DJI’s Mavic 2 drone can avoid obstacles in all directions

Flight improvements

Designing a drone is always a high-wire act. The limiting factor for flying time is, of course, the battery. But adding a bigger battery means adding weight, which means—less flying time. The engineers must make themselves crazy.

In any case, the Mavic 2’s engineers decided to go bigger with this drone. Unlike last year’s coat-pocketable Mavic Air, this baby is even larger than the original 2016 Mavic. You’ll be investing in a carrying case.

The company advertises a 31-minute flight time. I’ve always had the feeling that drone makers exaggerate their specs, so this time I measured. I let the drone hover in a living room: no wind, no

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