DJI announced their brand new product on Tuesday to be released on January 28th: the Mavic Air drone. Among the most notable new features, there is a three-axis stabilized 4K resolution camera with a seven-lens vision system. Besides presenting the standard aerial capabilities, it also has a “slicker and more practical size.”
Previous drones by the firm like the Spark were more accessible, with prices starting at $377. In contrast, the brand new Mavic Air which has a starting price of $799. The first model still stands as a more convenient gateway product to the drone world, featuring a 12-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second.
DJI was founded in 2006 by Frank Wang and is currently the largest powerhouse on the drone market. It holds over 80% of the global consumer market due to their easy-to-fly aircraft and HD features for aerial photography. The company is well renowned in the entertainment industry, where TV shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones have used their drones.
DJI Mavic Air: Specs and features
The Mavic Air’s size is similar to the size of a smartphone. Michael Perry, who introduced the gadget, emphasized the scale advantages by stating and showing live how several drones and controllers fitted into his jacket pockets.
The new drone wanted to include VR in their technology array, so they added what they call “sphere panorama” shooting. It features a 3D panorama mode that captures 25 photos in eight seconds. The seven-camera vision system allows you to shoot from three directions, which seems to be an exclusive perk for DJI users, given that other small drones lack the feature.
The new Mavic Air.
DJI's most portable 3-axis gimbal drone. Shoots videos in 4K. Sphere panoramas in 32 MP. 21 minutes of flight time. Really too much to describe in a drone about as wide and tall as your smartphone. #AdventureUnfolds
Check it out. https://t.co/oOBxm6UnU1 pic.twitter.com/VRwHha8HH2
— DJI (@DJIGlobal) January 23, 2018
Like the Spark, the hand gesture control mode is still present. Due to its reduced size and antennas in their landing gear, it has an average flight time of 21 minutes per charging cycle, and it reaches a 2.5-mile range.
DJI announced they were keen on upgrading their drones’ photo abilities. In order to make it, they turned the aircraft into the host of advanced, automated assistive software that simplifies flying and, therefore, the capture of more complex shots.
This has led to the speculation of the possibility of the upcoming development of an even smaller drone to be launched soon.
DJI Mavic Air:
‣ 4K @ 24/30fps
‣ 12-megapixel stills
‣ 3-axis gimbal
‣ 21 minute flight time
‣ 42.5 mph top speed
‣ stable in winds up to 22 mph
‣ 2.5-mile range https://t.co/Uhpk9ge9CN pic.twitter.com/h99zzDP4TQ
— Sean O'Kane (@sokane1) January 23, 2018
DJI has helped shaped the entertainment industry
In 2017, DJI earned a technology and engineering Emmy award for providing directors and filmmakers with a practical and accessible platform for lowered aerial scenes. Also, it was considered an excellent creative tool, giving distinctive looks to a series of this era.