FPV Goggles offers immersive drone flying experience, it’s like sitting in the cockpit of the aircraft, hence the name FPV flying (first person view). This guide is to provide the information you need to decide on which FPV goggles best suits you.
Index of Content
- Comparison charts of FPV Goggles
- My Recommendations
We will go through some of the important factors you should consider when buying a new pair of FPV goggles, but first let me introduce you to all of the popular FPV Goggles options on the market right now.
FPV Goggles Comparison Charts
Box Style Goggles
Box Goggles are relatively cheaper and offers a large field of view. They usually have built-in video receivers so you won’t have to spend extra.
Some box goggles are roomy and allow you to wear your glasses when putting them on. They also have no limit on IPD (Inter-pupillary distance), which can be helpful for people with extreme IPD that might cause trouble focusing on the two small screens in slimline goggles.
|Model||Eachine EV800D||Fatshark Recon V3||Skyzone Cobra S||Skyzone Cobra X||Fatshark Scout|
|Shops||Banggood | Amazon||GetFPV | RDQ||Banggood | RDQ||Banggood | RDQ||RDQ | GetFPV|
|Resolution||800 x 480||800 X 480||800×480||1280X720||1136 X 640|
|Ratio||16:9 & 4:3||16:9||4:3||16:9 & 4:3||16:9|
Binocular Style Goggles – Budget Class (Below $450)
Binocular-style FPV goggles are compact, lightweight and easy to carry around. However they might not fit everyone’s face due to its compact construction. It’s best if you borrow from friends and try them out before buying.
|Model||Eachine EV200D||Skyzone SKY02C||Fatshark Attitude V6||Eachine EV300D||Skyzone SKY02O|
|Shops||Banggood||Banggood | RDQ| Amazon||RDQ | Banggood | GetFPV||Banggood||Banggood|
|Resolution||1280 x 720||854 x 480||1280 X 960||1280 x 960||640 x 400|
|Ratio||4:3 & 16:9||16:9||4:3 & 16:9||4:3 & 16:9||16:10|
|Focal Adjust||No||No||+2 to -6||TBC||No|
|RX Module||Included Modular||Built-in 48ch||Included Modular||Included Modular||Built-in 48ch|
Binocular Style FPV Goggles – Top of the Line ($450 or Higher)
These are the slimline FPV Goggles that provides the best display clarity and features.
|Model||Skyzone SKY03O||Eachine EV300O||Skyzone SKY04X||Fatshark HDO2||Orqa FPV.ONE|
|Shops||Banggood | RDQ | Amazon||Banggood||RDQ | NBD | Banggood||GetFPV | Banggood||GetFPV|
|Ratio||4:3||4:3 & 16:9||4:3 & 16:9||4:3 & 16:9||16:9 & 4:3|
|IPD||57.5 – 69.5mm||58-71mm||58-71mm||54-74mm||56-74mm|
|Focal Adjust||No||+6 to -6||+6 to -6||+2 to -6||No|
|VRX Module||Built-in Diversity||Included Modular||Included Modular||Not Included||Not Included|
DJI FPV Goggles
All of the above are FPV Goggles for the analogue FPV system. DJI FPV Goggles supports the DJI FPV system and it’s amazing flying in 720p 120fps video compared to analog. You can also use the DJI FPV Goggles for analog through its AV input. Some people get them so they can have the best of both worlds.
However, the DJI goggles are not cheap at $529. They also don’t support analog out of the box – you need an analog receiver module (like Rapidfire or TBS Fusion) and a module adapter (like the BDI Digidapter). The fit isn’t as good as the top end analogue goggles and they are almost as big as box goggles, and you will probably need to invest in better facepalte foam and headstrap before they are comfy. Many people upgrade the antennas too, and you can easily spend another $300 on all the upgrades at this point.
If you decide to go with DJI’s FPV system, you don’t really have a choice when it comes to FPV Goggles, so that’s easy :) Only get them if you fly DJI as well.
Some users complain that DJI goggles have more latency than analog goggles when flying with analog system. We could be talking 10ms difference here, me personally don’t notice the difference.
Take a look at my DJI FPV system review to learn more.
Monitor vs. FPV Goggles
You can also use a monitor to fly FPV, with some advantages apart from just cost, such as allowing the pilot to easily switch between LOS and FPV. A monitor can also make it more convenient for those who wear glasses, though some manufacturers of goggles now offer diopter lenses, even catering to specific prescriptions.
I’d whole-heartedly recommend getting a proper FPV goggles over a monitor, but if you insist on a monitor, here are the things to consider:
- Correct video Input: Make sure the monitor supports an AV input that is compatible with your video receiver
- Size: In my opinion, the minimum screen size for an FPV monitor is 7 inch, any smaller and it becomes difficult to see clearly
- Brightness and Backlight: It’s important to be able to adjust the brightness of a monitor, and one with a backlight will serve you better. Flying in sunny conditions can wash out the colour and make it difficult to see the screen, even if you use a sun shield
- Non-Blue Screen: When receiving weak or no video signal, some monitors revert to a blue screen (or black). This is unsuitable for FPV, because when you’re on the verge of losing signal the screen will simply go blank, your quad will usually be far away at this point and invariably heading for the nearest puddle too! A screen that shows static when there is no signal is ideal, you might still recognize a vague image, allowing you to return to an area with better reception and avoid the dangerous zone. You can however, “fix” the blue screen issue by adding a DVR in between the VRX and monitor.
Basically any screen with an AV input can be hooked up to a 5.8GHz video receiver, for example:
You can even use your TV, smartphone or tablets for FPV by using an analogue to digital video converter like these:
- AV to HDMI Converter: https://oscarliang.com/product-8q7e
- Video Receiver with USB Output: https://oscarliang.com/product-mumu
However this is not something I’d recommend because of the high latency of these systems. For spectating, this is probably okay though.
FPV Goggles Form Factor
There are 2 form factors in FPV Goggles:
- Low Profile “Slimline” Goggles
- Box Goggles
Binocular style “Slimline” FPV goggles have two little screens up to half an inch to display a duplicated image.
They are considerably smaller and lighter than Box goggles, 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! These goggles are usually more expensive due to the higher costs of the micro displays.
“Box” FPV headsets are usually significantly cheaper and have the image displayed on a single LCD screen of 3 to 6 inch and magnified by some sort of lens.
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 can also weigh more. Another benefit of box goggles is they usually feel more immersive because of the larger FOV. For racers however, a smaller FOV is usually preferable to maintain a ‘tunnel vision’ like focus.
Flying FPV doesn’t have to be expensive, you can fly just fine with a small $30 monitor, or a $100 box goggles. To get all the best features and image quality, your FPV goggles can cost up to $500 or more. Don’t worry though, there are a lot of good and cheap options to choose from.
FPV Goggles are a long term investment! It’s okay to spend a little more.
Unlike a multirotor, FPV goggles can’t crash and explode into a million pieces (assuming you are putting them on your head, and not on your drone). They are going to be one of the longest-lasting pieces of equipment in your RC career, and you will be using them with all of your quads.
Therefore It’s okay to spend as much as you can afford on your FPV Goggles.
Just like any normal display screen, the higher the resolution the better the picture quality (theoretically).
However, with the limitation 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.
800×600 is more than enough in most cases, since PAL and NTSC camera formats only offer resolutions of up to 720×576 and 720×486 respectively. But as FPV systems and technology advance, high resolution FPV goggles will retain their usefulness, for example, the Fatshark Shark Byte FPV system requires a goggles with at least 720p resolution (1280×720) with an HDMI input.
Some HD goggles even support HDMI input so you can hook them up to a computer as an external monitor, it can benefit from having higher res.
In FPV goggles, there are two common aspect ratios for displaying videos, 16:9 and 4:3.
You want to match this aspect ratio to your FPV camera for the best viewing experience, otherwise the image will appear distorted – either stretched or squashed. Currently FPV cameras either support 16:9 or 4:3, some cameras even support both (selectable in settings).
Most FPV goggles have a native 4:3 ratio, and if they also support 16:9 mode, the top and bottom side of the image would be cropped. This is a flexible solution at the cost of screen field of view.
If the specs sheet didn’t mention aspect ratio, you can identify it by looking at resolution, for example 1280×960 would be 4:3 while 1280×720 would be 16:9.
Field of View (FOV)
The FOV of FPV goggles is a measurement of how big the image appears to your eyes. 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.
Don’t get mixed up with camera FOV, these are totally unrelated numbers.
Check out this FOV comparison tool between different FPV goggles.
Generally speaking, box goggles has a field of view between 50-80 degrees, while slimline goggles has a 25-50 degrees FOV.
FOV is mostly a personal preference. My preferred FOV range on a low profile goggles is 35 to 45.
The larger the FOV, the more immersive the picture is. But when FOV gets too large it can become counterproductive in certain situations, and you have to move your eyes a lot to see the edges of the screen, especially when you use OSD (on screen display) to display flight info. Racing pilots might also find a smaller FOV easier to focus.
Everyone has different IPD (Inter-pupillary Distance), which is the distance between the centre of the two pupils.
IPD is only relevant to goggles with two separate optics. It plays a big role in your FPV experience, because an incorrect IPD setting will cause the image edges to look blurry.
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.
Get your IPD measured first – ask someone to help you with a ruler.
And if you wear glasses, goggles with adjustable focal length, or those compatible with diopters lenses would be really helpful.
Having a DVR (digital video recorder) enables you to record your flight video on a Micro SD card. Most goggles with a DVR allow you to play back the footage, which can help locate your model if you crash! Alternatively you can get an external DVR like this one.
It allows you to connect your goggles to your computer as a display, you can watch movies, or play with FPV simulators; HDMI input is also required by some HD FPV systems such as the Shark Byte and Connex Prosight.
It allows you to use 3D FPV Camera/Transmitter system
By installing a microphone in your drone, you can listen to the changing motor RPM, and it gives you a more connected feeling. Many goggles offer audio output via a headphone jack. See this post to learn how to setup audio for FPV
Your goggles can get foggy when it’s hot and humid. Some goggles are equipped with a fan to clear the fog which is handy
It’s not used that often, but a good to have feature. It 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. A gimbal can add a lot of weight though, so it’s probably more useful for fixed wing platforms than multirotors
Colour is mostly a personal preference. Black or other darker colour goggles tends to get hot more often under the sun, but lighter colours might be more likely to suffer from light leakage through the plastic on certain goggles. That’s another good reason to check out my reviews before making your decision.
Pro Tip – Don’t Leave Your Goggles Facing direct sun light
With the optics in the goggles, direct sun light becomes deadly to the display and it can burn them if you leave them exposed to the sun for too long. Make sure you keep the displays/optics facing away from the sun when you put them down.
Video Receiver Module
Some FPV goggles might come with video receiver (VRX) integrated, this can be great because you don’t have to spend extra on a receiver, however you are limited to what features are available.
There are a ton of 3rd party made receiver modules that are more feature filled, and designed for different purposes, such as long range 2.4Ghz support, diversity, support for different 5.8Ghz channels, and more.
Having an external receiver module bay can be flexible and powerful.
To get a more reliable signal, a diversity is a recommended feature in your video receiver.
A diversity system consists of two video receivers in the same module, it will automatically choose the receiver with stronger signal to maintain the best possible video link. Some more advanced diversity system can merge the two signals into one.
Each receiver has its own antenna, and you can point these antennas in different directions. You can even use different types of antenna such as directional and omni-directional for the best result.
Further Reading: How to choose the best FPV antennas?
Be aware of the difference between “antenna diversity” and “receiver diversity”. They might look the same from the outside, but perform differently.
“Antenna diversity” only uses a single receiver so the 2 antennas aid one another with signal reception, hence is cheaper to make. “Receiver diversity” is the better system as it utilizes two (or more) receivers.
External Receiver Module Options
As you might know, all Fatshark’s FPV goggles require a receiver module to work, and there are many options out there. All the latest modules have diversity capability.
The best performing aftermarket module is probably the Rapidfire and TBS Fusion. Maximum range is about the same as other modules, but they really shine when it comes to indoor and bando flying where there is a ton of multipath interference. See my post about which module you should buy.
External Receiver Via AV In
For goggles that have AV input, you can use an external receiver, such as a ground station.
Nerdy Info on the Receiver Chip
Most receivers use the same chip – RTC6715, an integrated receiving IC made by RichWave.
(By the way, the transmitting IC is called RTC6705)
AFAIK, this is the only IC on the market at the moment that can be controlled over SPI (serial programming interface). If you see a receiver module that uses dip switches to change channels, it’s likely to be using an IC that can’t be controlled over SPI.
The RTC6715 is:
- Powered from 3.3V
- Sensitivity -85dBm
The camera sends a sync signal, but because of multipathing or losing signal, the sync pulses sometimes get distorted and are not read by the goggles. In order to minimize the flickering in the screen, we have to generate the sync pulses at the receiver.
Most 5.8Ghz analogue video receivers differ in the video processing and software. Maybe a little different in the RF signal filtering and the quality of the components, but usually the best and the worst receiver module hardware only differ in 1-3dB in sensitivity.
If you wear glasses and cannot see the screens clearly when wearing your goggles, you can buy diopter lenses to insert in your goggles (if supported).
- Cheap plastic diopter made by Fatshark – Amazon | Banggood | GetFPV
- Glass diopter made by Skyzone – http://bit.ly/2kypWXX
Some of the latest FPV Goggles such as the SKY04X, have adjustable focal length, so diopters are not needed.
For FPV Goggles that only support 2S – 3S input, I explain in this article the many power and battery options for FPV goggles.
For those support up to 4S (some even up to 6S), I normally just use my drone battery to power them.
Make sure you have a way to remind yourself when voltage is running low if the goggles don’t have built-in low voltage warning.
OSD – On Screen Display
An OSD is basically flight information overlayed on top of your video. OSD is optional but crucial. Having flight data available to you such as battery voltage, timer, battery consumption, speed, altitude etc. can be very useful.
OSD is actually not a function of your display device, the flight information is already added to the video before it’s sent from the video transmitter.
Most Betaflight flight controllers these days have OSD capability built-in, so it’s just a matter of wiring and configuring in the software.
This is my Betaflight OSD setup for all my freestyle quads, simple but effective.
The Best FPV Goggles (Analog)
If you are looking for the very best FPV Goggles for analog, undoubtedly it would be the Fatshark HDO2 and Skyzone SKY04X. These two have almost the same specs: sharp and clear OLED displays with 1280×960 resolution offering 46° FOV, adjustable focus adjustment and high quality finish.
But there are a few things that Skyzone does better, like its easy to use OSD menu, free receiver module and faceplate options. I think Fatshark still is worthy of the honorable mention because of their legendary customer support.
Purchase the SKY04X from:
- Banggood – https://oscarliang.com/product-9voe
- RDQ – https://oscarliang.com/product-j1cf
- Amazon – https://amzn.to/30262FJ
- NBD – https://oscarliang.com/product-h12o
Purchase the HDO2 from:
- Banggood: http://bit.ly/hdo-2
- RDQ: http://bit.ly/330JEg0
- GetFPV: http://bit.ly/2NnWX3s
- Amazon: https://amzn.to/2K2F21v
The Best Budget Fatshark
The best value Fatshark Goggles for me would have to be the Attitude V6. For $300-ish, you get a goggles with diversity receivers, though you can also swap it out with another module of your choice.
Although the screens are not OLED, but LCD, the resolution is really high for a slimline goggles at this price point -1280×960. Field of view is also very decent at 39°. With the HDMI input, it is compatible with Fatshark Shark Byte system. The included receiver module is good but not the greatest. If you fly often in areas with lots of interference you might still end up upgrading it to Rapidfire or TBS fusion, so some people might still prefer getting the SKY04X.
Purchase the Altitude V5 from:
The Best Mid-Tier Goggles
I don’t normally recommend buying ridiculously cheap goggles because they are usually really badly made. The Skyzone SKY02C is one of those with decent build quality and yet reasonably priced.
It comes with built-in diversity receiver, means you won’t be spending extra for modules. For $260, it’s pretty hard to resist!
The Best Box Goggles
I’ve never liked a box goggles this much. It might be a little pricey, but it is well built and feature filled.
Here are some of the pro’s:
- Large 50° FOV
- You can wear your own glasses while flying
- It has a receiver module bay
- Super flexible power options – can be powered from 18650, 2S – 6S LiPo and USB-C
- User-friendly menu / interface, extremely customizable with a ton of options
- The built-in DVR is great quality
- Comfortable fit (well, for me)
To learn more about this goggles check out my review.
Get the Skyzone Cobra X from:
- Banggood (S and X): https://oscarliang.com/product-z048
- RDQ (S version): https://oscarliang.com/product-ui8f
- RDQ (X version): https://oscarliang.com/product-xslf
The Cheapest Worth Having Goggles
The Eachine EV800D has been around a while and is 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 bulkier and heavier. Some might also dislike the overly large FOV for having to look at different areas of the screen.
- March 2015 – Article created
- Apr 2017 – Updated products
- Jan 2018 – Article edited, products updated
- Apr 2018 – Added recommended options for different categories
- Sep 2019 – Updated product listing
- Jan 2020 – Added HDO2
- Mar 2021 – Updated guide, added SKY04X, EV300O, Scout, Recon V3, DJI FPV Goggles, Attitute V6, Cobra X