DJI Enhances Goggles, Launches External Video Transmission & Camera Module

DJI has introduced an enhanced version of its DJI Goggles, targeted at drone racers, aerial enthusiasts and RC hobbyists. DJI has also developed an external OcuSync Air Unit and external camera module, which can be mounted on drones to provide operators using the Goggles RE with a real-time first-person view (FPV) of low-latency, high-quality video, the company says.

According to DJI, the new DJI Goggles RE (Racing Edition) take on a completely new look, including a redesigned black visor and headband and red leather padding for increased comfort.

The DJI Goggles RE provide access to flight setting adjustments, gimbal control and flight data. Users do not need a separate signal reception, and when they connect a third-party controller to the Goggles RE, they can directly fly racing drones with an F3, F4, KISS, Naze or any other supported flight controller.

Compatible with Mavic Pro, Spark, Phantom 4 series and Inspire 2 drones, the DJI Goggles RE inherit all the features of the original Goggles and play video in a variety of different formats, including MP4, MOV and MKV. On a full charge, DJI Goggles RE are fully operational for a maximum of six hours, the company notes.

When paired with the DJI OcuSync Air Unit (i.e., the video transmission module), the DJI Goggles RE can display video through 2.4 or 5.8 GHz digital video transmission with latency as low as 50 milliseconds and a maximum control range of up to 7 kilometers. The module is also compatible with a variety of multi-rotor and fixed-wing aircraft and provides features such as 1280×960 HD transmission, automatic frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) to maintain unobstructed transmission, and access to up to 12 selectable transmission channels so that users can manually choose an optimal channel and avoid interference.

In addition to the antennas inside the DJI Goggles RE for 360-degree signal-receiving, the DJI OcuSync Air Unit comes with a set of three compatible interchangeable antennas for different scenarios: pagoda, a circularly polarized analog antenna that performs best at 5.8 GHz; cylindrical, a circularly polarized antenna that operates at dual frequencies, 2.4 and 5.8 GHz, to reduce chances of interference; and dipole, a linearly polarized dual-frequency antenna that operates at 2.4 and 5.8 GHz and allows for a clear video feed at close distances.

The DJI OcuSync Camera is an external camera module compatible with the DJI Goggles RE and also mountable on other fixed-wing and multi-rotor aircraft. Using a 1/3-inch image sensor, the OcuSync Camera provides higher-resolution video transmission than most analog FPV goggles, claims DJI. It also uses a global shutter, significantly reducing rolling shutter effect caused by high-frequency vibration, and a low-distortion lens with a 148-degree field of view.

Priced at $549, the DJI Goggles RE will start shipping at the end of November. The DJI Goggles RE Combo, which includes the goggles, one DJI OcuSync Air System and one DJI Goggles Carry More Backpack, is priced at $859.

In addition to compatibility with DJI drones, DIY drones and fixed-wing model aircraft, the DJI OcuSync Air Unit and camera module can be mounted on other remote-controlled vehicles and robots, says DJI. The DJI Goggles RE can also be used for enterprise applications to provide operators a clear and close-up perspective during search and rescue operations, structural inspections, or agricultural use, for example.

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