Even though the starting price is a high investment for a gadget with a 21-minute battery life, the upgraded tech housed within the sleek chassis makes the Mavic Air quite attractive, especially since it’s cheaper than its bigger brother. And, unlike the Spark, it ships with its own dedicated controller, which goes a long way to justifying the cost.
The Mavic Air is available via DJI’s online storefront and at major retailers.
Design and build
- Compact and foldable form factor returns
- Recessed gimbal adds protection, but the clip-on cover is awkward
- Removable joysticks on the redesigned controller
- USB-C port for data transfer only
The Mavic Air might resemble the Spark in terms of size, but that’s basically where the similarity ends. The new drone’s arms are foldable, like those of the Mavic Pro, taking portability to a whole new level.