DJI’s latest drone to hit the market needs little introduction, with more pre-launch leaks than a colander! But the more we heard, the more excited we became and now that it’s here, we’re more excited than ever to give you some insight into the new DJI Air 2S!
With improved autonomous features and a better camera than its younger sibling the DJI Mavic Air 2, get ready for some pretty hefty improvements this time around. It even has some nice surprises tucked away which we will get to later. But we’ve waited long enough so down to business…
What comes in the box you ask? Say no more:
- DJI Air 2S Drone (600 grams)
- DJI RC-N1 Remote Controller
- Intelligent Flight Battery
- Battery Charger
- AC Power Cable
- Low-Noise Propellers (3 pairs)
- Gimbal Protector
- Type-C Cable
- DJI RC-N1 RC Cable (USB Type-C Connector)
- DJI RC-N1 RC Cable (Lightning Connector)
- DJI RC-N1 RC Cable (Standard Micro-USB Connector)
- Spare DJI RC-N1 Control Sticks (Pair)
DJI Air 2S Fly More Combo:
- 2 more Intelligent Flight Batteries (3 total)
- 3 more sets of Low-Noise propellers (6 pairs total)
Plus these extra accessories
- ND Filters Set (ND4/8/16/32)
- Battery Charging Hub
- Battery to Power Bank Adaptor
- Shoulder Bag
Now, much of this is what you’d expect from your standard drone, but with the DJI Air 2S there are, however, a few little surprises and exciting new things that need to be mentioned!
DJI has been big on coming out with new propellers for their drones recently, and to go with the Air 2S, we have low-noise propellers. We’ve been told each of these blades have been put through a ‘precise dynamic balance test’ for greater aerodynamic efficiency and the result of this is less noise, a lowered power consumption and improved endurance all culminating in longer, quieter flights.
The Air 2S 20MP camera may not sound like the most impressive DJI has released on paper. However, in comparison to the seemingly more impressive 48MP from the Mavic Air 2, the Air 2S boasts an impressive 1” CMOS sensor that will allow capture of authentic colours, rich clarity and better performance in low light conditions, especially with the aid of the ND filters. The Video capture settings are also looking pretty stunning, with the ability to film 5.4k at 30fps, or 4k at 60. The high resolution, high dynamic range, and accurate colour reproduction keeps low light scenes rich and vibrant.
But we know there are heaps of drones on the market, but who is this drone really for? This drone is awesome for anyone that is looking to create content that is enhanced by a drone, allowing you to film your adventure from the skies, capture unseen angles and much more. Any footage captured by the Air 2S will look stunning without post-processing, but there is also plenty of flexibility if any is desired. So whether you want great footage, with minimal effort, or something you can tinker with to make the perfect shot, then this is the drone for you.
ND Filter Set
In the fly more combo, or available separately, you can grab an ND filter set. This opens a far broader range of opportunities for shooting video in different, more challenging lighting conditions. Many people were hoping for manual control of the shutter with this drone, but these ND filters are definitely the next best option. Being able to fly around and film in low light and high light conditions opens up so many more film opportunities.
DJI has improved the drone’s hardware significantly too. An awesome addition are the two extra obstacle sensors on the top of the drone. This means flying this drone is even safer! Though this doesn’t mean the drone has omnidirectional sensing, it allows for some pretty significant improvements to DJI’s safety and obstacle sensing tech. The evolution of APAS 4.0 has further improved the map-building algorithm, utilising those extra forward-facing sensors to deliver a more reliable and smoother obstacle avoidance and bypass system.
And there is the awesome added extra of hyperlapse mode, perfect for capturing that sunrise by speeding up time. Or take a larger, more expansive shot with the wide-angle, 180-degree, sphere panorama wide-angle mode.
MasterShots is a new evolution of QuickShots, an autonomous feature that allows users to select the best shots in any location with just a tap on the screen. All you do is choose your subject and the Air 2S takes care of the rest. The drone will film while it executes 10 manoeuvres in sequence while keeping your subject centre-frame. It will then create a nice little cinematic video for your viewing pleasure.
ActiveTrack 4.0 has more advanced flight route planning, meaning that you’ll end up with a more optimal tracking experience when obstacles are detected. This allows you to smoothly follow a subject while avoiding any obstacles in your path autonomously. Spotlight 2.0 allows you to keep a subject in focus while taking close-up shots or flying up in a spiral. You’ll also be able to zoom in on subjects to keep everyone involved a little bit safer. Point of Interest 3.0 will let you take centred shots of a subject in a perfect circle.
DJI’s new Air 2S makes for a pretty compelling package, its small, foldable design makes it the perfect companion for someone looking to create memories on a trip or someone that is primarily focused on content creation. The many improvements, such as the new low-noise propellers, the autonomous functionality, and the bigger battery life provide a great argument for those that are wanting to get started or even looking to upgrade. Let us know what features you’re excited about, or feel free to ask questions below! If you’re looking to take to the skies, check out the huge range of drones in the DJI Store!