The new Mavic Air is a small, compact drone that is the perfect companion for those looking to take a flying camera with them everywhere to capture all their activities. The drone is well built and comes pre-assembled, ready for flight. Beginner pilots could easily learn how to fly the Mavic Air as long as they take it slow and fly conservatively.
Included in the box is the Mavic Air (in black, red, or white), remote controller, flight battery, charger, power cable, and three sets of props, along with cables used for connections and a carrying case. You will have to provide a smartphone to take advantage of all the features available with the DJI GO 4 app. The app is used as a screen for the pilot to see what the camera is capturing, and it provides all the other controls needed for the Mavic Air’s additional functions. The Mavic Air’s arms fold up (with the props on), so it’s compact for travel. The battery snaps in with a positive click, along with two visible red finger tabs that disappear when the battery is securely locked in.
The controller also folds up into a compact package and has two arms that, when unfolded, hold a smartphone in securely with a connecting cord for communication with the app. The gimbal sticks come off for transportation and make it easy to fit the controller into a small compartment in the storage case.
The first thing I did was to charge the controller and flight battery. I then downloaded the app and investigated the program. I took the Mavic Air outside and turned it on. After making sure everything was connected and there was a camera image on the screen, I did a compass calibration, which was easy to do by just following the directions. With that complete, I fired up the Mavic Air and got it ready for its first flight.
With all its advanced features and terrific flight capabilities, the Mavic Air is impressive. This foldable, pocket-portable drone is the perfect companion for traveling and outdoor enthusiasts who want to document their experiences.