Is it Worth the Upgrade? – DJI Air Unit O3+

By | November 22, 2022

Don, our FPV guy, has been testing the the new DJI Air Unit and has some things to say about it. Wondering if you should upgrade? Well, watch and find out.

00:00 Introduction
00:08 Overview
00:37 Specs
01:02 Installation
01:58 Goggles
02:30 Latency
03:05 Rock Steady and IMU
04:01 Antennas
04:45 Avata ND Filters
05:02 Flying Experience
06:15 Pricing
06:42 should you Upgrade?

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Hey guys the new O3 air unit from DJI Came out and we're going to compare it Against this O2 unit the older fpv unit From DJI so let's get to it we received This air unit about a week ago and I've Had a week to test it and so far my Experience has been pretty stellar uh One thing that I do want to mention is That the air unit does get hot it Doesn't get hot like the older Air 2 Unit it gets hot actually a lot faster So it has about a nine minute run time When you're on low power mode before it Starts to overheat and when you when you Arm your Motors you want to make sure That you have airflow over the top or This thing is going to get really hot And shut down pretty quickly so how do These two compare well the O3 unit has a 48 megapixel camera it has a one over 1.7 inch sensor it does 10 kilometers of Range and it shoots at 4K 60 or 155 Degrees field of view and the O2 specs Has a 4 megapixel camera one over 3.2 Inch sensor has four kilometers of range And shoots at 720 120 frames a second at 150 degrees of field of view now if you Look at this drone right here this is The Drone that we had it installed on Originally we had the O2 air unit Installed right here in the front now Because of this the smaller field of View we actually didn't get any of the Standoffs in frame we did have a little

Bit of props in view but it wasn't too Bad especially if you run the gray props Now being a wider field of view this Camera Actually when you mount it behind your Standoffs one thing that you'll have to Know is that the standoffs actually sit Inside of the field of view so in order To get those standoffs out of view you Actually have to mount it quite far in Front of the standoffs which in my Opinion kind of exposes your your camera To a crash so if you're one of those Guys that like to send it all the time Then then likely you know you'll have to Be wary of that because your camera is Going to be out in front of the Standoffs in order to get that perfect Quality image so with the introduction Of this new O3 air unit djis made it Pretty simple to either bind to your fpv Goggles V2 or your new goggles too There's a benefit to having these Goggles over the goggles too because of The 120 frames per second that you can Record on your air unit with using these Goggles here now if you use the goggles Too you can only record at 100 frames Per second again both of that is in 2.7 K resolution now if you use the goggles Too you're at about 30 milliseconds of Latency there and if you use the fpv Goggles here you're at about 28 Milliseconds latency speaking of latency

Um I was flying this out in the parking Lot behind our studio and one thing that I noticed right off the bat is that the Latency was super low and the pixelation Was almost non-existent when you're up Close and the first thought that came to My mind was man you could actually raise This so for beginners if you're looking To get into fpv this is definitely Something that you can practice with Because the latency is so low now DJI Has done a pretty good job packaging Everything that a GoPro can offer but in An fpv system this O3 air unit here what I really like about this system is that It has Rock Steady just like the Avada Right here which has the same exact System inside you can actually record Everything that you need to record using Rocksteady the IMU is inside the camera So if your drone here is prone to Vibrations that's one thing that you're Gonna have to deal with you're gonna Have to figure out how to isolate your Camera from those vibrations of the Frame I didn't have to mess with that Too much I just made some TPU mounts and Threw the camera on there through Rocksteady on recorded on the air unit And and I had pretty smooth footage but If your drone is put in vibrations Sometimes Rocksteady may not be able to Get rid of all of that the O3 air unit Also has the cine-like it also has 20

Gigabytes of internal storage as well as Open IMU data so that if you're one of Those guys that like to post edit and Stabilize your footage afterwards you Can use software like gyro flow to do That now one major difference between These two air units here is that this Has two antennas but this has a single Antenna the single antenna is what you Call a 2t2r omnidirectional antenna Which basically means it has two Antennas in here to establish two data Streams I've been talking with uh Mr Original candono and he was mentioning That the range is really good now we Haven't actually had time to go out and Test the range but one thing he did Mention is that he had a uh an fpv drone That actually had two separate antennas And when he had that drone with two Separate antennas he was actually Getting worse range than just having the Single antenna another really cool Feature about this is the ND filters so If you already have an Avada or you need To buy ND filters for your air unit the Avada camera is well it's exactly the Same system so if the ND filters fit on The abata they're going to fit on your Air unit so like I said we had this for A week and I went out and tested it one Thing I noticed right off the bat as Soon as I put on the goggles I was like Wow this is amazing I can't believe it

Felt like I was watching a YouTube video But I had the controller in my hand and I was controlling the video I mean I was Pretty blown away at the 1080p Resolution to my goggles from a user Experience I would say I had a pretty Good experience with this this has been My tried and true system for a long time Uh it's it's trusty it always works the OSD information is displayed all the Time I'm a little bit hesitant to switch To this entirely just yet because the OSD is not displayed inside the goggles So and I I assume that that's going to Be fixed here in the near future when DJI comes out with an update or the Betaflight devs also come out with a Software for it but as of now the Recording of this video I couldn't quite Get OSD information on the goggles I did Have battery voltage but I didn't have Things like RSSI and some of the Critical stuff that betaflight has to Offer that I look forward to when I fly Fpv so in the future I hope to see Either DJI or betaflight devs come out With a software fix to get OST Information on the screen now you guys Are all wondering what the price is uh This O3 unit and this O2 unit they're a Little bit different in price the 03 is 229 the O2 is just your standard 179 Which is basically a 50 increase over The older air unit now the goggles 2

Here these are 649 last time I checked And now I think these have gone on sale For about 429 so if you have this system And you're looking to get a new air unit You got to take into account a few Things one is that it's gonna get hot So you have to have airflow over it two It has a wider field of views so you Have to come up with some sort of Mounting solution like we did here on This drone in order to bring your camera Outside the standoffs and hopefully not Get your props in View and the third Thing is which Goggles do you want to Get if you already have these goggles Um they record at 120. so if you have The necessity to record at 120 I would Just stick with these goggles unless you Want the OLED screen in which case you'd Be limited to 100 frames a second all in All I think DJI did a great job they Certainly released a product that's Going to set the Benchmark for other Companies to follow and what I really Like about this system again is the Rocksteady so we're going to roll some Clips here both with Rocksteady on and Rocksteady off let me know what you guys Think on how well the vibrations got Reduced leave your comments down below And we'll see you guys in the next video Foreign