DJI MAVIC AIR

DJI Mavic Air is smaller than the DJI Mavic Pro — at 6.6 inches long, 3.2 inches wide, and 1.9 inches tall, it’s about an inch more compact in both length and height. Given the name, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that it also weighs significantly less; just over 15 ounces, versus the Mavic Pro’s near-26 ounces. The result is a drone that slips into a jacket pocket and doesn’t feel weird to keep there. The remote control, which uses your smartphone as its screen, is svelte, too; complete with joysticks that can be removed and stowed within the remote’s body.

The DJI Mavic Air footage, however, looks great without you really having to do anything. It has a slightly wider angle lens (24mm versus the Pro’s 28mm) which is better for capturing sweeping landscapes. You don’t have to tap to focus. And oh yeah, it shoots 4K video at 100Mbps versus the Mavic Pro’s 60Mbps, so you get more image data and more overall detail.

The DJI Mavic Air can also obey hand gestures. You can tell it to lift off by extending your hand straight toward it with your palm perpendicular to the ground. Move that same flat hand up, down, and side-to-side to change its position. Move your two hands apart, and the drone pulls back for a wider shot. Make a frame with your index fingers and thumbs to have it start shooting video. You still need to have the remote control handy to put it into gesture mode, and you also need to keep it within in case something goes wrong.