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If you've been following our recent articles here on PhotographyTalk and our videos over on YouTube, then you know that I've been putting the DJI Mavic Air 2 through its paces.
I've found the Mavic Air 2 to be a total joy to fly, and its photo and video capabilities are certainly an added bonus.
I still prefer my Mavic 2 Pro.
For my money, the Mavic 2 Pro offers far better video performance. Since I primarily use my drones for video production, that's a hugely important feature.
But, like every drone, the Mavic 2 Pro benefits from having the right accessories that make it easier to fly, take photos, and create videos. Similar to DJI Mavic Mini battery which is a better accessory to have with Mavic Mini drone.
Below, I've listed some of my favorite DJI Mavic 2 Pro accessories.
Haida NanoPro ND Filter Kit
This is a fantastic little kit that gives you three ND filters for shooting long exposures and controlling shutter speed when shooting video.
The kit includes an ND 0.9, ND 1.2, ND 1.5, and ND 1.8 filter, each of which is built with an aviation-grade aluminum frame.
The frames are lightweight, yet durable and resist corrosion. Likewise, each filter features high-quality K9 optical class for the utmost clarity.
Haida has incorporated nanocoatings on both sides of each filter, too. This includes coatings that make the filters waterproof, scratch-resistant, and anti-reflective.
And with true neutral results, you don't have to worry about these filters causing color casts in your photos or videos. Add in the fact that they're less than $80, and you have the makings of the perfect DJI Mavic 2 pro accessory!
AxPower Low-Noise Quick-Release Propellers
By and large, the first accessory you'll need to replace on your Mavic 2 Pro (or any drone for that matter) will be the propellers.
Besides, having a spare set of propellers is always a good idea, just in case one gets damaged.
I prefer low-noise propellers because I'm often flying in urban areas and I want to minimize the disruption to my neighbors or other folks that are out and about.
These particular propellers are also quick-release and folding, so you can easily remove and store them.
DJI Smart Controller
For my money, the DJI Smart Controller is the best way to fly the Mavic 2 Pro.
The gigantic 5.5-inch touchscreen is beautiful and bright, so you can clearly see it even in the brightest sunlight. The joysticks are nicely sized and responsive as well. I also like that there are dedicated buttons to make controlling the drone's many different features an easier task.
It syncs to the drone the instant you power it up, and it automatically switches frequencies so you get better range. It even has a SkyTalk feature so you can livestream video as you fly.
Pick yours up for $749 at Adorama.
Go Professional Case
It's not like the Mavic 2 Pro is a cheap investment, so a must-have accessory is definitely a hard case to protect the drone.
This case is as tough as they come. It's waterproof and dustproof, and has padlock holes so you can lock the case.
Inside is a closed cell foam insert with a spot for your drone and several accessories to stay snug and tight as you go from one location to the next.
And since this case is impact resistant, you get peace of mind that if it does hit the ground, your drone and accessories will be just fine.
DJI Intelligent Flight Battery
While the DJI Intelligent Flight Battery is more expensive, it's worth it.
The fact that you can pair it with the DJI GO app and monitor the battery status, the circle number, temperature, and other important information makes it well worth the additional cost.
It also features overcharge protection, cold weather fatigue protection, and it eliminates rapid discharge in flight.
On top of all that, when the battery senses it's been stored for a while, it automatically discharges down to 50 percent to avoid damage and optimize the life of the battery.
If that's not intelligent, I don't know what is!