DJI unveils the Air 2S drone with 20-megapixel digicam. It’s barely been a month since DJI unveiled a brand new drone, and the corporate already has one other to point out. This time, it’s the Air 2S, the most recent iteration of its medium-sized digicam drone. Word the absence of the Mavic branding, indicating we is perhaps seeing extra of a shift in how the corporate pitches every degree of quadcopter it affords.
It’s not clear if the “S” branding right here is an Apple-style improve to the earlier mannequin, however the Air 2S definitely seems like somebody gave the earlier mannequin a lightweight facelift. The design appears near-identical bar just a few smoother traces and an additional pair of entrance impediment avoidance cameras.
However what’s vital right here is the digicam it appears. The Air 2S affords a bigger (1-inch) sensor that shoots as much as 20-megapixel images or 5.4K video at 30fps (or 4K at 60fps and 150Mbps). All of which is a strong improve from final time round the place images had been 12-megapixel and video topped out at 4K/60 or 120 Mbps.
Different digicam perks embody 4X digital zoom, doubling the quantity of the Mavic Air 2 at 4K/30fps. There’s additionally the choice for 6X zoom in 2.7K and 1080p/60 modes. For those who don’t thoughts capturing in 1080/30 you possibly can squeeze that zoom function proper as much as 8X. For videographers, the Air 2S helps three colour profiles: Regular (8 bit), D-Log (10 bit) or HLG (10 bit)
At 595g, the DJI Air 2S weighs in a shade heavier than its predecessor (570g) which could additionally go some approach to clarify the marginally decrease max flight time now — 31 minutes down from 33. There are different upgrades, although, certainly one of which we already alluded to: that additional pair of impediment cameras.
DJI claims that every one 4 impediment sensors have been up to date, with these two new cameras enabling “binocular zooming” which the corporate claims acknowledges objects each farther absent and at sooner speeds. There’s additionally “O3” which is DJI’s fancy new title for OcuSync (its video transmission know-how) which, in a nutshell, means you possibly can theoretically fly the Air 2S as much as 7.5 miles absent (12 kilometers) which is a shade over a mile greater than final time. In apply, this implies the video connection must be extra secure over any distance inside these limits.
As typical, there are some tweaks to the built-in sensible flight modes which embody Highlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 4.0 and Level of Curiosity 3.0 — all of that are aimed toward giving your photographs that cinematic really feel.
Extra fascinating is the brand new “MasterShot” function which appears to have been teased as an April idiot, however one which seems to have been a artistic tease in plain sight. MasterShot appears to mix pre-programmed flight paths with clever computerized modifying. A form of fire-and-forget mode to create computerized edits from no matter path you inform it.
The Air 2S goes on sale in the present day for $999 for the usual bundle or $1,299 for the “Fly Extra” combo which incorporates three batteries, a charging dock, ND filters and the shoulder bag.