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DJI unveils its new 4K/60p FPV drone, the DJI Avata

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DJI has announced the Avata, the company’s latest first-person view (FPV) drone, complete with 4K/60p video capture and an 18-minute flight time. Alongside the Avata, DJI announced its new DJI Goggles 2 and DJI Motion controller, both of which are designed specifically for FPV drone.

At the heart of the Avata is a Type 1/1.7 (7.6×5.7mm) CMOS sensor capable of capturing 48MP stills, 4K video at up to 60 frames per second (fps) and 2.7K video at up to 120fps. In front of the sensor is a ultra-wide-angle lens with a viewing angle of up to 155º and a fixed F2.8 aperture. As with DJI’s recent drones, the DJI Avata is equipped with D-Cinelike color mode for more flexible post production workflows.

Video is stabilized with DJI RockSteady and DJI HorizonSteady. The former minimizes overall shake from the onboard camera while the latter keeps the picture level. The DJI Avata does support microSD cards, but in case you forget yours at home, the device has 20GB of internal storage as a backup of sorts.

While the DJI Avata will work with DJI’s old FPV Remote Controller 2 and DJI FPV Goggles V2, DJI has also released its new DJI Goggles 2 and DJI Motion Controller.

DJI Goggles 2 is the company’s next-generation video headset that is smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The headset uses a Micro OLED screen with adjustable diopters and features a touch panel on the side of the headset to control the drone. The DJI Goggles 2 connect with the DJI Avata using DJI’s O3+ transmission technology, which offers 1080p livestreamed video at up to 100fps. DJI says the transmission delay is just 30 milliseconds and the headset works at a maximum distance of 10km (6.2 miles).

The DJI Motion Controller is a new flight control device that lets pilots perform precise movements using hand motions, akin to a wireless joystick, such as those used with virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Pro 2.

New flight features and modes makes the DJI Avata one of the most capable FPV drones out of the box. One of the most unique features is what DJI refers to as Turtle Mode. As the name suggests, this mode will flip the drone right-side up if it lands on its back and allow it to take off again, all without intervention from the pilot. There’s also a new dedicated Emergency Brake and Hover feature that will stop the drone and keep it hovering in place at any time during a flight. Failsafe Return to Home is another near feature that will bring the drone back to its launch point automatically with the press of a single button or in the event the battery is about to die.

Other features include DJI’s GEO 2.0 geofencing system, onboard DJI AirSense ADS-B receiver system and DJI AeroScope technology. There’s also an onboard Infrared Sensing System and a Downward Vision System that uses two cameras to better navigate its surroundings.

Built-in flight modes include Normal (N), Manual (M) and Sport (S). In Normal mode, the Avata will operate like all of DJI’s other drones, using satellite navigation and/or visual positioning to keep the drone steady in the sky. Manual mode, which only works with the DJI FPV Remote Controller, allows for full control of the drone to provide an immersive FPV experience. Sport mode is a combination of the two previous modes that will offer the safety features of the Normal mode while giving users more control, such as that found in Manual mode.

Controlling the DJI Avata is done using DJI’s Fly app. DJI’s Virtual Flight App can also be used as a simulator to familiarize new pilots with the controls and general operation of DJI drones.

Optional accessories available for the DJI Avata include the Intelligent Flight Battery, the Battery Charging Hub, propellers, upper frame, propellor guard, ND filter set (ND8, 16 and 32), a 65W portable charger, a 65W car charger and a DJI Goggles Carry More Backpack.

Everything that comes with the drone-only package, retails for $629.

The DJI Avata is available to purchase through DJI’s online store and authorized DJI retailers starting today. The drone itself, without the goggle or controller, retails for $629. To get the Avata Pro-View Combo, which includes the Avata, Goggles 2 and Motion Controller, it’ll cost you $1,388. A ‘Fly Smart’ combo, which includes the Avata, FPV Goggles V2 and Motion Controller is also available for $1,168. The add-on Fly More Kit is available for $279 and will include two Avata Intelligent Flight Batteries and one Avata Battery Charging Hub.

DJI Unveils DJI Avata, The Ultimate Immersive Drone Experience

DJI Avata Drone and DJI Goggles 2 Harness DJI’s Unmatched Technology for Thrilling First-Person View Flight, Pushing the Bounds of Drone Possibilities for Every Pilot

August 25, 2022 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, today introduces DJI Avata, a transformational new drone that offers an unparalleled experience of immersive flight. DJI Avata creates a new paradigm for first-person view (FPV) drone flight, allowing every pilot to race through the skies and feel its astonishing performance, agility, and easy control. Coupled with the new DJI Goggles 2 and the intuitive DJI Motion Controller, DJI Avata delivers a flight experience that was unimaginable until now.

“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 2¹ 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.”

DJI Avata opens new creative directions for beginners and professionals alike. Its unique and compact design strips down the chassis of a traditional drone into a body built for speed and agility, weighing only 410 grams while still integrating aerodynamic propeller guards for added safety. Its powerful stabilized camera, featuring a 1/1.7” CMOS sensor with 48 million effective pixels, delivers premium imaging features like 4K/60fps and 2.7K/50/60/100/120fps² video, giving creators a scorching new tool for smoothly capturing premium video content. And with a flight time of up to 18 minutes, it can deliver a thrill ride full of power on every flight.

DJI Avata is designed to be paired with DJI Goggles 2 – DJI’s newest flight control technology – and the DJI Motion Controller, which steers the drone according to the movement of your hand. Users can also control the drone with the existing DJI FPV Remote Controller 2 and the DJI FPV Goggles V2. DJI’s unequaled flight technology means DJI Avata can hover like a traditional drone, accelerate like a racer, zoom in and out of tight spaces, and stop in a fraction of a second. If DJI Avata is pushed beyond its limits and lands upside down, a new Turtle mode allows it to flip back up and take off again. Together, DJI Avata’s flight control and stabilization technology make it the ultimate drone for fun, all while capturing vivid, professional-quality video:

DJI Goggles 2: High Resolution and Low-Latency Transmission

DJI Goggles 2 is a next-generation video headset that offers a smaller, lighter, and more comfortable fit, with a crystal-clear FPV image comparable to those from other DJI drones³. DJI Goggles 2 features a clearer Micro-OLED screen with adjustable diopters, so people who normally wear glasses do not need to use them with the goggles. When used with the DJI Motion Controller, you can control the aircraft and the gimbal camera freely to meet your shooting needs in various scenarios. An intuitive touch panel on the side of the goggles enables you to easily control its settings with only one hand.

DJI Avata and DJI Goggles 2 connect using DJI O3+ transmission, the most powerful and reliable technology for precise control, ultra-low latency, and detailed video at 1080p/100fps with H.265 decoding. It offers the lowest transmission delay of approximately 30 milliseconds, the longest transmission distance of 10 kilometers, auto-switching dual frequencies, a high bitrate of 50 Mbps, and state-of-the-art anti-interference methods to ensure a reliable feed. DJI Goggles 2 also offers a Wireless Streaming function to view the live feed from your mobile phone or computer on the goggles screen, bringing you an immersive viewing experience.

DJI Motion Controller

The DJI Motion Controller is a completely reinvented flight control device that allows the pilot to precisely fly complex maneuvers based on the natural motions of one hand. The system is so intuitive that even complete beginners can get started quickly and learn to fly in continuous fluid motions, even when swooping close to the ground, whizzing past obstacles, and gliding through tight enclosures into open spaces.

Upgraded 4K Imaging System With Super Stabilization

DJI Avata has an outstanding imaging system that outstrips that on any FPV racer – a 1/1.7-inch 48MP Photo CMOS sensor with f/2.8 aperture, and an ultra-wide-angle lens with a viewing angle of up to 155°. The wider field of view enables immersive aerial photography and videography at up to 4k/60fps, as well as slow-motion footage at 2.7K/100fps. Equipped with D-Cinelike color mode, DJI Avata allows a broad color palette that enables detailed chromatic adjustments to your works.

Even during high-pressure aerial maneuvers, DJI Avata keeps your video sharp and stable with two flagship stabilization technologies. DJI RockSteady eliminates overall picture shake, and DJI HorizonSteady keeps the picture oriented toward true level. All that data flows to 20 GB of internal storage space, allowing extra freedom and spontaneity when the opportunity for a creative shot arises, even without a microSD card installed in the onboard drive.

​​Fly Safe With Confidence

DJI Avata’s built-in propeller guards make the fuselage more durable and greatly reduce the probability of risk, allowing you to fly more confidently with a craft that can withstand minor collisions and even right itself after a flip in Turtle mode.

When DJI Avata is in the air, pilots can rely on a suite of safety features that make flying a memorable and safe experience. A dedicated Emergency Brake and Hover feature is available in all flying modes, stopping the drone and hovering in place at any time during the flight. Failsafe Return to Home brings the drone back to its home point automatically with a press of a button, or in the event that transmission is lost or the battery reaches a critically low level.

Even at its small size, DJI Avata includes the industry-leading safety technology that DJI pioneered and has kept the world’s skies safe in the drone era. DJI 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. DJI Avata 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. The overwhelming majority of drone pilots fly safely and responsibly, and DJI Avata’s high-speed performance can warrant extra attention and care from drone pilots to be aware of their surroundings. Drone pilots flying with FPV goggles should pair with a visual observer to act as a spotter, and many jurisdictions require a visual observer to watch for airspace hazards. Always fly safely and responsibly, and be sure to understand and follow the legal requirements for flight.

DJI Avata is equipped with both an Infrared Sensing System and a two-camera Downward Vision System. They help the aircraft maintain its current position, hover more precisely, fly indoors or in other environments where satellite navigation is unavailable, and identify areas such as bodies of water that are not suitable for landing. To remain oriented during flight while wearing goggles, DJI Avata and DJI Goggles 2 also display the Home Point where the drone took off from. This Augmented Reality (AR) perspective gives an extra sense of orientation to help the pilot locate the immediate environment in seconds.

An Immersive Flight Experience for Every Skill Level

DJI Avata allows pilots from beginners to professionals to choose from multiple flight modes to match their skill level:

Normal (N) Mode: During N mode operation, DJI Avata operates similarly to other DJI drones, hovering in place with the use of satellite navigation and/or visual positioning systems (VPS) on the bottom of the drone.

Manual (M) Mode: (only with the DJI FPV Remote Controller 2): Fly in M mode for complete, limitless control and the full FPV immersive flight experience. Experienced users can customize parameters and enjoy flight and footage unlike anything else.

Sport (S) Mode: A new hybrid blend of M and N mode, S mode offers some of the dynamic movement capabilities that come with M mode along with some of the key safety features of N mode. S mode is the middle step between the three modes and was developed to give pilots more room to explore their skills as they get accustomed to the drone.

Become an FPV Master With the DJI Virtual Flight App

DJI Avata is controlled with the DJI Fly app, which includes detailed tutorials on how to operate the drone. The DJI Virtual Flight App is a free simulator app that familiarizes new pilots with drone flying movements in an easy, fun and risk-free environment. The simulator allows pilots to fly DJI Avata in various settings using the dedicated controller.

Accessories to Boost Your Flight

An array of new DJI Avata accessories offers pilots extra technology to get the most out of every flight and make the most of their equipment:

  • DJI Avata Intelligent Flight Battery
  • DJI Avata Battery Charging Hub
  • DJI Avata Propellers
  • DJI Avata Upper Frame
  • DJI Avata Propeller Guard
  • DJI Avata ND Filters Set (ND8/16/32)
  • DJI 65W Portable Charger
  • DJI 65W Car Charger
  • DJI Goggles Carry More Backpack

DJI Avata is the easiest to fly and most exciting FPV immersive flight experience drone for anyone who ever dreamed of flying like a bird. It gives creators a transformational tool to confidently capture the rapturous feeling of flight, indoors or out. With the birth of DJI Avata, anyone can experience the thrilling experience of moving through the world unbound.

Price and Availability

DJI Avata is available today from store.dji.com and most authorized retail partners in several configurations. A standalone version of DJI Avata retails for $629 USD without a remote controller, motion controller, or goggles, which is ideal for those who already have a compatible model to control and view from the drone. The DJI Avata Pro-View Combo retails for $1388 USD and includes DJI Avata, DJI Goggles 2 and the DJI Motion Controller. The DJI Avata Fly Smart Combo retails for $1168 USD and includes DJI Avata, the DJI FPV Goggles V2 and the DJI Motion Controller. The DJI Avata Fly More Kit retails for $279 USD and includes two DJI Avata Intelligent Flight Batteries and one DJI Avata Battery Charging Hub.

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh, the comprehensive protection plan for DJI products, is now available for DJI Avata. Accidental damage is covered by the replacement service, including flyaway, collisions, and water damage. For a small additional charge, you can have your damaged product replaced if an accident occurs.

DJI Care Refresh (1-Year Plan) includes up to two replacements in one year. DJI Care Refresh (2-Year Plan) includes up to three replacements in two years and extends the original warranty up to two years from the date of purchase. Other services of DJI Care Refresh include rewards for safe flight and free shipping.

Footnotes:

¹ Always fly with caution following your local regulations. Don’t fly FPV without a spotter.
² 2.7k 120fps is achieved by using the DJI FPV Goggles V2
³ DJI Avata is compatible with DJI Goggles 2, the DJI FPV Goggles V2, and the DJI FPV Remote Controller 2.
⁴ DJI Avata has a maximum range of 10 km when unobstructed, free of interference, and FCC-compliant. Maximum flight range specification is a proxy for radio link strength and resilience. Always fly your drone within visual line of sight unless otherwise permitted and check local laws and regulations in the region being operated.
⁵ Accessories sold separately. Availability may vary.


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