There had been speculation for a long time, recently the sparrows were already whistling from the roofs, and the leaks that were common before most of the product presentations of the market leader in the field of civil drones were there again. But now it’s official: DJI reveals an open secret and introduces the DJI FPV. According to the manufacturer, this is “a completely new type of drone with an intuitive, impressive flight experience”. A flight experience that could also open up interesting options for commercial use, in which a vivid impression of the conditions on site is to be gained – although the need for a spotter can of course set limits. Also noteworthy: an ADS-B receiver warns pilots when manned aircraft or helicopters with one of the widely used ADS-B transmitters on board are nearby.
The range that DJI now offers in the field of civil drones is considerable. From the small “always-with-you” drone à la Mini 2 to business solutions such as the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, which is now available, to the professional Matrice copters. And yet the market leader announces a completely new type of drone with the new DJI FPV and even claims to have reinvented flying. And even if you deduct a bit from the marketing superlatives, the manufacturer has already set the bar high. It remains to be seen whether the FPV drone weighing just under 800 grams – dimensions including propeller 255 × 312 × 127 millimeters – can actually do everything that the advertising promises. The system definitely has a few interesting features.
Not a racer, more of an all-rounder
Because, contrary to what has long and often been speculated, DJI has not brought a thoroughbred racing drone onto the market, but rather a kind of all-around model with which various forms of immersion flight are supposed to succeed. From brisk fun flying to largely flight-stabilized sightseeing and exploration flights. “Since the company was founded in 2006, DJI has redefined what drones can do. On the occasion of our 15th anniversary, which we are celebrating this year, we are honoring this heritage of innovation by redefining drone flight with the DJI FPV, ”says Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director of DJI Europe, with great self-confidence. “The ready-to-fly DJI FPV combines the best possible technology for a hybrid drone like no other. She can fly like a racing drone, hover like a traditional drone,
For this purpose, three flight modes have been devised to meet different demands. In the so-called normal mode (N mode), the DJI FPV behaves similarly to other DJI drones and hovers using GPS and/or visual positioning systems, and obstacle detection can also be activated on the front. This flight configuration can be used, for example, for quick exploration and information-gathering flights, for example, to get a direct impression of the structural condition of a bridge pillar or a roof structure. Since up to eight additional video glasses can be tied, a project team can collect common impressions or a client can be brought up to date. Sport mode (S mode) and manual mode (M mode) are, in turn, intended for application purposes, in which the skill of the pilot is required and – for film recordings or commercials, for example – fast-paced image sequences are required. Or if you just want to release a lot of adrenaline. In all three flight modes, however, a special emergency braking and hovering function are available, with which the drone can stop at any time during the flight and go into stable hover flight.
The DJI FPV is now available from authorized retailers and costs from 1,349 euros in the standard combo including transmitter, video glasses, connection cables and battery.