The world of drones is crowned by DJI, the Chinese manufacturer which brings us Mavic Air, the best consumer drone on the market. DJI Mavic Air is an affordable drone, the next step in the range of portable drones.
About Mavic Air
Mavic Air fits best on the budget and skills of someone who wants to buy the first drone. While being a quite powerful drone, it is reduced design and weight, something between Mavic Pro and Spark, a bit bigger than a smartphone.
This doesn’t make Mavic Air a competitor of the other models in the catalogue. Each of them has it’s own unique characteristics and the user preferences are different.
Like always, DJI is focused on power and design improvement. We are speaking about a more stable drone with a weight of only 430 grams, more compact and easy to transport. An improvement also comes in the 3-axis mechanical stabilizer which helps the camera to capture better shots, thanks to the 3-axis mechanical stabilizer which reduces the vibrations during flying.
Another extra improvement is added, the small legs that slightly raise from the ground which are protecting the aircraft when landing.
Mavic Air specifications
|Dimensions||Folded: 168 × 83 × 49mm (L × W × H); Unfolded: 168 × 184 × 64mm (L × W × H)|
|Maximum speed||68.4 km / h in Sport mode|
|Maximum service height||5000 meters above sea level|
|Flight time||21 minutes|
|Connectivity||Maximum range of 4 km|
|Camera||12MP 1 / 2.3-inch CMOS sensor|
|Lens||FOV 81.9º 25mm f / 2.6|
|Video||4K at 30 fps and 1080p at 120 fps|
|Storage||8 Gb expandable by microSD|
As we see, Mavic Air is a drone which basically fits in a jacket pocket, so you won’t worry about taking it with you everywhere you go even if it’s a trip or just going for a walk. The whole compact and aerodynamic design makes it a more user-friendly drone, offering a new sensation when flying it.
To improve the Wi-Fi transmission when raising the height, Mavic Air comes equipped with two folding antennas and multiple sensors. These are placed in the front part of the drone, on the arms being also in charge of protecting the camera and the aircraft to have direct contact with the ground at landing.
Flying a Mavic Air
Mavic Air is an intelligent drone, able to avoid obstacles, map the area, or follow a defined object, thanks to the flight cameras and infrared sensors. Very stable even in windy conditions, Mavic Air can fly at up to 5000 meters altitude for approx 21 minutes.
Those who have tried a DJI drone before can tell that flying a Mavic Air is very easy, safe and fun.
Using the smartphone, the handling is super easy and effortless, using only gestures in the two modes available – Asteroid and Boomerang. In this case, you will need extra accessories like the USB C cable or Lightning connector.
However, flying Mavic Air with the remote control offers more satisfaction than the mobile application which makes it look like a game. You will have a more precise flight with real sensations, especially when entering in the Sport Mode and flying with a speed close to 70km/h.
Designed for beginners, Mavic Air has a safe fight, detecting obstacles and decides how to avoid them, thanks to the new Advanced Pilot Assistance System and if the signal gets weaker at distances above 1km, the drone will automatically activate the Return-to-take-off System, which by its name defines what it does. Even so, in good weather conditions, the Mavic Air can reach up to 4km distance range.
Mavic Air camera
We were speaking about an improvement in the gimbal and the main camera. Mavic Air comes with a more stable images in three directions thanks to the gimbal which is incorporated together with the camera in the chassis of the aircraft. The shock absorbents are really making the difference!
The 12MP camera incorporates a 1 / 2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a f/2.8 aperture, capable of recording 4K video at 30fps. The bitrate depends on the video option used, which is adjusted according to the needs.
Panoramas and Smart Video
The quality of photos and videos is surprising, satisfying the needs of a lot of content creators. Mavic Air is able to shoot very good image quality, despite the fact that it has only a normal profile and D-Cinelike. The drone incorporates the Sphere Mode which allows to create 360° panoramas composed from 25 photos taken automatically.
New modes are introduced to enable recording defined paths when flying and to allow the user to take pictures in six different directions, without taking care of piloting the drone.
Is the storage sufficient?
Thanks to the microSD card slot, the storage capacity can be extended, as the internal 8GB will not be quite enough for 4K recordings, either that it’s a plus that you can still save locally. The storage can be transferred later in a laptop, trough the USB C port located in the rear part of the drone.
Don’t try to use the slot to charge the battery, as it does not also serves to connect with an external power bank. Always use the proper DJI charger!
There’s no doubt tat we are speaking about an affordable portable drone. Thanks to the new improvement, flying and shooting footage became easier, and of course, when speaking about a DJI drone, after flying it, it becomes addictive.
Mavic Air is a model that expands the DJI’s catalogue with a powerful drone for beginners, as well as for content creators and even audiovisual producers, for smaller projects.
The best place to buy Mavic Air is the DJI official shop.