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DJI Mavic Air announced: the drone you were waiting for?

This is the new DJI Mavic Air, a drone that splits the difference between the DJI Spark and DJI Mavic Pro in terms of specs, features, and price. Is this the drone for you?

Published onJanuary 23, 2018

Head over to our partner site Drone Rush for all the details on the new DJI Mavic Air.

  • The Mavic Air is a new folding drone from DJI, on sale now starting at $799.
  • The drone offers 4K video at 30 fps and 12 MP photos from the 1/2.3-inch camera sensor.
  • You can fly by hand, with the Android app, or with the dedicated remote control.
  • Bigger than the DJI Spark and smaller than the DJI Mavic Pro, the Mavic Air offers the best of both worlds!

The top drone manufacturer in the world took the wraps off a new machine this morning— the all-new DJI Mavic Air. A folding drone designed for portability, it offers the best of what DJI has to offer. The best part? It can be yours by the end of the month.

In short, the new DJI Mavic Air is a step up from the DJI Spark and a tiny step down from the Mavic Pro. There is a happy place in between the Spark and the Mavic Pro, and DJI calls it the Mavic Air.

Related: DJI Mavic Pro one year review: holding up very well

DJI Mavic Air overview

DJI has made a name for itself in the drone market, and in a little over a year, it has focused on smaller, portable drones that are safe and able to fly via the Android app. The Mavic Pro started the trend, followed by the Spark.

It is perhaps easier to describe the new Mavic Air compared to the previous drones, instead of just listing specs. We’ll make it quick, don’t worry.

The new DJI Mavic Air folds up like the Mavic Pro. Also like the Pro, it offers a 1/2.3-inch camera sensor with 12 MP photo resolution and 4K video at 30 fps. The 3-axis-stabilized camera shoots up to 100 Mbps of data, which is a major bump over the 60 Mbps of the Mavic Pro. You’ll see what I mean when we publish our comparison video.

The Mavic Air is smaller than the Mavic Pro, but not as small as the Spark… at least not when unfolded. When folded, however, you’ll be able to slip the Mavic Air in your coat pocket. At 430 grams, you’ll barely notice it’s there.

When we talk about the DJI Spark, the biggest selling point is the ability to fly the drone via hand gestures. The Mavic Air not only offers hand gestures, but also several new flying modes, extra flight distance, and the ability to take off from and land on the ground. You can also fly via the DJI GO 4 app for Android and by using the dedicated remote control.

Price and availability

The DJI Spark runs about $500, while the Mavic Pro about $1,000. As it splits the difference in other ways, so too does the Mavic Air split the price. Available for pre-order today, grab the DJI Mavic Air for $799. You can also upgrade to the Fly More combo for $999, which includes extra batteries, a carrying case, and other handy accessories.

We have plenty of coverage of the DJI Mavic Air on the go at Drone Rush, be sure to head on over to see all the details. Is this the drone you’ve been waiting for, or would you prefer something a bit more powerful? Let us know in the comments.

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