DJI AIR 2S Review – 5 weeks later…
This has just arrived. Hasn’T it the dji air 2s, and you want to know all about it. Well, i’ve spent a while flying this now and i’m going to give you in this video, my positives and negatives, about this new product entering the dji drone range i already own the mavic 2 pro with the hasselblad one inch sensor. I also have the original air 2 and i’ve got the mini 2, and so therefore, my review is going to be based on out of the four which do i like the best and which is the most convenient all around drone. Most consumers out there are going to be like me. We don’t really care about tweaking with the image settings. We just want to stick everything onto auto. We might plonk an nd filter on the front, but effectively we want a drone, that’s ready to shoot and go without spending too much money. So also keep that in mind during this review. This is not focused on the professional photographers out there, but people like me who want to get some great results very very easily, so in comparison to the original mavic air ii. This thing has pretty much exactly the same form factor it even shares exactly the same batteries, which is very very handy if you already own the mavic air 2., and it also means that the dji haven’t had to plonk on extra expense to produce a specific battery. For this new model, the only downside is that this is slightly heavier than the original air 2 at 25 grams more, and that means that for portability it might be a little bit pushing the boundaries for some of you, but 25 grams really is nothing the battery Capacity isn’t increased and this thing’s carrying a bigger camera sensor and two additional obstacle: optical avoidance cameras on the front at the top, and therefore the flight time of this will be slightly less regardless of the estimates from dji.
But in reality, the flight time you get with these drones anyway is exceptional at around 25 minutes it’s more than enough, and with the combo package, you get three batteries anyway, now onto the camera. The big selling point about this is the fact that it has a one inch camera sensor instead of the half inch camera sensor, that the mavic air 2 had, of course, that’s in no comparison to the hasselblad branded one inch sensor on the mavic 2 pro. However, the mavic 2 pro is more expensive and, in all honesty, i’ve been flying. My mavic air 2 more than the mavic 2 pro recently, because i think the results that come out of it are actually just as good. In comparison, this one inch sensor captures beautiful vivid colors and the image quality is also fantastic, plus. The low light performance is also impressive. Look out for a future up and coming video on that topic. The camera, of course, also shoots 5.4k footage, which is great. It means that most of us, like me, youtubers, are rendering out at 4k now having 5.4k video capability means that we can capture at 5.4 and then pan and scan and crop into that footage. If we want to close in on something or even correct the rotation of the image, it’s also future proofing, because it means that footage we shoot now. At 5.4k, we can still potentially use later on when tvs are 6 and 8k standard.
When the content that we see streamed from netflix and others is 8k as standard upscaling, 5.4k to 8k will be far nicer than upscaling 4k to 8k. So, unless you’re, an absolute professional or a prosumer looking for the best of the best and you live by and swear by the hasselblad name, the one inch center on this is more than enough. Now. This thing does have ocusync 3 and i have to say most consumers again: won’t notice, really any substantial difference between that and occusync too occusync 3 brings with it higher bit rate and less latency, but the reality is that for a drone like this, it actually doesn’t Make a lot of difference. Ocusync 3 does of course, also boast additional range, but i have to say i found the range actually to be about the same and you lose the signal just about the same point with both regardless always keep your drone. In line of sight, and therefore you shouldn’t have any challenges with range anyway. Wind is another big topic. I live on the coast and it’s constantly windy here, but this thing caters for wind just as well as the mavic air 2 did, if not better, because that extra 25 grams of weight does actually make a difference and weight helps in wind, so it’s, actually a Positive in some respects, but no quarrels from me about this and it’s wind handling, it’s, just as capable as its predecessor and definitely more reliable than the mavic mini, which does suffer in wind in terms of what you get in the package with this well i’ve got The combo package, where you get three batteries and lots of accessories, including that little useful, usb adapter for the batteries.
You also get two full sets of props, which is really nice and everything you need to just get up and going now. It is expensive. This drone, it costs more than the original mavic air 2, but you do get a lot for that, and these drones have a lot of longevity. In theory, you could be flying this for the next five years. If you don’t crash it and therefore think about your investment spread over the time that you expect to own this, you don’t always need to buy the latest and greatest drone, and the reality is that people out there are still flying the original mavic pro from 2016 And yet they can get the same results out of that drone as they can, with this it’s more about who’s flying it and capturing the footage and editing it than actually what the drone can do now. This is a big one. This has active track 4.0, which is exceptional even compared to active track 3.0, which was also exceptional and both are better than active track 2, which of course the mavic 2 has active track. 4 benefits from these additional upwards and forwards facing sensors here which the original mavic air 2 didn’t have, and it means that this thing is far more capable and agile, and i saw it taking far more risks than the original mavic air took, and that thing did Well, the other thing, as with all dji drones is it’s, just so quick and easy to get into the air.
I do think the acquisition of gps satellites is far quicker on this and i believe that’s, because it incorporates additional gps technology rather than just the gps and glonass that most of the earlier dji drones included. Another really important factor is sound. Now, when i fly the mavic 2 pro boy, is that thing noisy and loud? It sounds like a chinook coming into land, whereas this thing, even in sports mode, is so quiet. In fact, when you let off the throttle, you get that initial as it slows down. But besides that you don’t really hear it and with drones, getting bit of a bad reputation. These days, it’s quite nice to be seen and not heard, because if you’re not heard you’re less likely to be seen and that’s kind of nice because it means you’re left in peace to fly and enjoy as you want to now. I then thought about what don’t i like about this. Well. To be honest, i love the mavic air 2 it’s, one of the best drones that dji have ever if not have ever produced, and therefore this is just better it’s got a bigger camera sensor. It’S got extra obstacle avoidance for those of you who need it, but also for active track. They’Re really important, because it does mean that when it’s flying forwards at speed, it can still see forward and therefore it avoids those twigs of death problem is the price. I think that’s going to be a problem for most of you out there, but again think about it as a long term.
Investment, not just an immediate investment. These things last for years – and i know that i’ll be flying it for years. That’S for sure i didn’t want to put out one of those ridiculously long, convoluted 20 minute reviews that everybody just skips through. So i just thought really. The best type of review are the highlights to make you make that quick decision. If budget is a problem, then buy the mini too, if you’re compromising on something that’s going to probably meet all of your requirements, then get the mavic air too. If you have specific photographic and video requirements – and you really want 5.4 k – then get the air 2s because of its one inch sensor and its 5.4 k, camera and 10 bit photos. If, on the other hand, you want more weight, a more stable camera platform, the hasselblad one inch sensor and you’re not really bothered about active track or anything like that, then get the mavic 2 pro, because it is still a very satisfying drone to fly, and it Has such a presence in the sky that none of these all the other drones that i’ve mentioned seem to still have Music. Overall, though, dji have done a great job with this they’ve compromised, they could have perhaps extended the battery’s capacity a little bit, but that would have added more weight. It is only an iteration release, there’s, nothing groundbreaking about this. In my opinion, i was really hoping for something truly innovative and new in the next drone from dji, but we do have a better version of what we had before, and that is innovation.
Ultimately, hopefully, this review has been useful and i’m going to be shooting a whole load. More footage with this lovely drone so hit that subscribe button below and also of course, comment if you’d like to see anything specific reviewed on this drone, give this video a thumbs up or a thumbs down if you’re, miserable and, of course, hit that subscribe button.