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Poll: Mavic Air 2 vs 2S
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I was sort of worried that MA2S might obsolete my MA2 in just 5 months I have owed it.
Luckly for me, the upgrades that came with MA2S don't really excite me all that much.
Upgrades such as 1080P@6FPS liveview or side sensors would have though.
If I were to make a choice between the two today, I would still go with MA2.
Some might say otherwise, but the upgrades aren't worth $200 (or $311 more if fly more combo) to me.
What do you think?
Do you think MA2S is worth the extra $200 (or $311 if fly more combo)?

Edit: As for the MA2S fly more combo, it's $300 extra, while MA2 fly more combo is only $189 extra. That's $111 more for basically the same set of accessories!
Edit 2: Note that while all the attention is with the upgrades, the reduced operating temprature range is considered a downgrade!
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4-16 12:07
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It did not excite me as well. It would, if it now had waypoints, zoom in photo modes like the mini2 got.
And another showstopper for the Air 2 S i just dicovered, it can only be operated at a temperature 32°F (0°C) and above and not like the Air 2 at 14°F (-10°C) or even at a lower temperatur as proved last winter.
4-16 12:13
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Why do they make an OcuSync 3 drone, and ship it with an OcuSync 2 remote ?
That seems strange and stupid to me.
How can it benefit from the OS3 then ?

4-16 12:21
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If I had the Air2, I would upgrade because I like new toys
4-16 12:32
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MySky Posted at 4-16 12:13
It did not excite me as well. It would, if it now had waypoints, zoom in photo modes like the mini2 got.
And another showstopper for the Air 2 S i just dicovered, it can only be operated at a temperature 32°F (0°C) and above and not like the Air 2 at 14°F (-10°C) or even at a lower temperatur as proved last winter.

Wow...reduced temperature range...that's a shocker.
Is DJI skimping on parts to save $$$?
Or could it be that DJI's inability to source quality US parts (due to the Entity Listing) to operate over the wide temperature range?
I work in the semiconductor industry and I know it gets increasingly difficult and expensive to design and manufacture chips that operate over a wider temperature range.
Either way, that alone may be a deal breaker to many in the cold region.
Thanks for sharing.

4-16 12:36
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BalooDK Posted at 4-16 12:21
Why do they make an OcuSync 3 drone, and ship it with an OcuSync 2 remote ?
That seems strange and stupid to me.
How can it benefit from the OS3 then ?

I am pretty sure they will make it compatible with O3 remotes in the near future.
But yeah, it's a shame that owners of MA2S would have to pay extra to buy an O3 remote to take advantage of O3 radio if they don't have one already from the FPV drone.
4-16 12:41
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Suren Posted at 4-16 12:32
If I had the Air2, I would upgrade because I like new toys

Very well!
4-16 12:43
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BalooDK Posted at 4-16 12:21
Why do they make an OcuSync 3 drone, and ship it with an OcuSync 2 remote ?
That seems strange and stupid to me.
How can it benefit from the OS3 then ?

They can make this work, but not make the sc work with mini 2?
4-16 13:18
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I don't think I'm going to upgrade. The ma2 does everything I want, and need it too. So far, I've been happy with it. If I'm going to spend the $, Im thinking about the fpv
4-16 13:26
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I happy with MA2 so I'll wait for the DJI Pro 3.  
4-16 15:57
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MySky Posted at 4-16 12:13
It did not excite me as well. It would, if it now had waypoints, zoom in photo modes like the mini2 got.
And another showstopper for the Air 2 S i just dicovered, it can only be operated at a temperature 32°F (0°C) and above and not like the Air 2 at 14°F (-10°C) or even at a lower temperatur as proved last winter.

You can zoom in on a photo once you're back home editing. It's called cropping. And that's all the drone would be doing anyway, because there is no optical zoom.
4-16 15:59
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I went ahead and bought the Air 2S today at Best Buy. The main reason being that I still had the opportunity to return the MA2 and get full credit for it. With tax, it came out to a $349 difference between the two. Is it worth that much more? I don't know. But it would have been an even bigger difference in price if I waited.
4-16 16:29
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DGCA3 Posted at 4-16 16:29
I went ahead and bought the Air 2S today at Best Buy. The main reason being that I still had the opportunity to return the MA2 and get full credit for it. With tax, it came out to a $349 difference between the two. Is it worth that much more? I don't know. But it would have been an even bigger difference in price if I waited.

Well, you could have waited a few months for the mavic 3, and the air 2s will be obsolete, and be $988.. just saying
4-16 17:24
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DGCA3 Posted at 4-16 16:29
I went ahead and bought the Air 2S today at Best Buy. The main reason being that I still had the opportunity to return the MA2 and get full credit for it. With tax, it came out to a $349 difference between the two. Is it worth that much more? I don't know. But it would have been an even bigger difference in price if I waited.

Congrats on getting the new A2S. Although I love my MA2 and will not upgrade at this time, I think upgrading to a A2S for an extra $350 is a no brainer.    Fly and stay safe!
4-16 18:22
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Djimaniac Posted at 4-16 17:24
Well, you could have waited a few months for the mavic 3, and the air 2s will be obsolete, and be $988.. just saying

I'll gladly sell ALL my drones when the Spark 2S finally arrives!
4-16 19:37
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DGCA3 Posted at 4-16 16:29
I went ahead and bought the Air 2S today at Best Buy. The main reason being that I still had the opportunity to return the MA2 and get full credit for it. With tax, it came out to a $349 difference between the two. Is it worth that much more? I don't know. But it would have been an even bigger difference in price if I waited.

OMG! $349 (inc tax) difference between the 2 fly more combos.
Why would DJI charge $300 more for basically the same set of accessories for MA2S while it's only $189 more for the MA2???
Makes no sense to me if you ask me.
4-16 20:06
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DIY_Quad Posted at 4-16 20:06
OMG! $349 (inc tax) difference between the 2 fly more combos.
Why would DJI charge $300 more for basically the same set of accessories for MA2S while it's only $189 more for the MA2???
Makes no sense to me if you ask me.

That's a fair question. But when the MA2 first came out, it was also $300 extra for the FlyMore. And that was still a deal, considering what buying all the stuff would cost separately. A year from now, the MA2S FlyMore will no doubt be priced a bit cheaper.
4-16 20:37
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DGCA3 Posted at 4-16 20:37
That's a fair question. But when the MA2 first came out, it was also $300 extra for the FlyMore. And that was still a deal, considering what buying all the stuff would cost separately. A year from now, the MA2S FlyMore will no doubt be priced a bit cheaper.

That I did not know.
Thanks for sharing!
4-16 20:42
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Still no goggle support, so it will be a No for me.
4-16 21:17
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Woobisah Posted at 4-16 21:17
Still no goggle support, so it will be a No for me.

Yeah, MA2 sucks when it comes to goggle support.
With O3 radio on MA2S, it might be possible through firmware update in the future.
In the meantime, if you don't care about head tracking (too laggy anyways), there are few different ways to get your MA2 to work with goggles.
Here is one implementation; https://forum.dji.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=233756
4-16 21:28
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DGCA3 Posted at 4-16 15:59
You can zoom in on a photo once you're back home editing. It's called cropping. And that's all the drone would be doing anyway, because there is no optical zoom.

That's the comment i expected. You can do the same with videos, so why did they add digital zoom for video modes. And why did they add this to the mini2.
But in real life it makes sense to check in advance with zoom or to fly closer to an objekt to get more details for a picture that should be cropped after.
4-16 23:55
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In reality, MA2 doesn't have to blush
4-17 00:18
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MySky Posted at 4-16 23:55
That's the comment i expected. You can do the same with videos, so why did they add digital zoom for video modes. And why did they add this to the mini2.
But in real life it makes sense to check in advance with zoom or to fly closer to an objekt to get more details for a picture that should be cropped after.

The zoom can be interesting for live inspection
4-17 00:21
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Djimaniac Posted at 4-16 17:24
Well, you could have waited a few months for the mavic 3, and the air 2s will be obsolete, and be $988.. just saying

I guess everyone looks at it differently. In MY opinion, when a new drone comes out, it doesn't make the previous model obsolete.
4-17 09:43
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RedSky119 Posted at 4-17 09:43
I guess everyone looks at it differently. In MY opinion, when a new drone comes out, it doesn't make the previous model obsolete.

Thats why i said what i said. Seems like every few months a new drone comes out, and everybody runs out a buys new drone, and forgets about the one they just bought! The mini came out, then a few months later the mini 2, then mavic a2, then fpv was all the talk, now a2s.....and just like that, it seems the fpv is forgotten. All you have to do, is wait a few months, and the price comes down, and also, gives dji time to work all the "bugs" out.
4-17 09:51
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Djimaniac Posted at 4-17 09:51
Thats why i said what i said. Seems like every few months a new drone comes out, and everybody runs out a buys new drone, and forgets about the one they just bought! The mini came out, then a few months later the mini 2, then mavic a2, then fpv was all the talk, now a2s.....and just like that, it seems the fpv is forgotten. All you have to do, is wait a few months, and the price comes down, and also, gives dji time to work all the "bugs" out.

I agree. I'm glad that didn't happen to me with the Mini. I bought the Mini2 for the Occusync, better wind resistance..... and figured I wouldn't pay much attention to the Mini anymore, but the opposite happened. I like using Mini2 when I want to fly farther, in windier conditions or when flying from inside my car (rarely), but consider the Mini to be an awesome drone that I still really enjoy flying and don't consider to be obsolete.
4-17 10:26
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Reduced operating temperature range for MAS2 is considered a DOWNGRADE!
4-17 21:50
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I have both the mavic mini and the mavic air 2. I'm not upgrading this time around for either of them. Just not in the financials at the moment. If that wasn't an issue, I probably would upgrade both of them. I originally bought the mavic mini as an upgrade to the tello that I have and still fly on occasion. I bout the MA2 as an upgrade to the mavic mini. When I bought the mini, the tello was handed down to my fiance as a learner drone. She loves it. When I bought the MA2, my fiance laid claim to the mini. She loves it too, but I still use both the mini and the MA2 depending on the situation. I would upgrade the mini to the mini 2 just so she could get some distance and a little more wind resistance that what the mini has. But all in all, we are happy with what we currently have so sitting out this round of upgraded drones doesn't bother me so much.
4-19 07:18
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JodyB Posted at 4-19 07:18
I have both the mavic mini and the mavic air 2. I'm not upgrading this time around for either of them. Just not in the financials at the moment. If that wasn't an issue, I probably would upgrade both of them. I originally bought the mavic mini as an upgrade to the tello that I have and still fly on occasion. I bout the MA2 as an upgrade to the mavic mini. When I bought the mini, the tello was handed down to my fiance as a learner drone. She loves it. When I bought the MA2, my fiance laid claim to the mini. She loves it too, but I still use both the mini and the MA2 depending on the situation. I would upgrade the mini to the mini 2 just so she could get some distance and a little more wind resistance that what the mini has. But all in all, we are happy with what we currently have so sitting out this round of upgraded drones doesn't bother me so much.

Thanks for your input.
Do you believe extra $200 (or $311 for fly more) is justified for the upgrades and a downgrade that come with MA2S?
If your fiance takes over your MA2 and you need another drone, would you consider getting another MA2 for less?
It comes down to whether you really need the upgrades that came with MA2S.
4-19 10:19
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DIY_Quad Posted at 4-19 10:19
Thanks for your input.
Do you believe extra $200 (or $311 for fly more) is justified for the upgrades and a downgrade that come with MA2S?
If your fiance takes over your MA2 and you need another drone, would you consider getting another MA2 for less?

It probably is worth the extra $200 to be honest. The 1" camera sensor and the extra front facing OA sensors probably is worth it. Not to mention 2 extra antenna's in the rear of the drone. Whether I would go for the A2s or another MA2 would depend greatly on the funds available to me. If money was not a question, I would more than likely do the upgrade. But with three school age boys, funds is always a concern LOL!!!
4-19 11:34
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JodyB Posted at 4-19 11:34
It probably is worth the extra $200 to be honest. The 1" camera sensor and the extra front facing OA sensors probably is worth it. Not to mention 2 extra antenna's in the rear of the drone. Whether I would go for the A2s or another MA2 would depend greatly on the funds available to me. If money was not a question, I would more than likely do the upgrade. But with three school age boys, funds is always a concern LOL!!!

Man...it's incredible how you can keep up with your drone hobby while supporting 3 boys!
Looking forward to the day the 3 boys asking for their own drones...hehe
4-19 11:57
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DIY_Quad Posted at 4-19 11:57
Man...it's incredible how you can keep up with your drone hobby while supporting 3 boys!
Looking forward to the day the 3 boys asking for their own drones...hehe

Oh I know. That day is coming for sure. I'm actually hoping some of the ones that I have now are durable enough to make it as hand me downs, LOL!!
4-19 12:16
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I wouldn't bother upgrading mine. The new sensor size is nice but there are still no sharpness or aperture settings. I'll wait for the MP3, I don't think it's worth upgrading if you have a MA2 to be honest...
4-19 16:25
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I wish DJI provided a more streamlined path for MA2 owners to upgrade to an Air 2S (better than what's officially offered in their Trade Up program). With so much interoperability between the two it seems like a no-brainer.
4-19 16:37
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I was almost ready to click on buy for the MA2s when I thought: "Maybe I can find a used M2P for the same price" ... and I did ... and ordered it. I will see how that worked.
4-19 18:11
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GaryDoug Posted at 4-19 18:11
I was almost ready to click on buy for the MA2s when I thought: "Maybe I can find a used M2P for the same price" ... and I did ... and ordered it. I will see how that worked.

That's a smart move I must say.
4-19 21:29
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tmansmusic Posted at 4-19 16:37
I wish DJI provided a more streamlined path for MA2 owners to upgrade to an Air 2S (better than what's officially offered in their Trade Up program). With so much interoperability between the two it seems like a no-brainer.

That would be great for some MA2 owners but probably not DJI's best interest.
4-19 21:32
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The Air 2S lacks waypoints and the OS3 only exists within the drone itself. It is nothing more than two additional antennas in the rear arms/legs. It’s got an improved camera which is nice. For now I’ll stick with the Air 2 and it’s backup Mavic Pro.  
4-20 20:35
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