DJI announces Mavic Air drone, a foldable Spark with a slightly larger price


DJI is a well know drone manufacturer who offers a variety of drones for the public depending on what you plan on using them for. Their most recent and affordable drone was the DJI Spark which offered some neat features for someone who wanted to get into drones but doesn’t want to, or can’t,  spend a lot. Moving up from the Spark, DJI offers the Mavic Pro which costs quite a bit more but offers better specs and features. Until now, there was no in between unless you bought the Phantom series drones. DJI has announced the Mavic Air that will be the step up of the Spark and little brother to the Mavic Pro.

The Mavic Air comes with a 4K camera (just like the Mavic Pro) and should offer great images, new QuickShot and SmartCapture modes, more intelligent photo/video taking, and Flight Autonomy 2.0 with Advanced Pilot Assistance. This foldable drone looks like the Spark but is larger and has a weight of 430 grams or 15oz. The camera will have a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor which lets you capture high-quality images and videos of the landscape around you. The 4K resolution video will be shot at 30fps with a max bitrate of 100 Mbps. The slow-motion feature will capture 1080p video at 120fps. In addition, 8GB of internal storage will allow you to take pictures without an SD card and the Mavic Air comes equipped with a USB-C port.

A quick overview of the features and specifications of the Mavic Air include:

  • Foldable and portable
  • 12MP camera
  • 4K video
  • 32MP sphere panoramas
  • 8GB onboard storage
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • 21-minute flight time
  • Flight range of 2.4 miles
  • Top speed of 42mph
  • Flight Autonomy 2.0

Pricing of the Mavic Air will start at $799USD and it will be available in three colors, Onyx Black, Arctic White, and Flame Red. Included with the drone will be a battery, remote control, carrying case, two pairs of propeller guards, and four pairs of propellers. If you’re willing to spend a bit more money, for $999USD the Fly More Combo comes with three batteries, the remote, a travel bag, two pairs of propeller guards, six pairs of propellers, a battery power bank adapter, and a charging hub. Pre-orders have begun for the Mavic Air through DJI and authorized dealers. The latest drone from the company is expected to start shipping January 28th.

Considering the cost of the Mavic Air, sitting between the cheaper DJI Spark and the more expensive DJI Mavic Pro, it’s not a bad choice to pick one up if you’ve been thinking about getting a drone. What are your thoughts about DJI’s newest drone, the Mavic Air? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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