This mission was Bethlehem Lutheran Church 4K Drone in Ridgewood, NJ. I was there to attend a pastors’ conference on April 17, 2021, as the colors of Spring began to show. This video is the first of what I hope to be a series of videos of different churches in the New Jersey District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
This is also the first video I made with my new DJI Air 2s drone. That means I could film and edit in 4K for the first time. Some people say they can’t tell the difference between 1080 and 4K. But it made a big difference on the 27-inch 4K monitor in my office.
When compared to my Mavic Mini, I noticed a big difference in the clarity and the dynamic range. It was a mostly overcast day, but there were some peeks of sun. It is a hard condition to expose properly. In places where the Mavic Mini would have blown out the sky, the Air 2s could render the sky without loss of detail.
I filmed using the D-log setting on the Air 2s and used Final Cut to adjust exposure and saturation. I was impressed by the color I got while editing and will need to make a comparison video of the D-log and normal color mode. The D-log video is not impressive when it comes out of the SD card. But that is intentional. Because the video is flat, there is more room for manipulation in the editing process.
I have not had much time with the Air 2s, so I am still learning some features. The biggest thing I had not yet discovered when I made this video was the auto-track features. The Air 2s allows you to focus on an object, and it will automatically keep it in the center of the frame. It does it by adjusting the gimbal and even rotating and moving the drone. This creates a smoother and more stabilized video. You can only track an object manually with the Mavic Mini.
I hope you enjoy this Bethlehem Lutheran Church 4K Drone Video with my new DJI Air 2s.