DJI FPV – the ultimate action drone?

Experiencing the fascination with drones perspectives that are otherwise not seen in everyday life has long been part of DJI’s success. With the DJI FPV, a new type of drone has now been presented, which enables a completely new flight experience in a simple way. The DJI FPV combines the first-person view, the high-speed performance of racing drones, the cinematic camera work of traditional drones, and the security and broadcast technology of DJI’s leading hobby drones the opportunity to test the Mavic Mini one week before the official launch. Of course you can’t do a completely detailed test in one week, but due to our long experience with DJI drones, we feel able to give an initial rating, which we will adjust again in the next few weeks if necessary.

DJI FPV – Technical Data & Design

The first thing you notice about the DJI FPV is its sporty design. Even when the vehicle is standing it can be seen that the 4 motor arms are not arranged horizontally as in a classic drone, but in a ~ 30 ° degrees Angles are inclined in the direction of flight.

In the following we have compiled the most important technical data for you

Technical data DJI FPV

Max Speed ​​ M mode: 39 m / s S mode: 27 m / s N mode: 14 m / s
Max Speed ​​ 0 – 100 kph: 2 s (in ideal conditions while flying in M ​​mode)
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 6, 000 m
Max Flight Time 20 mins (measured while flying at 40 kph in windless conditions)
Max Hover Time Approx. 16 mins (measured when flying in windless conditions)
Max Flight Distance 16. 8 km (measured while flying in windless conditions)
Max Wind Speed ​​Resistance 39 – 49 kph (25 – 31 mph)
Operating Temperature – 10 ° to 39 ° C (14 ° to 104 ° F)
Transmitter Power (EIRP) 2. 400 – 2. 4835 GHz
FCC: ≤ 31. 5dBm CE: ≤ 20 dBm SRRC: ≤ 20 dBm MIC: ≤ 20 dBm
5. 725 – 5. 850 Ghz
FCC: ≤ 31. 5 dBm CE: ≤ 14 dBm SRRC: ≤ 25. 5 dBm
Number of Antennas Four
GNSS GPS + GLONASS
Hovering Accuracy Range Vertical:
± 0.1 m (with Vision Positioning) ± 0.5 m (with GPS positioning)
Horizontal:
± 0.3 m (with Vision Positioning) ± 1.5 m (with GPS positioning)
Supported SD Cards microSD (up to 256 GB)

Camera and gimbal data DJI FPV

The 150 ° FOV is only applicable when shooting at 50 or 100 fps, and 142 ° when sh ooting at other frame rates.

Sensor 1 / 2.3 “CMOS
Lens FOV: 149. 4 °
35 mm Format Equivalent: 14. 66 mm
Aperture: f / 2. 86
Focus Mode: Fixed Focus
Shooting Range: 0.6 m to ∞
ISO 100 – 3200
Shutter Speed ​​ 1/8000-1/60 s
Max Image Size 3840 × 2160
Photo Format JPEG
Video Resolution 4K: 3840 × 2160 at 50 / 60 fps
FHD: 1920 × 1080 at 49 / 60 / 100 / 120 fps
Video formats MP4 / MOV (H. 264 / MPEG-4 AVC, H. 265 / HEVC)
Max video bit rate 120 Mbps
Color Profile Standard , D-Cinelike
RockSteady EIS Available
Distortion Correction Available

As you are used to at DJI, the FPV drone is also equipped with sensors pointing forwards and downwards.
The batteries have a capacity of 2000 mAh.

The DJI FPV Googles rely on the new O3 system, the third generation of OcuSync technology, and have a range of up to 6km in Europe.

Also important at this point is the DJI FPV also an ADS-B-Emp Fänger has installed to warn pilots when manned aircraft or helicopters are nearby.

Important at this point is the note: In many countries, the drone pilots who fly with FPV glasses, be accompanied by an observer to watch out for hazards in the airspace.

DJI FPV – flying experience for beginners – to professionals

The DJI FPV enables everyone to enter the world of first person drones. There are several different Flumodi which, depending on the level of ability, should enable every pilot to get started easily.

  • Normal mode (N mode) : When operating in N mode, the DJI FPV works similarly to other DJI drones and hovers to the bottom of the drone using GPS and / or visual positioning systems (VPS) Spot. N mode is the best flight mode for beginners and allows for front obstacle detection to be activated. It warns pilots when there are obstacles nearby and automatically reduces their speed. Pilots then have to manually initiate an evasive maneuver in order to avoid recognized obstacles.
  • Manual mode (M mode) : You can take full control of the drone with the M-mode, which was developed for experienced pilots. In M mode, all sensors and obstacle detection are deactivated.
  • Sport mode (S mode) : The S-mode is a new hybrid mixture of M- and N-mode and combines the dynamic movement functions of the M-mode as well as the most important safety features of the N-mode. S mode is the golden mean of the three modes and is designed to give pilots more space to explore their skills and get used to FPV flight.

In this context, the emergency brake button is particularly worth mentioning. Regardless of which mode and which flight condition the drone is currently in, after pressing this button, the DJI FPV uses its control systems to bring the drone into a stationary hovering state as quickly as possible.

Especially when the drone is at full flight speed and then throws itself with full force in the opposite direction after pressing the emergency brake button, it looks very spectacular.

Flying experience DJI FPV

Since I already have a lot of flying experience with the DJI drones (see also our test on the DJI Mavic Mini – the ultimate mini drone) the entry into the DJI FPV was possible for me without any problems.
In normal mode the DJI FPV flies like you are used to it from all DJI drones. Whereby it is already noticeable that it is much more direct and also faster in acceleration.

As someone who likes to fly with a PC or console, the DJI Googles were for me at all no change. Another important note here: If you want to fly the FPV drone with your glasses on, take an observer with you who can keep an eye on the drone and the flight area. I also think it goes without saying that you should inform yourself about insurance and a flight ticket beforehand.

As someone who has flown a lot with drones, the normal mode is quite nice, but it gets really exciting in sport mode. The sport mode is a kind of hybrid of the normal flight characteristics of the drone and the potential that it has in manual mode. In the video for the article you get a good impression of the flight feeling.

The WOW factor when flying r lies above all the good quality of the FPV glasses. DJI describes it as follows:

O3 transmission is the next step in FPV transmission technology. It offers a transmission range of 6 km, automatically switching double frequencies, a high bit rate of 50 Mbit / s and state-of-the-art interference immunity to ensure reliable transmission. The 2019 introduced the DJI HD transmission system, launched the world’s first low-latency HD digital feed. The new DJI FPV system uses the same technology to deliver a crystal clear image with extremely low latency to the goggles. Pilots can choose from several display options such as:

  • HD mode
  • : See the world in 1440 × 810 Pixels, 60 fps and a field of view of 142 ° or with 50 fps and a field of view of 150 °. In this mode the latency is ≤ 39 ms.

  • Low latency mode : In this mode, pilots activate high frame rates for a more cinematic look, and the latency is again set to ≤ 28 ms decreased. The resolution is 1440 × 810 Pixel with 120 fps and a field of view of 142 ° or 100 fps and a field of view of 150 °.
  • Spectator mode : In spectator mode, the pilot view can have up to eight additional Go ggles are shared so that spectators can experience the flight up close.

One Another innovation is the new motion controller. As an experienced pilot, I was a little skeptical about this new control method, which reminded me a lot of the controller on a Wii. But similar to the console, flying with the motion controller is very intuitive and a lot of fun.

teaching material and an updated DJI Fly App for quick learning

The numerous interactive and realistic aids help pilots take off quickly and with confidence. The DJI FPV uses the latest version of the DJI Fly app, which now includes detailed tutorials on how to operate the DJI FPV. The newly developed DJI Flight Simulator is a free app that helps beginners learn basic flight movements in a simple, fun, and risk-free environment. With the simulator, pilots can fly in different settings using the remote control.

Incredible flight performance, breathtaking footage

Not only does the DJI FPV offer incredible flight performance, it can also record dynamic footage that can be shared with the world. The integrated 4K / 60 fps camera with 120 Mbit / s resides on a uniaxial gimbal and provides stability even during complicated maneuvers while moving for Can rotate unique viewing angles vertically. In addition, RockSteady stabilization technology smooths out shaky footage and eliminates distortion effects when shooting with fast movements. The unattractive fisheye effect common in FPV recordings is removed by the advanced distortion correction. Pilots can watch footage in 4x slow motion in 1024 p and 120 record fps to Relive unforgettable moments in every detail. The footage can now be in H. 256 or H. 264, which means that less storage space is required. At the same time, the fine details are retained during compression.

Prices and availability DJI FPV

The DJI FPV is now available at Store.dji.com and from authorized retail partners. DJI FPV can be purchased in different options. The DJI FPV Standard Combo contains the FPV drone, remote control 2, FPV Goggles V2, all necessary cables and a battery for a price from 1. 349 €. The DJI FPV Fly More Kit is also available. It contains two Intelligent Flight batteries and a special battery charging station at a price from 279 €. The optional motion control unit (motion controller) is available separately and can be priced from 149 € can be purchased. Additional information is available here: www.dji.com/dji-fpv

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is a b available immediately for the DJI FPV. For an additional fee, DJI Care Refresh (1 year contract) offers comprehensive protection with up to two replacement devices within 12 months. The 2-year contract provides for 3 exchange devices within 21 months ago. With DJI Care Refresh Express, you can get your replacement device even faster. DJI Care Refresh also offers exclusive VIP customer service and free shipping in both directions. DJI Flyaway Protection is not available for this product. A complete list of all details can be found under: www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.

First interim conclusion of DJI FPV (as of March 2019)

Personally, I was very enthusiastic about the DJI FPV drone . I’ve always wanted to go into the field of first person flying, but the amount of work and the complexity has always put me off.

I can very well imagine that the DJI FPV would do one here

I will continue to use the DJI FPV for the next few weeks and will also try to open up the manual flight mode for me. I will then report on my progress here.

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