DJI has long been a market leader when it comes to drones for video or photo purposes. Now, for the first time, they are releasing a drone with engines fast enough to be able to line up in competitions and a headset that lets the user keep up with the turns.
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The new model is simply called FPV, the abbreviation for First Person View. Thanks to the latest generation of DJI’s Ocusynk technology, they can offer low response time and high resolution, up to 4k video at 60 fps. DJI’s electronic image stabilization, Rock Steady, as we have seen before in, for example DJI’s action camera, has been implemented for a more stable image. DJI FPV has a new remote control but intuitive controls allow the user to control the drone using hand movements.
The new headset gives the user a first-person perspective through the drone’s cameras. You will be able to choose between three different display modes, a standard option with a response time of up to 40 milliseconds in HD resolution with up to 150 degrees wide angle field. In Smooth mode, you get to experience the world at up to 120 fps for a softer experience. In Audience mode, up to eight users can stand on the sidelines with their own headsets and follow the flight.
By far the fastest so far
DJI FPV has two new engines that under optimal conditions will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in two seconds and reach a maximum speed of 140 km / h. This can be compared to DJI’s previously fastest drone DJI Pro 2, which had a maximum speed of 72 km / h. The drone that currently holds the international speed record is the DRL Racer X, with 263 km / h.
With the new, faster speeds, there are also new safety features such as an emergency brake and a hover function, which will make flying less scary for beginners. There are also safety functions that we have become acquainted with before, such as sensors to avoid obstacles and the ability to call the drone home to the starting point. DJI also implements GPS-based geo-fencing that prevents users from entering airspace they should not be in, such as nearby airports.
Three modes for three different users
DJI FPV will be able to fly in three different modes, depending on the user’s experience level. In normal mode, the functionality is similar to what we have experienced with previous DJI drones. Here you get help to detect and avoid obstacles with the help of sensors and that all safety functions are activated.
Manual mode is intended for more experienced pilots and gives the user full control of the drone, with the sensors turned off and maximum speed activated. The third is the sport mode, a hybrid between the other two, where some of the safety features are still active, but more freedom than in the normal mode.
DJI FPV will, according to Swedish law, require the driver to have a drone driver card, as it is classified as a C1 drone with its weight. Note, however, that 140 km / h, or 39 m / s, is above the limit for what a C1 drone is allowed to fly in Sweden.
Swedish recommended price for DJI FPV remains to be seen, at present we have received information that the standard package with associated headset and control will have a recommended price of 1,349 euros. We at M3 hope to return with a test of DJI FPV soon!