Magic in the Air

Why did I end up with the DJI Mavic Air? The quick answer will be portability … but let’s look at the differences.

When I first decided on getting a drone, I got all mental over the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+. It was – and probably still is – the consumer drone with the best all-round settings.
You get

  • Stunning 4K/60 fps video at 100 mbps
  • 120 fps Full HD video
  • Close to 20 min flight time
  • 20 Mbit images for photography.
  • Sensors all around

And if you get til + version you also get a super super bright monitor mounted on the controller, so you don’t have to you either use your phone or a tablet.
But . .. you also get a cumbersome transportation carry case. You’re stuck with a suitcase like case to carry, where ever you need to take the drone. Due to the construction of the drone it dosen’t fold. All you can detach are the propellars.

Magic Mavic Air

Then all of a sudden, DJI released the Mavic Air. A tiny tiny drone, with amazing specs:

  • Stunning 4K/30 fps video at 100 mbps
  • 120 fps Full HD video
  • Close to 20 min flight time
  • 12 Mbit images for photography.
  • Front + back + bottom sensors 
  • 8Gb of internal storage
  • Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS) – prevents you from crashing into objects

And ... it's foldable. Even unfolded it's small, but when it's folded it fits in a pocket! I mean ... it's really small. And yet it is so delicately but sturdy built. The engineering here is truly amazing. 
So I went with the Mavic Air Onyx Black (it also comes in white and red) and bought the Fly More Combo.
With the Fly More Combo you get, besides the drone and the controller, 2 extra batteries (so you have 3 in total). 2 extra sets of propellers (3 in total), a multi charger able to charge 4 batteries, propeller guards ... and that sleek little bag where everything fits into.
That is super nice, because you don't have to worry if you've got everything. Just grab the bag, and you're good to go.

And the specs are not that far away form the Phantom 4 – and it's almost half the price.

And I have begun shooting video now. It's a no-brainer with a drone like that. I mean, of course you need knowledge of video making etc, but when you have a camera mounted on an endless dolly crane ... what's not to like ? :D

I really really love the portability of the Mavic Air . . . and yes, the quality of the camera on the Phantom 4 Pro+ is better – no doubt. But for me, at the moment, I really treasure the fact, that I can take this with me anywhere, anytime. Of course living in Denmark, the weather is often a key player in not being able to fly ... but that's the way it is.

And who knows ... in a year or two I might have an other drone ... but right now I'm quite satisfied with my little Magic in the Air.

Merry Christmas

Niels Steinmeier

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