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 Air||DJI Mavic Pro||DJI Spark|
|Flight Time||21 minutes||27 minutes||16 minutes|
|Max Video Resolution||4K @30 fps||4K @30 fps||1080p|
|Max Photo Resolution||12 MP||12 MP||12 MP|
|Longest side (folded)||6.6 inches||7.8 inches||5.6 inches|
|Longest side (unfolded)||7.2 inches||12 inches||5.6 inches|
|Weight||0.9 pounds||1.6 pounds||0.6 pounds|
|Obstacle Sensing||Forward and backward||Forward||Forward|
|Control modes||Gesture, Mobile Device and Remote Controller||Movile Device and Remote Controller||Gesture, Mobile Device and Remote Controller (extra fee for remote controller)|
|Max Wind Speed Resistance||29 - 38 kph||29 - 38 kph||20 - 28 kph|
|Interal Storage||8 GB||None||None|
|ISO range (video)||100 - 1600||100 - 3200||100 - 3200|
|ISO range (photo)||100 - 3200 (manual)||100 - 1600||100 - 1600|
|Sensor: Effective Pixels||12 MP||12.35 MP||12 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.
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.
- Buy the Mavic Pro from B&H Photo for $999 — no sales tax!
- Buy the Mavic Pro from DJI for $999
- Buy the Mavic Pro from Amazon for $999
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.
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.
- Related read: DJI Mavic Pro vs. Spark: which is better?
- Related read: DJI Mavic Pro vs. Autel X-Star Premium: which is better?
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!