A few days ago DJI took the wraps off their latest drone, the DJI Mavic Air.

Coming in at about the size of a smartphone (Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy S8+ etc) it packs quite the punch. You could quite easily slip it into a jacket pocket (with the remote controller slipped into the other pocket) and be on your way.


Running down the specs it’s very similar to its Mavic Pro cousin:

Mavic AirMavic MiniMavic Air 2
Mavic Air Comparison Table ImageMavic Mini Comparison Table Image.jpgMavic Air 2 Comparison Table Image
Released:January 2018Oct 2019Apr 2020
Price:$799 USD
$1,149 AUD
$399 USD
$599 AUD
$799 USD
$1,499 AUD
Weight:430 g / 0.95 lbs249 g / 0.55 lb570 g / 1.3 lb
Size Unfolded (L×W×H):168×184×64 mm245×290×55 mm183×253×77 mm
Size Folded (L×W×H):168×83×49 mm140×82×57 mm180×97×84 mm
Flight Time:21 minutes30 minutes34 Minutes
Remote Controller Range:4 km / 2.5 miles4 km / 2.5 miles10 km / 6.2 miles
Top Speed:68 kph / 43 mph13 m/s
47 kph / 29 mph
68.4 kph / 42.75 mph
Obstacle Avoidance:Front/Rear + DownDownFront/Rear + Down
Camera Sensor:1/2.3'' CMOS
12 MP
1/2.3'' CMOS
12 MP
1/2.3' CMOS
12 MP & 48 MP
Camera Lens:28 mm, f/2.835 mm, f/2.824 mm, f/2.8
Max Recording Info:4K @ 30 FPS
100 Mbps
2.7K @ 30 FPS
40 Mbps
4K @ 60 FPS
120 Mbps
(tilt, roll, pan)
(tilt, roll, pan)
(tilt, roll, pan)
Internal Storage:8GBNone8GB
Intelligent Flight Modes:ActiveTrack
Tripod Mode
Cinematic Mode
Point of Interest
- Dronie
- Circle
- Helix
- Rocket
8K Hyperlapse
- Free
- Circle
- Course Lock
- Waypoint
- Dronie
- Circle
- Helix
- Rocket
- Boomerang
- Asteroid
Spotlight 2.0
ActiveTrack 3.0
Point of Interest 3.0
Cinematic Mode
Last updated: 29th April, 2020. Please also note that while we try our best, there may be some errors or some points that are not 100% up to date.
Mavic Air Red

Source: DJI

It even comes in “Flame Red” now to… you know… make it go faster. Hilariously, it does actually go faster than the original Mavic Pro! (68.4 km/h vs 65 km/h)

A New, Refined Design

Talking about the new drone DJI admitted that inspiration for the design had come from both the Mavic Pro and the Spark. They obviously wanted to combine the power and the abilities of the Mavic Pro (which is a fantastic drone!) together with the size, extreme portability and also lower price point of the Spark.

Mavic Air Folded

Comes in White, Black, Red plus folds up super tight ala the Mavic Pro. Source: DJI

While the Mavic Air isn’t considerably smaller than the Mavic Pro at least in width and length measurements, it is almost half the height. Together with the few centimetres they’ve shaved off the width and length the overall size of the drone is essentially half.

With the Mavic Pro coming in at 734 g versus the Mavic Air at 430 g it’s basically half the weight too. Considering they’ve managed to not only keep most of the fantastic features of the Mavic Pro (4K camera, 3-axis stabilisation, decent flight time) as well as add new features and hardware it’s looking like another knock out of the park product for DJI.

Mavic Air ActiveTrack

Source: DJI

ActiveTrack mode has now been upgraded to be able to track multiple subjects. There’s new QuickShot modes called Asteroid and Boomerang, better Gesture support and even an entirely new object avoidance system.

Price Drop

On top of all this, DJI have cut the price too. The Mavic Pro is $999 USD while the Mavic Air is $799 USD. You even get the new remote controller included in that price. With removable sticks that store inside the controller it’s not a bad deal.

Mavic Air Controller

Source: DJI

Given its weight, size, capabilities and price things are getting pretty ridiculous now in the world of drones. Just have a think about those specs. For $799 USD you can own your own 4K camera that can fly at almost 70 km/h up to 4 km’s away and do so entirely autonomously if you want it to.

You could literally pull it out of your pocket and get these types of amazing shots in about 5 minutes.

And I hope the tech only gets better too.

Safer Flying

DJI have also addressed a less sexy, but still very important point which is component redundancies. As these are consumer facing products, they often don’t have redundant systems like more serious flying objects do such as two or four engine planes.

As a result, if your IMU or position sensors failed your drone could easily fall like a brick out of the sky. Now with the Mavic Air, DJI are adding things like dual IMU’s, software to compensate in the event of compass interference or failure. Backup sensor fusion algorithms based off two independent hardware components.

Mavic Air Sensors

Source: DJI

While there are still major components that can fail and cause a drone to crash (eg. your battery) it’s encouraging to see DJI take on these issues in even their cheaper drones.

It’s because of these highly single point of failure hardware drones – and reckless pilots – that many countries have imposed very strict rules and regulations. If more companies and pilots start flying with fully redundant hardware drones it should hopefully reduce the rate of serious accidents and make regulators a little bit more at ease.

That being said no amount of redundant systems will stop some idiots flying into airports! Then again, that’s what software and NFZ’s are for!

So are you going to get one of them? Owning the Mavic Pro I’d highly recommend DJI’s products but understand even at $799 USD they’re not exactly cheap! Let us know in the comments below!

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