The alleged DJI Avata drone has been nearing liftoff in recent weeks – and the launch of the FPV model has gotten a little closer thanks to a leak of its intriguing new Goggles headset.
FPV (First Person View) drones are flown through a headset that provides a panoramic view of the aircraft. And it looks like the DJI Avata headset will be way smaller than previous versions, leaking the reliable @Dealsdrone (opens in new tab) Twitter account (below) showing the new Goggles 2 being used by a pilot.
While a ‘DJI Goggles V2’ headset already exists, a recent FCC filing revealed that DJI would simply name the new Avatar-compatible version ‘DJI Goggles 2’. According to this file, this headset will be technically identical to the current Goggles V2, with the main difference being its design.
DJI Goggles V2, work with DJI Avata pic.twitter.com/V9OxKppC8pAugust 3, 2022
What’s interesting about the new headset is how small it looks compared to previous versions of DJI’s goggles. Earlier versions were face-hugging subjects (see below), but the ones in the leaked photo appear to be less bulky and have fewer antennae.
ONE separate leak (opens in new tab) on Chinese social networks also compares the headset to the size of a water bottle. This compact form factor can be good news for flying in warmer environments, such as indoors, which should be the DJI Avata’s natural habitat. It has been suggested to be a ‘cinewhoop’ drone, designed to fly in confined spaces close to people.
What’s unclear from the leak is whether the DJI Goggles 2 will be compatible with other drones like the DJI FPV or if it’s a dedicated model for the DJI Avatar.
We’ll probably have to wait for the official release to find out, but apparently it’s coming. Another regular DJI leaker, @OsitaLV (opens in new tab)has also now stated that the DJI Avatar “has been submitted to KOLs for evaluation”, with KOL being a marketing term for ‘Key Opinion Leader’.
With the intriguing new drone and its headset now leaked and registered by the FCC, it looks like a launch is imminent for what would be a new style of flying camera for the world’s biggest drone maker.
Analysis: Are FPV Drones Ready to Hit the Mainstream?
FPV drones are still relatively niche, but it looks like DJI and GoPro are keen to bring them closer to the mainstream.
We used the DJI Goggles V2 (above) during our review of the new GoPro Hero 10 Black Bones camera, which is a basic action camera designed to mount to FPV drones. As you can see, this headset is quite bulky, so it makes sense for DJI to make a more compact version for their indoor-friendly DJI Avatar ‘cinewhoop’ drone.
This is expected to mean that the DJI Goggles 2, as the new headset is expected to be called, will also be a little more affordable than the current version. The Goggles V2 are $568 / £609 / AU$999, although you can also buy them in a bundle with the DJI FPV drone. This kind of cost is a very big barrier to the widespread adoption of FPV.
Leaked photos of the DJI Avata suggest it will be cheaper than the DJI FPV drone given its construction and weight (which should be less than 500g compared to the DJI FPV at 795g). So a similarly streamlined headset makes sense, particularly if it’s compatible with other FPV drones.
While FPV drones will likely remain more niche than conventional models like the DJI Mini 3 Pro, the DJI Avata is becoming a promising option for both beginners and those who can’t afford the DJI FPV. And that could make it a strong contender for a spot on our guide to the best beginner drones.