Leading drone maker DJI has launched a new craft – the DJI Avata – that offers stunning speed and agility and an immersive first-person view (FPV) flying experience.
The DJI Avata has a lean, stripped-down design that’s unlike a traditional drone while incorporating aerodynamic propellor guards for added safety.
The drone is coupled with the new DJI Goggles 2 and DJI Motion Controller to offer pilots a fresh new way to fly.
“DJI Avata was built to awaken a desire to fly in everyone, with immersive flight technology that allows anyone to explore the almost out-of-body experience of FPV flight,” said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director at DJI.
“DJI Avata is breathtaking to fly for even a novice pilot and includes enhanced safety features that give anyone the freedom to try creative aerial moves.
“Paired with the DJI Goggles 2 and the DJI Motion Controller, DJI Avata seems to ride with the wind.
“Whether you fly for the fun of it, to make great clips for social media, or to dazzle viewers in the production studio, DJI Avata will show you why its engrossing flight experience pulls you into a new world of soaring possibilities.”
Weighing in at 410g, the DJI Avata is built for speed. The drone is so paired back – the bulk of the chassis is made up of the battery.
DJI Avata can fly and hover like a regular drone, but it offers incredible acceleration, can swiftly manoeuvre in tight spaces and can stop almost instantly.
If the DJI Avata ends up on the ground upside down, a new Turtle Mode can flip it over the right way again and take off again.
Another safety feature is Emergency Brake and Hover and Return to Home which can bring the drone back to its take off point at the press of a button.
Also onboard is a stabilized camera which includes a 48-megapixel camera that’s capable of shooting 4K video at 60 frames per second and 2.7K/50/60/100/120fps.
When paired with the DJI Goggles 2 you can enjoy a thrilling first person flying experience.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority says pilots must always have visual line of sight of a drone – that means seeing the drone with your own eyes rather than through goggles.
If the pilot wears the goggles, they are unable to clearly see what’s around them and their situational awareness which may result in them colliding with trees, people, birds and other aircraft.
A person not in control of the drone can enjoy the first-person view wearing the goggles.
The DJI Avata can be flown with DJI Motion Controller which allows the pilot to use hand movements to control the drone.
It can also be flown with a regular controller through the DJI Fly app.
The DJI Avata is available now from store.dji.com and retail partners.
The standalone version of DJI Avata is priced at $799 without a remote controller, motion controller, or goggles.
This is aimed at users who already available compatible goggles and controllers released with the DJI FPV last year.
The DJI Avata Pro-View Combo is $1,989 and includes the DJI Avata, DJI Goggles 2 and the DJI Motion Controller.
The DJI Avata Fly Smart Combo is priced at retails $1,629 and includes DJI Avata, the DJI FPV Goggles V2 and the DJI Motion Controller.
The DJI Avata Fly More Kit is $339 and includes two DJI Avata Intelligent Flight Batteries and one DJI Avata Battery Charging Hub.
Stay tuned for a full review of the DJI Avata FPV drone in the coming days.