DJI today unveiled its all-in-one cinematic first-person view drone called the DJI FPV. Describing the new FPV drone system, the company says it “combines the first-person view and high-speed performance of racing drones, the cinematic camera sweep of traditional drones, the safety and transmission technology of its consumer drones, and an optional innovative single-handed motion controller that allows pilots to control the drone with just hand movements.”
The new FPV drone works with DJI’s own FPV Goggles and there is a newly developed DJI Virtual Flight app which is designed to help new pilots practice before flying in the real world.
The DJI FPV has three types of flight modes designed to match your skill level when flying. Normal Mode makes the drone work like the other DJI consumers drones. It hovers in place with the aid of GPS and visual positioning systems (VPS) on the bottom of the drone. During Normal Mode, the obstacle detection sensors at the front become active and the FPV drone slows down automatically when it detects any obstacle. With Manual Mode, skilful drone pilots can take full control of the FPV with no sensors and hovering features enabled. DJI says Sport Mode is a blend between Manual and Normal Mode offering flying freedom as well as the key safety features when in motion.
The DJI FPV features a dedicated emergency brake and hover button, which is available in all flight modes, a return to home button which automatically returns the drone to its home point in case of a signal lost.
The drone has a maximum speed of 140 kph (87 mph) and its acceleration is capable of going from 0 – 100 kph (0-62 mph) in two seconds. It also offers 20 minutes of flight time at a full battery charge. Thanks to its RockSteady stabilization technology, the drone 120 Mbps camera shoots smooth 4K/60 fps and 1080p slow-motion videos at 120 fps. The camera is ultrawide with a 150-degree field of view and footages can be stored in H.265 or H.264 which takes less memory card space.
DJI promises crystal-clear, long-range, low-latency feed to the FPV Goggles thanks to its HD transmission technology. Its O3 transmission system offers 10km transmission range, auto-switching dual-frequencies, and a 50 Mpbs bitrate.
The standard DJI FPV Combo with the FPV drone, remote controller 2, FPV Goggles V2, cables and a battery costs $1,299. The Fly More Kit which includes two additional Intelligent Flight Batteries and the dedicated charging hub will set you back by an additional $299. The Motion Controller is sold separately and it costs $199.