DJI Mavic Air Review

On April 27, 2020, DJI introduced the second version of the drone – DJI Mavic Air 2! Read more about the new product in our review.


While all fans of unmanned technology were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the long-awaited Mavic 2 and Phantom 5, DJI Innovations, the leader in the field of UAVs, traditionally offered its scenario for announcing new products for January of this year. Relatively modestly speaking at the annual consumer electronics show CES 2018, eleven days after its end, the developer announces an unprecedentedly portable and high-tech product that has joined the ranks of the most popular Mavic series of drones. Mavic Air is an ultra-compact drone with the potential of full-size UAVs, with a focus on high-quality smart shooting.

DJI Mavic Air Review


  • Flight weight: 430 g
  • Calculated geometry of the fuselage and internal frame elements
  • Foldable arms and landing legs
  • brushless motors
  • ESC FOC (Field Oriented Control) speed controllers with sinusoidal drive
  • 12MP 4K camera built on 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal
  • Shooting 4K video at 30 fps
  • Recording speed 4K video at 100Mbps
  • Slow-Motion video in FHD quality
  • Shooting 32MP spherical panoramas
  • New HDR image processing mode
  • 3-way visual positioning system
  • Flight Autonomy 2.0
  • Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS)
  • Visual inertial odometry (VIO)
  • 3D vision of the world
  • Route planning with the ability to avoid obstacles
  • Intelligent Return to Home (RTH)
  • Improved SmartCapture Gesture Control
  • Improved intelligent flight mode Active Track
  • 6 × Intelligent QuickShots
  • Optional built-in 8GB memory module
  • Portable control equipment with removable sticks
  • Flight time 21 minutes
  • Maximum flight speed 68.4 km/h
  • New Dual Band 2.4/5.8GHz Wi-Fi Video Transmission System
  • FPV removal distance up to 4 km
  • Compatible with DJI Goggles

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The developer offers Mavic Air in two trim levels:

Mavic Air

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  • Mavic Air Drone
  • Control equipment
  • 2 × removable sticks
  • Intelligent battery
  • Charger
  • Power cable to charger
  • 4 × rotors (CW/CCW)
  • 4 × spare rotors (CW/CCW)
  • Rotor protection
  • RC cable with Lighting connector
  • RC cable with Micro USB connector
  • RC cable with USB Type-C connector
  • gimbal protection
  • USB3.0 Type-C cable
  • USB adapter
  • Transport case

Mavic Air Fly More Combo

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  • Mavic Air Drone
  • Control equipment
  • 2 × removable sticks
  • 3 × intelligent batteries
  • Charger for simultaneous charging of three batteries
  • Power cable to charger
  • 4 × rotors (CW/CCW)
  • 6 × pairs of spare rotors (CW/CCW)
  • Rotor protection
  • RC cable with Lighting connector
  • RC cable with Micro USB connector
  • RC cable with USB Type-C connector
  • gimbal protection
  • USB3.0 Type-C cable
  • Adapter “Battery to Power Bank Adapter”
  • USB adapter
  • Transport case
  • Travel bag

Color spectrum

Onyx Black

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arctic white

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Flame Red

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Appearance of Mavic Air flame red .

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DJI Innovations


Mavic Air

Built-in memory:


Max. takeoff speed:

10.8km/h (S-mode)
7.2km/h (P-mode and Wi-Fi mode)

Max. sink rate:

7.2km/h (S-mode)
5.4km/h (P-mode)
3.6km/h (Wi-Fi mode)

Max. horizontal flight speed:

68.4km/h (S-mode)
28.8km/h (P-mode and Wi-Fi mode)

Max. ceiling above sea level:


Max. flight time:

21 minutes (at a constant speed of 25km/h)

Max. hang time:

20 minutes

Wind resistance:

at wind speed up to 8-10m/s

Max. tilt angle:

35° (in S-mode) 25° (in P-mode)

Max. angular velocity:

250°/s (in S-mode) 250°/s (in P-mode)

Operating temperature range:

0° to 40°C

Satellite positioning systems:


Transmitter power:


FCC: 28dBm
CE: 19dBm
SRRC: 19dBm
MIC : 19dBm


FCC: 31dBm
CE: 14dBm
SRRC: 27dBm

Operating frequency range:

2.400 – 2.483GHz; 5.725 – 5.850GHz

Takeoff weight:


Drone dimensions:

168 x 83 x 49mm (folded); 168 × 184 × 64mm (in flight)



Package dimensions (for Mavic Air):


3D Obstacle Recognition System

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Front sensors

Measuring accuracy range:

0.5 – 12m.

Obstacle detection range:

0.5 – 24m.

Effective actuation speed:

28.8 km/h

Field of view (FOV):

horizon: 50°; vertical: ± 19°

Rear sensors

Measuring accuracy range:

0.5 – 10m.

Obstacle detection range:

0.5 – 20m.

Effective actuation speed:

28.8 km/h

Field of view (FOV):

horizon: 50°; vertical: ± 19°

Lower sensors

Height range:

0.1 – 8m.

Working range:

0.5 – 30m.

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Working environment

Front sensors:

Surface with a clear pattern and sufficient lighting (lux>15)

Rear sensors:

Surface with a clear pattern and sufficient lighting (lux>15)

Lower sensors:

Recognize clearly structured surfaces with adequate illumination (lux >15) and diffuse reflectivity (>20%)



1/2.3″ CMOS. Effective pixels: 12MP


FOV 85° 35mm (equivalent to 24mm) with f/2.8 aperture
(shooting range: 0.5m to ∞)

ISO range:

Video: 100-1600 (auto/manual)
Photo: 100-1600 (auto); 100-3200(manual)

Electronic Shutter Speed:


Picture Size:

4056×3040 (4:3); 4056×2280 (16:9)

Photo modes:

Single/HDR/Burst: 3/5/7 frames/AEB: 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7EV bias/Interval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60sec.

Video resolution:

4K UHD: 3840×2160@24/25/30fps
2.7K: 2720×1530@24/25/30/48/50/60fps
FHD: 1920×1080@24/25/30/48/50/ 60/120fps
HD: 1280×720@24/25/30/48/50/60/120fps

Max. video bitrate:


File system support:


Photo format:


Video format:

MP4/MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)


Mechanical range:

Tilt: -100° to 22°
Roll: -30° to 30°
Pan: -12° to 12°

Controlled range:

Pitch: -90° to 0° (default setting); -90° to + 17° (advanced settings)


3-axis mechanical

Max. control speed (tilt):


Angular vibration range:

± 0.005°


Working frequency:

2.400-2.4835GHz; 5.725-5.850GHz

Max transmission distance:

2.400 – 2.4835GHz (in an unobstructed and interference-free area):

FCC: 4km
CE: 2km
SRRC: 2km

5.745 – 5.825GHz (in an unobstructed and interference-free area):

FCC: 4km
CE: 500m
SRRC: 2.5km.

Working temperature range:

0° to 40°C



Transmitter power:


FCC: 26dBm
CE: 18dBm
SRRC: 18dBm
MIC: 18dBc


FCC: 30dBm
CE: 14dBm
SRRC: 26dBm

Working Current/Voltage:

1400mA/3.7V (for Android); 750mA/3.7V (for IOS)

Sizes of supported mobile devices:

thickness: 6.5-8.5mm; maximum length: 160mm.

Supported USB port types:

Lightning, Micro USB (Type-B), USB-C

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Intelligent battery





Max. charging voltage:


Battery Type:

LiCoO₂ 3S



Net weight:


Charging temperature range:

from 5° to 40°C


Working frequency:


Max. transmission distance:

distance: up to 100m, height : 50m (in an unobstructed and interference-free area)

FPV broadcast quality:

control gear/smartphone/DJI Goggles: 720p@30fps

Latency (depending on environmental conditions and mobile device):

0.17 – 0.24sec

Supported mobiles devices:

iOS: Compatible with iOS 10.0 and later:
iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4. Optimized for iPhone X.

Android: Compatible with Android 5.0 and above:
Samsung S9+, Samsung S9, Samsung S8+, Samsung S7, Samsung S7 Edge, Samsung S6, Samsung S6 Edge, Samsung Note 8, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei P20, Huawei P10 Plus, Huawei P10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 9 Pro, Huawei Mate 9, Huawei Mate 8, Honor 10, Honor 9, Vivo X20, Vivo X9, OPPO Find X, OPPO R15, OPPO R11, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Mix2, Mi 8, Mi 6, Redmi Note 5, Google Pixel 2XL, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5T.

Recommended microSD cards


MicroSD Class 10 or UHS-1:

16GB: Sandisk Extreme/Kingston 16GB SDHC-I SDCAC/16GB;
32GB: Sandisk Extreme V30/Sandisk Extreme V30 A1/Sandisk Extreme V30 Pro A1;
64GB: Sandisk Extreme V30 A1/Sandisk Extreme Pro V30 A1;
128GB: Sandisk Extreme V30 A1/Sandisk Extreme Plus V30 A1

Intelligent Modes


QuickShot – make a video clip in one tap. Let Mavic Air take professional shots for you (the drone itself shoots for 1 minute), after which a 10-second video will be cut in automatic mode, which you can share as quickly as possible. QuickShots helps you capture amazing shots with cinematic composition in one tap.

Mavic Air inherits 4 standard QuickShot smart shooting modes: Roket / Dronie / Circle / Helix .

Also, two new modes have been added:


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With the DJIGO4 app, creating a video clip using recorded footage and playing your favorite music has never been easier. Select one or more video recordings from which you want to create your clip, select captions, filters and click “Create”. The clip will be created automatically in a few seconds.


active track

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Now in this mode, the drone can recognize up to 16 selected objects at the same time (including people, cars and water objects). The c mode focuses the user’s attention on the most relevant object of all possible so that the shooting was carried out from the best angle. With high accuracy and wide tracking scenario, ActiveTrack mode allows the aircraft to follow objects clearly even when they are running, jumping or cycling.


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The mode offers a new and interactive way to control Mavic Air with your hands. Allows simple gestures to take off, move away from the user, get closer, take photos and videos, complete the flight. Gesture controls have never been so responsive.


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Allows the user to focus solely on shooting. After selecting a mode on the DJI GO4 app, tap on the screen of your mobile device where you want the drone to go, and get the best shots yourself. TapFly can be executed in four scenarios: Forward/ Backward/ Free/ Coordinate.


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A high-performance 12MP 4K camera, implemented on a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, is installed on board the drone by means of a unique three-axis mechanical suspension (range of angular oscillations up to 0.005°). The camera lens received an angle of view (FOV) – 85 ° with an aperture of f / 2.8. Such a tandem allows you to receive high-quality video material from the air (4K at 30 frames / s) recorded at a speed of 100 Mbps.

32MP spherical panorama

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The unique ability of Mavic Air allows you to shoot large 180° panorama-spherical images in one tap. 25 vertical and horizontal frames in eight seconds are combined into one 32MP panoramic-spherical shot, revealing the beauty of the world around you.

High speed shooting

With support for recording in 1080p at 120 fps, the user can capture epic footage in Slow-Motion mode, which allows you to see every movement in detail.

HDR photo

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The new HDR mode will allow you to easily achieve the right exposure within reasonable limits depending on the lighting conditions. Overexposed or dark areas in the photo will be automatically processed thanks to the new HDR algorithms to obtain the most natural transitions between highlights and shadows.


DJI Mavic Air Review

The Mavic Air quadcopter features powerful brushless motors coupled with ESC FOC (Field Oriented Control) sinusoidal speed controllers. This approach allowed not only to increase the maximum speed of horizontal flight in the “Sport” mode to 68.4 km/h, but also significantly affect the wind resistance of the drone (according to the specification, it can withstand wind gusts up to 10 m/s).

The drone’s rotors, by a strange coincidence, did not receive a folding mechanism, but we already know for sure that the Spark’s folding propellers fit the Air without any problems. Due to the slightly smaller Spark props, the maximum flight time in practice is 17 minutes (18 minutes on stock props). Speed ​​indicators with such retrofitting will remain unchanged.


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To implement a stable video stream transmission over Wi-Fi at a distance of up to 4 km, the developer equipped the drone (located in the front folding landing legs) with a new adaptive dual-band Wi-Fi system operating at frequencies of 2.4 / 5.8 GHz, it works as in automatic mode (it selects itself free from interference frequency) or manually.

Mavic Air is fully adapted to pair with DJI Goggles.


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The Mavic Air drone is powered by an intelligent 11.55V (3S) 2375mAh LiCoO₂ battery made of high density lithium, which in general made a significant impact on the maximum flight time, which at the output was up to 21 minutes.


DJI Mavic Air Review

As mentioned above, the Mavic Air can be controlled through simple gestures (this method allows the drone to move away from the user up to 27 meters). In addition, the drone can be controlled using a smartphone / tablet running IOS and Android through the DJIGO4 application (FPV distance is no further than 100 meters in a noise-free zone).

Well, the most practical way to control, revealing the full potential of the drone, is a tandem of control equipment + smartphone / tablet through the DJIGO4 application. For full immersion in first-person flight, a tandem of equipment and DJI Goggles is recommended (FPV distance up to 4 km in a noise-free zone).

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Flight Autonomy 2.0

DJI Mavic Air Review

Autonomous flight has never been so safe. Thanks to the advanced VIO technology working in close connection with a number of cameras and sensors (7 in total), coupled with a powerful 24-core processor, Mavic Air has allowed the Mavic Air to fly with exponential accuracy at a time when GPS navigation is not available.


Visual-Inertial Odometry (VIO) – the technology allows using inertial sensors to accurately determine the position and acceleration of the drone in space, which allows the autopilot to more accurately calculate its orientation and movement in 3D mode.

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Creation of 3D maps

Mavic Air’s advanced reading system uses data from cameras, sensors, and IMUs to create a 3D map of the world around it in real time.

Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS)

APAS is the result of DJI’s extensive research to calculate the optimal flight path. The APAS assistance system automatically corrects the trajectory of flying around the obstacles encountered in the path of the drone, thereby freeing the novice user from unnecessary manipulation of the control sticks at the time of moving the drone back and forth.

Each of the listed systems involved in the positioning of the drone operates in the duplication mode of each other. Therefore, if an error occurs in the operation of one of the modules, the system will switch to another pair in order to resume the optimal functioning of the entire system.

GEO system

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G eospatial E nvironment O nline – the system is designed to inform the pilot about how safe it can be to fly at the current launch site. GEO will tell you about the presence of “No-Fly” zones at the launch site. All for the sake of safety.


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  1. Mavic Air – $599
  2. Mavic Air Fly More Combo – $699

A range of optional accessories are also available, including a $49 car charger and 3 light filter options for $59.


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Flight time


Flight qualities








Price quality



  • Execution quality
  • Portability
  • Flight qualities / Flight range up to 4 km
  • Intelligent Flight Modes
  • Camera (quality and shooting capabilities)
  • Flies obstacles/APAS/VIO
  • Flight Autonomy 2.0
  • Modified SmartCapture
  • Flight time up to 21min
  • Compatible with DJI Goggles


  • Video transmission over Wi-Fi
  • Rotor not foldable

It’s safe to say that the Mavic Air quadcopter is currently the most technologically advanced product that best meets all the requirements of the rapidly developing consumer UAV market. On his example, DJI again “wiped its nose” to all its competitors, setting new limits for those who plan to compete with the undisputed leader. The drone will be fully appreciated by people for whom portability, functionality and image quality are a priority when choosing a drone. It will show all its capabilities to the maximum in travel and on vacation. Age limit 18+.

On April 27, 2020, DJI introduced the second version of the drone – DJI Mavic Air 2! Read more about the new product in our review.


Test flight of the DJI Mavic Air quadcopter.

Video instructions from the developer (with Russian subtitles).


Propeller guard installation.

The first flight.

Automatic flight and QuickShot modes.

Gesture control of the drone.

Active track mode.

TapFly mode.

Advanced Pilot Assistance System APAS.

Tripod and Cinematic flight and shooting modes.

About shooting panoramic photos.

DJI GO 4 mobile app.

Drone firmware update via mob. application DJI GO 4 ( without Russian subtitles ) .

Update drone firmware via PC via DJI Assistant 2 software ( without Russian subtitles ). Acts as an alternative way to update drone firmware.

IMU calibration. The procedure is carried out if the system indicates incorrect operation of the module ( without Russian subtitles ).

How to calibrate a drone visualization system ( without Russian subtitles ). The procedure is carried out if the sensors for detecting obstacles do not work correctly.

How to pair a drone with a remote control ( without Russian subtitles ). The procedure is carried out if the aircraft and the remote control cannot automatically communicate with each other.

Comparative test for the quality of shooting Mavic Air vs Mavic Air 2 vs Mavic Mini vs Mavic 2 Pro.

Comparative test Parrot Anafi vs DJI Mavic Air.

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