DJI - Mavic Air vs Mavic Pro and 7 Reason why the DJI Mavic Air might be better for you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgXVP09xK-gDJI Summer Sale - ENDS TODAY JULY 17thWe are often asked for recommendations on drones. DJI continues to dominate the market with excellent drones that offer great quality and are really easy to fly. In this video, I share seven reasons that you may want the smaller, more portable Mavic Air over the still portable but noticeably larger, Mavic Pro.

7 Reasons to get the Mavic Air instead of the Mavic Pro

  • Portability - Mavic air takes it to another level in portability

The Mavic air folds down to a ridiculously small size. The controller features removable sticks and the batteries are significantly smaller. All of that adds up to a drone that takes up noticeably less space in your bag but still gives you the same image and video quality.

  • Image and video quality is a little better in the Mavic air and Air offers better slow-mo features at 120fps vs 96 in the

The smaller Mavic Air has a slightly better processor - in my tests most photos and video looked identical with some Air shots looking just a tiny bit better.  And in video mode the Mavic Air offers 120fps slow-mo vs just 96fps offered by the Mavic Pro.

  • Cost - Mavic Air is cheaper especially when you add up extras

With today's sale this isn't true but usually, the Mavic Air is cheaper and the batteries are cheaper, accessories are cheaper - it's starting to add up to some significant savings.

  • Additional Quick shot modes

Some of these are a bit of a gimmick but they do make it easy, and fun to create quick snapshots of your surroundings. Check out this recent Asteroid Quick shot mode from Nevada https://www.instagram.com/p/BjSrhJOHLUd/?taken-by=photorectoby

  • Rear obstacle avoidance

You should always be aware of your drone and its surroundings but there are times when maybe you think you know how close you are to that bush or tree and it turns out much closer than you thought. The Mavic Pro only has forward sensing obstacle avoidance and the Air provides sensors on the front AND THE REAR! This means you are less likely to crash it when flying backward.

  • Works without a controller

The Mavic Air is capable of take off, photo and video capture and landing all with gestures. No controller needed, not even your phone needed. It is impressive when you want to travel VERY light and just get some quick shots of you in a location.

  • Built-in memory

The Mavic Air is the only DJI Drone to include 8GB of onboard memory - this is a great fail safe if you end up leaving the house without a microSD card.

4 reasons to get the Mavic Pro

  • Occusyn technology for control and video transmission

This means you get cleaner video feed at 1080 vs just 720 from the air - and it supports longer distances. In some European countries, the wifi connectivity of the Mavic air may be more limited.

  • Longer flight time

The Mavic Pro is capable of 23 minutes. The Mavic Air tops out at 18 minutes. I find that I often get the shots I need within 16 minutes and land the drone with 30% battery to be safe. Using that math I would be a little more rushed with the Mavic Air to get the necessary shots.

  • More maneuverable gimbal - flying forward you can keep the gimbal pointed up higher than you can on the Mavic air

This is one of the biggest differences - when flying forward at normal speeds (not slow) the tilt of the Mavic Air gimbal is NOT sufficient to keep a level shot - you end up shooting downward. The Mavic Pro gimbal tilt has a larger range and allows you to keep the horizon in the shot when flying forward.

  • Mavic pro is a bit quieter - really it is a deeper pitch which sounds quieter.

The actual decibel difference is very small but the deeper hum sound from the Mavic Pro blends in with the background better. Important if you don't want to annoy your neighbors.DJI Summer Sale - ENDS TODAY JULY 17thWhich drone would/did you pick and why?

DJI Drones on Sale

I just returned from the Arctic where I made the following image
Ice Field Drone Shot
Drones are a fantastic way to explore photography and videography from all angles.
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DJI Mavic Air Announced

DJI Mavic Air - NOW IN STOCK AT B&H PHOTO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF-WXHwzURs

Unlimited stories, straight from your pocket!

Essentially, the new DJI Air is a fix for every single issue we had with the DJI Spark. We get 4K video at 30fps and RAW stills in the smallest package yet. With foldable rotors like the Mavic Pro, it crunches down to half the size of a Mavic Pro and weighs 40% less. Even including 8GB of internal storage if you happen to forget your Micro SD card or just need a little bit more room. Sitting between the Mavic Pro and Spark if you haven't picked up a drone yet this might be the one you've been waiting for all this time.DJI Mavic Air GimbalThe Mavic Air uses a new 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor with a 24mm (35mm equivalent) F/2.8 lens that's stabilized with a recessed 3-axis gimbal. Capturing 12 MP stills or Stabilized 4K Video at 30fps and Full HD at 120fps. Including a new 32MP spherical panorama mode generated on camera and HDR mode.It's smarter with Flight Autonomy 2.0 using 7 cameras to sense and avoid objects. That means it's better sensing the environment and a safer return to home. Using Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS), with obstacles in the way, the DJI Air will automatically fly around objects to keep moving. A big upgrade from previous models which would just stop when encountering an object.Same intelligent smart modes as the DJI Spark. Active Track and Quick Shot have new updates and improvements. The hand controls like the DJI Spark uses are included, but now with much more responsive and accurate controls. A new asteroid quick shot mode starts with a spherical panorama that falls down towards the subject. Also a new boomerang quick shot is great for sweeping around a subject for a big reveal (like a boomerang).DJI Mavic Air RemoteWith a 21 minute flight time, it puts the Mavic Air dead between the Spark and Mavic Pro (16 and 27 minutes for those). That said while it might burn the battery faster the 42.5 MPH sport mode will be more than a bit of fun if you don't crash it. It can operate in 22mph winds, and a flight ceiling of 16,404, so the Mavic Air is certainly up for anything. DJI has even redesigned the remote with a 2.5 mile range, removable antennas, and still foldable to pack up small (262 ft range with a smartphone).Overall this fixes pretty much every issue we had with the spark being more of a consumer drone, lacking things like RAW stills and 4K video. At $799 for the standard package and $999 for the Fly More Package it sits right in the middle. We'll have a review from Toby coming up soon so keep an eye out! This is that sweet spot for ultra portability vs features, so small you can put it in your pocket, but still has what you need to get the job done.

The Dji Mavic Air Is Available for Pre-order Today!We Recommend the Fly More Combo to get you going.

Sample Video / Images

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Specifications

Aircraft
Takeoff Weight 430 g
Dimensions Folded:168×83×49 mm (L×W×H)Unfolded:168×184×64 mm (L×W×H)
Diagonal Distance 213 mm
Max Ascent Speed 3 m/s (S - mode[1])2 m/s (P - mode)2 m/s (Wi-Fi mode)
Max Descent Speed 2 m/s (S - mode[1])1.5 m/s (P - mode)1 m/s (Wi-Fi mode)
Max Speed (near sea level, no wind) 68.4 kph (S - mode[1])28.8 kph (P - mode)28.8 kph (Wi-Fi mode)
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 5000 m
Max Flight Time (no wind) 21 minutes (at a consistent 25 kph)
Max Hovering Time (no wind) 20 minutes
Max Flight Distance (no wind) 10 km (at a consistent 25 kph)
Max Wind Speed Resistance 29 - 38 kph
Max Tilt Angle 35° (S - mode[1])25° (P - mode)
Max Angular Velocity 250°/s (S - mode[1])250°/s (P - mode)
Operating Temperature Range 0°C - 40°C
Operating Frequency 2.400 - 2.4835 GHz5.725 - 5.850 GHz
Transmission Power (EIRP)  2.400 - 2.4835 GHzFCC: ≤28 dBmCE: ≤19 dBmSRRC: ≤19 dBmMIC: ≤19 dBm5.725 - 5.850 GHzFCC: ≤31 dBmCE: ≤14 dBmSRRC: ≤27 dBm
GNSS GPS + GLONASS
Hovering Accuracy Range Vertical:±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning)±0.5 m (with GPS Positioning)Horizontal:±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning)±1.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
Internal Storage 8 GB
Gimbal
Mechanical Range Tilt: -100° to 22°Roll: -30° to 30°Pan: -12° to 12°
Controllable Range Tilt: -90° to 0° (default setting)-90° to +17° (extended)
Stabilization 3-axis (tilt, roll, pan)
Max Control Speed (tilt) 120°/s
Angular Vibration Range ±0.005°
Camera
Sensor 1/2.3” CMOSEffective Pixels: 12 MP
Lens FOV: 85°35 mm Format Equivalent: 24 mmAperture: f/2.8Shooting Range: 0.5 m to ∞
ISO Range Video:100 - 1600 (auto)100 - 1600 (manual)Photo:100 - 1600 (auto)100 - 3200 (manual)
Shutter Speed Electronic Shutter: 8 - 1/8000s
Still Image Size 4:3: 4056×304016:9: 4056×2280
Still Photography Modes Single shotHDRBurst shooting: 3/5/7 framesAuto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7EV BiasInterval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s
Video Resolution 4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160 24/25/30p2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30/48/50/60pFHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120pHD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
Max Video Bitrate 100Mbps
Supported File System FAT32
Photo Format JPEG/DNG (RAW)
Video Format MP4/MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC)
Sensing System
Forward Precision Measurement Range: 0.5 - 12 mDetectable Range: 0.5 - 24 mEffective Sensing Speed: ≤ 8 m/sField of View (FOV): Horizontal 50°, Vertical ±19°
Backward Precision Measurement Range: 0.5 - 10 mDetectable Range: 0.5 - 20 mEffective Sensing Speed: ≤ 8 m/sField of View (FOV): Horizontal 50°, Vertical ±19°
Downward Altitude Range: 0.1 - 8 mOperating Range: 0.5 - 30 m
Operating Environment Forward:Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15)Backward:Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15)Downward:Detects clearly patterned surfaces with adequate lighting (lux>15) and diffuse reflectivity (>20%)
Mobile Device Control
Operating Frequency 2.400 - 2.4835 GHz5.725 - 5.850 GHz
Max Transmission Distance (unobstructed, free of interference) Distance: 80 mHeight: 50 m
Intelligent Flight Battery
Capacity 2375 mAh
Voltage 11.55 V
Max Charging Voltage 13.2 V
Battery Type LiCoO₂ 3S
Energy 27.43 Wh
Net Weight 140 g
Charging Temperature Range 5℃ - 40℃
Max Charging Power 60 W
Remote Controller
Operating Frequency 2.400 - 2.4835 GHz5.725 - 5.850 GHz
Max Transmission Distance (unobstructed, free of interference) 2.400 - 2.4835 GHz:FCC: 4000 mCE: 2000 mSRRC: 2000 mMIC: 2000 m5.725 - 5.850 GHz:FCC: 4000 mCE: 500 mSRRC: 2500 m
Operating Temperature Range 0℃ - 40℃
Transmission Power (EIRP) 2.400 - 2.4835 GHz:FCC:≤26 dBmCE: ≤18 dBmSRRC: ≤18 dBmMIC:≤18 dBm5.725 - 5.850 GHz:FCC: ≤30 dBmCE: ≤14 dBmSRRC: ≤26 dBm
Battery 2970 mAh
Operating Current/Voltage 1400 mA ⎓ 3.7 V (Android)750 mA ⎓ 3.7 V (iOS)
Supported Mobile Device Size Max length: 160 mmSupported Thickness: 6.5-8.5 mm
Supported USB Port Types Lightning, Micro USB (Type-B), USB-C
Supported SD Cards
Supported SD Cards microSDClass 10 or UHS-1 rating required
Recommended microSD Cards 16GSandisk ExtremeKingston 16GB SDHC-I SDCAC/16GB32GSandisk Extreme V30Sandisk Extreme V30 A1Sandisk Extreme V30 Pro A164GSandisk Extreme V30 A1Sandisk Extreme Pro V30 A1128GSandisk Extreme V30 A1Sandisk Extreme Plus V30 A1
Charger
Input 100 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz, 1.4 A
Output Main: 13.2 V ⎓ 3.79 AUSB: 5 V ⎓ 2 A
Voltage 13.2 V
Rated Power 50 W
App
Video Transmission System Enhanced Wi-Fi
Name DJI GO 4
Live View Quality Remote Controller:720p@30fpsSmart Device:720p@30fpsDJI Goggles:720p@30fps
Latency (depending on environmental conditions and mobile device) 170 - 240 ms
Required Operating System iOS v9.0 or laterAndroid v4.4 or later

Bug 3 $130 drone vs DJI Spark $500 drone vs DJI Mavic $999 drone

Bug 3 $130 drone vs DJI Spark $500 drone vs DJI Mavic $999 drone. Which one would you want?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwB2rRnvHeA

Go Cheap for a First Drone?

I was curious. The DJI Spark at $500 ($699 for the recommended Fly More Combo) is still pretty pricey for someone considering their first drone and I wondered how these much more affordable drones on Amazon compared. So I picked up the Drocon Bug3 on Amazon - $130 bucks, throw in a cheap action camera that does 1080 or even 4K for $60 and you have some significant savings versus the DJI Options - is it worth it?  There is a common misconception that ALL drones are hard to fly and you should practice with something cheaper so crashes aren't as costly. It isn't a bad idea BUT most of the time the cheaper drones ARE much harder to fly. With DJI drones like the Spark and the Mavic you press a button and the drone takes off and hovers at 3 feet, waiting for further instructions. You don't need to do anything. Then press the stick up it goes up. Stop pressing the stick up it stops and hovers. Move it forward toward an obstacle and it will warn you before stopping short of running into the tree/wall etc. Yes, DJI still makes drones you can crash, it's just that they are easy to fly carefully as you practice.The Drocon Bug3 is not like this. The $130 drone does not provide one button take off, altitude hold, GPS, a gimbal for stabilized footage, no way to see what the camera is capturing, no way to control the camera. It does provide a touchy, racing style drone that is fun and challenging to fly. Just know that I crashed it more times on the first day of flying than all the other drones I have ever flown combined!  I do not recommend it as a first drone or a drone to buy if you desire good photos/videos from the air. For aerial photography/videography, the DJI drones have a big advantage AND are much easier to fly.

DJI Spark vs DJI Mavic

I love the portability of both. The Mavic folds small and fits nicely in my camera bag where my 70-200 lens usually sits.  The Spark doesn’t fold up, but still easily fits in my camera bag though it feels a little more awkward. Spark and Mavic Drones in a camera bagThe Spark is lighter, the batteries are smaller and it can charge via USB making it extremely portable. When you sit it next to an unfolded Mavic you realize just how much smaller it is- and that makes the flying fun - I found myself launching this indoors and outdoors in environments that the Mavic just felt too large to comfortably fly in - and that’s pretty cool.Spark vs Mavic Drone Size Comparison You trade off some features for the smaller size of the Spark. While the Mavic is capable of 24 minutes flight time, closer to 30 with the new Platinum. The Spark offers just 16 minutes in ideal conditions and in flying both of these - I am almost always done with getting the shots I need with the Mavic and have plenty of battery left. With the Spark, it feels fairly urgent to get the shots I need in that shorter timeframe. The Mavic is faster and while you can switch the Spark into sports mode I have struggled to get very cinematic looking shots when it that mode, the Mavic in normal mode is fast enough and remains smoothly controllable. You also sacrifice range - the Mavic can be flown nearly 4 miles away, the Spark just over a mile when using the controllers for each- honestly here in the United States, you need to keep them both in sight at all times so the difference doesn’t bother me much. And it’s important to mention that the spark at $500 does not come with a controller - you control with the DJI app on your phone - that range is much more limited, just 100 meters and while the Mavic is capable of this too it’s really not something I recommend. The lack of tactile feedback and trying to keep your eyes on the drone plus the screen that your fingers are partially obscuring just make it awkward.Wifi control of the DI Spark and DJI MavicDifference in the external controllers too with the Mavic providing an LCD screen with some basic info (though everything important is also displayed through the app so you don’t really miss out on info but I find it nice to have my altitude and distance in a dedicated spot), you also have a 5 way configurable stick that is replaced by a simple button on the Spark controller and a few additional customizable buttons on the Mavic controller.Spark vs Mavic ControllersBut of course the Spark can be flown without any controller at all via gesture mode and not something available on the Mavic - it feels a bit gimmicky and at times I struggled to get it to do much other than take off and land on my palm but when it works it is fun to use and certainly impresses your friends.Gesture Control on the DJI SparkBoth cameras share the same sensor though the mavic is capable of shooting RAW stills that gives you more editing capabilities, offers a slightly wider fixed aperture f/2.2 vs f/2.6 in the spark and, shooting 4k video with 3 axis gimbal support vs just 1080 and 2 axis gimbal in the Spark at a lower bit rate. I my testing I certainly see an advantage with the Mavic in stills and video quality, especially in lower light. The spark isn’t bad - it just feels a touch behind what the Mavic provides in quality. I haven’t really noticed a difference between the 2 axis and 3 axis gimbals - the spark video looks just as stable smooth.Spark vs Mavic GimbalsYou do see a noticeable difference in control options for both photos and video in the app - Not only does the Mavic provide the RAW shooting you have color profiles for video and you can customize the speed of the gimbal for very controlled, cinematic looking shots - not possible on the Spark.The Spark is cheaper, lighter, smaller and in some ways more fun to fly but does not provide 4k and its image quality/video quality is decent but not quite as good as the Mavic.The Mavic costs more but offers image and video quality that I love using in my travel videos along with the extended flight time and faster speed while remaining cinematic and still being portable enough to bring along just about everywhere.I think the Spark makes a great first drone but the Mavic has those additional advantages that make it worthwhile for the serious content creators that need to travel.I recommend the Fly More Combo for both drones - the extra batteries are useful and having the multi-charger for both drones makes a big difference in how quickly you can get flying again.  I recommend buying from B&H Photo - no sales tax outside of NY state. 

 

Specifications
DJI Spark
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
Flight Time
16 minutes (no wind at a consistent 12.4 mph (20 km/h)15 minutes (no wind) Hovering
30 minutes (no wind at a consistent 15.5 mph (25 kph)27 minutes (no wind) Hovering
Range
1.2 miles (2 km) (unobstructed, free of interference)
4.3 mi (7 km) (unobstructed, free of interference)
Gimbal
2-axis (pitch, roll)
3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)
Sensor
Type: 1.2/3" CMOSEffective Pixels: 12 MP
1/2.3” (CMOS)Effective pixels:12.35 MP
Lens
FOV 81.9°Focal Length: 25 mm (35 mm-format equivalent)Aperture: f/2.6Focusing Distance: 6.6' (2 m) to ∞
FOV 78.8°Focal Length: 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent)Aperture: f/2.2Distortion < 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to ∞
Photo
JPEG only
JPEG, DNG
Video
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) at 30p
C4K: 4096×2160 24p4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p2.7K: 2720x1530 24/25/30pFHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96pHD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
Size
143 x 143 x 55 mm
Folded: 83 x 83 x 198mmExtended: 335 x 335mm
Cost
$499
$1099
Cost with Fly More Bundle
$699
$1399

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DJI Announces Mavic Pro Platinum, Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian and Firmware for Spark

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Mavic Pro Platinum!

Minor updates but significant for some

  • Eleven percent longer flight time (up to 30 minutes)
  • Sixty percent reduction in propeller noise (4db decrease)
  • Platinum paint job

I am in the middle of testing the Spark and comparing it to the Mavic Pro, overall I have been fairly impressed with the noise level, or lack of, from both - but a 60% reduction in noise!! That's amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on one and test. The noise reduction comes from new propellors and updated motors. Yes, you can use the new propellors on the original Mavic, though you won't get the full 60% noise decrease.No word on the increased flight time being a result of updated batteries or updated electronics in the Platinum Pro.Preorder the new Mavic Pro Platinum from DJI

Phantom 4 Obsidian

Mostly cosmetic differences with "a sleek matte-gray Obsidian color shell featuring a magnesium, electroplated and anti-fingerprint coated gimbal which requires a higher standard manufacturing technique."

Spark - Updated Firmware

Not to be left out of the update - via an upcoming firmware DJI will add a new mode -"Sphere" shooting, located under Panorama options, which will add a fisheye effect and an option to post directly to social media.As mentioned above I am working on a Spark vs Mavic review video and overall I am very impressed with the Spark. It's fun to fly, incredibly maneuverable and capable of creating some excellent footage.  Yes, the Mavic offers some advantages, double the flight time, raw photo capture and much greater speed and customizability but not everyone needs that and not everyone wants to pay double the cost.  Subscribe to my Youtube channel to be notified when the full review/comparison is released.Buy the DJI Spark

DJI Spark vs DJI Mavic Pro

https://youtu.be/Yseaxsh23bgI have said it before.. and I will say it again - drones are fun! Did DJI just release the most fun, most capable drone yet? Before we talk about the DJI Spark I do want to say that drones are more than fun. They are useful in creating more interesting content and accessing angles and views you wouldn't otherwise be able to capture and share.  And this is true for photos or video. See the beautiful drone footage from Croatia.  They really open up some interesting possibilities but they aren't cheap, they can be intimidating and have typically required a commitment to bring along - The DJI Mavic pro made big steps in solving that with a compact size that still offers serious performance. Now with the newly announced DJI Spark it's clear DJI sees a market for smaller, cheaper and less intimidating drones. The size and weight of the Spark is impressively small- almost exactly 300 grams or .66 lbs. For comparison the Mavic Pro is 1.66lbs and noticeably larger, even when folded.Cool Feature - using just touch and hand signals the drone can take off from your hand, rotate around you, follow you, snap selfies or group shots and perform a few other prescribed routes while tracking you. Range of course is limited with gestures and even with the app you are limited to less than 100 meters distance. Buy the Fly More Combo for $699 and you get the controller that gives you a 2000 meter range, that's more than a mile, an extra battery and charger, prop guards and a carrying case. Charging is done via USB which helps to keep this all very portable - though charging through the drone is slow at 80 minutes via USB, charging through the hub included in the fly more combo is faster at 52 minutes and is capable of charging more than one battery at a time.The DJI Mavic offers a 21-25 minute fly time - records 4k at 30fps as well as additional frame rates at lower resolutions including some for excellent slow mo - offers RAW or JPEG capture with a 28mm f/2.2 and a 3 axis gimbal correcting for roll, pitch and YAW - the footage I have captured with the mavic is just so buttery smooth - I suspect the Spark is going to be close, but some movements or in some winds footage is likely to be a little less smooth. Speaking of wind - The Mavic states a max of 24 MPh while the Spark gets a max rating of 18 mph.Your range on the Mavic is significantly increased and with that additional flytime you can feel safe in going further and higher and knowing your drone will return.  The Mavic sells for $999 which includes a remote- you can fly the mavic with just your phone but range is greatly limited, similar to the Spark and the Mavic does not offer gesture control for movement though you can do the selfie shot and simple tracking. The fly more combo gets you three batteries, a smart 3 battery charger (sequential- not simultaneously), extra props, a carry case and doodad that lets you turn a battery into a phone charger for $1299.

Which Drone Should You Get?

If you are looking for ultra portable, fun and easy the Spark will do the job. I just said on a recent video the best drone is the one you have with you and being able to always have this along is pretty sweet. But if you need to go higher, further and/or want 4K - you should consider the Mavic. And if you really don’t care about portability get the Phantom 4. The DJI Spark will sell really well. Though everyone should get the fly more kit - 16 minute flight time and an 82 minute charge time doesn’t really set you up for lots of fun. Having at least ONE extra battery is in my opinion mandatory. Additional extra batteries will cost you $49.More details and a complete spec comparison of the Mavic, Phantom 4 and Spark can be found at photorec.tv/spark. I'd love to know which drone you are most interested in and why - is the Spark enough for you? Leave those in the comments below. Your use of my affiliate links is my salary - Please use these links for all your purchases.BUY FROM B&H PHOTO (No Sales Tax Outside NY)SPARKSPARK Fly More Combo (recommended)MAVIC PRO MAVIC PRO Fly More Combo (recommended)BUY FROM AMAZONSPARKSPARK Fly More Combo (recommended)MAVIC PRO MAVIC PRO Fly More Combo (recommended)

DJI Spark Announced - A New Small Option

https://youtu.be/Yseaxsh23bgDJI has just announced the Spark.  The DJI Spark takes the idea of a seriously portable drone, first introduced with the Mavic Pro last year, and makes it even smaller.Spark is smaller and lighter than the Mavic Pro, but also supports all of the Mavic Pro’s Intelligent Flight Modes and introduces new features like QuickShot and advanced gesture controls like PalmControl.   Described in the launch keynote as easy, intuitive and fun. This really reminds me of the Lily, the failed kickstarter drone that was focused on easy selfie photos and videos.  One feature borrowed from recent innovations in smartphone cameras - fake depth of field with shallow focus mode- intentional background blur.While it can produce professional results the lack of 4k, 16 minute flight time and probable issues in wind make this less ideal for serious aerial photo or video needs. Those that desire a more versatile drone need to consider the Mavic Pro or a higher model.$499 will get you the drone and one battery. You can charge the drone via Micro USB(a first for DJI).   Control with hand gestures or the DJI app on your smartphone - range is limited to approximately 100 meters.$699 for the Fly more combo which includes - extra props, prop guards, 1 extra battery (2 total), a remote and a carry case. The remote extends the range to 1.24 miles and while the remote is similar to the DJI Mavic it is much simpler without the LCD Screen.Shipping June 21st - Preorder from Amazon or B&H Photo (No sales tax outside NY)https://youtu.be/74Cm1p3fr0g[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]Mavic Pro[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]Phantom 4[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]DJI Spark[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Size[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]335mm (Extended) 83mm x 83mm x 198mm (Folded)[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]350mm[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]143×143×55 mm[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Weight[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]1.64 lbs (743g)[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]3.04 lbs (1380g)[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"].66lbs (300 g)[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Operating Temp[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C )[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"] 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Max Ascent /Descent Speed[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]16.4 ft/s | 9.8 ft/s[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]19.7 ft/s | 13.1 ft/s[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"] 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) | 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s)[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Max Flight Time[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]27 Minutes[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]28 Minutes[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]16 Minutes[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Max Flight Distance[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]8 mi (13 km)[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]-[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]-[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Max Tilt Angle[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]-[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]S-mode: 42°A-mode: 35°P-mode: 15°[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]-[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Max Angular Speed[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]-[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]S-mode: 200°/sA-mode: 150°/s[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]-[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Max Wind Speed Resistance[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]-[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]10 m/s[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]-[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Sensor[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]1/2.3” (CMOS), Effective pixels:12.35 MP[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]1/2.3” CMOS, Effective pixels:12.4 MP[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]1/2.3" CMOSEffective pixels: 12 MP[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Lens[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]FOV 78.8° 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.2Distortion < 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to ∞[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]FOV 94° 20 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8 focus at ∞[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]FOV 81.9° 25 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.6(shooting range: 2 m to ∞)[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Gimbal[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]3-Axis[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]3-Axis[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]2-Axis[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]ISO Range[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]100-3200 (video)100-1600 (photo)[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]100-3200 (video)100-1600 (photo)[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]Video: 100-3200Photo: 100-1600[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Shutter Speed[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]8s -1/8000s[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]8 - 1/8000 s[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]2-1/8000 s[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Image Size[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]4000×3000[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]4000×3000[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]3968×2976[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Still Photography Modes[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]Single shotBurst shooting: 3/5/7 framesAuto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV BiasInterval[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]Single shotBurst shooting: 3/5/7 framesAuto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV BiasTimelapseHDR[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]Single ShotBurst Shooting: 3 framesAuto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV biasInterval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Video Recording Modes[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]C4K: 4096×2160 24p4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p2.7K: 2720x1530 24/25/30pFHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96pHD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]UHD: 4096×2160 (4K) 24 / 25p3840×2160 (4K) 24 / 25 / 30p2704×1520 (2.7K) 24 / 25 / 30pFHD: 1920×1080 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60 / 120pHD: 1280×720 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]-[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Max Video Bitrate[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"] 60 Mbps[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"] 60 Mbps[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]24 Mbps[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Supported File Systems[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]FAT32 ( ≤ 32 GB ); exFAT ( > 32 GB )[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]FAT32 ( ≤ 32 GB ); exFAT ( > 32 GB )[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]FAT32 (≤ 32 GB)[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Photo[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]JPEG, DNG[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]JPEG, DNG[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]JPEG[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Video[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"] MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Supported SD Cards[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"] Micro SDMax capacity: 64 GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]Micro SDMax capacity: 64 GBClass 10 or UHS-1 rating required[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]Micro SDMax capacity: 64 GBClass 10 or UHS-1 rating required[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Buy it Today![/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]amazon[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]amazon[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"]amazon[/vc_column][/vc_row]Recommended Micro SD Cards for the DJI Spark[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"]Sandisk 16 GB  SDHCSandisk 32 GB  SDHCSandisk 64 GB  SDXCKingston 16 GB  SDHCKingston 32 GB  SDHC[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"]Kingston 64 GB  SDXCSamsung 16 GB  SDHCSamsung 32 GB  SDHCSamsung 64 GB  SDXC[/vc_column][/vc_row]

Today Only - DJI Phantom 3 4K $500

DJI Phantom 3 4KThe big deal of the day today for B&H is the phantom 3 4K for only $500. Unlike the Black Friday deals for the 2.7K versions we've been seeing this is a $800 drone you can get it today only for $300 off!Product Highlights

  • 24 fps DCI 4K / 30 fps UHD 4K
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • Wi-Fi Extender with 3900' Range
  • DJI Go App for iOS / Android
  • Home and Course Lock Flight Modes
  • Follow Me / Waypoint Navigation
  • Point of Interest Orbit Mode
  • Vision Sensor for Indoor Flight
  • Up to 25 Minutes Flying Time
  • Mobile Device Holder Included

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DJI Mavic Pro Announced

DJI Mavic Pro anglesOver the course of Photokina the thing that really stole the show was the GoPro Karma Drone to kill DJI'smarket. The $799 small folding drone was perfect for the everyday consumer that wanted something small to get footage without getting overly complicated. DJI's answer to GoPro is the new DJI Mavic Pro Drone, and they just killed GoPro's dream... with a sledgehammer.DJI Mavic ProSmall enough to throw in a bag and take with you to launch quickly for a shot the Mavic Pro will fit the bill. Just barely bigger than a water bottle you can almost carry it in a pocket vs it's larger predecessors which required a large bag to carry all the pieces to assemble in the field. It can be flown just with a smartphone making it a nice quick setup to take with you on the go.It might be the drone for everyone but don't count it out for having lower specs. The Mavic Pro hosts a 4K 12MP camera that sits on a 3-axis gimbal giving you crystal clear photos and video. They also managed to pack 27 minutes of battery life into one charge giving you plenty of time in the air. Additional batteries are $89 although if you order the Fly More Combo you'll have three total for almost an hour and a half of flight time.Albeit the one thing GoPro won out on here is the ability to steal it's gimbal for use without the drone it's a bit of a gimmick. In terms of price they are about equal, the Mavic pro is slightly cheaper at $50 less sans controller as you can use your phone. In full compared to the Karma drone with it's GoPro Hero 5 the Mavic Pro will cost you $999 vs the Karma at $1099. Not to mention if your looking for portability technically the Mavic is a smaller package making it the better deal all around for your first drone.Flying Mavic ProThe big point where the DJI Mavic wins out against the Karma is intelligence. It's also a smart drone giving a few nice tricks compared to the competition which may be the selling difference depending on what you'd like to use it to shoot. Easy to use, the Mavic Pro can be flown using a touchscreen, TapFly can direct the drone on a touch waypoint even avoiding obstacles automatically along the way. In Gesture mode you can use the force! Kidding aside using gesture recognition to direct the drone to follow or take a selfie even. While using Active track it can recognize common subjects such as people, bicyclists, cars, boats, and animals follow behind, lead in front, circle above or track alongside the subject, keeping the camera focused on the subject while you concentrate on flight maneuvers.As for additional modes you can flip the Mavic into a Sport Mode like a car. This allows the Mavic Pro to reach speeds of 40mph to follow a fast subject while being stable and responsive at the cost of battery life. Alternatively Tripod Mode will do the opposite capping speed out at 2.2 mph for dead still footage for video or somewhat safe indoor flying. Terrain Follow mode means that you can race up a slope behind a subject while remaining at a constant height between 1 ft (0.3 m) and 33 ft (10 m).You can pre-order the DJI Mavic Pro or the DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo at the links below, shipping starts October 15th. The Mavic Pro will sell for $999 with remote controller included or $749 without.  The combo pack includes two extra batteries, extra propellers, a charging hub, adapter, car charger, and shoulder bag for $1,299. DJI care refresh, their protection plan, is also available for $99 if your the accident prone type who may accidentally damage your new drone.mavic

DJI Mavic Pro

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DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B80E9GdqvwE&feature=youtu.be&app=desktopSpecifications:

Aircraft
Weight(including battery and propellers) 1.62 lbs (734 g) (exclude gimbal cover)1.64 lbs (743 g) (include gimbal cover)
Max Ascent Speed 16.4 ft/s (5 m/s) in Sport mode
Max Descent Speed 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s)
Max Speed 40 mph (65 kph) in Sport mode without wind
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 16404 feet (5000 m)
Max Flight Time 27 minutes (0 wind at a consistent 15.5 mph (25 kph))
Max Hovering Time 24 minutes (0 wind)
Overall Flight Time 21 munites ( In normal flight, 15% remaining battery level )
Max Flight Distance 8 mi (13 km, 0 wind)
Operating Temperature 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)
GPS Mode GPS/GLONASS
Camera
Sensor 1/2.3” (CMOS), Effective pixels:12.35 M (Total pixels:12.71M)
Lens FOV 78.8° 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.2Distortion < 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to ∞
ISO Range 100-3200 (video)100-1600 (photo)
Shutter Speed 8s -1/8000s
Image Max Size 4000×3000
Still Photography Modes Single shotBurst shooting: 3/5/7 framesAuto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV BiasInterval
Video Recording Modes C4K: 4096×2160 24p4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p2.7K: 2704×1520 24/25/30pFHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96pHD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120
Max Video Bitrate 60 Mbps
Supported File Formats FAT32 ( ≤ 32 GB ); exFAT ( > 32 GB )
Photo JPEG, DNG
Video MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Supported SD Card Types Micro SD™Max capacity: 64 GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
Operating Temperature 32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C )
Remote Controller
Operating Frequency 2.4 GHz to 2.483 GHz
Max Transmission Distance FCC Compliant: 4.3 mi (7 km);CE Compliant: 2.5 mi (4 km) (Unobstructed, free of interference)
Operating Temperature 32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C )
Battery 2970mAh
Transmitter Power (EIRP) FCC:≤26 dBmCE:≤20 dBm
Operating Voltage 950mA @ 3.7V
Supported Mobile Device Size Thickness Supported:6.5-8.5mmMax length: 160mmSupported USB port types: Lightning, Micro USB(Type-B),USB(Type-C)™
Gimbal
Controllable Range Pitch: -90° to +30°Roll: 0° or 90° (Horizontally and vertically)
Stabilization 3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)
Obstacle Sensing System
Obstacle Sensory Range Precision measurement range: 2 ft (0.7 m) to 49 ft (15 m)Detectable range: 49 ft (15 m) to 98 ft (30 m)
Operating Environment Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15)
Vision Positioning
Velocity Range ≤22.4 mph (36 kph) at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground
Altitude Range 1 - 43 feet (0.3 - 13 m)
Operating Range 1 - 43 feet (0.3 - 13 m)
Operating Environment Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15)
Charger
Voltage 13.05 V
Rated Power 50 W
Intelligent Flight Battery
Capacity 3830 mAh
Voltage 11.4 V
Battery Type LiPo 3S
Energy 43.6 Wh
Net Weight Approx.0.5 lbs(240 g)
Operating Temperature 41° to 104° F ( 5° to 40° C )