Details of DJI's new drone, the Mavic Air, leak before its reveal

Joanna Estrada
January 23, 2018

On Monday morning, the drone news blog shared alleged images and specs of the new Mavic Air drone, which it says it received from a source that has been correct in the past. The three-axis mechanical gimbal is suspended from dampeners and the Mavic Air captures still images at 12-megapixels and 4K video at 30fps. It wouldn't last as long as the Pro (certainly not the Platinum edition) with a 21-minute flight time, but it might actually best its higher-end ancestor in a few areas. Mavic Air has kept the signature foldable design, but has thrilled us by refreshing the record of portability.

And users can shoot 1080p full HD slow-motion video at an incredible 120 fps.

Its styling is somewhere between the DJI Spark and the Mavic Pro, with a slim, mostly rectangular chassis, a camera mounted in front, and four arms for the rotors at each corner.

If you don't happen to have a microSD card to hand, the Mavic Air has 8GB of onboard storage, so you can still take photos and videos, while a USB-C port lets you quickly transfer files onto a computer.

There are multiple panorama modes - horizontal, vertical, and 180 degree. They have pre-determined flight paths that keep the subject in frame and you can employ Rocket, Dronie, Circle, Helix or new Asteroid and Boomerang modes to give videos a professional touch without needing the professional piloting skills.

And in Sport mode, Mavic Air flies at exhilarating speeds of up to 42 miles per hour (68 kph). By stitching 25 images together, it can form a complete spherical image that can be viewed in the company's DJI Goggles and elsewhere.

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Best of all, those insane gesture controls we first saw on DJI's 2017 $399 Spark drone have come to the Mavic Air. The Mavic Air also boasts gesture controls just like the Spark, with new controls added and refinements to its sensitivity.

So when does Mavic Air go on sale?

The head of DJI's North American unit, Michael Perry, demonstrated the Mavic Air at the company's press conference in NY and fit two Mavic Air's in the pockets of his coat and a newly designed controller in his jeans pocket.

The DJI Mavic Air is available in three colours: Onyx Black, Arctic White, and Flame Red. In the box you get the Mavic Air, remote controller, Intelligent Flight Battery, charger, power cable, extra propellers and guards, gimbal protector, carrying case, spare control sticks, battery charging hub, battery to power bank adaptor and travel bag.

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