Drones are exciting and daunting in equal parts. On the one hand, it’s a thrill to fly them around; on the other, you do wonder whether you’re meeting basic rules and regulations, despite flying in a "safe" zone. DJI’s Mavic Air, a mash-up between the earlier Spark and Mavic Pro, offers an ultraportable solution for private use. For a smartphone-sized drone, astonishingly, it is capable of shooting 4K videos and 12MP HDR stills with its three-axis gimbal. It also has obstacle-avoidance technology; on-board storage; a 4km control range, and 10km flight distance. If that doesn’t grab your attention, perhaps the gesture controls will. The controls, which give the drone more mainstream appeal, work with DJI’s Smart Capture technology. You can make the drone take off and land with your hand; have it follow you around; and make it fly towards or away from you. You can also make a peace sign to signal it to capture a still image, and a frame for video capture. There are two things you need...

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