Can’T capture footage like this and you’d be right until now, because this is dji’s entry into the world of fpv drones if you’re new to the channel, my name is tommy and i make a variety of content around fpv and dji gave me this drone to check Out back in november, so i’ve had a couple months to get to know it and there’s definitely a lot to talk about, but first we need to talk about what fpv is and how it’s different from the standard camera drones you’ve seen before fpv stands for first Person view and really refers to the method by which a drone is controlled, but to really understand the differences we have to focus on the purpose between these two types of drones. Camera drones are meant to capture stunning images and cinematic footage and therefore it’s all about the camera aspect, so take all of the gear that you would use to achieve that say: a tripod, a dolly a slider jeb techno crane steadicam, you name it that’s. What it’s designed to mimic in three dimensional space, therefore, the technology in camera jones, is heavily focused on the user experience of controlling a camera. The cameras are on gimbals, so what you see on your phone is always smooth and steady. They have sensors and control systems that make it extremely easy and intuitive to use. Basically, to sum it up, you’re controlling a camera and the drone just happens to be carrying it now.

Fpv drones, on the other hand, it’s all about the flying aspects, the complete opposite they’re built for speed and agility, and whether you’re racing around on a track or pushing acrobatic freestyle moves it’s all about the way it flies. So the technology that goes into fpv drones is very much focused on the drone itself and the ability to fly in the most unrestricted manner possible. You truly are piloting an aircraft, and in this case, flying itself is the priority, and the camera just happens to be on board for the ride and in this past couple of years it seems as though these two different roads are converging. It seems like the standard camera drone world is taking notice of the dynamic movements and speed that fpv drones are able to capture while the fpv drone world is looking for ways to capture smooth footage all while viewing a high quality feed. So i guess the next question that pops into your head is what, if a mavic and an fpv drone had a baby, what would that look like? Well, it would look like this. Taking all the best aspects from each side, dji has created a hybrid drone. It shoots in resolutions as high as 4k capable of slow motion. 120 frames per second rocksteady video stabilization is built in. It can fly up to 20 minutes, which is a significant increase from your average fpv drone and can hit a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour.

It’S also capable of a transmission distance of up to 10 kilometers using their new occusync system 3.0 and can move like a true fpv drone or not. You can also fly this very much like you would a mavic because it does have forward and downward facing sensors, and there are different flight modes that help a new pilot ease their way in to full manual fpv flight. But more on that later the motors are dihedral and canted and when you look at the shape of the arms they’re, very much designed for fast forward flight now to get stabilized, video dji has done something interesting. If you take a close look at this camera it’s on a single axis gimbal this stabilizes the up and down pitch axis, and then it uses electronic image stabilization for the horizontal roll axis. This combination of hardware and electronic tech results in rocksteady stabilized footage, but that’s not the only reason you see. Dji had to go with the solution, because using the traditional two axis gimbal would simply not be able to withstand the more dramatic flight. Maneuvers fpv drones are capable of the same camera capturing the hd, goodness is also the same camera you’re piloting off of this is a departure from traditional fpv drones, where the fpv cam and the hd cam are usually two different cameras. Just for the very simple reason that fpv pilots require the lowest latency possible and dji has managed to put these two tasks down to a single camera, with a latency as low as 28 milliseconds now to power the drone.

It takes a 6s 2000 milliamp pack that inserts from behind and also doubles as landing gear, definitely an interesting design decision. The props are quick release with markings to make sure you put the right ones on the correct motor and yes it’s possible to get the strong don’t ask moving on to the rest of the gear. The goggles are version 2 from their fpv system, with a slight improvement in image quality but other than that and the battery with an on and off switch it’s, pretty much the same as the v1, if you’re coming from a mavic. The important thing to note here is that you do all of your drone configuration through the goggles as opposed to your phone. The radio controller is nice and small, and, i think very ergonomic. It has all the buttons you would want at all the right places and the antenna conveniently folds down when not in use. The stick ends can be removed for easy storage, and my only critique here is that the gimbals feel really small, and i feel like this drone definitely deserves full size. Gimbals, especially when you consider the dramatic maneuvers an fpv drone is capable of. I feel like you just want that much more resolution with full size, gimbals and finally there’s the dji fly app, which has a video editor, allows you to share your live feed out in case. You want to share it with your friends. It ensures that you’re always flying in a safe zone and has a find my drone function in the event that you go down and need help.

Locating it in normal mode. This thing flies just like a mavic, if you’re absolutely new, to drones in general. This is the mode for you because it doesn’t go fast, it has obstacle, avoidance features enabled and the footage you capture in this mode would be very similar to what you would get from a mavic in sport mode is where things start to get interesting. This is a hybrid mode that combines fpv elements into the flight controls, but still provides self stabilization, while maintaining altitude control in this mode obstacle avoidance features are disabled, allowing you to move at faster speeds and in this mode the footage that you capture it starts to Look very similar to that fpv look but we’re still a little bit, always moving on to manual mode. Now. This is where the drone really becomes more of an fpv drone in this mode. You cannot simply take your hands off the sticks and expect it to hover and stay in its spot. There is no self stabilization and it will not maintain altitude. In fact, before you even switch into this mode, you’ll need to make a physical change to your radio to undo the spring tension for your throttle. Stick because, in this mode, what you used to control up and down now becomes throttle and you’re in charge of keeping it in the air by constantly making adjustments based on what you’re doing and that’s, not all what used to be forward backward left and right.

Movement. Now becomes attitude control now i could make a video just explaining what all this means and how that affects flight, but for the purposes of this video, what you need to know is that, when you’re in manual mode, you are manipulating the drone itself in order to Get the drone to move in the direction that you want versus the other modes, where you’re telling the drone, where you want it in three dimensional space and then the drone manipulates itself to get there that’s the difference. Now the best way to understand this fundamental switching controls is to actually try it, and you can do that in a virtual flight simulator that dji makes now it doesn’t have to be the dji one. You can use any other simulator out there to understand these controls, but the cool thing about the dji app is that it uses the same radio and goggles that you would use on this drone. So the experience will be as close as it gets to the real thing and it’s an app that you download onto your phone. You don’t need a computer like you would other simulators alright back to manual mode. So in this mode the drone will fly just like it would in angle mode for those of you already familiar with fpv drones, if you’re, not all good. All it means is that you are limited with how much angle that you can apply and letting go of the stick will bring the drone back to level you can’t do a complete roller flip at this current setting and in this mode.

The footage that you can capture is beginning to look a lot more like you would get on an fpv flight, but we’re still not one hundred percent there to get that last bit of full on fpv flight dynamics, you need to unlock full manual mode, unlocking this Last setting is what truly unleashes the drone and gives you complete freedom in flight with the setting you can do flips and rolls and is the equivalent of rate mode for those of you familiar with fpv drones. This is where you can do whatever you want with the drone and is, in my opinion, the best and most satisfying way to fly a drone period. All right so let’s talk about the flying experience now i’m going to skip the normal and sport modes, because they’re very much like flying a mavic and you’ve got goggles on. Instead of looking at your phone so i’m going to focus on the fully unlocked manual mode because, if you’re buying this drone chances are, this is the flying experience you’re after and if you’re not, and all you care about is capturing fpv ish. Looking footage just know that sport mode will give you that look without having to learn how to fly full on fpv taking off in manual mode requires a double tap of the start and stop button. This spins up the motors and stops the motors and just know you can switch into any of the modes at any time now.

The first thing you might notice, when you’re looking through the goggles, is that you’ve got a very simple view: it’s only giving you the important information, such as battery flight time and home position information. Now i find this to be ideal because, as an fpv pilot, you want the least amount of distractions. From your view, i don’t care, if i’m in 4k or what my shutter speed is because these are all things that i will have set before. I even took off now if you did take off, and you want to change some of these things – you can flip it into one of the other modes park it in the sky. Stop your recording make some adjustments hit that record button again and then go back into flying mode if you need to – and this is actually proven, useful on a production set where i decided that i needed to change my exposure settings as soon as i took off, Because let’s just face it, sometimes when you’re exposing from the ground, it just looks different when you’re up in the air. Now, one of the cool things that i found is that the home position is marked with an h and actually floats within your screen, letting you know exactly where home point is so, instead of looking at two pieces of data to figure out how to get home, You just fly towards the h seasoned fpv pilots used to using gps will definitely appreciate this and beginners will find this absolutely critical, because it is super easy to get lost in the sky.

The camera settings can be adjusted to your likings, everything from seeing exactly what the hd recording will look like to the opposite end of just having the widest field of view possible. Now here’s, my gripe with this, though i can’t choose to fly in low latency mode and capture 4k footage at the same time. Basically, if i want 4k footage i’m stuck with a higher latency view in the goggles, which is a bit of a bummer, the image quality that you get when you’re seeing in the goggles is absolutely amazing. If you’re used to using their current dji fpv system, there is a noticeable improvement from the clarity in the image to the popping colors. It makes that flying experience that much better speaking of the camera. You can adjust the camera tilt off of a dial right off of the radio and it even tells you the exact degree in which you are tilted now. I absolutely love, love love this, because with traditional fpv drones, it meant that you had to bust out your screwdriver. You had to loosen a couple of bolts, then you adjusted it. You had to do this little eyeball thing. You weren’t really sure, if you’re at the right degree but you’re going to tighten it up anyways you take that thing up only to find out that you need to adjust it some more, but with this system you do it all with the dial, and it tells You right in the goggles exactly where you’re at now, those new to fpv might notice that the drone can get shaky at times, especially with the more demanding maneuvers or in windy conditions.

Now don’t freak out. This is normal as that the video feed that you’re seeing is the raw feed directly out of the camera, but no need to be alarmed, because the footage that actually gets recorded to your sd card will be rock steady smooth again. This is just a desired trait of traditional fpv drones, where the camera is fixed to the drone, because it’s important for the pilot to know exactly what the drone is doing now. Speaking of shaky. This is where some of my seasoned fpv pilots are probably going to ding some points here. You see those familiar with fpv will describe these shakes as prop wash, and i do feel like this drone exhibits this undesirable behavior more than i would like, and i also noticed that when you start to be more aggressive with the flying, i feel like i’m having To control it more than i am flying it now. Typically, you could try and tune this out with traditional fpv drones, but in this case, and at least at the time of making this video, you don’t have that ability. But i believe that this is something that can be improved via firmware update and dji has been traditionally pretty good about that and listening to the community in the past. If you’re new to fpv and don’t know what prop watch oscillation is please don’t get me wrong. This drone flies great i’m, just being very critical. As someone who likes to be able to fly their fpv drones super aggressively with little to no undesirable behaviors, something that beginners will likely not be doing see.

This drone was not meant to be a freestyle basher drone. This is very much meant to capture dynamic, fpv footage and i think it’s great at that now i’ve been saying beginners here a lot, so i do need to give this disclaimer here. This thing makes a lot of power: it can accelerate 0 to 60 in two seconds and just because it’s, a great entry point for beginners doesn’t mean that you can’t get into any trouble. The top speed on this thing is rated at 86 miles per hour. There’S a lot that can happen at those speeds now speaking of trouble, the pause button is definitely something that everyone beginner to novice will absolutely appreciate. Let’S, say: you’re, a beginner and you’re trying to negotiate some turns, but it’s just not doing what you want. You start to freak out simply hit that pause button and the drone will come to an emergency stop and hover. You can then take a quick minute to just breathe, recollect yourself and then make a decision, throw it into a normal mode and fly it back home or activate the return to home feature or maybe let’s, say you’re like me, and you’re flying high up in the Sky and you’re coming down to a dive and right in the middle of that dive, you feel something laying on your arm right. Is it a bee? Is it a bat i don’t know, but whatever it is, is probably something that’s gon na bite me right.

You hit that pause button. I heard that okay, no joke it. It stopped and i was coming in from a dive like a good couple. Second dive. I really wasn’t sure what to expect there i’m about to test this again, but over concrete that’s, probably really stupid, but i’ve got a little more trust in this pause button from dji. Here we go coming in from a dive literally straight at us. Probably not the smartest thing hit button. Yeah. Look at that um i’m gon na try one more thing: ryan i’m gon na go in front of us against manual mode i’m. Gon na hit the button going at a little bit of speed, and i wan na see if we can kind of see how long it takes to stop. Oh wow, it is stopping way faster than i expect like. I think it stops faster than a human person. Could like what did it look like it? Just is just stopping it stops like yeah, like it’s, fake, no matter what being able to hit that pause button is always going to be a nice feature to have alright now. The last thing i want to talk about is the motion controller. Now this is really interesting because it is absolutely a whole new way of piloting a drone as a kid. This is what i imagine flying. Something would be like right, because we all have that dream. As a kid of being a fighter jet pilot but that’s exactly what it feels like all right, so we got ryan who’s gon na try the motion controller for the very first time and you don’t even fly drones.

You don’t even fly mavic’s at all, so this is gon na, be a completely new experience for you. So why don’t you go ahead and double tap that lock button so that we can go and take off all right that spins up the motors, then you’re gon na long press and hold that lock button to actually go up boom. All right before you even step before you press on the trigger just move the controller around and watch what it does. Oh, my god, is it crazy that’s crazy? Do you see the dot in the gut in the goggles yeah yeah there’s a little little dot right in the middle, where i point it where i want it to go all right! Why don’t you go uh? Why don’t you slowly push the trigger and start flying somewhere? Oh this takes some getting used to so i don’t have to i’m, not flying it. Traditionally. I just point the little dot: yeah, okay, wow. Oh this is so nice. Okay, it takes a little bit to wrap your head around the hole how the dot works, because now you can climb by just pulling up on the joystick, not a bad way to fly right, not bad. This is chill i like this oh yeah and then oh right, yeah, so that so that is actually more like a pause button. So now, if you hit that button, you’ll notice that the joystick won’t won’t be reactive, it yeah it almost like takes it away because the dot goes away.

Oh man, this is so dope. Look at you navigating in between trees already – and this is your first time on this thing yeah like i said it takes a little bit to get your wrap your head around the fact that you’re not controlling, pitching y’all you’re, just controlling the duck yeah, and then It just does where you ever you point the dot, so navigating around is pretty simple so, like you can actually do some minor technical stuff as long as you’re not going fast, because you you’re flying around trees and in between underneath the trees that is super sick. Okay and then landing it’s, a double tap on the red button, that’s amazing. I wish this was around when i first started, but there’s i mean it’s like it’s like the future for for everyone that’s new. This is going to change everything in my opinion, like no joke, when i first saw it, i thought it was going to be kind of gimmicky, but i think it’s a really fun way to pilot a drone, especially if what you’re trying to do is just go For more of a leisure long range cruising type of view, so to wrap this up, i definitely think that this is an alternative to your more traditional diy, drone plus gopro setup. The integrated hd camera and rock steady stabilization would really make your workflow that much easier. So, if you’re more on the content, creator side looking to get more dynamic, drone footage – this is for you now with the different flight modes.

The advanced safety features the virtual flight simulator. I think this is a great entry point for the beginner, especially when you consider that the radio, goggles charger and drone are all designed to work together, seamlessly right out of the box. There’S no need to learn how to build a drone or understand how to put a system together. So if you’ve never flown fpv before and you want to get into it. This is probably a good option for you now. If you already have fpv experience and was hoping to race with this or do some hardcore freestyle acrobatics, i don’t think this is for you. You would be better off building something that would exceed this drone’s performance. Now, if you have fpv experience and just want something that you don’t have to build, it flies for a long time has awesome gps features with that good old dji reliability. Then this might be for you. It just really depends on how you feel about having to use their proprietary batteries and using their radio controller, which is arguably more expensive than the options you have in the hobby world, which brings us to pricing now with the dji fpv combo. That is 12.99. That gives you the radio, the drone a battery the goggles, obviously the app basically everything that you need to get up and start flying. You know personally, i think that this is definitely a little bit more than piecing your own system together and for some of you, especially those of you who are already invested in fpv, it might be a deal breaker, but if you’re new, this might be worth your Time because it’s going to save you the time of figuring out how to piece a system together and that in itself requires a lot of research and then we haven’t even talked about building the drone itself.

That is a whole other category. So with this spend that 12.99 everything just works and is designed to ease your way into fpv, well folks, that’s going to wrap up this video if i’ve helped you make any decisions today, please check out the links i’ve got in the description down below if you’re Still on the fence about it, that’s, okay, too, just uh hit that subscribe button turn on that notification bell, because i do plan to make more videos on this drone system.

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