DJI FPV Racing Drone is FINALLY Here! Favorite 10 Features
So finally, here it is DJI’s very own FPV drone. We’ve been waiting years for this. I think we knew it was coming when they put out their digital goggles and controller, which was what, almost two years ago, but the time has finally come. Look at this sexy beast, as I’m sure this is your very first time seeing it because it’s not like it’s leaked all over the internet, for the last couple of weeks. Well, first of all why is this even a big deal when you can get something like a Mavic?
Well, I like to look at it as the difference between a van and a sports car. Sure, they’re both automobiles, but you get them for very different reasons, the van is probably gonna be the more practical one out of the two, kind of like my Mavic, it has that three axis gimbal, and it just gets those super cinematic shots. But if you’re looking for that rush of adrenaline, then you go for that sports car. FPV stands for first person view, so instead of looking at a little screen, you put on these goggles, and it completely changes the experience. You also get way more power.
So what do you do with all that? Well, you could go way faster, which is cool and all. But the real fun doesn’t start until you get way up there and realize exactly all the things you can do with all that power. (upbeat music) So quick safety disclaimer, this FPV drone, not a toy. Actually any drone that flies in the air with propellers, it can be dangerous, so be careful.
And this FPV drone, when you put it into manual mode, it will do whatever you tell it to do, you are in 100% control, so you can flip it upside down. And if you’re not experienced enough, it’s very easy to lose control. And if you’re flying in a crowded area, you can get into a lot of trouble really fast. If this is your first FPV drone, you’re definitely gonna want to take it slow. There’s plenty of smart features in here that you can practice on.
Also keep in mind that this is a pre production unit, and the firmware is still beta. And there’s still plenty of features coming out that I don’t have access to yet. So don’t look at this as a review. But I do want to show you my top 10 favorite features. That’s right.
I’m a top 10 channel now. So make sure you subscribe, because next week, we’re going to be talking about the top 10 favorite salad dressings, right, you don’t want to miss that episode. Let’s go ahead and start off with Reason number 10 is that this whole setup is made by DJI and if there’s any company that makes complicated technology, very simple, it’s DJI, I’m sure that there’s many of you that at some point thought, oh, maybe I should get into FPV. And then you realize, Oh, you have to learn how to solder and then you go and try to buy all the parts and you realize I don’t even know what I’m looking at. It’s a big headache, like everything is just so much more streamlined, including the propellers, you just take the ones with the red circle, attach it to the one with the red motor.
And these are quick attach, which is great because it’s a pain transporting FPV drones around when their propellers are still on. And it’s not like the maverick propellers where they can fold and collapse down though these have to be more rugged. This is the battery back here, which pops out like that. And before even charging the battery was a big deal. If you did it wrong, then it could potentially blow up and burn down your house.
I’m not kidding. That’s a thing. Which brings me to point number nine which are these batteries DJI says at 40 kilometers per hour, in windless conditions, you can get about 20 minutes of flight time. Sure, if you compare that to a Mavic, you might not be super impressed but for an FPV drone. That is crazy.
Now of course sometimes you’re going to be flying it much more aggressively, which will burn through the battery much faster. But my other FPV drone, I get like three to five minutes of runtime. So this is awesome and charging as easy as it gets. It’s just like the other DJI batteries where you plug it in and it charges you don’t have to know how many cells is the battery, what’s the charge rate, how many volts you don’t have to know all that stuff, you just plug it in, and I love that. This comes with the fly more combo so you can plug it in and it’s a serial charger.
So it’ll start charging one at a time. And these are all fully topped off right now. And if you’re not going to use liable batteries for a while, you don’t want to leave them fully topped off, you want to put them into a storage state, which is what, like 3.8 volts? You don’t even have to know that if it’s sitting for a while automatically discharged to that state and make sure you get better longevity out of these batteries.
Feature number eight is a feature that you might not realize you even need until you fly FPV and you get lost and something that happens you take off from your home point you cruise around and you realize like wait a second, where am I how do I come back home. But when you’re looking through these goggles, every time the cameras pointed in the direction of where you’re at, there’s a little H that pops up letting you know this is the direction to go back home sounds like a small feature but it’s something that can literally save your drone someday if you get lost in the woods or something like that. Now on to number seven which I have to check my notes because I don’t have good enough memory to do this. But isn’t this fun? Like you know all the best features are the top which comes at the end of the video.
So that’s my way of kind of like keeping you guys here hostage like, you can’t leave, if you want to find out the best features you have to stay till the end of the video. It was the training mode. That’s important because again, DJI made this drone to be a very beginner friendly drone. Well first of all, there’s a simulator that you actually play in your goggles but it runs off your phone. So you connect your phone to the goggles, and you can use your controller so before even thinking about going to manual mode, spend a lot of time on that simulator.
Now if your patience is anything like mine, when you first get your hands on this, you’re immediately going to want to put this thing up in the air. Luckily, you can because there’s three different flight modes, there’s normal, there’s sport, and there’s full manual. Now normal mode is where you’re going to want to start, you have some front facing sensors, as well as some on the bottom. And if you’ve flown a Mavic before, it’s going to feel pretty similar, then when you’re comfortable with that you go into sport mode, which is going to give you more power, but it still does fly in a very similar fashion. Finally, when you’re ready to go into full manual mode, you’re going to want to make a slight modification to your controller.
And the difference between a standard controller and an FPV controller is see this throttle right here. If I lower it stays there, if I bring it up, it stays there. But then on something like a Mavic, if you bring it down and release, it’s going to spring up just like the one on the right is doing out of the box, they both spring into the center, they do that, so if you’re flying in at any point, you let go of the controller, that drone hovers there, but if you’re flying for manual, having the throttle be springy back to the center is the last thing you want. Because depending on what kind of maneuver you’re doing, your throttle is going to be at a completely different spot just to hover. So that means if you leave the springiness on this throttle and you go into FPV mode and you let go of the controller, then it might just skyrocket out of there because in the center, a lot of times you’re going to be hauling but switching between the modes is easy, though, you just peel this back right here and there’s some screws that you can loosen or tighten.
And that will switch between having it stay like that in FPV mode, or you can make it springy again. Now on to number six is not using this controller at all. But using a motion controller. I’m supposed to be able to control that drone entirely using this. So it’s gonna be interesting.
It’s my first time trying it out. So lets give it a shot. See what happens. So I guess I start off by double tapping this and looks like the drones arming right now. Oh, Okay, there we go.
Oh, that’s weird. I was wondering why it was turning and it’s because it turns like this, like as I turn it. This is kind of crazy. And I’m honestly surprised that how easy this is to handle. So in order to go up, I just tilt this thing up and then I just push the trigger.
I’m really impressed at how responsive this is. It really recognizes every little thing I’m doing with this controller and it’s actually pretty intuitive. Okay your turn, you remember it now the trigger is forward. So don’t press the trigger. – Okay – Okay, you remember last time when I was trying to teach you how to fly something.
Wow, this is so different, this is easier than I thought. – Hold on stop real quick. You’re turning your wrists like this. Go ahead and just try turning it like that. – Oh.
– It feels like you’re flying a plane or something? – Yeah. – I think is actually kind of fun. What do you think? – Yeah, it’s pretty cool, it’s different.
– You know, it feels more like I’m playing a video game, than it feels like I’m flying a drone. So check this out. We got some propeller guards on here. Now I think this is probably going to be the most popular accessory, especially for first time FPV drone pilot, I do like how they’re super low profile enough to wear, I don’t think it’s going to affect the flight too much. And it’s also nice that each size breaks into half.
So you end up with four little pieces, which just makes it generally easier to pack or transport, I don’t really feel the prop guards too much, it’s not too much of an inconvenience, a lot of Cinewhoops, they’re these big ducks, they definitely affect the flight. But here I’m still able to fly pretty comfortably. Now let’s go ahead and take a look at this camera here, which is pretty unique. It’s just one single camera. Now traditionally FPV drones will have one camera that’s low latency that’s on the drone, and it’s fixed.
And then you can place your secondary camera up here, which is going to get that better image quality. But what’s interesting about this is that this one camera does both it’s low latency, but it’s also the camera that gets recorded. Now there’s going to be some pros and cons. But for one, you know exactly what kind of footage you’re gonna get. Because you’re literally seeing what the camera is seeing opposed to looking through your FPV camera and then later realizing that your action camera up top was angled slightly different.
So maybe your footage didn’t come out the way you want it. But you also have slightly less control over the camera because since there’s only one camera and you are visually flying based on it has to have a fast frame rate, you’re not going to want to slap a ND filter on there and try to make it look super cinematic at 24. But DJI did tell me they are working on a cinematic mode. So that is one feature I’m very excited about. But another feature that’s really really cool is that camera is on eight single axis gimbal.
So it’s not like a three axis gimbal that you would see in like all Mavic or Inspire. But instead all it does is tell up and down. That’s it now we can adjust the angle the camera of mid flight. So let’s say we’re doing a slow flight, we can level out our camera. But let’s say we want to start flying aggressively than in the past we would have to land it and then re adjust the angle of the camera and then now you can fly have more of an angle to go faster.
All right, let’s try flying this thing. Here’s an example. I’m cruising kind of slow right now. So this is perfect for my zero degree angle. But as soon as I want to get more aggressive, I’m gonna have to tilt down more before I would have had to land it and then have to readjust the camera angle and then take off again.
But here I can just go ahead and bring it up. Now let’s go 25 degrees so I could get a little bit more aggressive. Let’s get some cool shots of this. All right, and then screw it. Let’s go all the way up.
This is 58 degrees and this is a very slanted, but this is how you go fast 25 to 30 is my personal sweet spot 60 is very aggressive. So before you try that, maybe start slow. By the way what do you guys think of this lighting I got the van as my reflector kind of nice huh, now of course when it comes to FPV it’s all about the performance. Now it’s not the fastest drone I’ve ever flown, but it definitely still packs a punch right now I’m going to pop it into Sport. Let’s see what kind of speeds I can get now.
Oh, yeah. 55, 56, 59, 60. Yeah, just in sport mode. Wow, this is pretty smooth. So right now I’m just flying this as I would a Mavic, but just a lot faster.
Now we’re in manual mode. So this is a little more skill based. Let’s see if I can get at the top speed. So Oh, there we go. 82 miles per hour.
Yeah, instantly. Just 82 it’s just flying, was that with tailwind? Let’s go this way. 86, 89, oh wow. The FAA legal speed limit is 100 so do not cross that.
But I did get awfully close at 89. Freaking myself out 85 miles per hour. I mean, it hauls, look at that 82 mph. Easy. Here’s the thing with FPV drones though, you need lots of space, because going this fast, you cover a lot of ground fast.
So if you’re looking for adrenaline rush, look no further, you will find this no problem here. Now on to number three, or I think I kind of lost track. But whatever. It’s all about these goggles right here. These are DJI digital goggles V2.
And with FPV, there’s always three parts. There’s the drone, the controller and the goggles. And in my opinion, the DJI goggles are the way to go. I don’t really like flying with anything else, now the drone itself is a very well rounded drone. But let’s say you want to get a little more specialized, maybe you want a racing drone that goes way faster, you want a Cinewhoop that’s way smaller to get through smaller gaps, or you want to be able to do acro, a lot of those already have a DJI air unit or cat x Vista, which is compatible with these goggles.
So if you ever decide you want something different in FPV, drone, you can get that drone and you already have the most expensive piece covered. I do also kind of wish that the controller was also compatible with air unit as well. But as far as I know, they’re not. So you will also need to get a controller if you get another drone. But I guess I can see why it’s not compatible.
It’s because a lot of these switches, they’re not really traditional. There’s a start, stop and all the switches, they’re pretty different from a traditional setup. This brings me to my second favorite feature on this, which is this pause button right here, when you’re in manual mode, especially when you start doing these acrobatic tricks, it’s very easy to lose orientation, get a little confused, if you start to panic, you just hit that pause button, and it’ll bail you out of the situation. That is crazy. As far as I know, there’s not a single other FPV drone that can do that for you.
So that is incredible. You don’t have to spin out of control and things can get out of hand really, really fast. So I love that feature. Now it is time for my favorite favorite feature of this drone. In the past.
If I’m flying, I’m always uneasy with the fear of losing the drone. If your connection goes bad or your controller goes bad, it could fail safe and I’ve lost an entire FPV drone with a camera on top of it over the ocean because I was flying it. It wasn’t even that far. And it fail safed on me, which means it falls out of the air fall into the ocean, I lost like $800 worth of stuff just like that. I’ve also had times where I had really weird interference where the video signal goes kind of blocky if I go behind an obstacle or something like that, and maybe you’ll go away for a second or two.
Or maybe you just won’t come back ever, which is the scariest thing I can fly with a peace of mind. Because if my video signal goes bad, or if it loses connection to the controller, then what it’ll do is it’ll freeze in place. And then it’ll hover and return to home with its sensor. So if there’s trees in the way or something, it’ll likely avoid it. It’s a feature that we’ve had on the Mavic, Phantoms and Inspire who seen it before with other DJI drones, but never in FPV drone.
So that is amazing. It’s my favorite feature, because I don’t feel super stressed. Every time I’m flying. I’m sure there are some FPV drones out there that have some sort of GPS recovery thing where you flip a switch, and it generally just tries to launch towards you and try to get reception but it’s it’s very rudimentary. But anyways, there you go my top 10 favorite features of this drone.
Do me a favor. Let me know if you have any questions down below because I am going to be sitting down with DJI and I can ask them all the questions I want. And I’m going to be picking up the questions from the comments down there. So let me know what you want to know. And we’ll see you eventually.