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Leaked Video Shows DJI’s Rumored Cinewhoop FPV Drone In Action

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A leaked video has given us another look at the DJI Avata, a rumored FPV (first-person view) drone from DJI that, according to reports, will be designed to fly indoors thanks to a compact, so-called “cinewhoop” design. The Avata follows the release of the DJI FPV, the company’s first first-person drone released last year.

The video, that was posted by reliable drone leaker @OsitaLV, appears to show that the drone will be controlled with DJI’s motion controller, which was previously available last year alongside its first FPV drone. The pilot of the drone is wearing FPV goggles that are different from those currently on the market by DJI, suggesting this is the new model shown in previous leaks. This DJI Goggles 2 appears to have a similar design to the existing pair, albeit with a smaller and more compact design.

The video doesn’t give a good look at the drone itself, but thankfully a series of other images have leaked out to show it in more detail. an apparent retail packaging photo seems to confirm the Avata branding, and there’s also: this shot of the drone itself in addition to accessories including the motion controller, FPV goggles and stand controller. Another photo series gives a close-up view of the drone from every angle, including the ducted propellers that should reduce damage if (or rather, when) the drone crashes.

According to previous leaks, the DJI Avata will weigh about 500g, which puts it above the 250g threshold — meaning pilots must register with the FAA to fly outdoors. There is less information about the camera specs, but leaker @DealsDrone previously reported that it could match the quality of DJI’s recent Mini 3 Pro.

Now the big question is when we can see the Avata launched and priced for release. Previous reports had indicated that DJI could be primed to launch its latest drone in July or August this yearbut later it turned out that this release date maybe delayed. @OsitaLV reports that it should be DJI’s first product in the second half of 2022. The fact that working prototypes are now being filmed in use means a full launch can’t be far away.

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