DJI Air 2S Launch Date, Worth & Specs: 5.4K Drone Incoming

DJI has formally unveiled the Air 2S: the substitute for 2020’s Mavic Air 2. It’s possible you’ll effectively know so much about it already thanks to some fortunate folks discovering them on the market just a few days earlier than the launch and posting unboxing movies on YouTube.

However there are nonetheless just a few particulars that you just in all probability don’t know, together with how a lot the bottom Air 2S prices and the software program options on provide.

DJI Air 2S: What it’s essential know

DJI’s newest client drone
Can report 5.4K video and digitally zoom at decrease resolutions
Has an upgraded digicam with a big sensor for higher high quality video & photographs
Helps 10-bit D-LOG and HDR video recording
4-way (up from 3-way) impediment avoidance
Prices from £899 / US$999
Obtainable from 15 April 2021

DJI Air 2S launch date

You should buy an Air 2S instantly from DJI and its companions, such a Heliguy within the UK. And, as has been effectively reported on, you will get a DJI Air 2S from Greatest Purchase within the US.

DJI Air 2S value

The essential package contains the drone, distant controller, one battery and all of the cables and components wanted to get into the air. It prices:

Air 2S – £899 / €999 / US$999 / AUS$1699

The Fly Extra Combo moreover contains two batteries for a complete of three, ND filters, a charging hub and a shoulder bag. It prices:

Air 2S Fly Extra Combo – £1169 / €1299 / US$1299 / AUS$2099

It’s, then, a good bit costlier than the Mavic Air 2 which price US$799 (£769) and US$999 (£949) for the Fly Extra Combo when it initially launched. You may nonetheless purchase one from DJI and different retailers should you don’t need to stretch to the upper value of the Air 2S.

What’s new in regards to the DJI Air 2S?

The digicam is the actually large information. Beforehand, you’d must spend extra to get a drone with a 1-inch sensor. The Mavic 2 Professional and Phantom Four Professional had these sensors, however with the Air 2S, the lens has a barely wider discipline of view (the 35mm equal of 22mm).

To the informal observer, there will not be an enormous distinction between photographs taken on this and Mavic Air 2, however fans will love the power to shoot RAW photographs and 10-bit video in D-LOG or HLG.

What it means in jargon-free converse is that should you’re prepared to place within the time with video modifying software program, you should use the additional data in 10-bit video to provide higher-quality outcomes and they need to have a lot greater dynamic vary.

There’s extra although: a brand new digital zoom that helps 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, there are further cameras for sensing obstacles, the Air 2S now has APAS 4.Zero which is best at avoiding crashes and may higher fly round these obstacles, not merely cease after they’re detected.

DJI has additionally added a brand new video mode known as MasterShots. When you’ve chosen an object to trace, it should robotically resolve on a flight path, permitting you to decide on the scale of the world it’s allowed to fly in. When these strikes are full, it should create a video based mostly on the theme you select for what DJI calls “an attention-grabbing video”.

Different modifications are barely extra minor: flight time is 31 minutes, rather less than the Mavic Air 2, however transmission distance is up from 10km to 12km due to O3 or, to present it its full title, Ocusync 3.0.

Within the UK and different international locations which go by CE guidelines and never FCC, that vary is curtailed to 8km, however such numbers are largely irrelevant to customers which should hold the drone of their line of sight.

The identical nice controller is included as with the Air 2 and Mini 2.

FocusTrack has been improved with modes together with Highlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 4.Zero and Level of Curiosity 3.0. The previous enables you to management the drone whereas the digicam stays locked onto your topic, whereas ActiveTrack 4.Zero robotically follows the topic with out your enter on the controller, all whereas avoiding obstacles.

There’s additionally a brand new picture mode known as SmartPhoto. This analyses the scene and makes use of “deep studying” to choose one in all three choices together with HDR, Hyperlight and Scene Recognition to robotically produce the very best picture. We’re simply glad DJI avoided calling it ‘AI’.

In fact, the Air 2S has all the opposite modes you’d count on together with QuickShots, a number of panoramic picture modes and Hyperlapse which creates speeded-up video in as much as 4K decision with digital stabilisation.

DJI Air 2S vs Mavic Air 2 vs Mavic 2 Professional

Right here’s how the Air 2S compares to the Mavic Air 2 and Mavic 2 Professional:


DJI Air 2S

Mavic Air 2

Mavic 2 Professional


1-inch sensor

20 MP, 2.4um 

22mm, f/2.8

1/2-inch sensor

48 MP, 0.8um

24mm, f/2.8

1-inch sensor

20 MP, 2.4um

28mm, f/2.8-f/11

Video Transmission System

O3 (renamed from OcuSync 3.0),

Four Antennas

12 km, 1080P

OcuSync 2.0,

Twin Antenna

10 km, 1080P

OcuSync 2.0,

Twin Antenna

10 km, 1080P

Flight Time

31 minutes

34 minutes

31 minutes

New Capabilities and Core Clever Capabilities


APAS 4.0,


Highlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 4.0,

Level of Curiosity 3.0

APAS 3.0,


Highlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 3.0,

Level of Curiosity 3.0




ActiveTrack 2.0

Level of Curiosity 2.0

Surroundings Sensing System

Ahead, Backward, Upward, Downward

Ahead, Backward, Downward

Ahead, Backward, Downward,

Left, and Proper

Max Video Decision and Framerate





Max Photograph Decision

20 MP

48 MP

20 MP

Portability and Weight


595 g


570 g


907 g

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