DJI has finally unveiled it’s first cinematic first-person view (FPV) drone that works with FPV Goggles and an optional one-handed motion controller. DJI has called it a hybrid drone as it offers performance as FPV devices and racing drones.
DJI plans to make first-person drone flying more accessible with the introduction of cinewhoop-style drone, the company has also developed a DJI Virtual Flight app that allows beginners to practice with tutorials before they start flying the drone.
It comes in with several skill-based flight modes including the Normal mode that makes the FPV work the same way as other models of DJI drones. It includes GPS and visual positioning systems to hover in place and the obstacle detection sensors in the front allows it to detect obstacles and automatically slow down the FPV as it reaches close to the objects.
Skilled drone pilots can remove the training wheels and disable hovering features and sensors with the Manual mode, while the Sport mode is a crossover between both modes with more features for flying including safety features.
It offers a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) that is lower than other FPVs available in the market that can fly at speeds of more than 120 mph, but its acceleration is solid with 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in two seconds and the company claims that the FPV can fly for 20 minutes in a single battery charge. DJI is promising a stable, low-latency signal connection that works over long-range for viewing footage in real time — the drone has a range of 10 kilometers.
It includes a built-in camera that can shoot 4K videos at 60fps and it uses GoPro’s RockSteady stabilization system with 150-degree FOV. It also offer support for slow-motion videos of 120fps at 1080p resolution.
Flight assistance features of the FPV includes as emergency brake and hover button, a return to home function and help with takeoff and landing.
The standard bundle with the FPV drone, controllers, FPV Goggles, cables and a battery is priced at $1,299 while the larger bundle with two more batteries and a dedicated charging hub is available for $1,598.
The motion controller is available for $199, and the FPV drone is available for purchase now.
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