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Mavic Pro и Mavic Pro Platinum – Креативность в каждом мгновении – DJI

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Размер в сложенном состоянии (ВхШхД): 83 мм х 83 мм х 198 мм. Масса: 743 г

Система FlightAutonomy позволяет Mavic избегать столкновений и лететь строго по маршруту. Система состоит из 5 камер,модулей GPS и ГЛОНАСС, 2 ультразвуковых дальномеров, запасных датчиков и 24 мощных вычислительных ядер.

Камера на 3-осевом стабилизаторе. 4К/30 кадров/с. 12 мегапикселей.Макс.длина выдержки: 8 с. Adobe DNG RAW.

До 27 минут полетного времени. До 65 км/ч в спортивном режиме.

Дальность передачи сигнала до 7 км*. Видеопоток в 1080p/720p.*При выполнении стандарта FCC, на открытом пространстве без помех.

Два экрана 1920х1080. Качество видеопотока 1080р.Интерфейс связи с низкой задержкой сигнала OcuSync.

Mavic Pro Platinum обладает повышенной надежностью и летает тише. Это лучший складной дрон от DJI.

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Небольшой, но мощный дрон DJI Mavic Pro станет вашей кистью на холсте неба.За миниатюрностью квадрокоптера скрывается набор сложных технологий. Это, несомненно, один из самых продвинутых дронов от DJI. В вашем распоряжении - группа из 24 мощных вычислительных ядер, новейший интерфейс беспроводной связи, работающий на расстоянии до 7 км*, 5 оптических датчиков и камера на 3-осевом стабилизаторе, снимающая видео в 4К. *При выполнении стандарта FCC, на открытом пространстве без помех.

  • мощь технологий
  • Свобода творчества
  • простота
  • безопасность

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Mavic 2 - Смотри шире – DJI

Мы всегда мечтали создать совершенный дрон. Инженерное чудо, идеальное для аэросъемки. Дрон, обладающий всеми лучшими технологиями DJI, дрон, который преобразит мир аэросъемки. Эта мечта исполнилась. Мы создали Mavic 2.

Mavic 2 Pro с камерой HasselbladMavic 2 Zoom с камерой с 2-кратным оптическим зумомПередача видеосигнала 1080p на расстояние до 8 км1Макс. время полета: 31 мин2Обнаружение препятствий в нескольких направлениях3Гиперлапс

Изготовленные в Швеции высококвалифицированными сотрудниками камеры Hasselblad известны эргономичным дизайном и превосходным качеством изображений. С 1941 года эти камеры использовались для создания легендарных фотографий: высадка на Луну - одна из них. В результате двух лет неустанной совместной исследовательской работы с Hasselblad Mavic 2 Pro оснащен совершенно новой камерой Hasselblad L1D-20c. Камера L1D-20c работает по уникальной технологии Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution (HNCS)5, позволяющей пользователям делать великолепные снимки с воздуха с разрешением в 20 мегапикселей и потрясающими цветами.Узнать больше о HNCS >

Зона активной работы новой 1-дюймовой матрицы CMOS в четыре раза превышает показатели Mavic Pro. Большая матрица обеспечивает более высокое качество изображения при слабом освещении за счет более широкого диапазона ISO. Максимальный показатель ISO поднялся с 3200 до 12800.

* Эффективное разрешение

Mavic 2 Pro поддерживает цветовой профиль Dlog-M 10 бит с более широким динамическим диапазоном, дающим больше возможностей для цветокоррекции. Система способна записывать более 1 миллиарда цветов (в сравнении с 16 миллионами цветов, используемых в 8-битных технологиях цветового кодирования) и сохранять больше деталей при изменении яркости и теней. Теперь вы сможете запечатлеть даже слабо различимые оттенки заката или восхода солнца и редактировать снимки с большей свободой.

Благодаря поддержке видео 4K HDR 10 бит, Mavic 2 Pro можно подсоединить к совместимому с HLG 4K ТВ и просматривать запись в полном цветовом спектре: с увеличенной яркостью и контрастностью, которые делают HDR видео такими привлекательными.

Настраиваемая диафрагма f/2.8-f/11 обеспечивает превосходное качество изображения как при слабом, так и при хорошем освещении. Для съемки при слабом освещении, следует установить диафрагму на f/2.8, чтобы собрать как можно больше света и получить яркие и четкие фотографии. Для съемки при хорошем освещении, следует установить диафрагму на f/11, чтобы уменьшить выдержку и получить видео наивысшего качества.

Бенджамин Эверетт – путешественник и фотограф, очарованный тонкой гранью между восприятием и реальностью пейзажей. Он победил в конкурсе Hasselblad Masters Award в категории «Пейзаж».

На Mavic 2 Zoom установлена 1/2,3-дюймовая матрица с разрешением в 12 мегапикселей, оснащенная четырехкратным зумом, включая двукратный оптический зум (24 мм – 48 мм)4. Его главной задачей является динамическая перспектива. Делайте любые снимки – с широким углом обзора либо на небольшом расстоянии.

В отличие от широкоугольного объектива с ЭФР, равным 24 мм4

Во время съемки видео FHD четырехкратный зум без потерь (включая двухкратный оптический зум) позволяет подобраться ближе к объектам съемки, находящимся вдалеке, и снимать ранее недоступные кадры с безопасного расстояния от зданий, транспортных средств, животных и людей.

Гибридный автофокус Mavic 2 Zoom совмещает определение фазы и контраста, что увеличивает точность наведения на резкость, а также его скорость на 40% в сравнении с предыдущей моделью. Благодаря системе следящего автофокуса, предметы остаются четкими и резкими при приближении и отдалении.

Транстрав (Dolly Zoom)7 – новый подрежим «Быстрой съемки» (QuickShot) в Mavic 2 Zoom, предлагающий необычную перспективу с дрона. Транстрав позволяет автоматически регулировать фокусное расстояние объектива во время полета, добавляя видеоэффект раздвигающегося пространства. Во время пилотирования вручную, можно также установить необходимую скорость фокусировки для большей свободы съемки.

В Mavic 2 Zoom есть новая функция для получения снимков сверхвысокого разрешения. При установке поля обзора4 на отметку 24 мм, камера фотографирует и совмещает девять снимков при помощи телеобъектива. Так получается высококачественный снимок с разрешением 48 мегапикселей, на котором видны мельчайшие детали, что особенно важно при съемке пейзажей.

Джимми Чин – фотограф, создатель фильмов и альпинист. Он получил приз зрительских симпатий за фильм «Меру» (Meru, 2015) на кинофестивале «Сандэнс». Этот фильм также состоял в списке для выбора номинантов на Оскар за лучший документальный фильм в 2016 г.

Мы представляем 2 модели дрона: Mavic 2 Pro и Mavic 2 Zoom6. В обеих моделях используется новейшая технология 3-осевой стабилизации DJI, обеспечивающая плавность и стабильность съемки в любой ситуации.

Обработка съемочного материала больше не будет отнимать столько времени. При помощи технологии гиперлапса (Hyperlapse), летательный аппарат способен автоматически стабилизировать изображение во время съемки, что позволяет создавать таймлапсы, не отличающиеся от профессиональных, и мгновенно загружать их в социальные сети.Сохраните маршрут полета в Каталог маршрутов7, чтобы при необходимости повторить его. Версии JPEG и RAW автоматически сохраняются на карте памяти или внутреннем накопителе, что дает больше возможностей на этапе обработки изображения.

Получайте яркие изображения при помощи функции HyperLight, позволяющей оптимизировать снимки, сделанные при слабом освещении, и снизить уровень шума.

Обычный режимHyperLight

Обе модели способны записывать видео формата 4K с кодеком H.2658 при более высокой скорости передачи данных. Видео с кодеком H.265/HEVC содержат на 50% больше информации, чем с кодеком H.264/AVC, что создает видео с более высокой детализацией.

Цифровая технология видеопередачи OcuSync 2.0 обеспечивает большее расстояние передачи сигнала, лучшее качество видео и помехоустойчивость.

Передача видео 1080p на 8 км1Автопереключение между частотами 2,4 и 5,8 ГГц9Быстрая загрузка и низкий уровень задержки сигнала

Новая технология OcuSync 2.0 позволяет осуществлять передачу видео в 1080p на расстояние до 8 километров1. Отснятый материал в FHD можно сразу загружать в социальные сети из кэша. Снимки, полученные во время полета, автоматически сохраняются на мобильное устройство без необходимости скачивать их с дрона вручную.

Mavic Pro работает на частоте 2,4 ГГц; частота сигнала, как правило, прерывается многочисленными беспроводными устройствами. Способность Mavic 2 переключаться между частотами 2,4 и 5,8 ГГц улучшает качество передачи сигнала. Это крайне важно во время полета в местах с большим количеством помех. 3

Теоретическая скорость скачивания OcuSync 2.0 составляет до 40 Мбит/с, задержка сигнала – всего 120 мс. Технология способна обеспечивать бесперебойную трансляцию видео и легкость в управлении устройством.

Наши инженеры провели многочисленные часы за работой над увеличением мощности силовой тяги, снижением потребления энергии и уровня шума Mavic 2. Эти немаловажные изменения наряду с улучшенной системой FlightAutonomy делают полет более свободным и тихим, что не только не привлекает внимания к дрону, но и является более безопасным.

Макс. скорость: 72 км/ч10

Платформа была усовершенствована с целью повышения уровня надежности и аэродинамики. Сопротивление корпуса Mavic 2 на 19% меньше сопротивления Mavic Pro при полете на полной скорости.

До 31 минуты времени в полете

Больше полетного времени

Низкий уровень шума

Регуляторы хода синусоидального привода и малошумные пропеллеры делают полет тихим, так что вы не побеспокоите окружающих.

Система FlightAutonomy теперь имеет функцию обнаружения препятствий в нескольких направлениях. Впервые на дроне DJI датчики обнаружения препятствий располагаются по всем сторонам летательного аппарата для обеспечения безопасности во время полета.

Двойная система обзора. Диапазон точного измерения до 20 метров. Диапазон определяемого расстояния: 20-40 метров. Способность определять препятствия и останавливаться во время полета на скорости до 50,4 км/ч.

Двойная система обзора. Диапазон точного измерения до 11 метров. Диапазон определяемого расстояния: 11-22 метров.Система инфракрасных датчиков. Диапазон точного измерения до 8 метров. Стабильный полет на высоте до 50 м и безопасная посадка при определении поверхности.

Дополнительная подсветка для полетов при слабом освещении помогает нижним датчикам.

Одиночная система обзора.Распознавание препятствий на скорости до 28,8 км/ч.

Безопасный полет в режимах ActiveTrack и Штатив (Tripod).

Двойная система обзора. Диапазон точного измерения до 16 метров. Диапазон определяемого расстояния: 16-32 метров.

Способность определять препятствия и останавливаться во время полета на скорости до 43,2 км/ч.

Система инфракрасных датчиков. Диапазон точного измерения до 8 метров.

Дрон способен лететь вперед и назад, избегая препятствия перед объектом и за ним. APAS создает маршрут полета, позволяющий обходить препятствия автоматически во время полета.

Благодаря мощным камерам и интеллектуальным, легким в использовании, режимам съемки, аэросъемка теперь доступна для пользователей любого уровня.

ActiveTrack 2.0Быстрая съемка (QuickShots)Панорамы

Усовершенствованный режим ActiveTrack 2.0 дарит абсолютно новый опыт съемки с отслеживанием объектов.

Для ведения слежения предыдущая версия ActiveTrack опиралась на двухмерное изображение с основной камеры. Теперь же, благодаря режиму ActiveTrack 2.0, Mavic 2 использует трехмерные карты окружающей среды, полученные при помощи основной камеры и передних видеодатчиков, что обеспечивает более высокий уровень распознавания и точности.

Алгоритмы расчета траектории помогают продолжать слежение, даже если объект на время скрылся за препятствием.

Mavic 2 способен отслеживать быстро движущиеся объекты, такие как автомобили и лодки, если их скорость не превышает 72 км/ч11.

Во время отслеживания цели Mavic 2 может составить маршрут полета на 3D-карте. Дрон способен распознавать препятствия и избегать столкновения впереди и позади летательного аппарата, не прерывая съемку.

Mavic 2 поддерживает четыре режима панорамной съемки: сферическая, 180°, горизонтальная и вертикальная.

Дрон оснащен рядом интеллектуальных режимов съемки, открывающими массу возможностей для творчества.

Точка интереса POI 2.0

Благодаря измерению расстояния на базе компьютерного зрения, дрон больше не должен перемещаться в центр, чтобы начать кружение. Эффективность POI 2.0 увеличена и теперь позволяет дрону свободно кружить над объектами во время съемки.

Waypoint 2.0

С новой версией Waypoint 2.0 аппарату больше не нужно лететь к определенному месту съемки для того, чтобы произвести полет по точкам. Нажатием на необходимые точки в приложении пилот может быстро составить маршрут полета и сохранить его для использования в будущем.

Профессиональные комплектующие для свободы творчества

DJI Smart Controller оснащен 5,5-дюймовым ультраярким дисплеем, который позволяет просматривать видео 1080p с дрона даже под прямыми солнечными лучами. Кроме уже установленного на пульт приложения DJI GO 4, вы также сможете использовать приложения сторонних производителей. Функция Go Share облегчает передачу фото и видео с DJI Smart Controller на мобильное устройство. Скорость включения и загрузки данных на пульте составляет 20–30 секунд, что позволяет пилоту быстро поднять дрон в воздух.

ПодробнееЯркость 1000 кд/м2 (в два раза ярче стандартного смартфона)Порт HDMI и слот для карты памяти microSDРабочие температуры: -20℃...+40℃

Срок службы аккумулятора стандартного пульта управления составляет до 135 минут на полном заряде. Его удобно переносить и хранить благодаря эргономичному и компактному дизайну и съемным джойстикам. Новый дизайн отлично подходит для современных смартфонов и значительно упрощает процесс использования.

Mavic 2 подключается к очкам DJI Goggles13 по беспроводной связи OcuSync 2.0. Теперь пользователи могут просматривать видео 1080p на расстоянии до 8 км с минимальной задержкой сигнала1. В режиме управления движением головы (Head Tracking) диапазон поворота камеры составляет -75°...+75°, что придает полету эффект присутствия.

Матрица CMOS 1” 20 Мп

Настраиваемая диафрагма, f/2,8 – f/11

Цветовой профиль Dlog-M 10 бит

Видео HDR 10 бит

Матрица CMOS 1/2,3” 12 Мп

Фото сверхвысокого разрешения 48 Мп

4 × зум без потери качества, видео FHD

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DJI Mavic 2 Pro

DJI's Mavic family has all but replaced its Phantom series for consumer drone use. Mavic drones are smaller all around, and foldable for easier storage and transport. The top-end model, the Mavic 2 Pro ($1,729), has the largest image sensor we've seen in a drone this size. That means images and video both look better than other drones, including the Pro's near twin sibling, the Mavic 2 Zoom. The Pro is a little more expensive, by $250, but we think the step up in image and video quality is worth the added cost. The Mavic 2 Pro is the best drone for enthusiast pilots, and our Editors' Choice.

Editors' Note: The price of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro increased from $1,499 to $1,729 on September 4, 2019. DJI states that the increase in price is related to tariffs levied by the United States.

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The Mavic 2 Pro takes its design cues from the original Mavic Pro, but is a little bigger all around. It measures 3.3 by 3.6 by 8.4 inches (HWD) folded and 3.3 by 9.5 by 12.7 inches with it arms extended. Unfolding the drone is pretty easy, you just have to remember to swing the front arms out before the bottom ones. The aircraft weighs about 2 pounds, heavy enough to require FAA registration when flying recreationally in the US.

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Despite being a bit bigger than the original Mavic and the more recent Mavic Air, the Mavic 2 Pro is still quite portable. It fits nicely in a camera bag, taking up about the same space as a typical 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens. You'll have to make a little more space for the remote control, charger, and any extra batteries you buy, but you won't have to dedicate a backpack to the Mavic as you do with the Phantom design.

DJI is splitting the Mavic 2 line into two models—the Pro, which we're reviewing here—and the Zoom, which has a 2x optical zoom lens, but a smartphone-sized 1/2.3-inch, 12MP image sensor. The Mavic 2 Pro leaps ahead with a 1-inch sensor, about four times the size of the imager behind the Mavic 2 Zoom's lens. The larger surface area allows for more image resolution (20MP), and higher-quality video.

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The included remote control is similar to what you get with other Mavic models. It's gray, with a short, changeable cable to connect to your smartphone, which mounts below the controller. Two clips hold your phone—they're big enough to accommodate a phablet and can handle a slim phone case, but you'll need to take your phone out of its case if you use a bulky one. There is a cutout on the left clip, so you can access your phone's home button while it's mounted in the remote. Cables are included for phones that use Lightning, micro USB, and USB-C ports.

The remote has a monochrome display—it shows battery status, telemetry data, and other information. It's possible to fly the Mavic 2 without a phone attached, but you'll need an Android or iOS device and the DJI Go 4 app to activate the drone before your first flight. We don't recommend flying without a phone, though, as you won't see the view through the camera without one.

In addition to the flight sticks—which are removable for storage—the remote includes dual control wheels and buttons at the shoulders. The left wheel tilts the camera up and down, while the right brightens or darkens the exposure, and the buttons are used to snap a picture or start a video. The remote also has a switch to change flight modes on its side, a dedicated button to activate the Mavic's return-to-home feature, and a Pause button to freeze the drone in place. There is also a small four-way controller—it can be used to point the camera straight ahead or straight down. Two programmable control buttons, located on the rear, round things out.

The Mavic 2 Pro is rated for up to 31 minutes of flight on a full battery charge. That number is based on the amount of time the drone can hover in place, so expect a few minutes less life in reality. Our tests netted an average of 27 minutes—that's still quite a bit of time in the air, better than the 23 minutes the original Mavic Pro netted in our flights.

You expect a $1,500 drone to include an obstacle avoidance system, and the Mavic 2 doesn't disappoint. It has sensors in every direction. In most flight modes the forward, rear, upward, and downward sensors are active at all times, stopping the drone in place if an obstacle is detected. Switching to ActiveTrack, where the Mavic identifies and tracks a moving subject, enables the side sensors.

They also work in Tripod mode, a low-speed setting that lets photographers move the drone very slowly to better frame shots. The Mavic 2 also has a high-speed Sport setting. It ups the maximum flight speed from around 32mph to just shy of 45mph. All obstacle sensors are disabled when Sport is turned on, so use it with care.

DJI has started to add internal storage to its drones—we first saw it with the Mavic Air. The Mavic 2 Pro matches the Air's 8GB capacity, and has a microSD card slot too. The card slot is necessary, as 8GB isn't enough space to hold a lot of video. The Mavic 2 shoots 4K footage at 100Mbps, so you'll be limited to a little less than 15 minutes of footage in internal memory. I'd have liked to have seen at least 16GB included with a model that calls itself Pro. Still, memory cards aren't expensive, and having some internal storage means you won't be left in the cold if you forget to pack a card.

DJI Go 4 App and Features

As with other DJI drones, the Mavic 2 Pro works with the DJI Go 4 app, available as a free download for Android and iOS devices. The app does a lot of things, but most importantly it gives you control over the drone's camera and shows its point of view at 1080p quality. It also shows a map of the world, inlaid in the video feed, which you can swap to if you need to ascertain the Mavic's position relative to you.

The app is also where you go to access automated shots, or enter into a special capture mode, like Hyperlapse. Essentially a time-lapse with motion, Hyperlapse is a fun way to capture sped-up views of the world. I'm not a big fan of how DJI has implemented the experience, though—the remote makes a clicking noise each time the drone adds a frame, and the flight speed is slowed down quite a bit. Your mileage may vary, but I'd certainly prefer to see a smooth view from the camera, without audible distractions, like you get with the Hyperlapse mode on the less expensive Parrot Anafi.

In addition to Hyperlapse, there are plenty of other automated flight modes and options. They include Asteroid, which mixes panoramic imaging and video to turn a normal view of the world into a Little Planet projection, which we first saw with the Mavic Air. It also supports TapFly, which lets you fly the drone by tapping on your phone's screen, ActiveTrack, and APAS. The latter—the Advanced Pilot Awareness System—is useful for flights when there are numerous obstacles to navigate around. It does slow the drone down, but when enabled it automatically flies around any obstacles it encounters.

The app also has some safety features. It works with the drone's GPS to enforce no-fly zones, like the permanent one around the White House and temporary bans of drones around areas where aerial firefighting is happening, both of which can help keep you out of trouble. If you have an FAA Part 107 commercial license, you can also use the app to authorize flights close to airports, saving you the trouble of contacting the control tower directly. Firmware updates, which can be frequent with DJI products, are performed using the app.

Superlative Video and Images

The DJI Mavic Pro 2 delivers the best drone footage and images you can get in a compact form factor. To better it, you'll need to think about moving up to a big, expensive aircraft with an SLR-sized sensor and changeable lenses, like the DJI Inspire 2.

The reason its footage is crisper than other 4K drones is the sensor size. Most drones use a 1/2.3-inch sensor, similar to what you get with a smartphone. But the Mavic 2 Pro uses a 1-inch imager, about four times the size of what you get with the Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic Air, and other folding drones.

It's not the first time DJI has used the sensor size in a drone—it's also available in the larger Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Advanced models. They're both still available and do offer some advantages—notably support for the wider 4K DCI format. But if you're fine with UHD, you'll find the Mavic to include many of DJI's more recent innovations—including more robust automated shots and APAS—which are not available in the Phantom series.

What you do get is 4K UHD footage at 100Mbps, with your choice of H.264 or H.265 compression. You can shoot ready-to-edit footage with a standard color profile—DJI has leveraged color science tech from its partner Hasselblad for the Mavic 2 Pro's camera. Our test footage was all shot with the default color profile.

You can opt for a different, baked-in profile if you want your video to have a more artistic, filtered look, or you can shoot with the flat, low-contrast Dlog-M profile. Shooting flat gives you more ability to color correct—Dlog-M is a 10-bit format. It's only recommended for serious video pros, however, as you will need both software and skill to make Dlog-M footage pop. It also supports HDR video, using the Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) profile.

There are a number of frame rates available. For 4K you get 24, 25, or 30fps. Dropping resolution to 2.7K adds 48, 50, and 60fps, and you get all of the aforementioned at 1080p (2K), with the addition of 120fps. The lens has a variable aperture, configurable from f/2.8 through f/11, and the sensor can range from ISO 100 through 6400 for video. You'll probably want to add a neutral density filter for flights in bright light—I don't recommend using the lens at a setting narrower than f/5.6 to minimize the resolution loss caused by diffraction—but if you're without one, you can certainly stop down further to maintain proper shutter angles for your footage.

There are also two angles of view to choose when shooting at 4K. DJI doesn't do a great job identifying them in the app, which is a shame because it effectively gives the Mavic 2's camera a similar coverage range as the Mavic 2 Zoom for 4K video. The default setting, FOV, is a wide-angle view of the world, about 28mm in full-frame terms. Switching to the HQ (High Quality) setting narrows the camera's angle a bit—it's closer to 40mm. You don't get quite the same range as the Mavic 2 Zoom's camera (24-48mm), but it's close enough. You do lose the ability to perform a dolly zoom shot, but it seems like a fair price to pay for better video overall.

Imaging is also quite versatile. We've seen the 1-inch sensor size find a home in compact cameras, where it delivers better results than you can expect from your smartphone. The Mavic 2 Pro shoots images in JPG or Raw DNG format, and I'd expect most serious photographers to use the latter. The big sensor makes low-light aerial imaging an easier task, with an ISO that can be set as high as 12800 when making images. I tend to recommend ISO 3200 as a maximum for this type of sensor, however, but that will still net some stunning twilight photos.

The Best Small Drone

Is there a more capable folding drone than the DJI Mavic 2 Pro? I don't think so. It's small enough to find space along your terrestrial imaging and video equipment in a backpack, but it doesn't make a lot of sacrifices when compared with larger drones. Assuming you don't absolutely need to shoot footage destined for projection in a cinema, the 4K UHD format (the one used by your TV) is more than enough for any project destined to be viewed in a living room.

Couple the video quality with the ability to record footage at dual angles of view, excellent still imaging, and the incredible stabilization delivered by the Mavic 2's gimbal stabilization, and you've got a drone that's easy to love. Yes, you pay a high cost, but the Mavic 2 Pro is the best folding drone we've flown, so it's our Editors' Choice.

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Pocket-sized and practically perfect, the Mavic Air is DJI’s best drone yet

“DJI has cherry-picked all the best features and stuffed them into the Mavic Air.”
  • Dedicated joystick controller
  • Gimbal stabilized 4K camera
  • Robust obstacle avoidance
  • Plentiful intelligent flight modes
  • Touchy camera controls, unless you’re in Cinematic mode

In late January, DJI pulled the curtain back on yet another addition to its growing fleet of drones. The Mavic Air, as it’s called, is a smaller, lighter, and smarter version of the company’s widely-lauded Mavic Pro. On paper, the two drones look extremely similar — but which one is better? We took it out for an extended test to find out.

All the bells and whistles

In a lot of ways, the Mavic Air is the hybrid offspring of the Mavic Pro and DJI’s Spark drone. It has the best features from each of its parents, resulting in an attractive, smart drone that will be highly sought after for years to come.

From its predecessor the Mavic Pro, the Air inherits many aspects of its physique. Most notably, it features the Mavic line’s signature hinged arm design that allows it to fold up for easy transport. However, thanks to some Spark DNA, it’s also considerably smaller and lighter than the original Mavic — making it arguably the most portable drone in DJI’s lineup to date. When packed, it’s not much bigger than a stick of deodorant, which is amazing when you consider the features it has. The Air is undoubtedly the most portable drone in this price range.

The Mavic Air is the hybrid offspring of the Mavic Pro and DJI’s Spark.

Much like the Pro, the Mavic Air also sports a 4K camera capable of shooting UHD video and 12 megapixel stills. In addition to the same 1/ 2.3” CMOS image sensor, the Air sports a redesigned gimbal for stabilization — something that, judging from the look of it, was inherited from the Spark.

Other features passed down from the Mavic bloodline? Sporty flight capabilities, obstacle avoidance, and a collapsible joystick controller. With this drone, you’re not limited to smartphone-based piloting or gesture controls — you get physical sticks and dedicated antennas that can transmit video up to 2.5 miles. It’s not quite as robust as the Mavic Pro’s controller, and doesn’t feature a built-in telemetry display, but it’s certainly better than having no controller at all.

The Mavic Air has also learned some software tricks from the Spark. These include DJI’s standard suite of Quickshot flight modes (Rocket, Dronie, Circle, Helix), as well as a few new additions, like Spherical Panorama, Asteroid, and Boomerang. We’ll spare you an attempt to describe them — it’s easiest if you just check them out on YouTube. Also present is DJI’s new-and-improved Active Track software, as well as its next-generation Gesture mode — both of which are faster and more responsive than before. Since these upgrades are software based, it’s likely they’ll be added to DJI’s existing drone lineup in a forthcoming update.

Finally, there’s the Mavic Air’s obstacle avoidance system which, surprisingly, is superior to both the Spark and the more expensive Mavic Pro. It sports a seven-sensor environmental sensing system which not only allows it to “see” obstacles, but also intelligently avoid those obstacles with or without input from the pilot. It’s rare to see obstacle avoidance in a drone priced around $800, and none that have it come close to the Mavic Air’s excellent system.

That’s a lot of kit, which is why we’re so impressed. The Mavic Air isn’t DJI’s flagship, at least in terms of size, price, and raw flight performance, but it knows tricks that rival or exceed much more expensive competitors, and even DJI’s own drones.

Easy to pilot, stays where you fly it

The Mavic Air is the culmination of everything DJI has learned from building and selling drones for the past 12 years. As such, it boasts a very polished flying experience that’s likely to satisfy beginner and pro pilots alike. You’ll be able to start flying this sucker like a UAV veteran within just a few minutes of unboxing it, regardless of your skill level.

Just like the company’s Phantom, Spark, and Inspire drones, the Mavic air feels tight and responsive in the sky. It’s every bit as quick and nimble as the Mavic Pro, despite being considerably smaller. It’s also impressively stable for a drone of its size. Most drones this small are relatively squirrely, and generally can’t maintain a stationary hover very well. The Mavic Air, however, will stop dead in its tracks when you let off the joysticks. When you do, it uses a symphony of sensors and positioning systems to keep it bolted in midair — so even in windy conditions, you won’t have to worry about it drifting away or blowing into a nearby obstacle. It only goes where you tell it to go, which is arguably one of the most important features a drone can have.

The Mavic Air is just as good as the Mavic Pro in flight performance — if not a little bit better.

The Air’s obstacle avoidance system also helps. DJI’s new software uses the data gathered from these cameras to build a virtual map of the surrounding area, which allows the drone to steer clear of things that aren’t currently above, below, or in front of it. This allows you to fly with confidence, even if you’re zipping through a thicket full of trees. That’s important. You’ll have less fun flying a drone if you’re constantly worried about slamming it into a tree.

To round out the package, the Mavic Air sports a full suite of DJI’s intelligent flight modes. Most notably, DJI’s new-and-improved Active Track can now track multiple subjects simultaneously, while improved gesture recognition allows you to reposition the drone via gestures — now with barely any latency.

After flying it around for a few days, we can confidently proclaim that the Mavic Air is just as good as the Mavic Pro when it comes to flight performance, if not a little bit better. It’s just as fast, just as maneuverable, and boasts an identical maximum range; but the Air has an edge when it comes to environmental awareness. All that, and it’s still $200 cheaper than the Pro.

Rough and tumble

The Mavic Air seems to have inherited the strong bones of its forebears as well. We called the Mavic Pro “a sturdy little beast with one of the toughest hulls we’ve ever encountered,” and said the Spark “might actually be the toughest drone the company has ever produced.” The Mavic Air continues this legacy of outstanding build quality.

It’s admittedly not quite as bomb-proof as the Spark (those hinged arms make it a little bit more breakable), but it improves on the Mavic Pro’s design with a more recessed, protected gimbal. The drone wouldn’t survive a long fall onto rock or pavement — but an encounter with tree branches, bushes, and tall grass? Mavic Air should come out fine.

The controller is also quite sturdy and well-built. It’s essentially the same controller that comes with the Mavic Pro, but more portable, and without a built-in telemetry display. We say more portable because the Mavic Air’s joysticks can be unscrewed and stowed inside the controller itself, giving it a lower profile, and making it easier to transport. It’s a small adjustment in terms of overall design, but you’ll appreciate it when stuffing the controller in a backpack.

Small battery, but flight time hardly suffers

Considering its diminutive size, the Mavic Air boasts impressively long average flight time. DJI’s official specs say a fully-charged battery will get you a maximum of 21 minutes in the air, which is technically less than the 25 minutes quoted by, say, the Parrot Bebop. Of course, real-world performance is almost always a different story.

To put that spec to the test, we fired up a stopwatch app, sent the Mavic Air into the sky, and let it hover in place until it had to come down for an emergency landing. From takeoff to touchdown, the drone got 19 minutes and 23 seconds of airtime — which is quite good for a battery as small as the Mavic’s. This puts its squarely between the Mavic Pro and the Spark in terms of flight time, as the former will get you around 25 minutes of flight per charge, while the latter only provides about 13.

In normal flight tests (in which we flew it around and made use of the drone’s various flight modes), the Mavic averaged around 17 minutes 50 seconds. As usual, the battery drains a bit faster if you fly in Sport mode, or you make use of DJI’s Active Track or Obstacle Avoidance abilities, which require a bit more computing power. Parrot’s Bebop managed between 15 and 20 minutes in our tests, so the Mavic Air is competitive. The 3DR Solo lasted a bit longer, at 22 minutes.

After you run out of juice, it’ll take about 50 minutes on the charger to bring a battery up to 100% — which seems to be the standard for DJI’s drone. Thankfully, DJI’s snappy new charger dock allows you to charge multiple batteries simultaneously.

A great 4K camera, with a sturdy gimbal

In terms of specs, the camera on the Mavic Air is nearly identical to that of the Mavic Pro — but it does have a few minor differences. Both drones carry the same 1/2.3” CMOS sensor, however the Air’s ISO range is slightly lower than that of the Pro, meaning it doesn’t perform quite as well in low light.

Both Mavics still suffer from touchy gimbal controls.

The Mavic Air’s maximum video resolution is 3,840 × 2,160 (4K UHD) at 30 FPS, while the Mavic Pro can squeeze out up to 4,096 × 2,160 (Cinematic 4K) at 30 FPS. It’s a minor difference, but a difference nonetheless. If your main concern is video quality, then you might be wise to stick with the Pro.

The real differentiator between the Pro and the Air isn’t the camera — it’s the gimbal that holds the camera. The Mavic Pro’s fragile gimbal assembly is arguably its biggest flaw, but the Air sports a newer, more thoughtful gimbal design that’s less prone to damage. This new gimbal also gives the camera a slightly wider range of motion. It’s worth mentioning, however, that both Mavics still suffer from touchy gimbal controls, so you’ll need to film in Cinematic Mode if you’re after smooth panning/tilting.

All things considered, the Mavic Pro’s camera is slightly better in terms of raw specs, but the Mavic Air isn’t far behind, and mostly makes up for its shortcomings with a superior stabilizer rig. It’s a close race, but we’d say the Mavic Air wins by a narrow margin.

The Mavic Air might be DJI’s best drone to date. It’s certainly not perfect, but it checks all the right boxes. It’s super compact and portable, has a dedicated controller, shoots video in 4K, has an advanced obstacle avoidance system, and boasts a range of over 2.5 miles. It even comes with 8GB of onboard storage. What more could you ask for?

Is there a better alternative?

The Mavic Air’s closest competitor is its predecessor, the Mavic Pro. Deciding which one is right for you will vary depending on what features you value most.

If your main concern is the camera, go with the Mavic Pro. It has a slightly higher resolution, and performs better in low light. That said, both the Mavic Air and Pro suffer from touchy camera controls, so if you want to capture beautiful, pro-level cinematic shots, you’d probably be better off with a more videography-oriented drone like the Phantom 4 Pro or the Yuneec Typhoon H Mavic 2 Pro. Both are a bit more expensive, but provide smoother, more refined camera controls that’ll help you get that perfect shot.

Another one worth considering is the Anafi drone from Parrot. It’s $100 cheaper, but boasts a superior camera rig compared to the one that DJI’s Mavic drones do. Anafi can shoot in Cinematic 4K (4,096 x 2,160) at 24fps, an is also equipped with HDR mode, which boosts the camera’s contrast and allows you to capture good-looking footage even if the scene you’re shooting contains both bright and dark areas. It’s also worth noting that Anafi’s camera can swivel up or down with 180 degrees of freedom, which allows you to capture upward-facing shots — something the Mavic drones can’t do.

If what you’re after is a simple selfie drone, the Spark might be a better choice. It isn’t nearly as feature-packed as the Mavic Air, but it’s better suited for quick takeoffs and controller-free operation. It’s also a few hundred dollars cheaper.

But if what you’re after is a jack-of-all-trades that can go anywhere and handle any situation, then look no further. The Mavic Air is the one you want.

How long will it last?

DJI has a solid track record for pushing out regular firmware updates for its drones, and there’s no reason to think Mavic Air would be an exception. Barring any catastrophic crashes, this drone will probably last for upwards of five years. Maybe more.

Should you buy it?

Yes. This is the best all-around drone you can buy right now one of the best drones on the market. (Update: You should really check out the new Mavic 2 line before you make your decision!)

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DJI Mavic Air vs. Mavic Pro: Which drone is right for you?

In January of 2018, DJI pulled the curtain off its Mavic Air drone: a smaller, lighter, and smarter version of the company’s iconic Mavic Pro. On paper, the two drones look outrageously similar — but which one is better? You can find full specs for both the Mavic Pro and the new Mavic Air on DJI’s website (or check out our in-depth reviews), but unfortunately you can’t look at those pages simultaneously. So, to make your life easier, we’ve compiled the main specs and features and placed them side-by-side. Enjoy!

Mavic Pro vs Mavic Air

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Air

Dimensions Folded: 7.7×3.2×3.2 inches (L×W×H) Unfolded Diagonal: 13.18 inches Folded: 6.6×3.2×1.9 inches (L×W×H) Unfolded Diagonal: 8.38 inches
Weight 25.92 ounces 15.16 ounces
Battery Life up to 27 minutes up to 21 minutes
Max Horizontal Speed 40 mph 42 mph
Max Climbing Speed 16.4 ft/s 13.1 ft/s
Included remote controller? Yes Yes
Camera 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor

Video resolution options: C4K: 4096×2160 24p 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p 2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30p FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p

HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p

12.7-megapixel still photos

1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor

Video resolution options: 4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160 24/25/30p 2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30/48/50/60p FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p

HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p

12-megapixel still photos

FOV 78.8° 85°
Shutter speed 8 – 1/8000 s 8 – 1/8000 s
Gimbal 3 Axis 3 Axis
Max Range 4.3 miles  4.3 miles
Price $999 $799
Availability DJI DJI
DT review 4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5

Which one is right for you?

Both of these drones are awesome. In fact, they’re arguably two of the best drones on the market right now (though they both pale in comparison to the new Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom). If you’re looking to buy, either would be a great choice — but certain models are better suited for different pilots. All things considered, the Mavic Air would likely be better for a more novice drone pilot, as it features improved obstacle avoidance that allows the user to fly with more confidence. That’s not to say the Mavic Pro is an unruly drone to control, but its larger frame and less-advanced avoidance systems may be more suited to pilots who have logged more time in the air.

The Air is also smaller (and lighter) than the Pro, especially when folded — allowing it to slide easily into a pocket. With its included folding controller, it’s ready to pop inside your backpack and go on an adventure at a moment’s notice. The Pro isn’t that much larger, but it definitely isn’t pocket friendly. On the other hand, it does boast a longer battery life than the Air.

The biggest differentiating factor, however, is the price. The Mavic Air is a full $200 cheaper than the Pro, despite offering nearly identical features. That said, it’s definitely worth noting that DJI also offers refurbished Mavic Pros at the same 799$ price point that the newly released Air goes for. While that may not be as appealing as having a brand new drone, DJI’s refurbished models fly just as well as new ones do.

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DJI Mavic Pro

There is a great buzz going around about DJI and its recent release of some amazing quadcopters. Just this month it announced the new Phantom 4 Professional and the Inspire 2. Both of those quads are designed for professional image capture and will certainly cause a stir when they are released to the public. However, it’s the October release that everyone is now talking about.

The DJI Mavic Pro is a one-of-a-kind quadcopter that promises to be a huge hit with first time drone buyers. It is small, easy to fly, and takes very good quality video and pictures. No one has seen a drone that folds down like this before and that alone means that many people will consier it because it is so small and easy to take with you on adventures. But in addition to being portable, the DJI Mavic Pro is also an amazing piece of technology. Using the same camera sensor as the Phantom 4, this compact little quad has many ground-breaking features that are sure to become standard in high end quadcopters going forward!

Key Features

Not to beat the point to death, but the DJI Mavic Pro is small. It weighs just 64 pounds (743 g) and is 83mm (height) x 83mm (width) x 198mm (length) when folded down. This is much smaller than the Phantom series and makes it easy to throw into a backpack or small shoulder bag. It has the same camera sensor as the Phantom 4 but a smaller lens that takes 4K video and photos up to 4,000 x 3,000 pixels. It features a 3-axis gimbal that tilts smoothly via remote control. It has five vision-positioning cameras that help it avoid obstacles and land smoothly every time. And while it does not have an HDMI port out, DJI is promising a compatible 1080p First-Person-View (FPV) headset that will take full advantage of the 1080p streaming for up to 4.3 miles (seven kilometers).

In addition to all the amazing hardware, it also uses the DJI Go application for iOS or Android, which is a very robust software package. With the DJI Go app, you get full telemetry and the ability to fly the quadcopter in a variety of “advanced” flight modes like follow, trace, orbit, profile and more. But if you don’t want to use your phone or tablet as part of your transmitter, then no problem.You can fly the quad just using the included, video game style remote. The remote has most of the telemetry that you get using the application, but you don’t get the live video feed using just the remote. On the flip side, you can also fly the DJI Mavic Pro using only your phone or tablet through the DJI Go app. I’ve tried this, and while it works, the flying experience is diminished considerably in this WiFi flight mode.

As you can probably tell, the Mavic offers a large number of features, but don’t let this intimidate you. If you just want to do the basics – fly, get good video/pictures, and have fun – then you can certainly do that. The Mavic is simple enough for beginners but has enough features to keep even the most seasoned pilot engaged for a long time!

Specs

Camera 1/2.3” (CMOS), Effective pixels:12.35 M (Total pixels:12.71M)
Video Transmitter OcuSync Transmission System for 1080 Live Video
Max Flight Time Up to 27 Minutes
Flight Battery 3830 mAh 11.4V LiPo 3S
Weight 1.64 lbs (743 g)
Dimensions  (folded) H83mm x W83mm x L198mm
Dimensions (unfolded) 335 mm (excluding propellers)
Flight Modes Vision Positioning, GPS, Atti, Sport
Max Speed 40 mph (65 kph) in Sport mode without wind
Max Distance 8 mi (13 km, 0 wind)
Positioning Sensors, Cameras, GPS / GLONASS
Mobile App DJI Go (iOS & Android)

Quality of build

The DJI Mavic looks like a robotic grasshopper when it is folded up, but when you first pick it up, you can tell that it is well built! With its combination of plastic, aluminum and rubber, it feels very solid and well made. The hinges that operate the legs are easy to unfold and seem built to take the abuse of constant use. The bottom of the craft has a big aluminum section that seems to double as a landing skid and heat dissipation area. The propellers snap on and off quite easily but feel very solid when they are attached to the craft.

The remote control feels like a video game control unit, but even better built. It has a very nice feeling with responsive joysticks and thick rubber brackets to hold your phone or tablet in place as you fly. The only complaint that I have so far is in the way you attach your phone to the controller. You have to find the sweet spot where the phone fits into the two fold out arms that hold it and the lightning or USB cable connections. It takes some work to get the cable plugged in. And once your phone is in place, its difficult to hit the “home” button on your phone in order to get into the menus. So be sure to launch the app before you fully place your phone into the holder.

Assembly and tuning

With today’s higher end drones there is usually some set up required before you can fly. First of all, you’ll need to charge your batteries, both for the transmitter and the actual flight battery. This is fairly easy and DJI has done a nice job of integrating both of the batteries into a single charger. Next, you’ll need to be sure to download the DJI Go application so that you can connect it with your Mavic. This does not take too long, although you can expect to spend some time downloading firmware updates before you take off. It’s best if you do all of this in a place with a good WiFi connection – this will ensure that you don’t chew up your phone’s data plan as you get your Mavic set up and configured.

The next big thing that you will want to do it go into the DJI Go app and make sure you have set a good altitude for the return to home feature. The only actual “assembly” you have to do is unfolding the quadcopter and putting the propellers on. That’s pretty straight forward and well documented in the quick start guide that comes with the Mavic. After all of that is done, be sure to turn on your remote control first and then the Mavic. Be sure the Mavic is in a clear area where you can see the sky. This will ensure that you get a good number of satellites connected to it.  If necessary, you may need to calibrate the compass, which requires a bit of moving the Mavic into different positions – but again, this is documented in the quick-start guide.

Flying

The DJI Mavic Pro is a blast to fly. It has plenty of power and gets into the air quickly. When you first set it down and turn it on, don’t worry if the propellers are folded. The props are designed to spread into the appropriate position when the motors start to spin. It’s probably best to start in GPS Positioning mode to ensure an easy first flight. You will immediately notice how smoothly the Mavic takes off and how solid it holds in place thanks to the GPS and camera sensors.

Once you have mastered the basic hover, take it up above the trees and fly it around a bit. It is great to fly line-of-sight, but it is even more fun to fly it by looking at the live HD video feed that you will get on your mobile device. I have found that flying it higher (around 200 feet) is a great way to start and show beginners how to fly. The reason is because that this height, there is really not much to run into. You can fly around without worrying about trees, wires, phone poles, etc.

Once you feel good about flying it in GPS, there is a little switch on the side of the remote control that will allow you t switch to Sport Mode. Let me just say, Sport Mode is INSANE! This thing is so light weight that it will immediately take off and get to nearly 40 miles per hour before you realize you are going that fast. And while the “braking” capabilities of the Mavic are good, keep in mind that you don’t have the use of the sensors while in Sport Mode, so if you head into a tree, you will hit it! But that aside, Sport Mode is a blast to fly as long as you can keep it under control.

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