Easily one of the most powerful drones in DJI’s Air series, the DJI Air 2S is its latest addition. With a 1-inch sensor, 5.4K video and the new MasterShots feature, there isn’t a better option out there. Its predecessor was the Mavic Air 2. But how does it compare? We will be highlighting some key upgrades and explaining why the DJI Air 2S is the ultimate all-in-one drone.
Full Specs at the DJI Website: DJI Air 2S Full Specs
MasterShots, one of DJI’s most impressive intelligent features for creators, is available on the DJI Air 2S. This new feature essentially allows anyone to get all of the best shots in any location in a matter of minutes and a couple of taps.
The MasterShots feature is the next evolution of QuickShots. Whereas QuickShots only offered one automatic flight route at a time, MasterShots combines 10-15 that are flown in sequence while the drone focuses on and records a subject of your choice. It even creates an automatic video clip with music, filters, and smooth transitions afterward. Each template was designed by a professional aerial photographer. You can choose from more than 20 templates.
This DJI Air 2S feature is an extremely powerful and convenient way for anyone to capture all of the shots they desire in any location. To achieve the same results with Mavic Air 2, users had to either use QuickShots or fly and record manually, which would take much longer and in some cases require an expert-level pilot. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, MasterShots allows you to quickly create a plethora of cinematic clips on any subject, giving you more time to explore and create.
Air 2S Camera Performance: Sensor Size Matters
In addition to its new sensor and processing pipeline, the Air 2S has a couple of other benefits. When it comes to video quality, the Mavic Air 2 remains a powerful and versatile option, but the DJI Air 2S raises the bar with a 1-inch CMOS sensor and the ability to shoot in 5.4K resolution. It can record videos in 5.4K/30p or 4K/60p, which are both above the Mavic Air 2’s top resolution and frame rate of 4K/30p.
While the Mavic Air 2’s footage still looks impressive, the Air 2S is a real step up in terms of both video and stills. It’s even competitive with the more expensive Mavic 2 Pro – which isn’t surprising since it has a 1-inch sensor as well.
A larger sensor is important for a variety of reasons, but the most important is that it provides better quality and more details in any shot. To begin with, the DJI Air 2S’s night shooting capability is vastly superior to that of the Mavic Air 2. Highlights and shadows provide additional nuance and details, while visual information means more options for editing.
Those who like to color grade their videos will appreciate the Air 2S’s ability to shoot in 10-bit D-Log or HLG formats, which beats out its predecessor’s 8-bit limit.
Some of the most stunning drone shots are taken in low light. Sunrises, sunsets, and dark cityscapes are now crisp and vividly colored. That means there’s never a bad time to capture great cinematic footage with the DJI Air 2S.
Enhanced Obstacle Avoidance: Fly your DJI Air 2S free of worry
The DJI Air 2S can perceive its environment in four directions: up, down, forward, and backward. The upgraded APAS 4.0 feature allows it to avoid obstacles autonomously in complex scenarios and at high speeds.
Because of these improved obstacle sensing capabilities, it’s really good at avoiding obstacles automatically, even at high speeds. Because of the additional upward sensors, this feature works even when flying in S mode.
OcuSync 3.0 Transmission System (AKA O3)
The upgraded OcuSync 3.0 transmission system with the most recent OcuSync technology is found on the DJI Air 2S. This means that the maximum transmission range has been increased from 10 km to 12 km, with a stronger signal. The DJI Air 2S’s antennas have also been doubled to support omnidirectional signal reception. This provides a sensitive and stable signal when the drone is flying above or ahead.
When flying a drone, a stronger transmission signal is essential. A stronger signal allows users to fly farther and see more. It also means greater safety because signal loss is less likely. And, with a low-latency feed, pilots can get more precise shots and movements for a better flight and filming experience.
DJI Air 2S is the ultimate drone for aerial photographers, with an upgraded camera and MasterShots modes. Although the Mavic Air 2 remains a powerful tool for aerial creators, the DJI Air 2S has proven to be the all-in-one option.
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