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DJI Avata – Quick Specs

If flying like a bird and viewing the world from high above is appealing to you, it is the DJI Avata is an excellent option. This first-person-view (FPV) drone is available by itself or as the FPV goggles and a controller. Our test unit is the Pro-View Combo for S$1,879, that comes with the brand new DJI Goggles 2 along with the DJI Motion Controller. The less expensive S$1,549 bundle includes the previous DJI FPV Goggles V2.

Quick specifications

1/1.7-inch of CMOS (48MP) with 155 degrees FOV, f2.8
20GB internal memory, micro-SD slot
2,420mAh Li-ion battery
DJI Goggles 2 HD resolution and with 290g

The first-person perspective of flying is difficult if you’ve not been there before. It is possible to practice using the DJI Virtual flight app that connects your mobile with DJI Goggles 2. DJI Goggles 2, and will teach you the basics of flying in a virtual course. The Motion Controller is straightforward. The motion controller lets you point downwards to dive, then pull up to ascend, similar as the joystick. You press the trigger to increase speed and then advance. Your wrist is rotated to turn. It’s simple if you’ve been on a flight simulator. In reality, it’s much more enjoyable when you use a control, such as one like the DJI Mavic Pro 3. I also tried to fly further than I usually do because the control was precise.

The drone’s own camera shoots at 4K/60FPS and up to 100FPS with smaller resolutions, such as 2.7K as well as 1080p. There’s 20GB available onboard, however, you can also add an micro-SD card to expand the storage. The ports are located on the top of the guard for propellers. In contrast to other DJI drones that fold, the Avata does not fold. It’s a more stable layout with the battery taking most of the weight. It’s still light enough that to fit into my camera bag with ease. Both the Goggles and drone will capture your video however, you’ll want to record using the drone. It’s because it’s not impacted by any problems with video transmission when you fly far away.

The Goggles aren’t heavy, but they’re a bit uncomfortable to wear because they press the cheekbones of your face. They don’t need to be worn the glasses for long as the Avata is recommended for an average flight time of just 18 minutes. But, I’ve found that the average time is 9-10 minutes. It is possible to adjust the Goggle’s lenses for shortsightedness or the distance between your eyes quickly. The straps are secured on your head, and is quite safe. The lens resolution isn’t HD but it’s clear and bright enough. I was awestruck when I flew across the sky just looking with the goggles. The range is good, reaching 500m or more, with no obstacles. The range did begin to decrease at around 300m in the event that it’s not clearly. The drone will return to its home base in the event that it loses signal.

It’s a great model. DJI Avata isn’t cheap at S$1,879 for the Pro View Combo however I believe it’s well worth the price considering the amount of amusement I had flying it. Since it weighs over 250g, it is required to sign up at the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) before you are able to fly it. Make sure you stay clear of flying into illegal zones.