Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

What a day I had yesterday setting up my new DJI Air 2S with the DJI Smart Controller.

Firstly you have to set it all up via the controller that comes with the Air 2S as this performs the all important firmware (FW) for the drone, installing all the new updates plus the all important smart controller (SC) update for the drone to recognise the SC.

I went about this the wrong way thinking the SC would install everything it needed but the new FW was only for the SC itself and did not install the FW needed for the Air 2S.

Up until now everything has run through DJI GO 4 App but with the latest “Air” drones you now run it through the DJI Fly App.

I sold my DJI Mavic 2 Pro to a good friend of mine, its only fault not having 4K 50p. My world revolves round 4K 50p and its especially important when you are filming with a drone and need that extra dynamic looking shot by punching in on the 4K picture. It is a lot safer for the pilot as you can fly a lot further away from objects knowing you can get a lot closer when you edit the footage on an HD timeline.

I also went for the COMBO version as this gives you two extra batteries plus a 3x battery charging hub and those all important ND filters. The newly designed controller that ships with the Air 2S is a lot more solid and less clunky than the last Mavic 2 Pro controller.


The DJI Air 2S was found to be faulty, out of the box on two separate controllers it would not crab left and right and the gimbal was also faulty. Sent back to Amazon it took 2 weeks to refund me so as I write I am droneless.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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