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Monday, May 10, 2021 3:13:30 AM

I sold my Mavic Pro to buy a Mavic Air. I regret it.

one year ago
#4129 Quote
I only have the money to really own one drown. So I was torn when the Mavic Air came out and I had just recently bought a refurbished Mavic Pro that I loved.

I weighed my options and sold my Mavic Pro on Craigslist and used the money to buy a brand new Mavic Air.

Now, there's a lot to like about the Mavic Air. The APAS system, the smaller footprint, the rear obstacle avoidance, the 120 fps at 1080p, ect. But in the end, I wish I would've kept my Mavic Pro.

No, it's not the battery life I'm upset about. It's the damn wi-fi system that the Air uses. The Ocusync that the Mavic Pro uses is 100x better than the wi-fi system. I cringe every time a frame drops or momentarily lose video signal at anything more than 200 ft. I know the ratings say that this should be useable in optimal conditions at up to 2.2 miles, but my real world use shows that I can only really fly it to 1,000 ft (I live in Utah and fly in a valley surrounded by mountains).

In the end, the Mavic Air could've been the product to beat. It innovates in so many areas, and yet this one crippling technology makes it almost unusable for anything more than simple hobby use.

DJI, you made an incredible product...with one crippling achilles' heel.

UPADATE: It seems there’s two factors that can change the range on my Air by about another 1,000 ft (just flew it to 2,000ft at 200ft altitude)

Antenna positing is sensitive. Imagine the controller is like a shotgun that needs to be pointed at the drone. This alone helped with interference a lot.

5.8 ghz band had very little noise compared to the 2.4ghz channels. Where I live, there must be a lot of routers throwing interference. When I switched to 5.8ghz I had much less drop in signal.
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one year ago
#4909 Quote
You sound like me from months ago lol. Same exact situation but I was undecided between the two and then I saw the Air with its sleek looks and nice extra features...

First there was the NFZ that seems like has hit a brick wall now with no hope for the Mavic Air :( * I am on the borderline outskirt of the NFZ but its still, well NFZ.

Second, that damn WiFi crap. I had to drive way out so I could fly it but then the video kept losing signal :o and sure enough when I bring it home and download the videos, most of them were choppy and crappy. Then once or twice it would just stay there like it lost the signal :o - very scary! This was a huge opened park btw that has free wifi but still...

I ended up taking a loss and selling it and just getting a not so fancy looking Mavic Pro and what a boost of confidence in flying :) Super Stable all round. I mean I will let this thing out of sight without any fear cos that's how good it feels and is so stable plus a little bigger so better windy handling.

To this day I do not regret my "square face" looking Mavic Pro :) I still have it and have no need to upgrade, etc. It does everything I want, when I want :)

Function over form, when it comes to the Mavic Pro vs the Air. Some have had luck with it, I guess....

Did you get you a Pro again?
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