Meet the Mavic Air – DJI’s latest 4K drone

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Purveyors of camera stabilisers and drone DJI has revealed its latest drone the Mavic Air.

This new quadcopter is tiny weighing in at 430g and measuring 168 x 184 x 64mm when unfolded and 168 x 83 x 49mm when it’s folded. For those keeping score that’s about half the size of the Mavic Pro.

The Air is not as small as the DJI Spark but then it does come with a few more features.

For one the Air will stay in the air for 21 minutes (at a speed of 24kmph with no wind about) and can travel up to 10km.

The Air does share one notable feature with the Spark – gesture controls.

While this control method was largely hit or miss in the Spark TechCrunch reports that at the Air’s launch event a demonstration of gesture controls, “appear to be more sophisticated than its predecessor.”

Now for the real reason folks buy DJI drones – the camera.

The Air houses a recessed camera which boasts a 1/2.3inch 12MP CMOS sensor which is similar to the sensor in the Mavic. The ISO range in the Air for shooting video is slightly lower at 100 – 1 600 but for stills the ISO can be manually set to between 100 and 3200.

As for video the Air is able to capture at up to 4K (3820 x 2160) video at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second.  Those looking for great slow-motion video will be pleased to note that the Air can record HD (1280×720) and Full HD (1920×1080) video at up to 120 fps.

The Air will retail for $799 in the US and a combo pack which includes a charging hub, carry case and two additional batteries will retail for $999.

There is no word on a South African price just yet but expect it to retail for a little less than the Mavic Pro (R19 899).

Now, if you want to get an idea of what the Mavic Air is capable of YouTuber Casey Niestat has created a video featuring some great video taken with the drone as well as a comparison to the Mavic Pro, Spark and Phantom 4 Pro.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.