DJI introduced the new DJI FPV transmission system: an advanced digital ecosystem that allows the users to pilot racing drones with a first-person view, complete with visor, air unit, remote control and small camera.
This new system offers high definition images, lowered point-to-point latency and long distance control, all enhanced by an effective anti-interference technology and the convenience of a plug-and-play configuration.
The transmission solution promises to open up an entirely new world of possibilities for both the pilots and their spectators.
The DJI FPV air unit module uses the DJI FPV HD low latency transmission technology (abbreviated DJI HDL FPV), integrated with a bilateral data communication mechanism which offers the pilots total control over the entire system as well as a extremely stable connection signal.
The new Focus mode speeds up data acquisition at the center of the image, counteracting interference and ensuring a clear connection even in the presence of a less than ideal signal. Similar to the best performing analogue systems, the DJI HDL FPV transmission offers a point-to-point lowered latency of 28 ms.
During the race, the pilot is able to control the drone up to a maximum allowed distance of 0.7 km (CE) and 4 km (FCC) while continuing to receive fluid and clear images on the screen.
This digital technology also offers HD images that DJI says can bring the entire flight experience to the highest levels.
The DJI FPV Goggles viewer is equipped with an integrated video recorder to film smooth images at 720p/60fps. The system also offers the possibility of recording 720p /120fps images, which can be reproduced in real time on the display via a microSD card.
The DJI HDL FPV transmission system operates on eight frequency channels, which means that eight drones can be operated simultaneously. Each driver is assigned the exclusive use of a channel to reduce the risk of interference and offer an unprecedented flight experience. What’s even better is the fact that, in Audience mode, the spectators can even watch what the pilot sees.
The reactive and configurable radio control uses software to adjust the parameters of the other three components remotely. By changing the settings on the remote control, the entire system will automatically align, minimizing the risk of operational errors. The remote control connects perfectly to the air unit and allows it to take off instantly and be easily controlled.
Image-wise, the DJI FPV camera offers three different shooting modes: the Racing mode is the most versatile as it highlights the objects on the track, such as the doors and passages, with brighter colors. Standard mode is ideal for capturing content and reducing color loss while preserving details. The LED mode on the other hand allows you to move easily in poorly lit environments by increasing color saturation, reducing noise and keeping the drone always in view.
The DJI FPV camera also offers exceptional shooting capabilities. The 150° ultra-wide-angle lens offers a unique perspective and the videos captured at 720p/120fps can be perfectly integrated with the images taken by other devices.
The DJI FPV system is available in two variants. One of them is the FPV Fly More Combo, which bundles together the FPV Goggles, Air Unite, FPV Camera, Remote controller and all the necessary wires and antennas, for $929.
The other option is the FPV Experience Combo with FPV Goggles, 2 FPV Camera and Air Units for $819.
Unfortunately, at the time this article is being written, both bundles are out of stock but DJI will most likely add some more units into the mix soon enough so if you wanted to grab one, keep an eye on their website.