Global camera tech innovator DJI has revealed its most exciting consumer drone yet — Mavic Air — and if you order one today you will have it next week
DJI has today launched a new ultra-portable, foldable consumer drone, the Mavic Air, which is about the size of a large smartphone.
It’s got a 3-Axis Gimbal, 4K Camera, new QuickShot modes and SmartCapture for easier and improved photo and video capturing
And it’s got FlightAutonomy 2.0 with Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems for smarter and more secure flights
“When DJI introduced the Mavic Pro, it reinvented what a consumer drone could be: powerful, yet portable, accessible, but advanced,” said DJI president Roger Luo. “Today, with the introduction of Mavic Air, we have pushed these attributes to the next level to create our best consumer drone yet.”
The super-compact machine weighs just 430g and the company says it has been designed for maximum performance.
Mavic Air’s 12MP HDR camera features a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor and the full-frame equivalent of a 24mm f/2.8 lens.
Its recessed three-axis mechanical gimbal is suspended from dampeners to further reduce vibration providing superior protection and steadier shots.
The new drone also captures stabilised 4K video at 30 fps, with a maximum bitrate of 100 Mbps — the highest quality video of any DJI consumer drone.
And users can shoot 1080p full HD slow-motion video at an incredible 120 fps.
Another first for Mavic Air is its 8 GB of onboard storage.
There is, of course, a micro SD card slot and it’s got a USB-C port for fast data transfer.
What other new features has Mavic Air got?
Mavic Air’s intelligent camera system has a new Sphere panorama feature to automatically shoot and stitch together 25 photos, creating a crystal-clear 32-megapixel panoramic image within one minute.
There are multiple panorama modes — horizontal, vertical, and 180 degree.
QuickShot intelligent video modes use predefined flight paths that automatically keep your subject in the frame.
Firms favourites on previous DJI models Rocket, Dronie, Circle, Helix are joined by two new modes Asteroid and Boomerang.
The former starts with a spherical image that zooms in as it descends toward the subject on the ground, while the latter circles the subject in an oval-shaped flight path with the video finishing at the start point.
On top of all this, there are a range of gesture controls in Smart Capture (works up to 20 feet away) and the more intelligent FlightAutonomy 2.0 system which enables more precise hovering and better flight performance.
Mavic Air has a maximum flight time of up to 21 minutes. It can fly stably in windy conditions of up to 22 mph (36 kph) and at high elevations of up to 5,000 meters (16,404 feet) above sea level.
And in Sport mode, Mavic Air flies at exhilarating speeds of up to 42 mph (68 kph).
It is compatible with DJI Goggles for an immersive FPV flight experience.
The drone’s remote has detachable control sticks that can be stored inside the remote controller for added portability.
So when does Mavic Air go on sale?
Mavic Air is available now for pre-order in Onyx Black, Arctic White and Flame Red colour from store.dji.com.
The retail price including the drone, battery, remote controller, carrying case, two pairs of propeller guards and four pairs of propellers, is €849.
The Mavic Air Fly More Combo is probably the best buy. It includes the drone, three batteries, a remote controller, a travel bag, two pairs of propeller guards, six pairs of propellers, a battery to power bank adapter and battery charging hub, and costs €1,049.