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DJI Air 2S is the latest addition to DJI's Air series and is simply one of the most powerful yet. With a 1-inch sensor, 5.4K video, the new MasterShots feature, and more, it's hard to find a better option out there. But how does it compare to its predecessor, the Mavic Air 2? In this article, we will compare the two, highlighting some of the major updates and explaining why the DJI Air 2S is the ultimate all-in-one drone.

DJI Air 2S vs Mavic Air 2: 4 key updates

Intelligence: Epic is easy with MasterShots

DJI Air 2S Mavic Air 2
Intelligent Shooting MasterShots Not supported
QuickShots QuickShots

DJI Air 2S offers one of DJI's most impressive smart features for creators: MasterShots. This new feature essentially gives anyone the ability to get all the best shots in any place in minutes and just a couple of taps.


MasterShots can be considered as the natural evolution of QuickShots, a feature found on many DJI drones. But while QuickShots only offered one automatic flight route at a time, MasterShots combines 10-15, which you perform sequentially as the drone focuses on a subject of your choice and records. It also later creates an automatic, editable video clip with smooth music, filters and transitions. There are more than 20 models to choose from, all created by professional aerial photographers.

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This DJI Air 2S feature is an extremely powerful and affordable way for anyone to get all the shots they want in any location. With the Mavic Air 2, users had to use QuickShots or fly and manually record to get the same results, which would take much longer and in some cases an experienced pilot. Whether you're a novice or an expert, you can effortlessly get numerous movie clips of any subject with MasterShots, leaving you more time to explore and create.

Camera performance: bigger sensor, better results

DJI Air 2S Mavic Air 2
Sensor 1-inch CMOS Sensor 1/2-inch CMOS Sensor
Video resolutions 5.4K / 30fps4K / 60fps - 2.7K / 60fps - 1080p / 120fps 4K / 60fps - 2.7K / 60fps - 1080p / 240fps

While the Mavic Air 2 is still a powerful and versatile option when it comes to shooting quality, the DJI Air 2S raises the bar with a 1-inch CMOS sensor and the ability to shoot at 5.4K resolution.

A larger sensor is a big deal for many reasons, but it essentially provides better quality and more detail in every shot. Firstly, the DJI Air 2S 'night shooting capability is greatly improved over the Mavic Air 2. You can find more nuances and details in both highlights and shadows, and more visual information means more options when editing your footage.

dji air 2s camera

Some of the best drone shots take place in low light conditions. Scenarios such as sunrises, sunsets or dark cityscapes are now sharp and brightly colored. This means that with the DJI Air 2S it is never a bad time to capture excellent cinematic footage.

Safety: advanced technology for worry-free flight

DJI Air 2S Mavic Air 2
Sensor APAS 4.0 APAS 3.0
Sensing System Four-way detection Three-way detection

Compared to Mavic Air 2's obstacle sensing, DJI Air 2S has the ability to perceive its surroundings in four directions: up, down, forward and backward. DJI Air 2S also features Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS 4.0) that allow DJI Air 2S to autonomously avoid obstacles in more complex and high-speed scenarios.

These advanced obstacle sensing capabilities mean the DJI Air 2S is able to avoid obstacles automatically, even when flying at high speed. In fact, this feature works even when flying in S mode, thanks to the added upward sensors.

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One of the reasons obstacle detection is such a boon for pilots of any skill level is that it allows them to focus on shooting instead of worrying about their surroundings. Pilots should always be aware of their environment and fly safely, but avoiding obstacles is imperative when trying to get cinematic footage in complex environments like a wooded forest or rocky coast.

Transmission: fly farther, catch more

DJI Air 2S Mavic Air 2
Transmission O3 transmission system OcuSync 2.0 transmission system

DJI Air 2S features the updated O3 transmission system with the latest OcuSync technology. This means that the maximum transmission range is now increased from 10km on the Mavic Air 2 to 12km and with a stronger signal. The antennas on the DJI Air 2S are also doubled to support omnidirectional signal reception, offering a sensitive and stable signal when the drone flies over or ahead.

A stronger transmission signal is absolutely essential when flying a drone. A higher signal means users can fly farther and see more. It also means greater safety as signal loss is less likely. And with a low-latency feed, pilots are more able to get the precise shots and movements they want for a better flying and shooting experience.

DJI Air 2S: the All-In-One update

With a larger 1-inch CMOS sensor, upgraded autonomous features like MasterShots, and improved tracking and safety features, the DJI Air 2S truly is the ultimate drone for aerial photographers on the go. While the Mavic Air 2 is still a powerful tool for aircraft builders, the DJI Air 2S has proven to be the all-in-one choice.

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