Its all about perspective in my humble opinion. I too have waited quite a while to “pull the trigger” on a new drone. I have flown my Spark frequently for the past two years, and have certainly enjoyed it and pretty much reached all its limits and even with some workarounds, etc. So first I watched the rollout of the Evo2 and was getting ready to drop the $2500 CDN it would have taken to get the Pro.
Then Covid came along, and as I recently retired, I could see my investments taking a big hit quite quickly, so justifying that spend seemed like it might be much harder. I was hoping there would be a Mavic 3 announcement but the pundits have pushed that down the road some more. I really wanted to enjoy the first summer of retirement with a new bird, instead, I got isolation and stress .
Along comes the Air2 with all the advance news leaks and so on, so I decided the price point was an easier pill to swallow, and I now await delivery.
Everything is fantastic in terms of comparing to the Spark, hence my “perspective” remark above. However, its not all rosy. I am dismayed that there is no Waypoint 2.0 support. Got around that with Litchi on the Spark. Will DJI release the SDK anytime soon? Doubt it. Aside from that, there is some fuss about the resolution with Quickshots, and gimbal adjusments, single IMU and sadly the lack of Expo like in go4. (I chose not to hack the spark on that one). A cinematic mode would be welcomed too. Hopefully some of those things will appear in firmware updates at some point.
All that griping aside, it looks to me like a pretty good middle range device between the Mini/Air1/Spark and the Mavic 2 series, I almost went for the Zoom at one point… the price aint right any more. The Air2 will fit my requirements pretty nicely I figure. Hope I am right. With the FMC, and Care Refresh, in Canadian funds, plus taxes, that’s $1725.00. Ugh.
So Tuesday or Wednesday, I will have a much more informed opinion… as Tom Petty sang, “the waiting is the hardest part”.
As for the size, I pretty much drive to all my flight locations, and the FMC bag will work okay when I am going offroad with my quad. I live on the edge of the wilderness in northern Ontario, so down the trails often produces great locations to fly.