DJI Mavic Air - Ultraportable 4K Quadcopter - Arctic White
The DJI Mavic Air is a compact, ultraportable quadcopter with big capabilities.
A folded Mavic Air is about half the size of a Mavic Pro and more than 40 percent lighter. It’s shorter, about the same width, and less than 2 inches tall. That’s why it’s so easy to take anywhere and record your experiences, whether you carry it in a backpack, pocket or purse. Mavic Air won’t weigh you down: It weighs a mere 0.94 pound—about 0.7 pound less than the Pro.
What’s big is the Mavic Air’s performance: ultra-high-definition 4K video, quality slow motion in 1080p, 12MP stills in HDR, a variety of panoramic shots, even 32MP spherical panoramas. Its 3-axis gimbal keeps video shake-free. And Mavic Air outflies other compacts with its 2.5-mile range, 42.5mph top speed, ActiveTrack for following subjects and SmartCapture—not just for selfies, but also for flight control by hand gestures. And, of course, there’s the famed DJI Return to Home safety feature.
DJI Mavic Air features:
- Range: 2.5 miles
- Fight time: 21 minutes (real world)
- Data storage: 8GB internal; 128GB maximum with a micro SD card
- Video: 4K video; 2.7K; slow motion in full hi-def 1080p
- Bit Rate: 100 Mbps
- Still photos: 12MP; HDR mode for more detail; panoramic and spherical panoramic
- Field of view: 85 degrees
- Gimbal: 3 axis mechanical
- Top speed: 42.5mph
- Obstacle avoidance
Mavic Air, like its big brother, folds for storage and easy transport, but it does so in about half the space. Propellers remain mounted atop the four arms, which fold against the body and store efficiently during transport. There’s no need to mount props before each flight.
You may occasionally check your bag or your pocket to make sure you stashed your Mavic Air away. That’s understandable, given its folded size of just 6.61x3.26x1.92 inches and its total weight of just under a pound.
Mavic Air’s 3 Color Choices
If you prefer something other than the crisp Mavic Air Arctic White, make a statement with Mavic Air Flame Red or remain completely understated with Mavic Air Onyx Black. Inside, all are the same feature-packed DJI quadcopter.
Don’t be misled by Mavic Air’s compact size. Despite having a footprint not much larger than that of a smartphone, it has big capabilities. Mavic Air has a top speed of 42.5 mph, faster than the Pro. It can fly about 21 minutes on a single charge, exceeding 6 miles of travel. Able to resist winds of up to 24 mph, Mavic Air is stable, even while hovering.
Mavic Air remembers the safe route it just traveled, so you can command it to Return to Home and it will get back to you without incident. If battery power falls to dangerously low levels, or if you fly beyond the reach of the controller’s commands, Mavic Air will automatically activate Return to Home.
The Mavic Air’s camera is thoroughly stabilized by a 3-axis gimbal—not by a less effective digital program. The mechanical gimbal is suspended by vibration-absorbing rubber dampers, which further reduce minute camera movements to smooth video imagery. Mavic Air delivers true ultra-high definition 4K video shot at 30fps. It can also shoot 2.7K video at 60fps, and even 1080p full high definition at 120fps for superbly smooth slow motion. The 100Mbps bit rate also boosts video quality.
Stills are a sharp 12MP. The HDR mode (High Dynamic Range) provides greater luminosity and extra detail in low and high light situations. It’s easier and quicker to automatically get the correct exposure in extreme light. Dark areas in photos are less muddy, and light areas have more contrast—even in the same frame. Bursts can be shot at 3/5/7 fps.
Moving and still images are recorded on 8GB of internal memory. Need more storage? A slot accepts Micro SD cards of up to 128GB—bigger than on many drones that sell for twice the price, and more than on any drone that’s similarly priced.
The camera’s field of view is a wide 85 degrees, equivalent to a 24mm lens in 35mm format. The CMOS sensor is 1/2.3 inch, the same as on many larger drones.
Flight Modes Enhance Video, Photography
Several modes help you shoot more dynamic aerial video and photos. Like the Pro, Mavic Air has QuickShots, a selection of settings that allow you to video record a subject while the drone flies programmed acrobatics that you select. Mavic Air has Rocket, Dronie, Circle and Helix settings that carry over from the Mavic Pro, plus two new modes: Asteroid, which records a 360-degree spherical image before zooming in on the start point, such as a building or statue, and Boomerang, which records a 360-degree spin around the pilot before zooming in.
ActiveTrack, the DJI program that has always locked onto and followed a subject, video recording or photographing it, now can sense and follow multiple subjects. It’s easier to more precisely identify onscreen the targets to be followed. The improved ActiveTrack makes this compact drone a perfect choice for recording activities such as jogging, biking, rowing and swimming.
SmartCapture obeys gesture commands that are simple for the operator to learn. It allows the pilot to command the drone to take off, follow a subject, shoot, record or land, all without using the controller. And yes, it still takes gesture-commanded selfies.
The Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems enable Mavic Air to fly forward while automatically avoiding obstacles by going around or over them. Mavic Air has sensors in front, on top and below to improve safe flying. Terrestrial recognition is improved.
Multiple modes create a choice of panoramic photos: horizontal, vertical, 180-degree and 360-degree 32MP. In less than a minute the 32MP mode seamlessly and quickly melds 25 individual images.
Like the Mavic Air itself, the included remote controller is compact and folds so it doesn’t take up much space. The twin joysticks come off for storage inside the controller. And remember, for short flights, the controller isn’t even needed, with a smartphone or tablet and free downloadable software capable of commanding the drone.
When linked with a smartphone or tablet, the remote receives live video transmission in 720p from Mavic Air from a distance up to 2.5 miles. The range of commands to the drone also is 2.5 miles. Mavic Air can be used with DJI Goggles, available from Drone Nerds, for a fully immersive flight experience.
- Additional Information
- 32 MP Sphere Panoramas
- Foldable & Portable
- 3-Axis Gimbal & 4K Camera
- 3-Directional Environment Sensing
- 21-Minute Flight Time
SKU CP.PT.00000138.01 Weight 10.0000 Manufacturer DJI UPC 190021305632 Video Resolution 4K Lens Size No Frame Rate No XT Version No Compatible With: No Alt SKU No Open Box No
- Customer Reviews
What’s in the box? Mavic Air quadcopter (Arctic White), remote controller, Intelligent Flight Battery, Charger, Carrying Case, 4 pairs of propellers, a set of propeller guards, gimbal protector, a pair of spare control sticks, 1 large and 2 small cable sliders, a USB adapter, and the following cables: power cable, RC cable with Lightning connector, RC cable with micro USB connector, RC cable with USB Type-C connector, and communication cable with USB 3.0 Type-C connector.
How much does Mavic Air weigh? 0.94 lbs.
How big is Mavic Air when folded? 6.61 inches long, 3.26 inches wide, 1.92 inches tall.
How does the size compare with Mavic Pro? Mavic Air is the same width, but it is about an inch shorter and an inch shallower. It weighs about 11 ounces less.
What folds on Mavic Air? The four arms that hold the motors and propellers fold against the body. The remote controller also folds, with removable control sticks.
Do the propellers fold? No. With the way the arms fold, the propellers don’t need to fold to save space.
Is the controller included? Yes.
Are there ways to fly besides using the controller? You can fly three different ways: the controller only, the controller with a smartphone or tablet, or a smartphone or tablet only.
Does the controller have an LCD screen like the Mavid Pro’s? No. To see the first-person view from the the Mavic Air’s camera, you must connect your smartphone or tablet.
Is Mavic Air compatible with DJI Goggles? Yes. Goggles are available from Drone Nerds.
What is the field of view? 85 degrees, about 7 percent wider than on Mavic Pro. It’s equivalent to about a 24mm lens in 35mm format.
Is the camera stabilized by a gimbal? Yes, a 3-axis mechanical gimbal.
Is the lens interchangeable? No, the lens is fixed.
Is the camera interchangeable? No, the camera is affixed to the gimbal. The camera can be replaced if damaged.
What video resolutions are standard on Mavic Air? 4K video @ 30fps; 2.7K video @ 60fps; 1080p @ 120fps.
How does video quality compare with that of Mavic Pro? The Pro can shoot cinematic 4K, which lends itself to more detailed editing, but it shoots its highest resolution at only 24fps. Mavic Pro can record at 120fps only at a lower 720p. Mavic Air records 1080p at 120fps, so it’s easier to record quality slow motion.
What is the resolution of still photos? 12MP.
Can Mavic Air shoot panoramic shots? Yes, horizontal and vertical, 180-degree panormamas, and spherical panoramas at 32MP.
At what bitrate does Mavic Air’s camera transfer video data? 100Mbps.
How big is the Mavic Air image sensor? 1/2.3 inch CMOS.
How much storage does Mavic Air have? 8GB internal memory, with a slot for a micro SD card of up to 128GB.
What is the range of Mavic Air? 2.5 miles.
How does Mavic Air’s range compare with Mavic Pro’s? The Mavic Pro range is 4.3 miles.
What is the maximum flight time of Mavic Air? 21 minutes, compared with 27 for Mavic Pro.
Can a more powerful Mavic Pro battery be used in the Mavic Air? No.
Are the batteries compatible with a charging hub? Yes. An available Mavic Air charging hub accepts up to four batteries. You can get the charging hub and three batteries as part of the DJI Mavic Air - Ultraportable 4K Quadcopter - Fly More Combo - Arctic White.
Would a charging hub replenish batteries simultaneously or in sequence? In sequence, starting with the battery that has the most charge so that you get one fully charged battery as soon as possible.
How long does recharging take? About 55 minutes for one battery that has been fully discharged.
How clear is the live transmission of Mavic Air video transmission? 720p @ 30fps.
What is the latency of video transmission? 170 to 240 ms.
Can I use my battery as a mobile power bank? Yes, by inserting the power bank adapter, which is included, into the battery.
How do I check the battery level? Press the power button once. The more LEDs that are lighted, the more power you have left.
Must the battery level be partially discharged before storage? No. Intelligent Flight Batteries can be programmed with the DJI Go 4 app to begin self-discharging after a certain period.
Does range decrease if I’m controlling the Mavic Air form a smartphone or tablet only? Yes. The range from a device only is limited to about 260 feet.
How many sensors does Mavic Air have? Three: front, back and bottom.
Is obstacle avoidance automatic? Yes. Mavic Air will fly around or over obstacles. It also has terrestrial recognition to avoid ground contact while flying.
Is Return to Home automatic or manual? Both. You can give your Mavic Air the command to return to base, or the drone will automatically switch on the program if you fly beyond the reach of your controller or run low on battery reserve.
Can Mavic Air record video when flying acrobatics? Yes. QuickShots programs include six preset, selectable acrobatic maneuvers for dramatic video recording, including two new programs.
Can Mavic Air track subjects? Yes. ActiveTrack in Mavic Air allows simplified targeting of one or more subjects that the drone will track and record or photograph.
Does SmartCapture do anything other than take selfies? Yes. It recognizes a range of hand gestures that can actually control the drone, including takeoff and landing.
- In The Box
In the box
What’s in the box? Mavic Air quadcopter, remote controller, Intelligent Flight Battery, Charger, Carrying Case, 4 pairs of propellers, a set of propeller guards, gimbal protector, a pair of spare control sticks, 1 large and 2 small cable sliders, a USB adapter, and the following cables: power cable, RC cable with Lightning connector, RC cable with micro USB connector, RC cable with USB Type-C connector, and communication cable with USB 3.0 Type-C connector.