DJI launches new drone with longer flight time

Leading drone maker DJI has launched its new Mavic Air 2 that has a longer flight time and enhanced filming ability, targeting beginners and novice pilots who want to produce images and videos with high resolution.

The world’s largest consumer drone maker with a market share of roughly 90 percent said the Mavic Air 2 is a compact and easy-to-use folding drone with an 8K camera.

It weighs 570 grams and has a maximum flight time of up to 34 minutes.

“The Mavic Air 2 is another milestone for DJI, demonstrating that our smartest consumer drone does not have to be the largest,” Roger Luo, president of DJI, said in a statement. “While the Mavic Air 2 bears all the hallmarks of the Mavic drone family, we had to completely rethink its design and development process. Our goal was to create a drone that offered the best overall experience possible to even the most novice pilot.”

For the new drone, DJI upgraded its video transmission technology, OcuSync 2.0, which allows the controller to maintain contact and receive high-definition video streams at a distance of up to 10 kilometers.

“Given the Mavic Mini, our smallest drone, has a maximum distance of 4 kilometers, the Mavic Air 2 can stably transmit videos over a longer distance,” Jung Kyoung-ryoon, policy and communication head of DJI Korea, told reporters during a media conference in Seoul.

The Mavic Air 2 is available in two options. One is a standard package, priced at 990,000 won ($807), that includes the Mavic Air 2, one battery, remote controller and cables.

The other is a 1.32 million won-priced Fly More package that includes all items from the standard package as well as natural-density filters, a carrying bag, charging hub and three batteries. For Korean consumers, the new drone will be available from May 11.

Despite the coronavirus spreading worldwide, DJI Korea said the company decided to introduce the new drone as scheduled.

“We are being cautious about the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have seen no change in our product roadmap. As we have prepared for the launch of the Mavic Air 2 for a long time, we decided to launch it as scheduled,” he said.

When asked if the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will affect sales of the new drones, DJI Korea said it was hard to say whether this was the case.

“Though there’s no statistical data, we’ve heard that consumers in North America use drones more frequently than before as countries there are imposing a lockdown to combat the virus. I think it depends on situation of each country,” Jung said.