Let’s take a look at the latest DJI FPV Goggles V2 we have been expecting for months! We will talk about the specifications, features and what the differences are compared to the original V1 goggles.
Here’s my review of the DJI FPV Goggles V1 if you haven’t seen it yet.
Where to Buy DJI FPV Goggles V2?
The DJI FPV goggles V2 will be available at these stores. But it’s still unclear when they will have stock so product page might be unavailable at this time. These are affiliate links.
- GetFPV: https://oscarliang.com/product-awxy
- Banggood: https://oscarliang.com/product-pmvc
- RDQ: https://oscarliang.com/product-fnzl
- NBD: https://oscarliang.com/product-75fb
Expected Price: US$549 ($20 higher than the V1)
Similarities and Differences Between V1 and V2
V1 and V2 have identical shape and dimensions, and the weight is nearly the same too. This means all existing accessories for the V1, such as antennas, goggle straps, analogue adapters and faceplate foam will still work.
They both have the same 2-inch LCD displays and optics, offering identical screen FOV (field of view) and resolution at 1440*1080p. The V2 comes with an external battery while the V1 doesn’t.
Here are the main changes:
|Screen Refresh Rate||120Hz||144Hz|
|Live View Mode||[email protected]||[email protected]|
|Transmission Frequency||5.8GHz||Dual Band: 2.4GHz & 5.8GHz|
|Input Voltage||up to 17V (2S to 4S)||up to 25.2V (2S to 6S)|
|Video Output Support||No||USB-C|
There are some new features in the V2 for working with the DJI FPV Drone – a prebuilt drone made by DJI. One of these new features is the 2.4GHz frequency support. The lower frequency provides better signal penetration and range than 5.8GHz.
If you don’t plan to get the DJI FPV drone, but just want to build your own FPV drone with Air Units / Vista, the changes are insignificant. Yes there is a 24Hz screen refresh rate increase but it might or might not be noticeable for most people, still is a welcome improvement (if you are a gamer you’d know). Resolution in Live View Mode (audience mode) is also slightly bumped up, but not a huge deal IMO.
The V2 comes with an external battery which is a 2S 1800mah, it has a USB-C interface for powering the goggles as well as charging. For me this battery pack is really not big enough for a day’s flying and I’d probably be charging it multiple times in the field. Luckily you can still power the V2 goggles from a LiPo battery. DJI even made it compatible with both 4S and 6S batteries now as it supports up to 25.2V!
As the V2 goggles works on both 2.4GHz and 5.8Ghz, the antennas are actually multi-band. That means your V1 antennas will not work well on the V2 – you can still use V1 antenna on V2 but you will have degraded range on 2.4GHz.
If you fly the DJI FPV drone, and you want to upgrade those antennas, you should get the ones designed for the DJI FPV V2 goggles. But if you don’t fly with DJI FPV drone, V1 antennas should be fine as it only uses 5.8GHz.
The location of the receiving and transmitting antennas also changed, so this is important to know when you attach aftermarket antennas, especially the patch antennas.
Compatibility with V1 Remote and Air Units / Vista
You can use the V2 Goggles with custom built FPV drones, i.e. Air Unit, Caddx Vista, as well as the V1 remote.
There are two modes, one to control the DJI FPV drone, and “FPV mode” to use Air Unit / Vista / V1 remote. in the goggles. You can switch mode in the OSD menu in the DJI Goggles V2. Remember to restart the goggles every time you change mode.
The DJI FPV V2 Goggles Is Not What I Expected
To me it seems DJI released the V2 goggles just for the DJI FPV drone, and it feels more like a V1.1 to be honest. For example, I’d love to see at least an HDMI output in the V2. But according to Joshua Bardwell you might be able to output live video to a smartphone (or tablet) over USB-C, but it’s still unclear which APP is required for this. The V1 doesn’t have this capability. He also mentioned the 1200mW Hack still works, the FCC hack should too but untested. But rumour says DJI might disable the 1200mW hack in the future.
Update (Mar 2021): USB-C video out only works with the DJI FPV drone, it doesn’t work with custom made FPV drones using Air Unit and Caddx Vista.
Update (May 2021): Video out is now made possible via USB-C!
There is still no analogue module built-in, but you can use the AV input just like the V1.
Anyway, this is still gonna be slightly better than the V1, all those extra features for only $20 more. For those who haven’t’ got into the DJI FPV system, it’s excellent news for sure. The only bad news is probably the possibility that they might disable 1200mW hack. They will probably discontinue the V1 anyway, so the V2 will be the only choice. You can probably get some cheap second hand V1 by the way :)
For those who already bought the V1 like me, I don’t see myself upgrading to V2 anytime soon (unless you want to get the DJI FPV drone). It’s possible that more features will be released for the V2 in future firmware updates too, so we shall keep an eye on that.
Accessories You Should Get
The V2 Goggles comes with a battery pack, but it doesn’t come with the XT60 cable like the V1. You need to get this separately here:
Don’t try and buy a random USB-C to barrel cable, it won’t work, only the cable provided by DJI does.
Other accessories for the V1 still works for the V2: https://oscarliang.com/dji-fpv-system-upgrade-accessory/