DJI is well known for its range of drones, but the brand’s latest release is an important departure from its typical quadcopters such as the Phantom or Mavic models. This is because the DJI FPV is the world’s first ready-to-play FPV drone offering, bringing first-person view flying into a package for everyday photographers.
The DJI FPV package consists of a modular drone (which enables parts to be replaced if they become damaged), along with a VR goggle set and a new controller design. First though, let’s talk about the camera, which features a 12-megapixel sensor and is able to capture 4K video at up to 60p or 120p if used at Full HD. Both .mov and .MP4 video formats are available and the camera also benefits from DJI’s Rocksteady stabilisation technology, which is also found in the brand’s DJI OSMO Action cameras.
Speed is a key criteria when it comes to First Per View drones and the DJI FPV can travel up to an astonishing 140 kilometers per hour (87 miles per hour) and features blistering acceleration, being able to go from 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) in just two seconds.
With a maximum flight time of 20 minutes, footage is recorded onto a Micro SD card that slots into the body and cards up to 256GB are supported. A back up Micro SD card slot can also be found in the goggles, enabling users to create a second copy that is away from the drone itself.
It’s obvious that DJI has thought very carefully about safety when it comes to the FPV system as, along with the Return To Home button that will be familiar to existing DJI drone users, there is also an Emergency Brake feature that the user just has to tap to stop the aircraft and force it to hover in position.
Along with the controller that comes bundled with the FPV drone, DJI are also offering an optional extra Single Handed Motion Controller, which has the look of a video games joystick and is sure to make flying the drone even more immersive. Meanwhile DJI explains that the FPV Goggles V2 headset offers a 10 km transmission range, auto-switching dual-frequencies and a high bitrate of 50 Mpbs to ensure a reliable feed.
The DJI FPV features three flight modes; in Normal (N) Mode DJI says the 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. In Manual (M), the user has full control over the drone and Sports (S) Mode offers a new hybrid blend of M and N mode, that enables some of the dynamic movement capabilities that come with M mode along with some of the key safety features of N mode. Available now, the DJI FPV is priced from £1249 and the optional Motion Controller is sold separately and can be purchased for the price of £139.