Mavic Air: Unboxing & First Look

Photographer Charles Chen

It's finally here! The long-awaited DJI Mavic Air has been announced, and as you'd expect from the name, it's a smaller, lighter version of the company's iconic 2016 folding drone, the Mavic Pro. The time has come for our first look and unboxing, so without further ado, let's get stuck in!

What's in the Box?

The Mavic Air comes in two combo packages: the standard combo and the Fly More Combo. Here, we'll be unboxing the standard.

 On opening the box, you'll find two black boxes, a stickless remote controller, and a carrying case with the Mavic Air drone inside.

  • Mavic Air Aircraft — 1
  • Remote Controller — 1
  • Intelligent Flight Battery — 1
  • Charger — 1
  • Power Adapter AC Cable — 1
  • Propellers (pair) — 4
  • Propeller Guards — 1
  • RC Cable (Lightning connector) — 1
  • RC Cable (Micro USB connector) — 1
  • RC Cable (USB Type-C connector) — 1
  • Gimbal Protector — 1
  • Communication Cable (USB 3.0 Type-C) — 1
  • USB Adapter — 1
  • RC Cable Slider (large) — 1
  • RC Cable Slider (small) — 2
  • Carrying Case — 1
  • Spare Control Sticks (pair) — 1

Along with the items, you'll find printed instructions including an In the Box, Quick Start Guide, Disclaimer and Safety Guidelines, Intelligent Flight Battery Safety Guidelines, and Propeller Guards User Guide. 


Style and Geometric Elegance

Whether unfolded or folded, once you have your hands on the Mavic Air,  you'll soon be in awe of its unique sense of style. 

 Foldable landing gears


As you can see, the Mavic Air is as tall and wide as a smartphone when folded and is about half the size of the Mavic Pro Platinum, weighing a staggering 41% lighter. It has the smallest profile of any DJI drone to date. When folded and in the carrying case, the whole package is the size of a glasses case but is just as easily compared to everyday objects like a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, a Kindle, or even an iPad Mini.

Mavic Air vs Mavic Pro Platinum

Mavic Air vs iPhone 7 Plus


The Mavic Air is a creative tool that enables unlimited storytelling right from your pocket. And that starts with its powerful imaging system. The camera features a 1/2.3³ CMOS sensor with a 24mm f2.8 lens. It can shoot 12 MP stills and record 3-axis stabilized 4K videos at up to 30 fps.

Newly Designed 3-Axis Gimbal

The Mavic Air is the smallest drone to feature a 3-axis gimbal and captures amazing, steady images. Using a new layout to provide multiple dimensions of vibration dampening, the gimbal further reduces vibration for incredibly steady shots. The recessed gimbal casing protects the gimbal in the air and during transport.

8 GB Internal Storage

The Mavic Air now has 8 GB of internal storage for those times when you can't find your Micro SD card or you run out of space. Photos and videos are stored directly in the internal memory with easy and fast export via a USB Type-C port.

Seven Onboard Cameras

The Mavic Air has seven onboard cameras that are reinforced by durable, magnesium alloy brackets, offering a more robust framework for better performance.

These onboard cameras form part of an updated FlightAutonomy 2.0 System, which makes the Mavic Air DJI's most intelligent Mavic yet. This system also enables a 3-directional environment sensing system. Forward, downward, and rear dual cameras sense the environment three-dimensionally and in real time.

Well, there you have it – DJI's next iteration of the drone revolution. The Mavic Air truly redefines what drones can do, pushing the standards of the industry higher than ever before and ready to deliver excellent images and high-end performance for all your adventuring needs.

Check out the standard Mavic Air combo, or if you're feeling inspired, why not check out the Fly More Combo where you get all of the above, as well as a Battery Charging Hub, Battery to Power Bank Adapter, and Travel Bag thrown in for good measure.