Complete FPV Goggles Guide – For Mini Quad Drone Quadcopter

FPV Goggles are an important part of the first-person-view experience. With the growing popularity of drone racing and FPV flying, there is a rapidly growing market for FPV equipment, and as such there are more and more FPV goggles released all the time. This guide is to provide the information you need to make the decision on which one best suits you.

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Why FPV Goggles?

The reason that FPV goggles are so popular is due to the immersive flying experience they offer pilots, allowing them to feel like they are onboard their aircraft. That’s why it’s called FPV – First Person View.

FPV Goggles have either one or two screens (depends on the type) that display live video from the camera on the aircraft. It allows the pilot who is controlling the drone on the ground to see what the quadcopter is seeing. FPV flying also makes it easier to avoid obstacles than flying line of sight.

The best known brands for FPV goggles are: Fatshark, Skyzone, Eachine, Quanum (Hobbyking) and Aomway. For those going to buy a new set of FPV goggles, I hope you find this post useful to your research. We will go through some of the important factors you should consider, and give a brief overview of some of the most popular FPV Goggles options.

Do you wear glasses? This post explains if goggles are suitable for people wearing glasses.

What to look for in selecting the best FPV Goggles?

The best FPV goggles is a combination of comfort and features. I will explain the factors that are important to your purchase decision in detail.

Form Factor

Basically there are 2 form factors:

  • Compact “Slimline” Goggles
  • Box Goggles

“Slimline” FPV goggles have two little screens. They are considerably smaller and lighter, and very easy to carry around. Not to mention they don’t make you look like you have your face stuck in a toaster oven!

“Box” FPV headsets are usually significantly cheaper and have the image displayed on a single 3 to 6 inches LCD screen. Some might find box goggles more comfortable to wear than slimline goggles due to the larger contact area between your face and the goggles, but they do also weigh more. Another benefit of box goggles is the larger FOV thanks to the larger screen.

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

“Box” Style FPV Goggle vs. Fatshark

Price & Budget

Flying FPV doesn’t have to be expensive, you can fly just fine spending as little as $30 on a small monitor, or $50 for a “toy grade” box goggles. Much like a professional quality radio transmitter, to get all the best features, your FPV goggles can cost up to $300 or more. Don’t worry though, there are a lot of good options to choose from within this extreme price range.

FPV Goggles are a long term investment!

Unlike a multirotor, FPV goggles can’t crash and explode into a million pieces (assuming you are putting them on your head, not on your drone). They are going to be one of the longest-lasting piece of equipment in your RC career, and you will be using them on all of your quads.

Therefore the general consensus is to spend as much as you can afford on your FPV Goggles

Resolution

Just like any normal display screen, the higher the resolution the better the picture quality theoretically. With the limitations of current FPV camera resolutions and what the 5.8Ghz analog video transmission system is able to handle, you might not benefit from high resolution.

But as FPV systems and technology advance, HD FPV goggles will retain their usefulness. Some HD goggles even support HDMI input so you can hook them up to a computer as an external monitor.

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

Aspect Ratio

There are two common aspect ratios for displaying a video image, 16:9 and 4:3. Your FPV camera will either provide 16:9 or 4:3 video, and you should match the aspect ratio between your FPV camera and goggles.

Image distortion occurs when you use mismatched aspect ratio on your FPV camera and goggles: When using a 4:3 camera with 16:9 goggles, you image will appear stretched out; while with a 16:9 camera and 4:3 goggles, the image will appear squashed.

The majority of FPV cameras are 4:3, but there are more and more 16:9 cameras getting released to the market, some are even switchable between the two ratios such as the Runcam Eagle and Caddx SDR1.

Some 16:9 goggles can support 4:3 by “chopping” off the sides of the screen. This is a very flexible solution but you get a smaller FOV when using 4:3.

FOV – Field of View

The FOV of FPV goggles is basically a measurement of how big the image appears to your eyes. Don’t get mixed up with camera FOV, these are different and unrelated concepts.

Here is a FOV comparison tool.

For example, with a 35 degree FOV in your FPV Goggles, the edges of the screen are at 35 degree angle from the centre point of your eyes.

The larger the FOV, the more immersive the picture is. But when FOV gets too big it becomes counterproductive. The image can be too big and you have to roll your eyes a lot more to focus at different parts of the screen.

It’s interesting how FOV is measured in FPV Goggles. If 4:3 goggles have the same FOV as a 16:9 widescreen goggles, surprisingly, the 4:3 screen will appear larger even though they have the same numerical FOV.

 comparison-chart-teleporter-v5-dominator-v3-attitude-v3-HD-v2

IPD – Inter-Pupillary Distance

Some people’s eyes are set closer and some are further apart, this is known as IPD. IPD measures the distance between the centre of the pupils of the two eyes.

IPD is only relevant to goggles with two separate screens. It plays a big role in your FPV experience, because with incorrect IPD in your goggles the image can look blurry and hard to focus on.

Most “Slimline” FPV Goggles offer adjustable IPD and it helps to keep the FPV screens ideally positioned specific to your eyes.

Differences in IPD is one of the main reasons we suggest trying a pair of goggles before committing a purchase.

Built-in Video Receiver?

FPV goggles might come with a built-in video receiver (VRX), that’s great because you don’t have to purchase it separately though they can be limited in channel selection sometimes. Anyway, it would be a bonus if the goggles support external VRX which are usually more feature-filled than the built-in ones.

Modular Video Receiver

Some FPV Goggles have modular video receiver design, this allows you to swap out the VRX with a more updated product should you wish. There are receiver modules that are designed for different purposes, such as long range 1.2Ghz support, diversity, and different 5.8Ghz channel supports, and more.

Modular FPV Goggles are extremely flexible, but purchasing and updating your VRX can become expensive over time. For example the True-D module for the Fatshark Dominator Goggles costs $90 alone.

Diversity

To get more reliable signal, diversity is a recommended feature in your video receiver.

Basically, “diversity receiver” is a system where there is more than 1 active video receiver (usually 2). A diversity system will automatically choose the receiver that is getting the best signal to maintain the best possible video link.

Each receiver has its own antenna, these can point at different angles, or you can use different types of antenna such as directional and omni-directional.

Further Reading: How to choose the best FPV antennas?

Note : Receiver diversity is not to be confused with “antenna diversity” which uses a single RX module with 2 antennas, receiver diversity is, by far, the better option.

Built-in DVR

Capability to record your flight video on a Micro SD card. Most goggles with a DVR allow you to play back the footage, which can really help locate your model when you crash! Alternatively you can get an external DVR like this one.

Other Features

  • Head Tracking allows the goggles to recognize the pilot’s head movements and sync them with a gimbal-mounted camera onboard the drone. So as the pilot moves their head the camera moves too. This creates an even more immersive FPV experience but adds a lot of weight so it’s probably more useful for fixed wing platforms than multirotors
  • HDMI Input is a common connection between HD video devices. Having HDMI compatibility on your FPV Goggles means you can use it with HD FPV systems such as the Connex Prosight. You can even connect your goggles to your computer with HDMI, either for watching movies, or practicing with 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 in the sun, but lighter colours can (on some goggles) suffer from light leakage. Another good reason to check our reviews, and if possible, try before you buy.

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 Eachine EV800 fpv goggles
Model Quanum DIY V2 Pro Eachine VR-007 Pro Eachine EV800 Eachine VR006
Price $25 $45 $70 $40
Resellers Hobbyking Banggood | Amazon Banggood | Amazon Banggood | Amazon
Resolution 800 x 480 480 x 272 800 x 480 500 x 300
Ratio 5:3 4:3 5:3 5:3
Built-in VRX No Yes Yes Yes
Frequency n/a 40ch 40ch 40ch
DVR n/a No No No
Diversity n/a No No No
Weight 532g 256g 349g 258g

High End Box Goggles

More features, higher resolution.

Eachine VR D2 fpv goggles
Model Eachine EV800D Eachine Goggles Two HeadPlay SE V2 Fatshark Transformer SE
Price $100 $125 $160 $189
Resellers Banggood | Amazon | GetFPV Banggood | Amazon GetFPV GetFPV
Resolution 800 x 480 1920 x 1080 1200 x 600 1280 x 720
Ratio 16:9 & 4:3 16:9 & 4:3 16:10 16:9
Built-in VRX Yes Yes Yes Yes
Channels 40ch 40ch 40ch 32ch
DVR Yes No Yes unknown
Diversity Yes Yes No Yes
Weight 362g 273g w/o battery 400g unknown

Compact Form Factor – $200 or less

These are small, lightweight FPV goggles, extremely easy to carry around. However they might not fit everyone’s face, so again, 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 Teleporter V5 fpv goggles
Model Teleporter V5 SJ RG01 Eachine EV100
Price $199 $88 $100
Reseller Amazon Banggood Banggood | Amazon
FOV 25° 40° 28°
Resolution 320 x 240 960 x 240 720 x 540
Ratio 4:3 4:3 4:3
IPD 63.5mm 58-63mm 58-68mm
Modular RX No No No
Built-in VRX Channels 7ch 48ch 72ch
DVR No Yes No
Head Tracking No No No
Feature n/a Diversity RX Antenna Diversity
Weight 163g 278g 221g

Compact Goggles – Mid Price Range ($200 – $350)

skyzone-fpv-goggle-sk01-v2 skyzone SKY02S fpv goggles
Model Eachine EV200 Skyzone V2 Aomway Commander Skyzone SKY02S
Price $300 $240 $310 $325
Banggood Banggood | GetFPV Banggood | GetFPV | Amazon Banggood | GetFPV | Amazon
FOV 42° 30° 32° 30°
Resolution 1280 x 720 854 x 480 854 x 480 854 x 480
Ratio 4:3 & 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9
IPD 56-72mm 60-68mm 59-69mm 59-69mm
Modular RX Yes No No, Integrated 40ch no, Integrated 40ch
Built-in VRX Channels 72ch 40ch 40ch 40ch
DVR Yes No Yes Yes
Head Tracking No Yes Yes Yes
Audio Output Yes Yes Yes Yes
Feature 3D, HDMI Diversity 3D, HDMI, Diversity RX HDMI, 3D, Diversity
Weight unkown 344g Unknown unknown

Compact – High Price Class ($350 – $450)

Higher display resolution with more features.

fatshark-dominator-fpv-goggle-v3 Skyzone SKY02 v3 fpv goggles
Model Topsky F7X Dominator V3 Attitude V4 Skyzone SKY02 V3
Price $350 $350 $350 $387
Reseller Banggood | Amazon Banggood | GetFPV | Amazon Banggood | GetFPV | Amazon Banggood
FOV 42° 30° 32° 30°
Resolution 1280 x 720 800 x 480 640 x 480 854 x 480
Ratio 16:9 16:9 4:3 16:9
IPD 58-72mm 59-69mm 59-69mm 59-69mm
Modular RX V2, Yes Yes Yes no, integrated 40ch
DVR Yes Yes Yes Yes
Head Tracking Support Support Yes Yes
Features HDMI, 3D HDMI, 3D comes with RX Diversity, 3D
Weight 190g 152g unknown 190g

Premium Class – $450+!

Goggles in this class provide the best display resolutions, some can even be used for home entertainment systems.

Model Dominator HD3 Core Aomway Commander V2 Skyzone SKY03 Fatshark HDO Cinemizer OLED
Price $400 $420 $479 $499 $790
Reseller Banggood | GetFPV Banggood Banggood | GetFPV | Amazon TBC Amazon
FOV 42° 45° 43° 37° 30°
Resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600 800 x 600 960 x 720 1080p
Ratio 4:3 4:3 4:3 4:3 16:9 & 4:3
IPD 59-69mm 59-72mm 57.5 – 69.5mm 59-69mm 59 – 69mm
Built-in VRX Modular Yes Yes, 48ch Modular AV In
Audio Output Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Head Tracking Modular Modular Yes Modular No
Feature 3D/HDMI 3D/HDMI 3D/HDMI/Front camera HDMI 3D/HDMI
Weight 186g 198g 231g 186g 120g

External Receiver Modules for FPV 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.

I highly recommend the Eachine Pro58 with Achilles Firmware, it’s cheap yet performs brilliantly. This is what I am currently using.

I previously used the True-D V3, it’s also an excellent module but slightly more expensive.

Here are some other popular options, however I have not personally tested them.

Diopter Inserts

If you wear glasses and cannot see the image clearly when wearing your Goggles, you can buy these diopter inserts to put in your goggles if they support them.

Purchase – Amazon | Banggood | GetFPV

Power Options

I explain the many power and battery options for FPV goggles since most of them support 2S LiPo input.

The Best Performance Fatshark

If you are looking for the very best FPV Goggles from Fatshark, my pick would be the Dominator HDO. Not because it’s the most expensive in all of Fatshark’s offerings, but the fact that it has the best displays and features with a high quality finish.

Some might pick the HD3 for its larger FOV and lower price. I just personally think that the level of image fidelity is just not quite on the same level, which is probably one of the most important consideration when it comes to FPV.

The Best Budget Fatshark

The best value Fatshark Goggles right now for me would have to be the Attitude V4. I have been very happy with the Dominator V2 for years, and the Altitude V4 has similar spec of a comfortable 32° FOV screen with 640×480 resolution.

Fatshark Attitude V4 FPV Goggle

These goggles have useful features like DVR and an anti-fog fan. It also comes with a basic receiver that can easily be replaced with a diversity receiver like the Eachine Pro58.

The Attitude V4 with Pro58 Achellis module is not cheap, but it is definitely the most cost effective combo to achieve good image quality, functionality and reliability in a compact form factor.

Many people recommend the Dom V3 as the budget option, I don’t. If you prefer 16:9 ratio, you would be better off going with the Commander V1 which has similar spec but much cheaper.

The Best Performance Non-Fatshark Option

It would be either the Skyzone SKY03 or the Aomway Commander V2.

I have yet tested these two options because they have both not been released. But from the stated specifications they would be great alternatives to the high end offerings from Fatshark.

Once they are out I will test them.

The Budget Non-Fatshark Option

The Aomway Commander V1 is a cheaper alternative to Fatshark, but certainly not lacking when it comes to features and user experience. They tick most of the boxes that the more expensive alternatives do, without the associated price!

The 32° FOV and 16:9 match the Fatshark Dominator V3, while the fantastic 854×480 resolution can even match the Fatshark HD3. Unlike many other goggles, the Commander takes a wide voltage input, supporting up to a 4S Lipo (16.8V).

Features:

  • 854×480 LCD screen with 32°FOV (in 16:9 but also switchable to 4:3)
  • Support HDMI input (720p)
  • Support 3D
  • Built-in DVR
  • Diversity 5.8Ghz video receiver
  • Built-in fan to prevent lens-fog

Our in-depth review of the Commander V1 Goggles.

The Cheapest but Worth to Have Goggle

The Eachine EV800D has been around a while and proven to work well. It comes with diversity receivers, built-in DVR as well as antennas. The list of features these goggles offer is pretty impressive considering the cheap price.

The EV800D goggle utilises one single larger screen which is then further enlarged by a lens. This provides a much bigger field of view than other more expensive compact goggles.

The downside of any box goggles is being more bulky and heavy. Some might also dislike the massive FOV for having to move the eyes more when looking at the OSD at the corners of the screen.

 

 

Other Popular Goggles on the Market

FatShark Dominator V3

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Comparing to the Predator V3, the Dominator V3 has better resolution 800X480 resolution, as well as larger field of vision (32 degree). The image quality is slightly better than the Attitude V4, and despite they both have the same number of FOV, the screen looks slightly smaller on the DomV3 than the Attitude due to the wider screen.

The Dominator V3 supports external head-tracking module and VRX module, and the aspect ratio was changed to 16:9 from the V2’s 4:3.

FatShark Dominator HD3

fatshark dominator hd v2 fpv goggles

FatShark Dominator HD3 offers 800 x 600 SVGA resolution, and a wide 42 degree field of view, giving an even more immersive experience.

The optics of the HD3 is made of the same material found in Dominator V3, the only difference is just the FOV and aspect ratio. The Dom HD3 is very similar to the DomV3 in terms of features, which also has an interchangeable receiver module, head tracking option and includes a DVR.

Since the release of the HD3 Core, the price has dropped from nearly $500 to only $400. The only difference is you don’t get any accessories in the HD3 Core, apart from the case for 18650 batteries. In my opinion that’s one of the best deal for a pair of high end goggles.

Get the HD3 Core from GetFPV: http://bit.ly/2BGFIm6

SkyZone SKY-02

Skyzone SKY02 v3 fpv goggles

The Skyzone SKY02 is a similar price to the Dominator V3, and they have 16:9 widescreens 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 properly selected 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. There have been some complains about the wide angle front camera making it very hard to work with your hands while looking through the goggles.

Headplay

headplay hd fpv goggles

The Headplay SE FPV Goggles boast a massive HD 1200×600 screen and an impressive 72 degree of FOV, mkaing it one of the most immersive FPV display available.

These were one of the few box goggles with an HDMI input, and support for 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 to use it as a case :)

 

 

Eachine Goggles Two

These box goggles from Eachine are a pretty good high end box goggle with full HD (1920 x 1080px) screen, HDMI input, PAL and NTSC support, as well as supporting both 4:3 and 16:9 image ratios.  The Goggles Two also come with diversity receivers, a directional patch, and omni-directional cloverleaf antenna.

Personally I have encountered a few niggles, the connection between the battery and the goggles is not great and can lose power. I have followed these simple instructions to install a DVR on the Eachine Goggles Two, this power loss frustratingly causes any unsaved video to be lost too.

Our review of the Eachine Goggles Two.

Eachine EV100

The Eachine EV100 goggles are the cheapest slimline goggles that are available at the moment, and realistically I don’t see it as possible for the price to get much lower than the current $100 retail.

However, don’t get too excited just yet, there are a few issues with these goggles, such as the super tiny screen and FOV, lack of receiver diversity and integrated DVR. These might be a good entry level option for those who cannot use box goggles, and prefer a more compact option. But don’t expect too much from them, you get what you pay for.

Eachine VR006

The VR006 goggles are the cheapest goggles of any type available right now. They use the 5.8gHz frequency and have recently had an antenna diversity option added too.

They only have a single 3” screen, so don’t expect to be amazed with the huge FOV you get from other box goggles. As the VR006 uses such a small screen, these are probably the smallest, lightest and most compact of all the box goggles listed in the article.

Eachine EV200D

These new additions to Eachine’s range have caused quite a stir since their announcement a few months ago.

The EV200D basically offer all the features, such as HD and 3D compatibility, modular dual diversity RX design and on-board DVR, that you expect from the market leaders top notch offerings, but available (including 2 diversity modules) for just $300! For a more detailed look check out this preview article by Tom BD Bad.

Conclusion – Which are the best FPV Goggles

I was 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 flying with Goggles for the truly immersive FPV experience. If you are on a tight budget, a small screen can get you started flying FPV just fine, but my advice is to save up for a decent pair of goggles.

I like the features and quality offered by the Skyzone goggles, they also support diopter lens inserts, the same ones as Fatshark which is a plus for a nearsighted person. However I don’t personally like the 16:9 wide screens because I use 4:3 FPV cameras on all of my quadcopters, I don’t like the stretched image. That’s also why I don’t think I will upgrade to the Dominator V3.

Edit History

  • March 2015 – Article created
  • Apr 2017 – Updated products
  • Jan 2018 – Article edited, products updated
  • Apr 208 – Added recommended options for different catogories

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

  1. Derek Wiles

    I’m a novice and find this information both amazing and a tad confusing. I fly a DJI Spark and was looking for a good better than entry level FPV pair of goggle that will work with little to no effort to my spark.

    I do wear mono-vision contacts, so the ability to see clearly is important and I would prefer the smaller stream lined models over the larger more bulky.

    Thanks for your help!

    Derek

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  2. Max

    Thank you Oscar for this guide.

    Unfortunately, the Fatshark Transformer SE has only an antenna diversity. The text on the Fatshark website “720p HD panel with a built-in diversity receiver” is really really misleading.

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  3. Ludwig

    The photos comparing the of the FOV in the goggles are really cool. It is very interesting seeing how different goggles handle the same test image. Most insightful.

    Some questions:
    1. I’m finding it difficult to compare the left and right images, though. Are they at the same dpi?
    2. Are the “SKYZONE” goggles in the photo the SKYV01 or SKYV02S goggles? If it is the old version, could you add photos of the SKYV02S and SKYV03? I’m really interested in the differences and am finding it difficult to source good info online.
    3. Everywhere I see it listed, the SKY02S goggles claim a 60º FOV, while your site and some other review sites claim 30º FOV. Do you perhaps know what the real FOV is?

    Photo suggestions for future edits:
    1. Consider adding the claimed FOV (and maybe resolution) to the images.
    2. Personally I find the apartment view of the trees & buildings much more telling of the post-processing done in the goggles than the standard TV test image. Maybe use recognisable scenery of sorts in future shots.

    Thanks. I’ve come to this page often. I find it very useful.

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  4. TheGreenOrange

    The Eachine Goggles Two should be included. They are the best box goggles I have tried. 1080p resolution, super comfortable, huge FOV, HDMI in, etc.

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  5. Krotow

    Would be worth to add Eachine EV800D to list of middle level box googles. They have 800×480 resolution, diversity receiving, DVR, 2-3S battery backup and are rock stable.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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!

      Reply
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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!

  18. 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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  19. 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!

  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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 :)

  24. 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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