Review of:  DJI Mavic Air Drone

Type:  Micro, Ready-To-Fly, Object Sensing

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DESIGN

Small and sleek design looks awesome, with different colors available.

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EASE OF USE

Well thought out and easy to use software. Remote is very not as nice a Pro.

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QUALITY

Build quality is extremely high which is expected at this price point.

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PRICE

Very affordable for the quality and features. Overall expensive though.

WHAT WE LIKE

  • Extremely small and portable
  • DJI Software is amazing
  • Easy to find accesories

WHAT WE don’t LIKE

  • No landing gear makes landing stressful
  • Controller design does not allow case on phone
  • Batteries really only give me 18 mins of flight time

Summary:  The design is great and the Air is much quieter while flying. The Mavic Air was made to be functional. At the end of the day, people want drones that are small enough that they can travel with them.  The Mavic Air is beyond small; it’s tiny. The folks at DJI gave the Mavic Air 4K video recording with a bit rate of 100mbps. This means your videos will have less compression than they would if you were using the original Mavic Pro. DJI took the gesture control from the Spark, fixed it, and then made it better on the Mavic Air. The bottom line is, if you want to buy the smallest and most advanced drone out there, the Mavic Air is the best drone you can get right now.

Have you heard about the DJI Mavic Air? You should already know by now that this is an amazing little drone.

The design is great and the Air is much quieter while flying.

With lines that resemble a Dodge Charger, there is no other drone out there that looks this good.

But looks aren’t everything! The Mavic Air was made to be functional, but also be the big brother to the Spark.

At the end of the day, people want drones that are small enough that they can travel with them.  The Mavic Air is beyond small; it’s tiny.

It’s even smaller than the Spark.

Some would even go as far as saying the Mavic Air fits in their pocket.

I love camera drones that capture great videos. The DJI Mavic Air delivers in this area too.

The folks at DJI gave the Mavic Air 4K video recording with a bit rate of 100mbps. This means your videos will have less compression than they would if you were using the original Mavic Pro. 

At first glance, you might think that the gimbal came straight from the Spark, but this isn’t the case. It’s an all new design with ND filter support and 3 axis stabilization. All of this boils down to one thing; more cinematic videos and better pictures.

 The Mavic Air is not a foldable Spark. This is a drone with all of the features that make it worthy of the Mavic name.

Aside from the main camera, there are two front facing cameras, two rear facing cameras, and two downward facing cameras. All of these cameras are used for obstacle avoidance and advanced vision positioning. 

Just like the Mavic Pro, you also get dual IMUs, GPS and GLONASS for more accuracy. With all of this data to process, the Mavic Air has many different onboard chips that are designed for specific tasks like video encoding, machine learning, flight control, battery management and more.

DJI took the gesture control from the Spark, fixed it, and then made it better on the DJI Mavic Air!!

Thanks to the speed of the processor that handles machine learning, DJI was able to add more smart features to the Mavic Air than any other drone available today. 

One of these new features is called Smart Capture. It’s like Gesture Control from the DJI Spark, but much better. You can takeoff from the ground using just your palm. Palm control can be used from up to 20 feet away.

Also, you can control distance with two palms, take pictures, videos, group shots and more all with gestures.

The bottom line is, if you want to buy the smallest and most advanced drone out there, the Mavic Air is the best drone you can get right now.

This is all fine and dandy, but do we really need all of this fancy technology to capture high quality video?  

Here at APV Drone we are looking at things through a whole new view.  We have recently connected with an enormous amount of FPV flyers. And some of the footage we have seen from them is amazing.

By simply strapping a GoPro onto their hand built micro quads they are able to capture some truly stunning videos.

Granted, there is an enormous amount of skill and technique needed to be able to fly this type of drone. 

The results speak for themselves though.

What do you guys think? Are FPV Drones going to take a bite out of the big guys GPS drone video stronghold?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.