Last updated April 12, 2018
The specs are out! I’m truly excited for the DJI Mavic Air! These are the 10 reasons why I WANT it!
I think it’s the perfect drone, and a worthy upgrade to my Mavic Pro.
Here are my reasons:
POCKET-ABILITY of the Drone – It’s actually Pocket-able. This makes it super practical to take anywhere, therefore, I will probably end up using it WAY more than my Mavic Pro. For this reason alone, I think it’s a great tool to have.
In the DJI presentation, this guy was carrying not 1, not 2, but 3 Mavic Air and a remote control as well as his phone and wallet, all in his jacket!
It’s half the size of the Mavic Pro and 41% lighter!
It’s like having your cell phone on you all the time and being able to capture a great photo when the opportunity arises. Now, with the Mavic Air, you can pull the drone out from your pocket, launch it to the sky, capture your footage, and pop it back in your pocket when you’re done. This thing is a game changer just because it’s so compact and portable.
POCKET-ABILITY of the controller – They even redesigned the controller. Although it doesn’t have a screen like the Mavic Pro, it’s more compact and the joysticks are removable, so can fold up into a super portable form that fits in your pocket.
Improved Quality Video and Added HDR Photos – From the test footage that people have been posting all over the internet, the 4K 30FPS video footage looks BETTER than the Mavic Pro, this is probably because it has a much higher Bit rate (100Mbits/sec vs 60Mbits/sec on the Mavic Pro)! It can also do 1080P at 120FPS for amazing slow motion. And it can take photos at 12MP with HDR feature. With photos in the air, you’re dealing with the bright sky and dark area in the shadows all at once. Thanks to the improved HDR processing capabilities, it can capture details in both the bright and dark areas!
Better Sensors and software, making it harder to crash. The Mavic Air has sensors in the front, button, and back (where as the Mavic Pro does not have the back sensor). So this makes flying backwards with the Mavic Air a lot safer,. A lot of drone owners (myself included) loves flying backwards. With the Mavic Air, it has advance avoidance mode (which uses a 7 camera vision system), DJI calls this the Fight Autonomy 2.0 System. The Mavic Air will create a 3D map of the environment and using its new Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS) it will be able to intelligently move around obstacles instead of just stopping in front of them
This will allow beginners to have more confident flying the drone. And it will open doors to pros who want to live on the edge, and fly closer to obstacles to get more interesting shots.
New 32MP Panorama Spherical mode. Basically takes 25 high resolution photos and stiches them together to make this awesome Panorama spherical photo! The result looks really cool! And you can pan the photo in 360!
Active Track mode is Improved – The Active Track is feature where the drone will follow a subject you pick. The tracking modes are sweet, it can track the subject in many ways, such as moving around the subject, moving in front of subject, or follows the subject from behind. Now it has been improved so it can detect up to 16 selectable subjects, and the algorithms have been upgrade for better tracking! These modes help create professional drone footage while you are running, jumping, cycling, driving in a car, or doing other exciting activities.
Additional QuickShot mode. The quick shot modes can maneuver the drone through a complicate path while capture the 10 second clip with the tap of a button. Now, we have two new quick shot modes with the Mavic Air! The two new ones are Asteroid and Boomerang,
Asteroid uses a Panorama Spherical mode along with a path movement to create a unique perspective.
Boomerang captures an awesome reveal path that looks extremely professional. To get this kind of shot manually would require two operators, one to fly the drone in this precise motion and one to control the camera angle; and it would literally take hundreds of hours to get it so perfectly smooth like this. Now, you can do this with a push of a button!
Redesigned for the better:
The 3-Axis Gimbal has been improved to reduced vibrations
The camera housing is now recessed providing better protection.
Gesture Controls are improved; basically you can, launch, land, and control the drone with your palm of your hands and command it to take a photo or start recording. Now you can take a group selfie without holding the controller!
Cheaper than the Mavic Pro!
For $799 you get the basic package which comes with drone, one battery, the charger, Protective case, propeller guards, and a remote controller.
For $999 the Fly More Combo comes with additional set of propellers, 2 extra batteries, a folding changing hub that can charge 4 batteries, and a shoulder bag.
You can Pre-order right now (http://click.dji.com/AN3PNHFUXRQu57eUaT0NVg?pm=link), shipping will start on January 28, 2018.
Now, there are disadvantage compared to the Mavic pro
The first disadvantage:
It is nosier than the Mavic Pro
The Remote uses Wifi Signal which may not be as solid as the Radio Signal used with the Mavic Pro
It’s limited to a 2.5 Mile Range instead of the 4 Mile Range of the Mavic Pro
It’s got a 21 minute Flight time vs the 27 Minute flight time of the Mavic Pro