Is DJI FPV a Good Drone for an FPV Beginner?

DJI FPV. What a drone. But it's not an easy one to fly. It's fast, heavy, and may pose some challenges. But is it a good choice for an FPV beginner?

Is DJI FPV a Good Drone for an FPV Beginner?

Suppose you want to get into flying FPV drones. In that case, you may think that the DJI FPV drone is a quick solution to acquire and fly it straight away instead of complicating yourself in either choosing out of a million combinations of FPV drones and gear or building one, which is not okay for a beginner.

Although I may not be that long in the FPV game, and there are people with far more experience than me, but the DJI FPV drone was my first long-range FPV drone (please keep reading) to fly and learn.

And yes, I had delayed it so much because I was pretty scared, to be honest, to get the DJI FPV – what if I crashed it (btw, I never did)?
The answer should be: no problem; it is time to learn how to repair FPV drones… but not the DJI FPV.

Therefore, is the DJI FPV Drone suitable for a beginner?

The quick answer would be YES… and NO! What type of budget you have, and your aim in the FPV industry would matter a lot. (Acro style, free flights, racing, cinematic, etc.) – mine was cinematic flights (in the mountains and nature, and while traveling, etc.)


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What FPV drone should you get first? DJI FPV, Avata, or other FPV Drones?

Let’s go over those shortly, shall we?

The DJI FPV Drone has significant advantages over many other FPV drones, such as miles of fantastic VTX and RTX signals, RTH in case of something, and much better battery life.
This would be the main reason I chose it: the ability to fly longer and farther than any other prebuilt FPV drone.

Now we have the lovely cinewhoop DJI Avata with some fantastic advantages over numerous FPV drones, in particular, if you wanna fly cinematically, indoors, through forests, near people and objects, etc.

» Related: 27 FPV Tips to Know Before Flying FPV Drones

But if you’re thinking of getting into acro style or racing with the DJI FPV drone or Avata? Oh, God! NO! – you can waste an expensive and difficult-to-repair drone in minutes, even seconds, as a beginner.

If you want to choose the DJI FPV Drone only for free flights – it all depends on what you have in mind with the free flights – be logical and think about the risk of crashing your brand new drone – Is it worth it?

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Therefore, I would recommend the following:

  • DJI FPV Drone for long cinematic flights (mountains and nature)
  • DJI Avata for slow cinematic, indoor flights, near people or objects, etc.
  • Custom FPV drones for freestyle & racing.

Is the DJI FPV drone good for other types of flights?

The DJI FPV drone is expensive, but it can be a solution for some new pilots to get into FPV if they have the budget and are logical people who like calculating risks vs. rewards.
It has more than a few features a standard FPV custom drone doesn’t have, such as RTH, emergency stop, the ability to switch from manual mode to normal mode in mid-flight, a few extra sensors, etc.
I am not going to list here everything a DJI FPV drone has, but in some specific cases, when you want to get into FPV, the DJI FPV drone can be a solution to buy, whereas in other cases, it is definitely not a solution worth pursuing.

But what if you want to get the DJI FPV drone for normal flights?

There are other cheaper and better drones to be used for regular flights because the DJI FPV may have some limitations, such as the gimbal angle that cannot go down to 90 degrees to observe a whole load of downside under you, the gimbal doesn’t have the horizontal stabilization that may cause some instability when flying in windy conditions and is bad at photography.
In this case, the drone doesn’t become unstable, but the footage results become jumpy because it will rely only on digital footage stabilization.
Have a look at one of my videos (press play) – so you can understand what I am talking about.

The DJI FPV Drone also lacks several sensors compared to a normal DJI Drone. If you want to read more about DJI FPV in Normal Mode, check our underlined article.

» Related: Can you fly DJI FPV Drone in Normal Mode? Pros and Cons

You already have the DJI FPV Drone and are a beginner. Now, what can you do?

  • I recommend you keep practicing simulators as much as possible, such as the DJI Virtual Flight Simulator, available on Android and iOS. Most importantly, practice on simulators such as Liftoff (computer base) that are the most accurate to the usage of an FPV drone, including the possibility to fly the DJI FPV Drone virtually.
  • Another mention is of flying the drone in manual mode more safely and choosing a flight style that encourages keeping the drone alive for as long as possible, such as some I already mentioned in the article.
  • And the third tip I can give you as a beginner flying the DJI FPV in manual mode is to have the emergency stop at your fingertip – and the first time you feel you lost control, press the button to save your drone. That’s it.
    And yes, use the return to home function to autoland your drone, as it would be tricky to do that as a beginner, and you may want to avoid a crash while landing.

» Related: Tips to Consider Before Your First DJI FPV Manual Flight

A humble conclusion.

There are many situations even as a beginner buying the DJI FPV drone can be justified, but we have to keep in mind that most people will choose an FPV drone to freestyle acro and race, and simply, the DJI FPV is not meant to be used like that.
And as an endpoint, if you are a content creator looking for more epic and challenging ways to film and create content, you found one.

Thank you very much for reading this article. Please, remember to have a quick look at our safety warning pages for legal reasons. I hope you have a brilliant day. Fly safe!

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