DJI Mavic Air Vs Phantom 3 Standard 2022 Which Is Better For You?

DJI Mavic Air Vs Phantom 3 Standard 2022 Which Is Better

When it comes to drones, there are a few names that stand out above the rest. DJI is one of those names and their Mavic Air and Phantom 3 Standard are two of the most popular drones on the market. So, which one is better? Let’s take a look at the specs of each drone and see which one comes out on top.

DJI Mavic Air Vs Phantom 3 Standard

DJI Mavic Air

Pros

  • It is extremely compact and easy to transport
  • Intelligent flight modes make it easy to fly
  • Great video quality
  • HDR and panoramic still images
  • Built-in storage

Cons

  • Fly More Combo is the best option to maximize your experience
  • It can be difficult to switch between control methods.

Phantom 3 Standard.

Pros

  • Excellent image and video quality.
  • Everything is considerably easier with the interactive DJI Go application.
  • It’s described as a ready-to-fly quad copter with a built-in camera that provides 2.7K resolution.
  • Everything will be more exciting with intelligent flight modes.

Cons

  • During video recording, there are some errors.
  • Battery charging takes far too long.

Design

DJI Phantom 3 Standard
Mavic Air
Indoor Or Outdoor Use
Outdoor
Outdoor
Integrated Camera
Yes
Yes
Integrated GPS
Yes
Yes
Maximum Flight Time
25 min.
21 min.
Wireless Range
16404 ft.
262 ft.
App-Controlled
Yes
Yes
Height
7.4 in.
3.26 in.
Width
11 in.
6.6 in.
Depth
11 in.
7.2 in.
Weight
2.68 lbs.
0.95 lbs.
DJI Phantom 3 Standard
Indoor Or Outdoor Use
Outdoor
Integrated Camera
Yes
Integrated GPS
Yes
Maximum Flight Time
25 min.
Wireless Range
16404 ft.
App-Controlled
Yes
Height
7.4 in.
Width
11 in.
Depth
11 in.
Weight
2.68 lbs.
Mavic Air
Indoor Or Outdoor Use
Outdoor
Integrated Camera
Yes
Integrated GPS
Yes
Maximum Flight Time
21 min.
Wireless Range
262 ft.
App-Controlled
Yes
Height
3.26 in.
Width
6.6 in.
Depth
7.2 in.
Weight
0.95 lbs.

DJI Mavic Air

DJI Mavic Air Vs Phantom 3 Standard Design

The DJI Mavic Air is slightly smaller than a phablet when folded down and half the size of the Mavic 2 Pro. It is DJI’s most portable yet. Although it won’t fit in your jeans pocket, it fits comfortably in my jacket pocket.

The remote controller can also be folded down. The bottom of the phone cradle folds down with the antennae at the top. You can now remove the control stick from the top and store it at the bottom. This further streamlines the controller. This results in a device approximately the same size and shape as the Mavic Air folded down, making it ideal for any other pocket.

First time I was able to take out a full-featured drone without a bag. This makes it much easier to make impromptu flights whenever the situation calls for it. I took the Mavic Air with me on a recent trip to Morocco. It was a great experience to be able to quickly grab the drone and take amazing photos from the sky.

A few people were shocked that I was able to take the Mavic Air to Morocco. According to some reports, the airport has confiscated a few drones. Its distinctively unrecognizable form factor, when folded down, helped it pass the x-ray scanners unscathed.

DJI had to install air vents to keep the Mavic Air cool due to its new shape. The Mavic Air is lightweight at 430g, so it won’t be too heavy for your next outdoor adventure.

DJI also made significant improvements to the storage area. DJI’s Mavic Air has 8GB of storage. This is a first. MicroSD storage is also available. Although I believe most people will continue to use microSD cards, 8GB of storage will be appreciated if you don’t have one.

A USB-C port was added to replace micro-USB. This will make data transfer faster from the drone if you need access to onboard storage.

Phantom 3 Standard

Phantom 3 Standard design

The Phantom 3 Standard product has a similar appearance to the other members of the Phantom family, but it does have a few key differences in design and features. The case is composed of plain, elegant plastic material. Inside the central body, you will find the battery as well as all electronics. The drone’s landing gear attaches to the bottom of the drone, while the gimbal is connected between two landing arms. The drone’s total weight is 2 pounds 11 ounces, and its dimensions are 19x19x8 inches.

In short, The design of the Mavic Air is much sleeker and more compact than the DJI Phantom 3 Standard. The Mavic Air also has foldable arms, making it even more portable. In terms of camera, the Mavic Air has a 12MP camera with 4K video capabilities, while the DJI Phantom 3 Standard has a 12MP camera with 1080p video capabilities.

Battery life

DJI Phantom 3 Standard
Mavic Air
Battery Type
LiPo 4S
LiPo 3S
Charging Interface(s)
USB
USB
Battery Capacity
4480 mAh
2375 mAh
Battery Voltage
15.2 V
11.55 V
DJI Phantom 3 Standard
Battery Type
LiPo 4S
Charging Interface(s)
USB
Battery Capacity
4480 mAh
Battery Voltage
15.2 V
Mavic Air
Battery Type
LiPo 3S
Charging Interface(s)
USB
Battery Capacity
2375 mAh
Battery Voltage
11.55 V

Under optimal conditions, you can expect to fly for up to 21 minutes with the Mavic Air. This is longer than the DJI Spark but less than the Mavic 2 Pro, which has a 31-minute battery. The Fly More Combo’s additional battery packs made my flight feel more comfortable, and the Fly More Combo’s flights seemed even more appealing.

The batteries are charged in an independent, intelligent charging cradle.

Your connected smartphone acts as an external charger and charges the remote control for approximately two hours. The remote control charges via micro-USB while the drone uses USB-C to transfer data. This is a bit puzzling. This could mean that you may need to carry two cables.

The Phantom 3 Standard quadcopter is equipped with a single large battery that has 4480mHa power. The battery can last 21 minutes on a full charge. It will take a while for the battery to fully charge. You may need to wait up to 50 minutes. You will need spare batteries for the Phantom 3 Standard because they can be quite expensive at an average cost of $145.

Flight

DJI Phantom 3 Standard
Mavic Air
Autonomous Flight Modes
Hover, Landing, Follow user, Return to take-off point, ATTI mode
P-mode (positioning), S-mode (sport), ATTI mode, Return to Home, Dronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket, Boomerang, Asteroid
Maximum Speed
35 mph
42.5 mph
Number of Rotors
4
4
Directional Controls
Up, Down, Left, Right, Forward, Backward, Leftward flight, Rightward flight, All
Forward, Backward, Rotate left, Rotate right, Up, Down, Left, Right
DJI Phantom 3 Standard
Autonomous Flight Modes
Hover, Landing, Follow user, Return to take-off point, ATTI mode
Maximum Speed
35 mph
Number of Rotors
4
Directional Controls
Up, Down, Left, Right, Forward, Backward, Leftward flight, Rightward flight, All
Mavic Air
Autonomous Flight Modes
P-mode (positioning), S-mode (sport), ATTI mode, Return to Home, Dronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket, Boomerang, Asteroid
Maximum Speed
42.5 mph
Number of Rotors
4
Directional Controls
Forward, Backward, Rotate left, Rotate right, Up, Down, Left, Right

Video/photo quality

Video and photo quality

Mavic Air

The Mavic Air comes with a three-axis mechanical gimbal. It is recessed and suspended from dampeners to further reduce vibrations. These new mechanics produce stunning footage even in the most challenging wind conditions.

The camera has a 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, which captures 12-megapixel stills. It also has an equivalent 24-mm f/2.8 lens. The Mavic 2 Pro, which is more expensive, has a one-inch sensor. This greatly improves the camera’s dynamic range and low-light performance. It is the difference between a compact camera of the same quality and one like the Sony RX100 Vi.

The Mavic Air still captures stunning video, as you can see from the above. The Mavic Air can capture 4K video at 30fps, with a maximum bit rate of 100Mbps. For added aerial drama, you can also drop to 1080p with 120fps slow-motion footage. The image quality is great overall, with lots of detail and sharpness.

Low-light is where the DJI Mavic Air has trouble. You’ll see more grainy, less-detailed images.

DJI Go 4 will allow you to edit drone footage using transitions and music. It can also automatically create highlight videos similar to GoPro’s Quik app.

The Mavic Air can take 32-megapixel spherical panoramic photos. All processing and stitching take less than a minute. HDR stills images can also be captured. Below are some examples of unprocessed still images:

Phantom 3 Standard

The DJI Go app is a significant improvement on the Phantom 2’s Vision App, but the true benefit of a P3S is the image quality.

It records at a higher resolution of 2.7K, and the image quality is exceptional. This combination of a larger lens and a superior sensor means that you can capture more detail in photos and videos with less distortion.

The 3-axis stabilization was the main reason people were amazed by the P2V+ footage. It was almost as if your camera were floating in the air, even when the conditions were calm. The same effect is achieved with the P3S, but it does not have the miniature planet earth effect.

Low light performance with grainy, dark footage is still a problem despite the faster, larger lens. For those who only fly in daylight, this won’t be a problem.

Feature

DJI Phantom 3 Standard
DJI Mavic Air
Camera and Memory
HD Camera, Micro SD Card 8 GB included
12MP photo, Internal Storage 8 GB
Landing Gear/Legs Included
Yes
Yes
Additional Accessories Included
Remote controller, Battery, Charger, microSD
Remote controller, Battery, Charger
Intended Use
Video shooting & Entertainent
Professional video shooting & Entertainment
Recommended Minimum Age
14
18
Extras
3-axis stabilization, Unique Mobile App, Ultimate Control, Automatic Flight Assistant
LED light, 32 MP Sphere Panoramas, Foldable & Portable, 3-Axis Gimbal & 4K Camera, 3-Directional Environment Sensing, SmartCapture, Slow-Motion Video, Foldable Remote Controller
DJI Phantom 3 Standard
Camera and Memory
HD Camera, Micro SD Card 8 GB included
Landing Gear/Legs Included
Yes
Additional Accessories Included
Remote controller, Battery, Charger, microSD
Intended Use
Video shooting & Entertainent
Recommended Minimum Age
14
Extras
3-axis stabilization, Unique Mobile App, Ultimate Control, Automatic Flight Assistant
DJI Mavic Air
Camera and Memory
12MP photo, Internal Storage 8 GB
Landing Gear/Legs Included
Yes
Additional Accessories Included
Remote controller, Battery, Charger
Intended Use
Professional video shooting & Entertainment
Recommended Minimum Age
18
Extras
LED light, 32 MP Sphere Panoramas, Foldable & Portable, 3-Axis Gimbal & 4K Camera, 3-Directional Environment Sensing, SmartCapture, Slow-Motion Video, Foldable Remote Controller

Conclusion

The Mavic Air is a more advanced and expensive drone than the Phantom 3 Standard, but it offers a much better flight experience and a more comprehensive set of features. If you’re looking for a high-end drone with all the bells and whistles, the Mavic Air is the better option.

That concludes the comparison of the Mavic Air with the Phantom 3 Standard. Lucidcam hopes this information was useful. If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends and family on social media platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Hike, BBM, Wechat, Instagram, Line, Viber, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Twitter, and others. Stay in touch with us for more helpful hints.

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