June 09, 2018

The impressive advancement of drones in 2018 keeps giving us more reasons to fall in love with them as new innovations are coming to light in the industry each and every day.

Ruling our hearts and the drone industry for the past few years, there appears to be no stopping for DJI with the release of the DJI Mavic series. With the arrival of 2018, DJI was able to bless us with yet another spectacular machine: the Mavic Air.

This latest addition to its drone family has led to a very important question for most drone enthusiasts: Which drone is best for me? Whether you are looking to learn about how the Mavic Air compares to its predecessors or wondering if an upgrade would be worth your money, the following are some key details for you to consider:

1. Battery Life

  • The Mavic Pro is capable of flying for 27 minutes on a single charge.
  • The Mavic air has a slightly smaller battery with 21 minutes on a single charge.

2. Storage & Camera

DJI yet again exceeds the limits of portable cabins without compromising on functionality. The Mavic Air, quite similar to the Mavic Pro, is capable of recording videos at incredible speeds of 4K 30fps. The Mavic Air has an improved storage rate of 100 Mbps, while the Pro is slightly behind at 60 Mbps. The Mavic Air has the ability to shoot 25 images in 8 seconds, in addition to 32 MP Sphere panoramic images.

3. Aesthetics

 

We love good looking devices. The first impression that the Mavic Air emanates is that it has inherited its sleek appearance from the Mavic Pro and DJI Spark. DJI never disappoints when it comes to creating a really nice looking drone. The drone has a sleek design, and there's no doubt that it is yet another high-quality drone.

Also, if you’re picky about the color of your device, there's good news! You can get the DJI Mavic Air in Onyx Black, Arctic White, and Flame Red color options.

 

4. Portability

The Mavic Air has retained DJI's distinctive folding arm design, which has improved on portability like we've never seen before.

Like its predecessor, Mavic Pro in 2016, the Air has redefined what an ultraportable UAV truly is. The Mavic air is roughly half the size of the Mavic pro, and it is nearly half the weight. The drone can practically fit in your smallest backpack, heck, even in your back pocket!

5. Price

For all of us who have planned budgets, this is where you need to read carefully. DJI has set a really inexpensive price of $799 for the Mavic Air, compared to Mavic Pro’s base price tag of $999. This can be really exciting for those who have a tight budget but still desire the same performance of a professional drone. The Mavic Air provides you with the greatest portable capabilities and the strength of a full-blown professional drone without breaking the bank. The Mavic Air is a clear winner when it comes to offering an upgrade that is reasonable and pocket-friendly.

6. The Verdict

The Mavic Pro gives you the extra edge with features like longer flight time, faster speed, and excellent video options. However, for those in search of a compact drone that can record a useful 4K video, the Mavic Air is more than enough. It's seriously compact like the Spark (or even more so).

It has better obstacle detection and allows you to take photos and selfies without having to reach for the controller with its state of the art gesture command software. With the DJI Mavic air's ultra portability, to 360 panoramas, and flawlessly working sensors, purchasing a Mavic Air can mean having access to all of these and more, with a sweet price tag.


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