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DJI Avata 2 review: Exhilarating flight

DJI Avata 2 review: Exhilarating flight

DJI Avata 2

The DJI Avata 2 with the DJI Goggles 3 is one of those things you have to experience. This first-person view (FPV) drone flies free as a bird using the DJI RC Motion 3, with speeds up to 97.2km/h. It's extremely fun to fly, and a heck of an experience.

Quick specs

  • 1/1.3-inch CMOS (Effective pixels: 12MP), 155 degrees FOV, f2.8
  • 48GB internal storage, microSD slot
  • 2,150mAh Li-ion battery, up to 23 minutes of flight time
  • DJI Goggles 3 full-HD resolution, 470g

Impressively, DJI has managed to streamline the design of the DJI Avata 2, lowering the height by almost 14mm compared with the original DJI Avata. The reduced height makes it easier to pack into a bag, too. Other improvements include a larger image sensor (1/1.3-inch versus the 1/1.7-inch), and 4K/60FPS HDR video recording. There's also more flight time, 23 minutes versus 18 minutes for the Avata. It also has more internal storage, 46GB versus 20GB.

You can also fly the DJI Avata 2 slightly further, as the video transmission using DJI's OcuSync 4.0 has a 13km range for 1080p. In my tests, I found that the improved range allowed me to fly slightly further than the Avata before the transmission to my DJI Goggles 3 started breaking up.

DJI Avata 2
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Of course, the 13km range is theoretical. Given Singapore's more congested airwaves, I found I could fly the DJI Avata 2 maybe about 600m to 1km away before I started losing the signal. If you're using this drone in a more rural setting, you'll probably be able to fly much further out. It certainly helps if you are in an open field with nothing to interfere with the transmission, but that's really hard to find in our crowded island state with limited locales where you're allowed to fly. Flight time is up to 23 minutes, I was able to get around 10 minutes or so on Normal Mode before I hit the 20% battery mark, and had to return.

The flight experience of the DJI Avata 2 is very similar to the Avata, and the DJI RC Motion 3 controller is easy to use, especially if you've played flight simulators before. You can practice with the DJI Virtual Flight App, first. You point down to dive, pull up to ascend, and you can also perform easy tricks with Easy Acro. This lets you flip the drone or perform a drift. Easy Acro isn't available in Sports Mode, though. Of course, you can do this manually if you're confident of your flying skills. The DJI RC Motion 3 controller is also a virtual pointing device for the drone's UI.

DJI Avata 2
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

The DJI Goggles 3 now comes with a bunch new features. It's a lot more comfortable to wear, and the battery is now located at the back of the headset. This makes the whole headset a lot more balanced on your head. You can also easily flip it up to look out into the real world, but you don't have to do so.

That's because the Goggles 3 has a double-tap function that switches the front cameras on to let you see the real world. It's not as high resolution as say, the Pico VR 4 or the Sony PlayStation VR2, but at least you can see around you. The feed from your drone becomes picture-in-picture at the top left corner. Lastly, the lenses can also be adjusted for your eyesight, from -6.0D to +2.0D.

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Retailing at S$1,129 for the Fly More Combo, the DJI Avata 2 is a lot cheaper than the DJI Avata, which retailed for S$1,879 at launch. You can also buy the Fly More Combo version with three batteries, for S$1,329. The combo comes with the DJI Avata 2, the Goggles 3, and the RC Motion 3. Get it from Shopee, Lazada, or Amazon SG.

Note: Review unit provided by DJI.

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