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Mavic Air Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a DJI Mavic Air, the DJI Mavic Pro and the DJI Spark?
There are several similarities and major differences between the DJI Spark, DJI Mavic Air and DJI Mavic Pro:
Size: At first glance, the DJI Spark appears to be the smallest of the three drones with the Mavic Pro as the largest and the Mavic Air coming in between the other two. While that is true when the drones are completely expanded into their flying state, the Mavic Air is actually the smallest of the three drones when folded up for travel. It can fit in a coat pocket. A Spark will fit in a purse and a Mavic Pro can't fit inside of anything much smaller than a backpack.
Weight: The DJI Spark weighs 0.66 lbs, the Mavic Air weighs 0.95 lbs and the Mavic Pro weighs 1.62 lbs.
Obstacle Avoidance: The DJI Spark and the Mavic Pro have bottom and front obstacle avoidance only. The Mavic Air has front, back and bottom obstacle avoidance. Since 90% of drone crashes occur when the drone is not moving forward, the additional backward obstacle avoidance offered by the Mavic Air is considered a major safety advancement.
Flight Time: The DJI Spark has the shortest maximum flight time (16 minutes). A Mavic Pro has a much longer maximum flight time of 27 minutes. The Mavic Air clocks in between the two other drones with a maximum flight time of 21 minutes.
Flight Distance: The DJI Spark can be flown up to 1.2 miles in ideal conditions with a Spark remote controller (only 100 yards if using a phone/tablet-only to control the drone). The Mavic Pro can fly up to 4.2 miles away. The Mavic Air falls between the two other drones with a maximum distance of 2.1 miles.
Speed: In Sport Mode, the DJI Spark can fly up to 31 MPH and the Mavic Pro tops out at 40 MPH. The Mavic Air beats them both with a top speed of 42 miles per hour.
Gimbal: The DJI Spark only has a 2-axis gimbal, which is certainly better than drones that do not have a gimbal that attempt to correct shaky video footage digitally. A 2-axis gimbal shoots very smooth video, correcting for roll and pitch, meaning it does not correct for yaw (up/down motion). Both the Mavic Pro and Mavic Air have 3-axis gimbals, correcting for pitch, roll and yaw, thus providing the smoothest of all footage. Just as important, the Mavic Air's camera and gimbal are tucked inside of the nose, protecting them in the event of a crash. The Mavic Pro and DJI Spark gimbal and camera are much more exposed, leaving them vulnerable to damage in the event of a crash.
Camera Photo & Video Quality: All three drones can shoot 12 MP still photos and they all have the same camera sensor size - .53" CMOS - but that's where the similarities end. The DJI Spark only shoots video in 1080p (which is still incredibly good), whereas the Mavic Pro and Mavic Air can shoot 4K video - good enough for commercial applications. Although both Mavics shoot in 4K at 30 frames per second, the Mavic Air has a slightly better camera than the Mavic Pro because the Air's camera has a 100 Mbps max Bitrate and the Mavic Pro only has a max Bitrate of 60 Mbps. This allows the Mavic Air to take much clearer slow motion video. In addition, the Mavic Air can stitch together 25 photos in just 8 seconds, allowing you to create spectacular 32 MP 180° sphere panoramas.
Internal Storage: The Mavic Air comes with 8 GB of onboard internal storage. Neither the DJI Spark or Mavic Pro has any internal storage capabilities. All three drones have slots for MicroSD memory cards for adding storage. The Mavic Air also is the only one of the three drones that has a USB-C ports, which makes exporting footage much faster.
What memory cards are officially approved for the Mavic Air?
Kingston 16GB SDHC-I SDCAC/16GB
Sandisk Extreme V30
Sandisk Extreme V30 A1
Sandisk Extreme V30 Pro A1
Sandisk Extreme V30 A1
Sandisk Extreme Pro V30 A1
Sandisk Extreme V30 A1
Sandisk Extreme Plus V30 A1
Can I charge the Aircraft batteries and the remote at the same time?
Yes, the Mavic Air battery charger allows you to charge the aircraft battery and the remote simultaneously.
How long does it take a Mavic Air battery to charge?
Whether you use the standard USB charger or a battery charging hub, it takes approximately 55 minutes to charge each Mavic Air battery. In order to prolong their life, Mavic Air batteries should be charged at least once every three months. In order to get the most out of your flying time, we recommend buying several extra Mavic Air Intelligent Flight Batteries. Better yet, get a Mavic Air Battery Charging Hub and charge up to 4 Mavic Air batteries simultaneously!
Where can I get more information about how to fly my Mavic Air drone?
You can get more detailed Mavic Air specs, view more than a dozen tutorial videos and download the latest software and hardware updates for the Mavic Air by visiting this page on DJI's website.