The DJI Mavic Air 2 is a fantastic drone camera with some fairly high end specs and yet selling at a reasonable price point for serious photographers and videographers. It has a 48MP still photo mode, 4K video, 8K time lapse video, intelligent flight modes, and a very efficient power system allowing flights of over 30 minutes and maximum air speeds over 40 MPH.
As capable as the drone is, there are some Mavic Air 2 accessories that will be needed for extending its features and capabilities. In addition to DJI brand items, there are also excellent Mavic Air 2 aftermarket accessories available from other sources.
At the top of our list of recommended Mavic Air 2 accessories that extend and expand the capabilities are ND filters. Especially for video mode, using ND filters is one of the more important drone photography tips.
ND filters or a combination of ND filter and circular polarizer (C-POL) filter are used in photography to capture usable images with proper exposure in brighter light or to allow for a specific range of shutter speeds or lens apertures for certain creative techniques.
When shooting video, Mavic Air 2 accessories such as ND filters enable you to record the video with a frame rate and shutter speed that results in a more natural appearance in the final video, especially when filming in brighter lighting conditions.
Ikan Corp markets a set of filters designed as Mavic Air 2 accessories with 3 different filters. It’s the Haida Nano Pro ND-PL kit HD4602. This filter kit fits perfectly on the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the strengths are a 3-stop ND filter, a 4-stop combo ND and C-Pol, and a 5-stop combo ND and C-Pol filters.
Made from high quality optical glass with multi-coated surfaces, these filters are lightweight and very low profile so your camera and flying operations aren’t affected in any negative way. You want to be sure to use high quality filters with the DJI drone cameras to maximize their excellent image and video quality.
Intelligent Flight Battery
Yes, it comes with a battery, kits may come with 2 or more, but with the relatively limited filming time open to drone users, it seems you can never have enough batteries. When out in the field on a job or having fun, 34 minutes doesn’t feel very long at all.
Thankfully the DJI Mavic Air 2 has one of the most efficient motors for extending the real flight time to 34 minutes, so your flights don’t feel limited. Still, carrying extra batteries is a fact of life for all digital photography. Being without power means no images, no video footage, no flying.
The battery of choice as DJI Mavic Air 2 accessories is the rechargeable lithium-ion Mavic Air Intelligent Flight Battery. Depending on what charger you use, batteries recharge in 1 to 2 hours.
DJI Smart Controller
Of all of the Mavic Air 2 upgrades, the DJI Smart Controller is one of the most sophisticated. The basic controller works with a later model Android or iOs phone and provides all of the camera and drone functions and features. Upgrading to the DJI Smart Controller provides you with a more sophisticated interface.
The Smart Controller also upgrades the range between stone and controller, up to 10 kilometers. The display is brighter, clearer, and very large, making it easier to fine tune certain controls.
Buying this smart controller almost doubles the price, so many drone users will be content with using their own smartphone and the basic controller, but when you need more range, a brighter view, and better control, this is the upgrade to look at.
Adding a propeller guard and carrying replacement propellers is a smart decision, since both of these are a protection against not being able to operate the drone due to something happening to the propellers.
Since we’re getting more propellers as part of our kit of DJI Mavic Air 2 accessories, we might as well make the upgrade to their low-noise propellers. An added benefit of these propellers is improved flight time along with lower noise levels and slightly better aerodynamic performance.
Lots of Accessory Options
As far as DJI Mavic Air 2 accessories, we have some other options of beneficial gear from DJI and from aftermarket manufacturers.
Some other Mavic Air 2 aftermarket accessories to consider for your photo or video outings are high capacity microSD memory cards, battery chargers including a car charger or multiple battery charger, and a hard case or semi-rigid sling pack to carry everything in.