DJI may be working on a new FPV drone you can fly indoors

New leaks suggest DJI is working on a new FPV (first-person view) drone you can fly indoors (via Gizmodo† Reliable tipsters @DealsDrone and @OsitaLV have emerged with leaked images and details about a smaller, more compact drone that may arrive between July and August.

The drone, supposedly Avata, will weigh 500 grams, meaning users will need to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) if they choose to fly outdoors (drones weighing more than 250 grams must be registered with the FAA) . Renders from @DealsDrone show that the Avata can be supplied with ducted propellers to prevent damage to the device if it (inevitably) hits something during an indoor flight. It features a camera that @DealsDrones expects to be as good as the recently released DJI Mini 3 Pro, as well as “greatly improved” battery life.

Rumor has it that the Avata also comes with FPV goggles — a necessity for FPV drones — that give you a first-person perspective of where your drone is going as you fly it. Although DJI released its first-ever FPV drone last year, it is not best suited for indoor flight.

if Gizmodo points out that it looks like the Avata is meant to be a cinewhoop-style drone, or a drone with a camera usually tailored for maneuverability in confined indoor spaces. The name “cinewhoop” is a portmanteau of tiny whoop (a brand name that has evolved into a term for tiny drones) and “cinematic” for those great movie-like shots you can get with this kind of drone (like this epic sequence captured on a bowling alley). ).

Back in April, GoPro actually made a camera specifically for cinewhoops and other FPV drones: the GoPro Hero 10 Black Bones. GoPro requires users to solder this ultra-lightweight camera to their drone, meeting a huge demand for a bare-bones camera capable of flying. If DJI launches a ready-made cinewhoop drone, it would completely eliminate the need for tinkering (at least for those who don’t want to do a DIY build) and open the niche for many more people who aren’t as tech savvy. to be .