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Published May 14th 2020
You can still fly during isolation
We might be isolating, but when you live in the Fleurieu Peninsula, there is plenty of beautiful open spaces you can fly a drone. I am blown away by the capability, compact nature, and ease of use of the Mavic Air Drone.
We were looking for a compact and portable drone that we could use to capture 4K video and came across the Mavic Air by DJI. After watching the video on all the amazing features, we jumped right in and purchased the Fly More Combo from JB-HIFI for a special price of $1,199.
In the pack, you get a lot of extras including the remote that plugs into your phone for increased range and ease of flying and extra batteries to give you a longer flight time. There are also useful bumpers for beginners to protect the propellers and extra propellers.
It is certainly not an inexpensive purchase but you get a fantastic amount of features and great quality at this price. Within a matter of minutes, we had the drone set-up and charging ready for its first flight. There were excellent videos included with the app to get anyone up and running quickly.
If you'd like to see more of the features, there is a great video on the DJI site.
What struck me when I flew the drone for the first time was how easy it was. Automatic takeoff and great automatic features make your videos look very professional.
We were able to send the drone up and take a selfie of ourselves and some great footage of the landscape, such as the sun was setting. I was nervous when the drone travelled so far it left my view, but I had very accurate information on the app of where it was. It has a return to home feature that is also very useful.
It has many safety features including notifications on the app, while flying and sensors make sure you don't hit anything while flying. You can get great shots flying forward, backward and sideway and there is a great boomerang feature that captures 360-degree views.
As a responsible drone user, I will be getting my license and then I will be able to use the drone for commercial footage. Everyone is bound by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules which you can review at the CASA site. There is even a quiz to test your knowledge.
I've already got some great footage in McLaren Vale and across the Fleurieu and it has been a great activity with my teens during captivity. I am very pleased with the purchase and the drone we selected and look forward to the many great adventures we will have.