DJI Mavic Air- my favorite foldable 4k drone
DJI Mavic air is the perfect drone for people who can’t decide between getting the DJI Spark or Mavic Pro.
It comes with a very capable camera and build, while at the same time being even more compact when folded than the Spark.
Let’s dive deeper into why you’d want to get this awesome GPS 4k drone in your life.
Probably the most important factor when choosing a drone that must record video or take good photos is image stability.
I would always prefer having a lower quality camera, but to be stabilized, instead of a 4k one that shakes all over. Makes sense, right?
You should look for the following in a drone if you want good image stability:
- A 2 or preferably 3 axis gimbal is the best possible way to stabilize a camera. It’s usually found in more expensive builds.
- Electronic image stabilization. Drones like Parrot Bebop 2 or even the cheaper Tello have it.
- Get yourself a GO Pro drone and use a very stable Action cam with electronic or optical image stabilization!
This is generally valid for any type of drone. How long it stays in the air is even more important for making sure you take a certain shot, usually with more expensive camera drones in professional setttings.
You should be looking for over 15 minutes of battery life when it comes to drones that you want to use to make money or create videos with. Taking the right picture also requires some time, and you don’t want to be in a hurry when you do it.
Drone GPS and stabile flight
You can take very nice shots with a drone that only has the previous items we’ve talked about, but if you want to be stress free… having a stable drone or GPS is the way to go.
I’m not even getting into the ability to take timelapses, but having a solid stable drone is necesary for not begin stressed by the wind taking it away while you change the camera settings.
Besides that, drones with GPS also come with useful functions like return to home and follow me, that can be super useful for saving time and money.
- Drones with GPS
- great for stability at higher altitudes and distances
- Safer with RTH options and if battery is too low
- Drones with Optical flow cameras
- much cheaper
- holds position pretty well under 20m height
- can work indoors too
Being in the under $1000 category of drones, 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:
- Professional photographers and videographers (especially weddings)
- People who like to travel a lot and want to carry a capable yet small camera drone
- It has a lot of potential for industrial use, in inspection mostly
Here’s a dainly price history for the Mavic Air, so you know if now is the right time to buy it.
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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.
I would conclude that this might just be one of the better drone acquisitions you can possibly make at this price range. It comes with a ton of features, superbly stable footage and it's incredibly compact.
- very compact for what it can do
- 3 axis gimbal
- 4k recording
- long battery life
- many useful flight modes
- great GPS stability
- the range is limited in Europe to a maximum of 2km