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January 24, 2018

The Mavic Air provides a 12MP still picture camera with a mounted three-way gimbal including 4K at 30fps video capture. But does this render the Spark and Mavic obsolete? Let's see which of the three drone excels in their respective fields.

 

Speed

Spark:
50kph

Mavic Air:
68.4kph

Mavic Pro/Plat:
65kph

If you're looking for the top speed to jet your drone up and down at high speeds for exhilarating moments, that can definitely be achieved that with the Mavic Air.

Winner: Mavic Air


Price

As of this writing, below are the Canadian retail prices as set by DJI: 

Spark: $539 CAD
Mavic Air: $1079 CAD
Mavic Pro/Plat:  $1349/1489 CAD

For the casual selfie taker and the Instagrammer, the best bang for your buck will be the Spark. Even though the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro does offer a higher quality camera, most TVs and computers don't have 4K output (for now). So the Spark does edge the other units.

Winner: Spark

Flight Time

Spark:
16-minute

Mavic Air:
21-minute 

Mavic Pro/Plat:
27/30-min   

Believe it or not, flying a drone is fun. Your flight time equates to the ammunition of your fun time. With Mavic Pro/Plat having a flight time of around 30 minutes, the Air and the Spark just can't complete. Flight times will also decrease in sub-optimal conditions (i.e. windy, rainy, wooded areas, high interference, etc.)

Winner: Mavic Pro

Camera

Spark:

  • 1/2.3" CMOS
  • Effective pixels: 12 MP
  • FHD: 1920×1080 30p
  • 24 Mbps
  • FOV 81.9° 25 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.6
    (shooting range: 2 m to ∞)
Mavic Air:
  • 1/2.3” CMOS
  • Effective Pixels: 12 MP
  • 4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
  • 100Mbps
  • FOV: 85° 35 mm Format Equivalent: 24 mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Shooting Range: 0.5 m to ∞

Mavic Pro/Plat:

  • 1/2.3” (CMOS)
  • Effective pixels:12.35 M (Total pixels:12.71M)
  • C4K: 4096×2160 24p
  • 60 Mbps
  • FOV 78.8° 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.2 
  • Distortion < 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to ∞

If you're looking for seamless eyegasm of video look no more. The Mavic Pro/Plat offers a 12.35MP of photo stills along with a true 4K video. Even the Mavic Air is 4K capable and offering 12MP stills, the Mavic Pro offers a better overall camera. However, in terms of camera quality not the picture, the Mavic Air offers better Mpbs and aperture, this may factor in to other variables that the Mavic Pro might lack. Overall, if both cameras could be combined into one it would be perfect. 

Tie: Mavic Air/Mavic Pro

Wind Speed Resistance

Spark:
13‑18 mph (20‑28 kph)

Mavic Air:
18-23 mph (29 – 38 kph)

Mavic Pro/Plat:
28-30 mph (45-48 kph)

Fighting the wind is something most people are concerned. Unlike other drones, DJI drones won't be beat by the wind. However most people do not know how much wind speed the drones can take. If we are looking at a pure power stance the Mavic Pro definitely takes the cake. 

Winner: Mavic Pro

 

Overall Winner: Mavic Pro


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