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DJI Releases New Drone With 3-axis Gimbal, 4K Camera and Gesture Control

DJI’s latest drone, the Mavic Air is the firm’s smallest and most portable 3-Axis Gimbal 4K model. In fact its so small it can fold to fit in a pocket and weighs just 483 grams.

The flying device is features a 12mp camera and is able to shoot 4K 30fps MPEG-4 video at 100 Mbps and 1080p HD at frame rates up to 120fps. That sensor is a 1 /2.3” CMOS with a 24mm full-frame equivalent lens and a maximum aperture of f.2.8. It accepts MicroSD cards and also carries 8GB of onboard solid state storage (transferred via a USB-C port).

In still mode, Mavic Air can shoot HDR images as well as standard dynamic range.

DJI introduced hand-gesture control with the original Mavic and these controls are enhanced in the Mavic Air. It can be controlled by gesture at a distance of up to 20 feet still with all of the pilot control and safety features that would come into play if flown via the included controller.

The learning curve for new users is shortened by the device’s intelligence which is due to not just enhanced firmware but also the addition of more sensing-cameras and a more sophisticated algorithm for object avoidance.

The original QuickShot modes of Rocket, Dronie, Circle and Helix remain with the addition of Asteroid and Boomerang. Asteroid creates a spherical image and then flies down to create a flattened image. A spherical still mode can create panoramic images within the Mavic Air itself with a processing time of less than a minute.

A FlightAutomony 2.0 system uses seven onboard cameras to construct a 3D map of the surroundings providing greater safety when flying backwards, in particular.

Battery life is up to 21 minutes. It can sustain winds up to 22 mph and operate as high as 16,404 feet above sea level reaching speeds of 68 kph. It is compatible with DJI Goggles.

The recessed gimbal provides more protection and vibration damping when flying as well as additional protection when folder and transported. Propeller guards are standard for safety.

The basic drone includes a body, one battery, remote controller, carrying case, two pairs of propeller guards and four propellers costing $799. For another $200, the Mavic Air Fly More Combo adds a travel bag, six pairs of propellers, three batteries and a charging hub.

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