DJI announced the Avata drone, which is essentially a more accessible version of the FPV model, with which the company for the first time offered a special type of VR flask with a view from the first face of the vehicle camera. The new car has a compact size, high flight speed, and a small weight, despite a seemingly cumbersome design.
The DJI Avata is equipped with a camera with a 48-megapixel sensor of 1/1.7 inch format; it is designed with an ultra-broadgonal lens with a 15° angle. The camera allows photographs to be taken in a 4000 x 3,000 pixel resolution, as well as video-size 4K with a frequency of 60 frames per second or other formats, such as a 2.7K resolution with a frequency of 60, 100 or 120 frames per second. The camera is supported with a standard color or D-Cinelice profile, which allows for flexible colour correction at the post-processing stage. A standard built-in storage device is set at 20 Gbytes, but will also be available for a 256 Gbyte version. Of course, there is also support for microSD memory cards.
The battery with a capacity of 2,420 mAh provides the vehicle with a maximum speed of up to 18 minutes. The size of the DJI Avata is 180 x 180 x 80 mm at a mass of 410 g. The drone can run up to 97 km/h in a horizontal direction, and the maximum speed of 21 km/h on take-off and landing. The drone can boast an entire set of safety equipment: in addition to the enclosures on the screws, it is in particular the DJI GEO 2.0 system, which informs the operator of various air space restrictions and prevents the vehicle from starting near high-risk locations, for example, near airports. The DJI AirSense ADS-B system alerts operators about the approach of aircraft or helicopters.
The drone has an infrared barrier detection system and a bottom view module with two auxiliary cameras. The manufacturer assures that these tools allow the machine to hang at one point with high accuracy, to navigate where satellite navigation is not available, and to detect inappropriate landing sites such as water bodies.
DJI Avata offers three flight modes for operators with different levels of training. In the normal mode, it combines the advantages of the other two; it is designed to enable the operator to train his or her skills and adapt to model management.
Together with the DJI Avata drone, the manufacturer announced the Google 2 controller, which is positioned as a new generation video garrison, which is more compact, easy and user-friendly with a clean image from the first face. Google 2 offers a micro-OLED display with a controlled dioptry. The DJI O3+ protocol is used to communicate, which provides minimal delays and transmits a 1080p resolution video with a frequency of 100 frames per second and code H.265. The delay is 30 ms, the maximum communication distance is 10 km, the data transmission rate is 50 Mbit/s, and modern interference protection devices. Another innovation is the Motion Control Axessoire, which can control the drony movement of one hand, even if it involves complex manoeuvring. The manufacturer assures that the work with the device is intuitively understandable even for new recruits who can quickly master it.
The basic version of DJI Avata has been available since today at a cost of $629 – for which there are no traditional controls, garrisons, or new controllers. The company offers several options, including $1388, which includes the drone itself, DJI Googles 2 and DJI Movement Control. Other options are available, including spare batteries.