Hello everyone, in this post we will talk about the DJI Air 2S Review. The introduction of the Air 2S is a clear hint that the features and capabilities of the upcoming Mavic Pro (or possibly Phantom or Inspire) will experience considerable improvements. Additionally, now that Remote ID has been established, DJI has every motivation to start releasing some new models that both pros and hobbyists have been clamoring for over the past few years. Both a regular kit and the Fly More Bundle are offered for the Mavic Air 2S.
The standard package costs £899 (US $999) and includes the DJI drone, controller, one battery, propellers, a backup pair of propellers, a charger, and all necessary cords. In addition to everything in the regular package, the Fly More Bundle, which costs £1169/US $1299, also comes with two more batteries, extra spare propellers, a three battery charging hub, a shoulder bag. Although it may not seem like an upgrade, we discovered that the Air 2S operates better in windy conditions—more weight probably helps. However, the new 1-inch CMOS camera sensor makes a significant difference.
The one in the Mavic Air 2 is double that size. For still images, it increases from 12 to 20 MP. It’s quite simple to notice the increased detail, sharpness, and improved definition when RAW and JPEG photographs are side by side in a photo editor. Additionally, thanks to the improved sensor, 5.4K video at 30 frames per second may be recorded. Despite shooting in 4K, it is an excellent option if you want to crop into the video because you’ll still receive high-quality clips.
The Air 2S and DJI Mavic 2 Pro have a striking resemblance in terms of fundamental design, despite the Air 2S being significantly more compact and lightweight. The front arms swing out while the rear arms move down and out, and the propeller arms are folded in for storage and out for flight. The construction quality is superb, and all the moving parts seem sturdy and reliable. With a weight of just 21 oz., a folded size of 7.1 x 3 x 3.8 in., and an unfurled size of 7.2 x 3 x 10 in., the Air 2S has excellent portability attributes.
The drone body stays the same, so the extra unfolded size is, of course, only the lengthened propeller arms; it is still incredibly small in both configurations. The controller abandons the folding architecture of the Mavic 2 Pro in favor of a fixed size with a larger battery, which generally results in improved battery life. However, unlike the Pro, this controller supports phones via a telescoping grip at the top rather than arms at the bottom of the controller. To transport, the control sticks can be unscrewed and stored in the rubber parts at the controller’s base.
The DJI Air 2S employs the same DJI RC-N1 controller as the Air 2 and Mini 2, but it also incorporates Drone work and fly more recent 03 transmission technology, giving the drone a 12-kilometer range. We personally don’t have any issues with the large controller, which is significantly different from the foldable ones that came with early Mavic models and which many people like.
The top of the device features a telescopic arm that extends so you can attach a huge smartphone. It also has the standard take-off and landing buttons, automated homecoming buttons, flight mode switches, recording and photo/video capture buttons, and a dial for gimbal control.
We don’t know where to start because the Air 2S is so loaded with cutting-edge technology, but we will start with those two upward-facing sensors on top of the shell. The drone can now identify objects above instead of merely in front of, behind, and below with these two new additions to its obstacle avoidance arsenal. In particular, when the drone is utilized with the recently enhanced Active Track 4.0 function, DJI’s take on the “follow me” principle, the Air 2S has unmatched composure when navigating around trees and buildings.
In fact, the Active Track 4.0 feature is so refined at this point that it can essentially forecast which way you or any other moving subject will likely go. Another excellent feature that lets you create stunning cinematic images while controlling the drone’s flight path is the upgraded Spotlight 2.0. Simply draw a square around the item, whether it’s moving or still, using your phone and the DJI Fly app, and the camera will lock onto it like a fighter pilot while you handle the flight controls.
OcuSync, a DJI-exclusive method of transmitting images, is recognized for its nearly flawless 1080p live stream. With OcuSync 3.0, which is included with this model, the drone’s pilot apps may effectively fly the machine up to 12 km (7.45 miles) away while still being able to see the image through its camera. Given that drones must be flown in “line of sight,” this is, of course, totally against the law. But well, at least we know it can.
No matter how many bells and whistles you add to a drone, the image quality is frequently the most crucial component. Here, the DJI Air 2S unquestionably succeeds. The camera has an 88-degree field of vision or a full-frame equivalent focal length of 22mm, and it has a 20MP 1-inch sensor. The Air 2S, like the Mavic Air 2, regrettably has a fixed f/2.8 aperture with a focus range of 60 cm to infinity.
Even when the Mavic 2 Pro’s aperture is set to f/2.8, still shots look noticeably softer around the edges than those taken by the Pro. However, this decrease in sharpness is quite slight and not a reason to worry, even though it is discernible in a side-by-side comparison. The Air 2S’s ability to handle high ISO noise must be the biggest gain in image quality over the Mavic 2 Pro. Even with a 1-inch sensor, images captured at ISO 3200 are astonishingly clear for a drone.
Only at ISO 6400 does noise start to be more obvious. In short, ISO handling is far better than the Mavic 2 Pro, allowing you to point and shoot camera at higher ISO settings when you need to in low light without having to worry about chroma and luminance noise being too noticeable. In this regard, the Air 2S completely outperforms the Mavic 2 Pro.
Slow-motion video is possible since it is capable to film 5.4K at up to 30 frames per second, 4K at up to 60 frames per second, and Full HD at up to 120 frames per second. Additionally, there is the 8x digital zoom, which starts at 4x with 4K at 30 frames per second and increases to 8x with 1080p at 30 frames per second. Sadly, filming 10-bit or 120-fps videos does not allow for zoom recording. As you can check, using the zoom to just zoom in two times at any resolution results in good video quality.
However, because of the drastic reduction in image quality, moving in closer appears, well, like a digital zoom has been applied. Because digital zooms typically crop photos to achieve the zoom, the image resolution is drastically reduced. However, because the Air 2S’s camera can record at up to 5.4K, it can be done here without causing as much damage, which explains why there is a sliding scale of zoom available at different video resolutions. In either case, a 2x zoom is the maximum you’d ever need for any resolution.
You have the option of recording video in the H.264 or H.265 codecs, as well as in one of three different video color profiles: Normal (8-bit), D-Log (10-bit), or HLG (10-bit). This offers the ideal selection of solutions for both experts and fans. Professionals can utilize color grading to integrate their aerial footage into a raw film pipeline, while enthusiasts can use Standard more
A 20MP one-inch sensor, a full-frame equivalent focal length of 22mm, a fixed aperture of f/2.8, and a focus range of 60 cm to infinity are all aspects of the Air 2S camera. For still photos, an ISO range of 100-12,800 is available; for videos, an ISO range of 100-1600 is available. Additionally, the Air 2S offers in-camera processing for noise reduction that is applied to Raw files as well. This produces excellent results because noise is only discernible at ISO 6400.
The fixed 22mm equivalent lens produces photos that are sharper in the center with a fall-off in clarity towards the corners. However, this is typical of most consumer drones, so it isn’t a significant problem overall. In addition, the Air 2S has a digital zoom that, despite the fixed lens, enables you to go much closer to the action without physically moving the drone in that direction.
However, as image quality gradually declines the more it is used (up to 4x in 4K and 8x in FHD), the maximum level you’d want to utilize is 2x. You can capture stills in Raw, JPEG, or both, and video in conventional color profiles for footage right out of the camera, D-Log (10 bit) for raw video of a professional grade.
Both a regular kit and the Fly More Bundle are offered for the Mavic Air 2S. The standard package costs £899 (US $999) and includes the drone, controller, one battery, propellers, a backup pair of propellers, a charger, and all necessary cords. In addition to everything in the regular package, the Fly More Bundle, which costs £1169 / US $1299, also comes with two more batteries, extra spare propellers, a three battery charging hub, a shoulder bag, and a pair of four ND filters.
As you have seen this review on DJI Air 2S Review. The Air 2S is an excellent drone, its features make it suitable for professional photographers, but also for people who are looking for a good high quality drone for their fun and to make amazing Picture and videos for personal use.
One shortcoming of the Air 2S, however, is that the camera has a fixed aperture of f/2.8, so there’s no way to control exposure while the drone is in the air, aside from changing the shutter speed and ISO. But overall, the Air 2S model is an improvement over its predecessors, with improved safety features, new camera functionality and handful of new flight features as well.