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DJI Mavic Air Specs

  • Weight: 430 g
  • Dimensions (Unfolded): 6.6″ x 7.2″ x 2.5″ (168 x 184 x 64 mm) (LxWxH)
  • Dimensions (Folded): 6.6″ x 3.3″ x 1.9″ (168 x 83 x 49 mm) (LxWxH)
  • Max Speed: 42.5 mph (19 m/s)
  • Max Takeoff Altitude: 16,404 feet (5,000 m)
  • Battery Capacity: 2,970 mAh
  • Max Flight Time: 21 minutes
  • Max Flight Distance: 6.2 miles
  • Max Wind Speed Resistance: Level 5
  • Operating Temperature Range: 32° – 104° F
  • GNSS: GPS + GLONASS
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Flight Modes: Sport, Photography, and Wi-Fi
  • Camera Sensor: 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor; 12MP;
  • Camera Lenz: 85° FOV; f/2.8 Aperture;
  • Photography Modes:
    • Single
    • Burst shot
    • Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB)
    • Interval
    • HDR Panoramic: Pano, 180°, 3×3, and Sphere
      JPEG/DNG (RAW)
  • Video Resolution: 4K Ultra HD; 2.7K; FHD; HD; 100Mbps; MP4/MOV
  • Automated Video Modes:
    • FocusTrack (Spotlight, ActiveTrack, and P.O.I.)
    • Circle
    • Boomerang
    • Rocket
    • Dronie
    • Rocket
    • Asteroid
  • Remote Controller: 2.4 GHz; 5.8 GHz; 2,970 mAh battery; 720p Live View
DJI Mavic Air and Controller (Top)
DJI Mavic Air and Controller

Pros

  • Premium 4K Ultra HD video
  • ActiveTrack automated flight mode
  • RAW image capture
  • Burst Shot
  • Good live stream video quality with low latency
  • Long flight range
  • GPS + GLONASS navigation
  • Great handling and obstacle avoidance
  • Tracking, Waypoint, and other automated flight modes
  • Control with a mobile device
  • Compact, folding design
DJI Mavic Air Controller Phone Holder
DJI Mavic Air Controller Phone Holder

Cons

  • Below-average battery life
  • Difficult to export Pano mode images
  • Not good range in urban areas
  • ActiveTrack has issues staying focused on the subject
DJI Mavic Air 4K UHD Gimbal Camera
DJI Mavic Air 4K UHD Gimbal Camera

Quick Flights

     The battery life was a bit of a disappointment. On the other hand, the Fly More Combo bumps your total flight time up to 60+ min.

DJI Mavic Air Flying
DJI Mavic Air Hovering

Premium A/V Modes

     Even though the Mavic Air has a fun Sports Mode to fly in, the camera is the real reason to choose this drone. Shoot in up to 4K Ultra HD at 30 fps max, or capture some super-slow motion in FHD at 120 fps max.

     The ActiveTrack is where the video camera really shines. Get those dramatic aerial action shots without the need for a helicopter and camera crew. You’re going to want to be careful around trees and abrupt elevation changes, though. 

     When it comes to still shots, you get handy modes like burst shot, interval, and even Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB). The automated flight capabilities are also used in this mode to get wide-angle, sphere, and other unique panoramic shots.

DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo Bundle
DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo Bundle

Conclusion

     The DJI Mavic Air was an instant classic when it was first released. Years later, it’s still one of the best all-in-one camera drones available. Perfect for business AND pleasure, it features plenty of automated video modes and panoramic modes.

     With the DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo now under $1,000, there’s not many better options for newbies to the drone world. Plus, if you’re a budding photographer, you’ll find plenty of advanced camera features to help you grow into a skilled aerial photographer.

DJI Mavic Air and Controller (Arctic White)
DJI Mavic Air and Controller

DJI Smart Controller

     The DJI Smart Controller is more expensive than the DJI Mavic Air itself, so it may not seem practical. On the other hand, if you have (or plan to have) 2 or more drones that are OcuSync 2.0+ compatible, it’s worth the investment. 

     Besides the convenience of having a phone-free flying, you’ll also be able to fly all of your compatible drones with this one controller. Plus, there’s plenty of little luxuries, like auto-connect, VR compatibility, and detachable control sticks.

DJI Mavic Air vs Mavic Air 2

     Even though the DJI Mavic Air is a great option for beginners, the new low price for the Mavic Air 2 puts it in the same category.  The was some nice upgrades to the camera, but the main upgrades where made to the flight performance. 

     See all the major differences in our DJI Mavic Air vs Mavic Air 2 article.  It’s a simplified breakdown, so even newbies to the drone world, can pick the perfect starter drone for your needs…

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