So, almost 6 months after its initial launch, it’s time to see if the DJI Mavic Air has lived up to its expectations and if it’s still the portable drone powerhouse it was when it first hit the market. So, without further ado, let’s get started with the official specs of such a stylish little fella!
DJI MAVIC AIR : SPECIFICATIONS
Takeoff Weight: 430g
Folded Dimensions: 168×83×49 mm
Unfolded Dimensions: 168×184×64 mm
Operating Range: Up to 5 kilometers
Flight time: Up to 20 minutes
Sensor: 1/2.3″ CMOS
Effective MPX: 12MPX
Max Video Resolution: 4K@30fps
Max Video Bitrate: 100Mbps
Internal Storage: 8GB
When the DJI Mavic Pro first hit the market, everyone lauded its sleek design, sharp edges and high-quality components. It appeared to be very different from both their DJI Phantom and Inspire series, bringing a breath of fresh air to the marketplace. Spark, on the other hand, was panned for appearing too “childish” with its high gloss plastic and noncompact design.
This time, Mavic Air features a combination of high gloss plastic and a coarse industrial look, which was the most distinguishing feature of the initial Mavic Air. The hull looks fantastic, and durability was clearly a top primary concern during the production process.
IS DJI MAVIC AIR FLY MORE COMBO WORTH IT?
Now the first thing we need to clear up before going any further is whether or not DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo is worth the extra money. We have already seen these bundles with previous DJI models, both Mavic Pro and Spark have Fly More Combo options; so it’s not that big of a news in the first place.
Before we proceed, we must first determine whether the DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo is worth the extra money. We’ve already seen these bundles with previous DJI models; both the Mavic Pro and the Spark have Fly More Combo options, so it’s not exactly breaking news.
But keep in mind that the price increase is significant… but it is well worth it considering the benefits it brings to the table. Not only will you receive two two extra extra batteries, but also the foldable DJI Mavic Air controller, propeller guards, two extra sets of propellers, and the charging hub. Traveling cases are also included, making the DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo the ideal choice for people looking for a travel-friendly device.
CAMERA - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
DJI Mavic Air Camera Review Now for the most important question of all: how good is this little fella’s camera? Well, I have two words for you: freakin amazing! Should I remind you that this tiny thing comes equipped with a full-fledged 3-axis gimbal stabilization system? It even appears to be more durable than the gimbal on the Mavic Pro, which is flimsy, shaky, and appears to be prone to breaking when turned off. This one, on the other hand, remains firmly on target with or without the additional protection provided by the included gimbal cover. As for the camera itself, here’s everything you need to know about it:
In terms of performance, you’ve probably heard that the Mavic Air falls somewhere between the Spark and the Mavic Pro. This is absolutely correct in terms of technicalities and specifications… However, there are some advantages that can be classified as performance enhancements that put even the brilliant Mavic Pro to shame. Higher video pixel size is undoubtedly one of them, as are the recently added QuickShots, some of which are truly mesmerizing. More on that later…
DJI’s hardworking staff did an excellent job with the original controller for their Mavic Pro model. The Spark took it to the next level… and now the Mavic Air is doing the same thing. It has a similar shape, with dual antennas on top and a foldable body for easier transportation. If you choose the Fly More Combo, the controller will fit neatly into a dedicated compartment of the large carrying case that comes with it. With the exception of a few minor changes, the situation with the buttons has remained largely unchanged. Both analog inputs now have detachable sticks to aid in cramming it into small spaces. Overall, the construction quality is excellent, and it can even charge your smartphone!
CONCLUSION | IS DJI MAVIC AIR STILL THE ULTIMATE MINI AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY DRONE OUT THERE?
There is no doubt that the DJI Mavic Air is a fantastic drone. You’ve seen what it’s capable of… It’s incredible, especially for such a small size. So, yes, even nearly a year after its initial release, it is still the best miniature camera drone on the market. However, I believe the real question is how long it will remain at the top of the food chain. The hottest topic is foldable drones with hardware stabilization and beefy cameras. New ones are constantly being released, including a new challenger from Parrot…
Of course, I’m referring to the recently announced Parrot Anafi, which appears to be a true major rival to the Mavic Air.
4K videos, HDR support, and 3-axis hybrid stabilization are sure to make an impression.
What are your thoughts? Will the Parrot Anafi dethrone the DJI Mavic Air as the best miniature camera drone? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!