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EXCLUSIVE: DJI Air 2S vs Air 2 side-by-side comparison for 360 photos

DJI Air 2S vs Air 2 comparison for 360 photos
DJI Air 2S vs Air 2 comparison for 360 photos

Which is better for aerial 360 photos: the Mavic Air 2 or the new Air 2S?  Here is the first side by side comparison of aerial 360 photos each drone, shot by Jeff Aasdrone.

One of the best ways to use a drone is to capture an aerial 360 photo, which can be shot automatically by some drones including the Mavic Air 2 and the new Air 2S.   But which is better?  The Air 2 can take 48 megapixel photos but its native resolution is 12 megapixels.  Meanwhile, the Air 2S has a larger 1-inch sensor with a native resolution of 20 megapixels.

Jeff used each drone to shoot 360 photos of the same location, which we can compare side by side with Teliportme.

First, here are side by side 360 photos shot with the Air 2 on the left and the Air 2S on the right.  Both were shot using the automatic 360 photo capture modes of each drone.

Here is a second set of 360 photos

Here are 200% cropped photos from each drone.  The shots on the left are from the Mavic Air 2, while those on the right are from the Air 2S.

Left: Mavic Air 2. Right: Air 2S
Left: Mavic Air 2. Right: Air 2S.  Copyright: Jeff Aasdrone.  Used with permission.
Left: Mavic Air 2. Right: Air 2S.  Copyright: Jeff Aasdrone.  Used with permission.
Left: Mavic Air 2. Right: Air 2S.  Copyright: Jeff Aasdrone.  Used with permission.

Based on this comparison, the answer is pretty clear.  Even though the Mavic Air 2 takes non-360 photos with a higher nominal resolution of 48mp, the Air 2S 360 photos are much more detailed.

Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo is currently $988.
The Air 2S Fly More Combo is $1299.

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  • My favourite feature of the Air 2 being a 360 photographer is the 360 panorama mode. It’s good to see the Air 2S has improved this feature and I’ll probably end up purchasing the Air 2S for this reason along with the 10 bit color and Occusync 3.0.