On more than one occasion, it has been rumored about the possibility of DJI entering the racing drone sector with a speedy FPV (first-person-view) drone of its own. But beyond that, it never happened and what they did end up launching was a new version of products already known as the series Mavic or the recent Mini.
However, the Chinese DJI should soon launch its first FPV racer drone. This time again, the announcement is not official. On Twitter, the user profile @OsitaLV has published some images that are supposed to be the first DJI racing drone or, at least, one focused on a type of video recording very different from the current ones. It will be totally dedicated to racing. DJI must be sure of the robustness and performance of this racer because it is a first for a major drone manufacturer.
We do not know its technical specifications or its price but only its appearance. In the photos, supposedly leaked or published ahead of time, we can see a package with the combo kit would feature three-bladed props, a hump with a frosted canopy, and what looks like heat sync on the front of the drone. Also in the box are DJI’s FPV Goggles and a sleek controller.
According to DJI leaker @OsitaLV as seen by The Verge, the DJI FPV could have 4K 60 fps on-board recording with stabilization that’s more suitable for cinema-like video than racing. The 150 km/h (93 mph) maximum speed is also good for video but slower than the 120 mph+ speeds of competition FPV drones. The DJI FPV would likely be great for recreational FPV flying/racing, as well.
Designed to gain speed, the drone’s architecture is designed so that the cell tilts sharply and the camera faces upwards and not downwards, as on the usual models. The remote control has no support for tablets or smartphones, and for a good reason, it is with the FPV headset provided that the immersion is carried out. This FPV mask has antennas. In short, everything seems ready to bring DJI into the race, and the official announcement should follow soon.
Today, several FPV drones are made from different parts, some of which use GoPro cameras and other image stabilization technologies such as ReelSteady. If the leak is correct, it means that DJI further simplifies this idea and makes this category of drones more user-friendly, as it has done in the past with previous drones.