DJI Air 2s Camera Quality for Video

The quality of the Air 2S footage is excellent with any of the three color profiles, with good detail and sensational colors. Low-light performance is the only weak point compared to the latest DJI models. The excellent 1″ sensor has a video resolution of 5.4k allowing digital zoom without loss of quality

The DJI Air 2S was released in April 2021 and at the time it was a big step above the other models of DJI prosumer line, both for video and photo quality

It is now the oldest model of the line but it remains a favorite of many and can be purchased at a very competitive price

You can check the prices for the different configurations of the Air 2s through the button below (commission earned)

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Air 2s Video Specs

Frontal view of the DJI Air 2s
Front view of the DJI Air 2s
Sensor size1″
Field of view22mm
Aperturef 2.8
Video resolution5.4k at 30fps (5472 x 3648)
4k at 60fps
Max video bitrate150 Mbps
8-bit color modesNormal
10-bit color modesD Log, HLG
Obstacle sensorsForward, backward, upward, downward
Digital zoom4x at 4k 30fps
Max flight time31 minutes
Weight595 grams
The main specs for video with the DJI Air 2s

Sensor and resolution

The sensor is 1” in size. This should translate in high quality both for video and photos, especially in low light and high dynamic range scenes

Benefits of the higher resolution

A very important feature for video is the ability to shoot at a resolution of 5.4k resolution, higher than the 5.1k of DJI flagship prosumer model, the Mavic 3. Even though there is not much benefit in using footage encoded at 5.4k, this feature is very useful for increased detail when encoding in 4k and for reframing and zooming dynamically in post-production

Slow Motion

Examples of slow-motion footage

The Air 2S can use a frame rate of 60 fps at 4k resolution. This is a welcome addition for users who are into action, sport, lifestyle, or even for landscapes when moving elements are present, like people, animals, cars, boats, waves, waterfalls, and so on

I have done a specific article about slow motion and higher frame rates with drone footage

Color Modes

The Air 2S features two 10-bit color modes, DLOG and HLG. 10-bit modes can handle over 1bl colors vs 16ml for 8-bit ones and perform much better in post-processing. More info in my article about Color Modes of the Air 2s

The Air 2S has a high bitrate of 150 Mbps, which means less compression in the files and more solid files for post-processing

Digital Zoom

The Air 2S has surprisingly good zoom capabilities for video. The quality of the 2x zoom at 4k is excellent, it is hard to notice any loss of quality. There is also a 4X zoom at 4k with some loss of quality, but very useful, especially when used in conjunction with the intelligent flight modes Spotlight, Point of Interest, and Active Track, click on the links for my specific articles

The digital zoom functionalities are handy for getting closer to the target when tracking

This model doesn’t have lateral sensors for obstacle avoidance, so tracking fast-moving targets from close range is very risky, but with the zoom functions it is possible to keep the drone above obstacles and still get decent results in tracking

The Air 2S has other useful features, like a well-implemented Hyperlapse mode and Masterhots

Air 2s Footage quality

Normal Mode

Normal is the one to use out of the camera to post on social media, it is an 8-bit mode that can be used even without color grading, although a bit of editing to increase contrast and saturation improves substantially the result, as otherwise, it looks just a touch flat

Examples of top-down footage with the Air 2s

Let’s start with some top-down views, taking the sky out of the equation to better appreciate the detail and the color rendition. The detail is excellent, even in the shadows, and the footage looks very natural and organic. I find the color rendition of the Air 2s outstanding

Examples of Normal mode containing the sky

And now some images containing the sky. I have always been a big fan of the image quality of the Air 2S, both in video and in photos. After adding a touch of contrast the colors are a thing of beauty and the detail is excellent

D Log and HLG

Examples of footage taken in D LOG

Let’s move to the flat profiles, the ones meant for serious post-processing. The Air 2S has two of them: D LOG and HLG, they are both true 10-bit color modes. D Log is the most widely used and it needs a good dose of post-processing and the right LUTs

Examples of footage taken in HLG

I find that HLG retains perfectly the wonderful natural colors of the Air 2s with good contrast, it also has a slightly more extended dynamic range

The performance against the sun is a big improvement compared to previous models of DJI prosumer line. The lens manages to contain flair to an acceptable level, but there is some loss of color information around the position of the sun. A decent amount of info is maintained in the shadows, but shooting against the sun is better avoided unless needed

Air 2s footage against the sun

In high dynamic range situations, the Air 2s is a big improvement over the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mini 2, but it starts to show its age, as the more recent models have seriously raised the bar. In this department, the Mavic 3 performs much better, thanks to the larger sensor and the excellent new Hasselblad lens

Low-Light Footage

Before the release of the Air 2s, low light footage was a very weak point of drones in general. This model raises the bar with good detail in the shadows

There is a noticeable amount of luminance noise, but it can be managed up to ISO 800 using the excellent denoiser Neat Video.

More details about Neat Video in my specific article

Example of night footage with the Air 2s

Night footage is an area where the Air 2s show its age, as new DJI’s models perform better in these conditions


I am Vittorio Caramazza, aka Vicvideopic, the founder of this website and author of all the posts. I am a videographer and photographer contributing to several stock agencies. I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Lightroom. I have 10 years of experience with dron videography and photography. I was struck by drone syndrome in 2013. I have owned and tested in depth the following drones: Phantom 3, Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic Mini, Mini 2, Air 2, Air 2s, Autel Evo Nano Plus, Mavic 3, Mini 3 Pro, Mini 3. My home has turned into a breeding ground for drones. I am the owner of two YouTube channels specializing in Videography and Photography, with a focus on drones My main channel is VicVideopic (in English): My other channel is Drone Mitico, the Italian version.: I am currently based in Sicily (Southern Italy), but I tend to move quite often. After all, this is one of the main benefits of being a digital nomad…

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