If you like to keep on top of what is coming in the quadcopter drone world then you probably keep track of what is coming out at the Consumer Electonics Show CES. This year at the CES 2018 they featured a lot of drones. DJI even announced a new drone the DJI Mavic Air which stood out among other drones. DJI are a known world wide for providing drones with aerial imaging technology and for their civilian drones. We’ll be looking at the features of this new drone so keep reading to see if it lives up to the hype..
DJI Mavic Air, Onyx Black Portable Quadcopter Drone Review
The Mavic Air was developed for people who like to travel and capture the outdoors. If you’re out and about and like to take a drone with the to capture the moment then you will love this drone which can fold up making it ultra-portable. Being a DJI drone it can deliver high performance results and it boasts more intelligent features than a lot of drones made for the consumer market. No matter what you want to explore this Mavic Air drone will enable you to do it.
When they have designed this drone, DJI have taken the portability of the Mavic Pro and the fact that it can fold up and improved the footprint so the Mavic Air is even smaller and more portable. It’s half the size folded of the Mavic Pro, about the size of a small tablet. The arms fold in towards the aerodynamic body flush which is precision designing at it’s best. If you’re wearing a jacket with large pockets then you will probably be able to carry the Mavic Air in your pocket.
The best thing is it only weighs around a pound so you’re not going to feel overloaded carrying it around. You’re biggest problem is going to be that you might forget it’s in your pocket because it is so light. It’s pretty impressive and it doesn’t affect it’s high-end performance and functionality.
When it comes to video you can shoot 4k with the Mavic Air at 24 or 30 frames per second at UHD quality and you have the capability of taking pictures that are 12-megapixel with a wide angle 24mm f2.8 lens. There are new HDR algorithms so it can help you get the right exposure in different light conditions. It uses more natural transitions in dark and overexposed areas giving better pictures.
If you like recording fast action sports and activities the Mavic Air offers support for recording 1080p 120 fps slow-motion video so you can enjoy every moment. It has the ability to fly at 42.5 mph and it can deal with winds that are blowing up to 22 mph. DJI have redesigned the antenna so you now have a 2.5 mile range.
To make the Mavic Air smaller they have designed a gimbal system that is recessed into the body of the drone, it’s a 3-axis mechanical gimbal with reduced angular vibration. It’s set in a triangular formations with gimbal dampeners so you can get even steadier shots.
There is internal storage of 8GB so you don’t have to save everything to a micro sd card unless you want to film loads but you have a card slot so you can use both if you need to.
Foldable remote controller
The DJI Mavic Air comes with a foldable remote controller which has a low profile design and holds your smartphone easily. The control sticks are removable and can be stored in the remote controller to make it as portable as the drone.
Here is a list of the full specs that I managed to find:
24mm F2.8 lens
Three-axis stabilized 4K camera
Increased signal coverage
New ventilation system that will help prevent overheating
Can reach speeds up to 42.5 mph
Has a 2.5 mile range
Offers a flight time of up to 21-minutes
Is capable of flying up to 16,000 feet above sea level
Built-in 8GB of storage with a MicroSD expansion
Optional remote that has been designed for portability (the thumbsticks are removable)
Available in a total of three colors: Black, white, and red
Having a good, long flight time means you have more time to capture what you need and the Mavic Air gives you up to 21 minutes, improving on many other drones and it doesn’t take ages to recharge it either only 55 minutes with a charging hub or a standard USB charger.
Customers have been thoroughly impressed with the quality of the drone and the footage you can take. They love the fact that it can be folded up small and carried in small bag without fear of damage to the propellers. They have found it to be responsive when flying and the beginner mode is worth using when you’re learning. The intuitive technology makes it very easy to fly. There are lots of positive reviews.
On the downside some people have had issues with calibrating the drone and some received damaged goods and had to return and some have had problems with the joystick. We recommend buying from Amazon.com where you have a 30 day return period if you have any problems.
The DJI Mavic Air is a quadcopter drone that is going to appeal to all people who like to travel and capture it all on aerial video footage or in picture form. It’s a great tool for Youtuber’s and people who love to take action footage of themselves or others and the flight time helps with this.