DJI has introduced the brand new DJI Avata drone, their try at a teeny tiny “cinewhoop” model FPV drone. On paper, it makes DJI’s earlier FPV drone fairly a lot out of date in a single day, with a barely wider area of view, a cease higher ISO efficiency, bigger max picture dimension, greater video bitrate and extra in a a lot smaller package deal. Dangerous information for these of you who had been hoping it could fall below the 250g weight restrict, although. It doesn’t.
What it does have, although, are built-in prop guards – making it safer whereas lowering the probabilities that it hitting one thing goes to trigger it to crash – and a compactness that makes it a lot simpler to journey with and use. The DJI Goggles V2 have shrunk a reasonably vital quantity over previous DJI headsets. The Avata additionally options downward-facing impediment avoidance to assist forestall you from crashing into the bottom.
The Avata is a drone that lots of people have been wanting for a very long time. Many had been hoping that that is what DJI’s unique FPV drone can be, but it surely’s taken them a short while to determine precisely what folks wanted. Now, they appear to have achieved – a minimum of for these new to flying FPV to seize cinematic footage. There’ll at all times be these for which the one answer is a totally custom-built drone they’ve designed and put collectively themselves for their very own wants however should you’re simply starting to check the water, or need one thing they will whip out and fly shortly and simply every time the temper strikes, the Avata appears like an amazing possibility.
When you can join the Avata to the usual FPV Distant Controller 2, the Avata is designed primarily to be managed by the brand new DJI Movement Controller. This takes the pure actions of a single hand and interprets these to the drone, letting you progress round just by transferring your hand. Consider a Wii controller, however to your drone. DJI says that this makes it straightforward for even rookies.
However clearly, that is DJI, so having the ability to shoot respectable video is simply as necessary as ease of use. The Avata makes use of the identical digital camera for each its FPV transmission in addition to the video it data. Because of this what you see is precisely what you get, and that’s 4K 60fps footage with a 1/1.7″ 48-megapixel CMOS sensor with an f/2.8 lens that gives 155° area of view. It contains only a single-axis gimbal, however on an FPV drone, you actually don’t need greater than this anyway more often than not.
It options downward-facing binocular imaginative and prescient sensors and a ToF sensor to detect obstacles on the bottom in addition to the space from the bottom (or no matter is “under” the drone within the orientation it’s presently at) making it safer to fly fairly near the bottom and different surfaces parallel to the underside of the drone. Across the blades are propeller guards making the blades safer from stray fingers, but additionally serving to it to bounce off issues it’d unintentionally fly into as a substitute of simply coming to a screaming halt and crashing. It received’t work for each impression, but it surely’s definitely going to assist with some.
The palm-sized drone measures solely 18x18cm side-to-side and front-to-back. It’s solely 8cm tall, too, making it extraordinarily compact. Positive, it doesn’t fold up like DJI’s Mini or Air collection drones, however FPV drones typically don’t. Such mechanisms typically make them too heavy and too cumbersome. However nonetheless, at 18x18x8cm, it’s sufficiently small to throw right into a backpack, with room spare for the controller and Goggles V2.
The DJI Avata is available in three packages. There’s the fundamental drone-only package deal which incorporates the drone, a single battery, charger, gimbal cowl, a few spare props, screws an Allen wrench and a USB cable. the Fly Good Combo package deal provides to this with the DJI Movement Controller, DJI FPV Goggles V2, some extra spare props and a spare battery. The Avata Professional View Combo comes with DJI Goggles V2 (that are apparently totally different to the DJI FPV Goggles V2 – and each provide totally different specs in addition to bodily dimension).
It definitely appears like DJI has lastly gotten the memo on what an FPV drone ought to appear to be. whereas their first FPV drone try did lead to a reasonably good drone, it wasn’t actually the sort of imaginative and prescient that springs to thoughts once you hear the phrase “FPV drone”.
The DJI Avata is offered to pre-order now for $629 as a drone-only package deal, as a Fly Good Combo for $1,168 or within the Professional View Combo for $1,388. The “Fly Extra” package, which incorporates two additional batteries and the quad charger prices one other $279. There’s additionally an official DJI ND Filter package for $79 that features 3, 4 and 5 cease ND filters.
A drone-only package deal didn’t make sense to me at first till I remembered that this was an FPV drone. If you happen to purchase the Fly Good or Professional View combo packs and kill your drone six months down the road, it’s useful having the ability to get a spare drone for half the worth with out being pressured to purchase the additional bits you don’t have to duplicate.