Drone uh is unusual in the first person view space because it comes fully constructed. The only thing i had to do was put on the propeller blades. It comes with a camera 4k 60 frame per second camera built into the system, so you’re not specking that out you’re, not speaking out the motors you’re, basically it’s, not a diy uh fpv drone, but it is a full on fpv drone. Now, for 12.99 you get the uh, the fpv drone, you get the fpv version, 2 goggles and you get this brand new standard, remote, so what’s, an fpv drone, all about primarily you’re, going to be using a remote but really flying through these goggles. And what does that? Do that puts you on board on the drone you’re looking directly through the camera? I’Ve never done this before i’ve flown i’ve been flying drones for like a decade and i’ve always done it with a remote control with a phone attached and i’m. Looking at there it’s a completely different experience when you’re flying this guy and you’re looking through here. It also gives you that crucial moment by moment control control, that’s needed if you’re actually doing drone racing. So let’s start by talking about dji’s fpv drone. So we mentioned the camera which uh has is on a gimbal, but it’s only a single access, so it’s up and down uh. It has on board, you have a an sd card slot and also a usb port for uh for charging it up.

If you want there’s a really huge battery, that’s uh jammed into here so that’s, one of the reasons you see this sort of new look to it. The the battery goes in there. The battery is rated for approximately 20 minutes of uh fly time. I’Ve never really gotten that, but i think that’s kind of understandable based on the way that you’re flying it. So we got the the new motors new motors. This is not a draw a foldable drone, in fact, it’s kind of a heavy duty. Drone it’s uh, this body is, is metal, and so it has more weight to it than your uh typical dji drone. Unlike a typical fpv drone, which really doesn’t have any sensors, we have gps in here we have a couple of sensors on the bottom to for landing and taking off. We also have some sensors up front uh some collision sensors up here, so you can actually fly this drone in much the same way that you might fly a typical dji drum. The new remote gives you a sense of some of the differences between the fbv drone and say a standard dji mavic drone, for example. So this is the big antenna folds out here. The joysticks are like that, and they will snap right back to center point. However, because racers like more control – and sometimes they don’t want them to snap back like that, that would mess them up on the course.

You can actually peel off the back of this here. You can peel off the back and you can use an allen wrench to adjust this, so it doesn’t actually, so it floats and stays in position while you’re using it there’s a gimbal control, which you know obviously you’ve got up and down so that’s. The gimbal control for the camera, uh you’ve, also got you know your standard, so that’s your record button and your camera take a photo button. Uh you’ve also got – and this is kind of interesting you’ve – got a sort of a hard, but you can stop and your hard brake system which tries to stop the drone as quickly as possible. Uh and you’ve got a nice lanyard thing. If you want to hold it because this this remote is one of the heavier remotes that dji has had for its drones, let’s talk a little bit more about the goggles. This is version two of their fpv goggles, the original version, the fpv uh version, one uh. Some people are using with other drones, so it’s the first time that uh dji is pairing uh. This drone uh pairing these goggles with a drone of their own and that’s part of the 1299 package, is the the headset, the drone and the remote control. The only thing you have to assemble is you have to put these antennas on uh. Yes, you do look a little bit silly when you’re wearing this inside you’ve got a couple of displays for a 1440×810 view.

I actually didn’t have to do much much adjustment at all. It fills your field of view there you do have to use because you’re not using the phone you’re really using the interface inside the screen, there’s a tiny little joystick on here, that’s how you control it. Not that easy to do i’ve started to get the hang of it, but that’s really going to find all of the settings. The goggles also have an sd card slot, which means that you can record a lower uh res version of your drone video right on here, and you can control. You can record the audio that’s coming from the drone or on the sd card slot on the drone itself, which gon na record at 4k you’ll also be able to change the settings, so you can record the drone sound from there as well. One more interesting thing about the goggles uh: this is the battery pack for them. So what happens here? Is you have to keep the battery pack plugged into the goggles to keep them on? There is no on board battery here, so i usually slip this into a pocket or my back pocket or something like that and the cable ran around me. It wasn’t a big deal it’s just a little bit odd now for additional 199 dollars. You can get this motion controller, remote control. This is actually really wild. So you’ll fly the drone you’ll take off and fly. You have to connect it to it, but you basically you’re holding the remote like this and depending on how you move.

It is what sets basically the direction of the drone and then, when you press the trigger the drone flies toward that point uh. It still has, you know, it’s actually, because it’s, you know, sort of the drone can go 87 miles an hour so because it can go so fast and there’s potential running into something there’s. A big uh break button right on it. So that’s kind of important – and you know it’s right there to just stop it as hard and fast as you can one of the other really important things about dji’s fpv drone and also that sets it apart from others. Is that you actually have these settings. You can fly, you have a choice and you’ll. Have it right here, it’s on both remotes, you have a choice of flying in normal mode, which is going to be a lot like your typical dji experience. All the uh, the sensors are being used, and you know it flies a little bit more slowly then you’ve got uh sport, which can be a little bit faster. Uh and i’ve had sport mode in the other drone, so it’s a little bit quicker, more responsive, but also maybe a little harder to control and then there’s manual, which is basically no no obstacle detection, so no real sensors and just up to you to totally control It this is going to be the way that most racers fly, because for them they have to have to to stay in the race to beat other drones.

They have to be able to have that full full control and dji does not recommend you dive right into that. I did eventually fly in that mode, but not when i first started so let’s talk honestly about my flights. The very first flight was a bit of a mess i wasn’t prepared for the speed of this thing, uh controlling it. Looking through the i felt, like i couldn’t see what was going on around me uh i kept trying to peek through to see that the you know, instead of looking through the lenses you know here at at the drone, i was like peeking around the edge to See it sort of in real life uh, which is not how it works. So i eventually calmed down, and then i flew again and uh was able to fly around my backyard a little bit, which was you know, a confined space, but it was helping me get a sense of feel for for this remote control and using it without the Benefit of being able to step back and look at the screen on a phone uh, you know i was really just looking through this little headset, but i got the hang of it. Um and i also went up in the air, but i noticed that um at higher altitudes, the strong it’s really not built for that it’s built for racing. I mean you don’t have to be that hot you can uh and the footage is is decent, but that’s not really what it’s about.

Also this camera is 150 degrees, wide angle, uh, and it is curved, i mean definitely the the the imagery is curved. But again i think it’s really about uh. You know speed and movement and racing and avoiding obstacles and not necessarily that perfect uh flat plane of the uh, the horizon. So eventually i was able to take this out into the open it went down, but to appear by jones beach and just let her go uh and uh. It was exhilarating. The feeling of flying basically with the drone through the headset uh, was great. It goes 87 miles per hour. It can take turns really fast. It can, you know almost basically like turn on a dime. One thing i did notice is that, while i really enjoyed flying this thing, uh is that the battery life, which is supposed to be about 20 minutes uh per battery charge. It never really reached that, and i don’t know if that’s, because it was always flying against the headwind. You know and when it flies. It really leans into the wind uh. But – and you can see that a lot, because the the gimbal is only up and down so the camera’s turning like this uh, but it wasn’t a big deal it’s, just that you know if you want more battery life, you’re gon na have to spend for the The fly more and then you get it’s like 299, you get a second battery overall.

I think this is a great first entry for dji into the fbv uh flying space. I had a lot of fun flying it, it’s, certainly a skill to learn so it’s, not just uh. You know dji simplifies it as much as possible, but flying an fpv is a skill in and of itself, and so you know, if i had more time, i think i would learn to get really good and try this out on a track uh. But my experience with it was was great, i think, it’s rugged, i think, it’s fun. I wish the battery life was a little bit better. The camera is good uh. You know it shoots great footage if it is a bit curved, uh and uh. You know, i think the price 12.