Great camera features
By default, the drone will be set to record video, which you can record either into the built-in 8 GB memory, or into a separate microSD card. While it is nice to have some built-in memory, It is recommended to get a fast microSD card that won’t boggle down when you write 4K video into it. A 64 GB microSD card, is capable of very fast throughput, even beyond 100 Mbit/sec rates.
Once you insert a microSD card into the unit, you can format it from the app and get it ready to record videos and photos.
To switch to photo mode, you simply press the icon above the red video record button, which switches the camera to photo mode. Once you do that, you will see that the menus will change accordingly. Again, there are three tabs in the photo mode as well.
The DJI Mavic Air comes with a boatload of other features called “Quickshot” that you can try. Personally, I didn’t care for these, but some of them can be quite cool to try out. Below is a list of things you can do with the drone:
- Sphere Panorama Mode: Mavic Air will automatically shoot and stitch 25 photos together to create a 32 MP panorama.
- Slow Motion Video: If you change to 1080p, you can shoot up to 120 fps.
- Quickshot Intelligent Flight Modes: Mavic Air will fly along a preset path while recording videos and tracking the subject along the way.
- Asteroid: Mavic Air will capture video starting in front of the subject, flying backward and ascending, creating a reverse playback video that starts with a spherical view from above, descending towards the subject like a falling asteroid.
- Boomerang: Mavic Air will fly in a boomerang-like oval flight path around the subject, starting and stopping a video in the same place.
- Rocket: You can send the DJI Mavic Air straight up into the air with the camera pointing downward while following your subject.
- Circle: Mavic Air will circle around the subject at a constant altitude and distance.
- Dronie: Mavic Air will fly backward and upward, while tracking your subject.
- Helix: Mavic Air will fly upward and away, spiraling around your subject.
To access these modes, you need to click the “Remote Control” icon on the left of the screen, then select “Quickshot” and pick one of the modes from the above list.
The DJI Mavic Air has a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with equivalent 28mm f/2.8 aperture lenses for 12-megapixel stills. And it’s really small, making it incredibly portable.
We don't like
Obviously, there are some disadvantages, as there are with all drones. But we think the DJI Mavic Air is not too bad in comparison, and the kinds of features missing are really to be expected when you consider its price point, making this a really good drone overall.
The size and portability are incredible. The level of technology packed in this tiny frame is impressive. The video is stable even in windy condition and the footage looks nice.
On the other side, the poor quality of the WiFi radio link is disappointing, especially for people living in countries were the 2.4 GHz band is disabled, leaving them with 5.8 GHz to deal with radio interference’s.
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