DJI has announced finally announced the new DJI FPV Drone. It features an on-board 4K 60fps gimbal stabilised camera with a 150° super-wide field of view with a low-latency signal that can be sent to your goggles. It has a top speed of up to 87 miles per hour and can combine gimbal stabilisation with electronic image stabilisation to ensure steady footage at any speed.
DJI says that they’ve “reinvented” the drony flying experience with the new DJI FPV. Well, I suppose we’ll see, but it is DJI’s first FPV drone and they’ll have likely approached it with their typical unique take. One thing I will say for sure, though, is that it sure is funny lookin’.
The DJI FPV ecosystem includes the drone, the goggles a dedicated remote controller and what they descript as a new “intuitive motion controller” option steers the drone based on the movements of your hand. It has three different flying modes to choose from, allowing you to limit the drone to speeds and capabilities at which you’re comfortable.
- N Mode: Geared for new pilots, with simplified drone flight controls and safety features engaged, such as obstacle sensing.
- S Mode: A hybrid flight mode that lets you fly manually for more freedom but keeps the easier-to-use simplified controls.
- M Mode: For skilled pilots, with limitless control over the flight experience.
To help with safety, the FPV drone is equipped with a feature called “Emergency Brake and Hover” which they say does exactly what it says in the tin. At the push of a button, it stops and hovers, regardless of your speed. It also features forward and downward Time-of-Flighht obstacle sensors and will return to home if it loses video signal to the goggles.
The DJI FPV Goggles V2 allow you to see exactly where your drone is going and also offer three modes of operation, depending on your needs, while recording 4K60fps video footage at 120Mbps. It also offers 1080p slow-motion footage at 120fps and footage can be stored in either h.265 or h.264 codecs.
- High-Quality Mode: See the world in 1440x810p in either 60 fps with a wider 142° Field of View (FOV), or 50 fps with 150° FOV. In this mode, latency is as low as ≤ 40 ms.
- Low-Latency Mode: In this mode, pilots activate high frame rates for a more cinematic look to signal latency is decreased to ≤ 28 ms. Resolution is 1440×810p 120 fps with a 142° FOV or 100 fps at 150° FOV.
- Audience Mode: Share the pilot’s perspective in audience mode, which connects up to eight additional goggle sets to the pilot’s view so even onlookers can experience the flight.
I’m curious to see how that footage will compare in the inevitable videos against the various Mavic models DJI has out in the market now. It’s certainly close to a Mavic 2 Pro price point, but will it deliver Mavic 2 Pro level video?
The DJI FPV Drone Combo, which includes the drone, FPV Remote, FPV Goggles V2 and accessories, is available to buy now for $1,299. Despite being a “combo”, it is not a “Fly more combo” and only comes with a single battery. The “Fly More” kit is an extra $299, which includes two FPV batteries and a charging hub that lets you charge up three batteries at once.