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DJI's New Mavic Air Drone Is a Beefed-Up Spark With 4K Video Support (arstechnica.com) 11

Earlier today, DJI announced the latest entry in its popular line of consumer drones: the Mavic Air. The drone starts at $799, which is $400 more than the Spark's current going rate and $200 below the cost of a new Mavic Pro. "The entry-level package does include a dedicated controller, though, albeit one without an integrated display," reports Ars Technica. "The Mavic Air is available for pre-order today, and DJI says the device will start shipping on January 28." From the report: At first blush, the Mavic Air appears to find a middle ground between DJI's beginner-friendly Spark drone and its pricier but more technically capable Mavic Pro. Like both of those devices, the Mavic Air is small -- at 168x184x64mm, it's a bit larger than the Spark but smaller than the Mavic Pro. Like the latter, its arms can be folded inward, which should make it relatively easy to pack and transport. Its design doesn't stray too far from the past, either, with the rounded, swooping lines of its chassis punctuated by stubby, Spark-like propeller arms. The whole thing weighs 430 grams, which is much lighter than the Mavic Pro's 734g and a bit heavier than the Spark's 300g chassis. DJI says it can reach up to 42.5 miles per hour in its "sport" mode, which is faster than both the Spark (30mph) and Mavic Pro (40mph). It has a flight range of 2.5 miles with the included controller -- provided you keep it in your line of sight -- which is closer to the Spark than the Pro. With a smartphone, that range drops to 262 feet, the same as the Spark. The drone carries a 12-megapixel camera with a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor and a 24mm F2.8 lens. As with all DJI drones, it comes integrated into the device. Notably, like the Mavic Pro, it's capable of capturing video in 4K up to 30 frames per second, with 1080p video up to 60fps. It can also take DNG photos.
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DJI's New Mavic Air Drone Is a Beefed-Up Spark With 4K Video Support

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  • ... in their software.

    Do the world a favor and let these guys go out of business so more responsible and responsive companies can take their place.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This Evil little company is making me part with my hard earned cash again! NOooOoo!

    Damn you DJI! Damn you!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    It can film at 4k 30/24 fps at 100mbs and it can do 2.7k at 60fps and 1080p at 120fps.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Added note, it can also take panormic shots with I think 16 pictures in 5 seconds. It also has boomerag and asteroid present filiming panning.

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