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Unboxing The DJI Mavic Air

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It has arrived. I have really been looking forward to getting my hands on DJI’s latest drone the Mavic Air. What has really drawn me to this drone is its size and how portable it is. I do a lot of photo hiking in the summer and space in may camera backpack is definitely at a premium. To be able to have a 4K drone that can capture stunning images and videos with taking up very little space is really amazing. When you go back a few years and think of the gear you needed to bring with you to capture this kind of aerial footage it’s just mind-blowing … the Mavic Air can fit in your pocket.

This is more just an unboxing video, I will be doing a full review later on with footage and comparisons. I will be also uploading a 60 second version of my unboxing for those that just want to see what comes in the package with out all the commentary and fluff.

Mavic Air (DJI Website) https://goo.gl/t74LaQ
Mavic Air (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2EccQaM

 

Contents of the Mavic Air Fly More Combo Package Include:

  • Air Craft (Mavic Air)
  • Remote Control
  • 3 Intelligent Batteries
  • Charging Brick
  • Power Cable
  • 12 Propellers ( 3 complete sets)
  • Set of Propeller Guards
  • 3 RC Remote Cables (Lighting, USB-C, Micro USB –  Lighting is pre-installed)
  • Gimbal Cover
  • USB-C Communication Cable
  • 3 RC Cable Sliders for remote (one is pre-installed)
  • 2 Spark Control Sticks
  • Battery Charging Hub
  • Battery to Power Bank Connector
  • Carrying Case (Drone Only)
  • Mavic Air Travel Bag


Top view size comparison of the DJI Spark and the DJI Mavic Air.

 

There is an iPhone lighting cable pre-installed in the Mavic Air Remote. The kit also contains cables for other phones that can be swapped out.

 

Here is the charging hub for the DJI Mavic Air. Can charge 4 batteries one at a time.

 

Pictured is the new rear sensors on the DJI Mavic Air.

 

3 Complete sets of props comes with the DJI Mavic Air fly more combo.

 

Contents of the DJI Mavic Air fly more combo kit.

 

Picture above is the new remote controller for the DJI Mavic Air.

 

The new 3 axis 4K gimbal and camera on the DJI Mavic Air now records video at 100 MBS.

 

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Mavic Air ND Filters by Freewell Gear | What Are Drone ND Filters

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In this video we are taking a look at Freewell Gear’s ND filters for the DJI Mavic Air. If your new to drone cinematography you might be wondering what an ND filter is and why you would use them. ND stands for neutral density and in simplest terms it is just like a pair of sunglasses for your drone’s camera. There is a lot of confusion on what exactly an ND filter does, so let me clear it up a bit. An ND filter allows you to set the correct shutter speed on your drone’s camera to get the perfect amount of motion blur. There is a rule when trying to capture cinematic footage with your drone (180 Degree Rule). Basically the rule is that you want your shutter speed double what your frame rate is. For example if you are filming at 30 fps you would want your shutter speed at 60 (1/60th second). If you’re filming at 60 fps then you would want your shutter speed at 120 (1/120th second). This will give the perfect amount of motion blur that the eye and brain are comfortable with.

The problem with setting these low shutter speeds is that it lets in a lot of light and makes the video over exposed and blown out. This is where an ND Filter comes in (sunglasses). They allow you to set a low shutter speed and still have correct exposure.

Freewell gear sells ND filters for all the most popular drones including the DJI Spark, Mavic Air, Mavic Pro, Phantom Series and even your GoPro and Karma Drone. I have used the Freewell gear ND filters for several years for my GoPro and many drones and have always been pleased with the products. When it comes to ND filters they come in several levels ND4, ND8, ND16, ND32, ND64. They even have an ND 1000 for those times when you want to take long exposure photos with your DJI Mavic Air.

They also sell versions of their ND filters that are polarized. Setting polarization within the filter really helps cut out glare from water and can really make for a cleaner image, it also helps make the sky a little deeper blue. With Polarized ND filters they can only be used 90 degrees from the sun. The sun can not be in front or behind your drone. This does make lining up shots a little more difficult. If you just want quick and easy filters I would stick with ones that are not polarized.

Watch our video where I show ND filter installation instructions and a demonstration how ND filers work with the DJI Mavic Air.

ND Filters Standard Day Set: https://amzn.to/2yENG2D
ND Filters Bright Day Set: https://amzn.to/2tr9fPd
ND Filters All Day Set: https://amzn.to/2yFPkRJ

Mavic Air (DJI Website) https://goo.gl/t74LaQ
Mavic Air (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2EccQaM

 

 

Here are some screen caps from the test video. You can see side with no ND filter has no motion blur. This is okay for photos but undesirable for video. The side with the ND 4 filter installed has nice motion blur.

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Review Of FreeWell Gear Mavic Air Cases

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In this video review we take a look at two cases provided to us by Freewell gear for the DJI Mavic Air. One is a soft case and one is a hard style case. Watch our video review.

Hard Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2qWUba3
Hard Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2Jii2sq

Soft Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2qVQ8Lh
Soft Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2FaXP5g

 

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