The tourist has evolved. Once, we bored relatives with endless albums of holiday photos. Now, thanks to DJI's backpack-friendly DJI Mavic Air ($799; around ₹50,000), we’ll make soaring souvenir films that make us look like a Planet Earth director (we’re not, we just pressed the Quickshot button). In DJI’s formidable drone squadron, the Mavic Air flies between the more pro-level Phantom and beginner-friendly Spark, folding down into a smartphone-sized unit that is ludicrously small when you consider its ability to shoot 4K video and 12MP stills. Those videos promise to match its pro cousins for smoothness too, thanks to the Mavic Air’s 3-axis gimbal, while new FlightAutonomy 2.0 software will keep it flying steadier than a peregrine falcon. With a decent 21-minute flight time from a single charge and 8GB onboard storage, it’s shaping up to be our new favourite drone.
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