awesome actually. I always buy my DJI drones from the Apple store.
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As long as we’re collectively willing to pay twice the price for things, you’re right it would be a good idea to make more things at home.

There is no freaking chance on earth I would pay twice as much just for some ideology BS.
 
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Solomani

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A couple guys at work have drones. The drone can decide that it won't fly until it has gotten firmware/software updates. There are many restrictions about where you can fly (like not within five miles of an airport) and the software knows all of them, so sometimes you can't even take off. Don't know what the state of "registering" these things is any more, but I'll bet it hasn't become less restrictive. A lot of the fun has been regulated out of them as far as I'm concerned. If you are just going to run one out in the middle nowhere they can be kinda fun, but beware.

So if you live near an airport, you are basically screwed.
 
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EddieK420

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As long as we’re collectively willing to pay twice the price for things, you’re right it would be a good idea to make more things at home.

Yess! This! I would happily pay double for an iphone or Mac made in the US. We gotta have some patriotism folks. Is it really better saving a few hundred dollars when buying an iphone (manufactured by a totalitarian communist state which is our geopolitical rival)? Is that even saving?
Or is it better having in your country a manufacturing industry that provides jobs to workers, respects human rights, IP and environmental laws? (and the money stays in the country goes back into the economy) I would definitely, happily pay double the money for that. So worth it.

Remember when on the back of your Macintosh it used to say made in the USA?
 
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