The DJI Air 2S Gets a 1-Inch Sensor, 5.4k Video Recording

As a follow-up to the Mavic Air 2, DJI launched its successor with the Air 2S. While it looks identical to its predecessor, the biggest change on the Air 2S is the image sensor. instead of a 48-megapixel 1/2-inch IMX486 sensor, the Air 2S uses a 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor. The sensor change translates to bigger pixels: 2.4um pixels vs 0.8um pixels on the Mavic Air 2.

Thanks to the new sensor, the Air 2S can capture 5.4K (5472×3078px) footage at 24/25/30fps from the full width of the sensor or 4K footage at up to 60fps at a slight crop. Aside from that, the Air 2S captures video at a higher 150Mbps bit rate. The Air 2S also lets you zoom in during video recording: up to 4x in 5.4K and up to 8x in 1080p. As for colors, the Air 2S supports 8-bit, D-Log 10-bit, and HLG 10-bit capture.

Despite looking similar to its predecessor, the Air 2S is 25g heavier due to the additional two sensors it has. Called Binocular Zooming, both sensors help the Air 2S see obstacles from farther and at higher speeds. As a result, the Air 2S’ flight time is reduced to around 31 minutes.

While it has the same obstacle avoidance sensors, the Air 2S supports the latest OcuSync protocol with a range of up to 12 kilometers. There’s also a MasterShot feature, which combines all pre-programmed trick shots in a single action by selecting a target subject.

DJI Air 2S price

The Air 2S has a starting price of $999(~Php 48.4k) which includes the drone itself, a battery, charger, 3 pairs of propellers, and the DJI RC-N1 controller. The Fly More combo is priced at $1299(~Php 62.9k) and adds three batteries, a four-piece ND filter set, and a shoulder bag. Expect DJI to make the Air 2S available in the Philippines in the coming weeks.

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