New leaks suggest that DJI is working on a new first-person view (FPV) drone that you can fly indoors (via gizmodo). Reliable tipsters @DealsDrone and @OsitaLV have released leaked images and details about a smaller, more compact drone that may arrive between July and August.
The drone, rumored to be named Avata, will weigh 500 grams, meaning users will need to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) if they choose to fly it outdoors (drones weighing more than 250 grams must be registered with the FAA). . Renderings from @DealsDrone show that the Avata could come with ducted fan propellers to avoid damage to the unit if it (inevitably) hits something during an indoor flight. It has a camera that @DealsDrones expects to be as good as the recently released DJI Mini 3 Pro, as well as “greatly improved” battery life.
Avata is compact and weighs around 500g
Can fly indoors
Photo quality is much better (guess the Mini 3 Pro is the same)
Greatly improved battery life
Manual mode is not supported
Head chase mode
Touchpad for glasses menu
The glasses can be connected to the phone pic.twitter.com/WUqpjXXEnK
— 航拍世家打手 (@DealsDrone) May 15, 2022
The Avata is also rumored to come equipped with FPV goggles – a necessity for FPV drones – which give you a first-person perspective of where your drone is heading while you control it. Although DJI released its first-ever FPV drone last year, it’s not the most suitable for indoor flying.
When gizmodo points out that it looks like the Avata is intended to be a cinewhoop-style drone, or a drone with a camera that’s usually designed specifically for maneuverability in small indoor spaces. The name “Cinewhoop” is a portmanteau of Tiny Whoop (a brand name that has evolved into a term for small drones) and “cinematic” for those amazing cinematic shots you can take with this type of drone (like this epic sequence taken in a bowling alley).
In April, GoPro actually made a camera specifically for cinewhoops and other FPV drones: the GoPro Hero 10 Black Bones. GoPro requires users to solder this ultra-lightweight camera to their drone, which fills a huge demand for a bare-bones camera ready to fly. If DJI releases a ready-made Cinewhoop drone, it would completely eliminate the need for tinkering (at least for those who don’t want to DIY build) and open up the niche to a lot more folks who aren’t as tech-savvy.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/16/23076686/dji-new-fpv-drone-fly-indoors-avata DJI may be working on a new FPV drone that you can fly indoors