When you combine Avata with the goggles and motion controller, flight becomes accessible to all. Experience the thrill of total immersion with unrivaled safety and control. Embrace your spontaneity and capture the world around you. Some of us were Born to Fly.
Immersive flight experience
Lose yourself in total immersion as you swoop and dive like never before. Combine Avata with DJI goggles for a life-like flying experience.
Intuitive motion controller
Squeeze the trigger and bolt forward or turn a corner with the swivel of your wrist. The controls are easy to use and provide a totally unique way to fly.
4K stabilized video
Shoot 4K/60fps video with the 155° FOV for visuals that stand out. And keep your footage stable with RockSteady and HorizonSteady.
Palm-sized and agile
Avata's compact design makes it more convenient to carry and perfect for hitting the tightest gaps. Take it with you and fly like never before.
Built to be bold
Avata features a built-in propeller guard, an Emergency Brake button, and downward sensors for next-level safety and low-altitude flight.
HD low-latency transmission
Avata features DJI's flagship O3+ video transmission and 2T2R omnidirectional antennas for unrivaled stability and responsiveness during flight.
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Top shelf drone!
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Absolutely amazing easy to fly drone! The 4k camera is amazing and the motion controller is so simple to use my 5 year old daughter can fly it! Amd yes it does need registered with the FAA to legally fly.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Feel like a flying superhero
When you fly the Avata, it’s best to be sitting down or leaning against something solid. Much like a game played with VR goggles, the Avata goggles make flying a drone a highly immersive experience. As you corner sharp and change altitude, you may find yourself falling over if standing. Seriously. It’s the closest experience to piloting an aircraft, flying like a bird or as a Superhero you can get from the safety of the ground. You can’t help but panic and tighten up when flying past a roof ledge, or when you crash the Avata. It feels so real. Despite the lack of the G Forces, your brain registers what it sees as if you are there in the drone. If you get motion sickness, these goggles may not be for you.
Any drone that weighs more than 8.8 ounces (250 grams) requires registration with the FAA in the USA for outdoor flight. At over 14 ounces, the Avata like most every other drone out there must be registered at the FAA DroneZone. Currently this involves a basic knowledge "TRUST" test and a $5 registration fee/tax if you are flying for fun. If you plan to fly commercially to make money, the FAA has a more extensive test to receive certification for that.
You must print out and carry the FAA certificate that you receive while flying your drone. Once registered, you must also label the drone with your FAA Registration number and your legal to go. You may also want to add a label with your contact info in case the drone crashes or fly’s out of range. You may be lucky to have a kind person let you know they found it. Odds are likely slim, but better than none if you make it easy.
Also, once you have the drone, controller and goggles paired and connected to your smartphone via your phones charging/data cable, you need to install the DJI app so you can activate the Avata. Until you activate it, your range is extremely limited. Be sure to read each screen presented and not just click through them. There is some valuable information on a way to replace drones that are damaged or fly away. A firmware update may also be available.
A phone or tablet is not needed to fly the drone. It is needed to update the firmware. You can also tether the phone to the goggles to show others what you are seeing in the goggles.
The goggles are not heavy and do not stick out far like some others. No top strap is supplied for use over the head, and I did not feel the need for one. They are comfortable enough for a few flights. A softer fabric cushion as found on some VR headsets would be a desirable choice for those looking to pick up extra batteries to extend outings. Most eyeglasses will not fit in the headset, but for most there is no need with the built in and easy to use diopter adjustment. Letting others try the Avata gets old as you need to adjust the lenses for each person, and then back for yourself. But it’s also a good excuse for not sharing this expensive drone with new and casual users. If your vision cannot be corrected by this adjustment, you can get lenses made using the wo included lens frames.
The Motion Controller works well. A virtual joystick to go with the VR like goggles, much like those on VR headsets or an old Wii console. The Motion Controller is very intuitive and precise. I could fly obstacle courses with no lag in response and slowly navigate up through a tree past some amazingly tight spots.
The Motion Controller supports two of the three flight modes: Normal and Sport. However Manual Mode (AKA: ACRO Mode) is not supported. If you want to do flips or other ACRObatics, you will need to get the more traditional twin stick DJI FPV Controller 2 which allows Manual Mode on the Avata. I am skeptical how adept the Avata would be in acrobatics with its four props so close together. I hope to try this someday.
On a very gusty day I managed to get the Avata flipped upside down in flight and the props all stopped. Not sure if this is a safety feature? Any chance of recovery as it tumbled to earth were dashed without power. Fortunately, a soft shrub broke the fall, and no damage was done. My attempts to flip it again all failed without manual mode. I do not have an FPV controller to use Manual mode.
A front facing obstacle sensor is not included. I tried to be careful and avoid crashes at first. But while zipping through some obstacles, I did manage to hit a pole, a tree, barely missed a squirrel, then went on to hit a bird feeder, crash into and get tangled up in a bush, and then while skimming a corn field at top speed during the ‘Golder Hour” of light, the Avata augured in with summersault bouncing off the ground after hitting one particularly tall stalk. It felt so real and dramatic I braced myself! Finding a small grey drone in a corn field as the sun is setting was a challenge! I may add an air tag to it to help as a backup. Maybe some fluorescent orange stripes too.
Throughout all these mishaps, the drone emerged dirty, grass stained, but otherwise unscathed. It’s one tough chassis! After each crash with no damage, I became braver flying faster and cornering harder. By the way, the prop guard works really well and is most welcome! Amazingly, I have not needed the two spare props the Avata came with, yet. Props and a new prop guard are available as spare parts for a reasonable price. I may get some spares to have on hand…
Unfortunately, at the end of the day, the SD card would not read, it kept coming up that the SD card needed a format. Perhaps the shock of one of the crashes caused it to corrupt. Sadly, several flight recordings with no doubt spectacular slaloms and crashes were all lost.
The Avata has 20GB of internal storage, enough space for one flight. The Avata also supports up to a 256GB microSDXC card. Be sure you get a fast “High Endurance” SD card capable of keeping up with the demands of 4K video. Cheap cards will fail to keep up and quickly wear out and fail.
Shooting 4K video quickly uses up storage. A 256GB card should hold about two hours of the highest quality 4K video. Lowering the frame rate and other settings can help extend the time recorded, but you really won’t want to as the 60fps 4K video looks so good. You can easily toggle recording on/off with a button on the Motion Controller to avoid recording the trip out and back to save some minutes.
I don’t see the 256GB limit as a real problem since in actual use the Avata can only fly for 10-12 minutes on a full charge with a new battery. Once the battery level drops to 20%, the Avata automatically heads to Home for a landing. I never saw more than 13 minutes flight time. But most of my flights include high altitude climbs, all out drag races, or exhilarating slaloms around trees. A 256GB card should be enough space for several complete flights.
Swapping the SD card in the Avata is no easy task thanks to it being in the well of one of the propellers. It takes some careful positioning of the propellor to open the cover and swap the SD card without damaging the propellor. Next to the SD card is also the USB-C port. I hope I never need to use it. Be sure the cover is securely closed so it does not pop open and get in the prop’s way during flight. Otherwise, you may have a major in-flight failure bringing things toa sudden end. I don’t think DJI could have picked a worst place.
After my crash in the cornfield, I opted to get another SD card to insert into the goggles. Now that I have two SD cards, I’ll use the one in the goggles as primary SD card since it’s much easier to swap out and consider the card in the drone as a backup should the signal get some interference or fail.
The Avata can go from full speed to a full stop almost instantly. When viewing with the goggles, it seems like it has alien UFO technology, or air brakes. When stopping suddenly, the Avata does pitch its nose up dramatically. The gimble keeps the picture steady and level, but you will see the chassis come into view on each side of the screen on the default wide angle view during a hard stop. While I appreciate the protection the chassis supplies the gimble and camera, it would be nice if the chassis could be moved out more or the camara pushed forward some to see only the scenery when making such dramatic stops.
The camera is slow to adjust when flying between sun and shade, such as under trees or into a garage. The picture gets washed out for a few seconds until the camera adjusts. Also, from high up the grass and bushes take on a strange texture and start to look fake. Considering this drone is aimed toward fast moving action cinema, these are not likely a big problem for most customers. Some of this may be able to be adjusted for with the many camera settings available or in post-production. The 4K camera captures fast action with no discernable blurring unless super wide angle is used, the picture and colors generally look clear and true to life. Of course, lighting changes with weather and time of day which can play a role here. Optional filters including a polarizing filter are available that snap on to the camera lenses which can help for serious cinematographers.
A carrying case or backpack is not included. Transporting and safely storing the drone, goggles, controller, battery, and cables is a bit much with two small boxes. You’ll want a case or backpack designed for this or something with several compartments to keep the gear from banging into each other.
I found a few practical uses for this sporty drone. With its down looking sensors, I could measure how tall trees are in my yard by hovering level with the tree and checking the height above take off point in the display (take off at the same height as the tree’s base), inspect trees for ‘widow makers’, check my roof’s condition after a windstorm, see if my gutters need a cleaning, really any inspection task that involves leaving the safety of the ground.
While you may tell your significant other this drone allows you to do these mundane tasks from the safety of the ground, the re
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A fantastic flying machine
Over the years I’ve had tons of fun flying different DJI drones. I’ve loved seeing how they have evolved and the AVATA is something entirely new for me since it involves using goggles. Until this drone, I’ve only flown the drones that feature viewing through a mobile app. In general, I’ve found using the AVATA a very enjoyable experience.
It is extremely lightweight with most of the weight existing in the battery pack. With that in mind, it’s much easier to navigate and fly the aircraft when there is little or no wind occurring in the environment. At the point when I was testing this flying machine it was the beginning of stormy weather season in my area.
So, it was difficult to find a good time to give it a good test since there were frequent weather changes. That said, I was able to fly it around our neighborhood with little trouble and even my fiancé had a good time with it.
When I was first unpacking the box I found a sticker that was joining the two halves of the box. It reads, “Linking is required before use.” There is a QR Code included that takes you to a video tutorial on how to link the two halves of the drone. I highly recommend giving this a watch before you launch for the first time. Even as an experienced drone pilot, I found it enlightening and helpful with getting started.
This combo kit has the two halves separated into two boxes — the Motion Combo — which consists of the Goggles 2 and the Motion Controller — and the drone with its accessories. It’s recommended that you unpack all the contents to make sure you have everything. Once that is verified, charge the batteries (one for the drone and one for the Goggles) to 100%. Out of the box, the Goggles battery was only showing 1 LED and the drone’s battery showed 2 LEDs.
Even with a little power, it’s a good idea to charge them both to 100% because you will have startup procedures and firmware updates before your first flight. Neither battery comes with a power adapter and it’s recommended that you use at least a 30W power adapter to charge the Drone’s battery.
After the batteries are charged, connect each to their respective devices and begin the linking process. This is done using the DJI Fly app on your smartphone. This process links the two devices, activates them with DJI, and connects them to your DJI Account (if you don’t have one, you’ll need to create one). The next step is to update the firmware. This can be done through the DJI FLY app or the DJI Assistant app on your desktop computer.
The drone comes with 20GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with the use of the Micro SD card slot. With the use of the Goggles, the user can set where they want photos and videos to be saved. The USB-C port located next to the Micro SD card slot is used for file transfer from the internal storage or to complete firmware updates. It’s important to note here that the connection between your DJI AVATA combo and smartphone (or computer) is made through a cable — not from a Bluetooth or other wireless protocol.
FLYING THE DRONE
The drone and the Goggles are powered on via their individual battery’s power button. The motion controller is rechargeable and doesn’t have an external battery to deal with. If you have ever used VR goggles like the Oculus Quest (or Meta Quest 2), you will understand how to use the Motion Controller. The movement is very similar to control the AVATA. One of the big things you have to get used to is understanding where the button controls are by feel since the Goggles completely block your view other than what the camera on the drone is showing you.
One of the first times I took the AVATA outside, it was dark. I did capture some video from that flight as it was one of my first tests. As far as nighttime video goes, the AVATA did ok. I thought the camera did a good job of capturing images and adjusting for light and dark areas as I moved through both.
As I mentioned above, it has been windy lately and this night it was particularly gusty. When I started my flight, it wasn’t too bad, but as I was attempting to land, a couple of very strong gusts blew through the area. I had the drone in a brake position so it was locked in its spot.
It did a great job compensating for the wind while it was like that, but once the brake lock was taken off, the little drone had some trouble. I moved it down to a lower height and it did a much better job fighting the wind.
I didn’t take the drone up to an extremely high level because our neighborhood is in an “Enhanced Warning Zone” for drone flights. We live within a certain distance from an airport so I had to make sure that I was keeping it at our tree-line or below. I was surprised how far I was able to see in the distance since it was dark out.
The AVATA is a great option for someone who wants a casual drone to fly around without the hassle of learning a drone controller. This is much less intimidating than a full size drone for beginners and it’s loads of fun to fly. The set up was pretty easy, but the one recommendation I would have is for a pouch or clip to be included for the Goggles battery pack.
I plan on adding a small fanny pack for this drone kit so that I can keeping everything together when I take it out. It was a little awkward having to hold the battery pack in one hand and the motion controller in the other.
The other recommendation is a little more advanced as it involves accommodations for people with astigmatism, which affects a large percentage of adults. I have astigmatism and my prescription glasses help compensate for that issue. If I don’t wear them and have to view things at a distance, certain elements in my field of view — especially words — appear blurry or distorted.
Since the Goggles don’t provide enough clearance for someone to wear their prescription glasses, that part of my vision can’t be corrected. I worked for several minutes to adjust the diopters and I was able to get everything pretty clear — except for around the edges of my field of view, which I know is due to my astigmatism. If there was an option to help with that vision issue, my experience would be a lot more enjoyable.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
The DJI Avata is a Mixed Bag
Cons: I want to get the bad news out of the way first.
While the DJI Avata is the most agile and fun-to-fly drone I’ve ever flown in my seven years of drone flying, it is severely lacking in several areas.
The first and most disappointing is its poor flight time on a full battery charge. The advertised 18 minutes of flight time on one full battery charge is based on steady hovering in an environment without wind or interference. The reality of flying in the field is maybe 10-12 minutes of actual flight time per battery charge at best. Less if you push the boundaries of speed and climb. You can’t believe how quickly the battery charge will drop from 100% to 50%. And then when the battery charge drops to 20%, you are forced to land the drone even if it’s only 10 feet away from you and 2 feet off the ground.
Given the reality of the disappointing flight time per full battery charge, you might expect DJI to include several batteries in all its Avata combo packages. But no, in the high-end, Pro-View Combo package you get one battery that gives you about 10-12 minutes of flying time for your money. For that amount of money and that small amount of flight time it is hard to justify a trip somewhere to fly the drone. You might as well sit on your front porch and fly it around your yard. If you would like additional flight time, you can purchase a four-battery charging hub and additional batteries for another half a grand.
The DJI Avata Pro-View Combo lacks another very important feature. You would think that the DJI Avata Pro-View Combo, the most expensive Avata combo package, would allow you to access all the features available on the drone. But it doesn’t. In order to fly in Manual Mode and access the fastest advertised speed of 60 mph (27 m/s), you must purchase the additional and very expensive Remote Controller.
This is the last negative. The location of the USB-C port and microSD card slot are behind a hard rubber cap inside the left rear propeller guard. I don’t think there’s a location anywhere else on the drone where it would be more difficult to plug-in the USB-C cable and insert/remove a microSD card. Finally, I initially thought the 256 GB size limit on the microSD card would be restricting considering how quickly 4K video fills up storage space. However, after discovering how short the flight time is per full battery charge, the 256 GB limit really wouldn’t be a problem.
Just a word of caution. If you are at all susceptible to vertigo or motion sickness, you might want to stick with drones linked to a remote controller that use a smart phone as the display. Flying FPV is not for the faint of heart and can make you dizzy at times. It truly is visually immersive and a lot like riding a fast roller coaster minus the G forces.
Speaking of smartphones, I found out that if you favor Samsung Galaxy phones like I do, you must have a Galaxy S20 or newer. The DJI Fly app will not run on any Galaxy phone older than an S20. It will install but will crash the instant you try and run it. I needed to upgrade phones anyway and so I moved up to an S22 and did a fresh install of the DJI Fly app. Once I did that, I was able to make the initial connections and upgrade the drone’s firmware and I was ready to fly. You do not actually need to use a smartphone to fly the drone, only to make the initial connections and upgrade the firmware.
Pros: Okay, now to the fun stuff.
Wow, this thing is fun to fly! What an experience! The only thing I can think of that would be more realistic than flying FPV with a handheld motion controller would be to don one of those flying squirrel suits and jump off a cliff or mountaintop. Of course, flying the Avata drone is a lot safer than jumping off a cliff.
My 15-year-old grandson was here for a visit the week my Avata arrived, so he helped me review it. That’s the handsome young lad wearing the FPV goggles in one of my pictures that I uploaded. He has helped me fly my other drones, but he has never flown FPV. So, it was a good test for a bona fide FPV beginner.
As a complete newbie to drone flying with FPV goggles, he was impressed with how easy and fun it was to fly. He said the use of the handheld motion controller, goggles, and drone were very easy to learn for a beginner. He made special mention that he liked all the eyepiece adjustments for the goggles. He agreed with me that sometimes FPV flying can be somewhat dizzying.
He too was disappointed with the short flight time per full battery charge. However, we were able to compensate for that somewhat because my wife’s wheelchair lift van has a 3,000 watt power inverter installed in it. Each time we drained the charge in the Avata’s intelligent flight battery, we let it cool a few minutes then plugged it into its AC charger and then plugged the charger into one of the AC outlets on the van’s power inverter and we had a fully recharged battery in about 50 minutes. While that one battery was recharging, my grandson was able to continue honing his flying skills with my DJI Mavic 3. We did that three or four times throughout the day. All-in-all it was a great day drone flying with my grandson!
One thing we learned about the Avata is that it is one tough little drone. It can take a beating. We tried to be careful, but we still bounced it off concrete porch pillars, tree trunks, mailboxes, the driveway, and walls. But once we set it upright, it would take off again and fly like nothing happened. We plowed it through weeds and heavy grass and most of the time it just chewed them up and kept on flying.
Sadly, we ruined a propeller when the Avata got jammed under the tire of my daughter’s minivan and ground the leading edge off one propeller as it spun against the rough concrete driveway. Actually, it still flew just fine with the damaged propeller, but we erred on the side of caution and later replaced the propeller anyway. And thank you DJI for including two extra props in the drone kit.
I wasn’t kidding earlier when I said the Avata is the most agile drone I’ve ever flown. That thing can turn on a dime and stop in an instant. From inside the goggles there is no discernible lag or delay between when you move the motion controller and when you see the change in the drone’s flightpath from inside the goggles. It’s instantaneous.
One thing that absolutely impressed my grandson and I was that we could not detect any deacceleration time when braking. The drone simply stops when you hit the brake! In the video I uploaded, you can see my grandson braking within inches of hitting a steel girder on the abandoned bridge we were flying around.
In the title of my review, I said the DJI Avata was a mixed bag. And I guess what I mean by that is that I would recommend it to a friend because the DJI Avata is a whole lot of fun to fly. But at the same time, I would make sure that they were informed about the seriously short flight time limitation so they could make their own determination of whether they’re going to get enough bang for the bucks.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
This is what immersive flying means
With the DJI - Avata Pro-View Combo (DJI Goggles 2), DJI is opening the door to the First Person View experience for all-level pilots. With the new DJI Goggles 2 and the motion controller plus the drone, the combo provided me with the most immersive experience of piloting a drone that I’ve ever had. Considering the video technology in the drone I had some very nice footage in a 4K video quality that completes the deal. It doesn’t matter if you are interested in flying, immersive piloting, or obtaining impressive images, all is in the box.
Few personal considerations after a few days:
1.- Despite the rush of using the new toy arriving home, please consider that all (three) batteries would need to be charged before the first use. The drone battery takes almost an hour, the goggles battery around 40 minutes, and the controller same time.
2.- Consider that, following a terrible practice in the technology sector, the chargers to the power outlet are not included with the wires and the drone charger. You should have available at home three USB for the task.
3.- While charging, consider downloading the DJI Fly app directly from the DJI download center. The app will allow you, once batteries are charged to initiate the Setup process that includes your equipment registration. Be aware that the app also provides information about the non-fly areas where you must not fly your drone.
4.- You are going to try to do some virtual piloting testing, so with plenty of time while batteries are charging, consider also to download the DJI Virtual Flight app. This is probably one of the nicest surprises because by connecting your goggles to your phone, you will be able to test and develop your piloting skills with no risk. Note that accessing the app for android, will require you to search in the Avata downloading center instead of the general library (only the IOs version is available there).
5.- Setup is as easy as following the instructions in the DJI fly app and connecting the goggles, then turning on the drone and finally activating the controller. As part of the setup, the app activates your equipment registration in DJI and offers you the option to purchase coverage insurance.
6.- The drone is small and very light and can fit in the palm of your hand. The propellers are absolutely protected with sturdy plastic that protects them from the several hits that the drone will receive on the first flights. The designers had in mind a drone that can fit and fly in very small spaces and bounce back in case of small contacts. The FPV idea in mind and indoors flying are serious options for this Avata model. Be aware however that there is no option to reduce the size or fold the winds like in other DJI models.
7.- The controller is in my opinion one of the best options for simplifying to the maximum the pilot job. I don’t have big hands and I found the controller having the right size for them. With the basic functioning of a joystick, you have in your (one!) hand all you need to control the drone. Three buttons on the top for your thumb, to activate and raise your drone, one to change the mode (normal and sport) and one to brake and stop it. On the side you have the controls for the camera and to activate the recording. Finally, the index has the access to the trigger to accelerate the drone.
8.- The goggles are small and compact enough to make wearing them not very cumbersome. Made of plastic, the inside has a more flexible layer that serves to fit comfortably. The OLED screens, you can experience outstanding clarity while flying. The battery is not part of the goggles and are connected by a wire. All the functioning and different flying menus and controls are accessible with the touchpad placed on the right side of the goggles. Finally, big progress and my recognition as a wearing glasses person, the goggles have a built-in diopter and interpupillary distance adjustment that are a game changer to use them. The goggles are the center of the immersive experience and after a few minutes of piloting, you feel like the pilot in your own cabin.
9.- I produce audiovisual content and I own a ton of cameras and recording equipment. Including some of the most advanced action cameras on the market. I can without hesitation say that the camera in the drone has a great 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor that allows 4K ultra-wide-angle recording. The colors are great and considering the imaging performance, the visuals that can be recorded are a great base on their own but also a great source material for editing work on your laptop.
10.- Is DJI the probably best drone manufacturer in the market, AVATA is the last model that includes all those components that will make the flying experience the easiest and the safest for the pilot, the equipment and the world around them.
11.- Your investment has a ton of hours of joy and a ton of learning possibilities. Entering the world of DJI is also entering a world of content with videos and pieces of training available, produced by the manufacturer or by the great community of DJI users. The same community can share with you a response to your immediate question. Most of my concerns during this week have a response (or several) in one of the DJI forums.
Some personal concerns:
.- The biggest one: All the above is great but considering that I am looking for flying experience, more flying time is needed. The combo includes ONE single battery that it averaged over the last week no more than 12 minutes of flying time. I wish that a battery with bigger autonomy or a second battery would be a part of future combos.
.- The goggles are still uncomfortable in the nose area. I wish that the designers included that area in the development of the goggles after some time (if you are using the DJI visual flight app, could be more than the 12 min above) you need to do a pause.
I still recommend the Avata and the experiences that this can bring to your life. Notably for the hours ahead training the piloting or recording amazing videos for family and friends.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great drone, a few missteps, but still great.
The DJI Avata is what I would call a nice compact drone.
There are two individual boxes in this combo set. One box contains the drone, the battery charger, the battery, extra propellers for the eventual crash landing, a USB-C to USB-C cable, an extra lens, a batter charger, and inserts.
In the other box you get the FPV goggles, the motion controller, a USB-C to USB-A converter cable (for the phone attachment), a battery, a cable that connects the battery to the goggles, and inserts.
Out of the box you pretty much get everything you’ll need to fly. EXCEPT for a smartphone. If for whatever reason you’re without a smartphone, then you’ll need one in order to update any firmware, and most importantly, fly the drone.
Once you’ve unpacked everything and placed them neatly on a table, it’s time to start. You’ll first want to take a photo of the QR codes which are on the box. This will take you a DJI site where you can watch some videos, download the necessary apps, and such. Once you’ve downloaded the app, it’s time to connect everything to everything.
First you’ll turn on your goggles by connecting the battery to the goggles via the cables. Once that’s done, turning it on is a single press on the battery power button followed by another hold-press for a few seconds. You’ll hear a beep. Then you do the same pressing sequence on the drone.
You follow the same steps for the FPV motion remote and for the drone.
Open the DJI app on your phone, create a login, account, then open it. If all the connections were done properly, you’ll see a “let’s fly” blue button on the bottom right. (I was prompted to download a new firmware my first time around)
Once you’ve connected everything, you’ll try on the goggles for the first time for the initial setup. Here you’ll calibrate each lens for a focused view. You’ll also get an opportunity to set the language, and other settings such as video quality, etc.
If you want to record video, you’re going to need a micro SD card. You insert the card into a compartment on the drone. It’s located on the inner housing of one of the propellers.
The drone itself is quite light in weight. I like the fact that every propeller is housed in it’s own shielding. This prevents the drone from crashing down should it hit a wall of some type.
The motion controller is very easy to use, quite intuitive. You have a small cross hair at the center point of your goggles, and use that to aim and maneuver your drone. You simply point the cross hair in the direction that you want to fly in, hold down the accelerator on the motion controller, and of you go. The sport mode is what allows you to fly faster. This is the mode that I preferred to fly in.
The lock button on the controller works as both the take off and auto land button. This makes it easy to lift off on most surfaces, and land just as easy.
While in flight you can press the record button on the motion controller. This will allow you get snapshots, as well as record video. (The recordings that I had had a lot of lag and stutter. I’ll have to record again to see if it was a one time thing, or maybe I had a bad connection)
During my two flights, I think I bumped into one wall (Initial flight in my basement), and then a couple of leaves during my first outdoor flight.
The drone turns quickly, and is very responsive. The motion controller is a bit laggy from time to time, but if you’re in an open enough space, you can recover pretty quickly. I am not someone who is prone to motion sickness, but it took me a few minutes to gather myself after my flight. I did not want to drive until I got my eyes focused again.
The major cons with this drone is that the battery life on the drone is pretty short. I think I had a 15-20 minute flight in total. The video recording can be hit or miss from my experience, the micro SD slot, and USB-C location on the drone make it quite difficult to insert/remove the micro SD card, and plug in the USB-C connector, and finally the need for a smartphone. It’s not the fact that you need a smartphone, but the fact that you need to physically connect it to the goggles. I would have preferred if it used bluetooth. It was very cumbersome having two cables connected to the goggles.
All in all it’s a great addition to the DJI drone family. Except for the couple of cons that I mentioned above, this is still one of the easiest FPV drones in the market. The drone itself moves quickly, and can be landed with ease. I would definitely recommend it to someone looking for a drone as a beginner or an intermediate user.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
The 2022 Solution for Cinema Style Drone Shots
After about a week of putting the DJI Avata through its paces I have come up with my review of this product and buckle up because we are digging in deep.
Firstly, the performance of the drone is exactly what you'd expect of a cinewhoop but with the assist of GPS and RTH (Return to Home) if you mess up. We will get into that feature set a bit later.
Firstly lets discuss the design of the Avata. The props are completely surrounded by the blade shroud which seems to be made of plastic. The plastic is a thick layer though. Why does that matter? Well to start, as I was working Avata through its paces I decided I wanted to see how it could handle a window transition from inside to outside and visa versa. Well on my way back in I missed the window and bashed right into the side of the building. I was going a solid 10-15 MPH in that transition. Avata said 'Impact detected' and I pressed the Brake. Immediately it normalized and hovered. I was able to continue the flight with no damage to Avata, thanks to the thick prop guard. Then I decided it was time to try to zip through some trees, well a wind gust got me and Avata met tree and branches and leaves... oh my. It tumbled and struggled to normalize and then I pressed the Brake again. Once again, normalized and I was able to continue flight. I did have one impact where I failed to 'brake' and the avata really lost control and landed right side up on a semi-impact way. It seemed the drone was trying to recover but at the same time had my control input and it caused that event. Remember to use the brake button if you mess up.
After the impacts I decided to inspect the Avata for damage. All the blades were covered in green stains and I managed to pick up my girlfriend's hair in the rotators that was on the carpet and didn't even know it. Removal of the prop was extremely easy and I was able to clean all the props in 5 minutes. You have to get a micro-hex to take them off.
Lets talk about the overall package. Everything in it seems inclusive but unfortunately it is not. DJI opted to include the Motion Controller but not the actual remote controller. This provides significant setbacks in the Avata's feature set and 'disables' the manual mode. Essentially you'll have to buy a RC on your own to be able to get into the manual world of the Avata. I tried getting one, everyone has them backordered. The motion controller is fun and does the job but I have to admit that I do not feel the precision of control I would with a RC. DJI should have included a purchase package for either the Motion Controller OR the RC. This also causes my review to be incomplete because I cannot speak to the manual mode or 'acro' mode on this drone and what it can and cannot do.
Lets talk about the 'feel' of the motion controller. Well.. for what it is, it feels good. I have a good amount of control with it even in sport mode and the trigger for the acceleration definitely is smooth and allows me to shoot gaps when flying. You have a fair amount of precision with it but I found when testing I'd start to lose motion controller connection before video loss which is certainly a concern. Granted I was flying in an area with power lines and a lot of houses so interference was everywhere.
The goggles are amazing. The clarity of power lines and color is displayed well and true to life. There is a bit of light leak which I am sure will be fixed with 3rd party padding you can buy.
Video quality during the day is great. Color and 4K looks so good. You don't have 24P yet so not good for film but hopefully that will be included in a firmware update. Night performance and dusk performance is where the Avata will struggle. It will attempt to compensate with ISO but makes it grainy really fast which you'll see in my photos. When flying in the day it handles light and shadow transitions beautifully.
Battery Life when fully charged on sport mode full throttle zipping around I was getting 10 minutes. Normal Mode full throttle was 12 minutes.
Overall the Avata is a wonderful add to DJI's lineup minus a few gripes like the lack of an actual RC and not being able to unlock the manual mode of the drone. I think DJI will add firmware updates to this product to make it more cinema-film centric but for the quality of the drone at its current place, it is going to be the consumer industry leader
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Perfect first FPV drone for practically anyone
DJI has nailed it with the new Avata. DJI’s newest drone is a cinewhoop design with the polish and refinement of a major consumer drone manufacturer. Traditionally, you would build (or pay premium for a RTF or BNF) your FPV quad leaving you to source all of the necessary components. While there is something to be said for investing the time to learn all the skills involved with building a quad, many would like to just fly. Having flown tiny whoops, I anticipated the Avata to be familiar but also had high expectations coming from flying Mavic drones in the past (Mavic Pro, Mini, Mavic 3). DJI did not disappoint, providing a fantastic cinewhoop solution that is far more approachable for new FPV pilots or even seasoned GPS pilots.
In the box of the Pro-View Combo, is the Avata, 1 Intelligent Flight Battery, Motion Controller, new Goggles 2 with supporting hardware, Goggles 2 battery, 2 spare props/screws, a charging adapter, short USB C cable, and an USB A to C adapter. The combo does not include a power adapter (AC) or a long USB C cable to interface with the goggles, I also feel a full set of replacement props wouldn’t have broke the bank for DJI.
The Goggles 2 are a mixed bag, though I don’t have experience with their previous FPV goggles, I have used analog FPV goggles and found the image to be much improved. While not comparable to modern VR headsets, the FOV was adequate and the image (1080p) was very crisp apart from slight blurring at the perimeter of my visual field. I was able to scale the image down some but it does reduce the immersive feel since the image does not fill your field of view. The Goggles 2 have comprehensive IPD and diopter adjustment, which is good because it will not accommodate glasses while wearing. DJI does provide frames for prescription lenses but I found it wasn’t need as my prescription was well within the -8.0D to +2.0D diopter range. I really like how compact the Goggles are, making it a breeze to fold the antennas and use the including eyepiece cover to store them in your bag. The signal is pretty good, though I did experience some video breakup while flying low to the ground through a heavily wooded area on my property about 250’ away. The battery life of the Goggles are ok, I managed to get almost 2 hours of operation.
At 410g (Registration Required!), the Avata is heavier than most FPV drones of proportional size. With its ducted design and pusher configuration, the compact Avata is most similar to a 3” cinewhoop. The Avata excels at low altitude flight and flying close to obstacles, hitting tight gaps both indoors and out. While your family may not appreciate the screaming banshee, it is capable of providing smooth indoor FPV footage that is becoming more popular. While flying inside your home may not be practical, it is perfect for real estate or venue promotion. While the included motion controller lacks the precision of the older DJI FPV Controller 2, it is actually makes sense considering their target market. Traditional FPV has a steep learning curve but I was able to hand the motion controller to my 12-year old son who picked it up instantly. The motion controller is very intuitive and provides most of the FPV experience with one hand, sans flips and rolls, without the skill. Fortunately, DJI made the Avata compatible with the FPV Controller 2 and full manual mode is available. In manual, the default rates are a little high and DJI doesn’t allow near as much customization but I was able to dial it in after a few minutes. Unfortunately I had a few bugs in my time flying the Avata in manual mode (acro). I had one occasion where it refused to enter manual mode due to erroneous height error and a few times it spontaneously switched back to normal mode during manual flight. While frustrating, DJI is known for patching release issues with subsequent firmware upgrades and these issues should get ironed out in the near future. Flight time is great, I averaged a respectable 10-15 minutes depending on how aggressive I was flying.
The video quality out of the Avata is very good. The camera features a 1/1.7 “ CMOS sensor, f2.8 aperture, 48 MP sensor size (down sampled), and 155 degree FOV capable of capture 4K/60 at 150Mbps. Image stabilization is on board as well, with your choice of RockSteady or HorizonSteady to smooth your videos. DJI even embeds gyro data for export to a third party stabilization, if you desire. The single axis gimbal has a range of -80 to +65 degrees, though the ducts come into frame when pointed downward. Since both your FPV flight and your capture camera are the same it simplifies the flying, knowing what you see in frame is the same as being captured. For a beginner, I also like how you can adjust your camera angle on the fly letting you determine your preferred flight angle and in doing so speed. While not the fastest, I feel the Avata is fast enough for a cinewhoop capable of reaching 60 MPH in manual flight. However, with the included motion controller you are limited to normal and sport modes with speeds of 18 MPH and 32 MPH respectively. Fortunately the Avata is fairly rugged as well, having had a few high speed spills with it so far and it has only suffered minor cosmetic damage. My only real issue with the Avata is the SD card/USB port location inside the duct. It is unfortunate as this has the potential to be very problematic should the cover come loose over time. So far it locks in place firmly but time will tell. The placement would be less of an issue if WiFi transfer was available but as of launch it is not available. I am not sure if there is a hardware limitation for omitting it but it really is a let down for what otherwise is a fantastic product.
The Avata is probably my favorite drone I have owned and I am having a blast flying it. I feel for the price, the versatility and gradual learning curve can’t be beat. Again, I feel DJI has the correct strategy by including a motion controller as I imagine the intended audience will be able to pick it up and start flying right out of the box. If you are new the hobby or have flown GPS drones, the Avata is the perfect gateway into the world of FPV.