The DJI FPV Drone is a brand new drone from DJI that offers an immersive cinematic experience like no other. DJI has taken their expertise in image quality, user experience and have mixed the handling and acrobatic capabilities from a hobbyist freestyle drone to create something new and unique.
The resulting product is a platform that is perfect for filming action at high speeds and a drone that is significantly more fun to fly than any other drone.
Note; Does not come with controller, goggles or charger.
DJI has been at the forefront of image quality for drones of all sizes and this new DJI FPV system is no different. You will struggle to find any drone with a similar or better imaging system. The camera has a wide 142 degree view and once you change the settings to 50/100 fps, the view widens to 150 degree view.
The built in HD Digital FPV provides a real-time view of the flight as it happens with very minimal latency. The DJI FPV Goggles V2 are able to receive this HD Video transmission up to 810P at 60 FPS in high-quality mode or 120 FPS in low-latency mode.
Once recording to the SD card, it will boast much higher quality images. 4K/60 FPS video can be recorded up to 120Mbps bitrate. or HD 1080 video can be recorded up to 120FPS. Rocksteady image stabilisation smooths out turbulence and jerky flight movements while distortion correction helps avoid image quality degradation. Video is recorded in H.264 or H.265.
DJI has been known to create some of the easiest drones to fly where they practically fly themselves. This has been replicated in the DJI FPV with “Normal” Mode. This typical GPS-assisted mode that’s easy to control and enables smooth flight.
Whilst this setting may be limiting, it allows the easiest control of the drone with a maximum attitude angle of 25 degrees and a maximum flight speed of 15 m/s (~54 km/h). Once mastered, users can switch to “Sport” mode to increase the maximum flight speed to 27 m/s (~97 km/h) and double the ascent and descent rates. Sport mode will be a big step up for many pilots used to flying smaller DJI quadcopters.
For those who are more experienced or want to jump into the deep end right away, “Manual” mode will be the way to go. This disables most flight assists and hands direct control to the operator, just like a freestyle drone would have. This enables amazing manoeuvrability, but also carries considerable risk. This manual mode can be disabled by default and must be enabled through the goggles menu. There is an additional setting that removes the attitude limiter and will unlock the full potential, meaning you can do manoeuvres such as flips and rolls.
In the manual mode, the drone will fly up to speeds of 140 km/h.
During this mode, we suggest disabling the automatic recentering on the controller (screw located at the back) whilst in full manual mode.
DJI takes usability to the next level and is a top priority. DJI has taken great care to ensure the freestyle-like experience is also seamless and easy to access for all users. Some of the expected usability (and safety) features include lighting, smart return to home, low battery return to home and both forward/downward obstacle avoidance sensors. Furthermore, there are new tricks that have been brought to the table.
Freestyle is difficult and intimidating to learn. The controls are very powerful and allow vast freedom of movement however it does open up the pilot to be more prone to crash. Experience is key with freestyle drone flying and with more experience, the likelihood of crashing is significantly less. The risk of a fatal crash is mitigated with the panic button. Once activated, the drone goes into full stabilisation mode to set itself upright and hover in place.
Instead of the traditional two-stick control, mode 1 or mode 2, you can instead fly the DJI FPV drone with one-handed motion-sensing remote. This is meant to revolutionise the way pilots interact with the drone and promises natural and intuitive connection between drone and operator that makes it easier to learn and control the drone.
With a 20 minute flight time and speeds up to 140 km/h, the DJI FPV drone is no slouch. The low-pitch 5328 propellers are very efficient but aren’t going to provide raw power that many enthusiasts are used to. Carrying nearly 800 grams of weight will make the drone side and slide through corners instead of providing the locked-in feel that dedicated racers look for.
Why should you get the DJI FPV Drone?
The barrier of entry to this hobby is generally high for racing/freestyle drones and don’t come with any “safety nets”. It also requires a bit of reading to understand control systems, radio frequency usage and the different manufacture standards. This simple product allows you to avoid all of that and enjoy the fun of flying whilst capturing incredible photos/videos in the process.
If you are looking for a drone to get cinematic FPV flying, this is the one to get. The high-quality footage along with the excellent features make this drone the complete package.