DJI FPV Review: Designed To Offer An Immersive Flight Experience With Brand-New S Mode, HD Low-Latency Transmission And More

    DJI FPV drone, the Chinese technology company’s new FPV drone floated around the internet for quite a while, making multiple appearances online in the form of leaks.

    Several details about the drone were already known even before it launched. Designed to maximize the human-machine integration, it is a hybrid drone that unifies the first-person feature of FPV drones, speed, and agility of racing drones with uncomplicated usage and integrated camera feature that consumer drones are popular for.

    FPV (First Person View) promotes immersive flight with a first-person perspective. It enables users to control it by wearing flying glasses. Several FPV pilots have independently designed an FPV aircraft using third-party accessories, but these machines are usually hardcore as the assembly process is complicated.

    In 2019, DJI released the DJI FPV Digital Image Transmission System. The products included FPV flight glasses, an image transmission module, a camera, and remote control, and puts forward a set of image transmission solutions that aren’t similar to analog image transmission. DJI FPV marks the beginning of the 15th anniversary of DJI.

    Product design

    DJI FPV comes in simple packaging, but it is extremely large in size and feels heavy in your hand. After opening the box, you can see the FPV machine. The black fuselage uses an integrated design as a whole and features non-foldable wings, coupled with a high degree of integration of the machine.

    The propeller adopts a three-blade design. Even after installing the blade, the size of the whole machine remains smaller than Mavic 2 Pro. On the downside, the folding design isn’t used, making it more inconvenient to carry when flying.

    In terms of accessories, DJI FPV comes with remote control and battery. Aside from that, the package version features flight glasses, and the joystick that undermines the control experience will be launched simultaneously.

    The pilot needs to wear relevant flight glasses to experience immersive flight from a first-person perspective. DJI FPV comes with goggles V2, an upgraded version of the first generation of DJI FPV goggles. The V2 offers better image transmission quality that reaches 810p/120fps. Moreover, the image transmission is also upgraded to 10km.

    The flying glasses V2 has an external battery-powered design, which minimizes the weight of the glasses and provides more comfort to the wearer. The external battery offers about 110 minutes of use time. The flight glasses are not capable of drawing their juice from power banks.

    The remote control retains the company’s simple design language. The joystick is detachable, and the signal device has been redesigned. In terms of appearance, the Switch Pro gamepad offers an internal flavor. Aside from the conventional remote control to control the flight, DJI is also providing a brand-new operating accessory through a joystick.

    With the support of somatosensory technology, the operator needs to control the flight using simple hand movements. The operator can complete flight operations with one hand.

    DJI FPV Combo is included along with a flight battery, which DJI claims can last up to 20 minutes with a full charge. You can purchase a Changfei Accessory Pack according to your flight needs, which includes two flight batteries and a charging butler.

    The corresponding blades need to be disassembled and assembled according to the color of the motor. It is also necessary to tighten and perfectly jam the motor and confirm several times to avoid “shooting the propeller”.. DJI FPV also comes with a green top case.

    Since the DJI FPV machine adopts a non-foldable design and includes a slew of accessories, it is more inconvenient to carry. You can purchase the official DJI Flying Goggles Multi-Function Backpack and easily install a full set of DJI FPV.

    Flight experience

    This drone reaches a maximum speed of 140 km/h (the maximum speed is 100 km/h due to domestic regulations), and it takes just 2 seconds to accelerate from 100 km/h. The most notable difference between DJI FPV and other regular aerial photography aircraft is the sense of speed.

    Its powerful performance assures its high-speed flight. Adventure enthusiasts can experience exciting flying and viewing experience through DJI FPV. The DJI FPV has four sensors including two downward-looking sensors that detect ground conditions and two forward-looking sensors that automatically detect obstacles and slow down to ensure the safety of flight.

    The remote control and the joystick have been redesigned with the emergency brake hover button. When you press the button, the aircraft will stop and hover in place. Moreover, the machines are equipped with a slew of safety guarantees such as out-of-control protection and autonomous return, and safety assistance.

    It is worth noting that DJI FPV flights are controlled by the No-fly Zones and No-fly Zones, so it is important to paying heed to safety regulations when flying. DJI FPV features DJI O3 image transmission (OcuSync 3.0). Through Goggles V2, it can capture high-definition low-latency images.

    Stable image transmission can’t be separated from the highly anti-interference design of the aircraft and flying glasses as both use high-gain omnidirectional antennas, and stable signal transmission offers a high-definition and smooth flight experience.

    DJI has come up with a solution for the problem of flying. Unlike other FPV machines, DJI FPV has three flight modes including N gear (normal mode), S gear (sports mode), and M gear (manual mode).

    N gear is the same flight mode as other drones of DJI, and it uses the same operating logic, ideal for novices. S gear mode, on the other hand, combines the advantages of N and M gears. It is suitable for users who have some level of flying experience. The M gear is the highest maneuverability gear.

    After turning M gear mode on, flight assistance functions will be turned off. This mode is ideal for FPV professional pilot users since it requires mastering the control methods of FPV aircraft. It is worth noting that in this mode, the Inner Eight or Outer Eight can no longer start the aircraft motors. You’d need to double the Start button on the remote control to start the motors.

    The M mode controls the aircraft with the greatest freedom and can do some aerobatics. It is suitable for pilots who are proficient in control skills. The user can control the aircraft to fly through the sense of motion using the joystick. Currently, this works only in the N gear and S gear modes.

    Image performance

    DJI FPV is integrated with a camera that uses a 1/2.3-inch CMOS with a field of view of 150-degree. Equipped with DJI’s own RockSteady stabilization technology, it can effectively enhance the picture stability and eliminate the jelly effect. Moreover, it supports up to 4K/60fps video recording, 1080p/120fps 4 times slow-motion recording.

    In terms of video coding mode, H.264 and H.265 are supported. Standard and D-CineLike color modes are supported as well. The image quality captured by DJI FPV is satisfactory, considering it is DJI’s first FPV drone.

    DJI App

    DJI FPV has joined the DJI Fly App family. The app allows you to edit and view the material, upgrade the firmware, etc. Moreover, you can use your mobile phone to connect to the flight glasses and watch the flight screen in real-time.

    DJI has developed a virtual flight app, a flight simulation app that comes in handy for novice users. DJI FPV can be touted as the most friendly FPV drone, and it can achieve start and fly, further minimizing the entry barrier for flying and shooting, while easily touching the immersive flight experience through a first-person perspective.

    DJI FPV is also a great choice for professional users who want to challenge the limits of shooting to create content from a new and unique perspective. It is another blockbuster product launched by DJI during its 15th anniversary.


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