Almost exactly a year ago to the day, DJI said it was a milestone in the company’s history with the Mavic Air 2. Today the company is proclaiming a “revolution in drone flight”. The market leader has presented the DJI Air 2S, which, compared to the predecessor model, should score points with even more flight autonomy and further improved photo and video technology. When it comes to collecting image data of all kinds, the DJI quadrocopters of the Mavic class are definitely among the most popular platforms. Whether you’re a recreational pilot or a commercial drone operator, the combination of easy handling and high-quality photo and video technology convinces customers worldwide. Pounds, with which the DJI Air 2S is supposed to grow. The built-in 1-inch sensor for 20 MP photos and 5.4K videos (5.4K / 30fps or 4K / 60fps and 150 MBit / s) is significantly larger than the sensor of the original Mavic Air 2. Slight compromises had to be made When developing the DJI Air 2S, you should make the flight time, which is given as 31 minutes in calm conditions. This is probably due to the slightly increased weight of 595 grams. While the further development of camera technology at the top of the range for many areas of application in trade, authorities, or also in the industry is likely to be of less importance, the further gain in security features is definitely noteworthy.
DJI has obviously attached great importance to making the handling of the drone easier for operators and increasing the possibilities to concentrate on collecting the required photo and moving image data. The DJI Air 2S now has sensors for obstacle detection on all four sides, the Mavic Air 2 was still missing these on the top. According to DJI, the obstacle sensors front, rear, bottom, and top have also been technically improved and have zoom technology that allows objects to be recognized more quickly from a greater distance. The extended sensors are particularly noticeable in combination with the Advanced Pilot Assistance System – APAS 4.0 is used. If the drone is traveling at higher speeds.
According to DJI, the OcuSync transmission technology (OcuSync 3.0) and four antennas built into the drone should ensure stable transmission of control signals even in areas with a high number of interference signals. Should the radio contact break off or the battery level should be critically low, then the once again optimized “Coming Home” function ensures an automatic return to the starting point of the flight. In combination with some preset recording and image processing modes, the various safety features should enable pilots and operators to concentrate fully on optimal data acquisition and the mission objectives. An approach that makes sense especially with a view to smaller teams or one-person companies.