Skyzone SKY02O FPV goggles is a new version of the SKY02. They upgraded the displays to OLED, better built-in receiver and more user-friendly OSD menu. These are perhaps the cheapest OLED FPV Goggles right now, but are they for you?
New to FPV? Check out my FPV Goggles buyer’s guide.
Where to Buy
Color options are black and white.
Accessories include the following: manual, AV cable, XT60 to barrel connector cable, head-tracker cable, two antennas and ONE face foam pads.
My review unit does not come with different face plates like the more expensive models, but I did receive two foam pads of different thickness which serve different face shapes too.
Update: I have just been told there will only be one face foam in the box- the thinner one in the picture.
The closest competitions to the SKY02O would probably be the Fatshark Attitude V6 and the Skyzone SK03O based on their prices.
|Aspect Ratio||16:10||4:3||4:3 & 16:9|
|Receiver||Built-in Diversity||Built-in Diversity||Included Module|
Some more specs of the SKY02O
- IPD: 59-69mm
- Built-in receiver is the 5.8Ghz 48CH SteadyView
- DVR: MJPEG 30FPS
- Built-in Head Tracker, 3-axis Accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscop
- Dimensions : 167*70*79mm
- Weight: 207g (excluding battery and antennas)
My Attitude V6 is still on its way for a review so I can’t compare them directly yet. But when comparing the new SKY02O to the other more expensive Skyzone goggles (SKY03O and SKY04X), the SKY02O feels noticeably smaller and lighter.
That’s to be expected because the SKY02O lacks a lot of the features that are available on the 04X like adjustable focus, wider IPD, larger screens, all these take extra physical space. But almost 80g off your head is quite something especially when you have to wear these goggles for a long day.
- sky02o weighs 207g
- sky03o weighs 244g
- sky04x weighs 285g
All weights without battery and antennas.
Let’s talk about the displays.
Nowadays, two main types of display are used in high end FPV goggles, LCOS and OLED.
To explain it in the simplest way, the main difference between OLED and LCOS is contrast and how black color looks. OLED screens generally have better contrast than LCOS. And black color is really black in OLED while in LCOS it looks more like dark grey.
FPV Goggles above $400 are basically all OLED, the new SKY02O is perhaps the first OLED goggles that are below $400 if I am not mistaken. (See comparison table for more detail)
Although the SKY02O resolution might sound unimpressive at only 640×400, for analog FPV system, that’s sufficient in my opinion. The main benefit of the higher resolution from the Attitude V6 is if you use it as a computer screen via HDMI, or with Fatshark Sharkbyte HD system. You can still use the SKY02O with Sharkbyte since it has an HDMI input, but it definitely won’t look as crisp.
FOV and Aspect Ratio
The 29° field of view of the 02O is quite small in today’s standard, but it’s totally flyable. Some racers actually prefer smaller FOV as it’s easier to focus, and they don’t have to move their eyes as much to look at the OSD at the edges of the screen.
You can check out how big the screens would look in the goggles using this FOV comparison tool.
The SKY02O has a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is a weird one, I guess it’s just a limitation from the OLED panels. It’s very close to 16:9 but a tiny bit narrower, I really doubt it would be noticeable for most people. There is no 4:3 option, so that’s that.
Receiver and Antennas
The Skyzone SKY02O comes with diversity receiver module (SteadyView) that combines two signals into one to give better image. The SteadyView has been proven to perform on par with Rapidfire. However, there is no module bay, SteadyView is integrated inside the goggles. You could still use 3rd party receiver modules like the TBS Fusion through the AV input, but it’d require some DIY for sure.
This time, Skyzone actually provides some proper antennas! A CP antenna and a patch antenna, so you don’t have to spend extra to buy these. They are RHCP, make sure you use RHCP antenna on your FPV drone too (what’s that?).
But I wish the patch antenna came with an 45 degree angle adapter that allows more optimal angle when flying. Something like this: 45 degree angle adapter
Connectors and Power
The SKY02O has all the usual connectors just like on any recent Skyzone FPV goggles, such as headphone jack for audio output, HDMI input, Mini USB port for firmware updates, AV in/out.
And it accepts input voltage between 6.5V to 25.2V, which means you can power the SKY02O from a 2S to 6S LiPo.
With the XT60 power cable provided, it’s super convenient, you can basically pick up any LiPo you have around (2S to 6S) to power the goggles.
The Goggles do get fairly warm after powering on for a while with default fan settings, it was a bit low, so I had to increase fan speed to 12 (from 7).
Improved User Interface
The OSD menu system has been optimized and made more logical for users.
Top status bar appears whenever you press any button, and disappears after a few seconds (duration can be changed in settings). It shows SD card / DVR status, RSSI of both antennas, your channel / band, and battery voltage.
Here’s the menu for settings.
Image settings include mode, brightness, contrast, saturation, hue and sharpess.
The Skyzone SKY02O is not as cheap as its predecessors anymore, such as the SKY02C and SKY02X that were in the $200-$300 range. I used to consider them the budget options of compact goggles.
Yes, the 02O has excellent OLED screens, but the resolution and FOV are on the low side. With $100 more you can get the SKY03O, or even the new Eachine EV300O. With $150 more you can even get the king of analog FPV goggles, the SKY04X.
If you feel the SKY02O has good enough performance for you, and you have a tight budget, it’s still a decent choice given that it’s the cheapest OLED goggles you can get right now. Everything else are very decent too, like the build quality, receiver, antenna, OSD menu etc.
Don’t forget you won’t have to spend extra on receiver and antennas, you can pretty much use it right out of the box as it is.