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DJI Mavic Air Review (still worth it in 2024?)

Updated in 2024 by Paul Posea
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21 min Battery

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4km Range

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The DJI Mavic Air was one of the sleekest and most capable consumer drones back in its day, but is it still a good drone in 2024?

The Mavic Air is a capable 4k drone with a wide range of flight modes and a compact design that still holds a lot of value even in 2024.

If you already own it and are not a professional who makes money with it, it's still worth keeping. The only good alternatives would be an upgrade to the Mavic Air 2s or a size upgrade to the 250 gram DJI Mini 2, which comes with a longer flight time, believe it or not.

Mavic air Price and specs

Being well under $800 category of drones, and sometimes much lower if you find it second hand, the Mavic Air is definitely not cheap for everyone, but it certainly justifies its price with a ton of features.

It's on par with some of the most expensive drones out there, basically a combination between the capability of the Mavic Pro and the complex features and size of the DJI Spark.

I think it's perfect for the following categories of people:

  1. Professional photographers and videographers (especially weddings)
  2. People who like to travel a lot and want to carry a capable yet small camera drone
  3. It has a lot of potential for industrial use, in inspection mostly

Mavic Air video Review

Camera and video comparison

Because I got my hands on 3 of the most exclusive drones from DJI, I decided to compare how they record. Keep in mind there's quite a price difference between these three, so don't take everything for granted.

Even when comparing the Mavic Air to a $1400 drone like Mavic 2 Pro it still stood its ground very well, and most people probably can't make the difference from afar.

A few image samples for comparison

If you're undecided between the Mavic 1, mavic 2 and the Mavic air, then I hope the following pictures might help you decide.

As you can see, the Mavic Air is still very comparable for the untrained eye even when put side by side with a drone made for cinematography like the Mavic 2 Pro.

mavic air vs mavic pro vs mavic 2 pro
mavic air vs m1 vs m2

Mavic Air other Features

Portability and Design:

  • Compact and foldable form factor, easily fitting into a jacket pocket.
  • Weighs 430g, lighter than the Mavic Pro.
  • Available in three colours: white, black, and red.
  • Recessed gimbal with a clip-on camera cover for protection.

Performance and Control:

  • Improved obstacle avoidance system.
  • Gesture controls for easy operation.
  • Top speed of 68.4 km/h (40 mph).
  • Maximum transmission distance of 4 km (2.5 miles) with the controller.
  • 21-minute battery life, with options for additional batteries.

Additional Features:

  • Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) for safer flight.
  • Stability in winds up to 35 km/h (21.7 mph).
  • SmartCapture functionality for intuitive hand gesture controls.
  • QuickShot modes like Asteroid and Boomerang for creative video capture.

Pros and Cons of DJI Mavic Air

PROS

  1. Incredible portability.
  2. High-quality 4K video and stills.
  3. Advanced obstacle avoidance.
  4. Internal storage for convenience.

CONS

  1. Slightly jerky gimbal controls.
  2. Limited range compared to some models.
  3. Multiple batteries needed for extended use.

Comparison with Popular Drones

FeatureDJI Mavic AirDJI Mini 4 ProDJI Mini 2DJI Air 3DJI Mavic 3 Pro
Weight570 g< 249 g< 249 g720 g958 g
Dimensions (Folded)180×97×84 mm148×94×64 mm138×81×58 mm207×100.5×91.1 mm231.1×98×95.4 mm
Sensor Size1/2-inch1/1.3-inch1/2.3-inch1/1.3-inch4/3 CMOS
Max Photo Resolution48 MP48 MP12 MP48 MP20 MP
Max Video Resolution4K/60fps4K/60fps4K/30fps4K/60fps5.1K/50fps
Max Battery Life21  mins34/47 mins31 mins46 mins43 mins
Image Transmission Quality10 km, 1080p18 km, 1080p10 km, 720p32 km, 1080p28 km, 1080p
Wind Speed Resistance29-38 kph38.5 kph29-38 kph12 m/s12 m/s

Conclusion

As a conclusion, if you already own the Mavic Air and aren't interested in doing professional work, keep it for the occasional flight or trip.

If you don't want to keep it, just chose to upgrade to the newer Mavic Air 2s model or simply go for the smaller sized DJI Mini 2 instead of the slightly outdated Mavic Air.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How far can Mavic Air fly?

The Mavic Air can fly up to 4 kilometres in range.

Can the DJI Mavic Air be used for professional cinematography?

Yes, the DJI Mavic Air is suitable for professional photographers and videographers, including for uses like wedding cinematography.

How does the DJI Mavic Air perform in windy conditions?

The review doesn't provide specific details about its performance in windy conditions, but the presence of GPS and stable flight features suggest it can handle moderate winds effectively.

Is the DJI Mavic Air compatible with third-party accessories?

The review doesn't explicitly mention compatibility with third-party accessories, but given its popularity, it's likely to support various accessories.

How does the DJI Mavic Air's camera compare to a professional DSLR or mirrorless camera?

While the Mavic Air has a capable 4K camera, it may not match the quality of a high-end DSLR or mirrorless camera, especially in terms of sensor size and versatility.

How does the DJI Mavic Air handle firmware updates and software issues?

The review doesn't specifically address firmware updates and software issues, but DJI drones typically receive regular updates and have good support for software-related concerns.

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A big drone enthusiast, reviewing, comparing and writing about drones since 2015. I'm all about helping people enjoy and even monetize their hobby.

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Hi, I'm a long-time drone reviewer and I hope my articles and comparisons on this site as well as Dronesgator's youtube channel are of as much help as possible.
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