I've owned a lot of DJI Drones from Phantoms, Inspires, Mavic, Spark, Mavic Air, etc. Of all the drones, my favorite is the original Mavic Air because of it's compact size and great image quality. Though quality is not as good as the Mavic Pro series, I still prefer the smaller form factor of the Mavic Air.
I find the smaller drones less intimidating when out in public, and people tend to just see it more as a toy. The larger drones are louder, and I find more people are sensitive to the size of the drone. It's sort of the same mentality of taking photos in a public place with a smartphone vs a large DSLR camera. More people tend to look at you if your equipment looks too professional.
So i'm excited to see the new DJI Mavic Air 2 that sits in between the Mavic Pro and Mavic Air size (and weight). I think it's still might be compact enough for most people to write off, but now adds much better stability, distance, performance, and image quality over the smaller Mavic Air. It's something I think i'll be adding to my gear this year.
The new DJI Mavic Air 2 adds a new high-end camera with 1/2" CMOS sensor capable of capturing 8K Hyperlapse time-lapse shots, 4K60 video, 240 fps slow-motion 1080p video, and up to 48MP stills. Photos, panoramas, and 'video' can also be captured in HDR (high dynamic range). If you forget to insert your media, the Mavic Air 2 has 8GB of internal storage, and can accept SD cards up to 256GB.
Now DJI has added intelligent obstacle avoidance, The Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems 3.0 (APAS) is aware of the Mavic Air 2 in 3D space and its proximity to people and objects to help avoid accidental collisions.
A larger 3500mAh battery allows flight times for up to 34 minutes and at speeds of up to 43 mp. The included remote controller supports OcuSync 2.0 technology to provide you with flights at a distance of up to 11.5 miles away. For more information visit the DJI Mavic Air 2 product page (click here).