Complete FPV Goggles Guide – For Mini Quad Drone Quadcopter

FPV Goggles is an important part of the first-person-view experience. As FPV gets more popular with multirotors especially quadcopters, there are so many more FPV goggles options on the market, and learning the basics in this guide is going to help you decide which one to buy.

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Why Do You Need FPV Goggles?

The reason that FPV goggles are popular is due to the immersive flying experience they offer to the pilots and spectators. Goggles has two little screens that project images from the camera on the aircraft. It allows the pilot sitting on the ground, to see what the quadcopter is seeing. That’s why it’s called FPV – First Person View

The best known brands for FPV goggles are: Fatshark, Skyzone, Boscam, Eachine, Quanum (Hobbyking) and Aomway. For those who is going to buy a new set of FPV goggles you might find this post useful to your research. We will go through some of the important factors you should consider, and have a brief overview on some popular products.

Do you wear glasses? Wonder if Goggle is suitable for people wearing glasses?

What to look for When selecting the best FPV Goggles?

Form Factor

Basically there are 2 form factors:

  • Compact Goggles type
  • Box Headset type

FPV goggles have 2 little screens. They are considerably smaller and lighter, very easy to carry around. Not to mention they look much slicker too.

quanum-v2-pro-fpv-goggles-fatshark-dominator-compare

The “Box” FPV headset is powered by only 1 LCD screen (usually 4-6″). They usually feel a bit more comfortable to wear according to most people. They also have a larger FOV than goggles.

Budget

Flying FPV doesn’t have to be expensive, you can spend as little as $30 on a small monitor and fly just fine. But for the best user experience and features, a decent pair of FPV goggles can cost up to nearly $500. But don’t worry there are a lot of good options you can choose from within this extreme price range.

Unlike your multirotor, your FPV goggles don’t crash :) It normally lasts a long time so it makes sense to invest a bit more on it.

Resolution

Just like any normal display screen monitor, the higher resolution the better picture you get (in theory). But with the limitation in FPV camera resolution, you might not benefit fully from HD FPV goggles.

Check out this guide on how to choose a good FPV camera.

Aspect Ratio

There are two most common screen aspect ratios: 16:9 and 4:3. There is also 5:3 (1.666) which is close to 16:9 (1.777).

Your FPV camera is either 16:9 or 4:3, so you want to pick the goggles with the same aspect ratio to match it. Otherwise your image will look squashed or stretched. Although this might not be a huge problem but only a matter of time to get used to.

Currently, majority of the FPV cameras are still 4:3, but I expect to see more and more 16:9 cameras (such as the Runcam Eagle), and personally I think it’s the way to go for future-proof.

Field of View (FOV)

It’s said the larger the FOV, the more immersive picture is. If it’s 35 degree, then the edges of the screen are at a 35 degree angle from the centre point of your eyes. Don’t get mixed up with camera FOV, these are different.

Inter-pupillary distance

As known as IPD. It’s the distance between the centre of the pupils of the two eyes. Having IPD adjustable helps both eye pupils to be positioned within the exit pupils of the viewing system.

Video Receiver Frequency

Some comes with video receiver so you don’t have to purchase it separately. However some FPV goggles with built-in Receivers can only run 5.8Ghz on Fatshark/ImmersionRC frequency band. There are quite a few different sets of frequency in 5.8Ghz. Also check out this guide to learn all the frequency bands used in FPV.

Receiver Diversity

Diversity basically mean there are more than 1 video receiver in the system (usually 2), the diversity will automatically choose the receiver with best reception, therefore giving you the best possible video link.

Each receiver has their own antenna, and these antenna can be pointing at a different angle, or they can be different type of antenna with different gains.

Modular Video Receiver

Some FPV Goggles has modular VRX feature that allows you to swap out VRX you prefer. There are receiver modules that are designed for different purposes, such as 1.2Ghz support, diversity antennas, different 5.8Ghz channel supports etc.

This feature makes FPV Goggles extremely flexible. But it becomes more expensive since you have to purchase the VRX separately. Currently only the Fatshark Dominator series has this feature.

Other Features

  • Built-in DVR – Capability to record your flight with the Goggles on a Micro SD card, some even allows you to play back the footage on the goggles. In case you crash, you can rewind and find out where you landed. Alternatively you can get an external DVR like this one
  • Head Tracking allows you to bind the on-board camera motion to pilot’s head motion, so that the camera moves around accurately and smoothly as the pilots move their heads. It creates an even more immersive FPV experience. This is not such a big deal for multirotors, and probably more useful in fixed wing planes. Multirotors have very flexible yaw control, not so much in wings. Therefore it considerably increases the field of view and also for a safer flight
  • HDMI Input is a common connection between HD video devices. Having HDMI compatibility on your FPV Goggles means you would be able to use it with HD FPV systems such as the Connex Prosight. You can even connect your goggles to your computer with HDMI, either it’s for watching movies, or FPV simulators.
  • 3D Support – allows you to use 3D FPV Camera/Transmitter system

Headset Colour

Colour is mostly a personal preference. Black or other darker colour goggles tend to get hot more easily under the sun.

FPV Goggles Comparison Charts

Here are some comparison tables of all the popular FPV Goggles on the market.

Entry Level Box FPV Goggles

Large FPV headsets are heavier, but usually feels more comfortable to wear. They are cheaper, and might allows you to pair them with any video receiver because they are literally just a monitor. They are good options if you just want to have a taste of what FPV is like and test the waters.

Because of the singular optics both eyes are looking at one single screen rather than 2. People with Inter-pupillary distance (IPD) problems can also try these. But if your eyes have different level of sight problems that require different diopter lenses, you might run into trouble with these.

quanum-v2-pro-fpv-goggles-assembled-with-diversity-receiver Eachine VR-007 fpv goggles Quanum Cyclops fpv goggles headset Eachine EV800 fpv goggles Aomway VR V1 FPV Goggles
Model Quanum DIY V2 Pro Eachine VR-007 Quanum Cyclops Eachine EV800 Aomway VR V1
Price $38 $50 $58 $70 $93
Resolution 800 x 480 480 x 272 800 x 480 800 x 480 800 x 480
Ratio 5:3 4:3 5:3 5:3 5:3
Built-in VRX No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Frequency n/a 40ch 40ch 40ch 40ch
DVR n/a No No No No
Diversity n/a No No No No
Weight 532g 256g 390g 349g 258g

High End Box Goggles

More features, higher resolution.

Eachine VR D2 fpv goggles headplay hd fpv goggles quanum genesis fpv goggles
Model Eachine VR D2 HeadPlay HD Quanum Genesis Fatshark Transformer
Price $70 $249 unknown $250
Resolution 800 x 480 1280 x 800 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Ratio 5:3 16:10 16:9 & 4:3 unknown
Built-in VRX Yes Yes Yes Yes
Channels 40ch 40ch 40ch unknown
DVR Yes No No unknown
Diversity Yes No Yes unknown
Weight 295g 400g 403g unknown

Mid Class – Compact Form Factor

These are small, light weight FPV goggles, extremely easy to carry around. However they might not fit everyone’s faces, so try them out if possible before buying.

These compact FPV Goggles all have built-in video receivers (VRX), and they all support 5.8GHz Frequency.

FatShark PredatorV2 goggle Fatshark Teleporter V5 fpv goggles FatShark Attitude V3 fpv goggles skyzone-fpv-goggle-sk01-v2 Boscam GS923 fpv goggles
Model Predator V2 Teleporter V5 Attitude V3 Attitude V4 Skyzone V2 Boscam GS923
Price $280 $165 $332 $350 $339 $200
FOV 25° 25° 32° 32° 30° 30°
Resolution 640 x 480 320 x 240 640 x 480 640 x 480 854 x 480 854 x 480
Ratio 4:3 4:3 4:3 4:3 16:9 16:9
IPD 63.5mm 63.5mm 59-69mm 59-69mm 60-68mm unknown
Modular RX No No No Yes No No
Built-in VRX Channels 7ch 7ch 32ch n/a 40ch 32ch
DVR No No No Yes No No
Head Tracking No No Yes unkonwn Yes No
Feature n/a n/a 3D n/a Diversity Diversy
Weight unknown 163g 167g unkonwn 344g unknown

There was also the Fatshark Base ($258, 35 FOV, 640×480, 922000 DPI, 59-69mm IPD) which requires an external RX, I think it might have been discontinued as I couldn’t find it anywhere.

I think the GS923 is an upgrade from GS920 ($250, 32 FOV, 640×480, 922000 DPI, 63.5mm IPD, built-in 32ch RX). There is also the GS922, which I think is similar to the GS923, but with a DVR.

Compact – High End Class

Higher display resolution with more features.

fatshark dominator se fpv goggles fatshark-dominator-fpv-goggle-v3 skyzone SKY02S fpv goggles Skyzone SKY02 v3 fpv goggles fatshark dominator hd v2 fpv goggles
Model Aomway Commander Dominator SE Dominator V3 Skyzone SKY02S Skyzone SKY02 V3 Dominator HD3
Price $334 $350 $375 $409 $387 $500
FOV 32° unknown 30° 30° 30° 42°
Resolution 854*480 640 x 480 800 x 480 854 x 480 854 x 480 800 x 600
Ratio 16:9 4:3 16:9 16:9 16:9 4:3
IPD 59-69mm 59-69mm 59-69mm 59-69mm 59-69mm unknown
Modular RX No, Integrated 40ch Yes Yes no, Integrated 40ch no, integraded 40ch Yes
DVR Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Head Tracking Yes Support Support Yes Yes Support
Features 3D, HDMI, Diversity n/a HDMI, 3D Diversity Diversity, 3D HDMI, 3D
Weight Unknown unknown 152g unknown 190g unknown

And here are some comparison chart of how the image looks like on those goggles.

fatshark-fpv-goggle-comparison-chart comparison-chart-teleporter-v5-dominator-v3-attitude-v3-HD-v2

HD Class

Goggles in this class has high display resolution, you can even use them for home entertainment systems.

Model Cinemizer OLED Avegant Glyph
Price $790 $550
FOV 30° 40°
Resolution 1080p 720p
Ratio 16:9 & 4:3 16:9
IPD 59 – 69mm unknown
Feature 3D/HDMI 3D/Head-tracking/HDMI
Weight 120g 411g

The After using the Cinemizer OLED I think it’s primarily designed for multimedia, but you can also use it for FPV flying. Same with the Avegant Glyph, these goggles have integrated battery, the fun can go on for hours for each charge.

Both Goggles provides built-in diopter adjustment, users can use these goggles without their glasses, and create a truly immersive viewing experience for the users.

Receiver Modules for Dominator Goggles

As you might know, the Fatshark Dominator series FPV goggles require a receiver module to work, and there are many options out there. All the latest modules have diversity capability.

Fatshark Predator V2

fatshark-predator-fpv fatshark-predator-fpv-goggle-package

The Predator V2 is one of the most popular beginner kits system from Fatshark. In the kit you get a built-in 5.8GHz video receiver, a 5.8Ghz 250mW video transmitter, a CMOS FPV camera and a power supply adapter. It’s great for FPV first timers because of the plug and play feature. It’s claimed to have 1Km+ range out of the box. It works great with ImmersionRC Spironet Antenna.

Reviews said they improved optics, camera and video transmitter from previous version.

Here are some cons of the Goggles:

  • Good resolution, 640×480 VGA but with a narrower 25º field of vision.
  • Camera is still not good enough (being CMOS, see here for the difference between CCD and CMOS)
  • No head tracking
  • fixed Interpupillary distance: 63.5mm

FatShark Teleporter V3 and V5

Fatshark Teleporter V5 fpv goggles

The Teleport V3 is another RTF FPV system kit that includes a 250mW 5.8 GHz video transmitter, a wide angle 720p CMOS camera. It also has an built-in DVR that records flight footage while flying. This is a complete FPV system that is plug and play out of the box. Some reviews say the image quality of this headset is disappointing, I think this is probably the least popular Fatshark model given the poor image quailty.

Cons:

  • The Teleporter V3 does not have Head Tracking
  • Not compatible with other Frequency bands except the one used by Fatshark/ImmersionRC
  • Bad image quality comparatively

V5 Improvement

  • Comes with Head-Tracking
  • Sold in only FPV goggles, and not a whole kit which makes it a lot cheaper

FatShark Attitude V2 and V3

FatShark Attitude V3 fpv goggles

The Attitude has more features than the Predator and therefore more expensive. There is an integrated 5.8GHz receiver and Trinity head tracker built-in. Some would call this a step up goggle from the Predator V2.

The biggest compliments from the users is the adjustable IPD for dialling in the optic sweet spot, and it has larger FOV than the Predator V2 so the screens looks larger and wider. It also has integrated VRX and head tracking feature.

V3 Changes

  • Larger IPD
  • Smaller FOV (35 vs 32)
  • Support for Interlaced 3D
  • Modular receiver bay

There is also a Spektrum edition of this goggles (Focal). They look very similar, but the Focal is of different colour (Grey), and comes with some more features.

FatShark Dominator V2 and V3

fatshark-dominator-fpv-goggle-v3

Comparing to the Predator V2, the Dominator V3 has better resolution 800X480 resolution, as well as better field of vision (32 degree). The image quality is also better than the Altitude V2, but the FOV is not as wide. However the screens are bigger on the Dominator and of higher quality than those two models, and the picture appears larger to the user.

The Dominator V3 supports head tracking, and swappable VRX modules that supports 1.3Ghz, 2.4Ghz and 5.8Ghz.

V3 changes over V2

  • Better resolution
  • 16:9 screen aspect ratio rather than 4:3
  • Comes with face plate with anti-fog fan
  • Improved 2S 1000mah LiPo battery with capacity indicator and protection circuit

Some other features includes:

  • Built in DVR to record your flights
  • Support HDMI input
  • Stereo audio output
  • Adjustable IPD distance: 59 to 69mm
  • User Setting
    • Channel selection
    • Volume control
    • Mode selection (wired/wireless)
    • Contrast/ brightness control
    • DVR control
    • HT control

FatShark Dominator HD V2 and V3

fatshark dominator hd v2 fpv goggles

Probably one of the most expensive FPV goggles on the market at the moment. FatShark Dominator HD V2 offers 800 x 600 SVGA resolution. They offer a very wide 50 degree field of view, giving an even more immersive experience.

The optics of the HD v2 is made of glass instead of plastic (found in Dom V3), this leads to sharper and clearer images. It’s very similar to the Dominator V3 in terms of features, which also has an interchangeable receiver module and head tracking option and includes a DVR.

However the V2 has been replaced by the newer HDV3, here is the spec of the HDV3:

  • FOV: 42°
  • IPD: Same as HD2 59 to 69 mm
  • Channel: VRX not included
  • DVR: Yes
  • Head Tracking: Support
  • Diversity: Support
  • 3D: Side/Side 3D

HDv3 has similar features, main difference is the slightly smaller 42° FOV because of the many complaints about blurry edges on the V2’s 50° screen. Likely this is why they don’t come with a set of -2 diopter lenses like the SE does. Other than that it has a new 16:9 display format when in HDMI mode.

SkyZone SKY-02

Skyzone SKY02 v3 fpv goggles

The Skyzone SKY02 is similar price to the Dominator V3, and they have 16:9 wide screens as well. An important feature of these is that they are 3D capable (supports 3D camera). The built in receiver is compatible with Fatshark and Boscam systems.

It has Diversity receiver system, which gives better reception with the proper chosen antennas. They also have a built-in camera on the front of the goggles so you can see in front of you without taking them off. But some complains about the wide angle front camera makes it very hard to work with your hands while looking through the goggles.

Skyzone 3D

skyzone 3d fpv goggle

The first 3D FPV goggle I have ever heard for FPV. It comes with a 3D camera and receiver so it’s all ready to go out of the box. It has a DVR that was missing in the SKY-01. You can even see battery voltage monitoring on the OSD. They have lower FOV on the front facing camera, and makes working with your hands easier.

Basically the 3D system works as if you are using 2 cameras, 2 video transmitters, and the video feed appears on each screen on the goggles. Because it’s using 2 channels, it makes it more trickier to fly with other people on 5.8Ghz, as it’s more likely to interfere with them.

You can also just use this goggle for 2D flying with ordinary camera and VTX, and the two antennas will be on diversity mode again.

Features:

  • 3D
  • 2D diversity mode
  • DVR built in with playback
  • Built-in 32CH 5.8G Diversity that is compatible with most FPV 5.8G transmitters on the market (Fatshark,DJI,Walkra,Boscam etc)
  • Built-in self-calibrating head tracking (gyro, inertial and compass)
  • Built in Dual 854X480(WVGA) Monitors, 1,229,760 color sub-pixels
  • Built-in external camera for surrounding view (640X480)
  • AV in/ AV out/ Earphone socket (with volume control)
  • Adjustable Interpupillary and Diopter for your eyes

Specs:

  • FOV: 30 degrees
  • Resolution: 854×480 (WVGA) 1230k
  • Interpupillary (IPD) distance: 60-68mm adjustable, Diopter with optional lenses
  • Channels: 32CH 4band 5.8GHz (Fatshark, Boscam & Skyzone compatible)
  • Front internal camera: 120 degree 640×480
  • head tracker: Compass/ Inertial and gyro ppm selectable channel output

Quanum DIY FPV Goggle V2 Pro

The Quanum DIY Goggles is probably one of the most popular goggles due to its affordable price. The appearance of it has improved so much over the year.

quanum-v2-pro-fpv-goggles-velcro-cable-management

The original version looks like this. See my review for this early version.

Quanum FPV Goggle_hobbyking

I think it’s great for beginners, if you have $40 to spend.

Specs

  • Monitor screen: NON-Blue screen custom TFT LCD
  • Screen size: 5 inch (16:9 or 4:3 switchable)
  • Supply voltage: 7~13V
  • Resolution: 800 x 480
  • Size: 162 x 170 x 102mm
  • Weight: 5322

Headplay

headplay hd fpv goggles

The Headplay HD FPV Goggle is made by GetFPV. With a massive HD 1280×800 screen and an impressive 72 degree of FOV, it makes it one of the most immersive FPV display our there. They are one of the few goggles that has a HDMI input, and supports HD FPV systems like the Connex Prosight. The only downside for me is the form factor, it’s a freaking huge box. I reckon you can probably fit your micro quad in there as a quad case :)

Fatshark Dominator SE

fatshark dominator se fpv goggles

From the spec, it looks like it’s just a Attitude V3 with DVR. Actually it looks more like the Dominator V2 with fan face plate, and painted in orange/black. But note that it comes with a Raceband video receiver so that means potential money saving.

Price wise, it’s not that different from the DomV3, so I imagine people who are buying this is mainly going for the 4:3 resolution and casing colour.

The SE can be seen as an alternative to the discontinued DomV2. It has a resolution of 640×480 and an analog driver board which means it doesn’t show an on screen indicator when switching channels/brightness/contrast, however it doesn’t support HDMI.

It has a much nicer finish, and comes with a Raceband 5.8GHz receiver module and a SpiroNET omni antenna which potentially saves you money. Also a set of -2 diopter lenses is included due to the many people having problems with the large 50° FOV. The included battery is a 2S 1000mAh pack.

Boscam GS923

Boscam GS923 fpv goggles

Not sure why but the GS923 has been under the radar and not known to many people that they actually exist. I haven’t tried them myself, but from the spec they do look good value to me. It has a brother model GS922, apparently the difference being the GS922 has a DVR but it’s about $100 more.

Conclusion – Which are the best FPV Goggles

I started flying FPV with a cheap 7 inch LCD monitor for over a year, before making the switch to a Fatshark Dominator V2. Although I was happy with the monitor, I enjoy FPV even more after I started flying with Goggles for the truly immersive FPV experience. In my opinion the FPV goggle is not a necessary investment. If you are on a tight budget, a small screen can get you started flying just fine.

I like the features and quality offered by the Skyzone goggles, they also support diopter lens inserts, the same ones as the Fatshark which is a plus for a nearsighted people. However their screens are a bit too wide for me with 16:9 resolution. Since I use 4:3 FPV cameras on all of my rigs, I don’t like the stretched picture. That’s also why I don’t think I would switch to Dominator V3. But I am sure it’s just a matter of time getting used to it.

Article Created in March 2015, last updated in Apr 2017.

47 thoughts on “Complete FPV Goggles Guide – For Mini Quad Drone Quadcopter

  1. Chad Bjorklund

    I highly recommend trying out the Transformers. The FOV on them is AMAZING. The bulk, while significantly less than most box style, is still a bit of a headache. There is no issue with comfort but they aren’t quite as portable. And inevitably, you look a little sillier with them than the traditional goggle style. I’ve used HD3s before and going on raw image quality and immersion, the Transformers (with the Binocular viewer) are my preference.

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  2. dec0y

    I love this list! I hope it keeps up to date as a TON a new headsets are coming in this year.
    The most helpful thing for me is the FOV comparison/screen comparison.

    Any way we could get screen shots from the Boscam series goggles? (Super curious about the 922’s and new 909’s)
    and compare the FOV from the Quanum DIY’s and Headplays, etc to the the Dominators and Skyzones?

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    1. Oscar Post author

      Boscam needs to do better with their market :) no one is aware of their new goggles when they come out lol :D

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  3. ocie ward

    Thanks for this comprehensive list, Oscar!

    One correction: You say the main difference between Dom V3 and Dom SE is the aspect ration, but in fact the main difference is the FOV. The SE has much larger FOV than V3. I believe the SE optics are the same as the HDV2, but I can’t say for sure.

    I own the V3s and bought the SEs to compare. I posted my thoughts in RCG if you are interested: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=35547986&postcount=122

    My conclusion:
    For me, I prefer the smaller image in the Dom V3s because I didn’t have to move my eye around to see the corners and because it was crisp and sharp all the way across the image. So I sold the SEs for a total loss of $55 (including the shipping I paid from NG hobbies in Canadia). I guess it was worth it to me to know for sure. I agonized so long over the choice between V3 and HDV2 previously, but now I feel like I made the right choice there as well, since I iagine the things that I didn’t like about the SEs are the same on the HDV2s…

    My Recommendation:
    If you are all about immersion, go for the SEs. If you are all about sharpness, go for the V3s. If you have Quanums or one of those big goggles and you love how big the image is , but you want something more portable, get the SEs.

    Hope this helps you guys that are on the fence!

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    1. Oscar Post author

      thanks for the correction :) yes i think that’s the one thing i missed to mention :)
      thank you for your thoughts too!

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  4. Anthony

    Last year when I built my first fpv quad, I went with the Quanum V2. The Quanums are great for beginners. First off the cost is very low so just in case you end up hating FPV, you haven’t taken a big hit. Seondly, if you end up loving fpv they are still useful if eventually buy better goggles.. You can repurpose your Quanum headset as a video monitor since you already have a receiver and battery for it. You can even cut the foam to be a sunshade if you don’t mind scrapping your kit altogether.

    Attitude V3Correction:
    The Attitude V3 do not have a max IPD of 72. Fatshark falsely advertises this on the V3 product page, but if you download the spec sheet, it says they have a max IPD of 69 just like all their other sets. I emailed Fatshark about this and they confirmed the max IPD is 69 and that they will correct the product page. Unfortunately, various reseller websites have copied their info from Fatshark’s product page so expect to see the incorrect IPD of 72 floating around for some time. I have an IPD of 70 and was able to use them but when I wasn’t focused on flying, I could notice that the IPD was just off. I would imagine someone with an IPD of 72 might find them unusable.

    Attitude V3 v. Dominator SE
    I had the chance to try these side by side before settling on the SE. I preferred the SE because it comes with a DVR and has a larger FOV than the V3s. The SE FOV falls somwhere between the Dom V2s and the HDV2s. Fatshark says they are using the same optics as the HDV2’s but the screens are obviously smaller so I am not sure what the net FOV is. Either way, it is immediately noticeable over the Attitude V3’s and a reason I would suggest getting the SE’s at the same price. The increased FOV of the SE on the same screens as the V3 does create a slightly less sharp screen. However, I found the wider FOV to be a bigger factor in my flying than the minor sharpness reduction. It was only after going back and forth side by side could I notice much of a difference. Tuning my Swift camera made far more significant image quality results than the difference between the V3 and SE picture quality. Lastly, I will say the V3’s were more comfortable and form fitting out of the box. The V3’s use a thicker foam around the face mask and that worked perfectly on my face. My SE’s took some tweaking and I ended up having to blend the thin foam at the top of the goggles with the thick foam at the bottom to best fit my face. Other than initial comfort, I prefer the SE’s over the V3’s.

    Lastly, all of this just goes to further emphasize how important trying goggles for yourself is. I would highly recommend seeking out drone racing events in your area to try various goggles at product booths or to politely ask other pilots if you can try on their goggles. Every goggle, even the top of the line HDV2’s all come with a compromise of some sort.

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    1. Anthony

      Oh nice, it looks like Fatshark did correct the Attitude V3 IPD information on the main product page. It now shows the max of 69mm.

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  5. Mike

    I have a waterproof HexH20 6 rotor copter. I really like it and I am a little better than a beginner in flying it. A friend has a pair of goggles and I really liked them-I want a pair bad. Money is not an issues. I am currently using the Black Pearl screen and a Fat Shark antenna that came with the system. What do you recommend? Would I have to make any changes on the system or would it be plug and play?
    Thanks

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    1. Oscar Post author

      I think you will be looking at aspect ratio and resolution as the main factors for Fatshark goggles. Extra features are bonus such as DVR.
      I am still using the Dominator V2 as we speak, and it’s got 4:3 ratio.
      Majority of the cameras are still 4:3, so this is perfect, but as time moves on, I expect to see more and more 16:9 cameras, with higher resolution, that’s where the 16:9 HD goggles would come in handy.
      If budget isn’t an issue, then definitely get the highest spec goggle you can :)

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  6. charles

    will the receiver I bought help my phantom 4 on my fat sharks v3 works ok with out just thought it would be better ty

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  7. Flint Smith

    Field of view is not the angle from the center point. It’s the angle from side to side. A 360 degree field of view is the maximum, not 180.

    Thanks though for collecting all this info. It’s very helpful.

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  8. Maximilian Ulbrich

    Hi Oscar,

    I have a tip for people with glasses especially with strong astigmatism, who basically need a more cylindrical lens than a spherical lens for correction. I have the Dominator V2 goggles.
    I took a pair of my older prescription glasses that were broken and made from plastic. With a high speed drill I removed the lens part from the correction inserts that I bought for the goggles. Then I cut the same size from my prescription glasses. Be careful not to confuse left and right, front and back and do not rotate them. Finally I glued the lenses from my glasses into the inserts with epoxy. Now I have perfect view!

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  9. Dean

    Hi Oscar,

    I also want to say great article! I am rather new to this sport…I have a DJI Phantom and a couple of smaller/nano quads that I have been goofing around with for fun but I’ve never used a FPV setup and am very intrigued by the concept. If/when I take the plunge I want to buy something that is high quality and works well, something that will last and that I can mount on my Phantom and maybe a racing quad I’ll get in the future (Vortex!?). Do you think the Sky02 3D would be a worth-while investment for someone in my position – it is pricey but doable, especially if it will last for several aerial platforms as well as my initial plunge. I’ve seen some Youtube videos of the Sky02 and those people reviewing them seemed very pleased with the quality of the 3D experience (not to mention 3D in and of itself!). Right now I’m still in an info-gathering mode which is how I came across your great article above. Thanks for any advise/thoughts you can share…

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  10. moises mendez

    HI OSCAR OK I JUST GOT MY DEVENTION GOGGLE 2 BUT I LOST ONE EYE PIECE CUP DO YOU KNOW WHARE I CAN GET A REPLACEMENT PART THANK YOU MUCH MOISES MENDEZ

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  11. Johnny

    Hi Oscar,

    Have you or anyone else tried using the Flysight SPX01 goggles? They seem to be very comparable to the Skyzone V1, but without head tracking. Just wondering how the quality of the image and receiver would be. Thanks.

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  12. Paul

    Hi there. I have just saved up for a set of goggles I have about 300 to spend. I am wondering about getting the headplays or skyzone V1s I want to get something that will be good for a long time. My curent setup is the teleporter v3 from hobbyking.
    What are the best goggles on the market at the moment?
    What would you recemend that I buy?

    Paul

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    1. Oscar Post author

      i have not tried all the goggles so i can’t recommend which is best for you. really depends on why you want to upgrade and what you are after.
      I am using the fatshark domV2 and really like it.

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    2. Mpkiteman

      Hi everybody.
      Actually I can tell you what is the best FPV goggles.
      I’ve received last week end my headplay.
      It’s really well made, ultra comfortable.
      Screen is huge, image nice, colors almost perfect.
      But…
      The picture is so huge, that your eyes have to move all the time, it’s tiring.
      For me the screen is too much “in front of my eyes”
      I’ve tried with the 2 lenses provided, but the problem is the same : the image is not clear, because my eyes can’t fix.

      Other problem : the receiver
      It’s good, but far from my skyzone V1 diversity (a planar and a circular polarized antenna).

      So after trying : Fatshark Dominator HD, Skyzone 3D, Headplay, Zeiss cinemizer, diy hobbyking …
      Skyzone V1 is the best value for price/performance, sharp image :-)

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      1. Jerrod

        Mpkiteman,

        I have found that the larger FOV your screen has, the wider angle lens you should install on your camera. This will help keep your eyes mostly focused on the middle of the screen.

        The center of the image that is in the area where your eyes usually do not move away from, this is the area you aim your eyes for flying.

        The area outside the center is the part of the image that gives you an immersive feeling, and should not be used for flying because just as you said, it makes your eyes tired.

        For me, a great setup is PZ0420 camera with 2.1mm lens, viewed from Hobbyking Quanum V2 goggles. But when i change the lens to 2.8mm i have to move my eyes too much and it is unnatural.

        hope this helps!

  13. Lind

    Any comments about the Epson Moverio. Sounds like they may be an ideal balance between flat screens and goggles. BTW, thank you so much Ocscar for your marvelous contributions to this hobby. Please keep up the good work!

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  14. lantic

    Hello Oscar
    Nice article, you’re blog is very instructive !
    The resolution of the quanum fpv, resolution is 480p width and not (sadly) 640×480…

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      1. Davhed

        Hi Oscar,

        This is still incorrect, sorry to be pedantic. The resolution is 480pixels wide. 480p video is 640×480, but the quanum is 480px wide at 4:3… therefore it’s 480x360px resolution.

        Thanks for the amazing blog!

  15. Skyfisher

    This is a great summary article – Thank you, I found it very helpful as I’m trying to decide what to get. Please also check out the soon to be shipping Headplay, some of us at our local field think it could be a very good option for FPV. headplay.com/shop/headplay-hd-with-58ghz-rx

    Thank you.

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  16. Josh

    Awesome article.

    I was noticing that some of the systems come with the whole package, where as others are just the goggles.

    Attitude V2 vs Dominator V2 for example.

    I was initially thinking I’d get the Dominator V2, but then I was finding that the camera and the transmitter was going to add any where from $40-$100. Just curious your thoughts about the included camera and transmitter with the Attitude v2? is that something that you’d be upgrading quickly? Is it worth getting the Dominator and buying the other pieces separately?

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    1. Oscar Post author

      The VTX and camera included in those package are not the best you can get. Some prefer to bought those separate and those parts in the kit might never be used.
      It really depends on what budget really, if you can afford it, buy them separately to get the best setup.

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  17. Mpkiteman

    Hi Everybody.
    I’m very lucky, because I’ve owned several pairs of goggles.
    Skyzone V1
    Skyzone 3D
    Zeiss cinemizer
    …and Quanum DIY KIT

    I’m waiting for my Fatshark HD, and my new Headplay sold by GetFPV : getfpv.com/headplay-hd-fpv-headset-w-32ch-5-8ghz-receiver.html

    So what I can say : Actually, I’m flying with Skyzone V1, and they’re very good. The only bad thing I can say maybe, it’s the lack of punchy colors, but that’s all.
    Immersion is good because of the 16/9 LCD pannels.

    Skyzone 3D : Nice image picture, very nice colors compared to the V1, for me the 3D effect is not working, but I’ve found the image very detailed with the stereo cameras.
    Negative : Very poooooooor signal sensibility compared to the Skyzone V1
    IPD adjustment very bad : the sliders aren’t weel thought and don’t work well
    Head tracker is drifting after few minutes beacause the goggles are overheating to much : bad conception.
    It could be a very good product, but it’s in fact no finished…

    Zeiss : Best screens I have’ve ever seen, nice colours, nice resolution, bad FOV, the image is too small, light is coming from everywhere, even with the optional eyeshield, no receiver, too much wires (because there is a junction box with the integrated battery)…

    Quanum DIY KIT : nice for my children, they can fly with dad for a very low price, but the LCD panel is not very good, bad colors, low resolution…no receiver, but can be wired to my skyzone video output :-)

    I’m waiting for the headplay (GetFPV), it seems to be a high quality, high resolution display, light to use, integrated receiver, and IMMERSIVE : FOV=72° !!!!!!!! VEry excited about this product.

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    1. Oscar Post author

      thanks for the great review :)
      I am also interested in the GetFPV headplay, the spec looks impressive ! just found it a bit big to carry around, but it would be a cool gadget even just for indoor usage :D
      really appreciate your information ! :D
      keep me posted on what you think of the headplay!

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      1. Mpkiteman

        OK, Oscar, no problem for the informations concerning the headplay.
        It’ going to be a nice device I think.
        The only thing I’m afraid is the quality of the Fresnel lens…beacause compared to lenses (even plastic ones), it creates glares and halo effects.
        And I would be able to compare the headplay with the Fatsharks Dominator HD, The skyzones V1 and 3D and Zeiss cinemizers :-)

      2. Mpkiteman

        Hi Oscar !
        My Headplay headset has been shipped yesterday from GetFPV :-)
        It’s on the way (may be in 10 or 15 days) home.

        After few day of testing, I’ll give you my first impressions.

        Since last time I’ve tested Fatshark Dominator HD, and I’ve kept them only a week end.
        The image is huge, but impossible to have perfect image clear in the corners (I had the last version).
        Colors are oversaturated, and not so sharp than the Skyzone V1 (even if on the paper the specs are better).
        Fatshark receiver is not as sensible than the Skyzone diversity receiver.
        I simply returned them : for the price I expected much much more !

        Actually I always have my skyzone V1 which are the best for me (and for the value).

        Still loving your blog, Best regards, ;-)

      3. Oscar Post author

        wow, that’s for the update :)
        it’s a pity it didn’t meet your expectation. and glad i didn’t buy it :)

    2. Garz85

      Those headplays do look very promising!

      32 channel integrated RX with 72° FOV.

      Plus they’re strategically priced at a low $240!! Just WOW

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  18. Les Elkins

    Good summary. I went through several resources recently to decide on a set of Dominator V2s (in for a penny, in for a pound….). Still working through some teething pains with both these and the new quad, but so far, so good.

    The trick of Dremeling down a pair of old lenses from my previous set of glasses and putting them in the Fat Shark-provided slots works, though I’m finding that I have to be careful about the angle I put the thing on my head. The old glasses were bifocals, so I’d probably get better results from a set of distance glasses only.

    I’ve bookedmarked your articles and they’ve helped me along my learning curve. Thanks for providing this resource!

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    1. Oscar Post author

      that’s so good tips there :) I have ordered some diopter lenses as well, not sure if they suit me as I am near sighted. If not I might do the same as you to mod a pair of glasses.

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      1. Les Elkins

        I’ve since seen a suggestion that some lenses can just be pushed into the rubber eye cups. I can’t confirm or deny that works, but I wish I’d tried that before cutting mine down….

      2. Oscar Post author

        i would recommend getting some dioptre lenses for these goggle, so you can cut them exactly according to those lenses :)

  19. Dj_Garfield

    Nice Review Oscar :)
    These lines comfort me to wait a while for this kind of investment , I will fly a long time ( I hope ) with the DIY Quanum , as fine as a good LCD , IMHO :) I try with a LCD display , but to be close to the move of the Quad , being in closer immersion is more secure for me :)
    I will opt in “real” Goggles later …

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    1. Oscar Post author

      thanks Garfield :D
      Definitely, do lots of research and study before pressing the buy button :D
      if you can, it’s best to borrow someone’s goggle and have a go yourself, after all it’s a few hundred dollars, NOT CHEAP :)

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