According to the latest news, the DJI Air 2S drone which is still unreleased has leaked online in a series of images posted by TechnikNews and WinFuture’s Roland Quandt. Note that only in the last month, the drone was listed in an FCC filing. As the images come right after the listing, it seems it will be launched soon. The DJI Air 2S will be an upgraded version of last year’s Mavic Air 2. The upgrades will be in terms of camera and new DJI accessory compatibility. Some of the new DJI accessories are V2 Goggles and Motion Controller.
Earlier in the week reliable leaker OsitaLV. revealed new renders and a teaser trailer. The shared renders show off a drone with a 1 inch, 20 MP sensor. Technically, the camera resolution is significantly lower than last year’s Mavic Air 2. Mavic Air 2came with a ½ inch 48 MP sensor found in the Mavic Air 2. However, the camera is large and the larger physical size would offer considerable performance benefits, especially in low light. The camera has matching specifications with that of the Mavic 2 Pro. It is worth mention that Mavic 2 Pro offered excellent image quality.
DroneDJ reported that the Air 2S should also work with DJI’s new V2 Goggles and motion controller, which were released alongside its FPV drone last month. V2 Goggles compatibility would allow the drone to be piloted from a first-person perspective in addition to regular flight using the app. The goggles would provide a more immersive flying experience but Air 2S might not be capable of any the kind of acrobatic flight you can get out of the DJI FPV.
This time, DJI removed the “Mavic” branding from the new drone’s name and upgrade the drone to version 4 of DJI’s ActiveTrack standard. TechnikNews notes that version 4 will track subjects better during filming. Other minor changes include support for DJI’s newer, lower latency OcuSync 3.0 standard. The drone will be backed up by a 3,500 mAh battery. Air 2S is 30 grams heavier than its predecessor Mavic Air 2.
Last year, in December, the Trump administration cited DJI’s links with the Chinese government and added DJI to a commerce blacklist. DJI was accused of enabling “wide-scale human rights abuses within China through abusive genetic collection and analysis or high technology surveillance.” At that time, it was reported that DJI provides drones to the Chinese government for use in brutal prison camps in the Xinjiang province. Apart from this, there were other potential security concerns with DJI drones for which the US Interior Department and the Department of Justice banned the use of foreign-made drones in the US. Despite all these, DJI’s products continue to be available in the US.