For those seeking a drone that produces great footage in an unbelievably portable package, the DJI Mavic Air is the best option available. It is loaded with features including new autonomous flight modes, an unlikely folding design, and a better camera than that of the Mavic Pro. We were impressed with the balance struck between performance and portability. Even though it's a bit heavier than the DJI Spark, the Air has a much better camera and takes up the same amount of space in a bag. The Air will not disappoint if you're looking for something that can be tossed into a backpack and carried to even the most remote locations. DJI has created a new standard for portable consumer drones with the Mavic Air. We couldn't find any drones in its price range with similar cameras that are comparably portable, making it our favorite drone that we have tested.
Making a decision between the Mavic Pro and Mavic Air is difficult because of how similar these two drones are to one another and it seems like DJI has created a bit of competition within its own drone lineup with the Air. Both drones have identical camera sensors, but the Pro has a higher video ISO range, a slightly narrower field of view, and a lower video bitrate than the Air. Overall the Air has a superior camera but its gimbal isn't as effective at reducing stabilization as the Pro's The Mavic Pro also has much more automatic sharpening and saturation in its footage, which led us to be partial to the Air.We spoke with DJI's customer service and they said that the main performance differences between drones are in their flight capabilities and battery lives. The Mavic Pro batteries have 27 minutes of flight time while the Mavic Air's batteries only last 21 minutes. Both have comparable maximum speeds that exceed 40 mph. The Mavic Pro also has a flight range of 4.35 miles compared to the Air's 2.49 miles. If you aren't concerned with the differences between their cameras we recommend the Pro if you want to maximize battery life and flight range and the Air if you want an unbelievably portable high-performance drone. Read on for further detail about how the Mavic Air stacks up against other drones that we tested.