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DJI's New Mavic Air Lets You Fly Higher




Woah there, looks like DJI just released a new drone, are you excited? You should be.


The new DJI Mavic Air is a bit of a combination between the Mavic Pro and the Spark. It is small, light weight, portable, and is almost better in every way. Let’s dive into specs.


The Mavic Air has a 3-axis gimbal that shoots 4K footage at 24 or 30 fps, and can shoot 1080p up to 120 fps. When it comes to flight time, it can stay in flight for 21 minutes, which seems a bit low, and almost coincides with the flight time of The Spark, but with multiple batteries, you can keep this baby flying for a long time. The drone also has a bit rate of 100Mbps, which is better than its older brother, the Mavic Pro coming in at 60Mbps! The sensor is the same as the DJI Mavic Pro, but they have incorporated a lot of software such as implementing 7 cameras to help with obstacle avoidance. The crazy part about the obstacle avoidance is that it will not only stop if it sees an obstacle that it may crash into, but will plan its own way around certain objects. Now you don’t have to worry about hitting birds, trees or children. Mavic Air, you so smart.


There are some pretty neat new camera modes that include a 32-megapixel panorama mode, and a tiny planet mode where you can see images in a way that makes the image look like the earth. DJI has also incorporated a ventilation system that helps keep the drone cool in flight, so overheating can be thrown out the window.


The new antennas on the Mavic Pro support up to 2.5 miles of range and can fly up to 16,000 feet, withstand winds up to 22 mph, and has a top speed of 42.5 mph. Though in many places you can only go up to 400 ft up, you now have bragging rights that you can fly as high as an airplane. Go you.


Bottom line is, the Mavic Air is a pretty badass drone. The affordability is fair, being $799, and it’s almost too portable. One presenter at its release made it a point to carry the drone in his vest pocket, and the controller in his back pocket. You can literally take this baby anywhere. To the beach, desert, amazon, your grandma’s house, or any adventure.


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