About 18 months ago, DJI released the Mavic Pro-- it’s the smallest consumer drone to date at that time. And now fast forward to January 2018, they released an even smaller one in the Mavic lineup. This is the Mavic Air, which should be sliding right between the Spark and Mavic Pro, combining the small features that come in the Spark but also getting the foldable features and video features from the Pro, and even going above the Pro in terms of video quality. The entire frame rate and some modes, and higher bit rate in 4K. So this thing does 4K at 30fps and it also does 120fps in 1080, which if you can remember, the Mavic Pro can only top out at 96. So this thing can top out the Pro in terms of video features and also bit rate and it also has H.265 encoding and H.264 rather than the only H.264 on the Mavic Pro and it is supposed to be really, really tiny. Smaller than the Spark when folded up, a little bit bigger than the Spark but definitely about half the size as the Mavic Pro when it’s all spread out.
I have the one here-- this is the Fly More combo. It’s $999 for the Fly More combo. If you just want the drone in one battery and controller, it is $799. So let’s go ahead and unbox this guy.
I got the Fly More combo in Onyx Black. It’s available in three colors: Arctic White, Flame Red, and Onyx Black. And if you want a matte finish, you have to with the black one or the white one while the Flame Red color is going to be a glossy finish.
So I’ll move that off to the side and we just lift up over here. Inside, it’s all neatly packaged here. We got a travel bag, all your accessories. And then in this thing is the actual Mavic Air. I’ll put this to the side for now and just take a look at everything that comes in the box. In this package, we’ve got some propeller guards if you need it. If you’re flying indoors and doing the hand gesture stuff, you may need that. And then it looks like some documentation. If you want to get the DJI Care, you can. All the other stuff here-- some manuals. If you’ve never flown a drone before, make sure to read up on those. If you have, then you can probably skip them. But I won’t advice that. Just read it just in case.
As for the travel bag, it comes with the Fly More combo. You get the drone itself and the case. When you open it up, the first pocket contains the new controller. It basically looks like the one on the Mavic Pro. You might be asking why there are no thumbsticks. If you actually extend these where you can put your phone in, the actual thumbsticks are tucked away in a little divot I suppose. You take these out and screw them in. After that, you’ll have a ready to go controller. It’s an RC. It uses Wi-Fi because it doesn’t have an RC antenna on the Mavic Air. And when you’re ready to transport, just unscrew these and tuck them away, close them and there you go. It does have the lightning cable already connected for your convenience cause most people probably use an iPhone if they have a drone. I don’t know why they make that assumption but they do.
In this package, it looks like we’ve got a battery plug to go to a USB if you want to turn your battery into a power bank. Not exactly sure why you’d want to do that. And then you have a microUSB to USB-C converter and you get two extra little thumbsticks if you lose those. And it looks like you get two complete sets of propellers in the Fly More combo in the box as well. So you get 8 props so you can have 2 sets there. And it looks like you have a USB-A to USB-C cable if you want to transfer data from the actual drone itself. And you get some extra connectors for microUSB and USB-C, depending on what phone you have. So that’s all pretty nice and handy. And it also looks like we’ve got two batteries. These are smaller batteries, not the same batteries as the Spark or the Mavic Pro. And it looks like we also have the new charging dock, which should be smaller. It is smaller than the Mavic Pro and it folds out so you can charge four batteries simultaneously. It will be in sequence but that’s how the charger is. And then you have the actual wall plug itself. This is one end that connects to the battery or your hub. And you get your (depending on the country you live in) US 110-volt plug adapter that plugs into the wall and into the hub. So that’s all you get and the travel bag, which is awesome. So you get two batteries in here then the third battery is already in the drone and ready to go. So that’s pretty nice and handy.
This thing is super tiny. It literally is slightly bigger than the iPhone X dimensions, obviously just the length and width, not thickness. So let’s go ahead and unfold this.
It says “unfold rear arms first.” After sliding out the arms, you have the legs, which are also the antennas. This is the entire 4K machine that flies in the air at 42 miles per hour and it’s tiny. One thing to note about this is that the props are actually rigid. They don’t fold like the Mavic Pro or Spark. But honestly, it doesn’t really matter because when you fold this up, it kind of gets in the way and it all fits in this case right here. So this is absolutely tiny. The battery does go on the bottom, not the top so I’m a little nervous about the batteries falling out.
So this is the Mavic Air. If you guys want to see a full review of the Mavic Air, make sure to subscribe and leave a comment below. I’m going to go ahead and charge up the batteries, update the firmware, all the stuff that you have to do that you don’t want to do. It’s super windy outside and I don’t want to lose this drone on the first day. But I want to see or hear your opinions of the Mavic Air, so leave me a comment below.