Leaked: DJI Mavic Air, Official Announcement January 23, 2018

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<a href="https://dronedj.com/2018/01/22/spoiler-alert-dji-mavic-air-revealed-a-day-early-with-4k-21-minute-flight-time-panorama-and-more/">DroneDJ</a> has leaked images of the DJI Mavic Air which will be announced officially tomorrow.</p>
<p><strong>DJI Mavic Air Rumored Specifications:</strong></p>


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<li>A 32-megapixel camera with panorama mode</li>
<li>1/2.3 CMOS sensor and new ISP (Image Signal Processor)</li>
<li>4K video spec @ 60fps</li>
<li>3-way gimbal (upgrade from 2-way on Spark)</li>
<li>Four foldable legs like the current Mavic Pro</li>
<li>Obstacle-avoidance sensors in the front, bottom, and back</li>
<li>Equipped with a VPS – Visual Positioning System for better control, hovering and indoor flying</li>
<li>Gesture control</li>
<li>21-minute flight time</li>
<li>It will be available in different matte colors: white, black and red we’ve seen so far</li>
<li>Compatible with DJI Goggles</li>
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The 1/2.3 sensor size is terribly small. I find with my DJI drones, they're pretty good for broad landscapes in good light, but in golden hour or darker, it's sludgy mud. I know it's a lot to ask for a larger sensor on a drone this small, but I do hope that they think about aps-c in the refreshes of the larger ones. Getting a rig that could carry a DSLR is still pretty prohibitive.
 
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I have to agree with Tiggy. Shoving nearly 3X the pixels onto the same size sensor which was already REALLY bad in any kind of sub-optimal lighting doesn't sound like a recipe for better images. Google's Pixel has shown that image processing on the software side is getting pretty dang good and can make up some of the difference so I guess we'll see what the real world results are but I would have much preferred a micro four thirds sensor at 24 megapixels.
 
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andrei1989 said:
i'm a bit frustrated tbh...i just got the spark for christmas..i don't use it for video but i like the photos that come out of its 12MP camera - super detailed, i was impressed - and now this comes out with 32 juicy megapixels!!! hopefully also raw shooting...maybe i'll make the switch sometime in summer..

32MP is the resolution in panaroma mode and I think the sensor is about 12MP only.
 
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spice5.com said:
I have to agree with Tiggy. Shoving nearly 3X the pixels onto the same size sensor which was already REALLY bad in any kind of sub-optimal lighting doesn't sound like a recipe for better images. Google's Pixel has shown that image processing on the software side is getting pretty dang good and can make up some of the difference so I guess we'll see what the real world results are but I would have much preferred a micro four thirds sensor at 24 megapixels.

Bigger sensor means bigger camera and lens. That all affects size of the drone and the cost. DJI has micro four thirds setup in Zenmuse camera which can be mounted only to Inspire drones. Be ready to pay ten+ grands for that.

I would be happy with 1" camera from Phantom 4 Pro. Mavic Air isn't product I was hoping for so the waiting continues.
 
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