Mavic Air

Rumor: DJI Mavic Pro II will sport 1-inch sensor, may arrive in March

When the DJI Mavic Air came out, we pretty much knew right away that it wasn’t the sequel to the Mavic Pro (or Pro Platium) that many had been hoping for. Following in Apple’s nomenclature footsteps, DJI’s Mavic Air is kind of like the MacBook Air—still powerful, but mostly built for extreme portability, not as a followup to the MacBook Pro.

Fortunately for those people who are still waiting for a true Mavic Pro successor, it sounds like you won’t have to wait very long.

According to a new report from DRN, the upcoming DJI Mavic Pro II is already in production, and may see its official announcement as early as March, 2018. What’s more, DRN got its hands on some rumored specs, claiming the Mavic Pro II will have:

  • A 1-inch CMOS sensor with 28mm lens
  • A 4820 mAh battery that will give it 35 minutes of flight time
  • Binocular rear sensors

They’re also expecting it to take design cues from the sleeker Mavic Air, only in a larger package that can carry the bigger sensor and battery.

As with all rumors, nothing is confirmed until DJI says so, but the drone rumor mill should really heat up ahead of any official announcement in March. In the meantime, the folks at Autel might need to get a head start developing their next drone; that Autel EVO that out-specs DJI’s Mavic Pro Platinum… it might not be superior for long.

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PolarPro unveils collection of filters and accessories for the DJI Mavic Air

Accessories manufacturer PolarPro has introduced new versions of its Cinema filter series for those ordering the DJI Mavic Air drone. The filters are designed to give photographers control over the shutter speed of their footage, as well as polarizing reflected light to improve color saturation.

The company has also announced it will make two cases for the drone, as well as a customizable mount for filming with the drone hand-held.

Filters

Users will be able to choose from a pack of ND filters in ND4, ND8 and ND16 strengths, or to have the filters combined with a polarizer to intensify color as well as reduce the amount of light reaching the lens.

For especially bright conditions a further pack of NDs is available in ND32 and ND64 strengths both with and without a polarizer.

The filter packs will cost $80 for the three-packs of ND and ND/PL units, and $150 for all six together. The Limited Collection of extra dense filters will be $100. For more details see the PolarPro website.

Cases

Both cases on offer have soft exteriors, with the Minimalist ($30) designed to be as compact as possible, and the Rugged ($50) designed to provide the most protection.

DJI Mavic Air Soft Case – Rugged DJI Mavic Air Soft Case – Minimalist

Katana ‘Tray’ System

Finally, the Katana Pro Tray system allows used to clamp the Mavic Air into a set of handles so that it can be used to film at ground level and in places where drones aren’t allowed to fly. Depending on your preferred filming orientation, you can go with the standard DJI Mavic Air Tray ($50) or purchase the Air Tray/T-Grip Combo ($80) for one-handed operation and low-angle → continue…

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DJI Mavic Air Hands-On Video: Welcome to Monaco!

By Nino Leitner

DJI invited us to Monte Carlo for their big European introduction event of the Mavic Air, and it was my chance to shoot a Mavic Air hands-on video. Let’s see how it performed!

Mavic Pro vs. Mavic Air – you can see the significant difference in size!

We reported about the introduction of the Mavic Air last week. Just a day later, I was flown to Monaco with dozens (if not hundreds) of other bloggers, vloggers, influencers and some retailers, all of which were presented the new drone by a number of DJI representatives.

Their choice of location could not have been better during the miserable winter weather in the rest of Europe. The hotel they booked is located right by the sea and is a truly perfect spot for some spectacular aerial shots without having to fly far at all.

Huge amount of new and better sensors on the Mavic Air.

Higher bitrate makes clearly better images, no upgrade for Mavic Pro

Their choice of the press audience clearly showed that they see the Mavic Air as their new premium consumer drone. However, due to the higher bitrate of 100 MBit (compared to the 60 MBit of the Mavic Pro), it ups the video quality of the new drone considerably. We also learned that upgrading the Mavic Pro will not be (technically) possible, which makes me wonder how the higher price can still be justified. (Yes, there are other features than the image quality, like for example longer battery running time and OcuSync transmission – however I consider image quality the most important factor among those three).

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DJI Mavic Air: What you need to know

DJI Mavic Air

This week at an event in New York City DJI introduced its newest drone, the Mavic Air, a foldable model that looks like a mashup between the company’s popular Mavic Pro and diminutive Spark models. There’s a lot to be excited about here, given that it seems to have inherited most of the advanced features from the Mavic Pro while visually resembling the smaller Spark.

Who’s it for? The event’s tagline, ‘Adventure Unfolds’, provides a pretty good hint. DJI is clearly aiming the Mavic Air at travelers, outdoor photographers, and particularly adventurers who plan to go off the beaten track. We expect it to be popular among athletes and adventure filmmakers, though its combination of advanced features in a small package will likely appeal to users of all types.

Size and weight

Above: The folded Mavic Air is actually slightly smaller than the Spark, though it’s still a bit heavier.

The Mavic Air weighs in at a svelte 430 grams (a little less than a pound). That’s a bit heavier than the 300 gram Spark, but substantially lighter than than the larger Mavic Pro (734 grams). Impressive, given that its feature set is much closer to that of the Mavic Pro than the Spark.

Also, when you consider the folding design of the Mavic Air, it’s arguably more portable than the Spark which, while very lightweight, doesn’t benefit from the folding design. Unless cost is a deciding factor, it would be hard not to choose the Mavic Air if portability is your priority.

Camera and gimbal

The Mavic Air uses the same 12MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor as the Mavic Pro, so it’s reasonable to expect similar image quality at the sensor level, though some miniaturization was required to fit the → continue…

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