DJI’s newest toy acts like an eagle simulator…
The DJI FPV has arrived, and this ‘First Person View’ flier looks to be an exciting combination of a racing drone and a dramatic, sky-based camera, close to the DJI Mavic Air 2. (Want to skip ahead to our initial thoughts? Visit our DJI FPV drone analysis for more information.
The DJI FPV is distinct from the company’s other drones in one important way: instead of flying it using a video feed on a controller screen, you get an on-board view thanks to some included head-mounted goggles. On Microsoft Flight Simulator, this aims to give you the feeling of soaring like an eagle or being in the real-world cockpit of a plane.
In this way, the DJI FPV is similar to racing drones, which have risen in popularity as professional competitions such as the Drone Racing League have grown in popularity (DRL). However, DJI’s new ready-to-fly’ drone is aimed more at beginners who want to try out the FPV experience when taking 4K aerial videos.
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Although the DJI FPV can’t quite match the 120mph top speeds of professional racing drones, it’s quicker and more agile than any Mavic drone, with a top speed of 87mph and a 0-62mph time of just two seconds.
The DJI FPV’s high speeds, coupled with its powerful filming abilities, promise to make it a one-of-a-kind drone. Its 150-degree wide-angle lens can capture 4K/60p video with RockSteady image stabilization and a respectable 120Mbps bit rate.
The 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor in the DJI FPV is smaller than the ones in the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic Air 2, but it’s the same size as the chip in the DJI Mini 2. This means you can expect good video and photographs in good lighting, albeit through a wide-angle lens.
However, the DJI FPV’s USP is the ability to get a bird’s-eye view of landscapes and scenery with the included DJI Goggles V2, as well as the ability to control it with DJI’s new single-handed motion controller, which enables you to fly the drone with hand movements.
the situation is under control
The drone, a standard remote controller, FPV Goggles V2, and all of the other accessories shown above are included in the standard DJI FPV Combo pack. However, DJI is also selling an optional Motion Controller, which promises to allow you to fly the drone using just your hand movements, making it more like a VR headset than any previous DJI drone.
The Motion Controller (shown below) is an interesting accessory aimed at making FPV drones more intuitive and beginner-friendly than ever before. It has some useful safety features, such as a brake button that can be pressed once to perform an ’emergency brake and hover,’ while a long press enables the return to home’ function.
You’ll still need the FPV Goggles V2 to see where you’re flying, whether you’re using this motion controller or the regular pad. These view a live video feed from the drone in 810p resolution at 60 or 120 frames per second, depending on the quality mode selected. And from up to 10 kilometres away (if you’re in the United States), or 6 kilometres for fliers all over the world.
Latency – or the delay in data transmission between the drone and the goggles – has always been a major technological problem for FPV drones. Even a slight lag will result in the drone being a few feet away from the location shown in the pilot’s headset, but DJI claims to have solved this with O3, the new iteration of its Ocusync technology. This promises to provide a high-bit-rate 50Mbps feed to the Goggles, as well as modern anti-interference technologies to ensure a secure link.
Isn’t it first and foremost about safety?
Despite these guarantees regarding O3’s dependability, there will certainly be safety issues about novices piloting an 87mph drone while wearing a camera headset to direct their movements.
DJI, on the other hand, assumes that the combination of its safety features and drone laws would be sufficient to ensure a safe flight. For instance, since it’s difficult to maintain a clear line of sight when wearing the Goggles, most regions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, would require you to be accompanied by an observer or spotter while flying the DJI FPV.
In addition to the motion controller emergency brake and hover’ feature, DJI has included its normal GPS-based geofencing warnings and ADS-B receiver system, which alerts you when other manned aircraft are nearby.
If the legal requirement that you be accompanied by an observer while operating the FPV drone doesn’t discourage you, it promises to provide a stunning flying and filming experience that few rival drones can equal.
From today, you can purchase the DJI FPV drone in a variety of packages. The basic DJI FPV Combo costs $1,299 / £1,249 / AU$2,099. It includes the FPV drone, remote controller, and FPV Goggles V2.
If you need a little more range, the DJI FPV Fly More Package (which includes two extra batteries and a dedicated charging hub) is $299 / £259 / AU$429, while the optional Motion Controller is $199 / £139 / AU$229, respectively.
What laws regulate the use of the DJI FPV drone?
Flying the DJI FPV drone is a bit different than flying a normal drone, and it’s not just because you’re wearing camera goggles.
Because of the headset, you won’t be able to preserve visual line of sight with the DJI FPV, which has consequences for drone rules. In the United States and the United Kingdom, this means you’ll only be able to fly the DJI FPV (or any other FPV drone) legally if you’re accompanied by a spotter or observer.
In some countries, such as Australia, you must first apply for CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) permission to fly your FPV drone outdoors, or be a member of a model aircraft association that has FPV flight approval.