If you’re one of the many who have invested in high-quality camera drones in the last few years, you have probably found yourself in one of the following scenarios:
- You have found yourself grumpily lugging a massive case around when out in the park with your kids or exploring a new country on your own, just to get those stunning and unique aerial shots.
- Your cumbersome drone is collecting dust on a shelf because you feel it’s too big to take outside.
Let’s say, however, that you could step out of these scenarios while still having a camera drone that uses intelligent features and is capable of high-quality images. Envision a camera drone that can fit into a small DSLR-sized camera bag and weighs no more than 2-3 pounds, including extra batteries. A drone that you can you can get flying in just 15 seconds. A camera drone that you can just pull out of your bag, unfold, turn on and launch into the air to begin your next aerial adventure.
These qualities are exactly that DJI envisioned with their foldable drones, the Mavic Pro and Mavic Air. Some of you may be thinking that portability inevitably means inferior hardware, camera capabilities, and so on. However, the Mavic Pro and Mavic Air quickly dispel those beliefs. With their foldable design and advanced features, Mavic drones bring you the best of both portability and intelligence.
If you’re looking for high-end technology that is convenient to carry wherever you go, these are the foldable drones for you! Let’s take a look at some of the features that set DJI’s Mavic series drones apart from the pack.
The DJI Mavic Pro folds down to the size of a water bottle, making it small enough to pack in your carry-on luggage or hiking backpack. The compact design extends to its pocket-sized controller, familiarly built like a gaming console controller, with precise functions to help you fly like an expert.
Half the size of the Mavic Pro, the Mavic Air takes foldability and portability to the next level. With foldable landing gears and detachable control sticks, the Mavic Air amazingly compact and easy to take anywhere.
The gimbal camera on the Mavic Pro uses the same sensor as the Phantom 4, shooting 4K video at 30 fps and full 1080p HD at 96 fps. It also takes 12 MP photos and supports Adobe DNG RAW. With a 3-axis gimbal, the Mavic Pro’s camera ability and stability are on par with the Phantom 4.
The Mavic Air’s camera sports a 3-axis gimbal and the same sensor as the Mavic Pro, but the Air shoots 4K footage at a higher bit rate (100 Mbps vs. 60 Mbps) and shoots 120 fps FHD for awesome slow-motion shots.
Flight Time and Speed
Despite its compact size, the Mavic Pro offers up to 27 minutes of battery life on a single charge and has a top speed of 40 mph.
The Mavic Air is slightly faster than the Mavic Pro with a top speed of 42 mph, but with a max flight time of 21 minutes, you won’t stay aloft for quite as long.
The Mavic Pro’s new OcuSync transmission system offers up to 4.3 mi (7 km) of transmission range, streaming long-range HD 720p and full short-range HD 1080p. The Mavic Air has an enhanced Wi-Fi transmission system that allows you to fly 4 km (2.4 mi) away.
Safety and Reliability
The Mavic Pro’s FlightAutonomy system senses obstacles up to 49 ft (15 m) away and directs the Mavic Pro to bypass them or brake and hover, increasing flight safety and reliability. Vision positioning paired with GPS and GLONASS ensures precise positioning, whether indoor or outdoors.
With additional vision sensors, a pair of infrared sensors, redundant IMUs, and fancy new positioning algorithms, the Mavic Air’s FlightAutonomy system has been upgraded to FlightAutonomy 2.0. Vision sensors on the back detect obstacles in the rear, and a new feature called APAS lets the drone fly around obstacles automatically when flying forward or backward.
Intelligent Flight Modes
The Mavic Pro features different Intelligent Flight Modes enable the pilot to capture footage as creatively as possible. These include ActiveTrack, Terrain Follow, Gesture mode, and TapFly, which allows you to just tap a point on your mobile device screen, commanding your drone to fly smoothly in that direction.
Thanks to FlightAutonomy 2.0, the Mavic Air features and upgraded Gesture mode called SmartCapture, which lets the aircraft follow you, take off, land, and record photos or videos with simple gestures. You can also use TapFly while flying since the Mavic Air has rear-facing vision sensors.
These are just a few features that make the Mavic Pro and Mavic Air top choices for anyone looking to bring an aerial perspective of their next great adventure.
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