DJI Air 2S

DJI Air 2S

20MP, 1"-type CMOS sensor | 5.4K/30p video | 'MasterShots' cinematic capture mode

What we like:

  • Outstanding video quality
  • 5.4K/30p video with 10-bit D-Log and HLG
  • Improved APAS 4.0 performance

What we don't:

  • Fixed aperture lens
  • Sensitive to high winds
The Air 2S is the latest lightweight, compact and foldable mid-level consumer drone from DJI. It includes many flight modes and features that make it easy to create various automated cinematic shots, hyperlapse clips and shareable content like 'dronies'. The Fly More combo includes three batteries and comes with an impressively compact carrying case, making it convenient to take with you on any adventure.
The Air 2S operates in three different modes – Cine, Normal, and Sport – with a top speed of 68.4 km/h (42.5 mph) for the latter. Batteries will power the drone for up to 31 minutes. DJI has equipped the Air 2S with four-way obstacle avoidance detection and APAS 4.0, an autopilot system that automatically avoids, and will fly around, obstacles it encounters when recording at up to 4K/30p. There are sensors on top of the aircraft, and an auxiliary light on the bottom aids in both takeoff and landings in low-light conditions.
The DJI Air 2S includes flight modes and features that make it easy to create various automated cinematic shots.
The camera has a 20MP, 1"-type CMOS sensor mounted on a 3-axis gimbal and a 22mm equivalent fixed-aperture F2.8 lens with an 88º FOV. It can capture both JPEG and Raw photos and various panoramic styles, including 360º spherical, 180º, and vertical panoramas. DJI's SmartPhoto feature, which uses computational technology similar to that found on a smartphone, results in consistently good photos.
Video can be captured at resolutions up to 5.4K/30p, 4K/60p, and 1080/120p at 150 Mbps using either the H.264 or H.265 codec. You can also digitally zoom in on subjects up to 4X at 4K/30p, 6X at 2.7K/30p, 4X at 2.7K/60p, 6X at 1080/60p, and 8X at 1080/30p. Notably, 5.4k video footage is captured using the entire width of the sensor without line skipping or pixel binning. Serious cinematographers will appreciate 10-bit D-Log and 10-bit HLG capture, in addition to the standard (8-bit) color profile.
The remote is boxy but easy to hold. Attaching your smartphone can be a challenge, and there aren't any external antennas. Equipped with OcuSync 3.0 (O3) transmission technology, DJI claims the Air 2S has a range of up to 12km (7.45 miles). ActiveTrack 4.0 and Point of Interest 3.0 deliver increased accuracy for tracking subjects during automated flights.
If you're looking for a lightweight and compact drone with a 20MP, 1"-type CMOS sensor, good color profile, and ability to capture 5.4k/30p video, you can't go wrong with the Air 2S. While it doesn't have everything a professional drone operator needs to run a business, it could be used for events such as weddings real estate photography. If you're looking for an optically superior lens or something that holds up better in windy conditions, however, you may want to look a level up at a prosumer drone.