DJI Air 2S with improved camera sensor leaks in new images

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DJI’s unannounced Air 2S drone has been leaked in a series of images Posted by Technology News and WinFutureis Roland QuandtThe images come after the drone was mentioned in an FCC filing last month, suggesting a launch couldn’t be far away. 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 such as the V2 Goggles and Motion Controller.

Let’s start with the camera sensor. The new renders, as well as a teaser trailer shared by trustworthy leaker OsitaLV earlier this week, showcase a drone with a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor. While that’s a lower resolution than the 48-megapixel 1/2-inch sensor in the Mavic Air 2, its larger physical size should have major performance benefits, especially in low light. The sensor has similar specifications to what we saw in the Mavic 2 Pro, which provided excellent image quality.

If reports from DroneDJ accurate, the Air 2S should also work with DJI’s new V2 goggles and motion controller, released alongside its FPV drone last month. Compatibility with the goggles would make it possible to control the drone from a first-person perspective, in addition to a normal flight using the app. The Air 2S isn’t expected to be capable of the kind of aerobatic flight you can get out of the DJI FPV, but the goggles should provide a more immersive flying experience for those who want it.

Other more minor changes include the loss of the ‘Mavic’ branding in the name and an upgrade to version 4 of DJI’s ActiveTrack standard, Technology News notes, which should make it easier to track subjects while filming. There is also support for DJI’s newer OcuSync 3.0 standard with lower latency. Although the battery has the same capacity at 3,500 mAh, at 30 grams the Air 2S appears to be slightly heavier than the Mavic Air 2.