Introducing DJI FPV: The Ultimate Hybrid FPV

DJI has reinvented the FPV drone to produce a hybrid drone that is advanced, intelligent and has easy to use systems that alleviate nearly all major pain points that FPV pilots had to deal with over the years whilst still offering exhilarating and immerse experience FPV pilots live for. 

What is FPV? 

This is a questions we commonly get and we understand how it can be confusing. FPV is an abbreviation for First-Person View, where pilots gain an immersive view of "what the drones see" (there is a camera on the front of the drone that streams directly to a headset, think of Virtual Reality). This is easily one of the most exciting ways to fly an FPV drone and the drone pilots are immersed in these views and provide a genuine sense of flying during high speeds and dramatic manoeuvres. 

What's an FPV Drone? 

An FPV drone was previously a drone that required to be assembled with various pieces of equipment and often had no failsafes and were a raw drone flying experience. It required countless hours of practice to ensure a safe, confident flight with amazing footage. However, DJI FPV has bridged the gap now, providing even absolute beginners with everything they need and a simplified platform that allows pilots to fly, capture EPIC footage right out of the box, no additional equipment required (Combo only). 

FPV vs traditional drones 

FPV differ from traditional drones in around four major ways. 

Firstly, FPV drones offer a more immersive experience, mostly due to the goggles that pilots wear during flight.
Secondly, FPV drones move differently, offering much higher speeds and limitless manoeuvring options. 
Thirdly, FPV drones often require DIY assembly and testing before flying, whereas traditional drones are almost always ready to fly right out of the box.
Finally, FPV drones almost never have intelligent safety features or aftersales service, which means crashes are almost inevitable and hard to repair. 

Immersive vs. Normal Flying 

A major reason why FPV drones are more immersive than traditional drones is that pilots wear goggles during flight. These provide a unique perspective that is simply not possible with normal drone flight, where pilots often navigate by looking at the screen of their smartphone or tablet. 

DJI FPV: Unmatched Immersion
DJI FPV offers an immersive experience that's truly hard to match. The DJI FPV Goggles V2 provide a super-wide 150 FOV for breathtaking view. The new O3 transmission system ensures images in the goggles are high-definition and extremely low latency, making users feel as though they are actually up in the air with the drone. Finally, the new DJI Motion Controller, a separately-sold accessory, gives pilots the option of controlling flight with intuitive hand motions, making DJI FPV even more immersive and unlike any other drone on earth. 

Limitless Manoeuvring vs Stable Flight
One of the biggest excitement of FPV flying is the flight itself. Pilots can enjoy high speeds and limitless manoeuvring as they zip through a forest, under bridges or dive down cliff faces. These drones can reach speeds well in excess of 200 kph, with lightning-fast acceleration and precision handling. FPV drones also typically require a lot of practice before users are able to fly, whereas traditional drones are easy and intuitive enough to allow complete beginners to fly right away. 

Thrilling but easy to control
The maximum speed of the DJI FPV drone is 140 kph, and it can reach 100 kph in just two seconds. It also offers limitless manoeuvring capabilities when flying in Manual mode. Buy DJI FPV also provides an array of control options that make it easy for anyone to use. The DJI FPV Combo comes with a standard drone remote controller (looks similar to a game controller) and offers a traditional control experience with N mode, full FPV flight with M mode, and the brand-new S mode. This new S mode provide a hybrid flight experience that mixes the movements of an FPV drone with the control stability of traditional drones. As we mentioned before, DJI has developed a revolutionary control option with the DJI Motion Controller. This small, handheld device allows pilots to fly the drone using very simple and intuitive hand movements. This new device along with the three flight modes gives user a powerful arsenal of control. 

DIY vs. Ready to fly system 

Normally, FPV drone pilots have had to assemble their own FPV drones and choose their image transmission system and goggles separately. Whilst the structure of these high speed DIY drone are simple, there are major shortcomings, including a build that is often more fragile and less safe than traditional drones. Traditional drones are typically ready to fly and are equipped with more sensors to ensure flight safety and stability. However, there are fewer customisation and part replacement options with these aircraft. 

Everything you need in one box (Combo)
DJI FPV combines the flexibility of FPV with the ease of use of traditional drones. It is ready to fly right out of the box with the drone, goggles and remote controller already linked. All pilots need to do is charge the batteries and follow instructions in the DJI Fly app. DJI FPV also offers easy replacement options for some parts, such as the top shell, gimbal and landing gear. 

Intelligent Safety Features vs. None

Think there is a clear winner here. FPV drones have a steep learning curve when it comes to flying where there is no sensor or GPS assistance like typical DJI drones.  The controls take dozens of hours of practice, making them much more prone to crashes when compared to traditional drones They also don't have features to help avoid crashes, which even the most basic traditional drones today offer, such as obstacle sensing, smart return to home and more. 

Unmatched safety for an FPV system
DJI FPV offers many of the advanced safety features that traditional drones have in addition to new emergency brake and hover feature. With this, users can stop and hover in place with the touch of the button no matter which flight mode they're in. DJI FPV can also fly back to its home point with the press of a button and does so automatically, nearly like magic!, and does so automatically in the even that transmission signal is lost. 

How easy is it to switch and learn FPV?

Before the DJI FPV system came along, traditional FPV drones have had a steep learning curve, trying to work out which components communicate with what and having the risk of loosing the entire drone due to some random malfunction or bug. Although FPV flight offers an immersive and exciting experience, FPV pilots usually need to assemble their own drone and practice flying virtually before taking off in the real world. That practice involves relearning the basics of flight control and often results in many crashes before pilots are anywhere close to risking their actual drones. Because of this, aspiring FPV pilots are often worried about flight safety, as well as the difficulty of assembling and controlling their drone. Even if they are enthusiastic about the immersive FPV flight experience, the inconvenience becomes an obstacle. 

To help users overcome this, the DJI FPV is the best system to use and is ready to fly right away. It offers the immersive flight experience pilots expect, as well as the ability to capture epic high-quality footage. DJI FPV has incorporated some of the biggest advantages of traditional drones and applied them to this FPV system. DJI even offers the DJI Virtual Flight app, which provides risk-free virtual flight training.