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Leaked photo lands to soothe fears about delayed launch. Recently held concerns about launch delays have been allayed by the appearance of the suspected DJI Avata drone in a fresh leak that gives us a better look at the indoor flying camera.
The first time we’ve seen the FPV (first-person view) drone in the wild is in the image below, which was shared by frequent DJI leaker @OsitaLVon Twitter. It displays a significantly different design from the drone king’s current models.
The little DJI Avata has guarded propellers, which will allow it fly securely around people and in limited spaces, unlike DJI’s current Mavic, Air Mini, and FPV ranges. This suggests that, like the recently released Snap Pixy, it would be perfect for taking aerial footage for social media.
Not that the Snap Pixy, which weighs only 101g and fits in your pocket, and the DJI Avata are going to be direct competitors. To begin with, the Avata is anticipated to be an FPV drone, which means it will probably be piloted using a headset that comes with it rather than by using a phone.
The size of DJI’s indoor-friendly drone is comparable to that of its Mini series, so it should have space for a considerably better camera than the Pixy and all of the software expertise for which DJI is renowned. These most likely consist of the stabilization features HorizonSteady and RockSteady 2.0 found on earlier cameras like the DJI Action 2 action cam.
Given that the new leaked image appears to show that the drone will only have a single-axis gimbal, electronic stabilization skills are likely to be especially crucial for the Avata. Other DJI drones include three-axis gimbals to maintain smooth, stable aerial footage, but these are less appropriate for so-called “cinewhoop” drones, which are primarily made for recording dynamic, quick-paced indoor footage.
A fresh leaked image reveals that the DJI Avata’s debut is still on schedule for a short while, contrary to recent speculations that said its planned July take-off had been postponed.
Analysis: A mini, indoor-friendly DJI FPV?
DJI drones have traditionally been made for shooting epic aerial videos in the great outdoors, but these leaked Avata images suggest it could be something very different.
Although the UK’s Drone Code permits flying drones quite close to persons who are “engaged in what you’re doing,” models like the DJI Mini 3 Pro don’t have the built-in prop shields that the DJI Avata appears to have.
The Avata, like the DJI FPV, will probably be made to shoot videos in a totally different way from DJI’s other consumer drones. Drones marketed as “cinewhoops” are made for shooting slow, steady video in confined locations.
They are therefore particularly suitable for filming the exciting indoor videos that have recently gone viral on social media, like the bowling alley video that surfaced last year.
That said, today’s leaked image does show the Avata drone outside, so it’s possible that DJI is also designing it to be a smaller, beginner-friendly version of the DJI FPV for shooting a different kind of outdoor video to its other drones.