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Hands on with the compact, clever DJI Air 2S

With great auto flying skills and excellent imaging capabilities, DJI's new drone has much to like.

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DJI's new Air 2S is a compact, lightweight drone that's been kitted out with a new larger image sensor for better video quality. It can shoot video up to 5.4K resolution and has a variety of intelligent automatic flying modes that make it easier than ever to get cinematic footage when you're out and about. 

The Air 2S is available now and costs £899 (converts to $1,240, AU$1,600) for the drone and controller. Or you can get the Fly More combo which adds in two extra batteries, a charging hub, a set of ND filters for the camera and a carry bag for £1,169.

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The camera has a 1-inch image sensor which is physically larger than its predecessor and allows for better dynamic range in its footage. 

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Physically, it's much the same as last year's Air 2, and will comfortably fit in a lens slot in a photography backpack. 

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The battery is removable and in my testing should give you around 25 minutes of mixed flying. 

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The controller is chunky, but connects to your phone and is simple to use. 

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I'm pleased with the image quality. This image -- taken in DNG raw and edited in Adobe Lightroom -- has plenty of detail and excellent dynamic range. 

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An unprocessed raw file. 

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Sensors on all sides of the drone stop it from crashing into things. 

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The Fly More combo gives you a total of three batteries, plus this neat charging hub. You'll be able to get around an hour of flight from the set.

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