DJI Announces the Avata FPV Drone

08/25/2022Link26

DJI is expanding its family of drones with the recently announced DJI Avata. The Avata, an FPV (first-person view) drone, works in tandem with the new DJI Goggles 2 and DJI Motion Controller to provide a completely immersive flight experience. Those on the market for a lightweight, efficient, and precise drone that can capture beautiful images and steady video should look no further than the Avata.

Designed with built-in propeller guards, the Avata can bounce back, stay in the air, and keep on flying, even if it encounters an object. The drone is compact, lightweight, and is great for flying with precision, even in tight indoor spaces.

DJI Avata
DJI Avata

The Avata is equipped with a 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor and supports 4K ultra-wide-angle recording with an f/2.8 aperture. With high-grade imaging performance, it delivers exceptional visuals that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

For even greater safety, the Avata also has downward binocular vision and ToF infrared sensing. These sensors detect obstacles below and allow the Avata to fly at low altitudes or indoors.

The Avata features a super-wide 155° field of vision. On the software side of things, RockSteady 2.0 and HorizonSteady help reduce camera shake to ensure smooth video capture. The new design of the Avata optimizes power efficiency and allows for a flight time of up to 18 minutes.

Several improvements have been made to the DJI Goggles 2, which are now smaller and lighter than the previous version. They are also equipped with a Micro-OLED screen with a 100 Hz refresh rate so you can experience outstanding clarity and visual fidelity as you navigate the sky.

The DJI Goggles 2 boast diopter adjustment from +2.0 D to -8.0 D for optimized viewing and comfort. With two-hour battery life and super-fast charging speeds, you are always ready for immersive flight. The foldable antenna and lightweight design make them easy to store, comfortable to wear, and suitable for long-term use.

DJI Goggles 2
DJI Goggles 2

With the DJI Motion Controller, intuitive flight is in your hands. Squeeze the trigger and bolt forward or turn a corner with the swivel of your wrist. The controls are easy to use and provide a unique way to fly. It also features an Emergency Brake button that lets you stop on a dime, and support for RTH when the battery is low or the signal is interrupted.

Order the Avata right here at B&H as a stand-alone purchase or bundled with several accessories for a complete flight experience. Will you be picking up an Avata to upgrade your current set up? Or perhaps you're a new user wondering how this can fit into your workflow? Check out our product page for more details and be sure to let us know what you think of the DJI Avata in the Comments section, below!

Comments

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I've had five different DJI drones and don't see how this could possibly not lose controller signal or GPS when flying through the narrow slot canyons as depicted 

When will be able to order the DJI Avata?

Thanks ;)

Does this drone have the typical geofencing?

Hi Stephen - 
Avata uses DJI’s GEO 2.0 geofencing system to advise pilots of airspace restrictions and potential hazards, and to automatically prevent drones from flying near certain high-risk locations, such as airports. The drone also features DJI’s AirSense ADS-B receiver system to warn drone pilots when airplanes or helicopters are nearby, and broadcasts DJI’s AeroScope signal to help authorities monitor airborne drones in sensitive locations.

 

I'd really like to see an "outtakes" video from this production!  How many times did you crash it into walls/trees/rocks?  How well does the Avata recover?  Has anyone slammed it at 60mph into a wall to see if it would survive?  How does it do in water (rain or complete immersion)?

Max speed 31 mph, so you won't see it hit a wall at 60 mph unless you throw it very hard at that wall.

From the DJI specs page: 

  • Max Speed [1]

  • 8 m/s (Normal Mode)
    14 m/s (Sport Mode)
    27 m/s (Manual Mode)

And 27 m/s equals 60 mph.

Does anybody know if I can connect the New Goggles 2 and the FPV Goggles V2 at the same time or does the Avata broadcast on different frequencies?  I would love to get the new Goggles 2 for me to wear but use my existing V2 goggles for another "passenger" to fly along with me.  

Hey Jared, great question! After checking with DJI support this should be possible! After linking the Master DJI FPV Goggles V2 with the aircraft and remote controller, go to Transmission - Pilot - Broadcasting (3ADC). Enable Image Broadcast and have the goggles enter Audience mode. Refresh the list and Master DJI FPV Goggles V2 information. Search for CH1 and connect them.

do you know if FAA part 107 will require a second person to constantly be near from operator, as in to observe environment around operator (herself). Trying to understand if these immersive models are meant for solo operators

How much does the drone weight with its battery?

How is it legal to fly an FPV drone in the USA with the FAA's VLOS requirement?

§ 107.31b specifies that VLOS must be exercised by either pilot or a visual observer.

If you look carefully in the latest DJI promo video, they always show an extra person standing next to the POC when they show the operator. I found that interesting, and it's probably the only option in the US for legal flight since the POC can't maintain VLOS himself.

I'm still new to drone photography, but I'm an enthusiast. The thing that has slowed me the most is trying to see the shot on my sun-washed phone screen, so naturally FPV and goggles are wish list items.  I'm excited to see this product, and I REALLY loved the Hudson Valley shots in the promo video, since I live right there. My Mavic Mini was a bargain, since there have been products that took its place. I'll spend another season with it, then I will look very seriously at this product, since it is a lot easier to crop from 4k and get exactly what you want. Am I wrong, but don't nearly all done videos wind up in an editor? (since camera sound is simply not part of the files, nor would I ever think it would be.) I also thought that 18 minutes flight time is ADEQUATE... but nothing to brag about. I'll be glad to accept correction on this because I have no comparisons. Perhaps the next size level up has the ability to carry larger batteries, I don't ever expect to move out of the mini-size range since they seem stable even in wind and I have cinematic ideas for indoor and other tight spaces. (telephone wires! treetops!) OH I almost forgot. With the ability to push ISO, if the camera can lift a warning light payload I would LOVE to see night shots. There are so many gatherings and street-lit neighborhoods that I would like to shoot from 30 feet up. Thanks for a really fun-to-watch promo.

The Avata is definitely on the shorter side of DJI's drone family in terms of flight duration but since you're looking to stay within the mini size range, it might be worthwhile to know that the rest of the Mini family clock in around 30 minutes of flight time! According to DJI, the Mini 3 Pro with the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus can even get up to 47 minutes so that might be worth considering as well if FPV isn't your biggest priority!

Keep in mind that 18 minutes is the maximum you will get under ideal conditions. If there is much wind, or at high altitude (e.g. mountains) you will get less. And the more wind, the less time. This looks like a great drone, but if 18 minutes is only adequate for your needs, then you may want to consider carefully and examine other options as well.

Yes, you'll probably be running around 12 mins flight time.

Nice review Matt. One of the pluses of DJI getting into the "Cinewhoop" style drone is, a bigger, longer-life battery and all the technology expertise that goes along with DJI drones. William M. has a great suggestion though, compare it to other, similar FPV drones. I doubt this will excite the racing crowd but every time a big player gets into an area like this, we, the consumers, benefit in the long run.

I’d love to see you address how it compares to the other models. Pros/cons? (Other than a short flight time.) Why would someone order this vs another version?

I really think the Avata is a much more approachable and all-around package if you're just getting into the world of drones. I think its biggest draw is its size in comparison to other models. Its even smaller than Mini 3 Pro and the "cinewhoop" build makes it better suited to flying indoors and in other tighter spaces. It also comes standard with the Motion Controller unlike the DJI FPV which works great if you're using a head mounted display like the Goggles 2.

Glad to see it'll work with the remote and goggles from my DJI FPV drone.

Yes, this is definitely a plus for anyone that's already in the DJI ecosystem!