January 24, 2018 2 min read
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.
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
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.
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
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
13‑18 mph (20‑28 kph)
18-23 mph (29 – 38 kph)
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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