DJI has just announced a new AIR 2S drone with a 1-inch sensor, the ability to take 20 megapixel images and 5.4K video capture.
Dubbed by its maker as their “most compact drone with a 1-inch sensor” the new DJI Air 2 is much more than just the size of its sensor. Yes, it can record 4.5K video, but it also brings safer flying capabilities and high-quality pre-programmed moves for a more enjoyable and safer experience.
1-inch sensor, 20 megapixel stills, 5.4K and 4K/60p video
Unlike the DJI Mavic Air, the new Air 2S brings a new one-inch sensor to the table. With it, the drone is capable capable of recording 20-megapixel still images, 5.4K video at 30fps or 4K at 60fps and 150Mbps.
The one-inch sensor is larger than the sensor on the original Mavic Air 2 and offers a larger pixel size of 2.4μm, capturing more information and detail for better photos and videos.
You can also get closer to the subject without moving the drone using a new digital zoom that supports 4x zoom at 4K 30fps, 6x at 2.7K 30fps, 4x at 2.7K 60fps, 6x at 1080P 60fps and 8x at 1080P 30fps.
Moreover, DJI’s world-class 3-axis mechanical gimbal smooths out footage for professional-level quality and 8 GB of internal storage have been added.
Available Picture Profiles include 10bit D-log
Users can choose to record in H.264 or H.265, depending on their preferences for image detail and storage capacity and can also choose from three video color profiles. These include:
- Normal (8 bit)
- D-Log (10 bit) or
- HLG (10 bit)
MasterShots Feature and Other Preset Moves
According to DJI, the new Air 2S is set to bring users effortless creation of imaginative content with the new MasterShots feature. This advanced feature uses automatic flight path planning to set the drone’s course while recording video.
Upon completion of the flight, DJI Air 2S automatically merges the footage under one theme to create an eye-catching video.
After activating MasterShots, the drone will autonomously plan a flight path. Users can choose from three different image capture modes, including Proximity, Portrait or Landscape. Furthermore, pilots can choose different themes and the DJI Fly app will generate a unique video that’s ready to be shared with the world.
Another preset move is Focus Track – select your subject by drawing a square around it on your mobile device, then choose from Point of Interest 3.0, an autonomous 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.
Other familiar feature include QuickShots, which gives you familiar moves such as Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix, Boomerang and Asteroid.
While Hyperlapse gives you the ability to create stunning footage that is sped up from the air and in motion in resolutions up to 4K.
In addition to standard photo options like Timed Photo, AEB and Panoramas, DJI Air 2S’s SmartPhoto mode records 20-megapixel photos using advanced scene analysis and deep learning to automatically choose the best of three options that will create the most visually appealing image for you, including HDR, Hyperlight and Scene Recognition.
Advanced Safety Features, 31 minutes of flight time
DJI Air 2S uses four high-grade antennas and the latest version of DJI’s proprietary OcuSync transmission tech, O3, to deliver a stable feed at a maximum distance of 12km, even in areas with a high number of signals.
Additionally, a maximum 31 minutes in the air gives pilots more time to capture visually appealing footage while four-way sensors help reduce the risk of collision. The newly upgraded front, rear, bottom and top obstacle sensors incorporate binocular zooming technology to recognize incoming objects from further away at faster speeds.
DJI Air 2S uses the latest and most advanced version of Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) 4.0, which allows the drone to autonomously and seamlessly maneuver around, under and over obstacles.
While flying at normal speeds, the newly improved APAS 4.0 offers a wider field-of-view to detect obstacles compared to previous versions. If pilots are flying at higher speeds, as the angle of the drone pitches forward more and the newly added upward obstacle sensor plays a critical part in assisting obstacle detection.
As with DJI’s latest drone models, the DJI Air 2S’s AirSense system warns drone pilots of nearby airplanes and helicopters transmitting ADS-B signals, so the drone can be quickly moved to a safer location.
Other standard DJI safety features of DJI Air 2S include an improved Return-To-Home (RTH) feature, which can bring a drone back to its launch point if it loses contact with the controller or reaches a critically low battery level, and the GEO 2.0 geofencing system to advise pilots of sensitive locations and help them automatically keep away from high-risk areas such as airports.
O3 – OcuSync latest transmission technology
O3, DJI’s third generation OcuSync brings the most reliable transmission technology in the drone market to this portable, foldable drone so users know their connection is stable.
The upgraded FocusTrack mode includes a suite of programmed modes like Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 4.0 and Point of Interest 3.0 that easily mimic the focus, control and movement of a professional video operator.
Pricing and Availability
DJI Air 2S is available for purchase today from store.dji.com and from authorized dealers such as B&H – check out pricing and pre-order links below.
- DJI Air 2S – Standard combo $999
- includes the drone, remote controller, one battery and all the cables and parts needed to get into the air.
- Air 2S Fly More Combo – $1,299
- includes standard combo + 2 batteries for a total of 3, ND filters, a charging hub and a shoulder bag.
For full technical specifications head over to DJI’s website here.