How to Pre-order the Mavic Air

Kelley Robertson
January 24, 2018

Head over to our partner site Drone Rush for all the details on the new DJI Mavic Air. Both devices are small, and both are ready to roll nearly anywhere a drone-flying user might want to fly. A neat but unmentioned feature is that the controller's joytsicks can actually be removed to make it even more portable. The DJI Mavic Air derives its features from both the higher-end Mavic Pro priced at $999 (roughly Rs. 63,600) and cheaper Spark, now available at $399 (roughly Rs. 25,400). The Mavic Air has foldable parts to get super-small whilst traveling, while the Spark does not. The DJI Spark has always been limited in functionality due to the 1080p resolution and non-folding arms, therefore the Mavic Air could potentially be the ultimate drone released to the market at this time.

This new quadcopter is tiny weighing in at 430g and measuring 168 x 184 x 64mm when unfolded and 168 x 83 x 49mm when it's folded. With the additional size comes more power and more ability to fly longer, and higher.

This new drone will be something anticipated one by many in terms of size, price and also advanced features. The smaller Spark has a 2km range while the Mavic Air's range is 4km. The drone has a maximum flight time of 21 minutes and can fly in winds of up to 22mph and elevations of 5,000 metres.

While the Spark can fly at a maximum speed of 31mph, the Mavic Air cruises at 42mph.

ActiveTrack lets you track an object automatically with the Mavic Air while keeping it locked in the centre of the frame. (Like other DJI drones, the Mavic Air has an open SDK, so third-party app control will come in the future.) If you just use your smartphone you'll be limited in operating range, and you'll need to use on-screen control sticks for manual flight.

QuickShots is also better with two new options: Asteroid, a backward and upward flying video and panorama shot, and Boomerang, which does what it says on the tin. Along with the new sensor are a host of new shooting modes, such as HDR, Asteroid and Boomerang. You get Rocket (an upward flight with a downward-facing camera shot), Dronie (a back-and-up reveal shot), Circle (an orbit around a point in space), and Helix (a corkscrew orbit). Additionally, DJI has also introduced some new features that promise a "smarter, safer flight". DJI says the mode's algorithms have been improved to compensate for conditions like irregular movements or a subject's speed changing. The Air has an improved obstacle detection system that reaches up to 20 meters away. The company's Karma offering was arguable the Mavic Pro's most direct competitor. It will be available in three color choices of Onyx Black, Arctic White, and Flame Red. It is priced at $799 with the standard kit that includes the drone, battery, remote controller, carrying case, two pairs of propeller guards and four pairs of propellers.

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