There is a new DJI Mavic in town.......................
Just as I was going to pull the trigger and order the DJI Spark drone I got an email from DJI announcing the launch of the Mavic Air. Even though I had ruled out the Mavic, for a number of different reasons, I decided to take a look and see what all the fuss is about.
Following the link to the Mavic Air was possibly the worst thing I could have done because it threw a total curve ball. The Mavic Air looks like the Spark and the Mavic Pro has had a baby, and boy does it look good.
Like the Mavic Pro the Mavic Air is foldable, and once folded up it is smaller than the Spark. The Mavic Air is clearly suited to travel, just like the Spark. The camera on the Mavic Air is better than the camera on the Spark and offers not only superior image quality and a 3 axis gimbal but also a whole range of advanced features, including slow motion mode. The Mavic Air video footage captured and posted on the DJI website looks absolutely stunning and pro quality.
Not only is the Mavic Air small and capable of capturing awesome video and stills, but it is full of other advanced features and shooting modes. It seems like DJI has made the Mavic Air quick and easy to fly, and a tool that total newbies and beginners (just like me) can get to grips with.
The Mavic Air is more expensive than the DJI Spark, which is to be expected, but it costs less than the Mavic Pro. The Mavic Air, whilst expensive, seems excellent value for money and well worth a purchase. Whilst the Mavic Air is well priced, and cheaper than the Mavic Pro, it is still more than I want to spend on my first proper drone. That said, I could easily be tempted to put my hand in my pocket and dig a little deeper to buy one.
If you’re interested in what the DJI Mavic Air has to offer check out the official site here.
The DJI Mavic Air is only available for pre-order in the UK at the moment but it is available from the USA. I could have ordered a Mavic Pro from the DJI site but by the time I factor in import duty, UK VAT, exchange rate expenses etc. buying a Mavic Air direct from the US is going to be a very expensive exercise.
If you live in the USA you can buy a Mavic Air direct from DJI or you can pre-order from Adorama or pre-order from B&H
Below is a DJI Mavic Air review I found whilst browsing Youtube, which has made the decision to pull the trigger and buy a DJI Spark even harder.
Even though I can pre-order the Mavic Air in the UK I can’t find any details on the release date and I don’t know if I am looking at days, weeks or months. The fact the Mavic Air isn’t yet available in the UK isn’t such a bad thing because I could have easily made a rash decision.
In the UK you can pre-order the Mavic Air from various retailers, however there is only one place I would go and that is Warehouse Express. Warehouse Express prices its products competitively, delivers products super fast, offers excellent after sales support and has the best customer service of any photography retailer in the UK. You can pre-order the Mavic Air from Warehouse Express here.
As you can see, I am in a bit of a dilemma and don’t know whether to buy the DJI Spark, learn how to fly a drone and upgrade in the future or whether to say “Sod it”, dig deeper and buy a Mavic Air in the first instance. Hmmm……. Decisions, decisions. What should I do?
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