The Chinese drone giant DJI is flying into a new category of drones with the release of the DJI FPV announced today.
According to a company announcement, the new model combines:
- “First-person view and the high-speed performance of racing drones
- The cinematic camera movement of traditional drones
- The security and transmission technology of DJI’s leading consumer drones
- An optional one-handed motion controller that allows pilots to control the drone with just hand movements. “
“DJI has redefined what drones can do since we started in 2006. As we celebrate our 15th anniversary this year, we’re honoring this legacy of innovation by redefining what drone flight can be with DJI FPV,” said Ferdinand Wolf. Creative Director of DJI Europe.
“DJI FPV instantly combines 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 homemade project, and stop faster than any other. With DJI FPV, the world can 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. “
With the new FPV system, pilots can see from the drone’s perspective in high definition with low latency from the perspective of the drone thanks to O3, the third iteration of DJI’s proprietary OcuSync technology, which uses RockSteady’s electronic image stabilization to record 4K video at 60 fps .
Newly developed motors bring a racing experience to the DJI FPV with a top speed of 87 mph and a top acceleration of 0-62 mph in two seconds.
The DJI FPV offers three flight modes:
- Normal (N) mode: While operating in N mode, DJI FPV works similarly to other DJI drones and hovers in place using GPS and / or visual positioning systems (VPS) on the bottom of the drone. The most accessible flight mode, the N mode, allows for front-facing obstacle detection sensors to be activated to warn when there are obstacles nearby and slowing down. Pilots have the task of maneuvering the drone away from detected obstacles.
- Manual (M) mode: Take full control of the drone with M-mode, which is designed for experienced users. In M mode, all sensors and levitation functions are deactivated.
- Sport (S) mode: S-mode is a new hybrid mix of M- and N-mode and offers some of the dynamic motion features of M-mode as well as some of the key safety features of N-mode. S mode is the middle step between the three modes and is designed to give pilots more room to explore their skills as they get used to FPV flight.
- High quality mode: See the world in 1440 x 810p at 60 fps with a larger field of view of 142 ° (FOV) or 50 fps with a field of view of 150 °. In this mode the latency is only ≤ 40 ms.
- Low latency mode: In this mode, pilots enable high frame rates for a more cinematic appearance to reduce signal latency to ≤ 28 ms. The resolution is 1440 × 810p 120 fps with a field of view of 142 ° or 100 fps with a field of view of 150 °.
- Audience Mode: Share the pilot’s perspective in Audience Mode, which combines up to eight additional goggles with the pilot’s view so that spectators can experience the flight as well
The standard FPV combo includes the drone, remote control, FPV goggles V2, all necessary cables, and a battery for a retail price of $ 1,299.
The new model version comes at a time of turbulence for the drone manufacturer. Last week, DJI laid off employees at its research and development office in Pal Alto. As mentioned in a previous DroneLife review:
“Earlier this year, some high-profile DJI executives based in the US took advantage of other opportunities, including Vice President of North America Mario Rebello and Public Safety Expert Romeo Durscher. The changes could simply be a restructuring due to corporate maturity or the impact of the pandemic, or they could be due to continued pressure from the US government for government agencies to move away from China-made technology. The ongoing arguments over the use of overseas-made drone platforms have created confusion in the market, even for customers who do not receive government funding, and the US government has provided support for domestic drone platforms. “
Miriam McNabb contributed to this report.
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