DJI Mavic Air: Technical Specifications

The DJI Mavic Air is the latest pocket-sized camera drone from the Chinese market leader, which, in addition to a new 3-axis gimbal and 4K video recordings with a high bit rate, also brings other interesting technical data with it. Above all, the size of the mini quadrocopter and its low weight are convincing. Here I have compiled important technical data from the data sheet of the DJI Mavic Air and a small comparison with the DJI Mavic Pro.

DJI Mavic Air: Technical data from the data sheet of the mini drone with 4K video camera, high-end technology and 3-axis gimbal is available here.
DJI Mavic Air: Technical data from the data sheet of the mini drone with 4K video camera, high-end technology and 3-axis gimbal is available here.

DJI Mavic Air: The specs and the comparison to the Mavic Pro

Buy the DJI Mavic Air is possible here. On the DJI shop page you can also get the data sheet and pictures of the folding camera drone. I have listed some technical data that are particularly noteworthy for you below.


  • Camera sensor: 1/2.3” CMOS with effective 12 megapixels
  • Camera lens: f / 2.8 aperture, 85 ° field of view, recording from 0,5 m to ∞, 35 mm equivalent: 24 mm
  • ISO range: 100 to 1.600 in video mode; 100 to 3.200 in photo mode (manual; automatic only up to 1.600)
  • Exposure time: 1/8000 to 8 s
  • Image size 4: 3 is 4.056 × 3.040 pixels
  • Image size 16: 9 is 4.056 × 2.280 pixels (4K UHD)

Photo modes

  • Single shot
  • HDR
  • Continuous shooting: of 3, 5 or 7 frames
  • Bracketing
  • Interval from 2 to 60 seconds (steps)
  • Pano (panorama)
  • 3 × 1
  • Format: JPEG, DNG (RAW)

video Resolution

  • 4K Ultra HD: 3.840 × 2.160 pixels at 24, 25 or 30 fps
  • 2.7K: 2.720 × 1.530 pixels at 24, 25, 30, 48, 50 or 60 fps
  • Full HD: 1.920 × 1.080 pixels at 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60 or 120 fps
  • HD: 1.280 × 720 pixels at 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60 or 120 fps
  • Max. Bit rate for video: 100 Mbit / s
  • File system: FAT32
  • Format: MP4, MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC)


  • Mechanical: tilt from -100 ° to 22 °; Rolling from -30 ° to 30 °; Pivot from -12 ° to 12 °
  • Controlled Area: Tilt from -90 ° to 0 ° (default); from -90 ° to 17 ° (extended)
  • Stabilization: 3 axes for tilting, rolling and swiveling
  • Max. Tilting speed: 120 ° / s
  • Angular accuracy: ± 0,005 °

General information about the drone

  • Weight: 430 g
  • Dimensions (H x W x D; folded): 49 x 83 x 168 mm
  • Dimensions (H x W x D; ready for use): 64 x 184 x 168 mm
  • Diagonal: 213 mm
  • Maximum ascent speed: 4 m / s (sport mode), 2 m / s (other modes)
  • Maximum descent or landing speed: 1 to 3 m / s depending on the mode
  • Maximum flight speed (near NN, no wind): 68,4 km / h (sport mode), otherwise 28,8 km / h
  • Maximum height above sea level (NN): 5.000 m
  • Longest flight time with 1 battery (no wind): 21 minutes at an average of 25 km / h
  • Longest floating time (no wind): 20 minutes
  • Maximum flight distance (could be regulated): 10 km
  • Resistance to wind: 29 to 38 km / h depending on the mode
  • Can be used at temperatures between 0 ° and 40 ° C
  • Transmission and reception frequencies: 2.400 - 2.4835 GHz and 5.725 - 5.850 GHz
  • Positioning and orientation: GPS and GLONASS
  • Internal memory: 8GB

Sensors and cameras

  • A total of 7 cameras installed for environment recognition and orientation
  • Front sensors for orientation to the front: Detects obstacles, objects, people and gestures precisely from 0,5 to 12 m; Detection range: 0,5 to 24 m; Detection speed of ≤ 8 m / s; Field of view: Horizontal 50 °, Vertical ± 19 °
  • Rear sensors: Detects precisely at 0,5 to 10 meters; detected at up to 20 meters; Detection speed of ≤ 8 m / s; Field of view: Horizontal 50 °, Vertical ± 19 °
  • Bottom sensor: height detection from 0,1 to 8 meters; Operating range: 0,5 to 8 meters
  • Forward, backward and downward operating environment: Surfaces with clear contours and more than 15 lux of adequate lighting

Range of the remote control (controller)

  • Operation via WLAN frequencies with a maximum range of 4 km (FCC) or 2 km (CE, SRRC, MIC) over 2,4 GHz or 4 km (FCC), 2,5 km (SRRC) or 500 m (CE)
  • Battery or accumulator with 2.970 mAh capacity
  • Operating current and operating voltage of 1.400 mA and 3,7 V (Android) or 750 mA and 3,7 V (iOS)
  • Holder for mobile devices (smartphones) from 6,5 to 8,5 mm thick and up to 160 mm in length
  • Connection via USB to Lightning, Micro-USB and USB-C (cable included)

Since the reliability of radio transmission is one thing that concerns many readers, I have written a special article about it here: DJI Mavic Air - the range in practice.

I hope the small DJI Mavic Air data sheet was helpful to you and gave you an insight into the technical details of the camera drone. Like other current drones from the manufacturer, this small quadrocopter can also be used with the DJI GO 4 App to be controlled. Here you can find out which features you can use with it and what further advantages you can expect with the application:
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Comparison: Mavic Air and Mavic Pro

When it comes to DJI drones, don't get confused; the designations do not indicate the difference in performance as with the Apple MacBook models Air and Pro. The DJI Mavic Air is simply the newer, smaller, but also more intelligent drone, which has a relatively long flight time and additional recording modes. It also offers advanced gesture control and on-board calculations. Info, data and pictures of the "Adventure Unfolds"Keynote on January 23, 2018 in New York can be found in the post about the event linked at the top.

Here is the comparison of individual specs from DJI Mavic Air and Pro:

DJI Mavic Air DJI Mavic Pro
Takeoff weight 430 grams 734 grams
Diagonal 213 mm 335 mm (without propeller)
4K videos (frame rate) 4K UHD (24, 25 and 30 fps) C4K (24 fps) and 4K UHD (24, 25 and 30 fps)
Maximum photo size 4.056 x 3.040 (4: 3) or 4.056 x 2.280 (16: 9) 4.000 x 3.000
Max. Video bit rate 100 Mbit / s (as with Phantom 4 Pro) 60 MBit / s
Max. Flight time (without wind at 25 km / h) 21 Minutes 27 Minutes
On-board storage 8GB No
On-board processing Ja No
Price (standard) 849 Euros 1.199 Euros
Fly More Combo Price 1.049 Euros 1.499 Euros

Compared to the DJI Spark, it can also be said that the DJI Mavic Air naturally looks more professional and less like a toy. Professional reviews have already shown that the DJI Mavic Air is currently the best means for high-resolution production of photos and videos from the air, which not only brings high-end technology, on-board calculations and other advantages, but was also designed to be very space-saving. When traveling, on vacation, on a bike tour, on a sailing boat, in a backpack or even in a jacket pocket, it hardly takes up any space and does not weigh much.

Mini drone with new modes

Not only are there better values ​​in some areas when compared with previous models; The DJI Mavic Air also brings new recording modes for the photo and video camera. The drone now has a boomerang and an asteroid mode. The latter transforms a video recording or individual photos from a panorama into a mini-planet or an asteroid. The good thing: the calculations for the image processing are done on-board directly in the drone and only take about a minute. And this is what it looks like:


Tests and comparisons of quality

A test with a comparison of the DJI Mavic Air, DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Spark can be found in the following video. There you can also see the view of the app on the iPhone as well as the new features and modes such as flight support via APAS. Videos from Mavic Air, Mavic Pro and Spark are also compared:

Another comparison, which was created more in the vlog style than as news, comes from Casey Neistat, who has a relatively high level of drone wear. There are many more comparative shots in his video. You can also increase the video settings to see and compare the details and colors of the Mavic Air, Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 (on a correspondingly high-resolution screen):


Now you have a lot of information about the DJI Mavic Air and comparative values ​​of the DJI Spark, DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Phantom 4 (Pro) and so on. With it you can get an idea of ​​the new, small camera quadrocopter with which the Chinese drone manufacturer started the year 2018. In the DJI Shop you can buy the DJI Mavic Air buy or pre-order as well as other data, images and overviews. You can also buy original accessories and accessory devices such as the DJI goggles there. In addition, I have already linked a summary of the event at which the drone was presented. If you have any questions, answers, comments or criticism, please leave a comment;)

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7 comments on “DJI Mavic Air: Specifications”

  1. Wolfgang Hartwig

    Hello Mr. Apfelot
    I think that this is one of the deepest ways to go into the properties of the Mavic Air. I also found your contribution to the range and the traps you can fall into class. I hope that you have no objection if I have referred to this great page in any posts, especially when it comes to the contribution to reach!
    Thank you again for all the information.

    1. Hello Wolfgang! I am glad if you like the article. You are of course welcome to share them anywhere. That would actually help me and my blog a lot. LG!

  2. I have now bought the Mavic Pro. Every now and then it will certainly be useful to me in my job as a detective.

    1. Well, if that can be reconciled with the German laws for drones ??? I don't know how that should work without violating personal rights or flying in areas where you are not allowed to.

  3. I have a question: The DJI Mavic air is specified with a diagonal dimension of 213 mm. The Mavic pro with 335 mm. So isn't the pro more calm in the air? I'm thinking of shaking when filming.

    1. You're correct, but the DJI drones are so good at camera stabilization that you won't see any wobbles even in strong winds. I have the Mavic Pro and the Mavic Air here and as far as stabilization is concerned, you don't see any difference. However, the Mavic Pro can generally handle more wind. The Mavic Air doesn't complain at 30-35 km / h wind, but the Mavic Pro can withstand 40-45 km / h wind. So the wind warning comes much later ...
      As far as the image quality is concerned, I would prefer the Air with 4K or even better the Mavic 2 Pro. The Mavic Pro has fewer details when you look at the video image. But you can also use it to make great films in HD. If you have any further questions, I'll be happy to help!

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