Drones are exciting and daunting in equal parts. On the one hand, it’s a thrill to fly them around; on the other, you do wonder whether you’re meeting basic rules and regulations, despite flying in a “safe” zone.
DJI’s Mavic Air, a mash-up between the earlier Spark and Mavic Pro, offers an ultraportable solution for private use. For a smartphone-sized drone, astonishingly, it is capable of shooting 4K videos and 12MP HDR stills with its three-axis gimbal. It also has obstacle-avoidance technology; on-board storage; a 4km control range, and 10km flight distance.