DJI’s unannounced Air 2S drone was leaked in a series of images posted by TechnikNews and WinFutureRoland quandt. The footage comes after the drone appeared at an FCC filing last month, suggesting the launch may not be far off. The DJI Air 2S is expected to be an upgraded version of last year’s Mavic Air 2, with an improved camera and compatibility with new DJI accessories like its V2 Goggles and Motion Controller.
Let’s start with the camera sensor. The new renders, as well as a trailer shared earlier in the week by trusted leaker OsitaLV, show a drone with a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor. Although it’s a lower resolution than the 48-megapixel 1/2-inch sensor found on the Mavic Air 2, its larger physical size should have big performance benefits, especially in low-light conditions. The sensor has similar specs to what we saw on the Mavic 2 Pro, which offered excellent image quality.
If you report DroneDJ they’re accurate, the Air 2S should also work with DJI’s new V2 Goggles and motion controller, which launched alongside their FPV drone last month. Goggle compatibility would allow piloting the drone from a first-person perspective, in addition to regular flight using the app. The Air 2S is not expected to be capable of the kind of aerobatic flight that can be done with the DJI FPV, but the goggles should provide a more immersive flight experience for those who want it.
Other minor changes include the loss of the “Mavic” brand in its name and an update to version 4 of DJI’s ActiveTrack standard. TechnikNews notes, which should improve subject tracking while shooting. It also supports DJI’s latest and lowest latency OcuSync 3.0 standard. Although its battery has the same capacity at 3,500 mAh, the Air 2S appears to be slightly heavier than the Mavic Air 2 at 30 grams.