DJI with Digital FPV System Is off to the Drone Races

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With the release of the Digital FPV System, DJI takes a step into the growing world of drone racing. The Digital FPV System is sold in two bundles, the DJI FPV Experience Combo and DJI FPV Fly More Combo. The system is a reimagining of what FPV can be, with an all-in-one solution for racers that’s designed to provide highly detailed, low-latency HD digital transmissions from up to 2.5 miles away. As a pre-programmed system, racers can avoid the hassle of purchasing separate components and the chore of trying to get everything working together. The Digital FPV System can also be attached to other RC vehicles or used in other hobbies or professions, such as aerial cinematography.

In the box of the Fly More Combo, DJI provides you with everything you need: an Air Unit Module, FPV camera with 150-degree ultra-wide-angle lens, FPV goggles, and an FPV remote controller. The FPV Experience Combo gives you a second air unit and camera but does not include the remote. The air unit has two different antennas that transmit and receive data. On the goggles there are four separate omnidirectional antennas for reception. All these antennas help DJI to offer digital transmission at a latency of just 28ms, while providing 720p/120fps HD video footage to the goggles.

The HD image quality allows for a more immersive and detailed first-person experience. The increased detail also helps pilots more easily navigate terrain and fly around the drones of other racers. In addition to image quality, DJI incorporates a host of modes and technologies to provide a stable signal when flying alone or in a race.

In Racing Mode, the camera adjusts the image to boost the saturation to better notice obstacles and other drones. With LED Mode, the saturation is increased, and LED light noise is reduced during night racing. Then there’s Focus Mode, which concentrates the bitstream to the center of the video if the signal weakens.

DJI’s FPV remote controller can achieve a latency as low as 7ms when sending signals to the air unit. Such a low latency helps to keep your commands and the footage you see in sync for a better experience. The closed-loop software it employs also helps pilots set parameters for all components to increase stabilization and reduce errors. When sending signals to the air unit, pilots can use any of eight separate channels. This reduces cross-interference and allows for eight drones to fly simultaneously.

The Digital FPV System can record, as well as stream footage. The air unit can record Full HD 1080p/60 fps footage, and the goggles can capture at 720p/60 fps. Both can record onto optional microSD cards, which can be replayed instantly through the FPV goggles. 

As one of the leading drone manufacturers in the world, DJI’s Digital FPV System looks to provide a spotlight on, and increased exposure to, the sport of drone racing—all while providing drone racing pilots, and drone operators in general, with the ability to upgrade their FPV solution to digital HD quality at a latency low enough to enjoy a stable and immersive experience. The new DJI Digital FPV System is available now at B&H.

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