The DJI FPV is a unique hybrid drone, it packs a capable 4K camera into an airframe that is designed for speed!
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I’ve been a fan of flight since a young age; while I’ve had few opportunities at the helm of manned aircraft, the hours on my fleet of drones continue to grow. I enjoy putting cameras into the sky, silky smooth aerial imagery makes me happy. My goal is to help all pilots enjoy flight legally and safely.
What is the DJI FPV?
The DJI FPV is a fun blend of a camera drone and a racing drone. You get the best of both worlds, but there are compromises. On one end, we do not recommend taking this drone to a pro drone race, it’s too heavy and not agile enough to keep up with most racing machines. On the other end, the one-axis stabilized camera gimbal, with electronic image stabilization, is far smoother than we had expected, but still does not maintain a silky-smooth video experience like your higher-end Mavic drones. Plus, the propellers get in the shot.
The most fun you'll have with a flying machine today!
Now that we’ve scared you off, please come back, this drone is fantastic! It’s not really made for the race track, and it’s not really a camera drone, so what is it? Well, it’s possibly the most fun you’ll have with a flying machine today.
The DJI FPV is an aggressive machine, even in its slowest flight mode, you’ll want to be gentle on the sticks in tight spots. Full tilt, the FPV soars at up to 87MPH, that’s about double what the best Mavic drones can do. In the vertical, we weren’t timing it, but we got from the ground up to 400 feet in just a few seconds. This drone is exhilarating, like many racing drones are, but you can also let go of the stick and this machine will lock onto as solid of a hover as DJI produces in a consumer drone today.
Bottom line, the DJI FPV is a drone for pilots, the thrill of flight packed into a stable drone that happens to shoot great video.
DJI FPV performance
The racing scene is filled with machines that travel much faster than the average camera drone. While the FAA limits Part 107 operations to under 100MPH, the fastest racing drones can clock over 170MPH. The DJI FPV cannot go that fast, rated for 87MPH. For all of you seasoned Mavic pilots, that’s about twice as fast as you are used to.
The performance is not limited to just a top speed in straight flight, the power of the DJI FPV is evident in smaller operations as well. Be sure to be gentle on the sticks when you are close to the drone yourself. It has forward and downward obstacle avoidance, but this thing will jump into an obstacle to the side or rear faster than most people can react. The drone is rated for acceleration at about 2 seconds to go from 0 to 62MPH. We’re talking about supercar speeds here.
All this power comes at a reasonable trade-off , please anticipate a maximum of 20 minutes of flight time per battery – not a leader on our battery life list. That number reduces depending on your aggression with the sticks, but will still exceed that of a typical racing drone, which land in the 5-10 minute range.
DJI FPV camera
First and foremost, the camera on the DJI FPV is one of the best consumer-class units that DJI has produced to date. That said, this is probably not a viable replacement for your Mavic 2 Pro for your aerial photography needs. The biggest detractor for most pilots is that your propellers are in view on this drone, from there, the expanded 150 degree field of view lens is great for situational awareness for the pilot, but is a little unnatural to watch as a ‘normal’ video goes.
The final aspect to the DJI FPV camera that you may not enjoy for your silky smooth aerial video capture, is the single axis tilt of the Gimbal. This camera physically tilts up and down, but that’s it. When the drone tilts to the side, the camera tilts to the side. This is standard operation for racing cameras, as it accurately depicts the orientation of the drone. For the first time FPV pilot, it’s a far more natural feel in the turns, similar to the tilt you experience on a bicycle when taking a banked turn, for example, or the feel in your car when on a banked road through a long corner on the highway – it’s fun, but if you have an aversion to anything but being perfectly vertical, this may not be for you.
In addition to the physical stabilization, DJI has equipped an EIS solution as well. This Electronic Image Stabilization is, actually, pretty impressive. The lack of physical gimbal tilt traditionally renders aerial video useless. Drone flight is, inherently, violent. The constant vibration and orientation correction translates directly onto film, making video that hurts the head to watch. The video capture from the DJI FPV is smoother than some 3-axis systems can offer. DJI Calls it RockSteady EIS, and we’d say that’s a good name for it.
[Video sample coming soon!]
New feature: Gimbal position switch
The controller for the DJI FPV is equipped with a few new buttons, one of them is a three-position switch for the camera gimbal. The rocker switch will instantly orient your camera all the way up, center, or all the way down. This is a nice feature to have for camera operators, but is even more helpful for the racing pilots out there, that need to adjust the camera as quickly as possible, with as little effort as possible.
Did we mention, the gimbal goes from about 70 degrees downward to about 80 degrees upward. (*exact measurements coming soon.) For the camera enthusiast, that gives you a nice upward looking shot. For the racer, that means you can still see where you’re going when the drone is in full tilt forward.
DJI FPV software
You can choose to fly the DJI FPV without any special software. The DJI FPV Goggles V2 included with the drone have their own built-in software, enough to operate the drone. When you are ready to connect your account, check for updates, or handle more than just a basic flight, you’ll want the DJI Fly app.
You will need the DJI Fly app in order to use the new Motion Controller as well.
Inside the headset, you’ll enjoy the full live view from the camera, plus power information and an indicator that you are recording video or not. This is not intended to be your full resource for piloting the drone, just a fun addition to the familiar piloting experience. The live video has very low latency, you may be able to notice a delay, but most responses from the drone feel like they are instant.
DJI FPV Specifications
The DJI FPV is a brand new design with all new parts and accessories. Some of you may have gear ready to work with the Goggles V2.0, but the FPV airframe is a totally new non-folding footprint. The FPV is also much taller than most other DJI drones. That said, there’s a good reason things are different, this drone is far more powerful than a typical camera drone. It’s a blast to fly, but let’s talk about the specifics for a moment: