DJI unveils Avata, a cinewhoop-style FPV drone

DJI has launched a new cinema drone called Avata, designed to work with the new DJI Goggles 2 video headset. While it’s in the same category as the brand’s previous first-person view (FPV) cinematic model, it adopts a more standard “cinewhoop” form factor with a prop guard that protects its quad-propellers. Being a cinewhoop, the Avata was designed to have the speed and agility of racers but with the stabilization technology needed to capture smooth and vibrant footage.

It can hover, accelerate like a racer and zoom in and out when shooting video in tight spaces, and its battery lasts up to 18 minutes before needing a charge. The Avata is equipped with a stabilized camera that features a 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor with 48 million effective pixels, an f/2.8 aperture and an ultra wide-angle lens. This camera can record 4K video at 60 fps and 2.7K video at 50, 60, 100 or 120 fps. And users can record quite a lot of footage without worrying about storage space since it has 20GB of internal storage.

While it can be controlled with the existing DJI FPV Remote Controller 2 and DJI FPV Goggles V2, it was designed for use with the company’s newer models. DJI Goggles 2 is the brand’s next-generation video headset, with a clearer micro-OLED screen than its predecessor and an adjustable diopter, so those who wear glasses don’t need them when using the device. It can wirelessly stream the drone’s live footage from the user’s phone or computer for an immersive first-person viewing experience. The DJI Motion Controller gives pilots the ability to perform complex flight maneuvers with one hand.

The DJI Avata is available starting today on the company’s website and at various retailers. The drone costs €579, £499 or $629 individually, while a set with the DJI Goggles 2 and a DJI Motion Controller costs €1,429, £1,229 or $1,388.



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