Flying a drone with FPV goggles is now seen as the new “thing” among both inexperienced and experienced pilots. Not only are these goggles providing you with the best immersive experience, but they are also the premium performance of the drone flying as well as aerial photography. But note that there must be 100% compatibility between goggles and drone so make sure you get everything right.
FPV goggles can revolutionize the flying experience due to modern and advanced features such as heads-up display systems, return-to-home, and head-tracking capabilities. You will find the GPS accuracy and the antenna tracking systems improved in many of the newest models.
How do FPV Goggles work?
For the FPV goggles to work, there are 3 essential components, which are:
- the video signal transmitter,
- video signal receiver (which is usually built in, in the goggles)
- the camera.
Basically, the camera will connect to the video transmitter, which will then route signals on a radio wavelength as configured manually or by the RC plane manufacturer. The video receiver will then pick up the signal and then make it visible on your FPV goggles or smartphone. There are numerous ways to set up the FPV system but in most cases it depends on the manufacturer. For instance, DJI Phantom, achieves the setup via a digital WIFI link. If you want to know a bit more about DJI quads, take a look at this in-depth review of the latest models.
FPV Goggles Configuration
Sadly, not all models are easy to configure and you should keep in mind that different models ask for different configurations of the FPV system. Some, like the FatSharK Dominator V3 are not intended for amateurs due to their complex setups (unless the user goes through an intense tutorial training first).
On the other hand, some FPV goggles are not user-friendly, due to their bulky shape or feel on the head. So, you have to take that into account as well. It is also crucial to check if the chosen drone or plane model has the mount for the best camera.
If you will find that setting up the FPV goggles is time-consuming, you can opt for the ready-configured ones. Giant drone companies, such as DJI, sell multi rotors with FPV-ready settings so you don’t have to know too much about drones and their connectivity system. However, note that the FPV signals can also fail. Thus, you need to learn to fly the drone without the goggles (in the line of sight) if the need arises.
Top 5 FPV goggles on the market
Below we listed some of the best FPV goggles to try on the market. However, you should note that you have to invest more for premium quality and you should always check for other users’ reviews before purchase.
BTG KDS KYLIN VISION
These affordable, heavy-duty FPV goggles are quite famous in the niche, and they sell for around $100. They have a portable weight, which cannot cause strain to your face and are designed for the 5.8 GHz frequency controllers. So, they can connect with lots of cameras that operate on that frequency. The antenna is lightweight and won’t put unequal pressure on your head.
The Field of View is also great, so you do not have to turn around the drone’s camera multiple times to see everything around. Even more, the 5-in display screen has a resolution of 800 x 450px.
Fat Shark Spektrum Teleporter V4 goggles
Fat Shark is renowned for its high-performing features that enhance the pilot’s immersive experience and these goggles don’t disappoint with a field of vision of 35 degrees. They are equipped with the 5.8 GHz wireless receiver, head-tracking feature, and the Spironet antenna.
However, you will have to acquaint yourself with the configurations of these goggles. They have a resolution of 320 x 240 QVGA, which is not that great, but still offers the best immersive experience in its range.
Fat Shark Predator V2 FPV Headset system
Here’s another product from Fat Shark, that can be found at about $360. It has a relatively higher resolution (640 x 480) than the product we mentioned above, and also work with 5.8 GHz video receivers. The angle for the field of vision is 25 degrees and this means you will be able to see clearer aerial images than with the Spektrum model can.
Another interesting feature is the powerful battery that lasts quite long. Still, in case they run out of power, there is a warning signal which we find to be extremely useful. And finally, the ease of use is one of the features that place these goggles on the top of users’ preferences. With a bit of study of the instructions, even an inexperienced drone pilot can manage to set these FPV goggles.
Fat Shark Dominator V3
We reach the high-end area with this product and, the most impressive feature, is the magnificent HDMI connectivity that supports a video resolution of 720p. The V3 goggles are portable, but relatively expensive and their configuration requires advanced technical skills.
They work with LiPo batteries and you need a separate charger. Even more, you will have to purchase the receiver separately.
Fat Shark Attitude Goggle System
This is yet another high-end product by the famous Fat Shark brand. The complete kit costs about $400 and you will find the goggles, and the receiver, included. The goggles support 3D cameras and 5.8 GHz receivers but there is also a head tracker. And the option to add the diopter inserts, for those with impaired vision, is absolutely fantastic!
While it is quite clear that Fat Shark remains the best manufacturer in the world of FPV goggles, you will always find cheaper versions from a wide range of producers. Our recommendation is to start with cheap ones and advance your way up to high-end ones. This way, you’ll be able to fully appreciate every new feature you come across.
This Article Contributed by : Jack Jack is a true drone passionate and he focused his education on this amazing field. Thus, he graduated the Drone/UAV Pilot Training Certificate program and now he’s a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. His main purpose right now is to find and develop new features and help others discover the wonderful experience of flying a drone. For this, he is the main editor and content creator at MyDroneLab Blog where you can find everything you want to know about drones.