DJI has released Avata, a new cinematic drone designed to work with the new DJI Goggles 2 video headset. While it belongs to the same category as the brand’s previous first-person view (FPV) cinematic model, it has a more traditional “cinewhoop” form factor, with prop guards protecting its quad propellers.
The Avata was designed to have the speed and agility of racers, but with the stabilization technology required to capture smooth and vivid footage.
While shooting videos, it can hover, accelerate like a racer, and zoom in and out of tight spaces, and its battery can last up to 18 minutes before needing to be recharged.
The Avata has a stabilized camera with a 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, 48 million effective pixels, an f/2.8 aperture, and an ultra wide-angle lens. That camera can shoot 4K videos at 60 frames per second and 2.7K videos at 50, 60, 100, or 120 frames per second.
Because it has 20GB of internal storage, users can shoot a lot of footage without worrying about running out of space.
It can be used with the existing DJI FPV Remote Controller 2 and DJI FPV Goggles V2, but it was designed to be used with the company’s newer models.
DJI Goggles 2 is the company’s next-generation video headset, featuring a clearer micro-OLED screen than its predecessor and an adjustable diopter, so people who wear glasses won’t need them while using the device.
It can wirelessly stream live footage from the drone to the user’s phone or computer, providing an immersive first-person viewing experience. Meanwhile, the DJI Motion Controller allows pilots to perform complex flight maneuvers with just one hand.
The DJI Avata is now available from the company’s website and various retailers. The drone costs €579, £499, or $629 on its own, while a package that includes the DJI Goggles 2 and a DJI Motion Controller costs €1,429, £1,229, or $1,388.