DJI Announces Mavic Air Drone to Combine 'Best Features' of Mavic Series With Portability of Spark

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    Drone maker DJI today unveiled the "Mavic Air" at an event in New York City, stating that the new drone combines the "best features" of the Mavic series into an ultra-portable and foldable drone in line with last year's Spark model.

    Mavic Air includes a 4K camera, QuickShot and SmartCapture modes for simpler photo and video capturing, and FlightAutonomy 2.0 with Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems to ensure safer flights. DJI called the Mavic Air "the most portable DJI drone ever created" at a weight of 430 grams, and it can fold its arms and propellers to sit flush against its frame, similar to the Spark.

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    The drone's camera houses a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor and the equivalent of a 24mm F2.8 lens, connected to a recessed three-axis mechanical gimbal for steadier shots. The final images are said to result in 12-megapixel stills that use new HDR algorithms to "preserve more highlight and low light details."

    In regards to panoramic shots, Mavic Pro can combine 25 still images to make one 32-megapixel panoramic image in under one minute. The drone also supports other panorama modes, including horizontal, vertical, and 180 degree images.

    For video, Mavic Air shoots stabilized 4K video at 30 fps with a maximum bitrate of 100 Mbps, another best for DJI's family of drones according to the company. The drone can also shoot 1080p slow-motion video at 120 fps. To store all of this footage, Mavic Air includes 8 GB of onboard storage and a new USB-C port so exporting data is easier. There's also a micro SD card slot to further expand storage.

    Taking a cue from Spark's easy-to-use features, Mavic Air enables image and video capture in user-friendly modes like QuickShot, which lines out predefined flight paths that keep subjects in frame. SmartCapture includes various hand gestures that activate Mavic Air and command it to take pictures, follow you, record a short clip, land, and more, all without a physical remote.

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    More detailed controls can be found on the included remote controller, however, which has detachable control sticks that can be stored inside the remote controller for added portability.

    Users will be able to fly Mavic Air for up to 21 minutes at a maximum range of 2.5 miles, and it can fly standby in windy conditions of up to 22 mph. When in the air, FlightAutonomy 2.0 helps the drone navigate complex outdoor environments using seven onboard cameras and infrared sensors, and a Sport Mode boosts speeds up to 42 mph.

    DJI will sell Mavic Air in Onyx Black, Arctic White, and Flame Red starting at $799, with a package that includes the drone, battery, remote controller, carrying case, two pairs of propeller guards, and four pairs of propellers. A Mavic Air Fly More Combo will also be for sale at $999 and includes the drone, three batteries, remote controller, travel bag, two pairs of propeller guards, six pairs of propellers, a battery to power bank adapter, and battery charging hub.

    Those interested can pre-order Mavic Air on DJI's website today, and it will begin shipping in a few days on January 28.

    Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with DJI. When you click the above link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

    Article Link: DJI Announces Mavic Air Drone to Combine 'Best Features' of Mavic Series With Portability of Spark
     
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    Ive had a couple of DJI models and they have performed well for me.
     
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    I love my Mavic Pro, it's great to see them expanding the family. The biggest thing is new people need to follow the FAA rules for flying. People doing stupid things is hurting the community.
     
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    As much as I love DJI they are feeling like they are getting a bloated product line.
     
  7. 33man macrumors 6502

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    I love my mavic pro. The scary thing is that they should add other drones avoidance system as the first time I flew over a lake I hear my drone and I started to say strange... It is at 500meters from me so.... But this should be the wind carrying the sound....

    Then I saw another mavic arriving near me around 30 meters... Cool I tougth but as the drone is filming below or to the ground, there is no way to avoid any collision...

    It's like two persons using their smartphone walking in the street...

    So yeah would be nice to have like planes, an avoidance system or I will putt a radio jammer :) on my mavic :) :)
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    Well they killed gopro last year so this is pretty neat...
     
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    Looks interesting. my only complaint is the flight time is reduced and from what I gather the signal is wifi instead of RF so that could cause interference no?
    From youtube the images look great (its not a phantom 4 pro but you get the idea)
    Is it time for me to finally pull the trigger on my first drone?
     
  9. Mizouse macrumors regular

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    I'll be picking this up.

    I wanted a Mavic Pro but it was still too big for me.

    Was considering the Spark but the lack of folding arms and no 4K put me off on that one.
     
  10. CarlJames72 macrumors newbie

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    It looks to work via remote and WiFi. WiFi Running through the mobile device you are using. There is a remote control that comes with it. It also says to only use sports mode with the remote. I purchased one already. I was not going to get a drone with WiFi control only. Besides the limited range of WiFi, the controls do not feel the same. There is nothing physical and I would most likely crash it. . I think the Mavic Pro is awesome. Even when the new one arrives I might hold off on using it until all the kinks are worked out (firmware upgrades).
     
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    Puck, for your 1st drone, this would be fantastic.

    BUT I do wonder about the wifi signal. I sure like having the strong satellite connection on my Mavic.
    That, tbh, is the biggest question mark for me.

    I wouldn't worry about flight time. If you buy the fly more kit, you get another battery or 2. I did with my Mavic and then bought another. It's incredibly easy to bring it back, change a battery and zip back to where you had it. Honestly, it's a non-issue to me - I've had non-drone users amazed at how quick I can have it back up and flying.

    Good luck!
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    Biggest issue is Wi-Fi connection to drone. It's the same with the Spark, and in a relatively built-up suburb, the reception is pitiful, whereas my Mavic Pro has zero issues in the same location. I've had interference barely 50 feet away with the Spark + RC, whereas the Mavic Pro - again, has no issues for miles.
     
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    I think this means there will definitely be a Mavic 2 as the camera is still not 4K 60fps. Great design though and fixes the obvious issue with the Spark, the legs now fold.

    I already have a Mavic I don’t use so won’t be investing in another drone but good luck to those who purchase this.
     
  14. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

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    Until I actually get a little more serious, or at least slightly more interested, about producing this type of video footage I’ll probably go with the $60ish clones to see if I even enjoy using a drone.

    All of of the YouTube videos using dji drones look amazing.
     
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    I think the problem you’ll have there is the fact that the cheaper drones are not as fun to fly as a Mavic or Phantom or Spark. The cheaper ones might even easily blow away in the wind. Very different experience.
     
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    I’ve watched quite a few, more than I probably should’ve, of these clones and compared feature to feature to know what I’m getting into with a $60 investment.

    If I find a solid deal on a spark I might just go that route although the amount I see being sold on Craigslist, etc. kind of makes me feel like the “fun” part gets old unless you’re into the video production side.
     
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    I’d like to be able to use my Mavic more but because of where I live, it’s either a bit risky to fly it or I need to drive a good bit away before it’s legal. Not looking to do that every week. Anyway, I’ve enjoyed using it and appreciate the video I’ve been able to get off it. If you want one just for flying, just get a racing drone that can do flips and things and can probably go faster.
     
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    I have to look up the regulations in my area. I actually had a conversation with someone who sold his spark because in our area it’s pretty limited on where you can fly.
     
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    You won't get much of an idea of whether you like flying until you have a GPS-enabled drone like the Spark/Mavic series. It's a completely different beast.
     
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    The spark/mavic series are the only drones with gps?
     
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    No, but they're the ones the masses will pick from when they're looking at DJI, along with the new Air.
     
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    I would not even bother looking for a better all around drone. That is unless you want to spend a few thousand dollars. I have been up and down the drone ladder. Nanos to The Phantom. For what the Mavic does and for what the competition is offering, its hard to find a better option. There is that new one. Autel EVO. But that is not even on the market. It looks promising, but for sure there will be growing pains. I just got the Mavic within the last couple of months. If I based my purchase off peoples gripes, then I would not have purchased it. I honestly could not be any happier with this drone. You are going to waste a lot of money looking for it’s equal. Unfortunately, that’s the lesson I learned.
     
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    I just ordered the Air, as I wanted something with 4K and a bit more range. I will be looking to get rid of my Spark....lets talk.
     
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    have you had any issues with the wifi and the controller. This is the only thing holding me back as I live in NY/Long Island where i'm surrounded by shopping malls and houses
     
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    I have not had any issues...but I live in a more rural area.
     

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