The Mavic Air 2 is DJI's second iteration of the Mavic Air - and the upgraded version has some huge improvements over the first version. It's able to fly longer, sustain a better connection to the drone and remote controller, and features newer video modes and settings that even some other higher-end DJI drones don't have!
The Mavic Air 2 is a solid drone on it's own, but as with any camera, using the right Mavic Air 2 accessory must haves to make your flights easier, and your shots better. I've been flying the Mavic Air 2 since it came out now, and these are the accessories I find myself using!
As with most DJI drones, I suggest picking up the Fly More Combo for the Mavic Air 2. I especially suggest picking this one up, because it comes with most of my other recommended accessories and it's cheaper to buy the combo than buying everything separately!
I always like picking up the DJI Care for my drones, I use to have renters insurance (now homeowners insurance) for all of my gear - but if I don't have to make a claim on my insurance to increase my monthly rates (or if you don't have renters or homeowners insurance already) the DJI care is a great option, and they even have DJI Care + if you'd like to extend your care past the original year of the DJI Care covers.
When it comes to flying and shooting, extra batteries are a must-have. You can have all of the gear you need, but when it comes to actually using your drone, you're not going very far without lots of batteries! The Mavic Air 2 has a long flight time of 32 minutes (more like 23-25 minutes) but it's never enough once you get out and flying! Additional batteries are a must.
I'd also suggest getting the battery charging hub, so you don't have to set alarms on your phone for every 30 minutes to switch batteries on the charger (I've done it many times!). The charging hub will charge all batteries in succession automatically. It's a life saver.
Just like batteries, you're not going to be able to shoot if you don't have storage. The 8GB of on board storage is a nice life saver if you forget your MicroSD cards, but it will run out very quickly if you're filming 4K 60FPS with the Mavic Air 2! I suggest as a minimum 64gb cards, but I like to run 128GB cards since they arent that much more, and SD cards are one of those things you can keep even when you upgrade your drones or cameras later.
With all of those batteries, you're going to need to charge them now! If you're out and filming, you probably won't have access to a wall outlet to charge your batteries. Having a car charger (this also works with the hub as well!) is very handy. I hope that they will include this in the Fly More combo someday, because it's something that I'm always buying and using to charge my batteries in between shoots, just to make sure they're always charged and ready to fly!
If you want to film better footage with your Mavic Air 2, ND filters are something you're going to need. There are different "strengths" of ND filters, and based on how much light you have during your shoot will determine which filters you're going to use. The Mavic Air 2 Fly More kit comes with the ND16, 64 and 256 filters, but those (even the 16) can be pretty strong for most cases. If you're looking to film around golden hour, you'll need less-aggressive ND's to get that job done. Thats where the ND 4, 8 and 32's come in! They allow you to slow down your shutter and achieve that nice, cinematic-looking motion blur within your footage. Definitely would recommend getting the ND4, 8 and 32 pack of filters from DJI that doesn't come with the fly more kit.
Camera bags are extremely important when it comes to not only transporting your gear, but keeping it safe. I own the Mavic Sleeve and Fly More bag, and both of these are great for smaller trips where I don't want to pack a lot, but when it comes to larger shoots - I'll use my Lowepro camera bag to take my mirrorless cameras and drones around with me. It's a great size and keeps all my gear safe and protected when traveling.
When you start filming 4K 60FPS footage with your Mavic Air 2, you're going to realize you need more space on your hard drive! This is a pretty common practice for most creators, buying hard drives. The Mavic Air 2 will eat up a lot of hard drive space with it's 4K footage, and filling up your computers hard drive will drastically slow things down. Having external hard drives will help you keep your machine running well and ensure you have enough space for all your footage and photos!
At the time of this writing, the DJI Smart Controller is NOT updated to feature the ability to fly with the Mavic Air 2 - however DJI has stated multiple times that there will be a firmware update that allows you to fly your Mavic Air 2 with your Smart Controller, I'm anxiously waiting for that firmware release!
Landing pads are a great tool to have with you if you aren't comfortable with catch landing your drone, or need a clean surface to take off from. Keeping dust and dirt out of your drone is important!
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