If you’re a fan of drones, then the recent news from DJI will be exciting. DJI, the South Korean technology company that dominates the drone market, has announced that it will begin selling its newest product later this month: the Mavic Air. For those readers who are a bit more familiar with drone technology, DJI’s brand new Mavic Air falls somewhere between the functionality and size of a Spark and a Mavic Pro. For those who are not, that means the Mavic Air is smaller in size (and now weighs about as much as an iPhone) than the Mavic Pro and more compact (read less prone to breaking) than the Spark.
But really, it’s the specs that readers and potential users should really consider. The Mavic Air is equipped with a built-in camera that can shoot 4K video and 12-megapixel still images (for comparison, the iPhone X has the same figures). The new drone can fly for 21 minutes on a single charge at a top speed of 42 m.p.h. The drone is operated by a remote control, which has a slot that fits a smartphone. Through the smartphone, users can see in real time what the Mavic Air is witnessing through its camera. DJI has included some small tweaks in its newest product that go a long way. One example is the simple yet important step of adding removable joysticks, which makes for a less cumbersome control panel when traveling.
The Mavic Air, which will begin shipping worldwide this month, is perfect for those who are unfamiliar controlling a drone. While flying in midair, the drone can recognize objects, veering out of their way without losing much speed. The technology also features facial recognition. Without the use of a joystick, the hovering drone understands simple commands by the user, such as a peace sign, which means a picture should be taken. Creating a square with your fingers tells the drone to start video recording. By spreading your arms apart, the drone will move backward. Moving them back together will draw the drone in, while motioning your palm up or down moves the device vertically in either direction.
The new Mavic Air comes in two models. The $799 version includes a single battery, travel case, and a spare set of joysticks. The $999 model features two batteries (which is convenient if you want to use one while the other is charging), a travel bag, a charging hub, and two spare sets of joysticks.
The drone comes in three colors: black, white, and red.
Foldable Remote Controller
The dedicated remote controller uses a foldable, low-profile, ergonomic design to hold your smartphone for maximum convenience. Detachable control sticks store inside the remote controller to pack more comfortably on the go.
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