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Birds Eye View, Literally

First Person View (FPV) drones have been around the hobbyist market for years, but the launch of DJI's new FPV drone will change the way content creators shoot aerial footage.

New Skills

Flying a FPV drone requires pilots to hone a new skill set; controlling an eye-waveringly fast drone, dodging trees & other obstacles, while maintaining focus on the subject is no easy task. While flight training for a regular quad copter might take between 5-10 hours of practice, a FPV drone will require quick reflexes & spacial intuition.

To put it in racing terms, a quadcopter like a Phantom 4 is like driving a Toyota around Colombo city & flying the DJI FPV is like driving a Ferrari F1 car around Laguna Seca; those quick reflexes & hardy wits that an F1 driver possesses have to filter down to the FPV drone enthusiast.

Wow Factor

To those drone pilots that put in the time & effort to hone their FPV skills, their content output is glorious! You truly do have a birds eye view of the world, being able to fly in & out of spaces just as a bird would. Content creators will be able to immerse their viewer into their subject space, giving thrilling high speed shots that are impossible to get with a Phantom or even the smaller form factor Mavic series.

The video from Ellis Van Jason below shows you the type of shots you can get with an FPV drone, & you'll immediately see what I mean.

FPV drones are flown by using goggles that project the cameras view onto screens that give you a stereoscopic view of the world. This allows you to fly extremely, & exhilaratingly, close to objects that you would otherwise shun from if flying a Phantom 4.

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For years, the enthusiast market for FPV drones has allowed pilots to build their own FPVs & choose their own hardware, with typical racing specs running into the $400-700 range. However, this pick-& -mix of components does lead to certain sacrifices in terms of object detection or video transmission.

DJI offers their FPV at a much higher price point, but with their own proprietary radio communications system, Ocusync 3.0, of which I am a huge fan. SkyEye has been running DJI drones with Ocusync 1.0 & 2.0 for years, & the video transmission quality is unreally good; we rarely lose signal or video quality when conduction land surveys over dozens of hectares.

DJI's latest Ocusync iteration takes the transmission protocol to a whole new level.

10 KM of range for video transmission is quite a good step up from the previous versions 7 KM range, & the higher transmission bitrate will provide a crystal clear view of the terrain & open sky.

Couple that in with the out-of-the-box DJI object detection, & that $1,299 price tag becomes easily digestible.

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