Ever since superb action cameras such as GoPro Hero 4 and GoPro Hero have hit the shelves, the videos captured with the help of drones have transformed into real works of art that will blow your mind away because of the meticulousness associated with them. However, just because we get to watch amazing drone videos uploaded all over YouTube, it does not guarantee that all dronies blessed with First Person Viewability will end up producing top class cinema grade aerial video footages produced by virtue of the high definition video feeds right from the drone’s eye.
FPV has been a rather hard nut to crack ever since its introduction in the consumer market. More often than not, the video feed that a pilot gets to watch transmitted to his/her eye piece is of the resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and even lesser. And almost invariably, it is marred by interference woes. Hence, the final video stream that a pilot gets to view is similar in form and shape to a video signal reminiscent of the 1970s. Having said that, we are likely to witness a revolution since the introduction of realistically priced high definition transmitters. The release of DJI Lightbridge 2 serves a harbinger of hope for those who are looking forward to viewing full high definition 1080i/50fps and 720p/59.94fps live video feed captured from the drone’s eye.
Here’s what Lightbridge is capable of:
In addition to transmitting the pilot, live video feed captured directly from the drone’s cockpit, the LightBridge 2 technology by DJI is also capable of transmitting flight data such as that mentioned below and also manage the control link:
- Vertical speed
- Horizontal speed
- GPS manoeuvring
- Flight battery voltage
- Signal strength
- And plenty more
For the drone junkies out there, you can learn about the specifications of this amazing device in detail at the DJI’s own website. To put the icing on the cake, the ground unit also contains an integrated battery that provides hours and hours of high performance and is also capable of charging your handheld mobile devices. What’s more, the Lightbridge 2 can also be powered with the help of an external power supply.
I’m not finished yet, folks! You can also stream the live video feed directly to your tablet, smartphone or any other HDMI device seamlessly.
The Lightbridge’s price is one of the really turn offs about this amazing transmitter. It’s retail price is about $1300 which does not make it the cheapest FPV systems out there. Hey, don’t fret over it though! The price is bound to come down one day. Do you remember the curious case of the for about $379.
You can easily purchase the DJI Lightbridge FPV system from following links. It was launched on Septemeber 11, 2015.
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Relationship between DJI Lightbridge 2 and DJI Inspire 1
To put it short, the basic purpose of Lightbridge 2 is take a high definition video and state-of-the-art communication system that takes the video transmitters, OSDs, control signals and virtually anything that constitutes a communication system and integrates into a single system.
So, when DJI claims that they have engineered a DJI Inspire 1 with Lightbridge integrated into it, then you should be cognizant of the fact that it contains a full-fledged communication system in it that is capable of streaming high definition video. That is precisely the reason the C1 controllers for the DJI Inspire 1 cost about $600.