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First-person view drones (FPV) were once the realm of hobbyists with enough time to create their own. DJI’s entry into the hobby makes it more accessible to everyone, which means making exhilarating fun and beautiful videos possible for everyone. It costs a fair bit, but the drone is well-built, and the camera captures great video footage. The photos are a bit less impressive, but the impressively stable connection smooths things over. This drone isn’t capable of extreme aerodynamic maneuvers like some others, but it’s primarily meant to showcase FPV flying for new audiences, which it does splendidly.
The DJI FPV drone allows you to shoot stills and video at 1080p or 4K, but all photos are saved into jpeg files, with no options to store raw footage. The camera excels mainly at taking ready-made FPV stills and video, with more complex projects best left for other drones.
While the default controller has large, standard buttons that are easy to use, the motion controller is the best for this drone. However, we should point out that it’s very nice for the controller sticks to screw into the controller and store in the handle when not in use.
The motion controller, which is sold separately at a steep price, is the best way to fly this drone. Simply point the controller where you want the drone to fly, and you’re suddenly flying there.
The base kit doesn’t include a lot, and you’ll find yourself shelling out even more for the motion controller and extra batteries. It’s great that DJI is making FPV drones more accessible for the masses, but the price tag is still high. If you have a fair chunk of change to splash around, though, this is a great way to check out what FPV drones are all about.
Unlike homemade or custom drones, the DJI isn’t fixable by your average hobbyist. The drone is made of sturdy, high-quality material, but it can break. In serious crashes, you’ll have to send your drone to DJI to get it fixed.
Because the first-person view is so large, the flight information on your screen tends to cluster around the edges. This can make flying tricky, and it doesn’t help that changing camera and flight settings mid-flight is difficult with the goggle controls.
Yes, the DJI FPV’s goggles are compatible with custom-built drones. Other commercial drones are not compatible with the goggles, though.
According to the manufacturer, 2.4 miles is the drone’s effective range in an open area, and it can reach up to 400 meters or 1,312 feet high.
No, the DJI FPV doesn’t include a microphone that you can record audio with video. The drone will record 4K footage, and the goggles can store 1080p photos and video.
Despite a few minor gripes with photography customization and poor customer service, the DJI FPV drone delivers one of the most crisp, intuitive experiences in a user-friendly package. It’s not something extreme drone hobbyists would enjoy, but it’s great for relative newcomers.
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