If you’re on the lookout for a new drone, it’s likely that you’ve come across these popular models from specialist drone producers, DJI. Of course, we’re referring to the DJI Mavic Air and the Mavic Pro!
These drones are from DJI’s ‘Mavic’ line, which now also includes the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum, an updated version of the Mavic Pro. The drones in the Mavic series are made to compact and foldable, without sacrificing on power. This equates to longer flight times, higher speeds and wide ranges, all within a small-scale consumer drone.
It’s clear to see that both models are excellent drones, but what’s the real difference between the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro?
To help you decipher which model is the best option for you, we’ve conducted an extensive Mavic Pro vs Mavic Air comparison. This will provide you with all the information you need to know to make that all important decision.
DJI Mavic Air vs Mavic Pro battery life
Both the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro use LiPo 3S batteries, which provide more power and longevity than traditional NiMH batteries. Despite this, the Mavic Pro outdoes the Mavic Air in terms of battery life.
The Mavic Air’s maximum flight time is 21 minutes, which is almost 30% less than that of the Pro, which has a maximum flight time of 27 minutes.
This may seem like a small difference at first, however, it can make all the difference when you’re out trying to get the perfect shot!
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DJI Mavic Pro camera vs Mavic Air camera
The Mavic Pro sports a 12.35MP camera, whereas the Mavic Air only has a 12MP camera.The difference is minimal, however this can bear great importance if you’re a budding photographer, or depending on what you’ll be using your photos for. The larger you want to print your photos, the greater the number of megapixels you’ll need, so you’ll need to take this into consideration when choosing the right drone.
For the videographers out there looking to shoot high-quality movies, both drones have a 4K camera. However, the Mavic Pro has a higher video ISO range (100-3200) compared to the Mavic Air (100-1600), making the Pro the better option for shooting video in low-light conditions.
DJI Mavic Air vs Mavic Pro drone controller
Both models require a remote controller for usage, however, you can also use your mobile device (iOS or Android). With the Mavic Air you can also use ‘gesture control’ which allows you to use your hand gestures to direct your drone. This feature does not come with the Mavic Pro.
The Mavic Pro drone controller has an FCC transmission distance of 7000m, whereas the Mavic Air’s comes in at 4000m. The Mavic Pro drone range is significantly longer than that of the Air, making the former the better option should you want to reach higher altitudes and fly further distances from your Mavic Pro drone controller.
That being said, you’ll need to check with your local authority’s drone rules and regulations to see where and how far you can safely fly.
DJI Mavic Air vs Mavic Pro speed
Both drones have different speeds depending on what mode they’re put in. The Mavic Air can reach up to 68.4kph in S-mode, whereas the DJI Mavic Pro speed has a maximum of only 65kph. However, the Pro can reach speeds of 36kph in P-mode, whereas 28.8kph is the maximum speed that the Mavic Air can reach in the same mode.
It’s important to consider which mode you’ll be using the most, before deciding which is the best option for you.
Which option is best?
Whilst both options boast incredible features, the Mavic Pro pips the Mavic Air to the post in terms of image quality and overall specification.
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