DJI Avata review - is this the FPV drone for all?

First Person View drones aren’t for everyone – until now? We test out the new DJI Avata

DJI Avata
(Image: © Adam Juniper / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

It’s easy to love the robust (we checked!) DJI Avata, which makes the joys of FPV flight something accessible. If this is your first FPV aircraft it’s a significant investment as you need all the accessories, and some space to fly. What is exciting though is how easy things are beyond that, with consumer safety features and stability as well as a great camera.


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    Robust protective frame design

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    Produces gorgeously steady swooping video

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    Manual camera options

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    Easy to control even for first time pilots

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    Better battery life than typical FPV drone


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    No forward collision sensors

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    DJI Motion Controller can’t achieve maximum speed

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    DJI Goggles 2 can mist up on warm days (despite fan)

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    Video can drop out at under 400m

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    No bag in the Fly More kit

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Although DJI is the biggest brand in drones, they have largely stuck to pro and consumer products which lean hard on usability and photography. They have made some accessories available to the enthusiast market who build FPV racing and stunt drones, but otherwise left it be until, in March 2021, the firm broke with that tradition and launched the DJI FPV.

That humpbacked drone could rip through the sky with the best of them, but also incorporated GPS hover, collision sensors and a single-axis gimbal (one more than most FPV drones). DJI also launched a “Motion Controller” to go with it, a floating joystick held in one hand to control the drone in a more intuitive manner. Many saw this as indicative of a serious attempt to redefine FPV which was clearly not going to stop with one drone. Low and behold, the DJI Avata is that much anticipated follow up to the DJI FPV.

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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