This drone -A folding 4K mini drone that’s close to perfect. DJI Mavic Air, The DJI Mavic Air is an easy-to-fly drone that shoots great 4K video, packed into an impossibly small package.
It’s the latest — and in many ways greatest — consumer drone from DJI, the name that’s effectively become for drones what Apple and Samsung are for smartphones. The Mavic Air effectively combines the best aspects of the company’s top-end Mavic Pro — my go-to consumer camera drone recommendation since it was introduced in October 2016 — with the portability of its more casual-focused, travel-friendly Spark, while adding some great new capabilities to the mix, including better obstacle avoidance and an improved 4K video camera.
The DJI Mavic Air’s folding design makes it great for travel while its 4K-resolution camera and three-axis gimbal capture nice-looking photos and video. Automated shooting options and obstacle avoidance make it easy to get good results fast.
Flight time is typically between 15 to 18 minutes, so expect to buy extra batteries. Piloting by app can be frustrating, especially on smaller screens. Obstacle avoidance doesn’t cover you from the sides or top.
The Bottom Line
An amazing amount of tech in a pocketable drone, the DJI Mavic Air is the best travel drone you’re going to find right now.