If a first-person view drone is a bit much for you, DJI has another new drone on the market that might be a bit kinder to beginners – minus the cost. The $ 999 DJI Air 2S is a sequel to the DJI Mavic Air 2 and houses a better camera and improved sensors.
Speaking of the crop, the new drone also comes with more digital zoom options, but the more you zoom in, the less resolution you get. But now you can go all the way to 8x zoom if you don’t mind reverting to 1080p 30fps video.
The drone’s sensors have all been upgraded as well, and DJI has added a few new obstacle cameras. The obstacle cameras enable “binocular zoom” to spot objects further away at higher speeds. But that led to a weight gain, 595 grams over the older drone’s 570 grams, and a decrease in flight time from 33 minutes to 31 minutes.
A new “MasterShots” feature promises to get the video video to any location. You select the subject and then the drone flies through a series of pre-recorded flight patterns while recording. The subject remains in the center of the frame to produce a ‘short cinematic video’.
But in theory, the new DJI Air 2S should take better photos and avoid more crashes, which can save you money in the long run. You can buy the DJI Air 2S for $ 999 today from the company’s site. Or you can spend $ 1,300 on the “Fly More” combo to use the drone, three batteries, a charging dock, ND filters and a shoulder bag.