The DJI Mini 3 Pro has merely simply landed, but rumors have been growing that the drone king is preparing to release an indoor flight camera. Well, that now looks increasingly likely, thanks to the get-go leaked images of the unusual drone.
The DJI Avata, as it’s expected to be called, looks likely to be a so-called ‘cinewhoop’ drone with 3-inch propellors, according to images published on Twitter by regular DJI leakers @OsitaLV
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Cinewhoop drones are typically small models with built-in propellor guards that are designed to fly in tight, indoor spaces, allowing you lot to create floating, steadicam-style shots. And the leaked images show what appears to be a DJI-branded drone that fits that nib.
But while the leaked images look like to some renders we saw before this week, they do also show a pattern that would be markedly dissimilar from DJI’southward current range. DJI drones typically follow a grey color scheme, whereas the photos show a drone with a black, plastic torso and a design that’s typical of today’s current cinewhoop drones.
Still, the front end photographic camera module does bear some DJI hallmarks and the logos on the top and underside exercise look genuine. Information technology’s possible that these photos show an early prototype rather than the finished production, but the evidence is mounting that DJI is indeed preparing to push into one of the few drone spaces it hasn’t already conquered.
The two cardinal things that DJI could bring to cinewhoop drones – automatic flight modes and a high-quality camera – aren’t really shown in these leaks. The images show a drone with a large battery and small, tiltable camera, although isn’t clear whether the latter is for shooting video or sending a feed to some accompanying FPV glasses.
Still, it certainly looks similar an interesting all-in-one concept for those who are looking to shoot dynamic indoor videos at events – and if it follows the tendency of recent DJI releases, we can await to see a lot more than leaks into the run-up to its rumored launch between July and August.
Analysis: DJI optics a niche but exciting new airspace
A cinewhoop-style DJI drone has been rumored for years, with regular DJI commentator @OsitaLV sketching out the in a higher place concept back in 2020. But these new leaked photos suggest a small-scale, indoor drone is now adjacent on the launch listing after the contempo arrival of the DJI Mini 3 Pro.
The 3-inch class of cinewhoop drones has become the most pop because they’re small and safe enough to be flown indoors, merely besides powerful plenty to conduct a decent photographic camera. So while this kind of drone would be a relatively niche launch for DJI, it could also find a decent audience – particularly if information technology’due south relatively affordable, as the leaked photos advise.
Right now, DJI’due south cheapest drone is the DJI Mini SE, but the DJI Avata appears to be a cross between the DJI FPV and a cheaper drone like the Ryze Tello (which is based on DJI’s flight tech). This means it could be an attempt to bring cinewhoop-style, FPV drones to the masses – or a floating ‘steadicam’ for YouTubers looking to create dynamic cut-scenes.
This would also aid requite it a unlike appeal to the new GoPro Hero ten Blackness Bones photographic camera, which has very much been designed for DIY tinkerers who are currently the main buyers of FPV (First Person View) drones.
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