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Soon DJI will announce a very cool product. It would be a CineWhoop version of its FPV drone (a Mini FPV) called AVATA. Although leaks are everywhere, the question remains, what good is it? Will AVATA deliver a new level of indoor aerial cinematography?

DJI AVATA. Photo by Victor Parducho

The AVATA is DJI’s next drone. It is a mini FPV drone, which is much smaller than the current FPV drone, and with a CineWhoop style design (Cine derives from the word kinematic, and Whoop is derived from TinyWhoop, which is a small propeller). The CineWhoop structure offers many advantages regarding flight handling. Basically, CineWhoop can easily carry a GoPro camera. Thus, providing safe, stable and high quality aerial shots. Generally speaking, CineWhoops drones were created to provide smaller and safer options while flying in various environments. They generally use 3 inch propellers which are protected in ducts which give them more lift. The CineWhoops is for anyone who wants slow, smooth footage. Therefore, we can understand why DJI is targeting the CineWhoop market.

DJI AVATA.  Photo by Attacco dei Giganti
DJI AVATA. Photo by Attacco dei Giganti

Besides the actual drone, DJI is also going to release new goggles, named Goggles 2. Leakers confirm that these goggles will provide an immersive experience. As with the AVATA, a motion controller will also be provided as a set. The leaked images show how compact the Goggles 2 are compared to the current DJI Goggles. At this time, there is no information regarding the compatibility of the Goggles 2 with the current DJI FPV drone. However, they will be AVATA compatible for sure.

AVATA glasses.  Photo by OsitaLV
AVATA glasses. Photo by OsitaLV

If so, the upcoming DJI AVATA will allow filmmakers to shoot indoors with minimal hassle. As explained, the AVATA is much smaller than the DJI FPV drone, and thanks to its CineWhoop structure, it will be much safer to use indoors. On the other hand, indoor shooting requires excellent sensors and codecs. Regarding that, we don’t know if the AVATA has robust specifications in order to deliver professional results. Most likely it won’t unless a GoPro Hero 10 Black Bones is attached. According to the specs, the AVATA can lift a GoPro, specifically the Black Bones model. When paired, indoor aerial cinematography can be a valid implementation for the AVATA.

DJI AVATA.  Photo by Jasper Ellens
DJI AVATA. Photo by Jasper Ellens

According to the latest leak (posted in the DJI AVATA FB group), here are the specs:

  • 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor
  • 48MP
  • 155 degree field of view
  • f/2.8 aperture
  • Focus range 0.6m to infinity
  • ISO range: 100 – 25600
  • Video with DJI Goggles 2: 4K at 50 and 60 fps, 2.7K at 50, 60, 100 fps, 1080p at 5 and 0, 60, 100 fps
  • Video with DJI FPV Goggles V2: 4K at 50 and 60 fps, 2.7K at 50, 60, 100 and 120 fps, 1080p at 50, 60, 100 and 120 fps
  • Codecs: H.264 and H.265
  • EIS, RockSteady 2.0 and HorizonSteady
  • Weight 410 grams
  • Dimensions: 180x180x80 mm (unfolded), Diagonal 120 mm
  • Speed: Manual 27 m/s, Sport 14 m/s, Normal 8 m/s
  • Maximum flight time: 18 minutes
  • 20 GB internal storage
DJI AVATA.  Photo by Attacco dei Giganti
DJI AVATA. Photo by Attacco dei Giganti

The latest leak (posted in the DJI AVATA FB group) unveiled the prices and packages;

  • Combo Pro View – DJI AVATA, DJI Goggles 2 + V1 Motion Controller: $1,388
  • Fly Smart Combo – DJI AVATA, DJI FPV Goggles V1, V1 Motion Controller: $1,168
  • DJI AVATA (single): $629
  • DJI Goggles 2: $649
DJI AVATA.  Photo by Attacco dei Giganti
DJI AVATA. Photo by Attacco dei Giganti

The DJI FPV drone was (and still is) a revolutionary device. It granted content creators the privilege of FPV videography. DJI FPV takes aerial FPV from a niche hobby to a mainstream solution for videographers. DJI successfully packs the complicated profession of aerial FPV into a much more user-friendly package, simplifying the possibility of getting great aerial shots. It seems that with the AVATA, DJI wants to further expand the option for aerial FPV, making it even simpler, easier and no less important, safe. Paired with the GoPro Hero 10 Black Bones, the AVATA can work wonders, especially when shooting indoors. Indeed, filming indoors with the AVATA would be its main advantage over its big brother, the DJI FPV. Here, indoor aerial videography is simplified. Would you like one?