This new drone is massive. Well, not in size, but instead in specs. But can the DJI Air 2S Drone really perform as well as promised by the manufacturer?
We took it to the test.
1 | The Sensor
Larger sensors generally mean a higher image quality, improved low-light performance, and an increased dynamic range.
That’s why professional 1-Inch sensors were reserved for larger and more expensive drones, but only until now. The large 1-Inch sensor of the DJI Air 2S is a significant leap forward. It enables photographers and videographers alike to record more professionally.
And the results look astonishing. The small drone with the large sensor shoots crisp and clean, detailed photos and videos and is excellent for advanced content creation.
2 | Video Resolution
We’re not done with the camera yet. The next major highlight is the video resolution of the new DJI Air 2S drone. 4K is out. 5.4K rules.
The massive resolution sets a new standard and offers a ton of possibilities in post-production.
Don’t forget how high 5.4K resolution actually is. Take a look at the comparison.
5.4K is future-proof and precisely what I and many other ambitious videographers have been waiting for.
If you want to take a closer look at the original footage recorded with the DJI Air 2S in 5.4K, you can download test files for free right here.
3 | New Level of Safety
ADS-B stands for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast.
The DJI Air 2S is equipped with an ADS-B receiver. It means that the drone warns you once an airplane or helicopter approaches. It’s a significant leap in airspace safety. It’s great that the DJI Air 2S is the first consumer drone to feature an inbuilt ADS-B receiver.
Nevertheless, you should not forget that not all airplanes use an ADS-B transmitter.
4 | Travel Size and Weight
The DJI Air 2S is super compact.
It fits in every backpack and can be folded for transportation. Getting it cleared for take-off takes less than 30 seconds.
And it weighs only around 600 grams. Therefore, the drone's weight and size are ideal for travelers.
5 | Transmission Range
Next, the transmission range.
The drone has four inbuilt antennas. They transmit the signal over a distance of up to 7.4 miles. That’s crazy far. Under normal circumstances, you will never need to fly out that far, plus that flying out of sight is forbidden in most countries. But having such a strong signal means never suffering from a poor connection. And the connection is tremendous. The signal simply never interrupted.
6 | Intelligent Functions
Finally, ActiveTrack. DJI revised its tracking mode and made it better than ever.
The camera-based tracking system can track humans as well as animals or objects. All you have to do is select an object on the screen of your smartphone. The drone starts the tracking process automatically.
Of course, you can tell the drone how to track an object. There are plenty of options. The drone can circle or fly by an object or simply follow it.
It was fascinating to watch that the drone didn’t at all struggle when losing sight for a few moments. It simply continued the tracking process once it caught sight again.
The DJI Air 2S Drone is precisely what I've been waiting for. As a filmmaker and enthusiastic aerial photographer, I cannot wait to explore the world with this miniature drone and its - I can't say it any different - professional-grade camera.
Get yourself a DJI Air 2S Drone right here.