I’ve been very much drawn to the DJI Avata lately but it’s a bit pricey, isn’t it? I mean for basically a jumped-up 3" CineWhoop. So I thought I’d see what else I could get that fits the bill.
Let’s start with the DJI baseline cost. Assuming I’ll be wanting to fly mainly in Manual and a single battery simply isn’t enough. I’ll need…
Avata .............. 499 Goggles V2 ......... 489 Flymore kit ........ 215 Controller V2 ...... 139 TOTAL .............. 1342
The V2 Goggles are the slightly cheaper option. The bundles give you some extras over buying separately - notably the Motion Controller.
So what can we get in the 3" HD (by which we mean digital) CineWhoop line, given that I don’t currently have any digital FPV stuff?
BetaFPV Pavo30 ..... 299 BetaFPV SMO 4K ..... 215 (need a separate cam for decent footage) 3x 4S batteries .... 45 Goggles V2 ......... 489 TBS Tango 2 ........ 165 (need to include a controller for a fair comparison) TOTAL .............. 1213
Wow. Not much in it when you look at it like that.
On top of that, the Avata has a gimballed camera, GPS, “Normal” (position hold) mode and RTH, so you’re getting a fistful of extra functionality there. Admittedly, you could add these (not the gimballed camera) to the Pavo if you’re willing to add a GPS module (~£15) and faff with INAV/ArduPilot.
The main benefits of the regular CineWhoop are that it should be mostly repairable from readily () available parts and the batteries are only £15 a shot instead of over £100, although the flight time is probably greatly reduced. Again, you may be able to improve on this by using Li-Ions.
Of course, I already have a controller, so that’s a bit of a saving. And I already have goggles for an analogue setup, which is a massive saving. In fact, if I stick with analogue, the Pavo is only £176 and I could use say a RunCam Thumb Pro for £85, which is a solution for a smidge over £260. That’s a saving of over £1000.
And all this got me pondering what it was that has me drooling over the Avata.
Ease of use? Well, maybe. It would be nice to have a “panic button” and RTH, but I’d like to think that I’m good enough at FPV now that I wouldn’t really need them.
Video quality for sharing on YouTube? A bit, I suppose, but I’m mostly flying for my own enjoyment, not necessarily with the intention of putting stuff on the internet.
So it must be for the in-flight video quality. And this leads directly into the whole “which digital FPV system” conundrum. And if I’m going digital, shouldn’t I just convert my existing fleet first (if that’s even possible)?
So after all that, I think I’ll just sit on it until the weather gets better again. Maybe things will be clearer then.
Anyway, have you seen all these complaints about Avata’s falling out of the sky?
And finally, I’m sick of hearing 'mericans pronouncing it “Avarda” (rhymes with Nevada).