Following the launch of the Mavic Air last week, there’s been no shortage of opinions on whether this new aircraft matches up to its predecessors. In fact, the consensus is that the Mavic Air not only measures up, but significantly overtakes the Mavic Pro Platinum in the specs department.
As we highlighted in our recent blog post ‘DJI Launches the Newest Member of the Mavic Series’, the Mavic Air has some seriously impressive new features. But to decide who comes out on top, first we’ve got to take it back to basics…
WEIGHING UP THE SPECS
The Mavic Air is almost half the size, weight and price, yet features the same specs as the Pro Platinum when it comes to camera and video resolution. Its camera is supported on a 3-axis gimbal with an 85 degree field of view (whereas the Pro Platinum’s is 78.8 degrees) and videos at 100 Mbps compared to the Pro Platinum’s 60 Mbps. It also boasts slow-motion video, HDR photos and the new Asteroid and Boomerang QuickShot modes. Not forgetting Smart Capture with a range of 19ft, the ultimate ‘selfie’ feature – or perhaps Jedi?
On the other hand, it has a shorter flight time of 21 minutes and its control range is just 4 kilometres in comparison to the Mavic Pro Platinum’s 7 kilometres (remember – in the UK we are limited to a visual line of sight up to 500m). A limitation created by the fact it uses Wi-Fi transmission with an operating frequency of 2.400 – 2.4835 GHz or 5.725 – 5.850 GHz, rather than Ocusync. This gives it around 4 times the range of the Spark, but only half that of the Pro Platinum.
WHICH MAVIC IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOU?
It may be slightly immature as the youngest member of the Mavic family (which in the past has left the end user to discover some of the bugs), but it still packs a punch with top speeds of 68.4 kph. It’s fair to say that the Mavic Air is in a good position; it’s not a Spark and it’s not the (highly anticipated) Mavic Pro 2. It’s a compact, affordable middle-man that has all the modern features you might need to create high quality content for travel and leisure.
Yet, there’s something about the Mavic Pro Platinum that we just can’t let go of; with its longer flight time, upgraded controller and better range, it seems far more commercially suited in areas like professional videography. Having said that, we work with plenty of professional cameramen who, for the price of a lens on a professional camera, will now be able to add an aerial platform in their camera bag with the Mavic Air.
Taking all this into consideration, here’s what we think – if you’re in need of a work buddy, the Mavic Pro Platinum could still be the best choice for you. But, if it’s an adventure travel buddy you’re after, look no further than the Mavic Air. We’ve made our choice, now it’s time to make yours.