DJI Avata vs Cinewhoop: Which One Is Better?

Curious to know whether to pick the DJI Avata or the Cinewhoop? My pick is the Avata for its ease of use, durability, safety features, and more!

But that’s the short answer. Read on to find the detailed pros and cons of the two FPVs in this cinematic drone comparison guide and decide for yourself.

Feature Table

Product
Battery life
Camera Quality
Ease of Use
Range
Obstacle avoidance
Speed and Maneuverability
Value for money
TOTAL
DJI AVATA
9/10
9/10
10/10
7/10
5/10
9/10
9/10
8.6/10
CINEWHOOP
7.5/10
7.5/10
7/10
9.5/10
3/10
8/10
8/10
7.3/10

Introduction

Being an ardent drone photography enthusiast, I was pleasantly surprised with DJI’s entry into the Cinewhoop segment with the Avata FPV (First Person View). This slick drone builds on the Cinewhoop concept to deliver a refined product.

If you are confused in choosing between DJI Avata and Cinewhoop, the answer lies in your level of competence and usage pattern.

The DJI Avata is a fantastic entry-level photography drone that’s super easy to use. The Cinewhoop, on the other hand, requires customizations and is better for the seasoned photographer.

I have used the DJI Avata and own a self-built Cinewhoop, too. And here’s my detailed analysis of the two for you to benefit from!

Batterry Life

The Avata comes with an intelligent Li-ion battery with a capacity of 2420 mAh. These intelligent batteries have built-in safety features like auto discharging, balance charging, battery life display, etc. that help in maintenance.

You can read more about it here

It promises a flight time of 18 minutes but actually delivers up to 14 minutes. 

The Cinewhoop battery on the other hand would be a regular FPV Li-ion or LiPo one.

Being devoid of the intelligent battery feature, it will require adequate care and maintenance to last longer.

The flying time that a regular Cinewhoop battery will offer you would be approximately 10 minutes. 

In all, the Avata’s battery is a godsend, especially for people like me who sometimes overlook the battery maintenance aspect.

It certainly is one less thing to worry about in my drone care and maintenance routine!

Camera Quality 

Being a photography drone, Avata features the best built-in camera with stellar picture quality.

The 48 MP camera has a 1/1.7”CMOS image sensor capable of capable of recording 4K 60fps ultra-high-definition videos. Read the detailed specs here.

It supports normal, wide, and ultra-wide specialized filming modes in drones to give you more shooting flexibility. It is also very stable, thanks to the Horizon Steady and Rock Steady features.

The former locks onto a leveled horizon and delivers smooth videos regardless of turbulence. The latter uses EIS technology to stabilize footage at high speeds and give clear images.

Both technologies are responsible for the laudable DJI Avata cinematic capabilities.

Now, let’s come to the Cinewhoop features for filming. It’s true that most cameras attached to the Cinewhoop won’t offer the same quality and picture stability as Avata.

But this FPV allows you to have a second camera that enhances the Cinewhoop camera quality. Most people use the unbeatable GoPro on their Cinewhoops.

I recommend the GoPro HERO10 Black Bones for its image stabilization feature and high resolution. Weighing just 54 gm, this light model gives you 5.3K60, 4K120 + 2.7K240 video resolutions. 

Its HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilization (an Emmy® award winner), along with ReelSteady tech are DJI Avata unique functionalities in delivering flawless footage.

If you are using the GoPro camera in your Cinewhoop, then it undoubtedly emerges as the winner in camera quality.

The Avata lacks the GoPro’s superior flexibility, versatility, and stability. 

That said, if you have the budget, you can use the GoPro as a second camera in your Avata and get the best of both worlds!

Ease of Use

If there ever was an FPV designed to be used straight out of the box, it’s the DJI Avata. No complex assembly or configuration is required; just pull it out and start the fun. 

A motion controller that looks like a game console remote accompanies the Avata. Incredibly simple to use, the controller maneuvers the FPV based on hand motions.

It’s such an immersive experience and makes you feel like you’re in the pilot’s seat!

If the idea of building or customizing a drone excites you, then a Cinewhoop is what you must seek.

Most Cinewhoops are not ready to fly and need assembly of the main parts. This restricts its usage strictly to professionals. 

The flight controller on a Cinewhoop will be from a traditional version that needs some practice for a smooth flight.

But the good part is that you can pick from a variety of controllers to select the one that you are comfortable operating. 

Overall, Avata makes it ridiculously simple to own and fly an FPV. And that’s why, for me, it supersedes the Cinewhoop in this category. 

Range

FPVs are not known for their flight range. That’s because they are meant to fly and shoot in small spaces or short distances. 

The maximum flight distance of the Avata is 11.6 km in a non-interfering and unobstructed environment, as advertised. The connection between the controller and the device is strong and quite reliable. 

The video transmission range is mentioned as 10 km (FCC), 2 km (CE), and 6 km (SRRC), again in controlled conditions.

However, given that there are all kinds of obstructions and interferences around us, you can easily reduce this range to 4 km.

This is still pretty decent for an FPV. 

The range of a Cinewhoop depends on the type of transmission system you choose.

Some, like the Foxtech HM30 Long Range Video Transmission System, promise a whopping 30 km transmission distance. 

Depending on how much you are willing to shell out, the transmission range on a Cinewhoop is flexible.

Due to the limited range it offers, the Avata scores lower than Cinewhoops in this aspect.

However, this may not be a deal breaker as most drone photographers will find this range sufficient for their purpose.

Obstacle Avoidance 

Obstacle avoidance in drones prevents collision with objects by automatically stopping ahead of or skirting the obstacle. The DJI Avata lacks this safety feature. 

It does, however, have downward binocular vision and ToF infrared sensing that ensure a safe indoor flight.

In addition, the DJI Avata design and build has a robust built-in propeller guard that offers protection in case of a crash. 

The obstacle avoidance feature is absent in the Cinewhoop as well. Adding an external sensor would significantly increase the overall cost.

While both the Avata and Cinewhoop lack the obstacle avoidance feature, the downward sensors and sturdy propeller guard of the Avata scores high on the safety quotient. 

Speed and Maneuverability

The Avata has three modes with varying speeds:

– Normal Mode, 8 m/s 

– Sport Mode, 14 m/s

– Manual Mode, 27 m/s

While these speeds may pale in comparison to the DJI FPV, they are ideal for those flying an FPV for the first time. 

When it comes to maneuverability, the Avata is smooth as butter. Thanks to the motion controller and DJI Goggles, performing complex maneuvers becomes super easy. 

As part of Cinewhoop distinctive features, they can attain top speeds of 100 miles/hour depending on the motor and propellers.

The added ducts lend it more efficiency during the lift and help it achieve high speeds. 

Maneuvering a Cinewhoop is not tough since it is a compact device. The only catch is proficiency at flying it.

Once you attain that, there’s nothing more agile than a Cinewhoop, especially in tight spaces. 

Value for Money

Priced at $1388 with a motion controller and DJI Goggles 2, the Avata is not cheap.

But hey, it is ready-made! You don’t have to worry about warranty, assembling, or repairs with the Avata. 

The DJI customer support is always a call away in case of any issues with the FPV. There are also regular software updates that keep the drone functioning to its optimum capability.

Building a Cinewhoop will cost you anywhere between $200-2000, depending on the level of sophistication.

There is plenty of room for customization if your requirements are particular. 

While the Avata may be expensive, it does take away the trouble of securing FPV components and putting them together.

Besides, you get a robust body, excellent camera quality, and amazing features, some of which are impossible to customize. 

Conclusion

If you are looking to travel the distance from being a drone pilot to an FPV one, then the Avata has everything and more. It’s ideal for a beginner and does the job for those with moderate expertise, too.

I’ll reserve the Cinewhoop for those with a serious penchant for drone mechanics. It does need deep knowledge and insight to build the perfect drone!

Can the Avata be made better? Sure, but for now, in the DJI Avata v/s Cinewhoop battle, I crown Avata a clear winner. 

FAQ

Yes, if you have the budget for it! The GoPro Hero is an amazing camera that can match the Avata's camera quality.

There are multiple reasons! The DJI Avata's downward sensors allow you to fly almost next to the ground to capture brilliant footage.

 

The stabilization features are unparalleled, offering smooth videos in any scenario.

 

It also has intelligent filming modes and a stellar camera quality for the perfect experience. 

The Cinewhoop outshines the Avata when it comes to maneuverability. It does, however, need plenty of practice to attain this level of proficiency, unlike the Avata, which is very simple to manage. 

The Cinewhoop prioritizes a compact design and is designed for professional photographers who are always on the move.

Absolutely! Anybody can have the Avata up and running with little practice.

Assembling an FPV can be daunting for those without knowledge about the various components.

Yes! While you may be able to build a somewhat similar drone at a lesser price, the difference won't be much. Plus, you won't get the reliability of a DJI product.

The compact and agile design of the Cinewhoop makes it apt for indoor filming.

Author
Diptesh Das

Diptesh Das is your friendly ‘content maniac’ and drone enthusiastic! Being passionate about content writing. He is a firm believer of the power of words and thereby ended up leveraging them to create an impact by sharing his drone knowledge and experiences.

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