DJI Mavic Air

roblems look mighty small from 150 miles up

Posted by Admin on May 20, 2019

The DJI Mavic Air is a compact, foldable drone and is the smallest member of DJI's Mavic family of products. It offers high image quality in a travel-friendly size, as well as a solid obstacle avoidance system and powerful automated flight modes. It can shoot 4K/30p video at 100 Mbps, but uses Wi-Fi for connectivity instead of DJI's more robust Lightbridge or OcuSync signal transmission systems, both of which perform better over long distances.

The Mavic Air is a compelling offering, positioned between the consumer and professional-grade drones that DJI currently offers. When used correctly, it can produce content difficult to distinguish from its professional-grade cousins. If you're looking for a drone that delivers features close to the Phantom 4 Pro or Mavic 2 series while keeping size and cost factors in check, the Mavic Air might be the perfect aerial companion for you.

Key Features:

  • 1/2.3" 12 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 3-axis stabilized gimbal
  • 85 degree FOV (24mm equiv)
  • Lightweight, 430 grams (15 ounces)
  • 21-minute flight time
  • Top speed of 68 km/h (42 mph) in sport mode
  • DNG Raw support
  • 100 Mbps 4K video up to 30 fps
  • Forward and rear-facing APAS obstacle avoidance
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • New intelligent flight modes

The DJI Mavic Air is in some ways an evolution of the DJI Spark, but also borrows liberally from DJI's Mavic series of drones. The Mavic Air has a smaller footprint than the Spark when the legs are folded and the drone is in travel mode. On top of that, it also includes 4K video (the Spark maxes out at 1080p). The Air also offers DNG Raw stills, longer flight time, D-Cinelike color profile in video, and upgrades the gimbal from two to three axes of stabilization. The use of Wi-Fi for signal transmission matches the Spark, which keeps this small-but-mighty drone beneath the more robust transmission offering of the Mavic and Phantom series.