DJI Mavic Air vs. Mavic Pro

The DJI Mavic Pro is now cheaper than the Mavic Air — so which should you get?

If you’re an Amazon shopper, then it is now cheaper to buy the DJI Mavic Pro vs. Mavic Air.

The DJI Mavic Pro is now selling for just $769 on Amazon, vs. $999 when it first launched. (Thanks to a reader, Dallas, for outpointing the Amazon deal!). That’s vs. the DJI Mavic Air, which sells for $799 on Amazon, as well as on other sites like B&H Photo or the official DJI site.

So which do you get? The now-cheaper DJI Mavic Pro, or the DJI Mavic Air?

I had previously done a comparison of the two drones, as well as the DJI Spark. At the time, it was a lot easier to say that the DJI Mavic Air was your best bet of the three. But with the price changes, your decision got a whole lot tougher.

Here’s a breakdown comparing the three drones:

 DJI Mavic AirDJI Mavic ProDJI Spark
Price$799$769$399
Flight Time21 minutes27 minutes16 minutes
Max Video Resolution4K @30 fps4K @30 fps1080p
Max Photo Resolution12 MP12 MP12 MP
DesignFoldableFoldableSmall
Longest side (folded)6.6 inches7.8 inches5.6 inches
Longest side (unfolded)7.2 inches12 inches5.6 inches
Weight0.9 pounds1.6 pounds0.6 pounds
Obstacle SensingForward and backwardForwardForward
Control modesGesture, Mobile Device and Remote ControllerMovile Device and Remote ControllerGesture, Mobile Device and Remote Controller (extra fee for remote controller)
Max Wind Speed Resistance29 - 38 kph29 - 38 kph20 - 28 kph
Interal Storage8 GBNoneNone
Gimbal3-axis3-axis2-axis
ISO range (video)100 - 1600100 - 3200100 - 3200
ISO range (photo)100 - 3200 (manual)100 - 1600100 - 1600
Aperturef/2.8f/2.2f/2.6
Sensor: Effective Pixels12 MP12.35 MP12 MP

The Mavic Pro is now the cheaper of the Mavic lineup of drones, and there are some things that will get you more for your money.

Related read: DJI Mavic Air review: The DJI Mavic Air is a mix between the Mavic Pro and DJI Spark — and it’s absolutely perfect

If battery life is important to you, you’ll be thrilled to know that the battery life of the Mavic Pro comes in at 27 minutes vs. the Air’s 21. Plus.

For the photographers out there, it’s also great news. The Mavic Pro has a better camera including more advanced tracking options, greater ISO range for video and cinema 4K and UHD 4K video resolutions.

So why should you still pay a bit more for the Mavic Air? There are some cases where it’s worth it. The obvious one: the Mavic Air is so much smaller than the Pro. If you’re an avid traveler, hiker, or just want to throw it in a small purse, the Air is incredibly compact.

dji Mavic Pro vs Mavic Air
The size difference between the DJI Mavic Pro and the DJI Mavic Air is quite noticeable!

The Mavic Air not only has the 4K video of the Mavic Pro, plus the gesture control capabilities of the DJI Spark. DJI also made some improvements to its camera technology with the Mavic Air, including removing the delay in the shutter when it is triggered, and better highlight and lowlight details. There are also sensor improvements, with a sensor that detects objects on both the front AND back of the drone. And I LOVE that you can record video on the Mavic Air without a memory card. I cannot tell you how heartbreaking it is to be in a beautiful location and want to fly, only to realize your memory card is corrupted (trust me, it’s happened).

Tl;dr, this post probably didn’t help make your decision for you. There are pros and cons to each drone, and with a similar price tag, the decision is incredibly tough.

Personally, I value size and safety, so the petite Air with an avoidance sensor on both the front and back is incredibly appealing to me. I rarely exceed my drone’s battery life, and am not a pro photographer, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on the Pro’s features. As for you? That depends on your use case. Let me know which one you would pick in the comments below!

6 thoughts on “The DJI Mavic Pro is now cheaper than the Mavic Air — so which should you get?”

  1. Thanks for the review, what about stability? Since the Mavic Air is lighter, is it as stable as the Pro ehen there is wind?

  2. Personally, I’m betting that the price reduction is a move to clear stocks before the next DJI model unveiling (Mavic Pro 2 or Phantom 5 Pro maybe?)

    For my next UAS size isn’t really a concern. (In fact, larger just means easier to maintain VLOS.) But 20MP stills and a 1” (or larger) camera sensor is a must. Longer-lasting batteries, quieter props & better obstacle avoidance would be icing on the cake.

  3. “So which do you get? The now-cheaper DJI Mavic Pro, or the DJI Mavic Air?”

    Neither, buy from a country where the profits aren’t going to China. Buy from a company that has worker protections, unlike Amazon. There are some good alternatives out there, and you’ve got a great research tool at your fingertips. 🙂

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