DJI has today introduced a drone that everyone has been asking for ages — a more powerful Spark and a lot more portable Mavic Pro. While that does sound like the quadcopter maker has launched two products, it’s actually just one. It’s called the “Mavic Air”, a $799 drone that brings the best of both worlds together.
The new Mavic Air even looks like it’s a blend of the Spark and Mavic. From the top, it resembles the latter but around the sides, it is reminiscent of the former. In addition to that, the Mavic Air when folded up fits into a smaller footprint than the company’s most compact drone — Spark which is quite astonishing.
DJI has also managed to pack a lot of impressive hardware despite the fact that the Mavic Air is 41 percent lighter than its Pro counterpart. For starters, there’s a 1/2.3-inch sensor which is capable of shooting 4K videos at 24 or 30 frames per second. Stills can be captured in up to 12-megapixel, all with a wide-angle 24mm f2.8 lens.
The Mavic Air can attain speeds of maximum 42.5 miles per hour and has a 2.5-mile range, all thanks to a new antenna design. Moreover, it features a new ventilation system which DJI says will prevent it from overheating. It comes with an updated seven-camera obstacle avoidance system and a new remote which sports an integrated screen. The Mavic Air has a battery life of roughly 21 minutes which is slightly more than the Spark and a bit less than the Mavic Pro.
As far as the software is concerned, DJI has included a handful of new shooting modes such as 32-megapixel panorama option, improved gesture controls and more. The Mavic Air will be available from this month’s 28th at a price of $799 which thankfully comes with the remote.
“When DJI introduced the Mavic Pro, it reinvented what a consumer drone could be: powerful, yet portable, accessible, but advanced,” said Roger Luo, President at DJI. “Today, with the introduction of Mavic Air, we have pushed these attributes to the next level to create our best consumer drone yet.”