At first glance, this new sporty-looking drone caught our attention. We then studied the DJI Mavic Air from every angle and knew we were going to have some fun. It was a month ago now, we have flown this folding quadcopter several hours since and are now delivering our drone reviews to you. Let’s go, here’s our full review of the DJI Mavic Air.
Introducing the DJI Mavic Air
The DJI Mavic Air is a foldable quadcopter that is smaller than the Mavic Pro and larger than the Spark. These other two drones are worth mentioning, as the Mavic Air takes the best of both and hits a big hit in the world of small drones. Folded up, the Mavic Air fits perfectly in the palm of my hand. I have big hands, mind you, but I even suspect a child could hold this machine in their hand. The rear propeller arms fold forward and back, the front arms fold straight down and have a small kickstand that swings down.
The Mavic Air’s propellers do not fold up. I thought this was going to be a problem, but it turns out DJI gave it some thought. At least when the drone is folded for transport, the propellers are flush with the body of the drone, keeping them secure.
I walked around with the drone unfolded, you know, from one flying location to another during a flying session, and didn’t have a single problem.
On the front of the drone is a small horizontal tube that hides the camera. It looks a bit like Spark’s camera and it uses the same sensor. However, the Mavic Air comes equipped with a fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal with the rotation that rivals the Mavic Pro.
We have a lot to say about the camera, but we’ll get to that later.
Looking at the exterior facades of the drone, you will notice downward and forward-facing obstacle avoidance sensors.
But that’s not all, there are also rear-facing sensors. The Mavic Air pushes safety to a level never before seen on a DJI drone under 1000 euros.
Overall, I like the design of the Mavic Air. It incorporates styling elements of high-end sports cars, a racy sport type aesthetic. Structurally, the design gives a solid flying experience, there are few moving parts and everything just holds together.
Specifications and performance
Looking like a sports car is a good start, but what’s under the hood? The Mavic Air benefits from speeds corresponding to our expectations. The drone is rated at 68 km / h but we saw it spinning over 71 km / h ourselves, with the help of a little wind.
The maximum speed with fully stabilized video, however, is limited to 35 km / h. During my flights, I was closer to 30 km / h when taking video.
In terms of size, the Mavic Air is just over six inches long, just over six inches wide and two inches tall.
The frame measures 213mm, for those measuring diagonally. It’s quite small, but when it comes time to travel, fold the Mavic Air down and it becomes super compact: 7 centimeters wide, 2.5 centimeters high and still 15 centimeters long. It is the smallest folding drone with a 4K camera that we have had the opportunity to test. Besides flight speed, capabilities in the air include the same hover as other DJI drones, and the same vertical ceiling as the Mavic Pro, at 16,404 feet or 5,000 meters. The speed of vertical ascent reaches 4 m / s and the descent 3 m / s. In Sport mode, your stabilization flight is 2 m / s up and 1 m / s down.
The Mavic Air can handle winds of up to 37 km / h, but if you are flying in windy weather, consider the extra battery needed to return.
By ignoring extreme conditions, you can achieve up to 21 minutes of flight time per charge. For our test, we flew for about 17-18 minutes per flight, landing with at least 10% battery remaining.
GPS, GLONASS and six sensors keep you stable and secure. They are forward, down and rear-facing obstacle avoidance sensors. The sensors work best at speeds below 29 km / h, effectively avoiding obstacles up to 12 meters forward, 10 meters back and 8 meters down.
These measurements are for precision maneuvers, the sensors can detect obstacles beyond, up to 24 meters forward, 20 meters back and 30 meters down.
The efficiency of these obstacle avoidance sensors enables a new feature for DJI compact drones, called APAS. We’ll see this in detail later, but let me tell you, it’s smart autopilot, allowing for a new level of tracking ability.
Connectivity is an important topic with the DJI Mavic Air. The Mavic Pro comes with DJI’s internal Ocusync technology. We are passionate fans of this technology as it allows multiple devices to connect to a single drone with the excellent streaming video quality. The Mavic Air doesn’t have Ocusync, it uses WiFi instead.
For example, you need to use a cable to connect the Mavic Air remote to the DJI goggles. Wireless connectivity to the glasses remains exclusive to the Mavic Pro.
In the absence of Ocusync, the Mavic Air is rated at a range of 4000 meters. If you choose to ignore the remote and fly directly connected to your mobile device, expect a range of around 80 meters.
During my test I had an unstable connection a few times when the drone reached maximum altitude. Nothing too much of a problem, just adjust the antenna on the remote control to make things better. Finally, the camera. We’re going to need a full chapter to talk about it.
Tucked away behind a lens with an 85-degree field of view, the Mavic Air camera looks at first glance like that of the Mavic Pro and DJI Spark.
A pleasant surprise, the Mavic Air camera actually hides much better performance than those of its cousins. The main novelty of the Mavic Air camera is the ability to record video at a rate of 100 Mbps.
The sensor is set to a resolution of 12 MP. The lens is set to an 85-degree field of view, with an aperture of f / 2.8 and a focal length of 24mm, and your image is automatically focused at a minimum distance of 0.5 meters.
The Mavic Air is almost fully automatic. Anything in front of the foreground lens to the mountains on the horizon will be in focus automatically. It is arguably the easiest camera to use in the entire DJI drone line.
You still get a maximum of 30 fps when shooting in 4K resolution. However, you can get up to 120 frames per second in Full HD mode.
There are also additional capture modes.
The Mavic Air includes the features of Quickshot, adding something new.
The two new capture modes are the Boomerang, which does what its name suggests, circling you in an oblong shape.
The second mode is Asteroid, which combines outward and upward movement with a sphere capture, creating a video that simulates an asteroid falling on you.
Previous DJI drones could capture multiple images and stitch them together into a panoramic image, but the Mavic Air takes it one step further.
Capturing a full panorama is very close to capturing a 360-degree camera.
DJI’s full range of tracking modes and other autopilot and flight assistance functions are included. Better yet, DJI has included capturing in HDR resolution.
HDR takes a few shots at different exposure levels, then intelligently merges them to get the best possible picture.
In your typical drone photo, with the sky above and the ground below, a non-HDR photo is usually too bright to see the sky clearly or too dark to see the ground. In HDR, you’ll see both with the best exposure settings available.
Let’s stop talking about the camera, and see what the new 4K 100 Mbps on Mavic Air can do in pictures.
The DJI Mavic Air can be controlled in various ways. You have the choice between the controller, your phone, the apps and you can also fly it by hand.
The majority of the funniest flight modes for this drone are controlled through the DJI GO 4 app on your mobile device.
Don’t get me wrong, the best way to fly this drone is by using the remote control but if you want to use the fun piloting functions the remote can almost be left at home.
When we talk about the self-piloted flight modes on Mavic Air, we’re referring to the modes you’ve seen before, including Active Track, TapFly, Tripod, Cinematic Mode, and Point of Interest.
There is also SmartCapture and Quickshot.
DJI Quickshot includes the following modes:
Rocket – the camera faces down and the drone’s rockets face up.
Dronie – the camera faces the subject and slowly flies upward as it moves away from the subject.
Circle – the camera focuses on the subject and the drone circles it in a circle.
Helix – the camera stays focused on the subject and the drone flies out, up and around. Clearly, Helix combines the Dronie and Circle functions. Next, add the new quick shot modes exclusive to the Mavic Air: Boomerang – Similar to Circle, the drone keeps the focus on the subject, then flies around it. This time it flies in a diamond shape, starting close, moving away and coming back close again.
Asteroid – Starting near you, the drone flies, as if performing a Dronie. At a certain distance, the drone stops and begins to film a full rotation. The resulting video gives the impression that the camera is an asteroid about to crash into you. Once your video is recorded, enjoy quick and easy editing. Press the button on the DJI GO 4 app and your video will automatically be edited to a fast and fun video, music included. Smart Capture is potentially the most fun, you will have control of your Mavic Air with simple hand gestures like on the DJI Spark.
Clearly, the Mavic Air is much better than the Spark at handling your hand gestures. Besides taking off and landing, then moving left and right, you can now push the drone and bring it back with precision, and take off and land on the ground. The SmartCapture mode selfie camera is fun. If you want to film the scenery or fly more than 6 meters, you will need the remote control and other flight modes.
DJI also introduced the APAS (Advanced Pilot Assistance Service) service with the Mavic Air.
In short, it allows the drone to analyze obstacles in front of it and adjust its flight to circumvent objects. Quite simply, you can push the joystick with your right hand and the drone makes sure it doesn’t bump into anything.
It has already been done, okay, but previous DJI compact drones were stopping, the Mavic Air, thanks to APAS, will keep moving forward.
A few things to know, APAS is not enabled by default, but the button to turn it on is still there on the left side of your screen. Also, by default, APAS works only for manual flight.
The options are there to enable APAS in ActiveTrack and other autopilot modes, but you’ll have to dig through the menus to get there.
DJI introduced a new portability feature – you can unscrew the joysticks from the remote. It’s superb for portability.
Having said that, more than once I have found myself in the field having to interrupt my session because I forgot that I had to put on the joysticks before I could fly. That’s not a problem, and I got used to it eventually.
The connectivity was great in our various tests. With the Mavic Air, no matter which way you pointed the antenna, connecting the remote to the drone was still very reliable for us.
For example, most of the time I fly 400 feet directly above my head. The vast majority of times I do this I get an interference warning when I go over about 350 feet. I then rotate the antenna so that it is perpendicular to the drone and the warning disappears.
There is a margin between the warning and the complete loss of connection, but it is a bit annoying to experience.
connectivity is available in 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz frequencies.
You can manually choose between the two, but by default, the connection is handled automatically. There is no difference in functionality between the two, these are just additional options to make sure you can connect on an unencumbered channel.
The Mavic Air has proven to be one of the easiest drones to set up and fly in the DJI fleet, also one of the most efficient in the air.
The portability of the drone is excellent. The travel bag that comes with the Fly More Combo has almost the same dimensions as the Spark and Mavic Pro bags.
By folding up the Mavic Air and taking the remote apart, you get DJI’s smallest compact drone to date.
We were really worried that the DJI Mavic Air’s small size and lightweight would make the wind resistance poor. The aerodynamics are actually very well designed and the flight performance is very good.
Without wind, the Mavic Air quickly reaches its top speed of 68 km / h and it flies over the ground at an average speed of 30 km / h while filming videos.
WiFi connectivity has always scared us: on the DJI Mavic Air, it works very well. The connectivity was much better than we expected, in particular, we were surprised at the range of the drone. I have no fear of flying the Mavic Air beyond my field of vision. In the worst case, DJI’s RTH functionality is super reliable.
The overall build quality of the drone is superb, the flight characteristics are some of the best on the market, the camera is very good, and the machine is just a lot of fun.
In short, this drone really seduced us. You can order it online.
The DJI Goggles are compatible with the Mavic, Spark, Phantom 4 and Inspire ranges. Some functions are suitable for different DJI products.
DJI Goggles can be used continuously for six hours. Each pair of displays has such a fine resolution that you can’t see the pixel mesh.
DJI Goggles go hand in hand with the new Flying Wing flight mode. In this mode, you can use your head to control the Mavic Pro.
The DJI Goggles have an integrated touchpad and a 5D button which gives access to smart functions very easily.
DJI Mavic Air Smart Battery
The Mavic Air’s smart flight battery allows you to fly your drone for 21 minutes thanks to its high-density LiPo battery.
The Mavic Air intelligent flight battery has a system capable of protecting it against overcharging or over-discharging.
With the DJI GO app, you have access to comprehensive battery status information to calculate remaining flight time.
This battery is compatible with the DJI Mavic Air. It can be used with the Mavic Air charging station and the Mavic Aircar charger.
Battery charger for DJI Mavic AIR
Super Fast Charging – Super Fast Charging Center for Mavic Air Drone Battery: PB1-2375mAh-11.55V
Four batteries: When using the Mavic Air power adapter, you can recharge up to four batteries, perfect for flying sessions requiring the use of multiple batteries
Successive charges: the batteries are not charged simultaneously but one after the other, automatic switch as soon as the previous battery reaches full charge
Input Features: The durable and efficient holder for the Mavic AIR drone battery charger has an input compatible with 13.2V, 0-5A.
Storage bag for DJI Mavic Air
The cover is of satisfactory quality both inside and out, the overall size is comfortable enough to store your DJI Mavic Air and almost all the accessories, it is the most efficient and compact case you can get for your drone.
The Mavic Air cover is made of eco-friendly EVA material, which prevents you from having an awful smell.
The hard outer shell is durable, tough and good looking, and the interior is lined with precise cutouts of EVA material which provides excellent protection for your drone and other accessories from scratches and bumps! Ideal for travel and home storage.
The liner is moulded according to the shape of objects, provide a precise place for the drone, controller and batteries. Besides, with a flexible design idea, the bottom with a big groove makes the space more flexible, if you have extra batteries and accessories, DIY to meet your needs.
The top with a mesh pocket and divider expands storage space so you can take essentials on the go.
Shoulder bag for DJI MAVIC AIR
Can store MAVIC AIR drone, 2 batteries, remote control, charger, charging hub, data cable, etc.
Portable and durable, easy to carry, lightweight
Small size, shoulder backpack, perfect for carrying your drone
Suitable for DJI MAVIC AIR RC remote control
Waterproof nylon scratch-resistant fabric
Environmental friendly material, no peculiar smell
Dimensions: 23 x 12 x 34 cm
Net weight: 444 g
Backpack for DJI Mavic Air and Go pro
This Backpack has been specially designed to carry Go pro camera and your DJI Mavic Air drone and their accessories safely to outdoor sports.
The high-density foam is custom cut to accommodate Mavic Air drone, battery, battery charger, radio controller and other accessories, providing maximum protection.
Also compatible with GoPro Hero 6/5/4/3 or GoPro Hero or GoPro Session series camera, 6 x batteries and other accessories.
Thoughtful design, padded sos and straps provide all-day back comfort, plus the slider on the detachable shoulder strap provides an alternative multi-angle for your Go pro.
External dimension: 40 x 30 x 18 cm. Nylon fabric, EVA foam, durable, ultra-light, rigid and strong, ideal carrying bag to carry your drone easily.
Reinforced leg protection DJI Mavic Air
Landing Leg Extender, Protector Extension Replacement for DJI Mavic Drone Accessories.
To prevent the gimble from getting dirty or damaged during take-off or landing.
Lift your Mavic up to 35mm; Material: ABS, silicone gel; Net weight: 18g
Portable and lightweight, convenient to carry to use, easy to install and remove, does not need tools.
Sun visor for DJI Mavic Air
Sun Hood Sun Visor
The back has suction cups to attach to your phone for added security.
Sun blocking, quick installation folding, lightweight.
With this parasol, reading the screen becomes much easier.
DJI Mavic Air Fire Resistant Battery Bag
Portable Drone Battery Protection Bag For DJI Mavic Air, Heat Resistance, Radiation Protection, Explosion Proof
Materials: flame retardant fiber glass fabric, heat resistance, radiation protection, explosion-proof, impact-proof
Size: Small size for 1 piece Battery; Medium size for 2 pieces Battery; Large size for 3 stacks of coins
Convenient use: Can be put in the travel bag easily. Double battery protection against damage.
Package: One piece battery bag for DJI Mavic Air.
PolarPro Filters for DJI Mavic Air
The PolarPro DJI Mavic Air Three Filter Pack includes three filters that make aerial views with the DJI Mavic Air drone much more professional and easier!
The set contains ND4, ND8 and ND16 grey filter. The filters are made of HD optical glass for crisp images. The set comes with a filter housing that protects the filters when not in use.
The DJI Mavic Air Triple Filter Pack includes three handy filters for aerial photography and video.
The ND4 filter removes 2 stops of light, which makes this filter useful when shooting during dawn or dusk.
ND8 filter removes 3 stops of light so your images don’t get overexposed. Practice on partially covered days.
The ND16 filter removes 4 stops of light and prevents overexposed images on sunny days. In addition, you can play with your frame rate with the ND filter.
All filters are fitted with an Airframe from PolarPro, which makes them lightweight and doesn’t add unnecessary weight to your DJI Mavic Air drone. The filters are easy to attach to the camera of the DJI Mavic Air drone.
Gray filters are perfect accessories for the DJI Mavic Air because they are needed to solve some light problems just like normal cameras and video cameras. Gray filters reduce the amount of light entering the sensor and thus avoid overexposed parts in your shots.
But a neutral filter also allows for faster shutter speeds, which is important for setting the correct frame rate on your camera. Shutter speeds for video are simply different from those for a camera.
Skyreat polarizing filters for DJI Mavic Air
Perfect filters for DJI Mavic Air.
The DJI Mavic Filter from Skyreat offers solutions that have been developed for all daytime photography conditions. With very high quality glass and coatings and perfect aesthetics, allows you to enjoy the best 4K videos and images.
Glass with exceptional quality. Each lens is multi-coated to reduce the amount of light on the treffende sensor.
DJI Mavic Air polarizer filters
PERFECT FOR DJI MAVIC AIR
It fits the camera perfectly protecting the lens. No ghosting problems, no flare, color differential, image distortion of any kind.
PROTECT YOUR CAMERA
The DJI Mavic AIR filter can protect your lens from scratches or crackles when hitting it against something. Solid lens filters with excellent optics, water, oil and scratch-resistant.
EASY TO CLEAN
It’s easier to clean. Both for accidents as well as to protect the glass from everyday dirt and dust. Will not affect the gimbal self-inspection.
EASY TO INSTALL FILTERS
The correct way should be the lens and the golden circle are aligned to ensure your Mavic passes gimbal initialization successfully.
BEST GIFT FOR EVERYONE
6 packs DJI Mavic AIR Filters are the best gift for travel lovers. If you have any questions, please contact us, we will try our best to help you at the first time. We can provide you with a 100% money-back guarantee.
DJI ND FILTER
Getting more control of an aperture and freedom of shutter by neutral density filter reduces the ability of different wavelengths of light, even only playing a reduced role of light without noticeably changing its color .
DJI CPL FILTER
Absorb polarized light in the sky. Remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces. The polarizing filter used to reduce oblique reflections from non-metallic surfaces and to improve color rendering. Such as the water surface, the glass surface.
PolarPro Cinema Filters for DJI Mavic Air
The PolarPro DJI Mavic Air Vivid Filter Set is part of the PolarPro Cinema Filter Series. This handy set consists of three combined neutral/polarizing filters that have been specifically designed for the DJI Mavic Air camera. You use them to suppress an excessive amount of light and to prevent glare at the same time and to liven up your colors. The kit consists of an ND4 / PL filter which reduces light 2 f / steps, an ND8 / PL filter which corrects three steps and an ND16 / PL filter which corrects 4 steps. You can use them if there is too much (intense) light that erodes your exposure. With the different filters, the shutter speed of the camera is adjusted to 1/120 sec. when shooting HD (1080/60) or 1/60 sec. for 4K / 30. When you rotate the filters, the polarization effect also begins to occur so that your images get more saturated and vivid colors. PolarPro Vivid filters for the DJI Mavic Air are made of optical glass, have a multiple coating and weigh only 0.59 grams per piece by the application of aerial aluminium. They are delivered in a plastic box. Gray filters and polarizing filters are perfect accessories for the DJI Mavic Air because they are needed to solve some light problems just like normal cameras and video cameras. A polarizing filter reduces glare and this is very important when shooting in water and snow. Gray filters reduce the amount of light entering the sensor and thus avoid overexposed parts in your shots. Ideal in snow or at sea. But a neutral filter also allows higher shutter speeds, and this is important for setting the correct frame rate of your camera. Shutter speeds for video are simply different from those for a camera.
Car charger adapter for DJI Mavic Air
- Input: 12-16V 6A
- Output: 13.2V 2.1A
- Net weight: 110G
- Package size: 16.3 x 10 x 3 cm
- Charging time: you can charge 2 batteries and a controller at the same time in about 60-70 minutes
Tablet Holder for DJI Mavic Air
4-12 Inch Foldable Aluminum Base Cell Phone Holder / Tablet Holder for DJI Mavic Air / Mavic Pro and DJI Spark
Expandable stand up to 7.5 inches (19cm), Fits all 4-12 inch cell phones or tablets
Designed with 360-degree rotation, 45 degrees up and down to meet all the needs of the operation angles.
Compatible with DJI Mavic Air / Pro and DJI Spark controllers. Comes with a free neck strap.
Product weight: 159g, Lightweight aluminium base designed by Hollow, with non-slip bottom. High-quality ABS plastic holder.
DJI Mavic Air Landing Gear Extension
The new extension and extended landing leg protection for DJI Mavic Air. Height increase: 3.5 cm
To prevent the Gimbal from getting dirty or damaged during takeoff or landing. High quality plastics injection from a complete mould Rib design, does not fall off.
Precision design. Installation without damage. Easy to install and detach, very convenient for travelling.
Black-striped propellers for DJI Mavic Air
Provide better balance for the Mavic Air drone. Quick-release, folding. Easy to install and remove!
High quality – Push and release mechanism for quick attachment and detachment, Lightweight, secure and stable
Easy to install and remove, convenient to store and transport
White propellers for DJI Mavic Air
Replacement propellers made for DJI Mavic Air Drone.
Durable, well balanced, strong resilience, colored spare propellers.
Gorgeous to watch while in flight with these colored propellers, better than the boring black color.
Quick Release Propellers for DJI Mavic Air
These easy-to-install propellers are designed for use with the DJI Mavic Air. They are well balanced and provide a powerful pulling force.
These propellers allow quick assembly and disassembly on the DJI Mavic Air thanks to the push-button design.
These propellers complement Mavic Air’s propulsion system, ensuring the safety and reliability of your drone’s flight.
The quick-release DJI Mavic Air propellers are very light in weight and provide well-balanced thrust, providing in-flight stability to your drone.
Water floats for DJI Mavic Air
Specially designed for DJI Mavic Air Drone, allows your DJI Mavic air drone to land on both water and ground
Soft silicone, good elasticity, high, shock absorption, no damage to the body
The floating drone balls are super light, they will not increase the weight of your drone or block its movements.
You can get the most amazing images without worrying that your expensive drone will fall into the water if its battery runs out.
Lightweight, portable, easy to carry and install, it perfectly protects your Mavic Air camera.
Micro USB Cable for DJI Mavic Air
This is an upgraded data cable for Mavic Pro / Mavic Air / Spark, you can use it to connect the drone to iPhone / iPad in-flight to view and transfer the video/pictures in real-time.
The micro USB end is to plug into the controller, and the lighning end is used with iPhone / tablet, it supports IOS 7,8,9,10, iPhone X / 8/7/7/6 compatible / 5 / SE, iPad / iPad Air / iPad Mini and etc.
The outside of the cable is made of braided nylon, which is very hard and anti-strain. The 90-degree angle of the end make the phone and the controller connect in a good addition and protect the end from bending.
Its length is 11.4 inch, which is the perfect length for the cellphone/tablet controller. This cable is data cable, it does not support charging, it is designed for DJI Drone for mobile phone/tablet, may not support other devices.