Leak: DJI’s Mavic Air to Feature 4K and a 3-Axis Gimbal

Officially, all we should know about DJI’s “Adventure Unfolds” event tomorrow is that they’re going to unveil some sort of new gadget. But thanks to recently leaked photos and specifications, we know, or at least are pretty sure, that DJI’s going to introduce a new drone, the Mavic Air, at tomorrow’s event.

The leaks come from DroneDJ, who received the information from a tipster who has been correct in the past, so there’s some credibility there. DroneDJ also says that the photos they received from the tipster “seem to be legit” and the information they received matches up with other information that they received from other sources.

Here’s the rundown of the alleged specs that were leaked:

The Mavic Air will have:

  • A 32-megapixel camera with panorama mode
  • A 1/2.3 CMOS sensor and a new ISP (Image Signal Processor)
  • 4K video spec at 60fps
  • 3-way gimbal (upgrade from 2-way on Spark)
  • Four foldable legs like the current Mavic Pro
  • Obstacle-avoidance sensors in the front, bottom, and back
  • A VPS – Visual Positioning System for better control, hovering and indoor flying
  • Gesture control
  • A 21-minute flight time
  • Different matte colors availability: white, black and red (possibly others)
  • Compatibility with DJI Goggles

DroneDJ isn’t completely sure on the Mavic Air’s:

  • Codec specs, which has an important role in the actual quality of the 4K video footage.
  • Range
  • It’s price, which might be $699, but DroneDJ hasn’t been able to confirm that.

The Mavic Air won’t have:

  • Quieter propellers, like on the Mavic Pro Platinum
  • A longer flight time

As for the Mavic Air’s accessories, DroneDJ suspects, based on a single shot in a video clip they saw, that the new drone will include:

  • A controller + various RC cables to connect to a smartphone
  • An Intelligent Flight Battery
  • A battery charger
  • Four spare propellers
  • Propeller guards
  • A travel case
  • A power cable
  • A manual or user guide

Here's some of the leaked photos of the Mavic Air from DroneDJ:



Overall, it seems like the Mavic Air is not as advanced as the Mavic Pro, but is still a notch above the Sparks. It’s alleged 21-minute flight time is a lot less than the Mavic Pro Platinum’s 30 minutes and it doesn’t have the Platinum’s quieter propellers. But it still looks more advanced than the Spark; it’s camera’s slated for 4K capture and it’s gimbal’s supposed to be more advanced than the Spark.

We’re obviously going to get a lot more concrete information tomorrow though, since everything here isn’t officially confirmed. But considering all of the evidence here, it seems pretty certain that we’re getting a new Mavic Air tomorrow.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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