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*Out now* DJI Avata – Everything you need to know

DJI Avata? DJI FPV Mini? Whatever its called, here's what you need to know

Updated: Sep 26, 2022 7:57 am
DJI Avata release date
DJI Avata pro view combo

DJI Avata

Weight
0.9lbs/410g
Flight time
18 mins
Top speed
96kph/60mph
Range
11.6km
Camera
48MP 155-degree FOV, 4k @60fps

DJI Avata Live Event Coverage

DJI has long stood tall as one of the biggest boys in the world of drones, and their upcoming DJI FPV Mini, codenamed the DJI Avata seems to be fast approaching an official announcement, and, if the specs are right, it looks like it could be one of the best FPV drones out there.

For now, we’ve got leaks, rumors, hints, and just a bit of speculation to collate and add to. So, let’s see what we might be getting when the DJI FPV Mini finally touches down. We will be bringing you all the highlights from the event live.

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How to watch the Born to Fly DJI event

Currently, the DJI Born to Fly section of the website just tells you to come back at 9:00am EDT/13:00 GMT. We assume that this means the webpage will update at that exact time.

Additionally, there will be a live stream taking place on the official DJI YouTube channel right here.

However, we’re going to be live updating this page right here with all the info, so check back here for all the live coverage.

DJI Born to Fly event coverage

As soon as it hits 9:00am EDT/13:00 GMT, we are going to be keeping this page updated with all the details DJI will reveal about the Avata Drone as soon as it’s revealed.

Keep us bookmarked, as this will be the most up-to-date place to get all the info as it releases.

DJI Avata release date confirmed

*UPDATED* 08/25/2022

You can buy the DJI Avata right now from Best Buy or the official DJI website. According to DJI’s website, it will ship within a week of purchase, Best Buy has been less specific though.

*UPDATED* 08/22/2022

The official DJI website has now been updated, with a new page called ‘Born to Fly’. This page displays a silhouette of a very familiar-looking drone and the date ‘August 25 2022’.

This about seals the deal in terms of rumors, with it now being safe to say that the DJI Avata release date is August 25 2022. The website is going to update with details about the DJI Avata August 25 at 9:00 EDT. So check back here as we are going to be updating this page LIVE.

By most people’s accounts, the DJI FPV Mini release date seems like it’ll be in 2022. DealsDrone, a prolific leaker within the drones and FPV community seems fairly sure of an August release date, however, we’ve also heard July, which is over, so it seems up in the air (lol).

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New photos show DJI Avata in stock and ready to ship

OsitaLV has yet again come up with some new pictures, this time showing a cluster of DJI Avata drones that look like they are ready to ship once the 25th release date comes around.

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This corroborates everything we’ve heard so far too, the packaging, size, and the ‘Born to Fly’ website update we saw yesterday too. We’ll see what happens tomorrow when the DJI Avata drone finally releases

DJI Avata specs confirmed

*UPDATED* 08/25/2022

Now that DJI’s worse-kept secret in history is now official, we’ve finally been able to get a look at all the specs as per DJI’s website. They are listed below for your convenience

  • Sensor: 1/1.7-inch CMOS, Effective Pixels: 48 MP
  • Lens
    Equivalent Focal Length: 12.7 mm
    Focal Length: 2.34 mm
    Aperture: f/2.8
    Focus Mode: FF
    Focus Range: 0.6 m to ∞
  • ISO Range
    100-6400 (Auto)
    100-25600 (Manual)
  • Shutter Speed
    Video: 1/8000-1/50 s
    Photo: 1/8000-1/50 s
  • Still Photography Mode
    Single Shot
  • Max Image Size
    4000×3000
  • Photo Format
    JPEG
  • Video Format
    MP4
  • Max Video Bitrate
    150 Mbps
  • Color Mode
    Standard
    D-Cinelike
  • EIS
    Supports RockSteady and HorizonSteady
    Can be disabled
  • Distortion Correction
    Supports Normal Mode, Wide Mode, and Ultra Wide Mode
  • Supported File System
    exFAT (recommended)
    FAT32

Gimbal

  • Mechanical Range
    Tilt: -95° to 75°
  • Controllable Range
    Tilt: -80° to +65°
  • Stabilization
    Single-Axis (tilt)
  • Max Control Speed
    60°/s
  • Angular Vibration Range
    ±0.01°
  • Electronic Roll Axis
    Real-time screen correction is unavailable during recording, but can be applied to the footage recorded on the drone.

Aircraft

  • Model
    QF2W4K
  • Takeoff Weight
    Approx. 410 g
  • Dimensions (L×W×H)
    180×180×80 mm
  • Diagonal Distance
    120 mm
  • Max Ascent Speed
    6 m/s (Normal Mode, Sport Mode)
  • Max Descent Speed
    6 m/s (Normal Mode, Sport Mode)
  • Max Speed [1]
    8 m/s (Normal Mode)
    14 m/s (Sport Mode)
    27 m/s (Manual Mode)
  • Maximum Takeoff Altitude
    5000 m
  • Max Hover Time
    Approx. 18 mins [2]
  • Max Flight Distance
    11.6 km
  • Max Wind Speed Resistance
    10.7 m/s (Level 5)
  • Operating Temperature Range
    -10° to 40° C (14° to 104° F)
  • Transmission Power (EIRP)
    FCC: < 33 dBm
    CE: < 14 dBm
    SRRC: < 30 dBm
  • Antennas
    Dual Antennas, 2T2R
  • GNSS
    GPS + Galileo + BeiDou
  • Hovering Accuracy Range
    Vertical:
    ±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning)
    ±0.5 m (with GNSS Positioning)

    Horizontal:
    ±0.3 m (with Vision Positioning)
    ±1.5 m (with GNSS Positioning)
  • Supported SD Cards
    microSD (up to 256 GB)
  • Recommended microSD Cards
    SanDisk Extreme U3 V30 A1 32GB microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme Pro U3 V30 A1 32GB microSDXC
    Kingston Canvas Go!Plus U3 V30 A2 64GB microSDXC
    Kingston Canvas React Plus U3 V90 A1 64GB microSDXC
    Kingston Canvas React Plus U3 V90 A1 128GB microSDXC
    Kingston Canvas React Plus U3 V90 A1 256GB microSDXC
    Samsung PRO Plus V30 U3 V30 A2 256GB microSDXC
  • Internal Storage
    20 GB

Sensing System

  • Downward (Binocular Vision and ToF) [3]
    ToF Effective Measurement Height: 10 m
    Precise Hovering Range: 0.5-10 m
    Vision Sensor Hovering Range: 0.5-20 m
  • Operating Environment
    Diffuse reflective surfaces with a clear pattern > 20% (such as walls, trees, or people)
    Adequate lighting (lux > 15, normal indoor lighting conditions)

Intelligent Flight Battery

  • Battery Capacity
    2420 mAh
  • Voltage
    14.76 V
  • Charging Voltage Limit
    17 V
  • Type
    Li-ion
  • Chemical System
    LiNiMnCoO2
  • Discharge Rate
    Typical: 7C
  • Weight
    Approx. 162 g
  • Charging Temperature Range
    5° to 40° C (41° to 104° F)

Video Transmission

  • Communication Frequency
    2.400-2.4835 GHz (RX only)
    5.725-5.850 GHz (RX and TX) [4]
  • Communication Bandwidth
    Max 40 MHz
  • Live View Quality and Latency [5]
    With DJI FPV Goggles V2:
    810p/120fps Video Transmission Quality: The video transmission latency is lower than 28 ms.
    810p/60fps Video Transmission Quality: The video transmission latency is lower than 40 ms.

    With DJI Goggles 2:
    1080p/100fps Video Transmission Quality: The video transmission latency is as low as 30 ms.
    1080p/60fps Video Transmission Quality: The video transmission latency is as low as 40 ms.
  • Max Video Transmission Bitrate [6]
    50 Mbps
  • Max Video Transmission Range [7]
    10 km (FCC), 2 km (CE), 6 km (SRRC)
  • Audio Transmission
    N/A

*UPDATED* 08/22/2022

Alongside the official release date announcement, the clever guys over at winfuture.de have managed to cobble together what they say is a full sheet of confirmed specs. You can see them below.

DJI avata specs confirmed

Of course, DJI is still keeping schtum about the existence of the drone in general, much less leaking specs, but a combination of supposed imagery, rumors, and reliable leakers has allowed us to put together a pretty believable picture of what the DJI Avata might have under the hood.

Our best current guess at the specs comes from DealsDrone once again. They seem pretty confident about what they’re claiming, and the community seems to trust them.

DJI FPV Mini DJI Avata rumors

These specs put the DJI Avata In a very strong position. The weight and improved battery life are the most important things here, additionally, the glasses/goggles can connect to your phone or other mobile devices, which will improve the overall usability of the package.

We’re not currently sure what ‘can fly indoors’ means. We assume it refers to the size actually allowing indoor flight without destroying everything you love, but it could be something more.

DJI Goggles V2 specs

We’ve now managed to find the product page for the DJI FPV Goggles V2. Weirdly, it only shows up on the mobile version of the DJI Website. You can view it right here, until gets taken down, at least.

It least all the specs, too, we’ve assembled then down below for you.

  • Weight: Approx. 420 g (headband and antennas included)
  • Dimensions: 184×122×110 mm (antennas excluded)
    202×126×110 mm (antennas included)
  • Screen Size: 2-inches (×2)
  • Screen Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
  • Communication Frequency: 2.400-2.4835 GHz
    5.725-5.850 GHz
  • Transmitter Power (EIRP): 2.400-2.4835 GHz
    FCC: ≤ 28.5 dBm
    CE: ≤ 20 dBm
    SRRC: ≤ 20 dBm
    MIC: ≤ 20 dBm

    5.725-5.850 GHz
  • FCC: ≤ 31.5 dBm
    CE: ≤ 14 dBm
    SRRC: ≤ 19 dBm
  • Communication Bandwidth: 40 MHz (Max.)
  • Live View Mode: Low-Latency Mode: 810p/120fps ≤ 28ms*
    High-Quality Mode: 810p/60fps ≤ 40ms*
  • * A 150° FOV is available when shooting at 50 or 100 fps. For other frame rates, the FOV will be 142°.”
  • Max Video Bitrate: 50 Mbps
  • Transmission Range: 10 km (FCC), 6 km (CE), 6 km (SRRC), 6 km (MIC)
  • Video Format: MP4 (Video format: H.264)
  • Supported Video and Audio Playback Formats: MP4, MOV, MKV (Video format: H.264; Audio format: AAC-LC, AAC-HE, AC-3, MP3)
  • Operating Temperature: 0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
  • Power Input: Dedicated DJI Goggles batteries or other 11.1.-25.2 V batteries.
  • FOV: 30° to 54°; Image size: 50-100%
  • Interpupillary Distance Range: 58-70 mm
  • Supported microSD: Cards microSD (up to 256 GB)

Drone retailer lists DJI Avata accessories before it’s even announced

Adorama, popular US-based photography, electronics, and drone store appears to have accidentally listed some or all of the official first-party DJI Avata stories on their website, prices included.

They’ve now removed these listings, but we feel confident that it was genuine as the search query ‘DJI Avata’ still returns 2 items, though they are curiously invisible.

Luckily, DroneDJ managed to see them before they were removed and they look like the typical upgrades and replacement parts provided for cinewhoop drones.

  • DJI Avata charging hub $59. Looks like it can charge up to 4 batteries at a time.
  • Replacement DJI Avata Propellers $59. These look like they come in a four-pack. Agreeably cheap as these are the most frequently broken part of a drone.
  • DJI Avata ND filter 3-pack $79. ND, or neutral-density filters reduce the intensity of all light coming through equally. These help with reducing sensor blow-out. This pack comes with ND8, ND16, and ND32 filters so you can vary the strength needed.
  • DJI Avata 2420mAh intelligent battery $129. This will allow a supposed 18-minute flight time and has improved power monitoring. This allows you to know more details about battery consumption in flight.
  • DJI Intelligent Battery charging hub $279. This looks to be identical to the charging hub mentioned earlier, but with additional compatibility with the intelligent flight batteries. We are unsure at this point if you can use both normal and intelligent batteries with this hub.
  • DJI Avata headband $19. This is either a replacement for the default DJI Avata goggles headband or a more comfortable premium option. We’re going to guess the former due to its low price.
  • DJI Avata upper frame $19. This is simply a replacement frame for the top of the drone.
  • 1800 mAh battery for DJI Avata goggles $39. This is either a spare or an increased capacity battery for the goggles. As we don’t yet know the capacity of the google battery as is. We’re unsure which one.

DJI Avata motion controls

There is also a bit of excitement over a video posted on Twitter back in August showing a Motocross rider controlling a drone that looks to be the DJI Avata with a motion controller.

DJI Avata motion controls

This hints that the Avata might be more accessible, as motion controls have a more natural feeling than the traditional RC controller. You can view the video yourself here.

DJI Avata design

We’ve also seen images of the DJI Avata start to emerge from the woodwork. To be honest, it’s looking pretty impressive too, with a super compact form factor that *almost* fits in the palm of your hand.

DJI Avata design

However, we’ve also seen some packing that looks to be legitimate and gives us some more hints as to the specific features and capabilities of the DJI Avata.

First up is the battery. We believe that the long box on the top of the drone is the battery, which is a clever way of making it both easily upgradeable and integrating it within the existing drone design.

Additionally, it will make hot-swapping batteries far easier and quicker. This is a must-have for small form factor FPV style drones as the agility and maneuverability necessitate a low weight, and batteries are heavy.

DJI Avata battery life revealed

just like the other day, spares, replacements, and accessories have continued to crop up all over the place. Replacement batteries are a particularly juicy subject, which is unsurprising.

Anyway, replacement battery listings provided by @JasperEllens on Twitter have revealed the DJI Avata as having an 18-minute flight time. This is confirmation of one of the biggest questions surrounding the new FPV Cinewhoop drone.

DJI AVATA battery life copnfimred

18 minutes is nothing to sniff at in the world of FPV mini Drones, so we think DJI has done very well here. Of course, just a manufacturer says something, doesn’t mean that it’s automatically the case. So we’ll have to wait and see, but we’re feeling optimistic.

Will DJI make a Cinewhoop?

They’d be foolish not, honestly. It would be a great addition to their lineup. To be honest, most of what we’ve seen about the DJI Avata hints to us that it will be DJI’s entry into the cinewhoop drone category.

What is a Cinewhoop drone?

Cinewhoop drones are RC drones designed specifically for capturing professional video footage and photography. They are differentiated from traditional cine drones as they are far lighter and more agile, making them safer and suitable for indoor use.

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