So I’ve been flying drones for almost a decade. I’ve been a fan of DJI since the Phantom, and have built my own rigs over the years. I have covered FPV racing which I love, but as a filmmaker I always gravitated to a classic cinema quad copter, like a Mavic. Recently thought, I decided it was necessary to get into the FPV game, especially after seeing shit like this:
So as a director, and someone that makes a lot of motorcycle content and commercials, I wanted to have the ability to get some shot like the video above. I decided to go with DJI FPV because I know the quality of the builds that DJI puts into their tech, and know that they offer a set of features that will make it easy to build up my skillset as an FPV pilot. What I discovered is that FPV is very different then cinema droning.
You can watch my breakdown or if you want the highlights here you go:
- DJI FPV is BIG. Bigger then most FPV drones.
- It’s expensive for something you most certainly are going to fly into a tree.
- It’s heavy and can cause some serious damage.
- It’s not buttery smooth video like you get from a Mavic
- Flying is completely different then a cinema quad copter
- It works pretty much right out of the box
- It’s modular so replacing parts isn’t so hard
- Video quality is excellent.
- Controls are fantastic
- It has three modes that let you learn easily
So, all in all, as long as you know what you’re in for, DJI has once again created a fantastic product that suits a particular need. Are there cheaper drones out there? Yes. Are there better drones to fly pure FPV? Yes. But if you’re just getting into the game, regardless if you have flown drones before, this is a fantastic entry if you can deal with the pricetag.
One tip you should heed… buy the insurance. I would be scared petrified to fly without it.