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DJI Avata Pro-View Combo (DJI Goggles 2) - First-Person View Drone UAV Quadcopter with 4K Stabilized Video, Super-Wide 155° FOV, Built-in Propeller Guard, HD Low-Latency Transmission, Black

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The eyepieces include diopter adjustment to set focus to match corrective lenses, along with an adjustable pupillary distance. They do an OK job, but if you're like me and have strong visual astigmatism, you won't ever really see a clear image. Text and menus looked a little bit blurry no matter how much I fiddled with the adjustments. The Goggles 2 include eyepieces with diopter adjustment, but they can be swapped out for prescription lenses if your eyesight is especially poor

One complaint I have about the Motion Controller is the position of the Record button. It's on the left side, essentially under where your thumb rests, and reacts to glancing presses. It's very easy to bump while flying. The FPV goggles show a tally icon during recordings, but it's easy to miss when you're concentrating on flying fast and avoiding crashes. The Avata has a setting to automatically record while it's flying, but even with that on, an accidental tap of the Record button ends recording. DJI should offer an option to disable the Record button altogether to prevent recording interruptions. In bright light, the 4K60 video is clear and colourful, but there’s some noisy grain present in the footage.You can also use the Goggle to change settings and access menus. A touch-sensitive panel, located just ahead of your right temple, supports swipe and tap gestures for navigation. In the menus, you can adjust video settings, set a custom geofence, and access the useful post-crash Turle Mode option, which flips the drone right side up after a crash landing. The through-the-camera view shows a sharp, smooth perspective, with low enough lag to make high-speed flight possible. DJI doesn't specify a latency in milliseconds, but the 1080p/100fps feed feels real-time to me. For the most part, the video feed is clear and sharp, but I did note some garbling and resolution loss when the transmission signal weakened. If you opt for the kit with the older FPV Goggles V2, you're limited to 810p resolution.

The critical issue here is that this type of flying is a major departure from flying camera drones, and not all pilots will instantly enjoy it. If you discover that FPV flying isn’t for you, then this could be a very expensive mistake.The Avata has a useful amount of internal storage, about 20GB, which is enough to hold around 20 minutes of 4K60 footage. The device's single microSD slot supports cards up to 256GB. Both the card slot and USB-C port (for offloading from internal storage) sit within a propeller guard, though, so you need dextrous fingers to get at them. As humans don’t come with consistently-specced eyes, the Goggles 2 allows for both a degree of optical adjustment along with Interpupillary Distance changes. The experience of flying your drone first-person is mind-blowing. You actually feel like an eagle, and the learning curve is non-existent, taking no more than a few minutes to get used to the controls before I was whizzing through the air. Thanks to the Motion Controller we mentioned earlier, it’s also effortless to manoeuvre.

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