DJI has announced their latest drone with the Air 2S.
The new Air 2S serves as an iterative upgrade to last year’s Mavic Air 2. It has a folding design like the last model, making it easy to travel with.
One of the highlights for this drone is the ability to shoot 5.4K video at 30fps, thanks to the new one-inch sensor. The drone can also shoot 4K 60fps video (at 150Mbps bit rate) and 20MP stills.
“Every creator remembers what it felt like to fly a drone for the first time, and they’ll feel the same sense of wonder and possibility when they first experience DJI Air 2S’s unparalleled mix of astonishing flight capability and gripping image quality,” said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director, DJI Europe. “DJI Air 2S is a wish list come to life for everyone who demands more from a drone, showcasing upgrades that truly elevate the system into a highly versatile drone. From content creators, to drone enthusiasts and travellers, we are confident that a lot of people will be excited about this drone.”
With the new larger image sensor, the drone can capture more info and detail for even better photos and videos including digital zoom.
The Air 2S features DJI’s three-axis mechanical gimbal, which helps produce smooth footage along with EIS (electronic image stabilization).
The drone comes with a number of modes including:
- MasterShots: Professional-level aerial footage has never been easier. After activating MasterShots, the drone will automatically plan a flight path, choose from three different image capture modes, including Proximity, Portrait or Landscape, and start recording classic aerial footage. Pilots can choose different themes and the DJI Fly app will generate a unique video that’s ready to be shared with the world.
- FocusTrack: Focus on the scene and let DJI Air 2S do the hard work for you. Select your subject by drawing a square around it on your mobile device, then choose from Point of Interest 3.0, an automated flight path around the subject; ActiveTrack 4.0, a tool that seamlessly tracks the subject and keeps it in the frame; or Spotlight 2.0, where the drone movement is controlled by the pilot while it locks the subject into the frame.
- QuickShots: A staple DJI feature, QuickShot modes include Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix, Boomerang and Asteroid.
- Hyperlapse: See the world sped up from the air and in motion with the Hyperlapse option in resolution up to 4K. Content captured in 4K resolution and lower can apply digital stabilization for an added layer of smoothness.
The drone uses four high-grade antennas and DJI’s OcuSync 3.0 to deliver a stable feed at a maximum distance of 12km. You can get up to 31 mins of light time, which is 3 mins shorter than the Mavic Air 2.
In addition to the antennas, the Air 2S has Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) 4.0, which uses the four obstacle sensors (on the front, rear, bottom and top) to let the drone autonomously maneuver around obstacles.
The drone also comes equipped with DJI’s AirSense system which warns drone pilots of nearby airplanes and helicopters.
The DJI Air 2S is available now for $1,299 CAD ($999 USD) for the standard edition, it includes the drone, remote controller, one battery and cables.
The $1,699 CAD ($1,299 USD) Fly More combo includes everything in the standard combo plus 2 more batteries (for a total of 3), ND filters, a charging hub and a shoulder bag.
You can pick up the DJI Air 2S from the company’s website and Best Buy.