The DJI Mavic Air is an ultra-compact drone endowed with the potential of full-sized UAVs with an emphasis on high-quality intelligent shooting. Quadcopter DJI Mavic Air is an excellent combination of professional functionality and relatively low cost. This model is designed specifically for consumers who want to get a great device at an affordable price. It has simple controls and thoughtful design; this unit can be loved by many pilots. DJI Mavic Air can be called the pinnacle of production among all uncrewed aerial vehicles of the company. The drone designed so that both a novice pilot and an experienced pilot can use it.
The quadcopter has a robust body, which is not afraid of collisions with tree branches, bushes, and tall grass. DJI Mavic Air made in three colors: Onyx Black, Arctic White, Flame Red. The control panel is also quite durable and has a thoughtful design. The remote control is portable because the main controls can be detached and put inside, giving it a lower profile and facilitating transportation. There is no built-in telemetry display on it.
Onboard the quadrocopter, using a 3-axis mechanical suspension, a 12MP 4K camera with high performance is installed, implemented on a 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor with an f/2.8 aperture and a focal length of 24mm equivalent to a full-frame. The camera lens has a viewing angle (FOV) of 85°. These parameters allow you to get excellent video materials from the air that recorded at a speed of 100 Mbps. The ultimate resolution is 3840 × 2160 (4K UHD) at 30 FPS(30 frames per second).
The copter has the unique ability to shoot large 180° panoramic-spherical images (25 vertical and horizontal frames in 8 seconds combined into one 32MP image) in one tap. In addition, the user has the opportunity to shoot frames in Slow-Motion mode due to support for recording in 1080p quality at 120 frames per second. The HDR mode will allow the drone pilot to achieve optimal exposure based on the lighting conditions. Overexposed or darkened areas in the photo, the latest HDR algorithms are automatically processed to produce natural transitions between highlights and shadows. The new HDR mode will allow you to quickly within reasonable limits, achieve a properly adjusted exposure depending on the lighting conditions. Overexposed or dark areas in the photo, the new HDR algorithms will be automatically processed to obtain the most natural transitions between highlights and shadows.
The quadrocopter equipped with a new and improved Active Track software with Gesture mode, which is fast and responsive. In addition, it equipped with many sensors and positioning systems, which allow it to maintain in the air in one place. It is a significant advantage of the DJI Mavic Air, as many other small drones are not able to stay stationary while flying. The software-based on data collected from cameras. The software forms a virtual map of the surrounding area so that the copter can remain at a safe distance from visible obstacles. The upgraded Active Track now tracks several objects simultaneously, and advanced gesture recognition allows you to move the quadrocopter by using gestures with almost no delay at a distance of up to 27 meters. Using DKI SmartCapture technology, the pilot can lift the drone into the air with a simple movement of the hand.
To implement stable video streaming over Wi-Fi over a distance of 4km, the developer equipped the drone (located in the front folding landing supports) with a new adaptive two-band Wi-Fi system operating at 2.4/5.8 GHz, it works as in automatic mode (it chooses free from interference frequency), and in a manual way.
Flight Controller & Functionality
In addition to controlling the DJI Mavic Air drone using gestures, it can control from a tablet/smartphone with IOS and Android operating systems (the distance of FPV removal is no more than 100 meters in an area free from interference). However, the most optimal and practical control option, which can fully reveal the full potential of the device, is a combination of a tablet/smartphone and DJI Google glasses (FPV distance of up to 4 km in an interference-free area).
The Mavic Air UAV implements an advanced pilot assistance system called Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS), the device automatically flies and flies around all obstacles encountered along the way, without changing the initial trajectory of movement. This system can be useful when the drone follows you or tracks an object. TapFly mode, the pilot can click on any point on the screen, and the drone will fly to this place, guided by sensors that help to avoid collisions with obstacles. SmartCapture mode allows you to control the operation of the copter using gestures. So, with the movement of your hands, you can take off, land, approach, and remove the device, as well as take photos and videos. Visual inertial odometry (VIO) – the technology allows using inertial sensors to accurately determine the position and acceleration of the drone in space, which enables the autopilot to more accurately calculate its orientation and movement in 3D mode.
Active Track – an active tracking mode for an object that allows you to track simultaneously up to 16 different objects (people, vehicles, etc.). In addition, this quadrocopter model has a set of standard intelligent shooting modes in one QuickShot tap, like the Spark model:
1.) Rocket (rocket) – a sharp rise up, while the selected object is further in the frame, gives a well-known bird’ s-eye view down to the ground.
2.) Dronie (drone) – you must select an object (most often it is a pilot), and the device flies back, gaining altitude a picturesque and, at the same time, simple reception for displaying the location.
3.) Circle (circle) – operating in a circle around the desired point and object, without changing the height and distance.
4.) Helix (spiral) – a quadrocopter flies around a point or an object along a spiral path with a gradual range from the user.
There are also two new modes:
1.) Asteroid (asteroid) – the device takes a spherical panorama in the form of the Earth from outer space, after which it flies towards you like a falling asteroid from the stratosphere, then it slows down and slowly flies up.
2.) Boomerang (boomerang) – a quadrocopter flies along the boomerang path, moving away from the user, and then again approaching from the backside.
The quadrocopter powered by an intelligent 11.55V (3S) battery at 2375 mAh LiCoO 2, which made of lithium with a high-density value. It extends the maximum battery life up to 21 minutes. It takes 50 minutes to charge the battery. This allowed not only to increase the maximum horizontal flight speed in the Sport mode to 68.4km/h but also significantly affect the wind resistance of the drone (according to the specification it can withstand wind gusts of up to 10m/s).
The DJI Mavic Air quadrocopter comes with powerful brushless motors that work in conjunction with the ESC FOC speed controllers with a sinusoidal drive. This allowed not only to increase the maximum horizontal flight speed but also to influence the wind resistance of the device.
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