DJI Air 3S Drone Spotted: Potential Successor to the Air 3

A recent video and photo shared by the drone website SBDJI showcase what appears to be the next iteration of DJI's popular Air series, potentially named the DJI Air 3S or DJI Air 4. Captured during a test flight in Shenzhen, this new model boasts notable upgrades, hinting at an imminent release.

The DJI Air 3S Sightings

A flying enthusiast in Shenzhen filmed a DJI employee test-flying a new development aircraft, believed to be the DJI Air 3S. Thanks to the closer distance, the footage provides clearer visuals than previous leaks. According to industry insiders, this model is likely the DJI Air 3S, featuring a 1-inch main camera and a 1/1.3-inch telephoto camera.

Watch the video on Twitter.

Expected Upgrades

The potential introduction of the DJI Air 3S is logical, considering the faster iteration rate of DJI's more affordable consumer drones compared to their pricier prosumer and commercial models, such as the series. The Air 3S is expected to offer significant improvements in camera specifications and flight capabilities, aligning with DJI's trend of incremental upgrades.

Industry Implications

The appearance of the DJI Air 3S coincides with increased lobbying activities by DJI's competitor, Skydio. has been actively promoting the , spearheaded by Representative Elise Stefanik, which aims to curb the influence of Chinese-made drones in the U.S. market. The release of a new DJI model could intensify this ongoing rivalry.


DroneXL's Take

The emergence of the DJI Air 3S marks another step forward for DJI in the consumer drone market. With enhanced camera features and improved flight performance, this model is set to capture the attention of drone enthusiasts and professionals alike. Meanwhile, Skydio's lobbying efforts and legislative actions highlight the competitive landscape in the . As these companies vie for market dominance, consumers can expect continuous advancements in and capabilities.

Read more about DJI's recent developments and Skydio's lobbying efforts on DroneXL.

By incorporating the latest news and trends, DroneXL ensures you stay informed about the evolving world of drones. Stay tuned for more updates and in-depth analyses.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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