Rise in FPV Drones


Over the past five years, FPV drones have been becoming increasingly popular. From something that was just a backyard hobby, to now being professional pilots, hired for some of the highest-grossing movies. Pilots like JohnnyFPV have given a name to FPV drones and have shown some of the amazing shots that can be achieved through these new game-changers.

Before drone manufacturers like DJI started to produce FPV drones, those who wanted to get into the hobby would have to build the drone themselves. finding and ordering parts, learning how to assemble, sauter, and fly the drone, only to have to rebuild it after guaranteed crashes. The other issues that came with these drones were the limited battery life. Each flight would only get about 5 minutes of battery, which does not give you a lot of room to mess up. Finally, the goggles that the pilot wears to receive a live transmission from the drone were always spotty, oftentimes losing connection during the flight and receiving poor live feeds.

Live transmission feed from older FPV drones

Now that DJI and other manufacturers have started to produce these once-niche drones for the consumer market on a wide scale, a lot of issues that were unfixable in the past, are improving. DJI’s new FPV drone, the DJI Avata, gets around 18 minutes of flight time, a massive increase from previous FPVs. To add, their new goggles deliver clear 1080p footage with very little latency.

Something else that DJI has produced for the FPV realm is the DJI Motion Controller. This allows you have full control of your drone, simply by moving your wrist. The controller sits on your hand and you move it based off of how your hand moves. For example, if you move your hand left, the drone will go left. This is something that gives users another way to fly, and makes the barrier to entry lower since the controller makes FPV flying a lot easier.

Diving more into the specs of the DJI Avata, you are able to reach speeds up to 60 mph. This is very impressive for how long the battery lasts, as the faster you go the more battery you need. being able to reach these speeds with almost 18 minutes of flight time, shows promise for even better drones in the future. Who knows what is to be expected next from DJI in the world of FPV drones.

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