Earlier today we went to DJI’s event in New York where they announced the Mavic Air. It’s a smaller version of their very successful Mavic Pro. The drone looks promising and with great specs. It’s like a foldable Spark drone.
We had a chance to go hands on, while DJI demoed the flying capabilities. I love the small size and the fact that the propellers fold in. DJI also spoke about APAS ( Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems ) which helps pilots avoid obstacles and have a safer flight. You can see descriptions of some of the features below (from the press release). So it has less flight time than the Mavic Pro at 21 and the Pro having 27.
DJI Mavic air Specs:
Camera / Image System: 3-Axis Stabilized Gimbal | 12 MP CMOS Sensor
4K 30fps | 1080p at 120fps
Flight Time: 21 minutes | Max Video Transmission Distance: 4 km
Storage: 8GB Internal Storage
Features: ActiveTrack | QuickShots | SmartCapture | TapFly
Mavic Air’s ActiveTrack intelligent flight mode has been improved to automatically sense multiple subjects, following your subject and keeping it in the frame with more precision, especially during high motion activities like running and cycling.
QuickShot intelligent video modes make creating professional videos fun and easy with predefined flight paths that automatically keep your subject in the frame. Use Rocket, Dronie, Circle, or Helix plus two new modes Asteroid and Boomerang, to effortlessly create videos that once required significant piloting skills and sophisticated editing software. Asteroid starts with a spherical image that zooms in as it descends toward the subject on the ground, while Boomerang circles the subject in an oval-shaped flight path with the video finishing at the start point.
Powered by machine learning technology, SmartCapture is an ultra-responsive control mode that makes shooting photos and videos effortless. With a maximum range of up to 20 ft (6 meters), you can give hand gesture commands to launch, follow, photograph, record, push, pull and land, letting you capture the moment from any angle without the need for a remote controller.
Pricing and Availability
The Mavic Air standard package starts at $799. The standard package incluedes the Mavic Air, battery, remote, standard carrying case, two pairs of propeller guards and four pairs of propellers.
The DJI FlyMore Combo Package is $999 and has an extra set of propellers, two extra batteries (3 total),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.
You can preorder at DJI’s store HERE: store.dji.com. Pre-orders will starts shipping on January 28th.