DJI Avata Drone test: there will be sport!

Designed for recreational sport flying, the Avata is also capable of memorizing all of its actions and gestures in images. The nacelle is mechanically stabilized on an axis. It receives a 12.6 mm f / 2.8 wide-angle lens (in 35 mm eq.) and a 1 / 1.7 inch CMOS sensor of 48 MP effective capable of producing videos in 4K / 60 fps format and 2.7K / 50 / 60 / 100 / 120 fps and 12 MP photos in 4000 x 3000 (4:3) or 4000 x 2160 (16:9) format. No Raw format, but just the jpeg format, which is a shame, even if the photo is not really its vocation. Note that the Exif data contains the GPS coordinates and the shooting altitude.

In automatic mode, the image quality is very decent, with a somewhat saturated and flattering rendering that is well in line with user expectations. The Raw format would have made it possible to go further. Still, in practice, the Avata is not really designed for photography. Each trigger freezes the screen, which is not very practical for good control of flight and piloting/ An “interval timer” mode would have been wise.

Video recording is arguably the Avata’s most useful feature. Stabilized HD or 4K images are recorded in the drone, either in its integrated memory (20 GB) or in the memory card. The headset’s HD video and telemetry data is saved to the headset’s memory card, without stabilization. The drone can record videos in 16:9 or 4:3 format in automatic mode or in manual mode by choosing the ISO sensitivity, shutter speed or color temperature. The most demanding will also opt for the D-Cinelike mode for optimized image processing in post-production, but the color quality in normal mode is very good and largely satisfactory for the most common needs. Also note that in addition to the mechanical stabilization of the gimbal, the videos are also digitally stabilized (in real time) either in RockSteady mode with the tilt roll held or in Horizonsteady mode with the image still held flat.

Video quality, in the studio

The Avata’s on-board camera gives very satisfactory results in good light. Remember that filming is not the specialty of this racing drone. The image produced is precise and the colors saturated. For our tests, we chose to use the drone by default and therefore with the ultra-wide-angle. The image therefore appears distorted, which is “normal”. The image is also quite soft, while remaining quite flattering.

DJI Avata details
DJI Avata 4K full frame

We compared the center of the image between two DJI drones: the Mini Pro 3 and the Avata. The results are very satisfactory and the videos produced by the Avata drone are ultimately quite close to what the Mini Pro 3 can produce. The latter offers a more accentuated image, with a little more contrast.

DJI Mini 3 Pro
DJI Avata

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