Whoo, where to start? We previously reported on DJI’s upcoming Mavic Air. It’s now official! There’s a lot to cover with this new and exciting drone, so let’s dive right in!
Mavic Air Camera
DJI has finally paired a 4K camera to a small drone. This camera is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal. Basically, you can shoot video without any worry of camera shake. The Panorama mode seems to have gotten an upgrade, too. DJI is calling it 32MP Sphere Panoramas. While you will be able to view your panorama without the DJI Goggles, if you want the best experience, you might want to fork over the money for them.
It will shoot 4K videos at 30fps. If you want to get some nice slow-mo shots you will have to lower your resolution to 1080p. When you do, you will be able to jump that fps all the way up to 120. If you’re not into shooting video (why wouldn’t you?) the camera is respectable for still shots. You get a 12MP f/2.8 lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24mm.
This could actually be a little better. You will only get 8GB of onboard storage. Considering this thing shoots 4K, you would hope it would be more. I would be willing to bet if you save to onboard storage, the video resolution might lower to 1080p or possibly even 720p like the Spark does. The good news is you will still be able to use your MicroSD card. Even better news, you can export your videos through a USB Type-C port! Strangely, that makes me happy.
The controller looks almost identical to that of the Spark. The biggest problem I have with the Spark controller is the joysticks. They work perfectly fine, but when I want to transport my drone, I constantly have to be careful they don’t catch on something. The Air controller fixes this issue by making them removable. Portability at its finest.
Flight and Price
This is where it gets really exciting! DJI is claiming a 68.4 km/h max speed. For those of us in the US, that translates into a staggering 42.5 mph! 42 friggin miles per hour! Just as exciting is the 21 minute max flight time. Add the front, rear, and bottom collision detection sensors and you got yourself one hell of a drone.
Naturally, the price is very important. All this comes in at a price tag of $799. It slots the Mavic Air just below the Mavic Pro, and roughly twice the cost of the Spark.
What are your thoughts on the DJI Mavic Air? Are you planning on buying one, or did you already pre-order? Let us know in the comments!