DJI Avata 2 review: The FPV drone for all learns new tricks (so you don't have to)

DJI's cinewhoop FPV drone, controller, and goggles have all undergone a complete re-design – was it worth it?

DJI Avata 2
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Avata 2 takes the best elements of its predecessor and refines them to a point it's hard to beat. Unlike traditional FPV drones, the Avata is about as safe as possible and unbelievably easy to pick up and get going. It soon starts to feel like an extension of yourself. The menus could stand to be a little clearer in places, but this would still be my pick of FPV drones by a mile.


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    1/1.3-image sensor center of excellent camera

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    Robust and improved airframe design

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    Easy Acro lets you flip and roll without practice

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    Live feed can be shared to nearby viewers

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    Generous 48GB built into drone to record


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    If you need steady images, you'll need another drone

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    Some elements tricky to clean

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    It's above 250g

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    FPV traditionalists won't enjoy it

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When I reviewed the first DJI Avata I was impressed, not just by the drone but the whole package. By adopting the 'cinewhoop' style DJI made clear they were aiming for a drone which could capture stunning imagery – at least while in motion – and by fun, but have physical safeguards.

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Weight385g (on my scales)
Battery LifeTheory: 23mins / My tests: 8-ish of hard flying
Max recording resolutions4K at 60fps / 2.7K at 120fps
Sensor size1/1.3-inch
FOV / lens155-degrees (13.1mm EFL) / f/2.8
Range13km (USA), 10km (Europe/UK) using DJI O4
Latency24ms at 1080P / 100fps
Storage46GB storage + Micro SD card slot
Accessories tested withGoggles 3 (weight 471g)
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FeaturesNear-perfect drone and control system open FPV up for beginners and 'ordinary' drone users★★★★★
DesignMuch-improved design makes life easier★★★★★
PerformanceWonderful radio performance and excellent imaging★★★★★
ValueThis is noticeably more expensive than many DJI drones, and if you need value the original is a consideration (at least for now).★★★★

The Beta Cetus X FPV is the device to try if you're looking for a cheap and relatively risk-free way way to experience FPV flying. It won't take images of the same quality, but its a great way to try FPV for a lot less.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook