Drones are here to stay, and they’re definite game changers. There are many practical uses—from cinematography in the movie industry, inspection and mapping in industrial application, and even agricultural uses for the pin-point precision of pesticide spraying.
There are as many pleasurable uses, and drone flying is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing pastimes among those who have the budget for these amazing flying machines. If you are into drone racing, one of the first questions you might have regarding the sport would be, “What are the best FPV goggles?”
FPV Goggle FAQ
FPV, or First Person View, goggles are worn by drone racers and other drone operators to give a “drone’s eye view” of their vehicle while in flight. They pick up the video signal transmitted by the drone’s camera and relay it by means of small video screens to the operator so that the operator can see exactly where and how the drone is flying.
2. How Do FPV Goggles Work?
A drone equipped with an on-board camera will transmit a video signal, usually on the 5.8GHz frequency, to a receiver that is linked to the FPV goggles to provide a live, low-latency video down-link that the drone operator can use to pilot the craft when it is out of the operator’s line-of-sight.
3. Can People with Glasses Use FPV Goggles?
Generally, yes. While some brands of goggles may not work for people who wear glasses, other brands are sold with special diopter lens inserts to enable people who wear glasses to enjoy a clearer image and use FPV goggles just as well as those without sight issues. There are even special FPV goggles often called “Big Box Goggles” that can be worn over glasses.
4. What Equipment Do I Need for FPV Goggle Use?
In order to use FPV goggles, you will need a drone capable of video transmission (also called VTX), a pair of goggles or a headset capable of video reception (also called VRX), and a drone (obviously) capable of receiving radio signals from a controller which transmits them. Your goggles will also need built-in FPV antennas to pick up a clear signal.
5. Are FPV Goggles Inter-Changeable?
While some drone manufacturers sell FPV goggles intended for use with only their model drones, the vast majority of FPV goggles can be used with any drone capable of transmitting video.
How We Reviewed There’s a lot of choice out there, and in order to determine the best FPV goggles, we took a look at some of the top contenders to give you a better idea of your options. We carefully selected and reviewed the following FPV goggles based on Features, Pros & Cons, Price, and Quality.
Overall Price Range Generally, FPV goggles will run from from an average to premium price. You can spend a lot of money for a pair of the best FPV goggles with all the bells and whistles, but there’s a special item on our list that can be bought at an extremely low price; it isn’t a set of FPV goggles but rather an alternative to them that we added in to show the kind of variety that’s available in the FPV world.
Fat Shark FSV1063 Dominator V3 Features The first pair of goggles on our roundup of best FPV goggles are the Fat Shark FSV1-63 Dominator V3s, featuring a 30° field of vision delivered by a 16:9 WVGA screen. These goggles also come with an onboard DVR for recording your drone’s flight and modular bays for after-market receivers and head tracking components. Do note that the receiver module for these goggles is sold separately. Fat Shark is known for its sleek and stylish designs, and the Dominator V3 is no exception to this rule. Quality These goggles support HDMI-in at near HD (720p) but with a 16:9 ratio WVGA image. They can handle both analog and digital inputs, and the bays for expansion module are a great feature.
Aomway Commander V2 Diversity 3D 64CH 45 Degree FOV 5.8G FPV Goggles Features The Aomway Commander V2 Diversity has an FOV of 45°, an HDMI-in port in full 1080p HD, and an IPD maximum range of 72mm, which allows you to adjust the lenses perfectly to match the exact distance of the center of the operator’s pupils. The goggles can switch between the European PAL standard and the American NTSC video standards, making them compatible with European drones like those manufactured by the French company Parrot, has a built-in DVR, and an SD card slot for an effortless and trouble-free recording of your drone’s flight. Quality These are great mid-range goggles with an impressive FOV, and the inclusion of 1080p full HD is a winner. The goggles themselves are made well, seem durable, and have plenty of nice add-on features.
Eachine EV800D FPV Goggles With DVR 5.8G 40CH 5 Inch 800×480 Diversity Video Headset Features These Eachine goggles may not be the best FPV goggles, but they’re a great value. They feature two dedicated chipsets, one for display and one for recording, to ensure lag-free video reception, a forty channel auto-search VRX capability, and a 5″ LCD screen that can be separated and used as an external monitor for goggle-less flight. The twin dedicated chipset is a great feature that we’d like to see in other, higher-end models. Quality As we’ve said, these aren’t the best FPV goggles, but at their price point, they pack enough features to provide excellent bang for your buck. While the 720 x 576 resolution isn’t the best, it is acceptable for non-competitive FPV racing and may even be suitable for talented, experienced FPV drone pilots who are familiar with the ins and outs of the competitive side of the sport.
Arris VR-009 Video Headset FPV Goggles Features Another midrange set that, while not being the best FPV goggles, will provide great value for their price point. These goggles feature dual receiver modules to ensure a clear, steady VRX signal, have an adjustable support lens, and a built-in power display, so you always know how much flight time you have left. They’re built well and feel solid and durable without being bulky or overly heavy. Quality Another great, little, middle-of-the-road pair of goggles that are good for beginners, casual pilots, or non-competitive FPV flyers on a budget. Despite the lack of bells and whistles, these no-frills little goggles are really a great value.
QWinOut Boscam BOS200RC FPV Watch 200RC 5.8GHz 32CH HD 960240 2″ TFT Monitor Features This is the curve ball of the bunch—the cheapest unit on our review list and included here just for reference. the QWinOut BOS200RC Watch is just what it sounds like—an LCD screen on a wrist band that looks like a watch. It’s a neat little gadget, but not a serious contender for FPV flight. Quality It’s a neat little gadget, but is more suitable for a backup or spectator device than for proper drone flight—just handling the controls while trying to keep track of the image on the wristband would be next to impossible.
DJI Goggles Immersive FPV Goggles Features Unlike our last little gadget, these are proper racing goggles, and they may be among the best FPV goggles on our list. Boasting twin 1920 x 1080 resolution Screens with a full 30 fps and a breathtaking 60 fps at 720p, the DJI goggles also come with an integrated touchpad, head tracking control, and an impressive six-hour battery life. Quality These goggles are designed well from a hardware standpoint and feature a lot of really impressive features and superb image quality, but the software aspect (as is common with some DJI products) may occasionally leave a little to be desired.
Eachine EV100 FPV Goggles Features As we’ve seen with other Eachine devices on our list, these goggles are perhaps not the best FPV goggles, but they still represent an outstanding value at their price point. Perhaps most impressive with this set of goggles is the customized diopter lenses which allow users with all but the most severe myopia the ability to clearly see the image on the screen provided. Quality The ability for those without perfect eyesight to use these goggles is a great plus, but they’re not quite the build quality of the more expensive items on our review list.
Flysight 40CH FPV Goggles Features This is another contender for the best FPV goggles on our list, if only because they have great build quality, also allow myopic pilots to clearly see the supplied image, and so are among the only goggles on our list to have adjustable pupil distance screens for a perfect sight fit. Quality The build quality on these goggles is sufficient for light use, and it’s great to see another pair of goggles suitable for pilots without perfect vision.
Fat Shark HDO Dominator HDO FSV1122 OLED Modular 3D FPV Goggles Headset Features Fat Shark makes some of the best FPV goggles on the market, and these are no exception. With a native resolution of 960 x 720, they aren’t full HD, but the clarity and quality of the OLED image more than make up for it. Quality These are the first FPV goggles to use OLED technology, and the image quality is breathtaking. Though not the highest resolution, these goggles present amazingly clear and crisp visuals.
FPV Goggles FG01 40CH 5.8GHz FPV Glasses Racing Video Headset with DVR Features The FG01 headset features a built-in DVR for recording every spine-tingling moment of your flights with the DVR status indicated by a small on-screen dot to leave more of the image visible. These goggles also come with detachable modular power and VRX/VTX bays, making them entirely compatible with modules by manufacturers such as Fat Shark, Nextwave, Airwave, LaForge, and Furious. They have A/V and HDMI-in capability and can handle both analog and digital inputs. The display is only a 33° FOV, but it can switch between 4:3 ratio to a wide-screen 16:9, which leaves more visual space to enable tricky maneuvers. Quality These are rather impressive for a midrange FPV goggle set, and have some interesting features like the interpupillary distance adjustment screw and the built-in fan that increases operator comfort. It’s also capable of fitting diopter lenses for pilots with less than perfect vision—and the built-in fan keeps the added lenses fog-free, as well.
Epson Moverio BT-300FPV Smart Glasses for DJI Drones (FPV/Drone Edition) Features Epson is known for its business machines and line of printers and scanners, but the office product giant entered the FPV goggle game with the BT-300FPV Smart Glasses. Though these goggles are only compatible with drones made by DJI, they feature an innovative transparent HUD overlay that displays real-time flight statistics over the binocular view of your DJI drone without obstructing your line-of-sight view. It also comes with a dedicated controller that will clip securely to DJI-built remotes, a lens shade for flying under changing light conditions and a pre-loaded iteration of the DJI GO app for drone flight. Though not true FPV, these goggles are still a very impressive gadget. Quality These are interesting and innovative goggles, and they are built to last. Though not offering immersive FPV, they are amazing for line-of-sight flying, and the inclusion of real-time HUD data is an incredible leap forward for traditional LOS drone piloting.
GOOVIS g2 Cinego 4K Personal Travel Theater VR Glasses FPV for DJI drones Features These goggles are perhaps the most interesting on our list, as they’re not first and foremost FPV goggles, but rather double as FPV goggles from their original purpose—a portable, head-mounted personal theater. The image quality is about what you would expect from a product that promotes itself as home-theater quality in a head-mountable format. It displays a clear, high-quality image, and, in addition to allowing you to fly any DJI drone by the built-in HDMI connection, you can stream YouTube, NetFlix, and other streaming entertainment apps directly to the lenses (but not while flying a drone). This innovative design also allows you to connect gaming consoles like a PS4 or Nintendo Switch. Quality The image quality is astounding as one would expect from a “portable home theater,” and there’s a lot of added value here in terms of what these goggles are capable of delivering. Though they’re pricey and only compatible with DJI drones, they do make excellent FPV goggles and provide a crisp, clear image streamed from your drone’s camera straight to the dual AMOLED displays.
FXT VIPER Version 2.0 FPV Goggles Video Glasses Features These goggles are some of the “big box” type that we mentioned earlier in our review and can be worn by those who wear glasses—directly over their glasses, so there’s no loss of clarity at all from their regular aided sight. The 5-inch monitor is detachable for separate viewing, and the true HD 1080p HDMI-in connection offers unparalleled image quality. These goggles also feature built-in DVR capability. Quality Though they appear a little bulkier than some of the other goggles on our list, especially compared to the sleek designs by manufacturers like Fat Shark, these “big box” FPV goggles offer a lot of flexibility for drone pilots who rely on eyeglasses for clear vision. They’re built well, and despite their considerable weight, are adjustable for a custom and comfortable fit.
The Verdict: What Are the Best FPV Goggles? With this many models to choose from, picking the absolute best is a tricky proposition. Each of these goggles—and even the non-goggle FPV watch—has something to offer, even if just in terms of novelty. The midrange goggles do offer great value, but the image quality of these more affordable models can’t compete with that delivered by the higher-end, more expensive FPV goggles. Models like the Goovis Cinego are compelling and interesting for the added value they deliver in being able to stream movies, console games, and FPV video, but, as this is an FPV round-up, we feel like a more “native” pair of goggles should edge these out. The Epson model goggles are also interesting, and though they’re not true FPV goggles, they do provide a unique and innovative approach to line-of-sight flying, which is often enough for the weekend, non-racer hobbyists. For dedicated, seat-of-the-pants FPV flying, it’s hard to go wrong with something like the Fat Shark Dominator, which is a true FPV goggle with a sleek and stylish design. The Fat Shark Dominator takes the award for the best-of-show in our roundup of the best FPV goggles available. Happy (and crash free) flying!
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