Deciding between these two drones can be a tough decision. Both are good drones.
When I was considering which one to buy, I spent a good amount of time reading and researching the two drones.
I like to know what I am getting and sometimes this can be a problem. It can lead to analysis paralysis. With this purchase, I actually went both ways a couple of times before making a solid decision.
In the end, I chose to go with the Mavic Air.
Does this mean that you should get the Air? Maybe. Maybe not.
Let’s take a look at the features that mattered to me and that led to my final decision.
My main reasons for getting a drone was to have some fun filming from different perspectives and to do so at a reasonable cost.
The price difference between the Mavic Pro and the Air is not enough to really matter to me. Both were in a price range where I could expect a good compromise between quality and cost.
I wanted something small and portable. If it is easy to have with me, I will be more likely to use it. Both drones are compact, but the Mavic Air was the perfect size for my needs.
This size came at a cost. The battery is smaller and the flight time is shorter.
One thing I really liked about the Mavic Pro was the Occusync. Compared to the wireless connection on the Air, the Mavic Pro is clearly superior.
As a result, it can go farther while maintaining a solid connection with the controller. This was the feature that most tempted me to buy the Pro.
Unfortunately, the Pro struggles with video quality when shooting at 60fps and higher due to pixel binning. This results in an upscaled look to the footage. For photos and lower fps footage this isn’t a problem, but film quality is really important to me.
The Air lets you shoot at 60fps without this problem, which is great. But you will still encounter pixel binning when filming at more than 60fps. Still better than the Mavic Air. This was probably the most influential factor that lead to my decision to go with the Air.
The final consideration was rumors that a Mavic Pro might be on the horizon. I didn’t want to waste time waiting for a future release, but the Pro is getting older and is due for an upgrade like the recently upgraded Phantom 4 Plus.
In the end, I decided that for my interests and usage, the Air, though not perfect, was the better fit. I plan to compare it against a Mavic Pro 2 once released to see if it is worth upgrading. But until then, I am totally enjoying the Air and I have not regrets with my decision.
Which one did you get? Let us know in the comments below.