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  • So Dan just called and said he needs a little help getting a clip for a video he's making

  • about alternative energy.

  • I think it has something to do with windmills.

  • And luckily,

  • my Mavic Air has arrived.

  • [Intro]

  • So this is my first time playing with the Mavic Air, and the reason I like this one

  • so much is because it's a kind of combination between the regular Mavic Pro and the Spark

  • that was released last year.

  • It's basically a Mavic Pro that can fold up and collapse into the size of a Spark.

  • So I got the Fly More package which should come with a couple extra batteries and some

  • prop guards which is good because we're taking more than one drone and I don't think they're

  • both going to make it back.

  • When you're flying around windmills...things can get dangerous.

  • Here are those prop guards I was talking about.

  • And the drone should be in one of these bags.

  • Got the batteries in here.

  • These look a lot different than both the Spark and the Phantom and the Mavic, so I don't

  • think they're interchangeable anymore.

  • Remember with the Mavic Platinum and the Mavic Pro, those batteries were interchangeable.

  • These ones are not.

  • This should be the Mavic Air.

  • Wow.

  • That is sweet.

  • They're actually calling this the Flame Red, and it is a completely different design than

  • what I was expecting.

  • I was expecting something a little bit more like the Spark.

  • I'll make a video where I show all these side-by-side and stuff a little bit later, but right now

  • we got to get going.

  • Let's just keep our fingers crossed that this one comes back, and if one wrecks, it's Dan's.

  • So initial impressions...this is about as small as I anticipated it being.

  • One thing I was expecting was that the propellers would bend...you know, fold in half like they

  • do with the previous Mavics.

  • The propellers have no flex to them.

  • The front arms pull out just like normal, and then the back arms fold out like they

  • do with the previous Mavic, and that's pretty sweet.

  • And it's got these little tiny legs right here as well for the landing gear on the front,

  • but not the back.

  • I imagine that's to keep the camera a little bit elevated from the ground.

  • I feel like everything's redesigned just a little bit different.

  • So with this front gimbal protection thing, you unclip down here at the bottom and then

  • it pops off the top.

  • That's completely different than all of the other gimbals on all the previous DJI drones.

  • The 4K sensor inside is stabilized on a gimbal and it looks like the batteries eject in a

  • similar fashionit's got these little pull tabs down here.

  • You can tuck it back inside and it's locked and loaded.

  • It doesn't come with a charge.

  • That is a problem.

  • So not only is this a smaller form factor than the previous Mavic, but it also has more

  • safety features.

  • It has sensors on the back and the front.

  • So if you're flying backwards, you can't crash into anything, which is a plus because I fly

  • backwards a lot getting that shot as you're backing up and panning around is perfect.

  • Someone put these prop guards on just for kicks and giggles in case it bumps into anything,

  • it slips right down here through the bottom and then this top latches and closes.

  • And that way, when this is spinning around, nothing can come from the bottom and hit it,

  • and nothing can come from the side and hit the props and stop them because once one of

  • these stops, the whole drone just plummets and we're trying to avoid that.

  • It looks like these bumpers actually snap into each other giving a little bit more protection.

  • Not too bad.

  • That is quite the cage of protection right there.

  • Okay, we're set.

  • I'm going to charge some batteries and we'll get out of here.

  • One thing I don't get is why people are kind of opposed to wind turbines.

  • I mean, I get that they kind of like block the view, but they're pretty sweet looking.

  • And if you think about it, the reason they're called renewable energy is because they're

  • sustainable.

  • We can keep making more of it.

  • I mean, I haven't seen any dinosaurs walking around recently, and oil is a thing of the

  • past.

  • It's not coming back.

  • Which includes gasoline and coal and everything else that's taken millions of years to develop.

  • So getting the drones ready to fly around those wind turbines.

  • We have the regular Mavicthis is the Platinum.

  • And this is what I was talking about with the wings that fold open and shut.

  • One thing that is interesting with the Mavic, I mean, obviously there's the size difference.

  • The Mavic Air is considerably smaller than the Mavic Pro.

  • But the gimbal as well.

  • So the gimbal right here is pretty free floating.

  • And the gimbal inside of here is protected on both sides.

  • When we're looking at the controllers, we can see that the Mavic Pro has a little bit

  • of a display right here which gives some information while you're flying which is incredibly nice.

  • The Mavic Air is more like the Mavic Spark controller where it doesn't have the display

  • and it's more just everything is one your phone.

  • Okay, so the goal of today is to not lose either of the drones as we're flying around

  • these wind turbines.

  • I think there are 9 turbines and each of them can produce 2.1 megawatts of electricity.

  • [Dan] Sounds like a lot.

  • Like something out of Back to the Future.

  • So thanks Zack for helping me out.

  • I am not the greatest drone pilot.

  • I tend to crash my drones, and so I just need a few b-roll shots for a video that we're

  • making with Bill and Melinda Gates on sustainable energy.

  • So I asked Zack and he said let's go by this giant wind farm and fly the drones around

  • it.

  • So we're going to be careful, we're going to be safe.

  • We are in a safe location.

  • We'll try not to get too close or dangerous.

  • It doesn't look like these things are moving all that quickly, but in reality, they are

  • huge.

  • They are so big.

  • So we're going to try to keep our distance and not get too close just to get some good

  • b-roll.

  • I just need like 3 seconds of footage.

  • [Zack] And the way we're going to do this is that if you look at all of the turbines

  • over there, remember that each of these propellers are like the size of a semi.

  • But there's one tucked behind the mountain over that that's not moving.

  • So the drone can probably get a little closer to that one than it can all the rest of these.

  • [Zack's Drone] “Take off.”

  • [Flying sounds]

  • [Zack] So it's super windy right now, so the drone is compensating a lot for the air movement

  • in this canyon.

  • [Dan] I do think it's interesting though, your drone is more shaky than the Mavic.

  • You can....oh, where'd you go?!

  • [Music playing]

  • [Zack's Drone] “Maximum flight distance reached.”

  • [Zack] What the heck?!

  • Super annoying.

  • [Music playing]

  • [Zack's Drone] “Landing.”

  • [Music Playing]

  • [Zack] Dude, I can't get the drone to go more than 193 feet from me.

  • Disappointed DJI.

  • So all the footage you just saw, none of that was from the DJI Air.

  • It has a limiter in it when you're first starting out.

  • So you can't fly too high and you can't fly too far.

  • I adjusted both of those and even turned off the distance limiter and it still would not

  • let me do what I wanted to do, which is extremely frustrating.

  • [Dan] This one is working really really well.

  • I was quiet the whole time.

  • He's over here, I don't even remember what he was saying, but he was super frustrated.

  • And I'm over there just silent just like look at these shots, they're amazing.

  • So if you see any shots right here, these are my shots.

  • I'm pretty proud of them.

  • [Zack] Dan did better today with the drone than I did.

  • [Dan] So I know that you have skills.

  • It definitely was not user error on this one.

  • [Zack] It is really frustrating, and like this isn't my first drone.

  • Like I've had basically every DJI that's come out, so like I know what I'm doing when I'm

  • flying around with these things.

  • But the settings on this were just...even though the settings were correct, the drone

  • still would not fly farther than like beginner mode.

  • [Dan] Oh man.

  • [Zack] So if you haven't seen Dan's video yet, head over there and leave a comment saying,

  • 'I came here for the windmill' and we'll see how many people go over from my channel.

  • So that just goes to show not every project goes as planned.

  • I had a completely different idea of how this video was going to go, but that happens.

  • Tech doesn't always act the way you want it to.

  • And that's my review of the Mavic Air.

  • Alright, so I'm going to try this again because I've never gotten a bad product from DJI.

  • Like everything I've gotten from them just works and so it's weird that this one is not

  • working and it won't fly farther than just a very short distance from me.

  • So I'm going to mess around with the settings a little bit and see if I can figure out what

  • is going on with this and reach a final verdict right here, once and for all.

  • So it has been about 2 days since I last flew this, and there is yet another update.

  • So it's updating the Mavic Air right now and maybe that will fix the problem.

  • But to be honest, I feel like every time I turn on one of these drones, there's some

  • kind of update going on.

  • Okay, the moment of truth.

  • It may need to calibrate the compass one more time.

  • But I think we're ready to fly.

  • Alright, let's see if we can get farther than 200 feet this time.

  • And it did it.

  • So we are currently 600 feet away and there are no warning messages at all.

  • So it must have been that last firmware update that it needed to perform, but the funny thing

  • is that I did all the updates before I left and everything was fine and said it was ready