Beaming FPV video onto a screen is definitely awesome but what if you want the most immersive flying experience you can get? You might then want to get some FPV goggles. This post is our ultimate guide to buying the best FPV goggles for your needs and is split up into two sections:
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Fat shark Teleporter
Fat shark altitude V3
Fat shark Dominator V3
Fat Shark Dominator HDV2
For the display, the following considerations are to be kept in mind:
Especially if you are considering a goggle that doesn’t come with this feature, it is important to try it out before purchasing it.
DVR capability is the ability to record the flight in the goggles in a Micro SD card that is placed inside the goggle. This allows for a “backup footage” of your flight. It is especially useful if you have crashed your craft crashed somewhere. The backup footage is then for example, immensely valuable in finding out where it crashed, making it easier to recover your craft.
Head tracking is a feature that’ll increase your immersion experience. It ‘tracks’ the motion of your head and make the camera on-board to move accordingly. Talk about “being one” with your craft!
Yet another consideration to keep in mind is the type of the FPV receiver antenna and whether or not the goggle has a modular receiver bay. Some goggles like the Fatshark Dominator V3 and HDV2 do not come with a receiver but it has a modular receiver bay, meaning you can attach a variety of different (supported) antennas to the goggles while others may not come with this feature.
The type of the antenna should also be kept in mind. Linear antennas sends out signals that are only good for long distances and are extremely prone to multi-path interference (especially in places with lots of objects) while ‘Clover’ (circular) antennas are much more interference friendly at close ranges, which is why most higher end goggles are either modular or come with clover antennas.
Don’t be fooled by the cheapness and lack of aesthetics with the Quanum FPV goggle set. If you want to get into FPV experience flying for cheap, this is a great goggle to get. Please note that this goggle does not come with a receiver, camera or power, so you’ll have to get those on your own.
It is also a DIY kit and not usable right off the box but it is very easy to assemble and the manual that comes with it pretty much explains how to set it up (which you can do within minutes). It doesn’t come with any of the features that more handy features that more pricey goggles offer either, so don’t expect to win drone racing competitions with these!
Overall, a very nice entry level FPV goggles if you are a beginner. These goggles are also perfect to be used as an auxiliary goggle for co-pilots, especially if it is too bright outside for a standard screen.
This has to be our favorite cheap, entry level goggle in the best FPV goggles list. If you are beginner willing to spend a couple more, we recommend going for these over the Quanum DIY goggle. It also comes with an RP-SMA antenna, a 2S LiPo battery and has a built in receiver.
Unlike the Quanum goggle, the VR-007 is not a DIY kit, so it works straight out of the box. It is also far more aesthetically pleasing to look at and more comfortable to wear.
Just like any other goggle at this price range, don’t expect to be able to do competitive drone racing with these, but it comes with some handy features such as a customizable eyeglass.
These come under the $250 price range. As of now, we don’t like most goggles at this price range because it is “neither here nor there”. If you are a beginner, we suggest you stick to the low end range goggles.
And if you are an intermediate or pro level flyer, you could pay a bit more to get far better quality goggles. Nevertheless, we have listed one FPV goggle we think is decent in this price range:
For best FPV goggles under the $250, Fatshark Teleporters v4 and v5 are pretty decent goggles for a beginner to intermediate level flyer. They are lighter and better built and comes with a clover leaf antenna unlike the goggles that are listed in the low end range, making it less susceptible to multi path interference. The teleporters also comes with a head tracking system that improves the immersive experience.
Note that it doesn’t come with any other feature like defogging or customizable IPD, so you might have to return it if it doesn’t fit how your pupils are!
An excellent goggle at the higher end of the price range. Though not as powerful as the Dominator V3 or HDV2, the Altitude V3 is excellent if you want to get into more competitive style FPV flying and/or if you want to get an amazing immersive experience. This is the reason why we have included this in our best FPV goggles list.
It has excellent build quality, decent resolution, IPD adjustable and a modular receiver bay. The field of view (32 degrees) is also great for flying. Unlike the dominators, the altitude V3 actually come with a 5.8 receiver and antenna which justifies it price.
The Dominator V3 is where things start to get into the realm of the “awesome”. An excellent goggle and certainly one of the best FPV goggles out there if you are willing to pay for it. It has a very nice resolution and every feature that a high end goggle is supposed to have. FPV racing wins and immersive experience? You’ll get it all with this google. This ought to be the top goggle in our best FPV goggles list.
The only downside to the goggle is that it comes at a 16:9 aspect ratio while most board cameras come at a 4:3 aspect ratio, so you MIGHT feel like the images are a bit squished out. Nevertheless, it is something you can get used to and it is very flyable. Also if you are using an aerial photography specific drone, the cinematography effect is a bonus!
Sitting at the top of the peak, the Fat Shark Dominator HDV2 is supposed to be the one of the best FPV goggles you can get. That is, if you can afford it. It comes with an almost similar display screen and resolution (800x600) to that of the Dominator V3 (NOT HD), but with much more field of view (50 degree angle) which increases your immersive experience.
Unlike the dominator V3, the HDV2 comes at an aspect ratio of 4:3, which should be more appropriate for most cameras than the 16:9 aspect ratio of the dominator V3. Other than these factors, a dominator V3 and HDV2 are pretty close, in comparison.
To summarize, make sure to keep the following in mind before you decide what is the best FPV goggles you want to purchase:
That’s all folks! We hope the guide helps you out in buying the best FPV goggles for you! If you have any questions or suggestions, please drop them below and we’ll be sure to answer and love you for it!