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Best Drone Under $1000

DJI Mavic Air 2

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If the DJI Mavic Air left some users underwhelmed, the Mavic Air 2 has stepped up the game significantly, both in terms of the overall flight performance and camera quality. It’s a little bit heavier than its predecessor, weighing in at 570g (so be sure to register it with the FAA), but more than makes up for its slight increase in weight with superior flight time, able to get up to 34 minutes in the air in ideal conditions. 

You’re not going to be limited by speed or range with the Mavic Air 2 either, with a top speed of 42.5 mph and a controller range limit of 10km. But the real selling point of the Mavic Air 2 is the camera and intelligent flight modes. The 1/2-inch sensor shoots 12MP stills from a 48MP sensor for image quality that rivals even the best professional drone cameras out there. 4K video capture at 60fps is not quite cinematic quality, but nothing to sneeze at either. With such a lineup of winning features, the DJI Mavic Air 2 is really a bargain, and the best drone under $1000. In fact, you can even get the Fly More Combo for extra batteries, and still come in under the $1000 mark on this one. 

Who is it for?

The Mavic Air 2 is a great drone for professional photographers, though it might not be your aspirational professional photography drone. It’s got a great camera, great video quality, and all the intelligent flight features and camera modes, including 8K Hyperlapse, QuickShot functions and SmartPhoto scene recognition that make DJI drones the market leaders. This would be a great pick for photographers looking to break into the aerial photography scene, as it’s super easy to fly so you can focus on getting great shots. With its lightweight, foldable design, the Mavic Air 2 would also be a great choice for photographers who plan to do a lot of travel, as it’s easier to transport than something such as the bulkier Phantom 4. 

What we like

  • 4K video and 48MP stills
  • GPS, obstacle avoidance
  • Four Hyperlapse intelligent flight modes
  • 10km range and 34 minute flight time
  • Redesigned controller for top screen position

What we don’t like

  • No sideways obstacle avoidance
  • Some of the intelligent flight modes are not so intuitive to use