DJI’s New FPV System Offers a Next Level Drone Racing Experience
BY Isabella Lee1 August 2019
DJI wasted no time at all launching their new FPV system. Earlier this week, we wrote about the rumors sparked by FCC filings that DJI might launch a few new products for FPV drone racers. We anticipated a launch date sometime in September, but it turns out these products were already shelf-ready. DJI quietly released their Digital First Person Viewing (FPV) Transmission System yesterday, introducing revolutionary technology to the drone racing world.
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The system includes FPV goggles, an FPV Air Unit Transmission Module, an FPV remote controller, and an FPV camera. It’s the first FPV system to offer low latency video transmission signal similar to high-performance analog systems. This breakthrough transmission technology is the next evolutionary step forward in drone racing technology and opens a world of creative possibilities for pilots. Together, the system offers:
- Smooth, clear HD video
- Ultra-low end-to-end latency
- Long-range transmission
- Strong anti-interference
“As drone racing grows in popularity, FPV racers are looking for the next technology to keep up with their demands. The new DJI FPV System was designed using our vast experience creating aerial and ground transmission systems and offers technology truly unique to the market,” said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director, DJI Europe. “As the only digital video transmission solution on the market that performs at the same level as analog, even surpassing it in some aspects, we hope to set a new standard for digital FPV.”
DJI has taken some of what they’re best at, high-quality cameras and transmission systems, and offered it to the drone racing world. While some hoped DJI would come out with a racing drone of its own, this approach allows drone operators who build their own racing drones to incorporate DJI’s strongest technology.
Now let’s get into the details of the full FPV ecosystem DJI has launched.
Combines Low Latency Transmission with HD Video
The DJI FPV Air Unit Module uses DJI HD Low Latency FPV Transmission technology (DJI HDL FPV Transmission) which integrates a two-way data communication mechanism to deliver integrated control over the entire system and a stable, seamless signal connection. DJI HDL FPV offers a low end-to-end latency of 28 milliseconds, similar to high-performance analog systems.
The FPV system has a maximum transmission range of 2.5 miles while anti-interference technology brings a reliable feed to the goggles during flight. Additionally, a “Focus Mode” narrows down the signal bitrate to the center of the frame, counteracting any interference so that a clear image is provided even in challenging environments.
The digital signal not only features low latency but clear, 720p footage at 120 fps for an overall enhanced flight experience, ideal for fast-paced moments. The FPV system can record on both the FPV camera attached to the drone as well as to the FPV goggles using a micro SD card. Racers can capture video content on the FPV Camera in 1080p at 60 fps or 720p at 120 fps while the FPV Goggles can record 720p at 60 fps which can be instantly played back for quick review.
Multiple Camera Modes for Racing, Flying, and Filming
The DJI FPV Camera provides three camera modes:
- Racing Mode – used for most racing situations and delivers images at a higher saturation rate to distinguish brightly-colored objects such as course obstacles
- Standard Mode – used for capturing content by reducing color loss and preserving original details
- LED Mode – enables racers to operate their units easily in low light settings by increasing the color saturation and reducing image noise to help pilots efficiently keep track of their unit’s location
Beyond racing, the DJI FPV Camera also offers exceptional filming capabilities. A 150° ultra-wide-angle lens creates a dramatic and unique perspective while the 1080p or 720p footage can easily be integrated with video captured by other imaging devices.
Integrated Control for The Ultimate Racing Experience
The transmission system and air unit are equipped with eight 5.8GHz frequency channels, allowing up to eight drones to fly simultaneously under one system. This way you can fly and race with others, while each operator has an exclusive channel, reducing cross-channel interference for the optimal racing experience. Pilots have the ability to view the camera of other racers connected through the “Audience Mode.”
The DJI FPV Air Unit, DJI FPV Camera, DJI FPV Goggles and DJI FPV Remote Controller efficiently work together to provide integrated control for the ultimate racing experience. The responsive and customizable FPV remote controller uses a 4-in-1 closed loop software allowing users to adjust parameters for the other three components remotely. Users can change settings on the controller and it will automatically sync the entire system, helping reduce operational error.
DJI FPV System Price and Availability
The DJI FPV System is available with two purchase options, the FPV Fly More Combo for $929 and the FPV Experience Combo for $819. The FPV Fly More Combo includes the FPV Goggles, Air Unit, FPV Camera, Remote controller along with all the wires and antennas needed while the FPV Experience Combo includes the FPV Goggles, 2 FPV Camera and Air Units along with all the necessary wires and antennas. Find more information on the DJI FPV System here.
While we still don’t have a racing drone from DJI, these new FPV products can provide an elevated racing experience. Plus, DJI has expressed a desire to collaborate with other drone manufacturers to come up with even more drone racing products. We can’t wait to see what’s to come from DJI as they increase their participation in the drone racing market. Let us know what you think of DJI’s new FPV Transmission System in this thread on our community forum.