DJI Mavic Air leaks hours ahead of official announcement

Jan 22, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

DJI Mavic Air leaks hours ahead of official announcement

Jan 22, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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So, it looks like the rumours were true. DJI are prepping to officially announce the DJI Mavic Air in around 23 hours (at the time of writing). And these leaked photos from Drone DJ offer some suggestion of what may be in store. It kinda looks like a Mavic Pro and a Spark got together and had a baby. But is it really deserving of the Mavic moniker?

Drone DJ seem to agree that it resembles the Spark far more than it does the Mavic. Of course, it has folding legs like a Mavic and the camera is capable of 4K video and 32MP stills. Much better than the Spark. It also sports a 3-axis gimbal, which is a nice upgrade over the 2-axis gimbal found in the Spark. But it looks more like a Spark in design. It does have a relatively short 21 minute flight time, though. Only 5-6 minutes better than that of the Spark, 3 minutes shy of the Mavic Pro, and a good 9 minutes less than the Mavic Pro Platinum.

So, what specs do these leaks tell us? Well, according to Drone DJ…

  • 32 MP Camera with a panorama mode (I’m guessing the drone spins, not the camera).
  • 4K video (Drone DJ believes at up to 60fps)
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • Folding legs for a teeny tiny package in transport
  • Obstacle avoidance front, rear and below
  • Visual Positioning System (VPS) for better hovering and indoor flying
  • Gesture control
  • 21 minute flight time
  • Compatible with DJI Goggles
  • Available in multiple colours (at least white, “Black” and red, so far).

There’s no word on the sensor size or codec used for footage, and whether it’ll offer Log. There’s also no clue of the range, either. Will it be supplied with a controller or will you have to use your phone by default like the Spark? In this photo, seeing it in somebody’s hand, it even looks similar in size to the Spark.

The best guess on the price right now is around $699, which is a nice middle ground between the Spark and the Mavic Pro. Although, I do wonder if it’s close enough to the Spark to kill sales of the that one completely. This already looks to be what many of us were hoping the Spark would be when it was first announced. Any potential Spark successor would have to be pretty impressive to justify buying it over this, even at a lower price.

But, in around 23 hours, we should know for sure. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

[via Drone DJ]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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8 responses to “DJI Mavic Air leaks hours ahead of official announcement”

  1. Lennert Böhm Avatar
    Lennert Böhm

    Eric Stephan

  2. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
    Duncan Dimanche

    I have but one word : meh

  3. Renato Murakami Avatar
    Renato Murakami

    Seems it addressed the Spark complaints almost exactly, I’d go for one of those.

  4. Paul Jones Avatar
    Paul Jones

    Super interesting. I have a Mavic, but am a casual flyer. Something this portable makes it very attractive.

  5. lewisfrancis Avatar
    lewisfrancis

    32MP? That seems unlikely. Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

    1. lewisfrancis Avatar
      lewisfrancis

      I read on another site that the 32MP refers to stitched panos, which makes more sense.

  6. Sean Allen Avatar
    Sean Allen

    Really? That’s it? #disapointed

  7. Jade Holing Avatar
    Jade Holing

    Robert, looks like this will be the one