Noted DJI watchdog OsitaLV on Twitter has posted an image of DJI’s up-and-coming first-person view (FPV) drone the DJI Avata, and its design looks to focus on popular social media applications for drone use.
The compact FPV drone has a unibody prop guard design, which could indicate that the UAV is aimed at the beginner or the social media influencer looking to add some aerial production value to their posts.
Avata power on! pic.twitter.com/yMOjxSHy9O
— OsitaLV (@OsitaLV) July 24, 2022
However, as a first-person view or FPV drone, the Avata may also be popular with enthusiasts looking to get into drone racing or interior aerial videography, known as the “CineWhoop” style. Cinewhoop is where a drone is shooting slow and steady shots, usually indoors and in tight spaces.
With its unibody prop guards, it would seem to be natural for that kind of application. The ducted fan design also shows 3-inch five-bladed propellers which would provide better control over the drone when flying in tight spaces or at a higher speed.
For that, it’s likely that the Avata would have a similar camera and gimbal as the DJI Mini 3 Pro, which sports a 48MP 1/1.3-inch CMOS image sensor and 4K video at up to 60 fps.
However, OsitaLV says it’s more likely to be a 1080p60 video camera, but with the claim of exceptional image quality, why would regular HD be the only option?
DJI would also likely include their latest image stabilization technology including RockSteady 2.0 and HorizonSteady. Those details come from a previous link that hinted that the image quality rivaled that of the Mini 3 Pro, which could indicate using the same basic camera components.
— OsitaLV (@OsitaLV) May 18, 2022
As for the gimbal, OsitaLV had previously leaked images of the Avata with a single axis gimbal which lends itself to the cinewhoop style of dynamic indoor video. The images also hinted at downward facing obstacle avoidance sensors.
OsitaLV also expects that the Avata will have three flying modes, including acrobatic, standard (positioning), and DJI’s ATTI-free flying mode. This would give the Avata support for GPS and Glonass positioning navigation, as well as the ability to turn it all off and fly it freestyle.
No word so far when DJI plans to officially announce the Avata, though OsitaLV has heard rumors that production had been delayed from its projected late July/August announcement window. While this may be the case, images show a design that looks ready to go. So the announcement of the Avata could come at any time.
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