So, what do you think? Are we going to see an upgrade to this amazing drone? It's two years old, the DJI Air 2S. A lot of people are talking about it, and I think maybe it's going to happen. This is one of the most popular drones of all time. It's my favorite drone of all time in six years of flying drones. I believe when something is as good as the Air 2S, a company would want to build upon it and make it even better. Some people are thinking that the DJI Air 3 is not going to happen because they're going to drop the Air line. I don't think so. I believe an Air 3 is coming soon. So, let's talk about it.
DJI Air 3 coming soon?
Hi everyone, welcome back to the channel. If this is your first time here, my name is Russ. It's nice of you to stop by. This video was originally going to be about whether DJI Air 2S owners should upgrade to the DJI Mavic 3 Pro because people who have had the Air 2S have had it for at least two years, or a little less than two years. After a while, you tend to get bored with what you have, and it's natural to want to advance. Especially if it's been two years, in the world of technology, that's a really long time.
Another reason I think a lot of people who own the Air 2S are considering upgrading to the Mavic 3 Pro is because seven months after they bought the Air 2S, the Mavic 3 came out. They're thinking, “Oh great, why didn't I just wait? I wish I would have got the Mavic 3.” So the people who didn't get the Mavic 3 because it was too soon after the Air 2S are now the people who want to get the DJI Mavic 3 Pro. However, that's a huge price jump.
So anyway, that was going to be my video: the people who have this upgrading to the Mavic 3 Pro. But then, I realized DJI just lowered the price of the Air 2S. It's 849 dollars right now. That is an amazing price and it is cheaper than the Mini 3 Pro right now, and this is a much better drone than the DJI Mini 3 Pro. So, I think it's coming. When DJI does a price drop, it hints that they're trying to clear their inventory. It's a sign that they need to make room on the shelves for the newest version.
But I actually think there's a bigger, more important reason that the DJI Air 3 is coming real soon. I'm going to talk about that here in a little bit. But first, what I want to do with this video is tell you what I think and what I would like to see in the DJI Air 3, or the DJI Air 3S, or whatever they're going to call it.
I believe there are a few things that could make this drone significantly better, and it wouldn't take much effort. That's why I think the Air 3 should come and probably will be coming soon.
DJI Air 3 battery life
Number one on my list is battery life. As we know, the flight time on the Air 2S is quite disappointing. I normally get about 22 minutes from 100 down to five percent. While it's advertised to get 31 minutes, I'm usually getting about 70 percent, which is pretty normal for a DJI drone. I normally get between 70 and 75 percent of the advertised time. However, it's definitely not enough, especially these days. If you can't get 30 minutes out of a drone battery these days, you are falling way behind. So, I would love to see the Air 3 get a minimum of 30 minutes of real-world flight time. That means 40 minutes of advertised flight time, which I think is entirely doable, especially with today's battery technology.
DJI Air 3 camera improvements
The camera on the Air 2S is something that I have never complained about, and I don't think it would take much more to improve upon it. I think the one-inch sensor is excellent. It's great. I think 20-megapixel photos are great. I think 5.4k video is wonderful – that's higher resolution than on the Mavic 3 right now. But if we can maybe get a higher frame rate at that resolution, that would be wonderful. Plus, a wider aperture would really take it up a notch. I don't think we're going to see an adjustable aperture because I think that's reserved for the DJI Mavic 3 Series and above. However, something that gives us a bit better low-light performance would be great. Many people value low-light performance in their drones, and I think just giving us a wider aperture would achieve that.
Lateral obstacle avoidance
I would venture to say that lateral obstacle avoidance would be number one on most people's wish lists when it comes to the Air 3 features. In fact, I think if they just added that, it might be enough to satisfy current Air 2S owners to upgrade. The biggest reason for that is because when you're using active track on the Air 2S, you're always wondering if it's going to run into something. Like, I normally use parallel active tracking, and it's always flying sideways. There's always that anxiety of like, “Okay, I inspected the area, I made sure it was okay,” but you just never know when it's going to hit something you don't realize is there when it's going sideways.
Now, I understand it's a pretty big ask because I think it takes a lot to put 360-degree obstacle avoidance in a drone. But also, I think if the DJI Air 3 does not have 360-degree obstacle avoidance, it will be a deal-breaker for many people.
Improved video transmission
While the Air 2S's transmission strength with O3 transmission has generally satisfied my needs, it performs almost identically to the O3 Plus on the Mavic 3 in my tests. I predominantly operate in rural settings, therefore urban interference hasn't really been a problem for me. However, I've heard about the signal troubles that plague users in metropolitan areas with large buildings. DJI should pay heed to this issue and market an improved transmission system, potentially dubbed O4, that promises better performance in dense urban settings. The focus isn't really on extending the 15-kilometer range, but rather, ensuring stable connections in challenging environments.
Increase internal memory
Speaking of enhancements, the drone's internal memory capacity needs a serious upgrade. The current 8 gigabytes is simply laughable. It's 2023, and the idea that our drones still rely heavily on Micro SD cards seems outdated. While I appreciate the convenience of not needing to connect the drone to a computer to download files, I'm perplexed as to why we can't have 256 or even 512 gigabytes of built-in storage. If our phones can accommodate up to a terabyte, why can't our drones house at least 256 gigabytes? DJI, it's time to step up and provide more than 8 gigabytes of internal storage.
Quiest drone ever
The issue of drone visibility will grow increasingly important as the United States moves towards the Remote ID era. The prospect of the general public being able to locate pilots via their mobile devices will surely heighten the already prevalent anxiety experienced by drone pilots in public spaces.
Now, I don't want to be overly dramatic here, because honestly, I don't foresee a sudden surge of drone pilots being harassed, accosted, or worse. Most people probably won't even be aware of the Remote ID. However, it is better for everyone—pilots and the public alike—if your drone causes as little disturbance as possible. So, I believe the DJI Air 3 needs to be, and indeed could be, the quietest drone ever released.
DJI Air 3 might be coming soon
Why do I think that the Air 3 is coming soon? Well, the recent price drop is one significant clue—it suggests they're trying to clear out inventory. But the most compelling reason, I think, lies in DJI's propensity for filling their price gaps.
Currently, there's a substantial gap between the $900 Mini 3 Pro and the $1750 Mavic 3 Classic. DJI needs to offer something with slightly more capabilities and features than the Mini 3 Pro, yet also improve upon the Air 2S. The $1300 to $1500 price point fits comfortably into that price gap.
Therefore, I predict we will see an Air 3 by the end of next quarter, priced around $1300 to $1500. This drone series is simply too popular to phase out—I know some think that the Air series will disappear, but I disagree. This drone has performed incredibly well, even two years on. That's why I believe it's on the horizon, and I'm truly excited to see it.
Now, what features would you like to see on the Air 3 if it does come soon? Let's discuss this in the comments—I'd love to hear your thoughts and expectations.
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