DRONE-MAKER DJI ANNOUNCED a brand-new hobby aircraft today, one that weighs just a shade under a pound, suits a jacket pocket and can fly itself.
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The Mavic Air ships on January 28 for $799. At that price, it hovers in DJI’s lineup between the $499 DJI Spark, the gesture-controlled flyer released in 2015, and the more enhanced version $999 Mavic Pro.
The Mavic Air is small, half the size of a Mavic Pro, and about half the weight at just 15 ounces. When folded, it’s about the size of a paperback book. At a press occasion in New York on Tuesday, DJI officer Michael Perry revealed the Mavic Air by pulling it from the pocket of his puffy Patagonia vest.
Wish to see some specs? The Air has them in outstanding quantity. The drone’s integrated video camera shoots 4K video and 12-megapixel stills, and it can take 32-megapixel panoramas of your local park. That camera is installed on a freshly designed, three-axis supporting gimbal. Flight time is priced estimate at 21 minutes– outstanding offered the little folder’s little size– and it conceals antennas in the landing equipment, providing the drone a flight range of 2.4 miles. The speed peaks at 42 miles per hour, a smidge quicker than the Mavic Pro, and 11 miles per hour much faster than the Spark.
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The Air has all the automated flight modes you ‘d expect, which only require the drone pilot to tap the controller. The brand-new image-capture tricks let you take spherical panoramas and some new tastes of impressive zoom-in shots for when you wish to flaunt whatever excellent natural setting you’re standing in. It has gesture controls similar to the Spark, so you can command it to remove and follow you using your hands. If you are wondering, you can still ask it to take a selfie by forming a “square” with your thumbs and forefingers.
The Mavic Air’s anti-crash tech appears on par with the luxury of drone doom, with sensing units on the front, back, and sides that keep the Mavic Air from crashing into walls, parked cars and trucks, power lines, and the pilot (you). Some brand-new software DJI developed for this drone uses the onboard electronic cameras to scan the location in front of the Mavic Air, then prepares a flight path before it even approaches any challenges. The pilot just presses the controller’s joystick forward, and the drone zips around the trees, rocks, and individuals in its method.
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The Mavic Air came at a time when DJI is already flying high. The company had a struck last year with the palm-sized spark DJI Spark and foldable Mavic Pro. On the other hand, among DJI’s main competitors, GoPro, was required to remember its folding Karma drone in 2015, eventually dismantling the product, halting manufacturing, and laying off drone-focused staff members a few weeks back.
The other big drone names, Yuneec, announced 3 drones at CES 2018 previously this month: a nimble racing drone, fixed-wing drone, and a pro-level hexacopter. With GoPro out of the flying and no folding drones in Yuneec’s new lineup, DJI control that sector of the marketplace, where it suddenly seems as though the sky’s the limit.