We tested the DJI Avata, a drone accessible to everyone

DJI Open It’s a small FPV drone with DJI Goggles 2 for first-person flight. This drone is focused above all on fast and acrobatic flight. Those shots that we have seen at high speed at ground level are taken by this type of drone.

Speaking of the design of the DJI Avata, it is very compact, it cannot be folded like others, but the brand has reduced the chassis of the drone to make it more agile and fast. The propellers have protections to be able to withstand falls or collisions with objects. Above all, it is pDesigned for people who are just starting out in the world of FPV drones where accidents are very common.

The camera is integrated into the Avata and It serves both to record and to transmit to the glasses. That is to say, it does not have two independent cameras, as we are used to seeing in amateur drones, one that emits and the other to record, which makes the body smaller, and you do not notice a worse quality of the images or the transmission .

As security elements, like other DJI drones, the Avata includes GPS and Airbense ADS-B system from DJI to notify if we have planes or helicopters near our space. It does not have anti-collision sensors, so it must be flown with the utmost caution.

The 20 GB of internal memory, in addition to the microSD slot that hides in one of the propeller protectors, allow you to store hours of video. It also has a USB-C port and the batteries are typical of this model, the rest do not work. The battery can last about 18 minutes in full flight action, while the Googles 2 last around 2 hours on a battery.

Three modes of use

DJI Avata has three modes: on the one hand, the normal mode It allows you to fly 8 meters per second while maintaining a stationary flight. The Manual mode It allows you to fly 14 meters per second allowing you to carry out more personalized control. The sports mode It allows you to fly 27 meters per second by mixing the two previous modes, that is, freedom of control with the safety of normal mode.

Probably the key to the success of the Avata is the DJI Motion Controller which is very easy and intuitive to control, since it does not require buttons, but rather it is controlled by the movement of the hand, except for the braking button. By wearing the glasses when flying FPV drones, you cannot see the controls, which makes the flight require a lot of training with the buttons. DJI has made the Avata more accessible and easier to fly with no prior experience.

So are the glasses

DJI Goggles 2 Goggles are very light and comfortable Thanks to the fact that the external battery and can be hooked to another place, they have adjustable diopters so you do not have to wear glasses or contact lenses. The screen of the micro-OLED glasses allow us to follow the movement with a very clear sharpness of the environment, and we have been surprised by the freshness and sharpness of the images. When flying an FPV drone at high speed, a second delay between the drone camera and the goggles can be fatal. Because the DJI Goggles 2 connect to the drone using the DJI O3+ transmission, the piloting experience is excellent, and it really feels like we’re flying.

The quality of the recordings is very realistic, with very natural and pleasant colors. And it’s capable of taking 4000×3000 images and 4K video, thanks to its 1/1.7-inch 48MP sensor.

As for the price, it is somewhat high, although it must be taken into account that it is very complete. It can be purchased in parts, although for its best use and performance, the ideal is to buy the complete pack.

DJI Avata Pro-View includes the drone, the Goggles 2 and the motion controller, all for 1,429.00 euros. If you are looking for an agile drone, with quality images and easy to use, this is a very good option, although of course, the price may not be within the reach of all budgets.

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