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by Peter Familari

26th January, 2018


2018 is shaping up as The Year Of The Drones.

Lately, we’ve had the wee, Tello drone luring buyers with its hold-in-the-palm-of-your-kid’s-hand footprint and appealing $169 price tag.

Now there's a new drone on the block; it’s DJI’s Mavic Air model and its pure magic to fly.

Now that DJI is top dog in the drone market, buyers may be weighing up whether to head for the brand’s models either side of the Mavic Air.

Those wanting to save dollars will opt for the entry level DJI Spark, and those with thicker wallets will surely bag the much more expensive flagship drone called the DJI Pro.

But anyone with an eye on value will make a beeline for the middle model, the new Mavic Air because it’s a great buy in terms of weight, size, features, and price compared to the models that range either side of it.

In fact, we think the Mavic Air exploits all the techno-wizardry DJI developed for its deeply talented Mavic Pro for the Mavic, but somehow makes these things smaller and more compact.

So what’s getting dronies so excited about the Mavic Air?

Many things. There’s the compact size. Fold the Mavic Air’s Rotors, and you have a carry-anywhere drone measuring just 168x83x49mm. A pocket or skirt friendly size, you’ll agree.

Then there’s the weight. Or lack of it. Mavic Air is a featherweight at 430g.

Speed is pretty impressive as well. In full flight unimpeded by wind, this drone can hit a maximum speed of 68.3km per hour. So it’s no airborne snail.

Once it’s aloft, the Mavic Air will fly for up to 21 minutes. While it’s up there, it can record images and video with its 12mp 1/2.3-inch camera. Mavic Air can shoot 4K HDR footage and has spherical panoramic 32-megapixel image capabilities as well.

Internal storage capacity is a useful 8GB, but this can be expanded using a MicroSD card.

As for flying range, the Mavic Air will respond at distances up to 4km. And yes, the remote control is also foldable.

While airborne, a wonderful feature called Advanced Pilot Assistance hopes to avoid a collision. The Mavic Air will automatically avoid objects and potential collisions by simply detecting it beforehand and then adroitly fly over or around it. Nice.

Mavic Air responds to gestures, and it has a number of flight patterns to assist your quest in filming like a Hollywood director.

We’ve seen the Mavic Air sell for $1299 at various online sites. But shop around, and there’s every chance you’ll snare one even cheaper.


Posted in: Technology & Smart Homes
Tags: dji  mavic  drones 

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Peter was formerly the Audio-Video Editor of the Herald Sun for over two decades. One of the most-respected tech and audio journalists in Australia, Peter brings his unparalleled experience and a unique story-telling ability to GadgetNET.

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