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Official: here’s the DJI Avata 2, possibly one of the best sequels in years

Three-quarters of the image are filled with the frame and three-bladed ducted propellors of a quadcopter drone with a slim gray body and a camera at one end.
The DJI Avata 2 drone. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

The DJI Avata is my favorite drone for people who want to fly, not just film. The starter kit comes with a wand and goggles that let you skim and soar to your heart’s delight with a first-person view from the sky. But you might not want to buy an original Avata anymore — because the just-announced DJI Avata 2 seems even better for hundreds of dollars less.

After weeks of leaks, DJI is revealing the Avata 2 in full, and we’ve been playing with one for several days now. It looks better, it flies better, it lasts longer, and most importantly, the kit you want with goggles and controller starts at just $999 — down from the $1,388 you’d pay for the OG or the $1,278 after DJI swapped out the original kit’s goggles for a slightly cheaper and…

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