DJI Mavic Air Drone - 0% Interest for 24 Months £769 @ RC Geeks - Thoughts?
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DJI Mavic Air Drone - 0% Interest for 24 Months £769 @ RC Geeks - Thoughts?

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Found 26th Jan
Huge fan of the Mavic Pro.. thoughts on the newly announced Air? Worth a punt at £769..?

Rc Geeks currently offering 24 months 0% APR, with a choice of different deposit amounts depending on your preference.

Interested to know everyone's thoughts!
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When I had the Phantom, the WiFi transmission was dreadful. Some days I'd manage about 400ft and some days I'd lose video feed at about 50ft. Plus the size of the thing got tiresome. The spark and air both use wi-fi connection.

I sold it and got the Mavic Pro and the difference is amazing. The range is ridiculous, I've never had a signal dropout.

In regards to the spark Vs air debate then the air wins everytime. The air vs Mavic debate is not so easy. The air saves video at 100mbps while the Mavic Pro saves at 60mbps. Other that that the lens and sensor are the same and I've got some amazing looking footage from the Mavic Pro.

The rear sensors on the air are nice but I've never needed them on my Mavic, same goes for the selfie style flight modes. I Don't need them.

I'm keeping my Mavic until the Mavic 2 is released. The air isn't enough of an improvement and the WiFi connection really puts me off.

Also the air is small but let's be honest, so is the Mavic. I'm a real stickler for portability and my Mavic bag is small but has everything I need.

But that's just my opinion....

a few of my Mavic photos for the hell or it. Whatever the drone they get great results.

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Ps, I'm pretty sure the above price is for the Air only. The fly more combo will be about £950
Edited by: "MrDB" 27th Jan
dealerxxx5 m ago

Of course it is but don't know model


Lol, do you need somebody to hold your hand. Just type in DJI Spark drone in Google. No need to over complicate things for yourself.
Edited by: "Dealhunter2k12" 27th Jan
dealerxxx6 m ago

I was putting just spark 😶


I’ll be honest, if you don’t know what the DJI Spark is, you probably shouldn’t be buying one. I would maybe recommend buying a toy drone to practice with (a lot cheaper) and then consider buying a spark if you get enjoyment out of it.
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Tempting...
LukeDB1 m ago

Tempting...


Especially with the low 10% deposit option..
$799 usd in states..... Should be around £600 in the UK
I had a mavic pro for 4 months and it was awesome. Mavic air I'm not sure. Lighter which may cause problems with high winds and less air time due to only 21 mins which really means about 12-15mins. Less distance but slightly better camera. Mavic pro all the way.
I've got no idea about the product, but if you're buying new tech on a finance deal then be aware that you're paying for the finance. It says 0% but that's built into the price. If you're running a VAT-registered company then I'm sure it's more attractive.

My gut says if you want it and you can afford it, buy it. If you want it and you can make money from it then buy it. If you want it and you need to enter a credit deal to get it, think carefully (like you would for a mortgage).
dunny0610 m ago

I had a mavic pro for 4 months and it was awesome. Mavic air I'm not sure. …I had a mavic pro for 4 months and it was awesome. Mavic air I'm not sure. Lighter which may cause problems with high winds and less air time due to only 21 mins which really means about 12-15mins. Less distance but slightly better camera. Mavic pro all the way.


This is the debate in my head. A while back I almost had a amazon warehouse mavic pro for only 650, but that wasn’t 0% interest. I’m half tempted to wait for a sale on the mavics. I had the phantom 3 and my only issue was the size.
When you look at what’s in the box, it seems to be the combo kit. Is that how it looks to you all also?in which case it is a good price I think.
Need fly more combo to make it worthwhile. Save money and buy the Spark
paulwalmsley25 m ago

Wifi transmission >> …Wifi transmission >> http://www.reviewhobby.com/2018/01/here-is-one-reason-you-should-not-buy.html?m=1


So to a n00b how much of an issue is this really?

If you are away out of the way in the mountains or at the coast where would the interference come from for example?
You won't use it much once you realise you are only capable of producing boring footage.
Divefrosty2 h, 3 m ago

When you look at what’s in the box, it seems to be the combo kit. Is that h …When you look at what’s in the box, it seems to be the combo kit. Is that how it looks to you all also?in which case it is a good price I think.


No, it’s just the standard kit. The combo comes with more including 2 extra batteries.
12 or 24 months interest free with a minimum 10% deposit? Better going for the fly more combo

rcgeeks.co.uk/dji…ic+
clarkeyi1 h, 56 m ago

Need fly more combo to make it worthwhile. Save money and buy the Spark


Link for spark please
I'm thinking the price for the spark will drop. If the fly more combo for the spark gets to around £500 then I would get that on finance for sure. Thanks OP for making me aware of this site, much prefer to pay in installments.
When I had the Phantom, the WiFi transmission was dreadful. Some days I'd manage about 400ft and some days I'd lose video feed at about 50ft. Plus the size of the thing got tiresome. The spark and air both use wi-fi connection.

I sold it and got the Mavic Pro and the difference is amazing. The range is ridiculous, I've never had a signal dropout.

In regards to the spark Vs air debate then the air wins everytime. The air vs Mavic debate is not so easy. The air saves video at 100mbps while the Mavic Pro saves at 60mbps. Other that that the lens and sensor are the same and I've got some amazing looking footage from the Mavic Pro.

The rear sensors on the air are nice but I've never needed them on my Mavic, same goes for the selfie style flight modes. I Don't need them.

I'm keeping my Mavic until the Mavic 2 is released. The air isn't enough of an improvement and the WiFi connection really puts me off.

Also the air is small but let's be honest, so is the Mavic. I'm a real stickler for portability and my Mavic bag is small but has everything I need.

But that's just my opinion....

a few of my Mavic photos for the hell or it. Whatever the drone they get great results.

33144991.jpg33144991.jpg33144991.jpg
Ps, I'm pretty sure the above price is for the Air only. The fly more combo will be about £950
Edited by: "MrDB" 27th Jan
clarkeyi24 m ago

Google is your friend


Of course it is but don't know model
dealerxxx5 m ago

Of course it is but don't know model


Lol, do you need somebody to hold your hand. Just type in DJI Spark drone in Google. No need to over complicate things for yourself.
Edited by: "Dealhunter2k12" 27th Jan
Dealhunter2k126 m ago

Lol, do you need somebody to hold your hand. Just type in DJI Spark drone … Lol, do you need somebody to hold your hand. Just type in DJI Spark drone in Google. No need to over complicate things for yourself.


I was putting just spark 😶
dealerxxx6 m ago

I was putting just spark 😶


I’ll be honest, if you don’t know what the DJI Spark is, you probably shouldn’t be buying one. I would maybe recommend buying a toy drone to practice with (a lot cheaper) and then consider buying a spark if you get enjoyment out of it.
Heat!
I discovered on another page, design of the Air and recessed camera gimbal it cannot film the sky when level and not too high up... A weird but not very good thing for most... The camera cannot point up so limited light from above....
The EVO looks better though too.
Skip this. If finance is what's tempting you then get a finance deal on the Mavic Pro.
Get zero percent credit card deal to finance it and then choose your supplier best on true pric
Somnus10 h, 9 m ago

I've got no idea about the product, but if you're buying new tech on a …I've got no idea about the product, but if you're buying new tech on a finance deal then be aware that you're paying for the finance. It says 0% but that's built into the price.


This is complete nonsense. The price if I pay cash is 769, and the price if I take o% interest is 769, so there is nothing 'built into the price' for finance.
MrDB7 h, 57 m ago

When I had the Phantom, the WiFi transmission was dreadful. Some days I'd …When I had the Phantom, the WiFi transmission was dreadful. Some days I'd manage about 400ft and some days I'd lose video feed at about 50ft. Plus the size of the thing got tiresome. The spark and air both use wi-fi connection.I sold it and got the Mavic Pro and the difference is amazing. The range is ridiculous, I've never had a signal dropout.In regards to the spark Vs air debate then the air wins everytime. The air vs Mavic debate is not so easy. The air saves video at 100mbps while the Mavic Pro saves at 60mbps. Other that that the lens and sensor are the same and I've got some amazing looking footage from the Mavic Pro.The rear sensors on the air are nice but I've never needed them on my Mavic, same goes for the selfie style flight modes. I Don't need them.I'm keeping my Mavic until the Mavic 2 is released. The air isn't enough of an improvement and the WiFi connection really puts me off.Also the air is small but let's be honest, so is the Mavic. I'm a real stickler for portability and my Mavic bag is small but has everything I need.But that's just my opinion....a few of my Mavic photos for the hell or it. Whatever the drone they get great results.[Image] [Image] [Image] Ps, I'm pretty sure the above price is for the Air only. The fly more combo will be about £950


Really interesting comment, DJI are claiming this to have 'enhanced wifi' which would be much stronger than the phantom 3. I'll have to keep an eye out for a range test on Youtube
@downey91 if it is new and Improved WiFi then that's good to hear. I still have my doubts. I'll wait for proper reviews to pop up on YouTube too.
Biggunspaul1 h, 47 m ago

The wifi signal on the Air is meant to be 4 x stronger than that of the …The wifi signal on the Air is meant to be 4 x stronger than that of the Spark.


It's not really as easy as saying it's 4x stronger.

WiFi in the UK/EU is classed as 'CE' this basically means that the power output from anything that is WiFi is restricted. 'FCC' is mainly USA and that means WiFi signal strength is not restricted and is actually full power.
what odes this mean in the real world? the answer is a lot:
If the controller of the Mavic Air is using the 5.8GHz band, CE (UK) mode will give a distance of 500m, if using FCC (USA) it is 2000m

I have a Spark and have used it with FCC power output and CE, and the difference is massive. I sometimes get 200m before losing signal on CE (spec say 500m) On FCC I have been 1500m-2000m with no drop of signal or transmission.

I wouldn't have a WiFi controlled drone in the UK again. My next upgrade will be the Mavic 2 with no wifi.
Edited by: "c.grex" 27th Jan
c.grex7 m ago

It's not really as easy as saying it's 4x stronger.WiFi in the UK/EU is …It's not really as easy as saying it's 4x stronger.WiFi in the UK/EU is classed as 'CE' this basically means that the power output from anything that is WiFi is restricted. 'FCC' is mainly USA and that means WiFi signal strength is not restricted and is actually full power.what odes this mean in the real world? the answer is a lot:If the controller of the Mavic Air is using the 5.8GHz band, CE (UK) mode will give a distance of 500m, if using FCC (USA) it is 2000mI have a Spark and have used it with FCC power output and CE, and the difference is massive. I sometimes get 200m before losing signal on CE (spec say 500m) On FCC I have been 1500m-2000m with no drop of signal or transmission. I wouldn't have a WiFi controlled drone in the UK again. My next upgrade will be the Mavic 2 with no wifi.


So if 'my friend' wanted to use it on FCC in the UK, is this possible? Not allowed, but possible..
downey913 m ago

So if 'my friend' wanted to use it on FCC in the UK, is this possible? Not …So if 'my friend' wanted to use it on FCC in the UK, is this possible? Not allowed, but possible..


At the moment the spark can be used with FCC in UK, but it is done via a modded DJI App, if DJI decide to update this and force everyone to use the new app that can't be 'modded' they could. Who knows maybe a chance that a modded app may come out for the mavic air too.
c.grex43 s ago

At the moment the spark can be used with FCC in UK, but it is done via a …At the moment the spark can be used with FCC in UK, but it is done via a modded DJI App, if DJI decide to update this and force everyone to use the new app that can't be 'modded' they could. Who knows maybe a chance that a modded app may come out for the mavic air too.


I see, makes sense.. thanks for the info!
6ixFoot16 h, 34 m ago

Skip this. If finance is what's tempting you then get a finance deal on …Skip this. If finance is what's tempting you then get a finance deal on the Mavic Pro.



this a good idea.
Biggunspaul22 m ago

Don't shoot the messenger,i am only going by what the guy in the video …Don't shoot the messenger,i am only going by what the guy in the video said.Did you watch the video ? As they guy said it will take CE to 2000m


Sorry wasn't getting at what you said. The fact is WiFi is just like it is at home, some houses will need boosters to get it all around the home, some don't. It all depends on interference and other factors. You may well get 2000m in CE, thats why I said 5.8GHz, at 2.4GHz you should get more, but it is the more used band and may be subject to interference.
I'm sure it will be better than the Spark (the advanced bit is mainly the fact that the little legs on the mavic air have antenna's built into them) but overall I have seen issues with wifi drones. The mavic pro isn't much different, in fact it flys longer and can be had for not much more. I'd just make sure you read up loads before taking the plunge on what to buy.
c.grex53 m ago

Sorry wasn't getting at what you said. The fact is WiFi is just like it is …Sorry wasn't getting at what you said. The fact is WiFi is just like it is at home, some houses will need boosters to get it all around the home, some don't. It all depends on interference and other factors. You may well get 2000m in CE, thats why I said 5.8GHz, at 2.4GHz you should get more, but it is the more used band and may be subject to interference.I'm sure it will be better than the Spark (the advanced bit is mainly the fact that the little legs on the mavic air have antenna's built into them) but overall I have seen issues with wifi drones. The mavic pro isn't much different, in fact it flys longer and can be had for not much more. I'd just make sure you read up loads before taking the plunge on what to buy.


To be fair, the reason for me creating this thread was to hear everyone's views on it.. and the points you've made aren't something I'd taken into account (as others may not). So thank you! I guess Mavic Pro is still king until no.2 is released!
c.grex1 h, 55 m ago

At the moment the spark can be used with FCC in UK, but it is done via a …At the moment the spark can be used with FCC in UK, but it is done via a modded DJI App, if DJI decide to update this and force everyone to use the new app that can't be 'modded' they could. Who knows maybe a chance that a modded app may come out for the mavic air too.


Or if you buy one in the USA, would that get around it?
LOL_is_stupid31 m ago

Or if you buy one in the USA, would that get around it?


works on GPS location. so take a UK one to USA and get FCC while you are there. bring a USA one to UK and it will switch to CE
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