Designed for recreational sports flights, Avata also has the ability to memorize all its movements and gestures in images. The nacelle is mechanically stabilized on an axis. It takes a 12.6mm f/2.8 (35mm equivalent) wide-angle lens and a 48 Mpx effective CMOS sensor 1/1.7 inch capable of producing video in 4K/60fps format and 2.7K/50/60/100/ 120fps and 12MP photos in 4000 x 3000 (4:3) or 4000 x 2160 (16:9) format. No raw format, only jpeg format, which is a shame, even if photography isn’t really his profession. Note that Exif data includes GPS coordinates and shooting altitude.
In auto mode, the image quality is quite good, somewhat saturated and produces a beautiful image, in line with user expectations. The Raw format would have made it possible to go further. In practice though, Avata isn’t 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 be wise.
Video recording is arguably Avata’s most useful feature. Stabilized HD or 4K images are saved in the drone either on its integrated memory (20 GB) or on a memory card. The HD video and telemetry data of the headset are saved to the memory card of the headset without stabilization. The drone can record videos in 16:9 or 4:3 format in auto mode or manual mode by selecting ISO sensitivity, shutter speed or color temperature. The most demanding will also prefer D-Cinelike mode for optimized image processing in post production, but color quality in normal mode is very good and largely satisfactory for most general needs. Also note that in addition to the mechanical stabilization of the gimbal, videos are also stabilized digitally (in real time) either with tilt in RockSteady mode. roll held or Horizon is in steady mode while the image is still held flat.
Video quality in the studio
Avata’s built-in camera gives very satisfactory results in good light. Note that filming is not a feature of this racing drone. The image produced is precise and colors are saturated. For our tests, we chose to use the drone by default and therefore ultra-wide angle. The image therefore appears distorted which is “normal”. The image is also quite soft, but quite flattering.
We compared the center of the image between two DJI drones: Mini Pro 3 and Avata. The results are very satisfying and the videos produced by the Avata drone are ultimately pretty close to what the Mini Pro 3 can produce. The latter offers a more accented image with a bit more contrast.