DJI Mavic Air vs Mavic Pro-Which Should You Choose

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DJI’s much-anticipated launch of the successor to the hugely successful DJI Mavic Pro drone took place earlier this year (Jan 23, 2018), ushering the DJI Mavic Air. We are here to help you understand the comparative pros and cons of these two highly impressive copters so that you get to make a well-informed purchase best suited to your requirements. Dear readers, look no further as we lap up the most discounted Coupons for the DJI Mavic from all across the web for the financial convenience of your esteemed selves.

The case for Mavic Air: The Deal Makers, when pitted against Mavic Pro

  1. Compact
    • At 213 mm, it is practically half the size of the Mavic Pros’ larger diagonal frame of 335 mm, making it very convenient to fold and pack into a jacket pocket, reminiscent of the DJI Spark days.
  2. Lighter
    • At 430 gms, it’s nearly half the weight of its rival and makes its case for light weekend backpackers
  3. Higher bitrates
    • Doing 100Mbps against the Mavic Pros’ 60 Mbps, the higher bitrate ensures smoother capture and data transmission between the device and its controller.
  4. Internal Storage
    • This is indeed a fantastic new benchmark feature, and the convenience rendered to users when SD card will be full/unavailable is a true dealmaker.
  5. Camera and shooting modes
    • The 4K video modes
    • Unique 32 MP software-stitched 360 degrees of spherical Panorama (Mavic Pro has only 180 degrees of Vertical and horizontal panoramas)
    • 1080p 120 fps Slo-mo video (the Mavic Pro makes 120 fps at 720p)
    • Auto HDR, special Asteroid zoom and Boomerang shooting mode,
    • A much needed Fixed Focus optics (against the Mavic Pro’s shifting focus, which may lead to blurry unusable shots)
  6. Gimbal
    • The three-axis gimbal is an improvement amongst all of DJIs existing drones,
    • Embedded camera lens hardly needing glass-case protection like the one in Mavic Pro.
  7. Gestures

Hand gestures 3.0 makes the Mavic Air convenient to swing, allowing you to raise, move, and take selfies through spontaneous hand waves in the air.

  1. DJI’s higher standards and performance on a budget
    • At 799 USD, with same DJI reliability and durability, but 200 bucks less (Mavic Pro ranges from 999 – 1299 USD)
  1. Other cool features
    • APAS (Advanced Pilot Assistance System) with three directional proximity sensors (front, rear and ground, whereas the Mavic Pro, comes without the rear obstacle sensor) makes it safer for multi-purpose deployment.
    • DJI Goggles compatibility
    • The marginally higher speed at 68 kmph (against Mavic Pro’s 65 kmph)
    • 3 colour options – Black, blue and red

The case for Mavic Pro : The knight in shining armour

  1. Battery life

Impressive 27mins(3830 mAh battery) against the Mavic Air’s 21 mins (2375 mAh)

2. Range

3 miles (7 km) against the Mavic Air’s 2.4 miles (4 km)

3. Occusync

Occusync results in smoother video sync with RC unit and DJI Goggles. Much missed in the WiFi only featurette of Mavic Air.

4. More features in RC uni

Unique Video Brightness adjust the dial, live telemetry data etc.

5. Quieter

Most importantly, we want our readers to choose the Drone they will use the most, and not just impress with specs sheet. For a boundary-pushing semi-professional drone choreographer, there’s a Mavic Pro with their name on it. Yet the laid-back outdoorsy explorer may find them handy to use features of Mavic Air difficult to leave home without. Share with us your preference or queries, and let us take care of your ironing needs.

1 COMMENT

  1. A vote for the Mavic Air, really loving the fact it folds up into the little case meaning it can be carried easily. I have been climbing in the mountains and really love getting both the stills and video from the top. I haven’t quite got the courage to fly high or too far away as yet.

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