Since DJI launched their new Mavic Air, the internet has come alive with discussion surrounding what its new features are, how it compares to its older sibling the Mavic Pro, the (well thought-out) price-point and the quickest way to get our hands on it.
To be honest, the ensuing media storm can result in confusion surrounding all the facts and figures, particularly when it comes to knowing whether this drone is suitable for commercial operations – so we’re here to clear it up for you.
DJI have essentially fused the best parts of the Mavic Pro, Mavic Pro Platinum and Spark to create a pocket-size, portable drone packed full of new and improved visual capabilities. The Mavic Air can reach speeds of up to 42.5 mph and has all the Intelligent Features such as ActiveTrack, QuickShot, SmartCapture and Flight Autonomy 2.0.
As Michael Perry (Director of Strategic Partnerships DJI) described during his launch presentation, DJI has “created a brand-new class of drone, that empowers everyone to create without limits.”
THE MOST IMPRESSIVE FEATURES OF THE MAVIC AIR
In terms of commercial applications, there are certain features of the Mavic Air that stand out as game-changers. Particularly as this light-weight, portable drone comes into the market at a much lower price-point than the Mavic Pro and Mavic Pro Platinum. Meaning there is now a more accessible, commercially viable drone that can create opportunities within the commercial drone industry.
IMPROVED OBSTACLE AVOIDANCE
The new and improved Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS) enables you to fly forwards and backwards with zero risk of striking anything, as obstacles are automatically bypassed either over the top or around. This technology contributes to a safer and more reliable Return to Home (RTH) system, which in turn further promotes safe operation & control of the aircraft.
ADVANCED CAMERA CAPABILITIES
Not only is it the smallest drone of its size to shoot with a 3-Axis Gimbal, it comes with a Stabilised 4K Camera and 7 Camera Vision System that allows you to take 12-megapixel stills, full HD video at 120Fps and 100 mbps. It is also able to take 32-megapixel spherical panorama images and has an HDR capture mode for shadow & landscape, dramatically opening up the creative possibilities of the aircraft and for anyone looking to use the Mavic Air for commercial operations; particularly for professional photography or videography and in the media industry.
FASTER VIDEO PROCESSING
As well as the usual Micro SD card slot, it features 8 GB of internal storage, so you can save photos and videos directly to the drone. These are then easily and quickly exported as files through its USB 3.0 Type-C port, meaning that we never have to worry about forgetting our SD card again (it only happened that one time, okay)!
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WHAT DOES THE MAVIC AIR BRING TO THE COMMERCIAL MARKET?
A combination of these features and the £769.00 price tag, mean that more people have access to a commercially feasible drone, which will likely lead to more opportunity for commercial drone operators within the media industry and for professional drone photographers & videographers.
The improved operational safety features mean that DJI are taking all the right steps towards integrated flight into the manned aerial environment. This is good news for anyone hoping to integrate the Mavic Air into their commercial business operations.
Although primarily marketed to recreational photographers and videographers, the creative possibilities of the Mavic Air are seemingly endless and there is definitely truth in the notion that DJI have created their most adventurous drone yet.