The speed of a racing drone and the ease of use of a DJI camera drone are an amazing combination

The DJI FPV drone is intended for everyone, but not everyone.It is designed for speed and agility, but its features and capabilities are aimed at both beginners and those who use a drone without the help of sensors and GPS Being able to hold in the air The FPV drone is also much more about experiencing the flight than what the camera can do

In the box for 1$ 299 (Jan.249 euros, 2AU $ 099) you get the FPV drone, DJI FPV goggles V2, a new gaming controller and a single battery, which means you have everything you need for FPV flying right away, except for one Firmware updates make it ready to fly too, which is unusual for the category which is still mostly a DIY situation, even the pre-built drones of this size usually require some adjustments

If you’ve never flown in an FPV headset, it can be exciting and scary at the same time, with a little nausea (at least for me) It really feels like you are in the pilot’s seat of an airplane as you soar through the air or above the ground at speeds of up to 140 km / h It also means that with one little control mistake, you can disappear from the sky and empty your wallet

If you’ve ever built your own racing drone, you can likely repair damage from crashes while attempting to lower this rod, DJI made some parts of the FPV easily replaceable, particularly the landing gear, the plastic top shell (an additional one is included ), the gimbal, and the propellers It’s also more rugged than DJI’s other drones, which helps if you get a little too close to a tree, building, or other obstacle

The large battery is built into the frame and will lock into place for sure, a DJI says it’ll take up to 20 minutes, but that will depend on how aggressively you’re flying. Even so, I had no problems hitting the 10-minute mark Exceeding sport mode, which is about the best you can do.It’s typical of an FPV drone to only last five to ten minutes in the air

The FPV has three flight modes – normal, sport, and manual – with varying degrees of automated assistance.The normal mode comes closest to flying DJI’s Air 2 or Mini 2 camera drones cameras on the bottom can get the drone to arrive without your help Hold in place while more on the front you slow down as you approach obstacles. The maximum speed is 30 mph

If you switch to sport mode, you can fly at a speed of up to 100 km / h, but the front obstacle detection is switched off.In manual mode you are as good as alone, although by default it starts with a setting limit, which can be disabled.There is no obstacle detection and no help floating in place.You can even open the back of the controller and adjust the embroidery tension so that it doesn’t jump back to the center

No matter what mode you are in, you get an emergency brake on the controller and the same button triggers the drone to return to the starting point, plus there is a function to find my drone that you can use if you crash and can’t see exactly where it went

Most consumer FPV drones usually rely on using an app and your phone in a VR headset, which is fine for casual flights, but the latency of the video feed from the drone’s camera to the phone is at speeds up to 90 mph not particularly good On the other hand, FPV racing drones generally use low resolution analog cameras to send a low latency feed to a headset while a second camera records the action, but image quality is not particularly good, however when milliseconds count, you want to delay the video as little as possible

The FPV drone paired with the FPV Goggles V2 solves these problems by using DJI’s broadcast technologies to bring you low-latency video with high visual clarity When DJI launched the Goggles, I said it is like the difference between a VHS tape that has been played a few times too often and a remastered DVD

It is the clear, cinematic live view with a resolution of 810 pixels that promotes the immersive experience of the FPV.As all parts are paired and ready to use right out of the box, it is a hassle-free experience Turn on the drone, headset and controller one and you’re good to go

Many transmitters used for FPV drone racing are big, clunky, and loaded with switches.The DJI controller has more in common with your favorite gaming console controller, so flying the FPV feels like you’re one Play racing game while looking behind the wheel So it is fitting that the controller feels like a game

Above you only have the two sticks, the on / off switch and a programmable shortcut key. The sticks are unscrewed and can be stored in the handles of the controller The antenna folds down so it can be easily tucked into a pocket.On the back of the controller are buttons to control the camera and the power.For example, there is a switch to switch between flight modes, as well as a switch and a dial to adjust to move the camera up and down on its gimbal

DJI has also made a one-handed pistol grip motion controller.There are buttons for camera controls, emergency brakes, and take-offs and landings.However, to fly, pull the trigger back and tilt your hand to the side or up and down it is for $ 200 available

The FPV’s camera can record videos: up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second and 128 Mbit / s or 1080p at up to 120 fps It is located on a single-axis gimbal for image stabilization, in contrast to the three-axis gimbals that Most DJI drones have gimbals to help them rotate vertically, but most of the shake and vibration is controlled by DJI’s RockSteady electronic stabilization system.The results are good overall, especially considering the speed at which the drone is moving moving, but not without motion artifacts If you expect the silky smooth and flat video of a three-axis gimbal, you’re better off with a Mavic 2 Pro

Plus, recording video for camera functions is pretty much the end of the way, there are no drone modes or other automated camera movement, there is no subject tracking or panoramic photos, you can correct distortion to remove the fisheye look from your shots, and videos can stored in H265 or H264 But that’s it and all settings are navigated with a mini joystick and buttons on the headset. There is also a microSD card slot on the headset, which you can use to record the FPV video, but which does not have the RockSteady stabilization

The DJI FPV is Fun to Use For beginners, there is just enough flight assistance to reduce the intimidation of flying, experienced pilots will appreciate the extra camera controls and the agility and speed of the drone, as well as the great looking video in the headset and it is also a great, albeit expensive, way to grow as an FPV pilot without having to assemble your own combination of drone, headset, and transmitter

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