DJI has made a great move by announcing a new equipment kit recently. The kit contains FPV (first-person view) goggles and a small high definition camera with an “air unit” that can basically be attached to anything we like.
The Chinese company has entered the two sections of the market of drone racers and cinematographers cleverly. DJI’s FPV goggles are said to be a major improvement over the last model and a total gamechanger for FPV racing.
The company has launched two versions of the FPV kit. The “Fly More” version will be sold for $929 which includes a phantom style controller with new internals built to the low-latency transmission, the goggles, and just one air unit and a camera. The $819 “FPV Experience” combo comes with goggles, two air units, and cameras but doesn’t include a controller.
Not the usual analog technology
DJI’s using a digital transmission technology instead of the analog technology used by other FPV cameras. This means pilots can stream 720p footage (at either 120 or 60 frames per second) from a drone to the goggles with a latency of 28 milliseconds from up to 2.5 miles (4km) away. The air unit can simultaneously record the live feed at 1080p / 60 fps or 720p / 120 fps footage onto a microSD card. DJI’s FPV goggles can also record the live feed to a microSD card (though only at 720p / 60 fps). In the event of a crash, the on-goggle recording allows for quick playback that can help a pilot determine where their drone went down and ensure they walk away with some footage in the event of a loss of the microSD card on the drone.
Thus, pilots will now be able to see obstacles that can be obscured by standard-definition FPV footage, like tree branches. Moreover, pilots and viewers will be able to better make out competitors passing in front of (or being chased by) the live feed coming off a drone.
Better resolution and less bulky
DJI released an FPV headset back in 2017 that was compatible with a number of the company’s own drones, but the new goggles are far less bulky and cumbersome, with a soft layer of foam to help reduce discomfort.
Footage shot by lighter, more highly maneuverable FPV drones have started to show up in sports broadcasts, commercials, and other places where aerial photography has become mainstream.
This not only seems attractive but also lets people involved in drone markets to know what they are buying next.