Drones have become a hit with consumers during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, market leader DJI has a new remote-controlled recreational drone that is easier to take on a first-person spin. To fly the DJI FPV (first-person view) drone, available today for $1,299, just don goggles and take in the scenic view as your high-speed drone zips along as fast as 87 mph. You can also control the drone with your hand motions by using a motion controller, sold separately for $199. Until now, most first-person view drones were hand-built or had goggles sold separately.
DJI has unveiled a new, fold-up drone that can be controlled with a wave of your hand. The 999 Mavic Pro is equipped with Gesture Mode and a 12-megapixel camera, allowing it to find you and snap a hands-free selfie without touching the remote. The compact drone folds up to roughly the size of a water bottle and can fly up to eight miles at a time – and with the immersive DJI Goggles, users can get a first-person view of the flight. DJI has unveiled a new, fold-up drone that can be controlled with a wave of your hand. Mavic Pro can be guided using a controller, smartphone, or even gestures.
This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. After 45 hours of research and test flying 14 models, we think the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the best drone for aspiring aerial photographers and videographers thanks to its high-end camera, autonomous obstacle avoidance, long battery life, and portability. Pilots of all skill levels will find it to be exceptionally reliable and easy to fly. The Mavic 2 Pro features a Hasselblad-branded camera (DJI bought a majority stake in the camera brand in 2017), which captures 20-megapixel photographs and 4K videos that look more colorful than those captured by the competition. Its ability to sense and avoid obstacles in all directions and steadily hold its position even in moderate winds lets you focus on your cinematography instead of worrying about keeping the drone steady. It also features DJI's smart-flight modes like ActiveTrack, which directs the drone to autonomously follow and film a subject while still avoiding obstacles. Its 31-minute battery life means you don't have to land for a battery swap as often as other drones, and at 8.4 by 3.6 by 3.3 inches folded and 2 pounds, you can take the Mavic 2 Pro almost anywhere--it fits exceptionally well in our top pick for drone backpacks. It's also compatible with the DJI Goggles FPV headset we recommend.
As leaks suggested, DJI is releasing a cinematic first-person view drone that works with its FPV Goggles. The FPV comes with the latest version of the goggles and there's an optional one-handed motion controller. The company is calling it a hybrid drone that blends elements of cinematic FPV devices and racing drones, but it leans more toward the former category. The company is hoping to make first-person drone flying more accessible by bringing its features to a cinewhoop-style drone. The DJI Virtual Flight app should help beginners practice before they actually start flying.
GoPro Inc. GPRO -3.85 % 's new Karma drone isn't on sale yet, but it already has a nemesis, the Mavic Pro--a new quadcopter introduced on Tuesday by SZ DJI Technology Co., the Chinese company that has risen to dominance in the consumer drone space. Both drones are small enough to carry in a backpack, both feature foldable propeller arms, and both connect to 4K cameras. But they have some differences in capabilities and price. The Mavic Pro has a built-in camera and will sell for 1,000. GoPro will sell its Karma drone for 799, but cameras are sold separately.