The build quality and body design standards for DJI drones have always been exceptional, which is why the Phantom and Mavic series have been so popular.
What’s more, each new generation builds on that quality, and DJI’s use of materials always seems to take a step-up. Once again, this is certainly apparent with the small DJI FPV.
As you’ll see in the images, the design is remarkably different from previous DJI drones. The DJI FPV is more akin to traditional FPV drones, although far more refined.
However, if you’ve ever used or seen an FPV drone, you’ll know that one of the key considerations for users is the weight. FPVs are usually designed to be as light as possible and are almost always, even now, imagined and built by the pilots who fly them.
While FPV drones are usually unique to the builder, many parts such as the flight controller, image transmission and camera are made by companies such as DJI.
What DJI has done with the DJI FPV is add a refined commercial edge to the FPV design. Comparing the DJI FPV against FPV racers and you’ll start to see some familiarity with the motors’ positioning, the three-blade props and agility in flight.
However, there’s a big difference; the DJI FPV has been designed to be flown by normal people and within most territories laws, which is a great thing.
If you’ve ever tried to fly an FPV, it takes practice and skill as there are no limits on the roll, pitch or yaw.
If that didn’t make it hard enough, most FPV’s are usually flown full manual. This means that there is the absolute bare minimum of computer control flight assistance, making them almost impossible to fly.
The DJI FPV has flight assistance in abundance, which is more akin to the Mavic and Phantom ranges, making anyone able to fly this small FPV drone and have fun in the process.
The DJI FPV is FPV refined, the body of the craft is beautifully designed, and I feel it is one of the best-looking drones from DJI yet. It’s also incredibly robust, as I found out when testing, but the less said about that, the better.
As anyone who flies’s drones in the UK, the laws here are tough for UAV pilots; you have a series of forms and tests that you need to pass before you can fly.
The introduction of these rules was no surprise here in the UK, after the issues around the airports with drones a couple of years ago, so it’s good to see that DJI has factored in a wealth of safety features, including the geofencing and no-fly zones, that will stop you from trying to take the drone off in locations you shouldn’t.
This is all especially relevant with this new FPV from DJI.
The new Fly App, which is being updated at present, adds in all those drone safe features, but as ever, it’s good to download the NATS app just so that you can keep up to date with the latest when it comes to notifications and other flight safety data.
The other point on safety is that this drone has been designed to be flown by two, apparently! Or at least in the UK, you’ll need two people to get the full experience, although I think the whole thing is a little close to the law, but we’ll see.
One thing that did surprise me was this drone is still unclassified under the new rules that will come into force on the first of January 2023. So at best, if you buy it now, then commercially, you only have just under two years to use it for any commercial flights.
However, I can’t see why you want to use this commercially, as this drone isn’t made for that type of use; it’s definitely for fun.
FPV Goggles V2
DJI might not have released an FPV drone before, but they’ve supplied FPV components for years. I’ve used the V1 goggles and OcuSync in previous drones I’ve made in the past.
I chose the DJI kit for a couple of my drones as the Ocusync system is relatively easy to install into your system compared with some of the other offerings. More than that, it’s the image transmission speed and resolution that is so reliable that won me over.
The V2 goggle builds on the footage’s resolution and quality; the live view stream on the DJI FPV transmits footage at 1440×810p 120 fps with 142° FOV or 100 fps at 150° FOV, which gives a clear view from the perspective of the drone. The clarity is unbelievably good.
Again, the goggles’ build matches that of the FPV, solid and robust, and once on, you look like an extra from a sci-fi movie. A simple elasticated strap secures the goggles on to your head and creates a good comfortable fit to the head.
The other purpose of the googles is as an app replacement so that you can access all the options and settings directly using the two buttons and the double-action joystick on top.
The small joystick enables you to enter the menu system and select options such as resolution, control systems and logging that you want.
Next to this is the back button that enables you to retreat through options and exit the menu system, and then there’s the record button. A quick tap, and you’re ready to film from your FPV action.
The DJI Goggle V2 are very neatly laid out.
The goggles also feature a USB Type-C for power and another for HDMI out so that audiences can watch the flights on the big screen. There’s also a small rubber flap that covers the Micro SD card slot and another USB type-C that enables you to plug in directly to a computer for firmware updates.
One slightly annoying aspect of the goggles is that they use and external USB power pack. Once in place, this slips into a pocket, but compared with the rest of the design’s finesse, it feels a little out of place.
The DJI FPV Controller
The remote control is the final part of the main puzzle, and here you have two options. The first arrives in the box with the drone and goggles and is of the traditional two-stick design. To date, this feels like the nicest controller that DJI has created, with a simple, uncluttered front and a selection of physical buttons and dials on top.
Those top buttons enable you to adjust the camera angle, start and stop recording and take photos; it’s all quite standard DJI stuff, just better laid out.
The big difference with this controller over past controllers is that there’s no clamp to place your mobile phone. Again this drone is designed as FPV, so if you’re wearing goggles, you wouldn’t be able to see the phone anyway, so why to have it.
That is unless you’re in the UK, where it might have been handy to have the phone holder on the controller so you could fly without dragging someone along with you. The alternative is to plug the goggles in, leave them lying on the floor, and fly the drone as a simple RC.
The DJI Fly app works in the usual way even if you’re unable to attach it to the remote.
While that would usually be the end of the remote story for DJI drones, there is a bit more to it. There’s a single-handed remote, which is a lot more like a games controller.
This works by using your hand movement to control the drone rather than the two sticks. In theory, this should make the drone easier to fly for those experienced with gaming. Unfortunately, we didn’t get one of these controllers to try, but we’ll let you know what the flying experience is like when we do.