DJI is retiring its older FPV Explorer Combo and bringing out a new set of FPV goggles as part of a newer set to work with its Explorer drone. To be clear, the drone itself isn’t changing as a result, but with the newer Goggles Integra, seeing what the drone sees will be clearer and feel more responsive.
Using the Goggles Integra
The biggest difference off the bat is the sheer design. The previous Goggles V2 was more like a headset—bulkier and heavier than slimmer and lighter Integra. A key advantage in all this is the 2450mAh internal battery doesn’t require an external power source at all times, so all you need to do is plug it in via USB-C to recharge where it can go for up to two hours. This should do wonders for comfort over longer stretches while wearing it because of the way the Integra wraps around the back of the head with little more than a strap. Since nothing rests on top of the head, it won’t feel as cumbersome as you move your head around.
You get two 1080p micro-OLED displays with a 100Hz refresh rate to view what the drone’s camera sees in better quality straight to your eyes. Theoretically, that should improve the chances of also avoiding obstacles or lining up a video or photo the way you want based on what you had in mind visually.
The FPV Remote Controller 2 also comes in the combo, also designed to work seamlessly with the Goggles Integra. It has its own battery that can run far longer than the drone can, and using DJI’s own Lightspeed technology, can stay connected to the FPV Drone up to 8km away. You still get all the standard DJI modes for tracking and following subjects, along with emergency stop to force it to stop, and Return to Home to have it land back at its takeoff point.
Flying the FPV Drone
The FPV Drone weighs under two pounds, but can hit a top speed of up to 140km/h, making it more adept in the hands of professional pilots than novices just learning how to fly a drone. It has a 150-degree field of view, with RockSteady image stabilization to keep things as smooth as possible at higher speeds, turns and altitude shifts. There are plenty of modes to try out, like normal, sport and manual, all of which offer various levels of autonomy in how you want to fly and where you want it to go. The Explorer Combo was built to enable creativity for experienced pilots or hobbyists who want to really see and feel the joys of flying a quadcopter up close.
Ready to fly
The DJI Explorer Quadcopter Drone Combo is available now. It includes all sorts of accessories, from the aforementioned Goggles Integra and FPV Remote Controller 2 to 11 corrective lenses and Integra headband. Check it out at Best Buy now.