It’s been barely a month DJI A new drone was unveiled, and the company already has another show. This time, it is the Air 2S, the latest iteration of its mid-sized camera drone. Note the absence of Mavic branding, indicating that we will be seeing more of a change in how the company presents each level of quadcopter.
It’s unclear whether the “S” branding here is an Apple-style upgrade to the previous model, but the Air 2S certainly looks like someone has given the previous model a lighter facelift. The design seems to have identical bars, some smooth lines and an extra pair of front barrier avoidance cameras.
But what is important here is the camera. The Air 2S offers a larger (1-inch) sensor that shoots 20-megapixel photos or 5.4K videos at 30fps (or 4K at 60fps and 150Mbps). All of which is a solid upgrade from the previous one where photos were 12-megapixel and video topped at 4K / 60 or 120 Mbps.
Other camera features include 4X digital zoom, doubling the volume of the Mavic Air 2 at 4K / 30fps. There is also an option of 6X zoom in 2.7K and 1080p / 60 modes. If you don’t mind shooting in 1080/30, you can squeeze that zoom feature up to 8X. For videographers, the Air 2S supports three color profiles: Normal (8 bit), D-Log (10 bit) or HLG (10 bit).
At 595g, the Air 2S weighs in a heavier shade than its predecessor (570g), which can now go some way to explaining slightly shorter maximum flight times – 33 to 31 minutes below. There are other upgrades, however, one of which we are already prepared for: additional pair of barrier cameras.
DJI claims that all four barrier sensors have been updated, with those two new cameras enabling “binocular zooming”, which the company claims identifies objects both far and fast. There’s also “O3” which is DJI’s fancy new name for OcuSync (its video transmission technology), which, in essence, means you could theoretically fly the Air 2S up to 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) away. There is a shadow of more than a mile from last time. In practice, this means that the video connection must be more stable at any distance within those limits.
As always, the built-in Smart Flight mode has a few tweaks, including Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 4.0, and Point of Interest 3.0 – all of which give your shots the purpose of that cinematic experience.
More interesting is the new “MasterShot” feature which seems to have been teased An april flower, But there appears to be a creative tease in plain sight. MasterShot combines pre-sorted flight paths with intelligent automatic editing. A kind of fire-and-for mode to create automated edits any way you tell.
The Air 2S goes on sale today for a standard bundle or “Fly More” combo for $ 1,299 which includes three batteries, a charging dock, ND filter and shoulder bag.