Our list of the world’s finest drones since April has included the DJI Air 2S, and the new RC controller from DJI might make it even better.
“Stopped” means that the DJI Air 2S package with the older Smart Controller is no longer available, and “a new SKU with DJI RC should be imminent,” says DJI leaker @OsitaLV on Twitter. This suggests that DJI intends to offer the Air 2S ‘Fly More Combo’ in conjunction with the DJI RC rather than selling it individually as an SKU (stock keeping unit).
With the launch of the DJI Mini 3 Pro in May, DJI released its RC controller, which is a direct successor to the Smart Controller that debuted in 2019. If you don’t need as much brightness as the Smart Controller’s screen (700 nits opposed to 1,000), you can get the DJI RC for a fraction of the price, making it a very attractive Air 2S combo.
The DJI Air 2S may only be purchased with the DJI RC-N1 controller at this time (which uses your phone as a screen). DJI’s US and UK shops are presently advertising the Smart Controller package as “out of stock.”
Air 2S is compatible with the DJI RC Pro controller that came with the DJI Mavic 3, however the pad costs a staggering 1,199/£879/AU1,529, which is more than the Air 2S’s pricing.
As a mid-range drone, compatibility with DJI’s remote control system makes perfect sense, and a bundle of the two may be highly popular with hobbyists. However, if you like using the DJI RC controller on your Air 2S, you may want to wait off on purchasing one until the leak’s promise that it “should be soon” is met.
A winning combination?
We were thrilled with the DJI Mini 3 Pro’s performance when we tested it with the DJI RC controller. Since we noted in our review, “it provides a speedier set-up, as you just need to screw in the thumbsticks to start flying” is one of the primary advantages of utilising the DJI RC-N1 over a smartphone.
Our research also revealed that the controls were “responsive and the connection between the drone and controller was dependable. Aside from compatibility with the DJI Air 2S, the major selling point for the DJI RC is its low cost: it retails for 309 / £255 / AU399 when purchased alone, and a package sale with the drone lowers that price even more.
DJI Air 2S with the RC ‘Fly More’ package is expected to cost about 1,499 / £1,339, which is around the same price as the recently-discontinued “Fly More Combo with the Smart Controller.”
Even while there are certain drawbacks, such as the need of an internet connection to download maps and a lower screen brightness than many smartphones, DJI RC is still an excellent choice for anybody looking for a high-quality drone. As a result, it may not be optimal to photograph in very light situations on a regular basis.
Even while we’d prefer the DJI Mini 3 Pro, we’re excited to see this package emerge for the DJI Air 2S, which is presently the top pick in our best-of list of consumer drones.