DJI has announced a new drone for the masses and the Air 2S packs some seriously pro features even the everyday drone flyer can make use of to take both their aerial stills and video content to the next level.
Those who like to capture stills images from the air will be pleased to hear DJI say that the Air 2S is the first drone of its size to capture 20-megapixel still images thanks to that 1-inch CMOS sensor and that resolution create stills images measuring 5472×3648 pixels in size – enough to make prints in excess of A3 in size. What’s more, stills images can be captured in JPEG or RAW format, giving photographers more tolerance to edit these files in software such as Lightroom.
When it comes to video, the Air 2S gives videographers a lot of options. For those needing ultra high-quality footage, the Air 2S tops out at 5.4k at 30p, but 4K at 60p is also available, along with Full HD at 120p, which will come in very handy for those creatives who want to capture slow motion aerial sequences.
Compact in design, the Air 2S tips the scales at only 595g and measures just 180×97×77 mm when folded or 183×253×77 mm when it’s unfolded, making this a wise selection for those videographers wishing to travel light. What’s more, you won’t need to overload on batteries as the Air 2S offers a maximum flight time of 31 minutes and, better still, there’s 8GB of internal storage, just in case you forget to bring the micro SD card.
If you need to get closer to a subject, the Air 2S features a new digital zoom that supports 4X zoom at 4K 30fps, 6X at 2.7K 30fps, 4X at 2.7K 60fps, 6X at 1080P 60fps and 8X at 1080P 30fps. Plus, footage is stabilised thanks to a three-axis mechanical gimbal and videographers can also choose from three video colour profiles, Normal (8-bit), D-Log (10-bit) or HLG (10-bit) to match their video needs.
Other features include added Obstacle sensors to improve autonomous flying, a 12km max transmission range and a number of pre-programmed modes including MasterShots, where the drone will plan a flight path, choose from three different image capture modes, including Proximity, Portrait or Landscape, and start recording classic aerial footage.
Another of the pre-programmed modes is Hyperlapse, which is available in resolutions up to 4K and the familiar QuickShot mode that includes the standard Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix, Boomerang and Asteroid features. The DJI Air 2S is available to buy now as a standard package that includes the drone, battery and remote controller or as the Fly More package, which includes extra batteries, ND filters and a shoulder carry bag.