There’s no question about it, drones are pretty awesome, allowing people to capture some pretty spectactular footage like never before. The problem is that most drones are HUGE, and traveling with them is a pain in the ass. As such, many people who bought them with grand ideas rarely use them.. Sound familiar?
DJI and GoPro both addressed this issue with lightweight, compact drones that folded up to take less space. The $999 DJI Mavic Pro was a huge success, while the GoPro Karma crashed (literally) and burned, with GoPro eventually getting out of the drone business completely.
Now, DJI has unveiled an even smaller, more lightweight drone, the DJI Mavic Air. And it looks to be a total game-changer. Not only is the Mavic Air half the size of a Mavic Pro, it’s also about half the weight at just 15 ounces. When folded up, it’s barely bigger than a smartphone, allowing you to put it in your pocket for the ultimate in portability. And at just $799, it’s very affordable.
Every aspect of Mavic Air’s camera has been designed for maximum performance. Its recessed three-axis mechanical gimbal is suspended from dampeners to further reduce vibration providing superior protection and steadier shots. A powerful camera housing a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor and the equivalent of a 24mm F2.8 lens (on a 35mm full frame sensor) captures high-quality photos and videos.
Mavic Air photographs 12MP still images utilizing new HDR algorithms that preserve more highlight and low light details, allowing you to capture stunning aerial pictures from sunrise to sunset. It can also shoot smooth stabilized 4K video at 30fps with a maximum bitrate of 100 Mbps. And preserving the action in dramatic fast-paced scenes is now possible through its ability to shoot 1080p slow-motion video at 120fps.
The Mavic Air is DJI’s first drone with 8 GB of onboard storage letting you save photos and videos directly to the aircraft on the go, plus a micro SD card slot for additional storage capacity. The newly-added USB-C port makes exporting captured footage easy and fast.
Flight time is quoted at 21 minutes, the drone a flight range is 2.4 miles, and it has a top speed of 42 miles per hour (a smidge faster than the Mavic Pro, and 11 mph faster than the Spark).
If that’s not enough, the DJI Mavic Air is now easier to fly (dare we say uncrashable?) thanks to even more advanced obstable-avoidance tech, which can sense obstacles up to 66 feet away and steer clear of them, before returning to its original path. Now that’s seriously cool!
Overall, it sounds like DJI has another hit on their hands with the Mavic Air, delivering a compact drone with all of the bells and whistles that amateur photographers want in a package that’s easy to travel with.
What do you guys think about the DJI Mavic Air?
Yuneec Introduces Its All-New Portable Folding Drone, The Mantis Q
If you’re in the market for a drone that won’t break the bank, you’ve got to check out the all-new Yuneec Mantis Q, which is now available for pre-order in the US for just $499.99.
But don’t let that low price tag fool you, as the Yuneec Mantis Q offers cutting edge, advanced drone features such as voice control and facial detection in an easy-to-use, ultra portable package that’s small enough to tuck away in a bag. It also delivers up to 33 minutes of battery life and autonomous flight modes with top speeds over 44 miles per hour.
“Consumers will find that the Mantis Q seamlessly integrates into everyday experiences, and they will appreciate the incredible energy efficient package that allows up to 33 minutes of flight time to help capture every moment,” said Michael Jiang, CEO of Yuneec International.
Indeed, the Yuneec Mantis Q is ideal for adventurers, families and drone enthusiasts thanks to its portability, ease-of-use and superior flight time. With the Mantis Q’s foldable arms, it’s small enough to fit in your backpack. And while the flying time is great, if you need even more time in the air, simply pick up an extra battery or two to extend your effective flight time.
With the Voice Control feature, users can command Mantis Q just by using their voice. Voice control allows you to take a photo or record video all without having to take your hands off of the controls, making it that much easier to capture the perfect shot. You can say things like “Take a picture”, “Record a video” and “Take a selfie”. Pretty cool, right?
Another notable feature of the Mantis Q is its Facial Detection and Gesture Control. Users simply smile at the drone to activate face detection and as soon as the Mantis Q “sees” the user’s face, it will take a photo from up to 13 feet away for the perfect selfie. And in Gesture Control mode, Mantis Q will detect a hand waving and it will take a photo.
Using the built-in camera, the Mantis Q records high resolution photos and videos, with photo resolution as high as 4800×2700 (16:9) or 4160×3120 (4:3), and video resolution up to 4K, with electronic stabilization on video up to Full HD (1920×1080). The camera can be tilted upwards by up to 20° or downwards by 90° during flight. For cinematic camera flights, the Mantis Q also comes with automatic flight modes such as Journey, Point of Interest and Orbit Me.
We’ve talked about the Mantis Q’s ultra-portable design, but just how small is it? When folded together, it measures just 6.6 x 3.8 x 2.2 inches and weighs just 1 pound. The Mantis Q is the ideal companion for big and small adventures alike.
Want to see the Yuneec Mantis Q in action? Then check out the video above, which shows off the drone’s various features and shows you the amazing footage it can capture.
For more information or to place your pre-order, visit Yuneec.com.
Yuneec Adds LIVE Social Sharing Features To Popular Selfie Drone
Last year, Yuneec International introduced an action selfie drone caled the Yuneec Breeze, designed to take aerial photos & videos from the perfect vantage point, allowing you to capture truly memorable footage. And best of all, it was designed with consumers in mind – compact, easy to use, and hard to crash.
Originally, you would have to wait until you completed your flight to download the photos and videos through the Breeze Cam App to share across social media. But Yuneec recently introduced an update to the app that allows the Breeze to live stream your adventures in real time with your social media followers and make them feel like they’re part of the action.. or rub it in their faces!
Imagine being able to share your paddleboarding, mountain biking, or snowboarding experiences LIVE with your friends and family and get instant feedback from them, how cool is that?! We think this is a real game-changer, and I might have to get one of these bad boys for myself..
The Yuneec Breeze is currently on sale for just $399.99. For more information, visit yuneec.com.
New DJI Mavic Pro Drone Might Make You Reconsider Getting A GoPro Karma
When the GoPro Karma drone was unveiled last week, people were boasting about its cutting-edge features and portability.. Until DJI hit back with their new Mavic Pro drone, which appears to best the Karma in pretty much every way. DOH!
That’s right, the DJI Mavic Pro is lighter, folds up smaller, flies faster and farther, not to mention longer on a single charge. It features a wider range of image capture; and packs more intelligent flight modes including follow-me, obstacle-avoidance, and gesture-control. And of course there’s the fact that DJI has 10 years of experience with drones, while GoPro is a newcomer to the scene.
The Mavic Pro is built for uncompromising performance, and despite it’s compact size (folding down as small as a water bottle) it comes equipped with a stabilized 4K camera and a visual navigation system, with a 4.3 mile range and 27 minutes worth of flight time.
To experience the pure joy of flying, Mavic Pro can be switched to Sport Mode, which allows speeds of up to 40 MPH, increasing the drone’s agility and responsiveness. Mavic Pro flies smoothly and will remain stable in winds of up to 24 MPH.
Mavic Pro also pairs with DJI’s new immersive DJI Goggles, displaying an 85-degree view from the drone in full 1080p for a true bird’s-eye view of the world below. With the built-in OcuSync, the goggles receive video directly from Mavic Pro in the air and not through the controller, reducing lag to a minimum – and allowing you to share the in-flight view with a friend.
The DJI Mavic Pro goes on sale October 15th, with a retail price of $999 with the remote controller included, and $749 without the remote controller (it can be controlled from a smartphone).