DJI FPV first evaluation: the integration of man and machine, let flying imagination into reality

There were thousands of families flying into the sky in ancient times, and now there is the "Chang'e" setting moon. For hundreds of years, human beings have never stopped exploring and looking forward to flying. With the upgrading of technology, human beings have realized the dream of flying to the greatest extent through different aircraft. In fact, the public cannot really feel the sensory experience and freedom of operation of flying. The DJI FPV launched by DJI this time is an FPV drone that can maximize the "human-machine integration". It is not a traversing machine in the traditional sense. It has powerful performance, friendly operation methods, advanced safety and other highlights, creating the most friendly FPV drone. DJI FPV is a subversive product that redefines flying.

FPV is the abbreviation of First Person View, that is, "First Person View". It promotes immersive flight with a first-person perspective. The user can control it by wearing flying glasses. The operator and the drone will perfectly realize the "human-machine integration", which is quite different from the mainstream aerial drones on the market.

At present, most of the FPV pilots that have emerged in the industry have independently designed and completed an FPV aircraft by assembling third-party accessories independently. But usually these machines are more "hard core", the assembly process is more cumbersome, and the learning cost is also higher.

As early as 2019, DJI released the "DJI FPV Digital Image Transmission System". The whole set of products includes FPV flight glasses, image transmission module, camera and remote control, and proposed a set of image transmission solutions that are different from analog image transmission. . As a pioneer in the UAV industry, DJI has paid attention to the FPV industry early on. And DJI FPV is the opening of the 15th anniversary of DJI.

As the drone "Xiaobai", I took the DJI FPV to fly in the sky some time ago, and personally experienced the joy of flying from the first perspective.

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product design

When I first opened the DJI FPV, I remembered my curiosity and expectations when I first encountered drones. The overall packaging is very simple, large in size, and heavy in your hand. It is similar to the packaging of the early "DJI Phantom" series.

After unpacking, the FPV machine is directly in sight. The black fuselage adopts an integrated design as a whole, with non-foldable wings and a high degree of integration. Through the protective cover on the top of the fuselage, you can also vaguely see the components inside the fuselage, and the overall design is technologically cool.

The included propeller is a three-blade design. After the blades are installed, the size of the whole machine is a circle smaller than that of the Mavic 2 Pro. It may be due to the design problem of the FPV machine structure. The folding design is not adopted, which is more inconvenient to carry when flying and playing.

The accessories of the DJI FPV are different from the previous aerial drones. In addition to the remote control and battery, the package version is also equipped with flying glasses, and the joystick that will subvert the control experience will also be launched at the same time. These devices have shaped the DJI FPV. Unique characteristics.

DJI FPV focuses on "immersive flight" from a first-person perspective. The controller needs to wear relevant flight glasses to experience it, which has a sense of sight as a "top player". DJI FPV is equipped with goggles V2, which is an upgraded version of the first generation of DJI FPV goggles. Compared with the previous generation, the flight glasses V2 has better image transmission quality, reaching 810p/120fps; the effective distance of the image transmission is upgraded to 10 kilometers.

The flying glasses V2 adopts an external battery-powered design, which reduces the weight of the glasses and increases the comfort of the wearer. In actual experience, the use time of the external battery is about 110 minutes, which can meet the requirements of flying three flight batteries. Among them, the flight glasses do not support third-party power banks for power supply. Small partners who need longer battery life can purchase multiple flight glasses batteries through the official website.

The remote control continues DJI’s consistent and simple design language, the joystick is detachable, and the signal device is also redesigned. From the appearance alone, there is even an internal flavor of the Switch Pro gamepad.

In addition to the conventional remote control for flight control, DJI is also equipped with a brand-new operating accessory this time-through the joystick. With the support of somatosensory technology, the operator only needs to control the flight through simple hand movements, and can complete the flight operation with one hand. On closer inspection, it looks a bit like a body temperature gun, dripping ~36.7°C, and the body temperature is normal!

In the actual flight process, I personally plant grass for this innovative human-computer interaction, which is similar to the experience of VR somatosensory games. I strongly recommend that friends can try it offline.

DJI FPV COMBO comes standard with a flight battery, which is officially claimed to last up to 20 minutes with a full charge. Friends can purchase a "Changfei Accessory Pack" according to their own flight needs, which contains two flight batteries and a charging butler.

Since there is no "folly-proof" design, when installing the blades, the corresponding blades should be disassembled and assembled according to the color of the motor. At the same time, it is necessary to tighten and perfectly jam the motor, and confirm again and again to prevent "shooting the propeller".

In addition, DJI FPV also comes with a green top case, users can replace it by themselves, and look forward to more personalized top case designs in the future.

This time, the DJI FPV machine adopts a non-foldable design and a variety of related accessories, which makes it more inconvenient to carry. For pilots, you can purchase the official "DJI Flying Goggles Multi-Function Backpack" when you go out, and you can easily install a full set of DJI FPV.

Flight experience

As DJI's first FPV drone, it must be flagship in terms of hardware parameters. The maximum speed of the aircraft is 140 km/h (due to domestic regulations, the maximum speed is 100 km/h), and it only takes 2 seconds to accelerate from 100 km/h. The biggest difference between DJI FPV and ordinary aerial photography aircraft is the sense of speed. Its powerful performance guarantees its high-speed flight. Adventure enthusiasts can experience exciting flying and immersive viewing experience through DJI FPV.

While enjoying the thrilling experience of high-speed flight, most people are most worried about the safety of FPV drones. Most of the self-assembled FPV machines do not have GPS positioning, obstacle avoidance and other advanced technologies to ensure flight safety, and the risk of bombing is high.

At the beginning of the design, DJI FPV is equipped with four sensors (two downward-looking sensors are responsible for detecting ground conditions, and two forward-looking sensors can automatically detect obstacles and slow down) to ensure the basic safety of flight.

Both the remote control and the joystick are designed with the "emergency brake hover" button. After pressing the button, the aircraft will brake suddenly and hover in place. At the same time, the machine is also equipped with a series of safety guarantees such as "out of control protection and autonomous return" and "safety assistance". The advanced safety features of DJI FPV make the public no longer "daunting" FPV drones.

It should be noted that DJI FPV flights are also controlled by the "No-fly Zones" and "No-fly Zones". You need to pay attention to the relevant safety regulations when flying.

The problem of "dare to fly" has been solved, and the problem of "ability to fly" must be overcome next. DJI FPV is equipped with DJI O3 image transmission (OcuSync 3.0). With the blessing of Goggles V2, it can realize high-definition low-latency images. Stable image transmission is inseparable from the anti-interference design of the aircraft and flight glasses, both of which use high-gain omnidirectional antennas, and stable signal transmission ensures a high-definition and smooth flight experience.

"Dare to fly" and "Able to fly" are basic guarantees for the problem of "flying". DJI has put forward its own solutions to the problem of "flying". Different from other FPV machines, DJI FPV has designed three flight modes: N gear (normal mode), S gear (sports mode), and M gear (manual mode).

N gear: The same flight mode as other drones of DJI, and the operation logic is consistent. It is suitable for novices without drone flight experience.

S gear position: S gear combines the advantages of N gear and M gear. While ensuring safe flight, you can experience exciting FPV flight immersively. It is suitable for users who have certain flying experience and pursue a more enjoyable flying experience.

M gear: FPV drone control mode, the highest maneuverability gear. When this mode is turned on, all flight assistance functions will be turned off. Users are required to master the control methods of FPV aircraft, which is suitable for FPV professional pilot users.

First, we experience remote control flying. In the N mode, the FPV flight operation and process are the same as those of other DJI drones. Link the frequency, install the propeller blades, check the status of the fuselage, confirm the GPS positioning, and take off "Inner Eight" or "Outer Eight".

The difference is that in the past, we used mobile devices or external screens to monitor the drone's flight image transmission in real time, while FPV used flight glasses to view it. Through the flight glasses, you can view the flight status of the aircraft in real time; set various functions of the flight, including camera parameters, image transmission recording, material playback, and so on.

In the N mode, after the FPV drone takes off, gently push the joystick, and through the first-person view of the flying glasses, you can feel the speed and excitement brought by the FPV. After turning on the S gear, the aircraft maintains its safety while increasing its flight speed, with a maximum speed of 27 m/s. You can further enjoy the immersive flight experience brought by FPV.

You can even connect a 3.5mm earphone to monitor the buzzing sound of the high-speed rotating blades and the ambient sound of the FPV aircraft in real time, which is more lively. Yes, this is DJI's first drone that can monitor and record sounds in real time. This further increases the proximity of FPV to stimulate the flight and the space for post-production video creation.

Next, let us turn on the M file mode. For safety reasons, it is necessary to confirm that the operator has traditional FPV flight control capabilities before turning on the M mode. Open the rubber of the remote control, tighten the F1 with the hexagonal screwdriver provided with it, and adjust the screw on the rear of the throttle lever until the rocker does not return to the center.

It should be noted that in the M mode, the "Inner Eight" or "Outer Eight" can no longer start the aircraft motors. You need to double-click the "Start button" on the remote control to complete the start of the motors.

The M mode is the machine's highest maneuverability file, which can control the aircraft with the greatest freedom and complete some aerobatics. It is very suitable for users who are proficient in control skills or are used to challenge themselves.

Different from the traditional remote control operation, this time DJI FPV is also equipped with a through joystick. The operator only needs to control the aircraft to fly easily through the sense of motion. Currently, the through joystick supports N gear and S gear. When using the through joystick to operate, the flight is more handy and the operation is simpler. While providing a new and convenient flight control experience, it further guarantees safety and lowers the threshold for novices.

Image performance

The flying experience of FPV drones is unprecedented. In terms of image performance, DJI FPV has not lagging behind. In terms of hardware parameters, the camera uses 1/2.3-inch CMOS with a field of view of 150°, which brings users an immersive visual experience like extreme sports. Equipped with the RockSteady stabilization technology independently developed by DJI, it can effectively enhance the picture stability and eliminate the jelly effect. At the same time, it supports up to 4K/60fps video recording, 1080p/120fps 4 times slow motion recording.

In terms of video coding mode, H.264 and H.265 are supported; standard and D-CineLike color modes are supported to reserve more post-production space for professionals.

For an FPV drone, the overall image quality captured by DJI FPV is satisfactory. Considering that this is DJI's first FPV drone, higher pixels, higher frame rates, and larger camera sensors are all the upgrade points of the next-generation update.

DJI App

"The combination of soft and hard" is DJI's traditional art, and DJI FPV has also joined the DJI Fly App family. Through the App, you can edit and view the material, upgrade the firmware, "find a plane" function, etc. These are all "basic operations".

One of the features that impressed me is that you can use your mobile phone to connect to the flight glasses to watch the flight screen in real time. Suppose my little friend dare not fly or can't fly FPV drone, he just wants to experience the excitement brought by FPV through flying glasses. At this time, there is no picture from the pilot to assist the flight. Now you only need to connect your phone to the DJI Fly App.

In addition, DJI also designed and developed a virtual flight app, a flight simulation app designed for novice users to further reduce learning costs. Novices can use the App to perform multiple simulation flights, gradually master the flying skills of FPV drones, and make flying more at ease.

More than 1 million years ago, mankind first came into contact with the use of "fire", opening a new process of human civilization. Today, "Iron Man" Elon Musk launches a Falcon rocket to explore the next possibility of human civilization. Curiosity drives us forward, but what changes can DJI FPV, a new species of drone, bring us?

After experiencing this period of time, in general, DJI FPV is a highly integrated FPV drone with a more balanced in all aspects. DJI FPV is not a traversing machine in a narrow sense. For the public, it is the most friendly FPV drone. Even if you don’t have the foundation of FPV, or even fly a drone, DJI FPV can achieve “start and fly”, further reducing the barriers to entry for flying and shooting, and making it easier to touch the immersive flight experience brought by the first-person perspective .

For professional users who want to challenge the limits of shooting and create content from a new and unique perspective, DJI FPV is a powerful quasi-professional FPV drone. Strong power, flagship cameras and relatively long battery life provide professional users with the basic guarantee for creation and enhance the value of high-quality content.

At present, consumer drone technology is becoming more mature. As a leader in the drone field, DJI is constantly thinking about the next possibility of industry development. Mankind’s original dream of free flight is now realized by DJI FPV in a way that is within reach, and it provides unlimited possibilities of "human-machine integration". More immersive flight experience, smoother control freedom, DJI FPV's revolutionary innovation, is precisely to cater to the needs of the development of the drone market, and is a new direction for the industry in the future.

As the opening work of DJI's 15th anniversary, DJI FPV is another blockbuster new product launched by DJI among drone users. It is not only a gift for users, but also their own "answer sheet".

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