Coming fresh off the announcement for the DJI Mini 3 Pro drone, comes a new set of leaks for DJI’s follow up drone. DJI is looking to release the next one, with a first-person view (FPV) camera. And, it’ll be built to fly indoors. Besides a few leaked images, we don’t have much to go on besides the name and possible release date. Rumour has it that it will release sometime between July and August later this year.
The leaks we can see were provided via @DealsDrone and @OsitaLV on Twitter, which shows us some leaked images of what the drone could look like. We also have a potential name for the thing – Avata. We’re not quite sure what it means, or whether it means anything at all.
Rumour has it
In terms of weight, the Avata will weigh 500 grams. This means if you plan on flying it outside, you’ll need to get it registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). For context, any drone weighing more than 250g needs to be registered with the FAA if it’ll be flying outside.
Since the Avata is meant to be for the great indoors, DJI has made a few adjustments to help it fit in. Going by the leaked images, it will feature ducted propellers, rather than exposed propellors. The thinking behind this is to avoid any major damage when it inevitably crashes into something around the house. It also helps it look like a droid straight out of Star Wars, and in many books, this is a plus.
When it comes to the camera and battery life, the Avata is no slouch. According to the leaks, the Avata will feature a similar, or even possibly the same camera as its predecessor, the Mini Pro 3. Considering the Mini Pro 3 has a 48MP camera, this wouldn’t be a bad thing. But battery life is where the Avata differs from the Mini Pro 3. We don’t have exact battery specs just yet, but the Avata will apparently feature a “greatly improved battery life”.
That’s just, great.
No goggles just yet
Of course, having an FPV drone without a set of goggles would be pretty pointless. The goggles weren’t included in the leak, but we’ll probably be seeing them quite soon. Assuming DJI sticks to the alleged release date of July/August this year.
The Avata is touted as a Cine-Whoop style drone. Luckily for us, a quick Google search was all we needed for that. A CineWhoop drone is the term amongst the drone community for drones designed to be fast, small and manoeuvrable in small places. The Avata seems to be exactly that.
In terms of pricing, we have none. Yet. Since the Avata is still awaiting its official unveiling from DJI, we can only expect a price to arrive then. But going off of how much DJI’s last FPV costs(upwards of R25,000), this could be a doozy.
Source: The Verge