DJI Air 2S: what we know so far about DJI's latest foldable drone

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UPDATE 07/04: New specifications for the rumored DJI Air 2S have been leaked, giving us a little more insight into what DJI's next consumer drone will be capable of. In addition to the 20MP camera sensor that we'd previously heard about, the DJI Air 2S will also include the ability to capture 10-bit color (which means it can record over a billion colors), Hyperlapses and panoramas. 

According to Photo Rumors, the DJI Air 2S will also come with (opens in new tab) 8GB of internal memory and feature Intelligent HDR. It's rumored to have a 3,500 mAh battery and weigh just 600 grams. When it comes to piloting the drone, the latest DJI Air 2S leaks suggest that it will be capable of accelerating at a maximum of 19 meters per second. It's also due to feature Spotlight 2.0, Point of Interest 3.0 and ActiveTrack 4.0. 

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ORIGINAL: DJI looks like it is on the brink of launching its next consumer camera drone, according to leaks that broke at the weekend. The DJI Air 2S will be a major update to the DJI Mavic Air 2 (opens in new tab) adding a number of significant features that will be particularly enjoyed by those looking for the best camera drone.

The most convincing details for the new drone come from serial leaker OsitaLV (opens in new tab) who has reliably broke early news of previous DJI launches - who has got his or her hands on what looks like an official teaser video.

The most exciting thing we learn about the DJI Air 2S is that it will sport a 20 megapixel one-inch sensor camera - which looks like the same as that featured on the more expensive DJI Mavic 2 Pro (opens in new tab). This has a lower resolution than the current 48 megapixel half-inch sensored Mavic Air 2 - but has a sensor that is four times as large, which will undoubtedly improve overall image quality. 

As with the DJI Mini 2 (opens in new tab), the name Mavic has also been dropped from the new model - which appears just to be called the Air 2S.

DJI Air 2S - 20 megapixel one-inch sensor, like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro (Image credit: OsitaLV)
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Other significant updates that we can learn from the video is that the new drone will have two more obstacle avoidance sensors. It will also provide support for AirSense safety feature that detects the signal from manned aircraft equipped with ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast) - which will alert pilots that they are straying into the path of airplanes.

We expect more details to be leaked or teased in the coming days - and hope that the drone will be officially launched with full specifications and pricing sometime later this month.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.