DJI will follow up the launch of its excellent DJI Mini 3 Pro with a more atypical drone, if the growing rumors are correct. The DJI Avata, as recent leaks have called it, appears to be a 'cinewhoop' drone with 3-inch propellers, meaning it might be capable of shooting some dramatic footage indoors.

What is a cinewhoop drone? These small models often have built-in propeller guards and are designed to fly in tight spaces or over people. That means the Avata would be different from the rest of DJI's current lineup, which is designed primarily for shooting epic footage outdoors.

An earlier version of the rumored DJI Avata cinewhoop drone. (Image credit: DealsDrone)

Naturally, this means that the DJI Avata was made to have a radically different design than its other drones, and some apparently leaked images seem to bear this out. We can expect to see great built-in accessory guards and potentially new FPV goggles to match the Avata.

So what exactly do we know so far about DJI Avata and when will it be released? We've rounded up all the latest leaks and rumors in this regularly updated guide and sprinkled them with our own analysis of what looks to be an exciting and unusual release for the king of drones.

DJI Avata release date and price

According to generally reliable DJI leaker @DealsDrone, we can expect to see the DJI Avata launch in July.

This timescale certainly seems achievable, given recent events in the world of DJI. We start to see what the first leaked DJI Avata photos look like, and it usually happens about a month before DJI's official release.

DJI Avata rumored to be planning to release in July https://t.co/IVblTuxSClJune 2, 2022

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In addition, DJI already has another event scheduled for June 15, which, according to the official trailer (opens in a new tab), is for the launch of a new "DJI Pro" product. This event is expected to be for the launch of the DJI RS3 and RS3 Pro gimbals, so we expect a small gap between that and the Avata launch.

So far, there have been no leaks or rumors hinting at the possible price of the DJI Avata. Cinewhoop drones are usually homemade hobbyist things that come with GoPro mounts. That said, pre-built models like the iFlight Bumblebee V3 (with DJI Goggles) can cost up to $999 / €999, so there's no guarantee DJI Avata will be cheap.

As the Avata will almost certainly include an integrated camera and FPV goggles, it could be priced similarly to the DJI FPV, but we'll update this page as soon as we hear more rumours.

DJI Avata leaks and rumors

The leaked DJI Avata images we've seen so far show a radically different design from DJI's current drones, but that's to be expected given it's a cinewhoop-style model.

The two biggest leaks come from the @DealsDrone Twitter account, which has already proven to be a reliable source for previous DJI releases like the Mini 3 Pro.

The first images (below), which surfaced on May 18, revealed a small, plastic-coated drone with a design that's pretty typical of current cinewhoop models, with those big accessories built in to make it suitable for flying indoors or around. people.

DJI Avata, first leak pic.twitter.com/OYv7di4Zea May 18, 2022

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However, a less typical feature of this type of drone is the built-in camera and gimbal. While today's cinewhoop drones generally have GoPro support without the camera, the DJI Avata appears to have a DJI camera module, and @DealsDrone says it could deliver similar video and image quality to the DJI Mini 3 Pro. .

The leaked images also reveal a fairly large battery and were backed up by a separate June 4 leak of renders showing an identical design. Slightly less convincing, however, was the attached image of some apparently new DJI Goggles, which appear to simply be a modified image of the V2 FPV Goggles.

Still, it seems likely that the DJI Avata will come with a new twist on DJI's FPV goggles, which could also support a "head tracking mode," according to another @DealsDrone Tweet (opens in a new tab) on the 15th. of May. It's unclear exactly what it will be, but it looks like a (slightly scary) form of subject tracking.

Avata is compact and weighs around 500g. Can be flown indoors. The photo quality is much better (I guess Mini 3 Pro is the same). Battery life has improved a lot. Manual mode is not supported. Head chasing mode. Vibration function. 15, 2022

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Apparently these new glasses will also connect directly to your phone, and the DJI Avata has also been designed to come with built-in vibration reduction.

It's not yet clear if this refers to gimbal-based stabilization, electronic stabilization like DJI's existing RockSteady, or perhaps a combination of the two. But it could potentially be part of DJI's attempt to offer an equivalent to GoPro's ReelSteady software. The video below, for example, was stabilized with ReelSteady.

ReelSteady is used by most FPV drone pilots to smooth out the bumps and jolts common to small, lightweight drones. Because it uses gyroscopic metadata from GoPro action cameras, rather than just cropping wide-angle footage, it gives you a lot of control over the amount of stabilization in your videos. We'd like to see DJI offer an equivalent for their own FPV drones, given that ReelSteady is now owned by GoPro.

Another potential benefit of a DJI-made Cinewhoop drone would be the inclusion of intelligent flight modes, such as its QuickShots. There have been no leaks about this yet, but it is something we hope to see in some form on the DJI Avata.

DJI Avata: First Verdict

The DJI Avata is becoming an unusual drone for DJI, but it also makes a lot of sense and fits into their broader strategy.

The drone giant is apparently on a mission to bring professional filmmaking skills to the masses, whether it's creating some of the best drones for beginners to vlogging tools like the DJI Pocket 2, and Avata seems to be just for cinewhoop-style videos.

This style of video has gone viral several times on social media in recent years, from bowling flyovers (Opens in new tab) to the most recent tour of Tesla's Giga Factory (Opens in new tab). Many of the drones used in these videos already use DJI technology like the DJI HD FPV system, so launching an all-in-one option wouldn't be huge.

That would put it on another mid-air collision course with GoPro, which recently released its GoPro Hero 10 Black Bones camera for Cinewhoop drones. However, the latter is designed more for advanced hobbyists, although it seems like the DJI Avata could be a bit more plug-in-and-fly, in the same vein as their DJI FPV. Look for more leaks as soon as Avata's launch gets closer, which we'll talk about here as soon as they land.

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