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Pros and cons of the DJI Avata

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Does the DJI Avata ideal for novice FPV pilots? Let me give you an idea that I own some dozen FPV drones, however I bought one due to its distinct advantages. But, it also has some significant negatives you have know about.

DJI Avata is a Cinewhoop drone designed for video flythroughs

In the last couple of years there is a great deal of excitement about making use of FPV drones for filming videos. In contrast to traditional DJI drones, which seem to be flying on rails, FPV drones fly smoothly and in a natural way. They are also able to fly indoors, and there is a problem with the GPS of DJI drones doesn’t function reliably. The issue is FPV is far harder to pilot. What if there was an FPV drone that was simple to fly? This was the idea behind DJI’s DJI FPV drone, which was released in March 2021.

Contrary to the majority of FPV drones DJI FPV is able to fly without GPS aid which makes it as simple as a normal drone to fly. The GPS aid can be turned off so that you can fly the drone like a normal FPV drone, and it also has an “panic button” which will ensure that the drone is stable when you fall off the control.

When when the DJI FPV was first released I was thinking it would be fantastic to have smaller models which could be used indoorslike a cinewhoop, or a smaller FPV drone that is designed for indoor use and fitted with prop protectors and ducts to ensure that it can fly more securely over people.

Now, fast forward to August 2022 and the launch of the DJI Avata, which seems to meet my expectations -an FPV drone that can fly while stabilizing indoors. However, it has certain disadvantages that you should be aware of before purchasing it.

DJI Avata can fly more smoothly than the typical drones for photography.
PROS

Simplicity. Finding the right equipment for FPV is daunting. There are pre-built FPV drones, but you’ll require an FPV controller FPV Goggles, battery and chargers. In reality every one of these options provides a wide range of options. For those who are just beginning it’s a bit confusing. If you purchase the DJI Avata combo, it comes with everything you require to fly. And, not only that, they’ll be good quality components.

Indoor flight. One of the primary reasons to fly using a cinewhoop, is to be capable of flying indoors. Luckily that the Avata can fly indoors using stabilization due to GPS and TOF depth sensors that determine the height of its aircraft. When flying indoors, it typically requires a long time to master the skill to fly without a hitch, Avata makes it possible for everyone to be able to do indoor flying. Here’s an indoor flythrough video that was shot using Avata with stabilized flight mode of OriginaldoBo.

The panic button. If you’re unable to avoid a mistake during a flight using a regular FPV the pilot is on his own and must make amends yourself. With the Avata it is possible to press an emergency stop button, which will help stabilize the Avata during flight, which could prevent you from inflicting serious injury or damage.

Flight time. The typical FPV drones can fly for 5-10 minutes. Avata is a different story. Avata can fly for as long as an 18-minute flight time, and that’s incredibly long for the cinewhoop. The longer flight time means less time spent changing batteries.

The management of batteries. In a normal FPV, you need to control the batteriesand ensure you don’t charge them too much. If you are using parallel charging, it is important to ensure that the voltages are in line. If you don’t do this and you don’t, you can cause the fire to spread. However the Avata comes with a superior battery management software (BMS) which allows it to recharge as the smartphone.

Durability. The Avata is a sturdy prop guards. If the guards for the prop fail, they’re designed to be repairable by the user.

Gyroflow as opposed to. Reelsteady. For the moment cinematic FPV videos typically use GoPro cameras, mainly due to the fact that GoPros are able to use Reelsteady stabilization. The Avata is a different story. Avata, DJI worked with the use of Gyroflow to ensure that, If you want that option, you can use Gyroflow to ensure that your Avata videos the same smoothness as Reelsteady videos.

External camera. If you’d like to connect an external camera like a GoPro on the Avata it is possible. The Avata is powerful enough to carry a full-size GoPro.

CONS

Costly. The initial price for the DJI Avata is expensive, but it is priced fairly at $1168. If you purchase a similar FPV device, the price is similar approximately $1163. DJI FPV Goggles V2 ($429) and an FPV cinewhoop digital ($369), Crossfire controller ($215) and battery (about $50 for comparable capacity four-six batteries) as well as a charger ($100).

The FPV controller is not included. If you’re looking to learn the art of FPV, you’ll need the controller ($179) and it’s in fact not part of the package. The addition of the controller onto the package can make a pricey package more expensive.

Incompatibility. The most significant drawback of Avata I believe is that it’s not compatible with standard FPV drones. The new gogglesand motion controller DJI FPV 2-controller batteries, charger and batteries do not work with other drones. If you wish to include a traditional FPV drone later on you’ll have to start from the beginning. The only exception is when you purchase the combination of the FPV Goggles V2, which are compatible in conjunction with FPV drones that utilize an DJI Air system.

The Avata doesn’t have any of the usual DJI features. Avata isn’t equipped with many of the features available in DJI’s photography drones such as the Mavic. Don’t expect automated flight movements , or other tricks that are similar to those.

Should you purchase DJI Avata? Which one?

If you’re than interested in FPV-based freestyle flights, it’s better off purchasing the freestyle drone instead of buying FPV gear in the normal method. Freestyle quads will perform far better than DJI’s FPV model or Avata.

If you’re attracted to cinematic flights and indoor flights, Avata can make flythroughs incredibly simple. I’d even go as in the direction of saying that it appears that Avata allows users to fly more fluidly indoors when it is stabilized in Normal mode than the majority of FPV pilots are able to use in Manual mode. This is the reason why, although I already own more than a dozen drones that fly FPV, I’ve purchased the Avata.

If you own the DJI FPV then you can purchase the drone ($629) and also use the controller and goggles from DJI FPV. If you don’t own DJI FPV then you’ll have to decide between the combination with older goggles ($1169) and the one that includes new goggles ($1388). New goggles appear smaller and feature head tracking, however, in my opinion, the combination with old goggles is more practical since it is compatible alongside other FPV drones that utilize an DJI Air system.