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Underdog1964
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Greetings all,
I've been lurking a bit as I'm looking to purchase my first drone.
I really like what the Mavic Air has to offer but the enhanced WiFi has me a little nervous.

As I'm binge watching videos, I see that it works great for some and not so much for others. Usually in an urban environment, the interference really is bad.
In Bermuda, not so much.

While I like the appearance, gimbal and bitrate of the Mavic Air, what I'm trying to avoid is purchasing an $800 (USD) drone that I won't be able to fly.
Additionally, I can pick up a refurbished Mavic Pro in the DJI shop for the same price.

I know that ultimately thisis my decision but I have no reference point so I'm hoping that you can give me some points to consider.

This will be hobbyist use only.  

What to do?

Thanks in advance!
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小仙女的星巴克
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Nothing wrong with enhanced WiFi. Are you going to fly long distances like 4 Km or 2.485 Miles? I fly around urban City without issues get around 1 Km.
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Underdog1964
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小仙女的星巴克 Posted at 2018-7-11 17:38
Nothing wrong with enhanced WiFi. Are you going to fly long distances like 4 Km or 2.485 Miles? I fly around urban City without issues get around 1 Km.

Thank you for your reply.
I don't plan on flying long distances as I believe I have to fly line of sight per FAA regs.  

It just sounds like Ocusync is a more solid connection.
Again though, some really nice features n the MA

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SparksBird
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Or wait till July 16th and get the Mavic Pro Fly more combo for $700.  The OcuSync connection I never ever have an issue.  https://www.cnet.com/news/dji-of ... n-amazon-prime-day/
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davidmartingraf
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You're going to get 1080p video on the Mavic Pro with OcuSync and only 720p with the Enhanced WiFi on the Mavic Air. The Pro will get you longer flight times with much more stable image transmission.
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davidmartingraf Posted at 2018-7-11 19:59
You're going to get 1080p video on the Mavic Pro with OcuSync and only 720p with the Enhanced WiFi on the Mavic Air. The Pro will get you longer flight times with much more stable image transmission.

ehm.... live feed is 1080p on pro and 720p on mavic air.
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Underdog1964
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SparksBird Posted at 2018-7-11 18:34
Or wait till July 16th and get the Mavic Pro Fly more combo for $700.  The OcuSync connection I never ever have an issue.  https://www.cnet.com/news/dji-offering-drone-deals-on-amazon-prime-day/

Those are some amazing deals!
Thank you!
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dont slow down
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I own a Phantom 3A and a Mavic Air, if it were me I don't know if I would purchase the Air again. Its a great drone but for some reason the wifi transmission is terrible. My Phantom also uses 2.4ghz wifi signal and I can fly 4x the distance with it compared to the Air which uses 2.4 and 5.8ghz. I even went as far as purchasing the 4Hawks antenna for the Air, it did help improve it some, but I still cant get as far with it as I can my Phantom. I think if I was to do it all over again I would get the Mavic Pro Platinum even though the Air is smaller and has a few more flight modes. I'm really praying that the next firmware update fixes many of the problems the Air has, if it doesn't I think I will sell it and get a Mavic Pro.
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A CW
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I'd wait - either for the new release or discounts on the older models
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A CW Posted at 2018-7-12 05:13
I'd wait - either for the new release or discounts on the older models

I agree with A CW. There should be some arbitrary end date, where if DJI releases no new drones then on that date you should buy the Mavic Pro. Pick a date and stick to it.
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davidmartingraf Posted at 2018-7-12 05:35
I agree with A CW. There should be some arbitrary end date, where if DJI releases no new drones then on that date you should buy the Mavic Pro. Pick a date and stick to it.

I'd def buy the Mavic Pro if the OP's position
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Underdog1964
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Thanks again all. I am thinking of the MP.
THE MA is a great packag but if it can't fly reliably...
no disrespect to MA owners intended.
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dont slow down Posted at 2018-7-12 05:12
I own a Phantom 3A and a Mavic Air, if it were me I don't know if I would purchase the Air again. Its a great drone but for some reason the wifi transmission is terrible. My Phantom also uses 2.4ghz wifi signal and I can fly 4x the distance with it compared to the Air which uses 2.4 and 5.8ghz. I even went as far as purchasing the 4Hawks antenna for the Air, it did help improve it some, but I still cant get as far with it as I can my Phantom. I think if I was to do it all over again I would get the Mavic Pro Platinum even though the Air is smaller and has a few more flight modes. I'm really praying that the next firmware update fixes many of the problems the Air has, if it doesn't I think I will sell it and get a Mavic Pro.

p3a uses enhanced wifi which is freq hopping on all the bands and transmits video on  a handful of bands in the 2.4 ghz range it does double duty.. then it uses freq diversity with 2 antennas... this is why its so good at transmitting see.. spektrum and fss and all the other radio systems back in the day started to hop on all channels and it improved a ton.... occusync is just a fancy workd it does the same thing but does it in firmware instead of hardware like the phantoms see phantoms if you go buy a fdm antenna module is like 190 bucks why its hardware it creates a ton of heat its why it uses a fan on the phantoms... but dji went the cheap route found out they cant use the hardware with the new firmware on the mavic pro so they just ditched the expensive hardware and went with firmware hopping same thing same thing... see spektrum is an old radio it didnt hop around on channels all it needed was firmware to tell it too and voila free channel hopping with a firmware patch i mean if spektrum can do it so can dji... and they did they realized after the air ohhhhh we can add it its free firmware is free folks  a few lines of code the spark didnt hop the air didnt either you only got it on the expensive drones like phantoms because they havent figured it out yet that you could do it in firmware.. so here comes the mavic now the mini
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Very reliable with my MavicAir re range distance , has 500m range easily but you really do have trouble seeing, range & VLOS is not a problem when flying the MA by the regs, but it has been further
It's a great drone and a superb camera for £750
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