Firmware updates aren’t the most exciting of things and are most around to smooth out any bugs discovered on launch products. However, DJI’s latest update for the Mavic Air 2 bucks the trend and brings a host of new features to the popular drone, which was launched back in April 2020 and has already proved to be mega popular, thanks no doubt to a massive flight time of up to 34 minutes.
Perhaps the biggest headline from the Mavic Air 2 – which features a sensor that can capture 48-megapixel stills – is the addition of a digital zoom feature. Users can now zoom in 2x in 4K 30p and 2.7K 60p video modes, enabling you to quickly change framinging without the need of flying the drone closer to the subject. What’s more, the update also enables a 4x digital zoom option when shooting in Full HD 1080p up to 60p.
Previously, if drone flyers wanted a model that could zoom, the DJI Mavic Zoom would have been the best choice, although this is almost twice the price of the more affordable Mavic Air 2. Another new feature the 178MB firmware upgrade brought was the ability to shoot Hyperlapse in 4K quality and be able to set up to 45 different waypoints – further extending your ability to be creative when making Hyperlapse video.
Previously Hyperlapse was limited to 1080 or 8k, and 4K now allows users to capture impressive Hyperlapse at decent resolution without having to deal with the huge 8K files. The firmware update also now allows users to pause and restart the Hyperlapse when they wish, which should lead to a higher hit rate with these sequences.
Along with updates to help photographers be more creative, DJI also added a new feature to make the Mavic Air 2 safer to fly too. In fact, DJI has added its Safety Flight Mode technology. As DJI explains, the mode now means; ‘The aircraft avoids obstacles automatically and will not respond to commands to fly left or right.’
Weighing 570g, the Mavic Air 2 uses a Quad Bayer 1/2″ sensor and other improvements from the firmware upgrade included the optimisation of several modes and features, including FPV (First Person View) mode, improved shooting performance when flying forward in the Mavic Air 2’s Sport mode.
Lastly, DJI also announced improvements to the Mavic Air 2’s ability to track moving vehicles at low altitudes when ActiveTrack when tracking vehicles at low altitude. The firmware update is available to Mavic Air 2 users via the DJI App.