24 May How to easily create a dolly zoom effect using the DJI Air 2S drone
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‘Disorienting’ and ‘bizarre’ are just a couple of the adjectives often used to describe the dolly zoom effect. Sometimes called ‘the Vertigo effect’, it debuted in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film Vertigo. Back then, you needed a smooth track and steady zoom to pull this effect off, which can add a touch of suspense to a scene. Nowadays, it’s a bit simpler to achieve – especially if you happen to own a DJI Air 2S drone.
Back in 2018, DJI released the Mavic 2 Zoom, the first consumer-grade drone equipped with a zoom lens, which included a built-in dolly zoom function. The Air 2S doesn’t have a zoom lens, but it can zoom digitally and benefits from a higher resolution, 1″-type sensor. Although it doesn’t include the automatic dolly zoom found on the Mavic 2 Zoom, it’s pretty easy to replicate the effect on your own.
‘Disorienting’ and ‘bizarre’ are just a couple of the adjectives used to describe the dolly zoom effect.
Because the Air 2S uses a digital zoom, there’s some impact on the overall quality of the video when doing this. But it’s still pretty neat to be able to create a dolly zoom effect on a drone that retails for just under $1,000. For comparison, the Mavic 2 Zoom starts at $1,349 and features a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor, making it less attractive overall, for many people.
The most straightforward way to zoom in and out on the Air 2S is by tapping on the ‘1x’
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