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Breaking news: DJI FPV announcement, out-of-sight maneuvering with VR goggles, flying at 140km / h 150,000 yen ~ –Engadget Japanese version

DJI has announced the “DJI FPV” drone that can be operated from an FPV (first person view). The domestic price is 154,000 yen including tax, and it is on sale from today (March 2nd).

“DJI FPV” is an FPV drone that can be operated out of sight by wearing the included VR goggles. Since the image of the wide-angle camera mounted on the drone reaches the VR goggles in real time, you can feel as if you are flying freely in the sky. This is DJI’s first FPV-specialized type, and you can enjoy FPV flight immediately by opening the package.

The flight performance has also been enhanced from the conventional drone, with a maximum ascent speed of 15 m / s and a maximum descent speed of 10 m / s, which is three times that of the MAVIC series. The maximum speed also reaches 140km / h. In order to achieve such flight performance, the propeller has been changed from the conventional two-blade to three-blade drone. In addition, it has a removable 2000mAh battery and has a continuous flight time of 20 minutes.

The included controller has also been redesigned for FPV, and 3 operation modes are available according to the skill level.

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Of these, “N mode” is for beginners and uses the same control method as conventional drones. You can fly at a maximum of 53km / h while taking advantage of the automatic control of the aircraft such as hovering on the spot. Safety functions such as obstacle detection are also available.

“S mode” is a mode in which you can control more freely than the above-mentioned N mode. The maximum speed is 97km / h, and it is said that you can enjoy high-speed maneuvering while using automatic control.

“M mode” is fully manual control, with a top speed of 140km / h. It is possible to control FPV, such as vertical descent and reversal, which has never been seen in drones, but on the other hand, it requires high maneuvering skills.

In addition, an attitude control function that assists maneuvering for “M mode” is also available, and by turning it on, the aircraft will not tilt more than a certain angle, preventing the aircraft from tipping over when the operation stick is inserted too much. I will. Also, since it is difficult to learn M mode, we will prepare a practice mode that makes use of 3DCG with a smartphone app.

In addition, the controller is equipped with “emergency braking” and “hovering” buttons, which can stop in a few seconds in any mode and shift to a stable hovering state.

In addition, the drone itself is equipped with a satellite positioning system, vision sensor, ToF sensor, LED light, etc., and even if the signal is interrupted, it will automatically return to the takeoff point based on the information of various sensors. ..

It is also equipped with an ADS-B receiver that receives signals from the aircraft and displays an alert on the goggles screen when it detects the approach of an aircraft.

In addition, the included VR goggles are equipped with a 144Hz-driven 2-inch screen. You can insert a maximum of 256GB SD card into the goggles and record the projected video. The maximum battery life of the goggles is 110 minutes.

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The 2.4GHz band and 5GHz band are used for the network that connects the VR goggles and the drone. In Japan, only the 2.4GHz band can be used. The maximum transmission distance is 6km, and video transmission is 810p / 120fps. Latency is limited to 28ms.

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The camera mounted on the drone is a 1200 pixel 1 / 2.3 inch CMOS sensor, and the FOV is as wide as 150 degrees. It is mounted on a uniaxial gimbal, and the angle can be adjusted during flight.

Video recording can be done at a maximum of 4K 60fps / 120Mbps. In addition to correcting image blur and distortion with electronic camera shake correction, it also has a 4x slow motion shooting function.

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In addition, a motion controller that allows more intuitive FPV control is also available as an option. It is said that you can operate the drone with one hand by tilting the controller.

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Note that when using the drone in FPV, it is equivalent to “non-visual flight” under the Aviation Law, so approval from the Director of the Aviation Bureau is required, and an application for approval must be submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. is.

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Source: DJI

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