DJI and Hasselblad launch 100MP photography drone

Dora Pope
April 28, 2017

This week they've launched a new product to compliment their Phantom and Mavic drones - the DJI Goggles.

DJI Goggles combine a pair of large ultra-high-quality screens, long-range and low-latency wireless connectivity and direct control of photo and video capture - in order to provide "drone pilots a seamless bird's eye view of the world in full HD". When the wearer turns their head, the camera on the drone follow their movement.

But going by recent internet chatter prompted by apparently leaked images glimpsed on several Chinese DJI-focused forums, the company's big announcement is more likely to be about a very small drone. We now know that isn't the case, with listings for standalone Goggles appearing on DJI's website.

'We fully expect that they will be thrilled with the fun and immersive experience of flying with our goggles'. With an official distributor in tow, DJI users can expect better product support, accessory availability, and even workshops for those wanting to improve their drone-flying skills. An AR trajectory prediction feature in Fixed Wing Mode makes using this mode much safer in complex environments.

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There is also a head tracking gimbal mode where your head movements can control the camera's direction while the drone continues to be flown by stick controls. But who could have imagined that a year-and-a-half later, the offspring of that unlikely union would actually take the shape of a drone toting a 100MP medium-format camera? As an added bonus, via their HDMI input, the goggles can also be used for things like watching movies or playing video games.

It may also have brushless motors like the DJI Mavic Pro.

The Australia retail price of the DJI Goggles is A$476.90, not exactly cheap, but they do offer an extension to an investment most drone owners have long forgotten.

With a battery life per recharge of around six hours, the Goggles pack plenty power. As an added bonus, up to two sets of goggles can be connected to the aircraft.

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