The highly popular DJI Air 2S drone might soon have a successor, the DJI Air 3, which is anticipated to become the new sweet spot in DJI’s drone lineup. Recent leaks have unveiled some potential specifications and images of the upcoming mid-range drone, indicating exciting new features. The most significant rumor is the addition of a telephoto lens, similar to the one found on the DJI Mavic 3 Pro.
According to reliable DJI leaker @Quadro_News, the DJI Air 3 could incorporate either a 1/1.3-inch mid-telephoto lens with a 3x zoom or a 1/2-inch telephoto lens with a 7x zoom. While not technically “zoom” lenses, these longer focal lengths would allow users to capture photos and videos of distant subjects, especially those that cannot be approached legally. Leaked images and videos from Deals Drone and Dronemodelismo also appear to support these rumors, showcasing a larger camera module on the drone.
Introducing an additional lens to the DJI Air 3 would offer aerial photographers a compelling reason to choose this newer model over the DJI Mini 3 Pro, despite potential price differences. With an expected release date in late June or early July 2023, more leaks and details are likely to emerge soon, providing a comprehensive overview of the drone’s features.
Although battery life has not been extensively leaked, an apparent 30-minute flight time is in line with its predecessor, the DJI Air 2S. While the rumored price of around 7,500 yuan (approximately $1,060 / £860 / AU$1,625) might be higher than previous models, the DJI Air 3 could still be seen as the ideal choice for those seeking a compact, all-round drone.
The DJI Air 2S received widespread acclaim upon its release in April 2021, earning a five-star review and securing a top spot in the best drones list. However, subsequent releases such as the DJI Mini 3 Pro and the improved DJI Mavic 3 have pushed it down the rankings. If the DJI Air 3 incorporates an additional telephoto lens along with other enhancements like Ocusync 3.0 Plus transmission and improved high frame-rate video options, it could potentially reclaim its position as the leading drone in the market.
With its ability to bridge the gap between DJI’s Mini series and Mavic series, the DJI Air 3 is expected to cater to a wide range of users, providing an attractive option at a more reasonable price point. As the release date approaches, drone enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the official announcement, especially considering the current availability of discounted DJI Air 2S drones in the second-hand market.