This alone is good for upgrades from previous versions, but updates don’t stop there. The Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) now uses a wide range of barriers to identify obstacles. This means you can fly more automatically and think less about what is around you. Maybe I’m old, but I still have a hard time relying on automation.
The Air2SO has recently inherited the company’s DJI and 3 flight systems (formerly known as Okusink). FPV drone. I haven’t had time to review it yet, but I’ve blown it enough to say that the claim of a range of about 7 miles (12-kilometers) is correct – it applies here as well. As for battery life, the company claims 31 minutes of flight time. My tests were near: 30 minutes was my maximum, and I was flying in some windy conditions.
The more expensive Mavic 2 Pro of the Air 2S lacks side-by-side sensors but avoiding collisions is still a bigger step than previous drones of this size and price. As usual Sport mode turns off all obstacle detection; Use it at your own risk.
These are all welcome improvements, but my favorite part of the Air 2S is the DJI mastershots. Open the Mastershots menu in the collaborative app, select a topic, and it will automatically count the flight paths for different types of shots.
Drop your drone on the journey, and it will record everything. The application will then combine these into a single piece of footage. A dead-easy way to get a ton of B-rolls (complementary material to what you’re filming) without having to do much towards the end.
But it doesn’t always work well. For example, I tried using mastershots on my car, which was sitting in front of my house. The app had no trouble identifying it and creating a course, but it didn’t actually fly that way because there was a big tree in the way of some of its planned shots. My solution was to go a little higher and get what I could with the mastershots and then fly with some caution with my hands to meet what else I needed.
Fortunately, mastershots do not feature taking or leaving it. All videos in this mode are available separately from the final, app-generated edits. This means that if you don’t like the edited results, you can still take the RAW footage and edit it manually in the software of your choice.
The Air 2S is available today for 999 and includes a drone, a remote controller and a battery. Including the Fly More combo for $ 1,299, it gives you two more batteries, neutral density filters (effective on bright days), a charging hub and a shoulder bag.