As drone technology continues to evolve, DJI remains at the forefront of innovation. Two of their standout models, the upcoming DJI Air 3 and the existing DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise (M2E), offer unique features that cater to different user needs. But which is more suited for you?
In today’s blog, we'll compare these two drones, focusing on their specifications and capabilities.
DJI Air 3: The New Kid on the Block
The DJI Air 3 has some impressive features.
The drone will feature a dual camera system with two 1/1.3-inch sensors, each capable of capturing 48MP stills and up to 4K/60fps HDR video. Not to mention, both cameras will support 2.7k vertical shooting - making it ideal for social media sharing. Both cameras are expected to support 10-bit D-Log M and 10-bit HLG colour modes. With this, you won’t need to compromise on editing flexibility or have a need for colour grading.
The drone also boasts a maximum flight time of 46 minutes, thanks to improved video transmission technology. The Air 3 will even reach a maximum range of 20km with increased stability, and 1080p/60fps live feed video.
The Air 3 comes with a new battery charging hub that can transfer power from one battery to another, a feature that could be handy in situations where charging options are limited. The drone also includes a range of intelligent flight features, such as FocusTrack, QuickShots, MasterShots, Night Mode, Hyperlapse, Slow Motion, and SmartPhoto 3.0.
It’s definitely exciting to have a new drone on the scene - but can it hold a flame to the old reliables?
DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise: The Reliable Workhorse
Now let's take a look at the trail-blazer, the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise.
The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise has already proven itself as a reliable and versatile drone. The M2E Zoom Edition weighs 905g, while the Dual Edition weighs 899g. The drone can reach a maximum speed of 72 kph and has a maximum flight time of 31 minutes.
One of the standout features of the M2E is its omnidirectional obstacle sensing system, which enhances flight safety. Don’t forget the variety of accessories the M2E offers, including a spotlight, beacon, and speaker, which can be useful for a range of professional applications.
The M2E's camera capabilities are also noteworthy. The M2E Zoom Edition features a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor with 12 effective megapixels, while the M2E Dual Edition includes an additional thermal camera, making it a valuable tool for inspections and search and rescue operations.
The M2E uses a 3850 mAh battery that operates at 15.4V. It has a self-heating function for cold environments - so it’s ready to take on any condition!
So, the big question. Does the new kid on the block overrule our old reliable?
While the DJI Air 3 offers some exciting new features, the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise remains a robust and versatile choice for professional use. The M2E's obstacle sensing system, accessory options, and dual camera (on the Dual Edition) make it a reliable tool for a variety of applications.
The DJI Air 3 may appeal to users who prioritise camera capabilities and flight time. However, for those who require a drone for professional applications, such as inspections, search and rescue, or public safety, the M2E's features and accessories make it a more suitable choice.
In conclusion, both drones have their strengths, but the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise's proven reliability and versatility make it a standout choice for professional use.
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