DJI has announced a new foldable drone, Mavic Air, that will succeed its bestselling drone Mavic Pro. The new Mavic Air will be available starting January 28 for $799. It’s 41 percent lighter than Mavic Pro and can fold into a more compact size.
The DJI Mavic Air is also faster and boasts of more advanced obstacle-avoidance technology (7-camera obstacle avoidance system) that allows it to move past barriers rather than halting in front of them. It will, however, have shorter flight time (21 minutes) and won’t be able to go as far from the operator as Mavic Pro. It can attain a top speed of 42.5 miles per hour and has a 2.5-mile range.
For photography, the Mavic Air has a 1/ 2.3-inch sensor and shoots 4K video at 30fps. It can also capture 12MP still photographs with wide-angle 24mm f/2.8 lens. The Air also has a 3-axis gimbal casing for the camera that should help capture smoother footage. The company claims it has improved its software algorithm to enhance image quality. The software also adds a 32MP panorama and a tiny planet mode.
Mavic Air benefits from a new ventilation system to avoid overheating. It also has a new remote that comes bundled with the drone.
The DJI Mavic Air strikes the right balance between the affordable DJI Spark and the higher end Mavic Pro, and it’s closer to the latter. The main attraction will be the more refined imaging system and more portable form factor.
DJI Mavic Air Specifications
- Flight time – 21 Minutes
- Top speed – 42.5 miles per hour
- Range – 2.5 miles
- Camera – 1/ 2.3-inch 12MP sensor, 4K videos, Wide angle f/2.8 lens, 3-axis gimbal casing, 32MP panorama.
- New air ventilation system, advanced obstacle avoidance system
- Automated flight modes, gesture controls