Review: DJI FPV Goggles V2 – Specs, How It Compares to V1

by Oscar
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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.

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.

DJI FPV Goggles V1 V2 front same

Here are the main changes:

V1 V2
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!

Antennas Changed

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.

These antennas are available for the V2 goggles.

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.

DJI FPV Goggles V2 antenna connectors RX TX

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/

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28 comments

Ilya 7th June 2021 - 11:58 am

Hello Oscar! Open question. How to properly connect Lumenier AXII HD Set to V2 glasses? Is there an answer? The connection image on the sites is different everywhere.

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Oscar 7th June 2021 - 12:51 pm

Connect patch antenna to the RX connectors as shown in the picture.

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Ilya 9th June 2021 - 1:34 pm

Many thanks!

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Arno 22nd May 2021 - 4:59 am

Like everytime . You did a so nice and complete review. I love your website.
What about antenna if I want to use my pair of TrueRc x-air on my V2. Does I can use only one antenna and how I must plug in ? diagonally ?

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Oscar 22nd May 2021 - 11:38 am

You can use both of them, and connect them on the left and right side.
If only using one, you should connect it to one of the RX ONLY connect as it’s the most important for directional antennas :)

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Paul Lowkater 18th April 2021 - 10:20 pm

Thanks for the help. I have a question when I go in to the DJI assistant I go to the update page there’s only two versions there the latest two versions of the software I click the ALL button But there is still only the latest to firmware’s to update to. How do I find the older firmware????

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Sharath Kumar-Sampangi 25th March 2021 - 12:23 pm

Hi Oscar,

Could you add the model numbers for v1 and v2.

I don’t know which one I have now.

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DJ Khaleb 20th March 2021 - 2:59 am

I got my V2 goggles working (without the DJI FPV Drone) working on macOS Big Sur on Mid 2015 MBP) after a lot of digging. Firmware would download but not transfer to the goggles so I could activate them.
First Uninstall DJI Assistant 2 if you already have it.

Because I couldn’t get the updated firmware to transfer to the goggles I suspected the HoRNDIS issue so do the below.
# MacOS Big Sur HoRNDIS Drive Installation Guide
Perform the following steps to ensure DJI Assistant 2 functions properly with macOS Big Sur:

1. Disable System Integrity Protection.
a. Enter macOS Recovery: Restart the Mac and immediately press and hold the Command and R keys. Release them when you see an Apple logo,
spinning globe, or another startup screen displayed. (Do not use a wireless keyboard)
b. Go to Utilities > Terminal on the menu bar and type “csrutil disable”, and then press Enter.
c. Restart the Mac.
2. Install the latest version of DJI Assistant 2, then go to System Preferences > Safety and Privacy > General and agree to the installation.
3. Restart the Mac and check the HoRNDIS installation status.
a. Go to System Preferences > Network. If your network adaptor is displayed in the list on the left, the installation was successful. My goggles were called “pidgeon” when connected.

2. Download the latest version of DJI Assistant 2 (FPV Series) V2.1.0 from official website
Log in with the given internal account:
Account: DJI_aftersales @outlook.com (remove space)
Password: DJI123456
2. Go to Settings in DJI Assistant 2, and enable the first two options, “DJI Account Information” and “DJI Device Information”.
3. Connect DJI FPV Goggles V2 to the DA2 software, enter firmware update page and update to V00.05.1086
4. Enter goggles Setting- About- Switch to DJI FPV digital system, click “OK” and reboot.
5. There would be a notice of activation from goggles screen.
6. Connect DJI FPV Goggles V2 to the DA2 software, there would be a notice of activation from DA2, and follow the activation instruction. I had to unplug and replug on the DA2 Software twice before it gave me the “Activation option”
7. Enter firmware update page, update to V01.00.0606.

8. Dont forget to Enable System Integrity Protection.
a. Repeat Step 1a to enter macOS Recovery.
b. Go to Utilities > Terminal on the menu bar and type “csrutil enable”, and then press Enter.
c. Restart the Mac.

I hope this helps everybody! Let me know if you need help.

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Troy 17th March 2021 - 3:25 am

Any latest rumours on availability (in Australia at least). As at Mar 17, we have nothing at any major outlets or FPV onsellers!

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Oscar 17th March 2021 - 1:04 pm

DJI is pumping these out in small quantity at the moment as far as I know, there’s even shortage inside China, I know because I just purchased mine and I had to ask 5+ sellers there :)
They all told me there should be more stock after April.

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Josef Dahari 17th March 2021 - 2:48 am

What I really want to know is how the v2 antenna placements are going to work. I got the iflight crystals running on top 2 and omnis on the bottom since I dont know the exact placements best to use since they changed the way the antennas transmit and receive etc. Any news on that yet

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Oscar 17th March 2021 - 1:03 pm

I will release some more info regarding antennas of the V2 when I get mine :) it’s on a slow boat from China.

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Will 13th March 2021 - 2:00 am

Please help! Firmware V01.00.0606 no longer available through DJI Assistant. Only Firmware V01.10.00 available. Both V01.10.00 and V01.05.1086 do not allow me to switch to DJI FPV digital system.

I cannot bind to Air Unit as a result

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Reme Morales 11th March 2021 - 5:17 am

Is there any info on how to update the firmware for the V2 goggles without having the DJI FPV drone? I get an error each time on transmission and bardwell came out with a solution but I’m already on the 1.0 firmware so I can’t go back. DJI has no answers for this except to send my goggles in for diagnostics.

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Oscar 11th March 2021 - 12:21 pm

Right now DJI is working on a permenant solution, but as a work around for activating the V2 goggles without the DJI drone, you can try this:

Confirmed Working Fix for V2 Goggle Activation Issues!
1. Download the latest version of DJI Assistant 2 (FPV Series) V2.1.0 from official website
Log in with the given internal account:
Account: DJI_aftersales @outlook.com (remove space)
Password: DJI123456
2. Go to Settings in DJI Assistant 2, and enable the first two options, “DJI Account Information” and “DJI Device Information”.
3. Connect DJI FPV Goggles V2 to the DA2 software, enter firmware update page and update to V00.05.1086
4. Enter goggles Setting- About- Switch to DJI FPV digital system, click “OK” and reboot.
5. There would be a notice of activation from goggles screen.
6. Connect DJI FPV Goggles V2 to the DA2 software, there would be a notice of activation from DA2, and follow the activation instruction.
7. Enter firmware update page, update to V01.00.0606.

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Martin 3rd March 2021 - 12:36 pm

You do not know if fpv dji dron will work with V1 goggles.

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Oscar 3rd March 2021 - 2:42 pm

No V1 doesn’t work with DJI FPV drone. They release the V2 just for the DJI drone.

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Phil 21st February 2021 - 5:56 pm

I stay with my V1 till DJI unlock the hdmi output AND input for simulator 🤨

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Brent 9th February 2021 - 4:17 am

I’d like to see confirmation that audience mode from V2 goggles to V1 goggles is supported.

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Anton Oksa 27th January 2021 - 6:45 pm

Really great, but leaves a lot to be improved… What is most incomprehensible to me, however, is that the sound still cannot be played in real time from air unit to goggles. What the heck?

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hsi kao 23rd January 2021 - 3:37 pm

Probably wont work as it might be encrypted. But if you can see it on your phone then just broadcast to the TV or PC monitor. Most phones have this option. Once on TV or PC monitor you can live stream it. Good luck.

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Mark Lang 18th January 2021 - 4:31 pm

Oscar, they didn’t add a focus adjustment? That’s a bummer if they didn’t.

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Oscar 7th February 2021 - 8:36 pm

Yea, the changes are quite small to call it V2 really. I guess changing the mould is too expensive. Fatshark touched on that subject before in their interviews, that’s why they kept using the same shell design for almost 10 years.

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Matthew B Maughan 17th January 2021 - 10:32 pm

If it was as simple as converting the usb to hdmi, I would count yourself incredibly lucky. But!!! Because there is mention of needing a DJI app to access the video, any old monitor probably wont work. You will probably need a phone or tablet capable of running said required app..

Standard DJI.

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Jachar 16th January 2021 - 12:23 pm

HDMI Out of V2 is only a software feature. V1 is also capable of this. The question is if DJI will add it in the firmware update. I would be really angry if they won’t. It is the only thing that i’m missing on my V1.

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Alex Keen 16th January 2021 - 2:10 am

There will obviously be a big delay in sale of the new V2. All of the affiliated webpages are down. And the DJI webpage for the V2 is giving the message that this product is unavailable in our region (USA).

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Oscar 7th February 2021 - 8:26 pm

The latest rumour is that the V2 should be available before end of march

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Patrick Byars 13th January 2021 - 3:10 am

Just bought a (couple) USB-C to 4K @60hz on Amazon for $10-20 (one is adapter, the other is USB-C to HDMI) for my laptop. Same cable no API needed if it has HDMI on USB-C (v3 or 4). USB to lightning has a good chance to work too. tbd but this engineer pre ordered the V2 just for that USB-C output. And future compatibility.

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