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Mavic Pro, Platinum or Mavic Air or wait for Mavic Pro 2?

Good day guys.


My brother and I are still in the market for a quadrocopter to film our trips. We were about to buy a Mavic Pro Fly More Combo last year but people told us to wait for the new models. Now that the Platinum and the Mavic Air is out there are more options. I like that the Mavic Air is heaps smaller and has an improved camera. But what I don't like is the reduced flight time (25% less) and that it doesn't use Ocusync. But it is also a bit cheaper. Anyone here who has tested both and can give me some feedback? It's gonna get used a fair bit (at least 1-2 weekends a month) and we're looking into getting a commercial licence too. So maybe spend a little more and get something that lasts us longer?


Mavic Air specs

  • Flight time: Up to 21 minutes
  • Range: 4km (2.4 miles) with controller
  • Camera specs: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 120fps, 12Mp photos in RAW or JPG
  • Max speed: 42mph
  • Stable flight in winds up to 22mph
  • Obstacle avoidance: up to 20m
  • Weight: 430g


Mavic Pro specs

  • Flight time: Up to 27 minutes
  • Range: 7km (4.3 miles) with controller
  • Camera specs: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 96fps, 12Mp photos in RAW or JPG
  • Max speed: 40mph
  • Stable flight in winds up to 24mph
  • Obstacle avoidance: up to 22mph
  • Weight: 743g



theadventuresofkarl

Hey man,

The Mavic Platinum is an awesome drone as it is. It's a big improvement over the original Mavic, mainly in how quiet it flies which is incredible compared to the old one.

In the class range you're looking at, you're already getting the best all-rounder for the price. The Mavic is a compact option, if you wanted something more fully fledged, you may want to look at the top-of-the-line Phantom. 

The Mavic Platinum was just released and is an incremental upgrade, so I'd say the next Mavic probably won't be for at least 6 months or a year. 

You can wait for the newest one, but I'd say go for what you know is good now, experience it and you'll be able to make a more experienced judgement on what you want to upgrade to in the future. There will always be better models coming out, but to get started the Platinum is the best option right now.

Good luck ?

1mak

Hey Pebbo. Just like you I am "intrigued" by the Mavic Air. It has some really good specs. Especially the camera chip seems to do a lot better with lots of movements (lots of small moving details like waves, leafs from trees, flowers etc.) because of the vastly increased bandwidth (100mbps vs 60mbps). Also I like the rear-facing sensors which make sense when you set it up to do cinematic shots (I heard lots of people lost their drones when it crashed into an obstacle behind it). Also the camera seems to be a lot more protected. What I miss is the better controller (well I guess you can just buy one from the Mavic Pro), the longer flight time and the better OcuSync. Tough decision really mate.

1mak

I happened to order the Mavic Air Fly More Combo which arrived in record time. :) Here are a few first pics of the drone.

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