Despite it not being a year old, DJI is upgrading its mid-tier Mavic Air 2 drone quickly. The new 999 dollar Mavic Air 2S comes with brand-new features and upgrades, including a larger image sensor. The new one-inch sensor can shoot 20-megapixel pictures, 5.4K video, and 4K up to 60fps. But hold your horses. There are some signs of those unique capabilities.
The Mavic Air 2S’s camera sensor is the same size as what we get in the higher-end Mavic 2 Pro. It is relatively more extensive than the half-inch sensor used in last year’s Air 2. The Air 2S must shoot about equally better photos and better video than the Mavic 2 Pro.
The Air 2S’s maximum video resolution – 5.4K, versus 4K on the Mavic 2 Pro. And the Air 2S’s 4K video has a higher bit rate 150Mbps related to 100Mbps. Lastly, the Air 2S’s 4K video has a higher frame rate. All of those are subtle upgrades over what we get in quite an expensive model.
While the DJI Zoom is for optical zooming prowess, the Air 2S has some choices that bring a similar look using zoom. It 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.
Digital zoom results in shaky, lower quality footage, but DJI states that due to its three-axis mechanical gimbal, zoomed footage with the Air 2S still looks high-quality. Moreover, if we forget to put an SD card before takeoff into the drone, DJI adds 8GB of internal onboard storage.
The organization says it has the most preprogrammed flight modes with image capture modes of any DJI drone of its size. A few of the more notable ones have FocusTrack, MasterShots, QuickShots, Hyperlapse.