DJI FPV FLIGHT MODES REVIEW | Learn how to unlock Acro Mode!
Not all prototypes were successful, but it was only a matter of time before mankind spread its wings and launched into the sky Music whats up its chris, the drunkee and welcome to another episode of lets talk drones. Today we are doing a flight review for this guy right here. The dji fpv now ive already tried to shoot this review one time before, and i learned a few lessons during that shoot. It was a really nice day other than the wind. The wind was really bad and blew really really hard most of the time, and it didnt cause any problems for the drone itself. Actually for its size. The dji fpv handles high winds, pretty impressively it was actually the audio capture that had problems. You couldnt hear me because the wind was drowning me out, which caused a lot of issues when it came to me narrating what was going on and telling you all of the different nuances that come with the flight modes in this drone. The other thing that i learned is that i definitely want the camera to be pointing at my hands, while im controlling the controller for this drone so were going to be doing that as well. Moving the camera off the tripod and onto my hands. So you can see whats going on in real time now. What were going to talk about today, like i said, are the flight characteristics of this drone in the four thats right, four different flight modes, that it packs in this little body, the four flight modes.
If you arent already familiar are normal sport manual and acro thats right, there is a fourth flight mode, thats hidden in manual. Its gon na fly a lot of the same way. Well, talk about how you turn acro on, or rather you turn the attitude limit on this thing off later on in this video, but were going to be talking about all four of those a little bit about what the drone does during those flights and some of The things that you should know before you put this thing in the air and especially before you turn it on to manual mode, but before we do that lets take a look at our setup today. Okay, so here is our fly kit. Of course, we have the dji fpv drone weve got an extra battery for that were going to be using the first battery on normal and sport mode and the second battery in both of the manual configurations. Weve got our controller, of course, and over here weve got our dji fpv version 2 goggles. Now again you can get this whole kit together minus the battery. I bought that separate for about sixteen hundred dollars just north of there, and you can use these two buddies over here in other setups, with your fpv drones, whether you build them from scratch or you buy them ready to fly. You can program them to work with other builds as well. So keep that in mind its a great deal, considering the flexibility you get.
Okay, so as youll see here, we are ready to launch weve got the camera on and rolling on. The drone were at 100 battery and weve got our gopro camera focused on what im doing with the controller, so just like any other dji drone to start in normal mode and launch were going to go ahead and pull the sticks down and out and that arms. The motors now from here just go ahead pinch. Your control sticks like you, do and take the throttle up and were gon na push it out over the field and youll notice that the turning and the characteristics of this flight are a little bit different. But overall, this is going to offer the same exact experience for you as it relates to other dji products. The big difference here is that youre going to notice a lack of speed or pickup compared to like your mavic 2s. I think this maxes out at about 35 miles per hour in normal mode, depending on the conditions youre, also going to notice that there isnt a three axis gimbal when i roll left, it turns the entire camera with it just like if you roll right. It also turns the entire camera with it. A two axis gimbal may seem like its a bad thing compared to three axis gimbals, you get with the mavic 2 pro the phantom 4, whatever the case may be, but in this case with the dji fpv, it moves a lot faster on average than other drones.
In the other flight modes, so youre actually going to get some really silky smooth footage at 60 frames per second in 4k and then having this bank left and right. The camera when youre moving at a fast enough rate, youre going to really have some smooth imagery. Thats going to be very cinematic in nature overall, the 2 axis gimbal is perfect for this type of drone, because its going to deliver exactly what youre looking for when it comes to flying it around. So quick note before we continue the rest of this review. Im flying in an open field area near franklin and marshall college in lancaster city and this particular area used to be a factory this in a factory took up at this entire area. Theyve since turned it into a green space where people can sort of just do what they want. Ive seen dogs out here, somebodys, just leaving that was doing yoga so its its a really cool area, and i just wanted to mention that just for the historical sake of things and to keep things in perspective were all coming a very long way. Okay, so now that you see that we have a feel for normal mode, its not much different than other dji drones were going to go ahead and kick it into the next flight mode. So to do that there is a little switch im going to let the drone hover here theres a little switch on the top left of the controller youll see here that ive already messed up, because i have it in sport mode.
But when you first launch it starts in normal mode, no matter what this switch is set at so im going to push this forward. This is now in normal mode and to set it to sport mode were just going to click it back one time so that its just straddling the middle and the middle option is selected for that s. For sport mode. Now the difference between sport mode and normal mode is this: it handles a lot faster. First of all, max speed goes from about 35 miles an hour in normal mode to about 65 miles an hour in sport mode. The other big thing that youre going to notice in sport mode is it handles a lot looser and coordinated turns are a big part of this flight experience. Youve got to know how to do a coordinated turn, which means using the yaw and the roll together to do your turn successfully. You can still yaw through your turn as youll, see here and itll turn the drone all the way around, just as you normally would in any other gps drone, but to get that really smooth turn that youre looking for in that cinematic style footage, while going 65 Miles an hour, you definitely want to put some roll into your turn for that coordinated turn to get a nice smooth turn i by no means im an expert at this im, not even good. I wouldnt consider myself good but im getting the hang of it and i do understand the terminology and what it means to do a coordinated turn.
The other thing that i would say about sport mode is this is about as close as it gets to manual mode. Without actually going into manual mode, youll see that the characteristics of normal mode still stay there, we have attitude hold or altitude hold. Rather, i let go of the control sticks and the drone stays put. Also, the throttle controls only up and down, and not necessarily the speed of the drone itself. You still use your pitch forward and pitch backward to gain speed, moving forward or backwards. So there are a lot of characteristics that stayed the same in from normal mode in sport mode, but it does incorporate some characteristics of manual mode flight, like i said, with the coordinated turns and the looser handling overall. So what were going to do now is weve already touched on normal mode and sport mode, which are pretty self explanatory. If youve flown dji products for any length of time, then you sort of already knew what was in store for those two modes were gon na. Go ahead and land this drone were gon na change the battery out to our second battery and were going to talk a little bit about manual mode, but before that we have to do some adjustments on the controller in order to have a true manual mode experience. Okay, so before we go ahead and switch the batteries out of that guy and switch over to manual mode, we do have to make an adjustment to our controller.
So out of the box, this thing is set up for gps drones and what i mean by that is the joysticks here that you use to control. The drone are actually geared to have spring feedback and youll see here when i go like that on both of the control sticks up and down they bounce back and lock into position same if you go side to side so thats, not something that we want for Our manual mode, what we want for manual mode is for the throttle to be loose so that we can control how much power is coming out of the motors on that drone. If we were to fly in manual mode with this spring feedback in the throttle and the yaw control stick, it would cause a lot of problems for us when it comes to maintaining elevation and actually controlling the drone itself. So to do that, what we do is we flip the controller over and you just have to sort of get underneath this theres really no easy way or tip for opening this up. But you just lift this back. Padding up and youll see that there are two screws here: youll have your f1 screw and your f2 screw to get this set so that theres no spring feedback on the throttle and the yaw side. We have to go ahead and adjust screw f2. So by doing this were going to tighten it lock in and tighten it all the way down, which seems counter intuitive, but tightening this screw is going to basically compress that spring in the controller so that it cant have a spring action and kick that joystick back Into position, so it takes a few screws and youll feel it tighten dont.
Tighten it up too much. You just want it to tighten enough that you know that its going to stay put so well go ahead and just snap this back into place again. This takes a little bit of elbow grease. I guess is what you could say: jimmying with lets see now im on camera, and i cant do it and okay. This is definitely blooper reel material right here. All right there we go weve got it set up and youll see here that now this joystick is loose theres spring feedback on the left and right, which is fine. We want that, but on the up and down, we do have a little bit more give and theres no spring feedback. If i push it up its going to stay up, if i push it down its going to stay down for the most part, okay, so thats what you want before you go into manual mode, make sure you make this adjustment before you put this thing in manual Mode and take off just trust me on this. The next thing i want to do before we actually put this in manual mode and take off is show you how to change the battery out so to do that. Youre gon na go ahead and youre gon na take this little plug right here and youre, just gon na give it a little bit of force and pull the plug out just like so from here, youre gon na notice.
There are two little buttons on either side of this battery youre gon na push those at the same time, squeeze them almost and then slide the battery out. So now youve got your battery disconnected from your drone. All you have to do is grab the other battery and its basically a reverse process. Youre going to slide that in until you hear a click and then youre going to take a look at the top plug here and youre just going to push that in until it doesnt go in any further and itll be flush along this line here. So now youre ready to go and just like any other dji product turn it on youre, gon na quick click and then click and hold, and then the drone will let you know that it is turning on. We are set to go okay, so we are set to go. The drones camera feed is on weve got the gopro on with the controller now to switch to manual mode. We do have to do something real quick. I just made an adjustment in the upper left hand because i didnt have it set correctly. We have to come up to that. Rocker switch again and youll, see that we have it set in sport. Mode right now were going to go ahead and click it all. The way back so that it is on manual mode and youll see there will be an adjustment in the camera as well itll pitch up to 30 degrees, thats, a good indicator that you are in manual mode aside from the big m in the lower left hand Corner of your goggle feed now to take off, which is what were going to do next, it is a little bit different than in normal and sport mode and any other gps drone that youve flown what you have to do to arm the motors is, you have To push this throttle all the way down and then, at the same time you have to double click.
This start stop button on the top. When you do that, it will arm the motors and youll be ready to take off with the drones lets go ahead and do that now. Ive got our throttle, pushed all the way down. Im going to double click, and the motors are armed, so from here were just going to take off Music and we are in manual mode. So a few things about manual mode again, you are using the control sticks to keep this thing on the straight and narrow, youre coordinating your turns. Everything has to go together. If you just try to bank youre, not gon na have a very good time. If you try to bring it down with just the throttle, that is how it works, but it actually slows the motors down so youre losing power on that as well. So if the drone isnt pitched correctly, which means it has to be level youre, not going to come down youre just going to slow down and youre well, you will come down but youre, going to just slow down on your pitch forward or backward. So it does handle differently in manual mode. This takes a lot of time to sort of get the hang of. It took me a long time to get the hang of it. I was in the dji fpv simulator for a long long time before i got the courage to actually come out here and put the drone in the air, so i always recommend you take the time to fly it in the dji simulator before you come out and Put this very expensive drone in the air in real time in manual mode, so one thing that youll notice in manual mode as well is that it goes a lot faster.
When i push the throttle, all the way up and ive got it pitched down correctly im reaching speeds of about 65 to 70 miles an hour which, in a new way of handling theres a train. You can probably hear it going by in the background. Actually, on that note, i am going to let the train go by taking its dear old time. Okay, so now that the train is gone by and the sound is out in the distance uh, the other thing youll notice here is that in normal manual mode you actually cant do anything real crazy, like you see on youtube, no stunts no loops, nothing like that. The drone has programming in it that prevents you from doing any type of power loops or barrel rolls. It is called the attitude limit and thats in manual mode. So if you have that turned on in manual mode, you wont be able to do all of the stunts that you see on youtube. Youre just going to have a very loose handling experience and its going to handle like an fpv drone minus the ability to actually do stunts. So what were going to do now is were going to cut to me in my office showing you how to set it. So that you can do power loops barrel rolls by turning off that attitude limit on manual mode and then were going to come back here and go full acro with our drone.
Oh, but before we get to that part, i did just want to say that i left out one of the most important safety features that dji included in its fpv drone. I cant believe i forgot to mention this and i wish that i could show you this feature in action, but at this point its too late and id have to wait another day to go out and fly so im just going to show you in the office. Here, what this thing is so youll see theres a button right here. On the left hand, side of the controller, its got a little pause logo, as well as a return to home logo. What this does is when youre flying the djif pv, even if youre in full manual, acro mode when you press this button, the drone will stop almost exactly where its at now remember it moves really fast. So if youve got this thing to the floor and youre going as fast as you can its going to take a moment for it to get completely stopped so keep that in mind. But what happens is it stops and then enters normal mode? So it has an altitude hold and you can easily bring it back into control and into an area that you can better see and manage your flight with the dji fpv. I cannot tell you how many times this button has bailed me out, while ive been learning in real time with the dji fpv and im sure that it saved me a ton of money in repair and care refresh costs.
So keep that in mind when youre flying this, especially as a beginner or somebody whos, flying the dji fpv for the very first time this button is your safety vest? You want to make sure that you have your finger on this until youre sure of yourself and remember to hit it when you get into trouble. It could save you a ton. Dji has a safety feature embedded in the programming for manual mode on the dji fpv that is default set to on when you pull this thing out of the box, its called attitude limit and that prevents you from going full acro, which means doing stunts like barrel Rolls and power loops and whatnot everything you see those guys flying fpv on youtube doing you cant do any of that. While this setting is turned on, there is a way to turn it off. I highly recommend that you do a lot of practice on the simulator for sure and make sure that you fly in normal manual mode with the attitude limit on a lot before you turn acro mode on which is essentially just turning attitude limit off. So if you are at that stage, where youre comfortable with flying in acro mode, you want to give it a shot and start to practice heres what you do to start doing, that with the dji fpv. So in your goggles here im! Sorry, if this is a little bit, blurry im doing my best to record this screen.
So you can see the experience on a one to one ratio but youre going to go over to your settings. Im sorry thats the brightness youre, going to click on your settings and youre going to go down to the settings; option; click on that and then youre going to go down to control click on control and then youre going to select your remote controller. Its going to take you to this menu youre going to go on the top menu up there over to gain and expo and click on that now you might see that my settings for gain and expo might be different than yours, especially if you just pulled the Dji fpv out of the box and are turning it on for the very first time or one of the first times, and especially if youre accessing this menu for the very first time. If you want to set your gain and expo settings the same way, i have them these cater much more to a beginner and for people looking to get more cinematic style footage out of their fpv drone right now. Im flying in this mode for those two purposes mainly first of all, i am very much in the beginner stage of fpv flying and second, when i use this drone, it is going to be mainly to collect cinematic, smooth footage that i can use in my projects. I will eventually tinker with these to make them a little bit more sensitive, but for now ive brought them way down from the default settings.
That dji sends these things out with thats a different video for a different day right now. What i want you to focus on is going down to this little option right here. Youll see that this is m mode attitude limit and it is switched on by default. If you want to go full acro with your fpv drone in manual mode, meaning you can do power loops barrel rolls all the stunts. You see online youre going to go ahead and click and youre going to get a little warning here. Saying. Are you sure you want to do this if youre sure you want to go ahead and select that option, and you have now turned off the attitude limit for manual mode, which means that when you roll right, if you hold that right, roll control stick to the Right youre going to do a complete barrel roll to the right. There is nothing stopping the drone from doing a complete barrel, roll same with the left and all of the other directions. If you pitch forward – and you continue to pitch forward, you will just do a complete power loop or a complete loop, its theres no limit on this is basically what im trying to say. I think thats pretty self explanatory so with that were gon na get back into the rest of the infield review and were gon na go full manual mode for this next section. Okay, so now that weve turned the attitude limit off and were in full acro mode with this drone were gon na go ahead and take off one last time for this flight review and we do it the same exact way we did in normal manual mode.
Well, go ahead and pull the throttle all the way down and well double click. The start stop button. The motors are armed, so lets go ahead, get some elevation and get up. Okay. So now that we are in the air, i can show you the difference between regular manual mode and full acro mode, which is what were in now. The first difference. Youre going to notice is that the speed is much much faster. You can reach speeds around 90 miles an hour with the dji fpv. Now im not going to do that in this enclosed space in a city, because if i lose control of it, theres really nothing saying it wont run into somebody or something very, very expensive. So were not going to push it that hard, but just trust me when i say this handles a lot faster in full acro mode. The other thing youre going to notice is the next thing im going to do is it is extremely loose on the handle and you can do full stunts so well start with the power loop. By doing this, with the controller lets do another one lets get a little lower to the ground, go ahead now, the one thing that is really tough with these stunts Music, of course, the trains gon na go by is that you get real battery sag. Sometimes with this, which means the battery cant actually put out enough power to the motors on this drone to do the actual stunts, you also get a huge battery depletion.
This does not last long in full acura mode. So before we run out of battery were at about 30 im going to do one last stun for you and its a barrel roll. So you sort of have to coordinate everything together. Im not good at this yet, but well go ahead and do a barrel. Roll lets do one in the opposite direction, just for the fun of it. There we go, and that is largely the experience in full acro mode again, i am no expert professional fpv pilot. Far from it, but im getting the hang of it with the help of the dji fpv and its really allowed me to grow my skills as a uav pilot. Its put a new challenge in front of me, and i intend on continuing to tackle that challenge with all of my might and resources, so were gon na go ahead and bring this thing down and wrap up our review of the dji fpv. Well, there you have it thats our review on all four flight modes for the dji fpv again today we talked about normal sport manual and acro mode on this little drone, my take on it. This is the perfect drone for somebody that wants to get started in fpv, no matter if youre new to flying drones altogether or if youre somebody thats been flying. Gps style drones, your entire life and youre, looking for a little bit more of a challenge and maybe a little bit more diverse handling from your drone.
This is a great place to start its not for everybody, some people that have been flying fpv for years, arent, going to appreciate some of the ways and things that are programmed into this drone for the fpv flight experience. Ive talked to many many people that fly traditional fpv and they say it is not a one to one experience with this drone. However, for entry level, people or people that are just getting started in fpv, this is going to handle closely enough to a traditional fpv drone that you can get a real feel for whether or not a you want to get involved with fpv, flying or b. If youre going to be good enough to get into fpv style flying if its something that truly is for you, so if youre thinking about it, whether you want to get involved with fpv traditionally or just try it out for the very first time. This is a great place to start and whats nice is, you can buy the dji fpv combo kit, with goggles and controller for just north of sixteen hundred dollars, i think and whats nice is. You can then use the goggles in other fpv style drones. It actually connects to the dji air unit, so you can use this in other builds later down the road you dont have to buy a new set of goggles unless you want to what do you think of the dji fpv? Is this the option for you or is it something that maybe you would forego altogether? Let me know down in the comments below if you like this video go ahead and hit that thumbs up button down below.
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