Flying using FPV drone goggles is a terrific experience. To have the best flying experience, it is important to choose the best FPV glasses which are correct for you. Knowing about field of view, IPD, glass optics, resolution and digital head tracking will help you pick the right drone goggles.

A number of drone manufacturers now have their own drone goggles.  DJI, Parrot, Walkera And Yuneec now manufacture their own FPV drone goggles.  This makes choosing an FPV headset very easy.

Now if you own a DJI or Yuneec drone etc, you don’t have to buy their googles as many drone goggles from the various manufacturers will work on the latest top drones on the market.

It is important to fly using the correct drone googles for your eyes. If you choose an incorrect fitting FPV headset, then you won’t enjoy the experience as much as you should.  Most drone goggles on the market now have many adjustable settings and are very comfortable.

In this article with videos, we show how to choose the best FPV glasses along with looking at some of the most popular FPV headsets on the market.  FPV goggles from Fat Shark, Skyzone, Oculus, Zeiss, Yuneec and Walkera along with both of the latest DJI FPV goggles.

Nearly all the FPV goggles featured in this article can be used for flying drones, watching movies and playing games.

Best FPV Googles For Drones

If you are new to FPV goggles here are some quick explanations of the technical terms you will come across.   To learn more about FPV and video transmission technology, read this terrific article entitled “Drone FPV Video, Antenna Gain And Range” and also this article “What is FPV Camera Technology“.  Both articles contain excellent videos.

FOV – Field Of View 

FOV is how much of the world we can see at any given moment.  When using optical equipment such as FPV goggles or binoculars, there is always a restriction to what we can see. With FPV goggles, the field of vision (FOV) viewing range is between 25% to 45%.  The higher quality and more expensive FPV goggles tend to have a higher FOV.  The field of view is a very important aspect  to choosing a great FPV goggle.

Adjustable IPD FPV Goggles 

Interpupillary Distance or IPD: This is the distance between the center of the pupils of both your eyes.  IPD technology is critical in binoculars and for FPV googles.  Each and everyone one of us is unique and have different shaped faces and distances between our eyes.

For the best FPV flying view, it is essential the FPV drone goggles allow for both eye pupils to be positioned within the exit pupils of the goggles.

If you buy fixed IPD goggles they may not fit your eyes correctly and the FPV flying experience may not be pleasant.  The adjustable IPD is the best option.

Leading FPV Goggle Manufacturer Fatshark Dominator HD connected to DJI LightbridgeFPV Optics – Glass or Plastic Optics

For viewing clarity and image quality glass optics are by far the best option.

Pixel Resolution On FPV Goggles

You will see many options regarding resolution on FPV goggles such as QVGA, VGA and SVGA.

  • QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels
  • VGA: 640 x 480 pixels
  • SVGA: 800 x 600 pixels
  • FWVGA: 854 x 480 pixels

SVGA and FWVGA are the best choice when it comes to FPV goggle resolution.

Digital Head Tracking

FPV goggles with head tracking. This technology monitors your head movement and sends these signals to your drone.  The camera on your drone follows the same orientation as your head does. If you look up the camera looks up, to the left or to the right the camera follows. It brings a whole new experience to drone flying. It’s a tremendous experience and gives you much more flexibility. Most FPV goggles now incorporate digital head tracking.

FPV Receiver Modules

Depending on the FPV headset you purchase, you will more than likely need to also buy a Receiver Module. These Receiver Modules are available in 1.3 GHz, 2.4 GHz, or 5.8 GHz options. It is best to read the manual or instructions regarding compatibility between your FPV headset and receiver module.

For example with the Dominator V3, Fat Shark only guarantees compatibility with NexwaveRF modules.  The receiver modules are easy to install.

Generally you need to simply remove a door panel on the side of the FPV headset, insert the module, and snap the door panel back in place.

Here is an excellent YouTube video which explains all about extending FPV antennae range and gain.

Various FPV Glasses For Drones

Here’s a few quality manufacturers and suppliers of FPV googles.

  • Fat Shark Dominator HD3
  • Fat Shark Attitude V4
  • Yuneec SkyView
  • Boscam GS922
  • Eachine EV800D
  • Walkera Goggle 4
  • SkyZone SKY03 3D
  • DJI FPV Goggles Standard
  • DJI FPV Goggles Racing Edition
  • CinemizerOLED Drone FPV glasses

View can view an even more comprehensive list of top FPV drone goggles here.

Best Advice Before Buying Drone Goggles

Choose an FPV goggle with an FOV of at least 35%, adjustable IPD, VGA or SVGA resolution, glass optics and digital head tracking.

If you have a Walkera drone, they manufacture FPV goggles for their own range.

It is always a great idea to check the website of your drone to see if they recommend a particular FPV goggle. They may have tested  various brands for their drones.

Buy the best FPV goggles you can afford as the experience will be well worth it.  If you buy the wrong FPV goggle, you won’t enjoy the experience one bit.  Which would be a real shame.

DJI FPV Drone Goggles

With DJI having something like 70% of the consumer drone market, it took DJI a long time to release their own FPV drone google.  They now have 2 drone googles on the market.  A standard and a racing edition. The racing edition will work with other drones so not just DJI drones.  We will look at both of these first and then some of the others.

DJI FPV Drone Goggles Standard Edition

The DJI  drone goggles are designed for seamless FPV flying with DJI drones such as the Mavic Pro,  Phantom 3, Phantom 4 and Inspire series. These DJI goggles will also connect to other 3rd party compatible devices.  Here is a quick look at the new DJI goggle features;

  • Pair of large ultra-high quality screens
  • Long range and 360 degree coverage
  • 85 degrees single screen field of vision
  • 3840×1080 (single screen: 1920×1080) screen resolution
  • 2.4 GHz operating frequency
  • Video downlink resolution – 1080p 30, 720p 60, 720p 30
  • Low lag wireless connectivity of 110 ms (Mavic Pro tested)
  • Direct control of photo and video capture
  • Very comfortable ergonomic design
  • Up to 6 hours operation time
  • Gyroscope, Accelerometer and Proximity sensors

The DJI goggles also have a number of Flight Modes including;

  • Full-screen Mode
  • Motion-controlled Flight
  • Motion-controlled Gimbal
  • Reset Motion control
  • Switch portrait / landscape
  • Gimbal forward / downward by 90 degrees

Connecting Devices To The DJI Goggles

You have a number of input connectors on the DJI FPV drone goggle as follows;

  • Micro USB
  • Micro SD Card
  • HDMI
  • Audio

DJI FPV Drone Goggles Racing Edition

The DJI Goggles Racing Edition (RE) have a cool matte black visor and headband, along with padding covered by high-quality red leather.

These DJI RE goggles are designed and engineered for racing and are compatible with an OcuSync video transmission module and a high-performance camera module.  These work together to transmit digital video signal from up to 7 km away with latency as low as 50 milliseconds in addition to analog signal.

DJI Goggles RE Features

  • 12 Transmission Channels – Access to low-interference transmission channels which is ideal for FPV drone racing.
  • Automatic FHSS Technology – If their is wireless interference, the OcuSync Module will automatically switch between the 2.4 and 5.8 GHz channels to maintain unobstructed transmission.
  • Connect a 2nd Pair of DJI Goggles –  A spectator can experience the thrill of drone racing from the same perspective as the pilot.
  • Analog Transmission – The analog transmission is via the SMA port.
  • Other Drones – By connecting a third-party controller to the Goggles, users can directly control racing drones with an F3, F4, KISS, Naze, or other supported flight controller.
  • Gimbal Control – In head tracking gimbal mode, a user can control the gimbal camera just by putting on the Goggles and turning your head.
  • On Screen Display – Essential flight information, including transmission resolution, battery level,and signal quality, is easily visible on screen.
  • Multiple Antenna – DJI Goggles can be purchased with a set of three external antennas for different scenarios.
  • Video – These DJI Goggles play videos in a variety of different formats, including MP4, MOV, MKV and Users can also view 6K 360-degree panoramas.
  • Live View Modes And Latency – 960 p50 with 70 ms; 720 p60 with 60 ms; 480 p50 with 50 ms

DJI Goggle RE Camera Module

The OcuSync Camera uses a 1/3 inch image sensor, giving a much higher-resolution video transmission than most analog FPV goggles on the market. It also has a global shutter, significantly reducing rolling shutter effect caused by high-frequency vibration.

Also, its 148° FOV with a low-distortion lens delivers a wide, yet natural-looking camera view. With such an advanced camera, users can control flight accurately and even record a whole flight for analysis or sharing.

You can find out more information on the DJI RE goggles here.

Best FPV Goggles For Drones

The big names in FPV goggles Fat Shark, Oculus,  SkyZone and Zeiss with their VR One Plus multimedia video glasses. Oculus are investing big money into FPV goggles and the last video below is an interview with Oculus founder Paul Luckey.

Top FPV Drone Goggles From Fat Shark

The Fat Shark FPV goggles are the most popular brand on the market with years of expertise in this sector.  Their FPV goggles have great optics and no edge blur with zero light-intrusion.

The top contestants in the Drone Racing League are all using Fatshark googles. They presently have 14 FPV glasses in their range and the below 3 are perhaps the best FPV drone goggles.

FSV1076 Dominator HD3 Core – 42º FOV, Plastic Optics, SVGA 800 X 600 resolution, Adjustable IPD 59 to 69 mm, Polarized LED backlight.

FSV1048 Attitude V4 – 32° FOV, Plastic Optics, VGA 640 X 480, Adjustable IPD 59 to 69 mm, Full color LCD polarized LED backlit

FSV1076 Dominator HD3 – 42º FOV, Plastic Optics, Adjustable IPD 59 to 69 mm, , SVGA 800 X 600, Polarized LED backlight, Modular Head Tracker Bay

Here is a terrific video which compares the various Fat Shark FPV goggles.  Also, please visit the Fat Shark headset page as they have a impressive selection of FPV goggles. You can also find all the latest Fat Shark googles on Amazon here.

Skyzone SKY03 3D FPV Drone Goggle

The SKY03 3D FPV goggles are pretty impressive.  Here is a quick look at it’s features.

  • Head tracking.
  • ISM 5.8 GHz 48 channel diversity receiver with dual antennas meaning the receiving signal is more stable and fast.
  • Support HDMI, DVR, AV in / out.
  • Built with front camera which enable you to observe surroundings very easily without taking off the goggles.
  • Up to 43 degrees FOV.
  • Binocular display, SVGA 800 x 600 resolution gives you an excellent experience.
  • Multiple LED light effect mode support.
  • Intimate design with high-comfort facial sponge giving a soft and comfortable feel.
  • Built-in heat-sink fan to prevent fogging.

Here is a quick introduction to the Skyzone SKY03 3D goggles.

Walkera FPV Drone Goggle

Walkera Technology produce a range of very innovative and high tech drones including the Voyager 3, QR X800, Tali H500 and  X4 Scout Drones.  They also produce 2 top  racing drones. The great thing about Walkera is that they also produce their own range of FPV goggles specifically for their drones.

Their latest FPV glasses is the Walkera Goggle 4 and are perfect for their full range of racing drones.

  • Rodeo 150
  • F210 Series
  • Runner 250
  • Furious 320

Eachine EV800D FPV Drone Goggles

The Eachine EV800 is incredible popular and is tremendous value for money.

The EV800D has 6 Leaf RCHP 5 dBi antenna and also a 16 dBi Panel antenna along with a built-in 5.8 GHz 40 channel diversity receiver, meaning the live video signal will automatically switch to the best antenna.

Let’s have a quick look at some of it’s features;

  • 5 Inch HD high brightness LCD specially tuned for FPV racing.
  • 800 x 480 resolution.
  • Super-wide FOV visible angle up to 82º.
  • 40 channel auto searching diversity race band.
  • Built-in super HD DVR which can record up to 720 x 576 resolution.
  • Two system (Display/Record duo core separated chipsets ) which ensure no delay in displaying and no frame lost in recording.
  • Advanced auto-searching function and the working frequency show on screen.
  • 92% transparent lens adopted, no distort, no blur on the edge of screen.

Yuneec SkyView FPV Headset

This Yuneec SkyView FPV headset is compatible with Typhoon H, Typhoon Q500 4k and Tornado H920 drones.  As you operate the camera, you will see exactly what the drone sees, as if you were on board. The Yuneec FPV googles were designed to be ergonomic and durable with an adjustable headband which will accommodate users who wear glasses.

The Skyview headset is equipped with a USB port for fast charging, and has a HDMI port to connect any HDMI devices so you can use these goggles to watch movies, play video games and more. The HDMI cable can also be used to transmit sound to the goggles.

The SkyView FPV headset has the following features

  • 5-inch screen
  •  720p HD live transmission
  • 75.5º FOV
  • 720 x 1280 resolution
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Compatible with Yuneec H520, Tornado H920, Typhoon H drones
  • Compatible with other devices which have a HDMI output

Here’s a nice aerial flight with the Yuneec Q500 4k with the pilot wearing the SkyView goggles.

CinemizerOLED FPV Glasses

CinemizerOLED video glasses have super clear lens and really give you tremendous immersive experiences.  They are so perfect for flying your drone.  When you are not flying your drone, then the CinemizerOLED will give you an absolutely fantastic high definition cinema like experience sessions when connected to your phone, gaming console or TV box.

The 40 inch simulated screen, with 2 high resolution OLED displays with record breaking density of pixel. The CinemizerOLED has a 6 hour battery life making it perfect for everything from drone racing to enjoying watching movies, TV and playing games on your console. 

  • OLED displays (Organic Light Emitting Diode)
  • The optics supports an IPD range of 59 – 69mm
  • Simulated screen of 40 inch (=1 m) in 2m distance
  • Aspect ratio 16:9
  • 2 high resolution displays with 870×500 pixel each (100% fill factor)
  • 24 Bit RGB color depth
  • FOV 30°
  • Compatible with many drones

CinemizerOLED FPV Goggles Drone Compatibility

  • DJI  – Mavic, Phantoms 3, 4 and Inspire 1, and 2, Matrice 100 and 600
  • Parrot – Disco and Bebop
  • Yuneec – Typhoon H, TORNADO H920 PLUS, H520
  • 3DR Solo
  • Xiaomi Mi

You can read a full article on the CinemizerOLED glasses for drones here.

This short videos shows you around the elegant and sophisticated CinemizerOLED FPV glasses.

 BOSCAM GS922 Drone Goggles

This FPV Goggle is quiet functional with its 854*480 resolution display screen to ensure a high quality image and it has a great feature of recording video with installed SD card (not included). It will give you a excellent fly visual experience.

Features:

30° FOV wide angle
5.8 GHz frequency dual diversity input,
32 channels free to choose
854 x 480 resolution
Automatically searching for the best signal channel
Records and replay video
Antenna port: RP-SMA
Video: 640 * 320(30FPS)
Brightness: adjustable
Contrast: adjustable
Saturation: adjustable
Storage: SD Card (not included)

Here is an terrific introduction to the BOSCAM GS922 drone goggles.

Oculus Rift FPV Goggle

The below video takes a look at the Oculus Rift which was first on view at CES 2016.  It’s a quick interview with Oculus founder Palmer Luckey which talks about the Oculus headset, Oculus Touch and Oculus Home software.

Rift uses state of the art displays and optics designed specifically for virtual reality. Its high refresh rate and low-persistence display work together with its custom optics system to provide incredible visual fidelity and an immersive, wide field of view.

  • Field Of View – 110 degrees
  • Refresh Rate – 90 Hz
  • Display Resolution Per Eye – 1080 x 1200
  • Interpupilliary distance adjustment
  • Positional tracking, Standing VR, Seated VR

This next video shows you the Oculus Rift been used for FPV drone flying with the Parrot Bebop drone and Sky Controller.

Samsung Gear VR Goggle

The Samsung Gear VR is an exception goggle.  It has a super AMOLED display, wide field of view, precise head-tracking and with low latency it brings reality to the virtual.  The Samsung Gear VR works seamlessly with Galaxy smartphones. All you need to do is slip in your phone and you’re free to take on the world and beyond.

To reach new levels, a comfortable headset is a must. That’s why with a wider interface, the Samsung Gear VR is now 19% lighter compared to the previous model and with its larger touchpad, you get easy and accurate control.

  • 101º Lens FOV
  • 62 mm IPD fixed
  • Ergonomic design
  • USB Type-C & Micro USB phone connection
  • Compatible phones – Galaxy Note8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge

The Samsung GEAR is a tremendous google and it is also excellent value.  Check out the Samsung GEAR VR price.

Here is a instructional video on how to connect the Samsung GEAR VR and have it working with a DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter.

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