The adventure unfolded this morning at the DJI event in New York City with the DJI’s latest product launch, the DJI Mavic Air.
Given that the product was leaked yesterday, it wasn’t that big of a surprise, but it was still impressive. The concept of the Mavic Air apparently came about ONE DAY after the infamous Mavic Pro launch, which was 18 months ago.
“When DJI introduced the Mavic Pro, it reinvented what a consumer drone could be: powerful, yet portable, accessible, but advanced,” said Roger Luo, President at DJI. “Today, with the introduction of Mavic Air, we have pushed these attributes to the next level to create our best consumer drone yet.”
The Mavic Air goes where you go, enabling limitless exploration wherever adventure takes you. Key features include 32MP Sphere Panoramas, Foldable & Portable, 3-Axis Gimbal & 4K Camera, 3-Directional Environment Sensing, SmartCapture, 21-Minute Max Flight Time, and Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems. It’s small size and 3D foldable design includes a 3-axis mechanical gimbal set in a triangular formation, allowing for even steadier shots.
Every aspect of Mavic Air’s camera has been designed for maximum performance. New HDR algorithms help users obtain the right exposure settings intelligently, according to lighting conditions. Overexposed or dark areas are processed for more natural transitions between highlights and shadows, while DSP acceleration allows for more efficient shooting. The Mavic Air is the first drone with 8 GB of internal storage. Users can save photos and videos directly to the aircraft, or export files through its USB 3.0Type-C port.
The Mavic Air shoots video at an incredible 4K 30 fps, and recording at 100 Mbps, with support for recording 1080p 120 fps slow-motion video. In addition to Horizontal, Vertical, and 180° panoramas, the Mavic Air stitches 25 photos together in just eight seconds to create crystal-clear 32 MP Sphere panoramas.
The system also features ActiveTrack, QuickShots, SmartCapture, and TapFly. ActiveTrack can sense up to 16 selectable subjects simultaneously, and six different QuickShots features allow you to take epic selfies with a single tap. SmartCapture offers a new and interactive way of controlling the Mavic Air using hand gestures and TapFly allows you to adjust your flight via the DJI GO 4 app.
The dedicated remote controller uses a foldable, low-profile, ergonomic design to hold your smartphone for maximum convenience. Detachable control sticks store inside the remote controller to pack more comfortably on the go.
The Mavic Air will retail for $799 and the Mavic Air Fly More Combo for $999, with three color options Onyx Black, Arctic White, and Flame Red. Pre-orders begin today with shipping to begin on January 28.