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Help Me Decide!! Mavic Pro 2 vs Air for Travel
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I'm a photographer and starting videographer so I love quality, but I'm also not sure how much I'll be using a drone yet, although I've always wanted one.
I'm looking to carry it around for youtube when we travel or hike (perhaps I can use it for some paid gigs too), but my biggest concern is portability, and then price. I'm a small girl that will already be carrying around a Sony mirrorless camera and extra lens in my bag.
I've narrowed it down to the DJI Mavic Pro 2 or Air
My Q: Is the Mavic Pro 2 + controller and batteries small enough to fit inside a backpack? Or should I just be looking at the Air instead? I do value quality, but if the quality difference is negligible, I'd rather go with the cheaper option.  I will be color grading my footage btw (is the Air ok to do that on?).  Is the connection on the Air bad enough that we'll potentially lose it anyways (in which case, I'd just pay the price for the Mavic Pro 2 so I know I won't loose my investment)?
What is your advice?  Thanks in advance!!
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8-22 05:17
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I have carried mine (M2P) in a backpack when traveling with no issues.  The Mavic 2 range/signal is significantly better than the air.  Also the Mavic 2 pro camera is better than the air.  From what I've read I would not buy the air.
8-22 05:28
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Plenty of videos on YouTube regarding portability and uses for both drones.  Have a look and decide for yourself.  Opinions will vary....
8-22 05:40
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DAFlys Posted at 8-22 05:28
I have carried mine (M2P) in a backpack when traveling with no issues.  The Mavic 2 range/signal is significantly better than the air.  Also the Mavic 2 pro camera is better than the air.  From what I've read I would not buy the air.

thanks a lot, so u do feel the m2p is totally portable and travelable in a medium/small backpack with another camera/lens/waterbottle?  i havent gotten to see one in person yet
8-22 06:46
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Oracle Miata Posted at 8-22 05:40
Plenty of videos on YouTube regarding portability and uses for both drones.  Have a look and decide for yourself.  Opinions will vary....

yeah just wanted to get the feedback from everyday users.
8-22 06:46
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Might be worth waiting for the rumoured Mavic Mini to launch and then decide.  https://dronedj.com/2019/08/16/d ... s-leaked-245-grams/
8-22 06:49
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DAFlys Posted at 8-22 06:49
Might be worth waiting for the rumoured Mavic Mini to launch and then decide.  https://dronedj.com/2019/08/16/dji-mavic-mini-specs-leaked-245-grams/

thanks for letting me know!! but the camera isnt improved and the connection is still wifi vs gps so idk
8-22 07:01
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You'll get more all around flight ability and professional photography with the M2P than you will with the Air, the real only difference to go with the Air is if you need that much more portability, which isn't saying much given the M2P is very compact and mobile folded up and stored inside the case. To know you have that much muscle of a drone in arguably a little larger form factor goes miles above and beyond when you see the finished product...
8-22 07:30
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ninamarie8253 Posted at 8-22 07:01
thanks for letting me know!! but the camera isnt improved and the connection is still wifi vs gps so idk

WiFi vs GPS?  
8-22 07:35
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Hi, thanks for the inquiry. We're sure that our valued DJI forum members would provide the best recommendation that you may need in regards to this query. Thank you for your support.
8-22 08:26
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my vote: Mavic 2 series because better reliability being as it is a flagship model dji over engineers them, better camera on both models has way more dynamic range and better glass, better battery 31 mins of rated flight time and less voltage sag in tough flight conditions, quieter so easier to sneak a flight out while people arent suspecting, larger platform and is more stable in the wind doesnt bounce around nearly as much as smaller drones, range of occusync/2.0 is rediculiously good, HEVC/H256 encoding and Mlog/10 bit HDR video on mavic 2 pro gives u huuuuge laditude in post editing work with color grading and exposure correction, and zoom gives u huge in the field laditude to recompose or retain safe distances...   i have had mavic air and honestly DJI was so very close to making the perfect ultra compact travel drone with the mavic air,  but they over compromised it i think.  its upgrade from the spark by a long shot but a downgrade from what is actually possible..

  reasons i dont reccomend mavic air:   Wifi link is too weak and prone to dropping frames in live view and disconnecting if anything in between you and it + range was depending on so many things i sometimes felt like even the day of the week played a role in how good the connection was, tiny camera sensor/lens issues, the weak limited range of 3 axis gimbal was easy to hit ends of, the battery runtime is nearly ideal but in my experience batteries wear faster, the drone is super loud so harder to be discrete once in the air so if trying to sneak some aerial shots while people arent looking best of luck not getting noticed.   

reasons i would reccomend mavic air:  size being nearly perfect fits in a coat pocket, cost being noticably lower, battery life isnt horrible, bit rate of 4K video is 100mpbs.  

8-22 09:20
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From what you stated yourself.......You need the mavic pro 2 no question.
8-22 09:31
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Well guys, I did it. I got the MAVIC 2 PRO!!! Tried it out yesterday, my dad who flys drones was super impressed, and my husband and I are in love. It definitely is bulkier than I thought, like its heavier than I wanted it to be because of the battery, but I think the plan is my husband will carry it around lol I just need to get a good backpack for him to do so. Thank you SO much for your help.  

I want to get my Dad one now, but he wont need the fancy camera, he just wants GPS signal instead of wifi only.  And also uh $$, does anyone know of a good compromise option I can buy 2nd hand thats as sturdy as a rock to fly but without the high quality camera features?
8-26 04:37
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ninamarie8253 Posted at 8-22 07:01
thanks for letting me know!! but the camera isnt improved and the connection is still wifi vs gps so idk

In view of that reply I would recommend the M2P if you don't want a basic WiFi transmission such as that on the Mavic Air
8-26 06:08
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