You can use it to do aerobatics and make cool videos.
DJI unveiled its first FPV (first person view) drone. The name is simple: DJI FPV. From the looks of it, the drone will give you a very cool experience.
The DJI FPV is a relatively small drone. But much more important is the kit, which includes the drone itself, the remote control and goggles to control it. Yes, yes, it is the goggles that make it the FPV.
The goggles have two two-inch displays with 810p resolution and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. The image here is transmitted via a digital channel using its own technology OcuSync. This allows for a transmission range of up to 6 km in Russia (we have a CE certificate), and up to 10 km in the U.S. (FCC certificate).
These goggles are very important for FPV drones. You cannot fly without them. Besides, such drones have one more thing: their camera is fixed almost motionless on the drone and does not tend to align the horizon. Such drones are used to shoot videos like this:
FPV drones are much harder to fly than regular drones, so they are not recommended for beginners. DJI’s emphasis is on ease of operation, so it’s good for your first FPV drone. But what spectacular videos look like when the drone flips.
The design of the DJI FPV is specifically made with an eye toward better aerodynamics for higher speeds:
This is especially necessary for a drone of this type. By the way, it benefits from a massive battery that allows you to fly for as much as twenty minutes. If you think it is not enough, because your Mavic can fly longer, how about this: usually FPV drones fly from three to ten minutes.
DJI FPV has three flight modes: Normal, Sport and Manual. In the first mode, the maximum speed is 54 km/h. In this mode, the drone flies like any other drone: it automatically levels the horizon and maintains altitude. There are also proximity sensors that slow down the drone if necessary.
The Sport mode allows the drone to accelerate up to 97 km/h. It differs from Normal only in speed, but it also automatically levels out and maintains altitude. The proximity sensors, like in Manual, do not work here.
But if you want to do all sorts of “barrel rolls” and other aerobatics, then you are in “manual” mode. Maximum speed is 140 km/h. But here you have to be in full control of the flight process.
In case something bothers you during the flight, you can press the “emergency” button. It has the functionality of a stopcock: after pressing it, the drone stops. But this does not mean that it is safe to fly such a drone. For example, the author of The Verge, Vjeran Pavich, crashed a drone that he had on review.
Now it’s time to talk about the drawbacks. It is an expensive drone. Of course, for that money you get everything you need for FPV flying:
But this kit does not level up the drone’s camera in any way. First of all, it got the same sensor as the DJI Mini 2. It’s a 1/2.3-inch sensor. That is, it is slightly larger than the iPhone 12 Pro sensor, but smaller than the iPhone 12 Pro Max sensor.
The resolution of the DJI FPV camera is 12 megapixels. Also here is not the brightest optics – f/2.8. The maximum video bitrate is 120 Mbps. Shooting in 4K 60 fps is possible.
And there’s no carrying case. Plus you’ll probably want to buy an extra battery. And that’s going to cost you a pretty penny!