This Mavic Air quick review shows you the terrific features of this pocket sized quadcopter. Further down you can find the best DJI Mavic Air bundles, parts, accessories and upgrades.
DJI Mavic Air Quick Review
With the new Mavic Air 2 on the market, you will find terrific deals on this original Mavic Air drone.
While the Mavic Air is small, it certainly packed with super smart technology, which makes it so very easy to fly and film with.
New advanced drone technology such as smart gesture and face recognition, 3 directions of obstacle detection sensing, 4k camera, 4 types of panorama shots and many quick shot flight modes. The Mavic Air has excellent follow me active tracking modes of people.
The Mavic Air has exceptional safety systems such as dual GPS and 3 types of return to home functions including obstacle avoidance on return to home.
There is also an excellent selection of 3rd party Mavic Air accessories including lens filters, chargers, props and boosters to mention just a few.
Starting off, we have the DJI Mavic Air quick review, including some stunning aerial footage from this pocket sized quadcopter. Then we look at the best Mavic Air bundle offers out there.
Now, if you are looking just for the Mavic Air bundle offers, accessories, parts and upgrades, then scroll further down the page.
DJI Mavic Air Quick Review
Here is the Mavic Air quick review starting with general specs and the moving to the Mavic Air intelligent systems. You can also find a nice Mavic Air video review here.
DJI Mavic Air Specifications
Flight time – can fly for 21 minutes at a consistent speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph) with no wind.
Hovering Time – hover for 20 minutes with no wind.
How To Fly – There are 3 ways to fly the Mavic Air. Using hand gestures, Remote Controller or DJI Go 4 App on Smartphone with Remote Controller.
Mavic Air Size – When folded it is smaller than the DJI Spark. It’s will fit in your pocket, shoulder bag or handbag.
Folded Size: 168×83×49 mm (L×W×H)
Unfolded Size: 168×184×64 mm (L×W×H)
Mavic Air Take Off Weight – 15.16 ounces (430 grams) which is very light.
Range – The Mavic Air maximum flight distance distance is 6.2 miles (10 km range) with no wind.
Height Limit – Service Ceiling Above Sea Level is 16,404 feet (5000 meters).
Max Speed – The Mavic Air max speed is 42.5 mph (68.4 km/h) in Sports mode using Remote Controller.
17.9 mph in P – mode (28.8 km/h)
17.9 mph in WiFi mode (28.8 km/h)
GNSS Satellite Positioning Systems – Dual GPS / GLONASS for extra reliability and precision positioning.
DJI Mavic Air Features
Flying, Filming And Photography
Choice of flying and filming using the hand gestures, Remote Controller or DJI Go 4 App.
Face and Gesture Recognition
SmartCapture uses both Face Aware and Palm Control technology to allow you to take selfies, record videos and control the Mavic Air.
Hand Recognition – Take off, fly and land the Mavic Air with your hands.
Hand and Face Recognition For Photos – Snap aerial photos using just hand gestures, without a remote controller or mobile device.
- Palm Launch
- Palm Control
- Away and Follow
- Beckon Selfie Record
DJI Mavic Air Intelligent Flight Modes
The DJI Mavic Air has many intelligent flight modes, which make flying fun and filming super easy.
Points of Interest Waypoints
Select a subject or object and set the circle radius, flight altitude, speed, the the aircraft will fly around the subject according to the parameters.
The TapFly intelligent mode lets you fly wherever you tap on your mobile device screen in the DJI Go 4 app. It works in Forward, Backward, Free, and Coordinate modes.
Forward: Quadcopter will fly towards the target using the Forward Vision System sensing obstacles.
Backward: Mavic Air will fly in the opposite direction of the target using the Backward Vision System sensing obstacles.
Free: Will fly toward the target. However you can also use the remote controller to maneuver the orientation of the quadcopter freely.
Coordinate: Tap a specific location in the DJI Go 4 app. The Mavic Air will travel to the point at its current altitude, then hover in place.
Mavic Air Active Track Follow Me
There are 3 Mavic Air follow me modes which are;
Trace Mode: tracks the subject at a constant distance. It follows the subject and keeps it in the frame.
Spotlight Mode: keeps the camera pointing at the subject during flight.
Profile Mode: locks the subject in the frame at a constant angle and distance from the side.
Mavic Air Quickshot
Using Quickshot technology, the DJI Mavic Air with a simple tap will take professional shots for you. There are 6 programmed modes for taking photos as follows;
- Rocket – Ascend with the camera pointing downward.
- Dronie – Fly backward and upward, with the camera locked on your subject.
- Circle – Circle around your target.
- Helix – Fly upward, spiraling around your subject.
- Asteroid: In Asteroid Quickshot, the Mavic Air flies backward and upward. It takes several photos, then flies to it’s starting point.
- Boomerang: The Mavic Air flies backward around the subject in an oval path.
Mavic Air Obstacle Detection And Collision Avoidance
Obstacle avoidance on the Mavic Air is in 3 directions. FlightAutonomy 2.0 is the name for the DJI integrated system of sensors, algorithms and advanced VIO technology for the Mavic Air. It is used to sense it’s surroundings of the Mavic Air and take action based on what is senses.
Mavic Air APAS System
The Mavic Air has an Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) technology which is totally new. The APAS system will allow the quadcopter to attempt to bypass obstacles in front of it, while you are flying using the Remote Controller.
Mavic Air Gimbal
The Mavic Air camera technology is superb. The Mavic Air 3 axis gimbal has an angular vibration range which is now reduced to 0.005 degrees.
Mavic Air 4k Camera
This quadcopter shoots video in 4k at 30 frames per second. It also records at 100 Mbps to capture every second in UHD quality. The camera also supports recording 1080p at 120 frames per second slow motion video.
Mavic Air Panorama Shots
The Mavic Air supports the following panorama modes:
- Vertical: The camera automatically takes 3 vertical photos. It then stitches them into one panorama.
- Horizontal: The camera will take 9 aerial photos from different angles, stitching them into one panorama.
- 180°: The Mavic Air rotates its body while the camera takes 21 pictures. It then stitches them together in the DJI GO 4 to care 180° panoramas.
- Sphere: The Mavic Air rotates its body while the gimbal camera takes 25 photos. It then stitches them together to create spectacular 32 megapixel spherical panoramas.
Mavic Air Camera Intelligent Exposure System
This quadcopter uses new HDR photography algorithms which help you obtain the right exposure settings intelligently, according to lighting conditions.
Mavic Air Still Shots
The Mavic Air’s on-board camera integrates a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor and an f/2.8 lens with a 35 mm equivalent focal length of 24 mm to shoot high-quality photos and videos.
Mavic Air Sensor And Still Image Size
- 1/2.3” CMOS
- Effective Pixels: 12 MP
- 4:3 4056 x 3040
- 16:9 4056 x 2280
Mavic Air Lens
- FOV: 85°
- 35 mm Format Equivalent: 24 mm
- Aperture: f/2.8
- Shooting Range: 0.5 m to ∞
Mavic Air Video Resolutions
- 4k Ultra HD: 3840 × 2160 24/25/30p
- 2.7k: 2720 × 1530 24/25/30/48/50/60p
- FHD: 1920 × 1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
- HD: 1280 × 720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
Mavic Air Firmware Updates
Best Mavic Air Accessories
Top Mavic Air Accessories
Here are some of the best and most essential Mavic Air accessories. You will also find great prices for Mavic Air accessories these as you scroll further down the page.
Additional Intelligent Flight Batteries: Professional aerial photographers always have 3 or 4 spare batteries with them to meet their shooting goals. For beginner pilots, spare batteries are also a must for practice. So pack some extra batteries and make your exploration truly limitless!
Spare Propellers: You’ll never regret keeping a few prop sets on hand as the fragile nature of propellers makes them easy to break. If the Mavic Air isn’t flying as smooth as you like, then maybe you have a bent propeller. Swapping propellers is keep with the new props being well-balanced propellers in your Mavic Air kit!
SD Cards: The Mavic Air does have an 8 GB internal storage. However, to make sure that you have enough space for 4k videos, it’s good to have either a 32 or 64 GB Micro SD Cards with you. DJI recommend the certified SanDisk SD card where a 32 GB card can record up to 40 minutes of 4k video. The 64 GB Micro SD card can record up to 80 minutes of 4k UHD video.
Car Charger: A Mavic Air car charger allows you to charge the Intelligent Flight Battery through the car’s 12 V accessory socket. It comes with low voltage protector to ensure you don’t drain your car’s battery completely. Also, overheating protection will automatically cut off charging if the accessory port exceeds a certain temperature.
Charging Hub: The DJI Mavic Air Battery Charging Hub is a terrific accessory. It is designed for use with the Mavic Air Intelligent Flight Battery. When used with the Mavic Air Power Adapter, it can charge up to four Intelligent Flight Batteries in sequence according to their power levels, and from high to low.
This saves you from charging all your batteries one by one which takes quite a while. The charging hub allows you to power up all your batteries at the same time.
ND Filters: These help avoid overexposure so that you don’t shoot overly dark or bright still images. There are sets specially made for the Mavic Air below which include ND4, ND8, and ND16 filters, reducing light by 2/3/4 stops.
Travel Bag: Without a correct fitting travel bag, your Mavic Air could suffer scratches, bumps, and scrapes during transportation can be a headache. This could include scratches to the vision sensors which are essential for obstacle avoidance.
Also propellers could get bent and then the Mavic Air will not fly as smoothly as possible. So having a proper sized Mavic Air travel bag to hold the aircraft, controller, a couple of batteries, charging hub, a charger, and smaller accessories such as cables is an essential accessory.
Best Mavic Air Bundles Available
Standalone Mavic Air Quadcopter
DJI Mavic Air Bundles – European Offers
The DJI Mavic Air bundles or standalone offers are quoted at various prices.
Mavic Air Shipped to Europe From 729 EUR. If you choose EU Priority Line Shipping Covers Import Tax.
DJI Mavic Air Upgrades
Parts For Mavic Air
Mavic Air Accessories And Parts
Parts and Accessories Continued
Mavic Air Review Videos
Now, to finish off, here is an excellent DJI Mavic Air quick review video.
Here is a couple of videos, looks at the some of the DJI Mavic Air upgrades and accessories.