Updated: Aug 23, 2021
DJI Mavic Air 2 for my property photography
I have been using the DJI Mavic Air 2 for my property photography and video on the central coast of NSW Australia since its launch in May 2020. It has been an all-around excellent drone for my property wor. The key features that I need in a drone are
Smooth operation control allowing me to weave between buildings and trees. To build in obstacle avoidance, that's been okay, not perfect. Few times it has gone wrong. And I've managed to collide with various objects.
Advantages of using the DJI Mavic Air 2 for Real Estate Photography
I'm also using the DJI refresh care refresh service in Australia, which costs around about $149 on setup, and I've replaced a DJI drone after breaking one control arm for $179. Having used the drone extensively on a nearly daily basis, I feel that it's very good value to get a new drone after nine or 10 months of heavy use.
A reliable connection between the controller and the drone the DJI Mavic air to it's been a huge improvement from the first DJI drone I've owned and have no problems at all, its smooth, and on my phone seeing the screen in bright light isn't an issue.
Being able to bracket, five shots of different exposures in war mode, that can be then be blended using HDR within Lightroom is a massive requirement for real estate photographers, the DJI Maverick air two, does this perfectly and simply, even in high winds, it seems to be able to do it quickly enough, that any slight movements aren't noticed when bringing into lightroom.
On the video side. The built-in Smart movements. So, orbit mode. Tracking, etc, all useful. You can do it manually, but it tends to be a little bit smoother if using the built-in smart functions. I tend not to use 4k mode for real estate, as the file sizes are too large and not required. So the 1080 P 60 frames per second is my default frame rate. This allows editing the slow-motion in post-processing if required.
So overall, I'm about one year into now use the DJI Mavic Air 2 for all my real estate photography and video, and I'm thoroughly delighted with it. There's talk about a DJI Air 2s, potentially coming on the market with a one-inch sensor. This will be useful, potentially for real estate is one of the weaknesses is low light photography, can't fly at night, but around dusk settings will be nice to get a little bit more dynamic range and less noise in images and video.
Gear used , DJI Mavic Air 2, FujiFilm XT4 and XT3, Zhiyun-Tech Weebill S Handheld Stabiliser