The DJI Air 2S is a new version in the DJI Air lineup. This drone takes the Air 2 body and adds a new 1-inch sensor that can shoot up to 5.4k resolution. This is going to be the new go-to drone for video content shooters. This NexGen bird can shoot the most steady and stunning visuals.
Weight: 595 gms
Photography : 1" CMOS 20MP
Flight Time: 31 min
Obstacle sensor: 4-directional obstacle sensing
Compact & easy to carry
5.4k video quality
1-inch CMOS sensor
Low internal memory (8GB)
No control wheel (remote control)
No SDK support
Limited App based editing features
The DJI Air 2S is a new version in the DJI Air lineup. This drone takes the Mavic Air 2 body and adds a new 1-inch sensor that can shoot up to 5.4k resolution. This is going to be my new go-to drone for serious video shooters.
The DJI Air 2S is similar to the Mavic 2 Pro in terms of body structure and battery, the only difference is the sensors and the camera, you can use the same battery as you used on the Mavic Air 2. It is pretty small and easy to carry along on trips. It weighs around 595 gms (25 gms heavier than 2 Pro). You can expand the inbuilt 8GB storage with a microSD card (up to 256GB).
DJI Air 2S is equipped with a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a large 2.4μm pixels. This sensor is going to give you better quality footage in low-light situations. The 1-inch sensor is only reserved for the pro cameras, we’ve only seen a 1-inch sensor in the Mavic 2 Pro and the Phantom 4 Pro, but now there is a 1-inch sensor on an Air style drone. This isn’t a Hasselblad 1-inch sensor this is a DGI 1-inch sensor, so there might be a little bit of a difference between the two.
One of the massive upgrades with this 1-inch sensor is that it does shoot 5.4k resolution for video creators. Air 2S is capable of shooting video 📹 in 5.4k at 30fps and 4k at 60fps. When you combine this 5.4k resolution with the 10-bit D-log camera, you have the highest resolution at the best quality that you’ll get out of any of the DJI drones. And when you drop it down to 1080 P, you can do 120 fps, it just gives you a lot of flexibility so if you want to shoot at a higher framerate and slow down your footage, you have the option that’s drone especially with the 4k/60fps. The 10-bit Dlog-M color profile can record up to one billion colors while retaining all the little details that make footage pop.
The camera has an f 2.8 and that f 2.8 is not adjustable so it’s not like the Mavic 2 Pro. This one is just a fixed 2.8 aperture, and for the field of view, you’re getting a 22 mm equivalent so it’s an 88-degree field of view and the sensor is a 20MP sensor. Basically, they split the pixels into four it’s some different style of sensor, As this is a CMOS 20MP sensor camera 📸, so it’s going to be able to give you some better-looking footage and it’s going to give you some better noise performance. This camera looks really good and having a 1-inch sensor definitely gives this drone a huge advantage across the entire lineup of DJI drones.
Air 2S has a better Obstacle sensing system. It’s got backward, forwards, up, and down. It doesn’t have any side-to-side sensors. However, when you’re out flying. It will detect objects in the way and it will fly up and over them or it will just stop, depending on how you have your settings set up.
Air 2S has evolved the Quick Shots to Master Shots, so it has an active track, quick shots, and now you have master shots, and essentially master shots is an automatic drone that then edits your footage for you. So depending on what you’re doing a master shot of the drone is going to decide a series of shots that it thinks is best for that location or that situation, it’s going to shoot all of them in a few minutes, and then it’s going to edit a video automatically for you. When turning ON master shots, draw on the screen like you would an active track, hit the button to go and Drone does everything for you and then edits all that footage for you into a short little video.
Interestingly, Active track 3.0 is the first active track that DJI has put into a drone, it locks on to the subject and stays locked off. And I think that this can be definitely used for follows situations where you’re like mountain biking or your trail running, and you won’t have to worry about the drone losing this lock on the subject. In Spotlight 2.0, you can select a subject and the drone will track and keep it centered in the frame, giving you the ability to pilot freely. Whereas, In POI 3.0, it will track a subject in a circle, based on a set radius and flight speed.
DJI features new advanced O3 (Ocusync 3.0) image transmission system that’s in the drone itself. This one has four antennas to give your clear signals. So, no matter what situation you’re in, you’re most likely not going to lose a transmission from the drone to the controller.
Overall, it’s for all the video shooters I definitely think this is a great addition to the DJI lineup, and if I was to choose between the Air 2, and the Air 2S, I probably would go with the Air 2S, because of all these upgrades. This is definitely a solid choice when it comes to upgrades.
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