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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