DJI FPV Release Date Unboxing & First Flight Video 0

DJI is going to announce (March 2) its new FPV (First Point View) drone. The drone has leaked already, reveals one of a kind innovation and uniqueness regarding FPV technology. DJI’s goal is to expand the accessibility for FPV to hobbyists, which is a brave move since the FPV market is focused on professionals who know how to build and fly these powerful toys. Anyway, let’s have a glimpse at one of DJI’s most ambitious projects.

DJI FPV First Look

The DJI FPV Combo already leaked before so the new drone’s design may no longer be a surprise. A single camera is seated on the top, not the bottom, of the drone while forward and downward cameras are suggested to be obstacle avoidance instead. The FPV goggles look similar to DJI’s first version but V2 was noted to be lighter and the padding more comfortable this time around.

It has a different wing to body orientation than DJI’s other drones. Instead of the propellers laying on the same horizontal axis as the front camera array, they instead tilt forward in a way that appears to be designed to pull the drone forward. Since this is a FPV racing drone, this design likely makes the product significantly faster than DJI’s more photo and video-focused flying cameras.

Unboxing

Camera

In recent years, the FPV niche has changed from racing to cinematic footage thanks to advancements in action cameras like GoPro and DJI’s Osmo Action, along with FPV pilots like FPV Johnny and Nurk.

The specs aren’t confirmed, but the DJI FPV drone should be closer to the Mavic Mini in terms of sensor size capable of 12MP stills, 4K60p, and 1080 at 120p. The bitrate is unknown, but power concerns would have me leaning towards 100Mbps. That’s a solid number and a good first entry for DJI into the niche.

Goggles

The new FPV drone means a next-generation of DJI’s well-regarded digital FPV goggles. There isn’t a design change, but the internals is getting plenty of upgrades, including a higher refresh rate. Latency was already top-tier in the first version, so it will be something to watch if DJI can shave a few milliseconds off the transmission.

Controller

The biggest change is in the controller that comes as part of the combo. Shaped more like a gamepad than a box, the controller features DJI’s new detachable joysticks that hide inside the handles when not in use.

FPV Stats

  • 21 minute flight time
  • GPS Return-to-Home
  • High-def low latency image transmission
  • Two-axis gimbal
  • 150km/h top speed

The last of the leaked photos shows the content of what seems to the DJI FPV Combo package. It includes the following:

  • The DJI FPV drone with 4k60fps camera
  • The DJI FPV Goggles V2
  • Remote Controller 2
  • AC Power Cable
  • 6 Cell Lithium Intelligent Flight Battery
  • Goggles Headband
  • Control Sticks
  • Goggles Power Cable
    Propellers
  • Goggles Battery
  • AC Power Adapter
  • USB-C Data Cable
    Top Shell
  • Goggles Antenna x 4
    Manuals
  • USB-C OTG Cable

The DJI FPV Combo is expected to US$1300.00. We think that price point may even have been the starting point for development of a DJI FPV drone.

One concern surrounding the drone since it was first rumored would be the ease of use. It won’t be foolproof like a Mavic, but there are numerous safety features that will set it apart from the competition, including a return-to-home function.

We think the DJI FPV Combo is creating an entirely new FPV category for users looking for performance in a robust airframe, and/or those who just want a complete system without setting up a workshop in the basement.

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DJI Provides New Mavic Air 2 Release Date and Spec Data Comments Off on DJI Provides New Mavic Air 2 Release Date and Spec Data

DJI announced that the new  Mavic Air 2 will cost $799 when it ships to US buyers in late May. That’s the same price as the previous Mavic Air model, so the drone stays as DJI’s mid-range option between its more capable Mavic 2 and its smaller, cheaper Mavic Mini.

New In Two

Two and a half years after introducing the first Mavic Air, DJI is announcing its successor: the Mavic Air 2. It comes with a bigger image sensor, ditches Wi-Fi in favor of DJI’s own OcuSync transmission technology, has up to 34 minutes of flight time, and is packaged with a completely redesigned controller.

In terms of the design, the new Mavic Air 2 is slightly bigger and heavier than the prior generation, but still looks like a smaller sibling to the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. All three drones finally share a similar design language — gray housing — and now look more like part of a lineup.

Is Bigger Better?

Compared to its predecessor, the Mavic Air 2 is slightly larger and heavier (570 grams). That’s not a problem at all, because the arms can be quickly folded for easy storage — making it perfect for stowing away in a backpack. Sure, the Mavic Mini can be flown without having to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), but the Mavic Air 2 retains the same portability to make it a weekend road warrior. For comparison, the Mavic Mini measures in at 160 x 202 x 55 mm unfolded, while the Mavic Air 2 isn’t that much bigger at 183 x 253 x 77 mm.

Shutterbugs will be especially happy to find a new 48-megapixel high-resolution mode. Looking at a few comparison shots, there’s more detail and sharpness versus its 12-megapixel captures, but dynamic range isn’t as good. However, some of the details in the shadows can be recovered in post using an editor. There’s definitely a case for using the high-resolution mode, especially if you want to crop images later on. Beyond that, I found the 12-megapixel snapshots perfect for social media posts.

The Mavic Air 2 looks like an impressive update to what was already one of our favorite drones, especially considering several features—the 60 fps 4K video and 34 minute flight time—even best those found on the more expensive Mavic 2 Pro.

Best Drone Videos: January 2020 0

Starting off for 2020, we thought we’d take a trip back (and up) as we look ahead to a great year in UAV related videos. Here are some of the highest rated 2019 drone compilation videos

2019 Cinematic Aerial Video Highlights

From the Grip Group Films channel, the video highlight series has some great clips all across the US and Europe

Best Drone Footage 2019

Utilizing his Mavic 2 Pro, YouTuber DK-Aerial provides footage from China, Vietnam, Canada, Germany and Italy in this compilation

Cinematic Drone Videos

Compiled by Evasion Studios, this compilation video contain clips from Germany, UK and south France

My Best Drone Shots 2019

TAPP Channel provides some great cinematic work in this year in review compilation

DaneWithADrone Drone Compilation 2019

Title explains it all except for the locations. Seems to be clips of Sweden, Italy, Denmark and Scotland