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Featuring a 1-inch CMOS sensor, powerful autonomous functions, and a compact body weighing less than 600 g, DJI Air 2S is the ultimate drone for aerial photographers on the move. Take this all-in-one aerial powerhouse along anywhere to experience and record your world in stunning detail.
Big World, Big Sensor
Equipped with a 1-inch image sensor and large 2.4μm pixels, DJI Air 2S is capable of 5.4K/30fps and 4K/60fps video. Capture any moment with the rich clarity and authentic color tones it deserves for results that amaze.
Turn On the Night
Capture the allure of the world, even as it darkens. Thanks to a high dynamic range, high resolution, and accurate color reproduction, even low-light scenes are sharp and vibrant.
One Billion Colors
Fully immerse yourself in all the hues of your environment. The 10-bit Dlog-M color profile can record up to one billion colors while retaining all the little details that make footage pop.
RAW format photos with a dynamic range of up to 12.6 stops capture more visual information in every scene, even when lighting conditions are bad or complex. This provides more flexibility in post-processing, giving creators more possibilities to get the look they want.
Intelligent HDR technology merges multiple shots automatically, increasing the dynamic range of images without the need for post-processing. That means more nuanced details in both the highlights and shadows for richer images with greater depth.
Hyperlapse and Panorama
Speed up time and movement with a single tap by creating a striking hyperlapse. You can also capture larger, more detailed shots of your surroundings with panorama.
MasterShots gives users the best shots in any location with just a tap. Simply select your subject, and the drone will film while executing ten different maneuvers in sequence, keeping your subject center-frame and generating a short cinematic video afterward.
The Center of Attention
FocusTrack features Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 4.0, and Point of Interest 3.0, making it a breeze for DJI Air 2S to follow or circle your subject.
Worry Less, Discover More
The combination of portability, safety, and autonomous technology means you can spend more time enjoying flights and less time worrying about them. Take DJI Air 2S into the sky confidently, every flight.
DJI Air 2S has the ability to perceive its environment in four directions: up, down, forward, and backward. The algorithms for APAS 4.0 have been further improved, allowing DJI Air 2S to actively avoid obstacles in more complex scenarios and at high speeds.
DJI Air 2S features DJI's most advanced O3 (OcuSync 3.0) image transmission technology, delivering an ultra-smooth, clear, and reliable image feed everytime you fly.
Safer Skies with ADS-B
DJI Air 2S provides an added layer of airspace safety with the built-in AirSense system. This receives ADS-B flight location information from airplanes and helicopters in your area that transmit ADS-B signals, and warns you through the DJI Fly app.
DJI Air 2S is compatbile with DJI Smart Controller, ND 4/8/16/32 and ND 64/128/256/512 filters. Not compatible with DJI FPV Goggles V2 or Motion Controller.
DJI Air 2S Aircraft
DJI RC-N1 Remote Controller
Intelligent Flight Battery *3; Battery Charger; AC Power Cable
My first introduction to DJI products was the spark and I couldn’t believe its abilities for something so small. I then moved on to the mini (1st gen) due to its size and weight. I still have the mini and though I like it, I missed some of the features that the spark had that the mini didn’t. With the Air 2S I get those features back and then some! The abilities of this drone are truly amazing, it can make even a novice look good when shooting and recording video in a minimum amount of time.
Setting up the Air 2S was the easiest of the 3 owned. One huge change from the mini was attaching the propellers, the Air 2S uses a twist and lock propeller. This is such a welcome change from the mini that has propellers held on by screws. Attaching and detaching on the Air 2S is so quick and simple.
The video and photo quality of the Air 2S is truly breathtaking. The new 1 inch CMOS sensor takes incredible photos even at night. When zooming in on photos that I took on my tablet the amount of detail they still have is amazing. The Air 2S has digital zoom but only available when in video mode. In 1080p you can zoom up to 8x and in 4K 30 4x. You can’t zoom in when in 4K 60 or 5.4K. The Air 2S has so many cool features and abilities when taking photos and videos, but my favorite has to be Asteroid. It takes a circular panorama video and it’s just extremely cool when you see it!
Operating a drone can be a little scary when you first get into them. The Air 2S makes it a little less scary with some of its new safety features and sensors. The biggest one to me is ABD-S. It alerts you when aircraft such as a plane or a helicopter is operating in the airspace near you.
A small but nice little accessory that is included is an adapter that will allow you to use the batteries to charge a phone, tablet or both.
Its easy to see why DJI is a leader in the consumer drone space with products like the Air 2S. If you’re getting into drones and want something that has amazing photo and video quality, I can’t recommend the Air 2S enough.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
A new evolution in imagery and fun
I really got into drone flying several years ago, with DJI's release of the Phantom 3 Pro. The freedom and the new video and pictures that I was able to capture, were absolutely amazing.
BUT it's size and weight was a limitation... but no more. This is the upgrade that I have been waiting for.
The DJI Air 2S is an entirely new bird, and really is the size of a bird.
The first time setup, takes about 1 hour. To get it unpackaged, first battery charged up, and to get all the firmware updates done. Gives you some time to just admire this little thing.
It took me a few minutes to find the iPhone connecting wire.. .it is there, but it is pre-installed in the controller. Right where it will be used. I was able to add my iPhone 11 Pro, right to the controller with no problem. Fits like a glove, and really is the perfect size to companion with the very light and compact controller.
The elegant design of just being able to unscrew the joysticks, and stash them away... and every detail about making this controller compact, but very function was well thought out. You have your X, Y, Z axis controllers right where they should be on your two thumbs. Your index fingers control the angle of your camera, and the shutter on the camera.
Extra options to use the auto-return to home feature and landing. This is a great feature DJI adds, that will return your drone to where it took off.
Now for the drone itself. So compact... about the size of 4 bananas 2x2 (no joke, that is how big this is). compact and small, but unfolded it is ready to go. The props are simple press in and twist. One negative, is the camera cover. It is a little awkward to get on and off, and I am always concerned I am going to break the camera. I have gotten used to it, but still it is temperamental.
The battery is compact and long lasting. I was able to fly over 15 minutes, without even being concerned on the battery. It snaps right in, and there is no mistaking if it is in or not, as it is also the power button.
While the drone is not silent, it isn't overly loud. You are not sneaking up on anyone, but you are not going to be a big disturbance either.
The full inclusive kit is AWESOME. Comes with the carrying case, a total of 3 batteries, A Serial charging kit (so you can charge all the batteries in a row without swapping), 3 full sets of props, camera filters, the controller, and charger. It also has the wires for Android and other popular devices.
Now comparing this to my P3P. Just look at the pictures and see the size different. The P3P was a full bulky backpack, and wasn't very convent. This new one, I am going to be able to take camping with me and out with the scouts, and just bring along on trips and have with me.
The physical size... this is where the Air2S had a little challenge. Over the last two weekend, we had wind conditions. So I limited the flying, as it was causing the drone to work really hard to keep it's position which it did. The video was still spot on and smooth, and the picture didn't wobble around.
The speed, this little baby can move. While it isn't as fast as a racing drone, it can move... it can go up and down in a blink, and change directions on a dime. Experienced flyers are going to have a good time with some of the new maneuvers.
This generation of drone also have crash avoidance systems and warnings. While I didn't have to engage them, they did start to yell at me I was getting a little close to things.
The DJI software is also top notch. at one point while flying, a low flying aircraft came into range, and the software warned me... BEFORE I could hear the aircraft. While I was still well under 400ft, I found it awesome that I have that option now and can utilize it for better safety all around.
I am looking forward to the next many months to push this little fantastic system to the limits, and see what else it can do.
From taking landscape, artistic, functional, and all sorts of other imagery... this is the drone you have been waiting for.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Terrific Photo/Video Quality and FUN
For anyone interested in flying drones, whether to simply fly recreationally or to take videos and photographs, the Air 2S is the current best of both worlds. While my previous favorite drone was the Mini 2, in no large part because of its small size, and cost, the Air 2S surpasses it on features at a fair price and the imaging quality is simply miles better. Obviously the 2S is more money up front, I think the benefits gained justify the cost. I’ll also go ahead and add, do yourself a favor and get the fly more package. You’ll end up needing the additional accessories down the road (i.e. batteries, carrying case, extra propellers), so you might as well get them all upfront.
IN THE BOX
For such a small box, there’s a lot of stuff in there. You’ll find most everything in the carry bag that it comes with. There’s a battery in the drone, a charging station, power cord, small USB, a USB charger that connects into one of the battery slots of the charging station, and a power cord. There’s a smaller box that has a bunch of propellers, filters for the lens, extra thumbsticks for the controller, and two batteries. Honestly, it’s about everything you would ever need.
I wish the carrying case had a hard shell, but I can’t be too picky.
For those that are new to DJI drones, the setup is pretty straightforward, but can be a little time consuming. Not hours, but don’t just think you can go somewhere and start flying immediately. The first step is to download the DJI app. I have Android (Google Pixel 4 XL) and the app is not available on the Google Play Store (for reasons I don’t fully understand). But if you perform a Google search for “DJI Fly app,” you’ll be directed to the DJI website where you can download it. You might get a pop-up about downloading an app not from the Play Store, but just ok that action.
First thing you should do is charge all the batteries. Good news is that you can plug all three batteries into the charger at once. The bad news is, they don’t all charge at once. Once the first is done charging, the next is charged, and then the third. It’s not a big deal, but again, something to remember before heading out to fly.
From there you open up the app. You should have the newest version of the app. But you can always check the settings. It should download automatically.
Next, you’ll need to update the drone itself. For me, the process took about 30 minutes. The app notifies you autmoatically, but if it doesn’t, you can go into the setting menu and check for up to date firmware, etc. Again, I mention this because you’ll want to do all of this with a strong Wi-Fi network BEFORE heading out somewhere to fly.
If you followed its release at all, you know it comes with a large imaging sensor (which means it takes in more light) and can record in 5K resolution (albeit 24 frames per second). Basically, the larger an imaging sensor the better the photo quality. It allows more light in and less noise in the images. It also records video in 4K at 60 frames per second, which in my opinion is the best. You can get smoother footage at lower resolutions, but I am really pleased with the 4K60FPS. There are a multitude of other photo and video options. I don’t generally adjust the photo settings (sticking with auto) because I’m not a professional, but will occasionally mess with the different frame rates on videos.
One thing I’m happy to have in a drone, is the obstacle avoidance. There are sensors on the back, front, bottom (and sort of on the top) that will detect incoming objects and stop the drone. While you should always have line of sight on your drone, sometimes it’s far away and difficult to see, and you lose some depth perception. I’ve gotten my Mini 2 stuck in a tree before, but the Air 2s will detect it and stop. The controller even sends out an audible “beep” and lights the screen up with an orange bar depending on what side it detects the obstacle. This is something that is difficult to test, for fear of it not working, but I did try against a large tree and sure enough it came to a complete stop. I don’t know if it would detect a small branch. But you can feel a sense of comfort it’s not going to run into a building if you were say, flying close to it or inside a large structure.
PHOTO QUALITY AND PHOTO FEATURES
I think the photo AND video quality is top notch. I took some pictures out at a farm and some video and they turned out great, even with an overcast sky. The details were spot on. I’m a recreational flyer, so while I enjoy flying drones for the fun of it, so I’m not doing it professionally and I don’t always know what to do with my footage. I have edited them in Adobe, but that’s time consuming. Enter, Mastershots, probably my favorite new feature. It’s basically drone footage editing on the go. Once you get your drone in the air, you hit the button that looks like movie film (above the record button) which brings up some options (panorama, etc.) and includes Mastershots. Mastershots allows you to focus on an object (person or vehicle) and you can select things such as wide or medium, and what shot you want (rocket is my favorite) and the drone will fly itself and record a small clip. You can then pick some preselected templates and it will create a little montage with sound. A professional probably wouldn’t use this, but for amateurs like myself this is a fantastic feature that takes the editing out your footage.
I also want to mention the panorama function. We all know about it, but it’s really cool to create an automatic panorama shot from high altitudes. Gives an entirely different viewpoint to landscapes that shooting on the ground just can’t replicate.
EASE OF USE/FLYING EXPERIENCE
There are three options, normal, cinematic and sport, which you can adjust with a switch directly on the face of the controller. Normal is just that, normal conditions. Cinematic makes the drone fly a little slower (hence, cinematic shots), and sport mode turns the speed up. I got the drone to hit 40 MPH, which in my opinion is pretty dang fast (relatively speaking). But you should know that the obstacle avoidance sensors are turned off when flying sport, so be careful!
The flying experience and ease of flying is super easy. There’s a tutorial on the device that I recommend, but even if you don’t, just test flying it at first to get familiar with the controls will give you the experience you need. It’s super fun to fly a drone and DJI’s controller is super simple to use and understand. It’s just plain fun to fly one. My only minor gripe is that sometimes my drone wouldn’t turn left or right when stationary in the air. I think it was because I had the FPS setting turned on (where the camera “banks” with the drone while flying). But there were other times when it just wouldn’t move; I would have to gain altitude to get it to move. I can’t quite explain it any better, and it very well may have been user error (could have been the obstacle avoidance sensors that stopped it from moving).
Just a few other things worth mentioning. I don’t have the FPS goggles, but I noticed there’s an option to fly with the camera in FPS view. When viewing on your screen, you’ll notice the camera tilt with the direction you turn. If you’re just filming, you may not want it (although, when done right you could create some cool footage). But it seems that you can buy the FPS goggles and have a FPS experience. You won’t be able to perform crazy acrobats like you could with the DJI FPS, it’s still cool to have that option. There is a small amount of onboard storage, so you can record directly to the drone, but you’ll definitely want to get a microSD card to make sure you don’t run out of space. For those new to drone flying, I do want to mention that you will need to register this drone with the FAA ($5 for three years). You’ll also have to place the FAA registration number directly on the drone itself. I won’t get into getting a license (it’s not necessary when flying recreationally) but just know that if you haven’t flown one before, you’ll want to read up on the rules.
This is by far the best drone I’ve flown. It’s easy to use, has lots of useful features, including a range of functions that aren’t overwhelming to newish users and best of all, it takes stunning photos and videos. The fly more kit is a must in my opinion, giving you pretty much every accessory you’ll likely need. Not to mention it’s so small when folded up. Not as small as the Mini 2, but it’s still amazing how compact it is.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Magical object avoidance, great drone at any level
The DJI Air 2S is an outstanding drone with features that beginners and professionals can both appreciate. Dropping the Mavic name, the Air 2S is the newest iteration featuring a sharp 1” camera sensor that can shoot up to 5.4K HD video and does 4k at 60fps to keep your footage smooth. The bigger sensor captures more light, enabling the camera to catch more detail and improve performance in low light settings. It’s capable of both HDR and 10 bit Dlog-M color profile, with an upgraded video transmission system that offers a sharp live feed with relatively low latency. In short, the camera puts it on the high end of the prosumer market and makes the Air 2S a good bridge to DJI’s professional drones. It’s part of what makes it an incredible drone, but that’s only a piece of the package, and not even the most impressive.
DJI has been diligently working on making their drones smarter about avoiding obstacles and they’ve done something remarkable with the Air 2S. Adding upward obstacle avoidance sensors, it can now see up, down, forward, and backwards. This enables it to detect what’s around better and it works very, very well. This is key for obvious drone longevity reasons, but it’s what else DJI did with the sensors that makes this package amazing. As you watch the live video feed through the DJI Fly app, you can use your finger to quickly create a box around a subject for it to follow. It can be a car, bike, person, animal, and I don’t know what else, but it locks on quickly and can also be set to follow in parallel. I tested it out by having it follow me through a trail, but things got really impressive when I veered into the woods. There were branches everywhere and yet it managed to maneuver around them without getting snagged or making contact once. There were moments where I had to stop and wait for it, but to be fair, it was behind a lot of branches and I didn’t have to wait long for it to get out. I also had it follow me on a trail run, which was really cool seeing what kind of footage you can do solo. There’s also a new feature called “Mastershots”, which lets you select your subject, and then sets the drone out on a few pre programmed flight patterns to easily capture some professional looking footage.
DJI really makes it easy to be a filmmaker (or at least look like one) and it’s these kinds of innovations and creator tools that put them at the top. Because not only is the Air 2S a great prosumer media drone, it’s also compatible with the FPV Goggles and motion controller, giving you the flexibility to fly in a totally different first person perspective. The remote also includes 3 speeds to suit your needs: Cine, Normal, and Sport. Cine moves slower for smooth, dramatic pans, while Sport disables all safeguard and obstacle avoidance sensors in the name of speed. In terms of flying time, each battery gives you a bit over 30 minutes, which is why I highly recommend the Fly More Combo. Outside of the drone and remote, it includes 3 total batteries, 4 ND filters, 3 sets of propellers, an extra set of controller joysticks, and a 3 way battery charger, all tucked away into a nice little carrying case. Having used the old DJI Phantom drones, it’s incredible how the whole Fly More combo fits in my backpack with room to spare. Being practical means it’s going to be used more and the compact size makes it very travel friendly.
If you’re in the market for a video drone, it’s hard not to recommend the DJI Air 2S Fly More combo. It’s friendly enough to fly for all skill levels, with superb object avoidance, super far range, subject tracking, a professional quality camera, easy editing and publishing tools, and a bunch of extra parts to keep you flying for hours. I highly, highly recommend this drone kit.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Professional photos, easy to fly
The DJI AIR 2S is a multi-faceted drone, and exceeds all expectations I had of drones in this price range.
This drone comes well equipped, with a battery charging hub that will charge all three batteries simultaneously, a USB charge adaptor to charge a phone from the battery, three intelligent batteries (two backups), remote controller, low-noise propellers (two replacement sets), USB-C , miro-USB, and lightning cables, four control sticks (primary and backup set), neutral density (ND) filter sets, and padded shoulder bag. Out of the box, plug in the charging cable to the battery hub, this is used to charge both the batteries and the controller. Note, the batteries need to be charged to activate them for the first time. Next scan the QR code in the quickstart guide to download the DJI Fly app. I'm piloting this drone with android Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, the software is seamlessly compatible with no issues or lag. Next, install propellers, ensuring the color codes match the arm motor for correct placement, the app will also guide through this setup. Last power on the drone and pair to the app. You can elect for optional DJI insurance for drone damage and flyaway. If you elect this option, you will also need to bind the drone to your phone via the app to be eligible for coverage.
Drone control is top notch, if you are new to flying, features such as auto-takeoff and return to home, improve the learning curve without risk of damaging the drone. Flight features of the drone include: infrared sensing up/down/forward/back obstacle detection, distance/height relative to home point, flight recorder, AirSense system which warns of any approaching aircraft that transmits ADS-B signals.These features are GPS based, and accurate within normal GPS tolerances. The drone has 8 GB internal memory, and has the option for an additional capacity using an UHS-I micro-SD card (256 GB limited). Flight time is approximately 30 minutes per battery, pending flight conditions.
The image sensor is 1", and yields dynamic, high resolution images that are true to color, even for low light images such as sunsets and overcast days, see photos. The gimbal allows for inflight adjustments though the remote, providing for a full range of up/down photo angles. The app allows for in flight photo options such as hyperlapse, panorama, single shot, smart photo optimization, and burst. In addition to the photo settings, the app allows for automated flight path control around an object you select, such as circle, rocket, dronie, and spiral to give multiple methods for creating the nearly unlimited photo angle combinations. One major feature for video is the Mastershot function allowing you to select your subject (car, house, animal, person, etc) and the drone will film while following ten flight sequences, keeping your subject centered and producing a cinematic video upon completion of the flight sequence. Note, attached photos are about 12 MB originally and have been reduced to 5 MB for upload, the resolution is not true to actual drone quality.
While I haven't tried the transmission length to its full extent (advertised ~7.5 miles line of sight), I had no signal issues flying over a half mile around a 15 acre property with 500' elevation changes and trees, barn, and terrain between the home location and the drone.
While I haven't had enough time to explore the full extent of the photo / video options and features, the drone is easy enough for an amateur to fly while yielding professional quality photos and videos. I highly recommend to someone who is undecided, the extra investment is well worth it in the ease of use and the quality of image.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
I am still impressed with the capacity that this drone has, I must say from the beginning that this product really exceeds expectations and there is only one thing that in my opinion could be a con and that is that it’s not possible to change the aperture of the lens, it is fixed to f2.8 but in the use, it is not so missed. Having said the above, I will start with the unboxing that is simple and most of the things are already inside the little backpack that is included, a couple of boxes and some documentation, quite easy and fast.
The More Fly Combo kit seems to me to be quite convenient since it gives you 2 extra batteries, filters, propellers etc, it is more than what you pay extra for the same kit. If you add to the above the exceptional quality of which the drone and its components are made, the portability, the battery life, the new OcuSync 3.0, and the accessories are really worth it. All this brings me to the point that in my opinion is one of the most important, the new 1-inch sensor which is definitely the one that makes it quite special and convenient.
The 1-inch sensor, which by the way is twice the size of its predecessor, captures video in 1080p, 4k, 5.4k from a range of 30 - 60 fps, it will depend on the chosen configuration, since it has several modes of flight and recording that allows you to get very interesting shots and even slow motion at 120fps but only in 1080, as I mentioned earlier will depend on the chosen mode and the settings that one uses in pro mode. The pro mode allows you to modify the exposure time, iso, etc.
Speaking of the performance at the time of flying the drone, I could see that from the moment of installing the app, updating, registering, and the first flight, everything is quite easy, the app is of great help since it is very accurate. Once registered and the firmware updated I could be ready to go flying the drone, following the corresponding guidelines of my city I was able to make the first flight successfully and get some very cool shots. The drone is not very noisy, I feel that it is the noise that one expects from a drone as compact but powerful as this one. The three modes (Tripo, Normal, Sport) work in a very fluid and precise way, of course, it will depend on the situation and what result you’re looking for, in combination with the Master Shots it can be equivalent to very good video and photographs.
From the first moment the control is turned on and connected to the phone, the app guides you step by step in addition to the small tour that it gives you through the app options when the drone is on and ready to take off, it seems to me that it is very useful if it is the first times that a drone is flown, I think that by following all the steps, local regulations and with enough concentration and attention, anyone could fly a drone.
I do not want to describe all the characteristics because that is what the product description is for so I will summarize that this drone is worth every penny, if you are a drone lover you will be more than happy and it will be one of your new favorites, and if you are thinking of buying one For recreational use and for the first time, I feel that if you can afford this Fly More Combo kit, you will end up very happy and satisfied. I can highly recommend this DJI Air 2S drone.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
My favorite new toy
This is the second drone that I’ve gotten from DJI and I have to say that it is by far my favorite. Ive had other drones before from less reputable brands and when I got my first real one, which was the Mavic Mini, I knew I could never go back to a lesser brand. You can pay $100-$200 for something just to play around with in the backyard with the kids, but if you really want something quality and has a ton of features, the AIR 2S is the way to go. Of course you can go with more expensive models, but for me, this one fit the bill.
I must have checked my Fedex shipping status everyday waiting for this to come and when I got it, I broke it open to see all of the nice accessories that came with the Fly More Combo. The filters, bag, extra blades and batteries in the Fly More Combo makes this set worth getting over just the standalone Air 2S. That is unless you have the Air 2, which I believe everything is compatible with this one.
Let me apologize in advance for the lengthy review, but there is just too much to write about to not give it, its just due. First, I’ll tell you about the camera sensor. I don’t really want to do a comparison review between this one and the Mavic Mini but I will just say the picture and video quality are heads and shoulders about any other model that I have flown. The clarity is unreal and the video quality is unparalleled to anything I’ve flown. I attached some photos that I took with the drone camera, which were taken on a very sunny day, without using any of the ND filters. Even without a filter, the quality is amazing. Had I not been so excited to get it up and running, I would have taken the time to figure out how to take off the filter and put a different one on that was more suitable for the conditions, but that is my fault for lacking the patience to read the user guide. The thing about these photos is that these were taken as JPEG’s, not RAW files. The RAW files are larger, but with that you get greater color detail and the ability to edit them afterwards using aftermarket software. The detail in those photos is incredible to say the least. The resolution and accurate color detail, particularly with darker shades was impressive and I was able to edit them even more using my MacBook Pro. I cant wait to take it to the Lake Erie and get some night shots of the city and the water. That is one thing I wish I could have done before writing this review.
Next, I’ll talk about the obstacle avoidance. This version can detect obstacles in front, back, upward and downward which is great for beginners and helps when you are using ActiveTrack which is another awesome feature. I was at a local park with my drone and I met a guy who was walking with his wife and he was definitely a drone guy. I asked him if I could video him and his wife while the walked down the path so that I could evaluate the tracking feature. They were all for it and waved to the drone while I was filming. There were numerous trees around the park and the drone automatically avoided them and still maintained the camera on the couple. He came back and I showed him the video and he was impressed, just as much as I was.
The AIR 2S has a range of roughly 6 miles, although I didn’t take it that far out, I never had any interference and had clear recording and photos throughout my first flight. This is probably due to the dual frequency (2.4ghz and 5.8ghz) that eliminates a lot of the interference.
I really wish I could post some of the amazing videos that I shot with this drone. I mean the features are amazing. The Hyperlapse recording is one of my favorite features for toying around. I recorded my kids playing in the backyard. Going from the trampoline to the jungle gym and just running around and the detail and clarity were much more than I expected. I had fun also using the Sphere setting while recording. I will admit I need more practice with that, but I see some epic videos in my future with that feature. It shoots the video in a circle from the highest to lowest point and still maintains clarity.
Although I was using an iPhone 11 with my controller and constantly found myself fighting with the brightness of the sun to really see what I was doing, I had a tremendous amount of fun tracking subjects and taking photos. The DJI Fly app is very intuitive and powerful. You can adjust all of the settings from maximum height and distance, to resolution, image type and various other settings. I touched the screen on my phone to select my sons running and recorded some good video. The gimbal automatically followed them and all I had to do was maintain control of the drone.
Another great use that I found for this drone is taking aerial shots of our various rental properties. I had a new roof put on one of the houses a few months ago and I was able to fly above it and check out the work that was done. We had a decent storm come through after the roof was put on and I was able to see if there was any damage done and see the quality of their work.
I can go on and on about how much I enjoy this new toy, but if you really want to see the benefits of it, you will really need to go out and get one. The only downside to using this drone in bright areas is using my phone. Although my phone has a decent display, it dampened my enjoyment a bit trying to see the screen. I would recommend getting the DJI Smart Controller if you are serious about using your drone. Its pricey and I’ve decided that I’m going to save up and purchase one. My neighbor has one for his Mavic Pro and FPV drones and he let me try it out and it is so much more superior than any phone that I can imagine using with the drone. I’ve already been dropping hints to my wife about Father’s day and my birthday coming up and what would be a great gift, so maybe I’ll get lucky. I wont hold my breath though.
I truly cant give this thing high enough praise. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking into this as a hobby or profession. I didn’t speak about the registration or classes you need to take in order to use this for business purposes, but that information is readily available online.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Insane photos, performance + newbie protections
I'm a new drone enthusiast. Well new in the sense that my first drone was the Mavic Air 2, released in May of 2020; when the 2s came up for review, I was all over it. So, if there are a bunch of comparisons here, I’m sorry in advance.
I took videos, comparing the 2 & 2s as I have both. They’re clearly labeled - so check them out if you are interested: https://bit.ly/32X70EB (YouTube / NH Techie). Feel free to comment on the videos because I can’t reply to comments on the review! I’ve also uploaded some Panoramas: https://bit.ly/32U9802 - just look for 2s in the name (there are Air 2 panos up there).
In comparing the two from a novice’s perspective - I was a bit confused with the new version, primarily:
Less flight time
My first thought: surely there's something incorrect there.
That led me to DJIs site for some explanation - and now it makes sense. To get 45MP on the Air 2, they played with the pixels (gotta love technology) due to a smaller (5/8) sensor. Now, with a full 1” sensor on the Air 2s, 20MP is expected to have much better zoom clarity and details.
That being said -- I was excited for the larger sensor: more light, better image (is the theory).
After unboxing, I charged each battery independently & not on the charging strip included in the “Fly More” bundle. If you’re new to this drone, it’s important because the batteries need to be “activated” and that doesn’t happen on the strip; you can cause yourself some support calls if you pop right to the charging strip and expect all to be well.
While charging the first battery, I also charged the controller off the power brick & included USB-C cable. The controller took around 1h 40m (100 minutes) and the battery ... around 2 hours to finish.
Now, the specs talk about a greater distance but lower flight time. I’m not Part 107 Certified, so I fly under a recreational provision and don’t go very far with it. Also, I have limited VLOS (visual line of sight), so I tend to fly around fields and close to the house so 14km isn’t really on the table for me.
But, with 3 batteries in the “fly more package,” close to 30 minutes per battery is fine for me. I must note, that the 2s does eat more battery than the Air 2 in an equal fly time (see video!).
The setup was quite annoying, to be honest. I fly a Mavic Air 2 and the Android version of the Go Fly App didn’t have any updates - therefore, the Air 2s didn’t show up as a drone that I could add.
To sum it up, you have to go to the DJI site where and download an APK file and install it - totally non-standard & can’t get updates this way. This will be a major bump for those that aren’t so Android savvy outside of normal day-to-day phone usage.
Play time --
Flight Time - right on par with the expectations … around 30 minutes (or like 28ish).
When I received the drone, there were some of the windiest and wettest days of the Spring - so I was in a bit of a risky rush to get some footage - but then the weather broke & I could get some good shots!
As we can’t upload videos here, I got Best Buy’s approval to add all videos I take with the Drone to my YouTube channel (also noted above): https://bit.ly/32X70EB -- don’t forget about the images attached to the review.
So now, onto the drone features themselves:
Picture Clarity - so much cleaner than the Air 2 from the phone (controller) or in image/video. That 1” sensor makes a TON of difference. SCORE!
They added 5k video -- which is great and takes a toll on battery life & the size of the videos. I took some screenshots to show side-by-sides; save some reading & do some looking.
Some things to note:
The “Normal” speed mode on the Air 2s is FASTER than the Air 2. So, making a move from one to the other - use the break as it gets going fast & takes longer to stop. Ask me how I know. ::cough:: flew into a bush ::cough::
Active Track is “OK” - it’s not really a sport drone, so if you’re not making sudden or fast movements it’ll work fine. Use it in an open area where trees won’t interfere with ‘who it’s tracking.’
Panorama shots are quite slick! Via SkyPixel: https://bit.ly/32U9802
The app and website are easy to use -- no complaints there.
Pros / Nice changes from Air 2:
Upward facing sensors - no more clipping tree branches
Extra control sticks
Air 2 batteries are upward-compatible
New gimbal cover - easier to snap on / take off
Orange tipped / low noise propellers
Unexpectedly faster than the Air 2 (con? Eh, debatable).
Control sticks rubber grip slips a bit as you’re tightening them on
~ $300 more than last year’s model
App only available via DJI’s servers, not the Google Play Store (no auto-updates)
Do I recommend this drone? Absolutely.
Even if you’re ‘kind of’ interested in taking pictures / videos with a drone -- the “smart” pictures the Air 2s takes are fantastic. Add some more plus marks for the 4k/5k capabilities. Don’t discount the ability to Zoom during a video shoot, as it absolutely shows you things you didn’t know you could see.
Love it. Get it. Enjoy it. Don't crash it.
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A:AnswerYes, But there is a new version of the app that will enable the new drone to operate.
If you are using an Android phone, that version is available to download from DJI because the Fly app is not on the Playstore now!
If you use IOS/Apple it should have the current version on that store.