New leaks suggest DJI is working on a new FPV (first person view) drone that you can fly indoors (via Gizmodo). Reliable Tipsters @DealsDrone and @OsitaLV presented images and leaked details of a smaller, more compact drone that could arrive between July and August.
The drone, supposedly called 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 that weigh more 250 grams must be registered with the FAA). Renders from @DealsDrone show that the Avata could be fitted with ducted propellers to prevent damage to the device when it (inevitably) bumps into something while flying indoors. It has a camera that @DealsDrones expects to be as good as the Recently released DJI Mini 3 Proas well as “significantly 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
Touchpad for glasses menu
The glasses can connect to the phone pic.twitter.com/WUqpjXXEnK
— 航拍世家打手 (@DealsDrone) May 15, 2022
The Avata is also said to come with FPV goggles – a necessity for FPV drones – which give you a first-person perspective of your drone’s direction while you fly it. Although DJI released its very first FPV drone last year, it is not the most suitable for indoor flight.
Like Gizmodo points out, it looks like the Avata is meant to be a cinewhoop-style drone, or a drone with a camera that’s usually tailor-made for maneuverability in small indoor spaces. The name “cinewhoop” is a portmanteau of tiny whoop (a brand name that has become a term for small drones) and “cinematic” for those amazing cinematic shots you can get with this type of drone (like this epic footage captured 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 weld this ultra-lightweight camera to their drone, fulfilling a huge demand for a barebones camera suitable for flight. If DJI releases an off-the-shelf cinewhoop drone, it would completely eliminate the need for tinkering (at least for those who don’t want to create a DIY build) and open the niche to many more people who aren’t so technically savvy .