Is the DJI Air2S DEAD?! – Mavic 3 Classic Comparison

By | November 30, 2022

Is the Air2S dead with the Mavic 3 Classic just coming out? Well, check for yourselves, specs, photo comparison, and video comparison. The most standardized and accurate comparison test you will see!

00:00 Introduction
00:22 Specs & Camera
05:42 Price
06:52 Photo Comparison
10:23 Video Comparison

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The Mavic 3 Class vs the Air 2S… Which should you get?

Let’s first talk about the kits and pricing. Mavic 3 Classic is available in a number of kits, including without a controller, with the RC-N1, and the DJI RC. Prices vary for each kit, starting out at 1469 for the drone only, 1599 for the RC-N1 kit, and 1749 for the DJI RC Kit. The fly more kit also comes in two varieties, one with a shoulder bag and one with the backpack. These kits will put you back 599 and 649 respectively.

The Air 2S comes in two combos, the base aircraft combo and the fly more kit. The base kit is 999 on DJI’s website, while the fly more combo runs 1299.

So the Mavic 3 classic is more expensive but is it worth it?

Let’s talk about specs! The Mavic 3 classic has micro 4/3 sensor, variable aperture f/2.8-f/11, is capable of 20 MP photos, 5.1K50P video, uses O3+, and has a 46 minute flight time. The Air 2S has a 1” sensor, fixed aperture at f/2.8, is capable of 20 MP photos, 5.4K30P video, uses O3, and has a max flight time of 31 minutes.

A quick note about O3 and O3+… O3 transmits 1080P 30fps, while O3+ is 1080P 60 fps.

Let’s look at some comparative images from our camera chart.
So which is right for you? The Air2S is less expensive, but has a smaller camera and has a shorter flight time. For entry level into the drone world, the Air 2S is hard to beat. It’s pretty cheap, still packs a good punch, great sensor size, and awesome utility. The Mavic 3 Classic could be an excellent upgrade or addition to your fleet if you’ve already got an Air 2S or are looking to start a business.

As for the camera comparison, we can’t make that decision for you. Which do you like more? Let us know in the comments and we’ll see you in the next video.


In this video we're going to compare one Of our all-time favorite drone which is The DJI air 2s with the newcomer here Which is going to be the mavic 3 classic Now you may be wondering how does this Compare as far as photos as far as Videos well we're going to give you some Of the simple footage that we did and Then we're gonna let you come up with Your own conclusions because well it's Purely a matter of taste in this case so Let's get to it First let's take a look at some of the Features of this drone including the Flight time flight time advertised here For the air 2s is 30 minutes here big Difference 46 minutes this drone is a Lot lighter 595 gram as opposed to 895 Grams so that's a 300 gram difference Between the two as far as the Connectivity between the Drone and the Controller or qsync 3 except this one Has O3 plus so it has a little bit Better but quite frankly from our Testing very very comparable and as far As the maximum speed 42 and a half miles An hour 47 miles an hour here so also Pretty comparable now when it comes to The sensors that's where there's a big Difference this drone here has sensors In the front in the back and underneath Here we have a lot more sensors we have Them in the front in the back also you Could argue on the side because of this

Angled one right here at the top and at The bottom so you'll get pretty much a Whole 360 here here you're only going to Be able to go forward and back and then Have obstacle avoidance so something That you need to notice if you're Interested in these two drones now we Put these drones to the test including The flight time and this is no different We put this one here air 2s to the test We were able to get 85 percent of the Advertised flight time of the advertised 30 minutes that's however time uh 25 Minutes and 25 seconds as opposed to Here 83 percent of the advertised time So pretty close with 33 minutes and 50 Seconds and you're gonna say Greg this Is a big difference from the 40 minutes Advertise yes you are correct we do live At much higher elevation so this was Tested at 8 000 feet equivalent altitude And here 7 200 feet equivalent altitude So uh just keep those numbers in mind I'm sure you will be getting a lot Better uh quality in your case now as Far as noise exactly the same noise at 74 decibels when we tested it inside of Our studio Talk about the camera now the sensors One inch sensor 20 megapixel also 20 Megapixels here except a micro four Third sensor so a little bit bigger in This case both of these can do JPEG and JPEG and RAW this one has a fixed

Aperture F 2.8 this one right here has a Variable aperture F 2.82 f11 quite Frankly this is a bit of a of a game Changer for me as a photographer I like To have that control over the aperture I Don't like having that fixed aperture You if you do videos also you're gonna Have to play with ND filters I much Prefer having that ability to do this And and final tweaks right here so but This is just a personal preference as Far as videos very very close to each Other 5.4 k at 30 5.1 K but at 50. now Note that the maximum bit rate is 150 Megabit per second here 200 megabits per Second here so a little bit better as Far as 4K 4K 60 on both sides 2.7 7K 60 Also on both sides and then 1080 here at 120 frames per second here we can do 1080 at 200 frames per second using the Slow motion also I need to know that This has the ability to do 4K at 120 Frames per second using the slow motion Mode which is a little bit different Than the normal mode because the footage That you get out of it is going to be Slowed down already during playback as Far as the color modes very much exactly The same d-log 10 bit hlg 10-bit and Then the normal 8-bit is also available If that's what you want to do as far as The camera we can do burst photos we can Do aeb photos on both sides three photos Or five photos you can also not do smart

Photos on either side you have Panorama Available same exact mode vertical wide 1080 and the sphere and as far as the Zoom range it depends on this drone here Based on video quality so you can do 4X At 4K 6X at 2.7 K and then 1080 you can Do 8.5 X now these are all digital zooms Here we're going to do three time Digital Zoom regardless of what you're At I do want to mention these Controllers here because these are Important these are the smart Controllers that DJI has come up with Over the years this is the original Called a smart controller we have the RC Pro right here and then finally we have The regular RC right here the good news Is all three of these are compatible With the air 2s right here as far as the Mavic 3 you only have the ability to do The nude one which is the RC Pro or the Regular RC the old controller is not Compatible I don't know if it will ever Be but at this stage this is how it is Let's talk about some more features Available Master shots available on both We can also do quick shots so if you Like these the draw need a rocket the Circle Helix Boomerang asteroid all These are available on both drones and Then these also have the intelligent Flight modes where you can follow using Active track using Spotlight and using Point of Interest the only difference is

This has the upgraded active track 5.0 As opposed to 4.0 every other track mode Is the same and then also hyperlapse we Have the same modes with the free the Circle the course lock and the Waypoint This also has cruise control where you Have the ability to get the Drone kind Of going in One Direction and have the Ability to just rotate as the Drone Keeps going in that direction so that's Kind of a big plus I think actually if You if you like doing these hyperlapse Mode this is a kind of a good way to do It now let's talk about pricing because There is a bit of a difference as far as Pricing this drone here you can buy with The traditional controller for just Under a thousand dollars 9.99 this drone Right here is going to be a bit more Expensive with the rcn1 which is the Traditional controller it's going to be Six hundred dollars more so 15.99 right Here and then you can buy the Drone only If you already have a controller for 14.69 and then you can buy this with the RC controller which is a bit upgraded For 17.49 so again quite a bit of Difference between the too obviously They're kind of in a different category But really are they because we're going To see some of the footage and you might Actually be surprised now you can get Fly more packages with this the fly more Package is pretty cheap here at 300 as

Opposed to 650 on this one I'll let you Look at the fly more packages because They're all a bit confusing you can add The smart controller if you want to here You can add add this big controller as Well there's a lot of options as far as Pricing now let's talk about the Important part because you're going to Be using this drone to do what well you Take pictures hopefully and so let's Talk about a picture comparison here and What we did is because this drone is Stuck at F 2.8 then we took pictures With this at F 2.8 as well and we show You the results and we show you the Results here at a slightly higher ISO so This is ISO 1600 which is I think right At the edge of of usable for both drones But you can start to see a little bit of Of noise appearing in the picture and I'm going to let you decide which one You think is better in this case but you Can see two sides of our chart we have This beautiful chart that we printed and That we use to do comparison now Obviously this looks a little bit Pixelated because it's a big Zoom onto This chart Um it's a it's a torture test that we Put the drones through because we want To make sure that you understand all the Details that you have or that you don't Have when you take these pictures so Here I'm going to let you decide which

One you think is better for you for what You want to do at comparable settings Here's another comparison here at ISO 800 you have the air 2s on the top and You have the mavic 3 classic at the Bottom again remember these are pretty Zoomed in inside of our chart these are A lot of details I love this section of The chart here definitely a torture test With those bars on the right side these Are supposed to be tiny little bars that Are spaced out evenly and you can see The result here neither of these drone Does really well I have to say the top Of those bars where they're very very Tiny spaced out I think the air 2s does A little bit better but it's still not Perfect as a matter of fact I think the Mini 3 Pro from DJI is the only drone That performed well on this part of the Truck we've tested a lot of different Drones and none of them have the ability To get that amount of detail so it's Kind of cool to see how much torture we Can put these through the mavic 3 did Not really do all that well you can see The chromatic aberration here you have a A blue line and kind of a purple line And then on the left side you can see The detail on the Pixel Perfect area Here you can see that it's a lot more Blurry actually with the mavic 3 classic Even at ISO 100 and F 2.8 now I do need To mention this lens at F 2.8 is not

Sharp and that's on that's by Design That's usually how these lenses are if You bump that up to F 5.6 for example or F6 then you'll be getting a much better Quality but we wanted to compare apples To Apple this is f 2.8 this is f 2.8 and Will give you that data then this part Of the chart I love looking at the grass That's up there because you can always See details there is dark and there's Bright and we always see the grain Popping up now this is at ISO a 3200 so Pretty high up there you can see also on The Sandpaper you can see the difference Between the two and then even in the White you can see a bit of a difference Between the two we'll put links in the Description so you can see basically the Full image without being compressed by YouTube this section the cmy section Also is great here you can really see The uh the different colors at ISO 1600 Again we're pushing on the iso just so You can see the difference in quality in In lower light and then here also a Major torture test with these little Squares and lines and I do think again The air 2s tends to do better even at ISO 100 you can see I wouldn't call it Significant difference but there is a Bit of a difference between the two and This was photos let's take a look at Videos so what we did is we did two Flights with the two different devices

And we tried to set them up to have the Same exposure compensation I was trying To keep it around 1.7 uh positive 1.7 Just because I wanted to make sure that We could get enough detail because we Were recording in log so what you see Here is very flat colors because it's Log it's not color graded at all and you See already a difference between the two Sensors the mavic 3 I find is pretty Flat quite a bit closer to what the Inspire 2 for example is or even the Mavic 3 Scenic because it's kind of the Same lens the air 2s is a bit sharper Already as it is even when exposed at The same EV we try to use ND filters we Try to put everything in manual so you Can see the results here now here's the Ludded footage and I used a lot that DJI Provided on the right side with the Mavic speed classic I actually use the Version that's a bit brighter it has a Vivid Lut on the other side I actually Use the same Lut that goes with the Mavic 2 Pro because it is the one that Comes with the Drone so I use the the Proper one that they tell you to use but Big difference I think in colors here a Lot more magenta appearing even in the Trees on the side of the air 2s as Opposed to the mavic 3. I think the Mavic 3 colors were a little bit better I kind of like the way they look better At 400x so at four times the zoom you

Can also see the difference I think the Mavic 3 classic is a bit sharper Maintains the details a lot better when You're fully zoomed in now again how Often are you going to be zoomed in at 400x probably not very often but it's Good to see that detail up close so you Can really see how much of that contrast And and that color you maintain when you Start to zoom in now remember both of These are 20 megapixels recorded at 4K Recorded at 30. we tried to keep all the Settings as close as we can so that's All I have let us know what you think in The comments and we'll see you for the Next video [Music]