Not long ago, DJI launched their new drone — the FPV. As expected, it’s one of the most advanced pieces of technology we’ve seen in a while, and it’s definitely impressive.
With a new design, fabulous aerodynamics, powerful propulsion, and impressive battery life, the FPV is ready to capture the most amazing footage.
Unpackaging the New DJI FPV
The new drone comes with all the accessories you need for an immersive experience. Besides you also get its DJI FPV Goggles V2 which offers a 150 degrees FOV, as well as HD video transmission at 120 fps. Besides, for awesome control, it bundles up with the DJI controller.
The price for this bundle is $1,299 and was created for the most experienced drone pilots out there. When you unpack it, you need to be prepared to put it all together.
Most people compare the new DJI FPV with the Mavic Air 2 — but there are some key differences. For starters, the FPV is a little smaller and lighter, which means a lot in times of flight time and take off. It’s designed to be thrown around at speed to get a specific type of video. They are also used to do drove racing. However, what upset a lot of people it’s that it doesn’t have the same folding system the Mavic Air 2 does. Maybe many people don’t realise what an FPV drone is built for.
Its overall design is minimalistic, has big buttons but it is very hard to repair. Unlike other models in its series, the FPV needs to be taken to a special service if something’s wrong with it. You can only replace the propellors and a few accessories (including the camera) by yourself.
Flying the DJI FPV
The DJI FPV has 3 flight modes, which are ideal for beginner and advanced drone users. It’s advertised as a drone for beginners — but not necessarily for kids or people who never used one before. It’s easy to learn to use it, but we recommend learning on a less expensive machine.
What’s different — and a little inconvenient for beginners, compared to the Mavic series, is that instead of stopping when it sees an obstacle, it will just give you an alert. This basically means that you need to be careful all the time to avoid a collision.
The fun part begins when you switch to manual mode. In this mode, the GPS and collision sensors are off, which makes flying the FPV a real adventure, even for advanced pilots. However, this mode allows you to perform amazing stunts, and fly at very high speeds (up to 86mph), since there’s no additional system to help you.
The third mode is the sport one, which is a nice hybrid between the manual and normal modes. This one offers both maneuverability and safety — it allows you to fly at 60mph.
According to its manual, the DJI FPV can fly for about 20 minutes — but that calculation is made at 25mph and nice weather. In reality, you can expect about 10 to 15 minutes of uninterrupted flying.
The DJI FPV shoots at 4K and 1080p, but it doesn’t offer raw photos or any automatic shooting modes. This isn’t a problem due to an FPV drone is built specifically to be fast moving and not for photography. It has a 12MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, a field of view of 150 degrees, and a fixed aperture of f/2.8. Its minimum focus distance stands at 0.6m, and shoots impressive footage.
Even though the videos are absolutely stunning, we need to mention that its photo capabilities are not that great. Again most FPV drone pilots will not be shooting photos with this drone.
DJI FPV Specs
The DJI FPV comes with the classic 1/ 2.3-inch sensor and has a much better performance in daylight than in nighttime. The drone is capable of filming in 4k at 60 fps, with a max ISO of 12800, multiple photography modes, and a minimum aperture of f/2.8 — which is better than most lenses we have out there.
Weight & Distance
It only weighs 800 grams, accelerates from 0 to 100kph in 2 seconds, and you can enjoy up to 20 minutes of flying per session and can go as far as 16 km before losing the signal.
The DJI camera is mounted on a single-axis gimbal, with a field of view of 150 degrees — which is pretty cool, especially compared to the Mini 2.
Its goggles are the same that were introduced back in 2020. They come with the classic joystick on top, back, and record buttons, and the display has a resolution of 810p — meaning you’ll get an awesome image quality looking through it. From user experience, the new DJI Goggles are thought to be the best live view quality on the market, much better than custom built FPV kits.
What’s pretty awesome, is the new controller — which is much smaller than its predecessors. It’s incredibly easy to use, and if you want an upgrade, you can get the newest DJI motion controller, which comes at $199.
The DJI FPV is definitely not for everyone, but if you’re all about video only, drone racing and fast flying speeds, then it’s perfect. However, I don’t find it suitable for beginner users — if this is the case, you’re better off with other drones from its series such as the Mavic Pro 2.
On the other hand, if you want to get a drone for aerial photography, it simply won’t cut it.
What’s your opinion on the DJI FPV?