DJI has taken the wraps off their latest drone with their new FPV drone.
The new DJI FPV combines high-speed performance and a first-person view of racing drones with DJI’s traditional drones that can shoot cinematic quality video.
“DJI has been redefining what drones can do since our company began in 2006, and as we celebrate our 15-year anniversary this year, we honour that heritage of innovation by redefining what drone flight can be with DJI FPV,” said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director, DJI Europe. “Right out of the box, DJI FPVcombines the best available technology for a hybrid drone like no other. It can fly like a racer, hover like a traditional drone, accelerate like a homebuilt project and stop faster than any of them. DJI FPV lets the world experience the absolute thrill of immersive drone flight without being intimidated by the technology or spending hours building a system from scratch. We can’t wait for the world to try it.”
The DJI FPV system is comprised of: the drone, goggles, a dedicated remote controller and a motion controller.
The drone features high-performance motors for a max speed of 140 KM/h (87 mph) and can shoot up to 4K video at 60fps with DJI’s RockSteady EIS (electronic image stabilization).
The drone’s camera has a 120 Mbps bitrate on a single-axis gimbal. You can also record 4x slow-motion footage at 1080p 120fps.
Flight time for the DJI FPV is around 20 mins depending on mode.
The FPV goggles for the drone let users see from the drone’s point of view with low-latency, thanks to DJI’s proprietary third-gen OcuSync technology.
The FPV drones offer a couple of safety features such as an Emergency Brake and Hover to make flying the drone safe and less intimating for new users. There’s also a GPS-based geofencing system to warn users of restricted airspace and other hazards.
DJI says in many jurisdictions, you’ll need someone to accompany you to watch for airborne hazards.
The FPV drone comes with a number of different flight modes including:
- Normal (N) Mode: During N mode operation, DJI FPV operates similar to other DJI drones,
hovering in place with the use of GPS and/or visual positioning systems (VPS) on the bottom of
the drone. The most approachable flight mode, N mode allows for obstacle detection sensors on
the front to be activated to warn when obstacles are near and slow down. Pilots are tasked with
maneuvering the drone away from any detected obstacles.
- Manual (M) Mode: Take full control over the drone with M mode which is designed for more experienced users. While in M mode, all sensors and hovering features are disabled.
- Sport (S) Mode: A new hybrid blend of M and N mode, S mode offers some of the dynamic
movement capabilities that come with M mode
along with some of the key safety features of N
mode. S mode is the middle step between the three modes and developed to give pilots more room to explore their skills as they get accustomed to FPV flight.
The standard DJI FPV combo includes the drone, remote controller 2, FPV goggles V2, cables and one battery for $1,749 CAD ($1,299 USD).
The FPV Fly More Kit includes two batteries, a dedicated charging hub and costs $494 CAD ($299 USD). The optional Motion Controller for the FPV drone is $269 CAD ($199 USD).
The DJI FPV drone is available today from DJI’s website and its retail partners.
2 replies on “DJI announces their first ever FPV drone”
I’ve been really interested in DJI since I saw their pocket gimbal. Ever since I bought my first camera (a canon) and then sold it a year later, I’ve been looking for something more immersive and hands-on then just a point and shoot, hence the drones. This definitely looks like a new way to be totally immersed in the action, but at a steep price point. Was there anything about its durability? That’s what I’m concerned about. And cleaning it, what can you clean it with? Have you personally tried this?
DJI has said the FPV drone is meant to be able to take a crash or two and any damaged or lost parts can easily be replaced