DJI Air 2S Review – First Look and Footage from the new Drone
This is the new air 2s dji’s newest drone. I took it for a first spin and here are my faults, Music. So here it is the newly announced dji air 2s, like with the mini 2 before dji dropped. The brand name mavic from this product, too, probably a sign that this foldable design is their new standard for consumer and prosumer drones, which means by the way that we probably won’t, see a new drone in the phantom line anymore. But that’s. Just my guess. The design of the air 2s looks very, very similar to what we’ve seen before it’s almost the same size and weight as the air 2, which will also remain in the market. According to dji, the s stands for surprising, superior, safe, smart and satisfying well. What i can tell you, apart from the manufacturer’s marketing talk, is that the air 2s boasts a one inch sensor, just like the mavic 2 pro, which was introduced two and a half years ago. This one inch sensor is improved over the one in the mavic 2. Pro, though, because it now has a 5.4 k resolution and where the mavic 2 pro maxes out at 4k, with 30 frames per second, the air 2s can do up to 4k 60 and 5.4 k with up to 30 frames per second, like the air, 2 and Mavic 2 pro the air 2s can stay in the air for over 30 minutes. In reality, of course, when flying at normal wind speeds, it will be a bit less than that, but it’s still very, very decent.
Now the image out of this drone looks amazing and after having tested the dji fpv and before that, the mini 2 and all these other new drones from dji it’s really nice to see some professional settings in here. So if you go to the right hand, corner and just switch from auto to pro in the video mode, you will be able to change the resolution. The frame rate, the shutter speed, the iso, the white balance. The one thing you will not find is changing the aperture, which is a big downer, because that’s the one thing you can only do on the pro 2. now changing the aperture is really important, because you should be able to keep the shutter speed at the same Speed at all times, that’s why we use nd filters. Now i have an nd filter on the drone, of course, because it’s really bright today but i’m, not able to change the intensity of the nd. So i should be able to change the aperture now. Let’S talk about image quality having a one inch sensor means that we have a clearer image with less noise than with the half inch sensor of the air 2. Due to the larger pixels of the air 2s. We also have a shallower depth of field. Of course, if we’re flying close to something next to the standard picture profile, which is always very contrasty, the air 2s also offers an hlg recording mode for high dynamic range shooting, as well as a d log mode, to make use of the full latitude of a Sensor in post production, now both the hlg as well as the d log modes are 10 bit color modes.
Only the standard mode is 8 bit. Like all other current dji drones, you can choose between h.264 and h.265 codecs, but if you want maximum quality and 10 bit color, you should only choose the h.265 codec, which gives you up to 150 megabits per second in the air 2s. Now, if there’s one thing that always annoyed me a little bit with my mavic 2 pro it’s, the fact that it has a 28 millimeter equivalent field of view, which is simply often not wide enough for aerial shots. Now the air 2s has a 22 millimeter lens, which of course gives you a much wider field of view that shows off foreground background movement much better and by the way, it’s sibling. The air 2 has a 24 millimeter fov, which means that the air 2s wins in the wide angle department, Music. When i was flying the air 2s for my test, i was mostly shooting at 5.4k just to test out the high resolution, and i have to say that i’m really really impressed with the image the new sensor renders highlights and shadows simply very, very well. I also shot a lot of hlg hdr footage and, to my eye it looks a lot less noisy than the hdr image from the mavic 2 pro Music. If there is no post processing involved, hlg will definitely be my go to image mode from this drone, but even when shooting in d log, air 2s footage looks a bit more sharp than mavic 2 pro footage.
I just hope that once again, dji will allow for the post sharpening to be completely disabled with an upgrade now. I also tried to shoot slow motion in 1080p at 120 frames per second on the air 2s flying over a lake and filming the water ripples. But i have to say that mode almost looks completely unusable, it’s cropped, it shows heavy artifacts, aliasing and lots of noise. There is a lot of room for improvement here for dji and if you want to get a nice result, i wouldn’t touch this mode at all. Dji introduced a new feature called master shot, which is definitely mainly a consumer feature. Master shots are supposed to generate more professional, looking shots that are hard to pull off for less experienced pilots after the automatically generated shots have been recorded. You can choose a theme in the dji fly app and it will automatically generate a video based on your settings again. This is nothing a filmmaker would use seriously, but i guess it’s nice to have – and i can see this being overused on social media almost instantaneously, though the dji air 2s has a lot of sensors that can track obstacles in front behind above and below the drone Which makes its focus track feature very impressive: it can autonomously follow a subject by keeping it in the frame and avoiding obstacles using apas 4 technology, even if the subject briefly disappears now. This is similar to the air 2, which also has impressive, autonomous flying functions, which i reviewed before now.
Please note that the focus track feature does not work in the 5.4k mode. You will have to downrest to the 4k mode. The other big downside over the pro 2 is that you don’t have sideway sensors. So, unlike the pro, which also has a one inch sensor, it doesn’t actually detect any obstacles on the side. So when you’re flying sideways, you should be really really careful Music. In terms of image, transmission and remote control, the air 2s uses a new upgraded version of ocusync now called o3 using 4 antennas. You theoretically can fly up to 12 kilometers far with this drone, while maintaining a 1080p image transmission signal. I am amazed how low the latency was, even when i was flying several kilometers away, and i saw no image dropouts, even though i didn’t always maintain line of sight connection when flying over fields nearby. I could definitely feel the difference to the air 2 and mavic 2 pro in terms of how good the connection is, but don’t get me wrong. It’S not like the connection on the other drones was bad at all it’s just better. Now the air 2 uses the same remote controller that was introduced with the mini 2 and also used on the air 2 and the dji fpv drone. This one is great because it lies good in the hand, and it has a very large battery built in so you don’t need to recharge it very often now talking about controllers.
Unfortunately, the newly announced motion controller, which came out with the dji fpv last month, will not work with the air 2s for now. Also, the dji goggles version 2 are not compatible with the new air 2s. In terms of flying speeds, we have the normal mode. Of course, we have the super fast sport mode as usual, where all the obstacle avoidance is disabled and we have the cinemode, which is meant to be a slower precision flying mode to allow for more cinematic movement. But as my dear friend, philip bloom correctly pointed out to me that cinemate is much much faster than what used to be called the tripod mode on the mavic 2 pro, for example, to be precise, the cinemode on the air 2s is around 5 times faster, which Means it’s super difficult to get these slow, intricate movements that were so easy to do before now. In order to fly extremely slowly with the air 2s in the cinema, you need to move the joysticks ever so slightly, which is really really hard to do. Dji, please allow us to adjust the speed of the cinemate in the settings like you allow us to adjust the jaw tilt, speed or the range of the drone in terms of photo capabilities. The air 2s offers 20 megapixels of resolution with single shot, burst and auto bracketing modes as well as timed modes. It also has a smart photo mode, which includes hdr photos and hyper lights for low light.
Photography like we had on the air 2 as well. Shooting dng raw photos is possible too, which is of course great for processing the highest possible quality of a photo in post production and, of course, it still has functions like hdr panorama and hyperlapse Music. So, if you ask me, after these first few days of using it, is the dji air 2s worth buying over the air 2. My answer is a resounding yes for around 150 euros more, you get a drone that delivers even better images from a better and larger sensor in a drone that has even more advanced autonomous flying functions. It’S definitely worth that little extra, but if you’re torn between buying a mavic 2 pro and the new air 2s, the decision is a bit more difficult. The 2 pro offers a 1 inch sensor as well, but it can’t shoot more than 4k 30p. Yet it has this super slow, tripod mode, sideways, sensors and a more organic looking less sharpened image in d log for more flexibility in post production. The air 2s, on the other hand, is a much newer drone with the latest transmission and imaging technology, but it compromises a bit on the tiny details for professional shooting. Dji. Certainly doesn’t make it easy for us choosing between the two but considering the 500 euro price difference, at least at the time of recording of this video, i would probably opt with the air 2s and not feel sorry for myself.
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