TOP 6 FPV GOGGLES

What is FPV?

First person view, also known as Remote Person View (RPV), or simply video piloting, is a method applied to control radio-controlled vehicles from the driver’s perspective. There is a camera onboard transmitting back to a pair of fpv goggles that the pilot is wearing.

It’s possible for you to “put yourself” in the cockpit of almost any RC model, so instead of just watching, you can go along for the ride! Wearing the goggles, you can relish viewing awe-inspiring aerial footage in real-time as if you were seated in the aircraft.  Due to the rapidly growing trend in the last decade, FPV sets have become affordable as they offer beautiful experiences in driving, flying, diving and what not? However, installing FPV systems can be very time to consume and require a lot of technical skills. You would need help from professionals or the companies offering you FPV service. Many companies, for example, DJI, bring you ready-to-fly FPV that doesn’t require any preceding knowledge, while it is still vital for you to know how these FPV systems work. FPV Headset

The headset is actually what enables you to see exactly what the camera on the platform sees. It’s like sitting in the cockpit or behind the Wheel.

Fatshark FPV Goggle - TOP 5 FPV GOGGLES – Buyer Guide

The three basic components of an FPV system include the camera, the video transmitter, and the video receiver, which work together to give you an amazing experience. The camera connects to the transmitter, which then sends the signal on a radio wavelength determined either by the manufacturer or the driver. These signals are then detected and picked up by the receiver.

FPV is a unique, addictive, and exhilarating flying experience! After decades of dreaming about it, we can finally fly from a pilot’s viewpoint.

Imagine being able to experience floating in the air, while standing on the ground. Doesn’t this cause an adrenaline to surge through your veins? FPV system flying is a rapidly growing trend because of the ultimate fun it offers.

Affordable FPV systems have appeared in the last decade, with the state of the art technology to make the flying experience just perfect for you. The current technology boom keeps the subject alive and fascinating. Screens, goggles, and glasses continue to evolve. Video transmitters and receivers have also improved tremendously, becoming more reliable. We have better antennas and antenna tracking systems than ever with incredible GPS accuracy. There is a heads-up display system, head tracking capability, along with return home features. You can now view videos and GPS information via apps working efficiently in conjunction with your equipment.

With the drone industry expanding rapidly, there is an overwhelming variety of FPV headsets available in the market. The immersive flying experience offered by these FPV goggles is the main reason behind their popularity. At the moment, the best-known brands for these goggles in the RC drone industry are Fatshark, Skyline, Boscam, Machine, Quantum, and Amway. Therefore, we bring to you a comprehensive list of the best FPV headsets that are affordable, reliable and very efficient. 


Fatshark Dominator V2 FPV Goggles

Although this is the most expensive headset on our list, the plethora of exciting features it offers makes it worth every penny you spend. The advantage of spending a little extra money on these premium goggles is the compact size, and other bonus features, which include built-in DVR (direct video recording) and HDMI input. With a wide field of view (FOV) of 32 degrees diagonal, and a power supply of 1300mah, these goggles provide extended periods of immersion. The goggles have been especially designed to upgrade the existing video standards. The Dominator has been thoroughly tested before being launched in the market, and it turns out that these goggles are compatible with many FPV kits.

There are several buttons and interfaces on the Dominator V2. These include an important rocker on the left upper side of the board, which is used to improve the video effect. To increase or decrease display contrasts, the rocker is to be moved left and right, while the brightness can be adjusted by pressing it forwards or backward. Next to this button is another one for selecting the channel from the eight channels offered by the headset. Volume adjustments can be made pretty easily by pressing the volume button located on the right side. Additionally, the Dominator offers a special rocker to start, stop, or playback to set and control the video display.

Featuring modular design, VGA resolution, and HDMI input and integrated DVR, these FPV goggles are amazingly multi-functional.

Moreover, the headset is perfectly compatible with the existing radio frequency module, along with the upcoming G3 1 and 2G4 NexwaveRF frequency and Trinity head tracker. The optional 3-axis Trinity head tracker module allows you to control the orientation of the drone-mounted FPV with your head. This lets racers pick out details on the race track that guarantees victory

State of the art design with 6P plastics optical element, and supported by 8mm entrance pupil diameter in, the Fatshark Dominator V2 successfully provides the widest and wildest visual display.

The lighter and more compact design of v2, the Dominator, prevents neck strains and muscle fatigue.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Field of view (FOV): 32 diagonal
  • Interpupillary distance: 57-73mm (adjustable)
  • DVR: MicroSD support to 32GB
  • Resolution: 600*480VGA
  • File playback
  • Power supply: 7-13V
  • RF Models: 43 channel support on 6 bands (1G3, 2G4, 4 X 5G8)
  • Head tracker: modular
  • Audio: stereo
  • Glass optics: (binocular 8p direct view optical engine)
  • Optional diopter lens inserts: -2, -4, -6dpt


Spectrum helicopter v4 video Headset

Developed exclusively for Horizon Hobby by Fat Shark, the Teleporter v4 headset makes for a great entry-level headset with a variety of features, which won’t leave an enormous hole in your wallet.

But first thing’s first! The headset comes with a compact carrying case, a 7.4V 760mAh lipo battery with a discharge adapter, 5.8GHz antenna, a charger with four outlet adapters, AV cable, and a cleaning cloth. A user manual is also provided, written in English, French, German and Italian.

The teleporter’s coolest feature is the head-tracking system. With the tracker turned off, you’re simply gleaning at a TV screen. Regardless of your head’s orientation, you’re always going to be seeing things from the angle of the camera on the drone. When the head tracker is turned on, the image tilts and pans digitally, depending on your head movements, and then zooms in. The digital head tracking can be switched on and off by pressing the black display button located on top of the goggles and then waiting for a two-second count. You can also adjust the brightness and contrast with this button. Digital head tracking allows you to gaze around the environment which your model is flying through, without the added burden and complexity of a mechanical camera gimbal. The channel buttons are present left of the display, while the volume button is to the right. 

The adjustable headband enables you to wear the headband quite comfortably, while the soft rubber eye cups are undoubtedly fun to wear!

The headset also offers an analog head tracking, which can be used by plugging in the data cable to the trainer port located at the back of the compatible Spektrum transmitters. Analog head tracking lets you control the tilt and pan of a gimbal-mounted camera by simply moving your head. However, the digital head tracking must be turned off to make use of the analog tracking.

The headset houses a pair of QVGA 320^240 screens. Although the field of vision offered by these entry-level goggles is narrow (25 degrees), it is still far better than the field of view provided by other headsets in this price range. ($199.99)

This awesome bit of Spektrum technology combines an FPV camera, transmitter, and a camera into a single unit which is about the size of a thimble. Installation is simple and can be done in seconds, without the need of any special skills.

Specifications

  • QVGA 320*240 LCD displays
  • 5.8GHz wireless receiver
  • Spironet RHCP antenna
  • Digital head tracking for FPV camera
  • Trainer link head tracking for gimbal controlled cameras
  • 760 mah 7.4V lipo battery
  • 320*240 resolution

 

So this headset lets you get all the fun out of these goggles at an affordable price. V4 is an excellent way of introducing yourself to the FPV experience. However, keep in mind that if you wear glasses, then you’ll need contacts for perfect vision. Otherwise, your experience will be blurry.


SKYZONE SKY01 FPV Video Goggles

Just like the FATSHARKS, Skydrones are also nicely presented in a protective case, along with a simple easy-to-understand manual and a huge variety of cables, such as a 3.5mm AV cable and others used for head tracking. However, this headset doesn’t come with a battery. A plus point of Skydrone is that they can operate with 7-26V, which means that these goggles can work with a variety of batteries.

As for the headset itself, it is pretty snug to wear and allows you a clear image. The Skyline Sky-02 goggle has a built-in receiver, which is compatible with other modular systems such as Fatshark and Boscam systems. This makes Skyline the best choice for drone enthusiasts who wish to try products from other manufacturers as well.

These goggles come with diversity antennas, having a screen ratio of 4:3 instead of the usual 16:9. With antenna diversity, Focal users can optimize headset reception using long-range antennas, omnidirectional antennas, or both. These goggles are provided with two 5808 receivers, in addition to two vertical omni stock 50ohm antennas with SMA connectors.

Moreover, users can enjoy a crisp and clear picture quality. The front camera is wide-angle, with an appreciably high resolution of 680*480 (VGA) coupled with a good low resolution.

Brightness and contrast settings can easily be set using the 5-position switch. Press short to adjust gradually, while for adjusting directly, press long. If you want to restore the contrast and brightness to the factory settings, then press the center button.

This headset has a built-in 8 channel/4 band 5.8G diversity unit. This enables the user to use this unit with most 5.8Gtransmitters available in the market.

The goggles have a built-in calibrating heads tracking that makes use of gyro. They have dual 854*480 WVGA monitors with 1230K pixels

Another amazing feature offered by these goggles is that they come with removable optic lenses. The headset is provided with a pair with no correction. Myopic vision can be corrected by ordering other lenses. This added feature is helpful for those who wear glasses, since they can enjoy the FPV too.

Diversity, head tracking and WVGA-all in one headset.  How can you possibly not check these cool goggles out?

Specifications

  • For: 30
  • Resolution: 854*480
  • Ratio: 16:9
  • IDP: 60-68mm
  • Channel: 40ch
  • DVR: no
  • Head tracking: yes
  • Diversity: yes
  • 3D: no

FATSHARK DOMINATOR HD3 

The Dominator V3’s are great goggles and while they have a smaller field of view than the HD2’s, they don’t suffer from the blurry edges. The Dominator V3’s also have a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is great for HD content or video from a 16:9 FPV camera like the Runcam Eagle, but they also work very well with a normal 4:3 feed. This all attracted me to the Dominator V3s initially and is what has made me want to take a closer look at the Dominator HD V3 goggles, so how do the HD3s compare?
 

First Impressions

The Dominator HD3 utilise the familiar Fatshark FPV goggle form factor and from a distance, appear much the same as previous models. The HD3’s aim to combine the best of both worlds from the V3 and HD2 FPV goggles, but are understandably more expensive than either of their predecessors. This will make the goggles better for plugging into your PC and using with one of the popular FPV Drone racing simulators.

Main Features

  • FOV: 42°
  • Resolution: 800×600 (SVGA)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 & 16:9 (switches depending on source)
  • Mini HDMI input
  • Removable foam faceplate
  • 59-69mm adjustable IPD Range
  • Integrated DVR
  • Fan-equipped face plate

Fatshark Dominator HD3 – Verdict

As an upgrade to screen-based goggles or for someone with money to use the latest tech, the HD3’s are a good buy and they are currently available on Amazon here. Do bear in mind that you will also need to buy a separate receiver and antenna, as is the norm with the majority of Fatshark goggles. This may just be the tipping point for some, as these are already expensive goggles!
For those considering their budget a bit more, I personally recommend the Dominator V3.
 
These are great goggles at a much lower cost. The FOV is smaller, but then the screen isn’t blurry and you still get all the benefits of the small form factor, comfort and features that come with the Fatshark goggles. As I said at the beginning, what you are currently using and how you use your goggles will strongly influence your choice. Just like everything else in drone racing, your goggles are a personal choice. If you are considering which camera to use to make the most of your goggles, take a look at my quick

Fat Shark FSV1063 Dominator V3

The Fatshark Dominator V3, along with the HD V2s, are the next line of premium goggles from Fatshark and we at DroneInsider bought ourselves a pair of Dom V3s to see if the latest in Fatsharks long line of market leading FPV goggles was up to the challenge.
 

Initial Impressions

The unboxing experience was a pleasure. The Fatsharks arrived in a small white box and all the items were beautifully packaged. The goggles came with a number of accessories, including the necessary HDMI cables to connect to a HD Video Downlink and most importantly a black carrying case. All I had to do was add my own module (more on that later), charge the included 1800mAh battery and I was ready to go. Compared with DIY goggles like the Quanum V2 this was a much welcomed change. Fatshark have always prided themselves on their relative simplicity and easy of use which is why they have remained market leaders for the past 3 years.
 

Module Support

This is a huge selling point for the Fatsharks over alternatives like the Headplay and Skyzones. The module bay allows you to swap in either a 5.8 Ghz, 2.4 Ghz or 1.3 Ghz module so you can receive video for all your different frequencies that you use. This is great if you fly 5.8 Ghz on your quad and lets say 1.3 Ghz for you planes and larger GT quads, as you an easily and quickly switch between the frequencies.
 
This also means there is a competition between different suppliers to see who can create the best modules with the greatest range for the least amount of cash. Currently the, La Forge Diversity Module from UBAD is proving to be the most popular, with rave reviews all over the forums, as it has auto channel scanning, a spectrum analyser, and most importantly, diversity. However it does not come cheap at $100. We have found the with the considerably cheaper recommended Fatshark module to be very good and it only retails for $30.
 

16:9 v 4:3

This is currently the major debate all over the RC forums and facebook groups. Is there any noticeable difference between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio? Some say that using a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor/goggles with the 4:3 cameras that we currently use on our FPV Ships, is detrimental to ones flying ability. However, others argue that there is little to no difference and once you get used to it, it is just as comfortable as flying with a 4:3 display.
 
Here at drone insider we saw little difference when we used the 16:9 aspect ratio of the Dominator V3 compared to the 4:3 of our previous Attitude V2s. Once we had completed around 5 flights with the Dom V3s we noticed no difference to our flying and the only impact of the wider screen is to increase immersion and FOV. Another point to stress is that there are a number of new cameras reaching the market that have a 16:9 aspect ratio, we featured the Fatshark 960 TVL in our Top 5 FPV cameras article but it hasn’t taken off as much as fatshark anticipated. Finally the key point we must stress is to TRY the goggles before purchasing, then you can decide if you can perceive the difference between the 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio.

 

Specs 

 
Optics:
  • FOV (field of view): 30° diagonal
  • Optics Type: Plastic optics (binocular 6p direct view optical engine)
  • Interpupillary Distance (IPD): 59 to 69 mm (adjustable)
  • Optional Diopter Lens Inserts: -2, -4, -6 dpt
  • Display: 800 x 480 WVGA LCD NTCS/PAL auto selecting Side/Side 3D HDMI Support 720p

Dimensions:

  • 169.2 x 80 x 45.5 mm
  • Weight: 152 g
  • Size: 212 x 134 x 87 med mer

Flying

This is what it all boils down to, what was the flying experience like. As soon as you took off you could see the higher image resolution over the old generation. There was no blurring around the edges of the screen, an issue that plagued the Dom HD V1.
 
Here’s a video of the DVR Footage, it contains no editing apart from a bit of music and a title. One interesting thing to note is that the DVR Captures in 4:3 aspect ratio, not the 16:9 that the goggles display in. And this is the only thing about the goggles which find irritating. Seeing as 90% of video media these days uses 16:9 its seems logical that DVR should be recorded in 16:9, but Fatshark clearly felt differently.
 

Conclusion

We are very impressed by the features offered by the Dom V3s, and the quality it provides when flying is out of this world. The price is justifiable if you have a medium to large budget for the hobby, or if you fly professional Aerial Photography jobs. The performance to price ratio is not great and easily trumped by budget goggles such as the Quanum V2. It is undeniable that Fatsharks are the greatest for portability though, as you can very easily put them in your bag or even your pocket. Compared to the huge space occupied by the Quanums and the Headplay HD.

What to look for when selecting the best FPV Goggles?

There are two form factors available in the market. Compact Goggles type Box Headset type Compact Goggles contains two little screens. They are comparably much smaller and lighter, which makes it easy for you to carry around. The Box Goggle is powered by a single LCD screen and is more comfortable to wear. They also have a larger Field Of View than compact goggles. Resolution Everyone would want a better experience, and probably a high definition result. Just like any other monitor screen, a high-resolution gadget will bring you a better picture. FPV offers limited camera resolution, so you may not benefit fully from HD FPV goggles.

Budget FPV’s have become common in this era of Google goggles. You can easily manage flying FPV’s since they don’t have to be expensive. It just requires a small monitor, and you are all set. An FPV goggle lies in a tremendous price range, but for a good experience and features, a neutral FPV will demand around $500 from your pocket.Field Of View (FOV) A Larger field of view provides a better experience. Unlike camera’s FOVs, Goggles FOVs must provide a larger view for the immersive picture.Video

Receiver Frequency Find an FPV that comes along a video receiver, so that you don’t have to invest in one separately. However, some FPVs provide low-frequency band. For example, Fatshark and ImmersionRC can run only 5.8 GHz. Make sure you have enough knowledge about the frequency bands of each brand before you invest in one.

Video Recording A good FPV must have the capability to record your experience with the goggles on a micro SD card. Some expensive and innovative goggles also allow you to preview the recorded video on your goggles. You can even get an external digital video recorder to rewind or pause your video.

Headset Color Beware of your headset color before choosing one. It is mostly a personal preference. Dark colors such as black absorb heat and sunlight fast, which makes your goggles likely to get a burn under the sun.

Eye Distance Inter-pupillary distance is the distance between the centers of the pupil of your both eyes. You need to have adjusted the IPD, which further helps both pupils get positioned and focused within the exit pupils of the viewing system.

You can read more about the different Fatshark goggles on the manufacturers  website 

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