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DJI Avata Review

From one of the most popular camera drone brands comes the DJI Avata, which combines a unique new aircraft design with flagship technologies, at a far lower price point than you might expect. The new drone is accompanied by a Fly More Kit and two combo kits, which include the DJI Avata Pro-View Combo and DJI Avata Fly Smart Combo.

DJI Avata review

DJI has included a number of safety features into the aircraft, which is more ruggedly built in order to be able to reach locations which weren’t previously possible. With FAQs and full specifications, our DJI Avata Review covers everything you need to know about DJI’s first drone to include built-in propeller guards as well as a replaceable upper frame. These and several other features highlight the possibilities for immersive flights, which this compact palm-sized model offers.

Whether you're looking to learn about the key features of the DJI Avata, or want to know how it compares to other camera drones, we’ve got all the information you need, including which are the best drone accessories to pair with Avata.

Flying in tight spaces with the DJI Avata drone

How Much is the DJI Avata?

The question everyone is asking is the DJI Avata price and how the combos and Fly More Kit compare. The RRP of the standalone DJI Avata is £499.00, which compares extremely favourably to existing models, such as the DJI Mini 3 Pro (No RC), which costs £639.00. The two combos are priced at £1,229.00 for the DJI Avata Pro-View Combo, which includes the newly released DJI Goggles 2, while the DJI Avata Fly Smart Combo costs £989.00 and includes existing DJI FPV Goggles V2.

Last but not least, with around 18 minutes of flight time per Avata Intelligent Flight Battery, you’ll definitely want to consider adding the Avata Fly More Kit, which costs £215.00 and includes two batteries plus a compatible charging hub.

With the Avata arriving as one of the most cost-effective drones in the DJI range, we look at which features are included for new, more experienced pilots and content creators.

Creating unique content with DJI's latest Avata aircraft

When did the DJI Avata Come Out?

The DJI Avata release date was August 25th 2022, making it the most recent model from DJI to enter the consumer drone market. The previous release from DJI was the DJI Mini 3 Pro, which was released on the 17th May, 2022.

Despite costing less than the DJI Mini 3 Pro, the latest DJI Avata drone includes a series of similar features, within a completely redesigned body. Both drones can record 4K/60fps video and both include a downward obstacle sensing system. The price difference revolves around the sensor found in each of these models, with the DJI Mini 3 Pro sporting a 1/1.3-inch sensor with dual gain ISO, whereas the DJI Avata comes with a 1/1.7-inch sensor. Despite their size difference both sensors have an effective 48 megapixels, although the later model shoots JPEG and the Pro will capture RAW images.

Piloting the aircraft with controller

What new features does the DJI Avata have?

The DJI Avata features an entirely new aircraft design concept and is DJI’s first consumer drone to include built-in propeller guards and a replaceable upper frame. The drone will fly much lower to the ground, down to a minimum 25cm and will also fly between obstacles such as bridges, corridors and trees. The majority of previous drones from DJI will automatically brake when obstacles are detected and are programmed to avoid obstacles which come too close.

Another primary new feature is an ultra wide angle lens with an equivalent focal width of 12.6mm (full-frame format), which shows a super wide 155° field of view. When you are piloting extremely low to the ground or flying between objects the wide field of view provides a compelling experience with immersive video footage. It is also far closer to the field of view which our eyes see, for more natural looking videos which your audience will appreciate.

This wide lens and 4K image quality ensure your content will be different from other drone videos, which offer a more common and narrower field of view of around 84°.

New DJI Goggles 2

Which goggles does DJI Avata support?

In order to fly the drone you’ll need either of the new DJI Goggles 2 or DJI FPV Goggles V2. Both of these offer truly immersive piloting and come with either of the two Avata combos. You’ll also need either of the DJI Motion Controller or DJI FPV Remote Controller 2 to pilot the new drone, which you will also find included with the combos. If you have an existing controller and existing first-person goggles version 2 you’ll be all set with the standalone Avata aircraft.

Intuitive flight controls

What is the difference between DJI Goggles 2 and DJI FPV Goggles V2 with DJI Avata?

DJI Goggles 2 includes slightly more comprehensive features and supports Head Tracking Mode, which allows you to experience immersive flight from a first-person perspective more freely. Goggles 2 also adopt DJI's latest flagship O3+ Video Transmission, which can achieve high-definition and low-latency video transmission. The newer goggles also feature an upgraded display and diopter adjustment to fine tune focusing. They are smaller, lighter and more comfortable to wear, and provide more intuitive user interaction.

All-new propeller guard

Can DJI Avata hover?

Yes, N Mode and S Mode support auto-hovering through the use of the VIO+ToF+GNSS system. DJI also included an Emergency Brake feature, which will cause the drone to hover as soon as possible.

Does DJI Avata have built-in storage?

Yes, the drone includes 20 GB of built-in storage and you can also add a microSD card such as the Sandisk 32GB Extreme MicroSD 100MB/S.

Can you control manual settings with the Avata drone?

yes, you’ll have full control over ISO, shutter, EV, and WB. You can also add a custom DJI Avata ND Filters Set to reduce the amount of light entering the lens during brighter conditions and for long exposures.

Which video resolutions and frame rates does Avata record?

With DJI Goggles 2 you can record 4K@50/60fps, 2.7K@50/60/100fps and 1080p@50/60/100fps.

With DJI FPV Goggles V2 you can capture 4K@50/60fps, 2.7K@50/60/100/120fps and 1080p@50/60/100/120fps – all in H.264 video coding.

DJI Fly More Kit for Avata drone

The Best Accessories for the DJI Avata?

There are a number of accessories which complement the Avata, including the DJI Avata Intelligent Flight Battery and Avata Battery Charging Hub. It’s worth noting that there is no charger included with any of the drones or combos, with DJI relying on you having an existing USB PD charger for a phone, laptop or other device. DJI recommends using the DJI 65W Portable Charger or DJI 65W Car Charger.

Aside from the previously mentioned DJI Avata Fly More Kit, you can also buy spare or replacement Avata Propellers, Upper Frame and an Avata Propeller Guard. These are in keeping with DJIs open policy of enabling creators to maintain their own aircraft and add replacement parts if something should go wrong.

The Avata gives us a glimpse into the future of a new range of rugged and robust drones, which offer Goggle-only flying for adrenaline fuelled immersive piloting. The super wide lens and 4K video ensure you can capture unique video which sets your content apart, which complements the ability to fly closer to obstacles, nearer the ground and through previously impassible flight paths.

The DJI Avata is extremely competitively priced, despite including flagship safety and stabilisation technologies, which ensures beginners and advanced pilots will love this latest model from DJI.

Order your camera drone today, and choose between the standalone DJI Avata, DJI Avata Pro-View Combo or DJI Avata Fly Smart Combo and start creating unique content today, through immersive flights which were previously impossible.

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By Nick Dautlich on 25/08/2022

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