Meet DJI’s New, Foldable, Remarkably Affordable Mavic 4K UHD Drone
Stephan Jukic – January 24, 2018
DJI’s drones are generally some of the best we’ve seen on the consumer market to-date, with a solid and highly effective balance between performance, specs and price to them. So when the company unveils a new model, we take notice.
Now they’ve done this, with the new Mavic Air and it’s looking like a drone that many UAV fans will be interested in for the beginning of 2018. At an event held today in New York City, the UAV/camera maker announced that their new Mavic Air will cost $799 and be available for sale as of January 28th. With its $800 price tag, the new little UAV fits right in the middle of DJI’s lineup, between the $399 Spark drone and the powerful and still somewhat pricey Mavic Pro UAV with 4K video.
As you can probably guess, the Mavic Air also occupies a space between these two drones in physical design and performance terms as well. Looked at from above, the Air looks quite a lot like the largish Mavic Pro and from other angles, it looks more sleek, like the Spark. It can fold up for easier transport (like the Mavic Pro) but at the same time, it folds up even more compactly, being smaller than the Spark when folded. The Air also weighs about 40% less than the Mavic Pro
Other specs in the Mavic Pro also indicate plenty of power and capability despite its compact size. These make its price tag seem fairly reasonable actually and consist of some of the following:.
The Air offers up more of a pro-sumer experience, with the capacity to do some reasonably professional video recording and aerial photography. It’s ½.3 inch sensor lets it shoot 4K video at 24 to 30 frames per second and it can capture 12 megapixel still images with the same system. These get the additional benefit of a 24mm f/2.8 lens. This little bugger is damn fast too, with a top speed of 42.5 miles per hour (68.5 kph). This speed means a nicely aerodynamic design coupled with fairly powerful little electric motors. DJI claims that the little drone can also withstand winds of up to 22 miles per hour and deliver a range of 2.5 miles as long as it stays within line of sight, thanks mostly to a new antenna design it has.
We are impressed and the price seems more than decent for the Mavic Air if the above performance claims pan out in practical testing. We’ll find out when we do our own review of the little UAV.