Product review

19 Jun, 2020

DJI Mavic Air

Tested by: Russ

Cost:

GBP

Weight w/o charger:

g

Miles used:

Miles

Times replaced:

Replacements

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Review

As an adventure filmmaker, it’s important to have lightweight camera gear that’s compact, easy to use and durable. The DJI Mavic Air ticks all the boxes. It’s super portable and has incredible image quality. When it came out on the market it was a clear choice.

 

Why the DJI Mavic Air Fly-more Combo?

I upgraded to the Mavic Air from my original Mavic Pro drone. The Mavic Pro was very heavy and while it was compact for a drone in its class, it wasn’t anywhere near as compact as the Air. I sacrificed flight time and certain features for the smaller form factor and I wasn’t disappointed. The Fly More Combo is also packed with goodies and features. I’ve used this to film my Welsh 3,000s trek as well as countless other hikes around the world and in SE Asia. It’s been my primary drone for about 3 years and it’s still going strong.

 

How well does it work?

The capability of this tiny little drone is fantastic for its size. I’ve flown it hundreds of times and captures incredible stills and footage for my videos. It’s rugged and fast and handles the wind really well. I never lost it or crashed it due to its ease of use. The only negatives with this drone are the low range and high downlink video latency. It does lag quite a bit depending on your location due to the Wifi Capability. I recently upgraded to the Mavic Air 2 and the range is far superior and the image downlink to the screen is incredible with little to no latency at all.

 

Value for money

I haven’t taken it out on many shoots yet, but I will as soon as lockdown is lifted. It’ll be my primary drone for many years to come and the amount of goodies and features you get with the Fly More Combo is mind-blowing. It’s expensive,  but reasonably priced fora drone like this and it’s an incredibly valuable investment and amazing upgrade to my camera arsenal.

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Overview

  • Durability 80% 80%
  • Image quality 70% 70%
  • Range 50% 50%
  • Charge time 50% 50%
  • Run time 70% 70%
  • Value to weight ratio 70% 70%
  • Value to for money 70% 70%

BPros

  • Great image quality
  • Lightweight
  • Super compact
  • Rugged
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • Packed with features and settings

CCons

  • Charges only via wall socket
  • Expensive

Specs

Price:

From £839 on Amazon

Weight without charging accessories:

990g (34.92oz)

Drone-only weight:

294g (10.37oz)

Shooting capacity:

4K 30fps

Range:

2km

Features

  • FUNCTIONS: Easy to use
  • ActiveTrack
  • QuickShots
  • SmartCapture
  • TapFly
  • Flight time of up to 21 minutes
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • 4K 30 fps
  • 1080p 120 fps

 

In the box

  • Aircraft
  • Remote Controller
  • 3 x Intelligent Flight Battery
  • Charger
  • Charge hub
  • Cables (Power, RC, USB)
  • Propellers
  • Propellers Guard
  • Gimbal Protector
  • Paperwork
  • Carrying Case

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