DJI Mavic Air official: 21 mins flight from folding 4K drone

DJI has taken the wraps off its latest drone, the DJI Mavic Air, slotting into the gap between the current Mavic Pro and the company’s entry-level Spark. The new drone keeps the folding design of its bigger brother, for easier portability, but picks up a more affordable price tag along with the promise of easier flight.

Slung under the front there’s a 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel camera with an f/2.8 lens. That’s mounted on a 3-axis mechanical gimbal – indeed, DJI says that the Mavic Air is the most portable of its models to have a 3-axis system, since the Spark makes do with 2-axis – with an angular vibration range of just 0.005-degrees. Gimbal dampeners are also used, to help keep shots steadier.

On the stills side, the Mavic Air can shoot 32-megapixel Sphere panoramas. By stitching 25 images together, it can form a complete spherical image that can be viewed in the company’s DJI Goggles and elsewhere. Of course, there’s also horizontal, vertical, and 180-degree panorama support too. A new HDR system promises better balancing of bright and dim aspects of the frame.

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