DJI has released a new (free) firmware for its Mavic Air 2 drone launched in April, which adds a number of interesting new features such as an improved automatic obstacle avoidance mode; the ability to pause or restart a hyperlapse recording and a 2x digital zoom when recording at 4K or a 4x zoom when recording at 1080p.
DJI Mavic Air 2
The Mavic Air 2 is distinguished from its predecessor by its longer flight time (now 34 minutes maximum), higher speed and - especially important for drone filmers - a larger new Quad Bayer image sensor (1/2") and a higher data rate of 120 Mbps (the Mavic Air still had 100 Mbps) when recording 4K video at 60 fps.Hereour field test of the Mavic Air 2.
The new features of firmware version 01.00.0340 in detail
-additional security flight mode. The aircraft automatically avoids obstacles and does not respond to commands to fly left or right.
-4K zoom mode added, supporting 2x digital zoom when shooting at 4K 30/25/24 fps
-2x digital zoom when set to 2.7K 60/50/48/30/25/24 and 4x digital zoom when set to 1080P 60/50/48/30/25/24 in video mode.
-4K resolution in hyperlapse
-The FPV mode is optimized for Gimbal.
-Better recordings during forward flight in sport mode
-The flight attitude was adjusted to avoid the propellers unexpectedly appearing in the camera view.
-Optimized hyperlapse. Added the ability to interrupt recording during hyperlapse, increased the number of waypoints to 45, and added support for the Task Library.
Optimized ActiveTrack when tracking vehicles at low altitude.
The following video shows how to install the firmware update: