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Complete FPV Goggles Guide - For Mini Quad Drone Quadcopter - Oscar Liang

COMPLETE FPV GOGGLES GUIDE – FOR


MINI QUAD DRONE QUADCOPTER

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FPV Goggles are an important part of the first-person-view


experience. With the growing popularity of drone racing and FPV flying,
there is a rapidly growing market for FPV equipment, and as such there
are more and more FPV goggles released all the time. This guide is to
provide the information you need to make the decision on which one best
suits you.

Index of Content
Considerations in choosing the best FPV Goggles
Form Factor
Price & Budget
Resolution
Aspect Ratio
FOV
IPD
Video Receiver
Other Features
Headset Color
Comparison charts of FPV Goggles
Overview of some of the Popular Goggles on the market

Why FPV Goggles?


The reason that FPV goggles are so popular is due to the immersive
flying experience they offer pilots, allowing them to feel like they are
onboard their aircraft. That’s why it’s called FPV – First Person View.

FPV Goggles have either one or two screens (depends on the type) that display
live video from the camera on the aircraft. It allows the pilot who is controlling the
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drone on the ground to see what the quadcopter is seeing. FPV flying also
makes it easier to avoid obstacles than flying line of sight.

The best known brands for FPV goggles are: Fatshark, Skyzone,
Eachine, Quanum (Hobbyking) and Aomway. For those going to buy a
new set of FPV goggles, I hope you find this post useful to your
research. We will go through some of the important factors you should
consider, and give a brief overview of some of the most popular FPV
Goggles options.

Do you wear glasses? This post explains if goggles are suitable for
people wearing glasses.

What to look for in selecting the best


FPV Goggles?
Form Factor
Basically there are 2 form factors:

Compact “Slimline” Goggles


Box Goggles

“Slimline” FPV goggles have 2 little screens. They are


considerably smaller and lighter, and very easy to carry around. Not to
mention they don’t make you look like you have your face stuck in a
toaster oven!

“Box” FPV headsets are usually significantly cheaper and have the image
displayed on a single LCD screen which is usually between 3 to 6 inches.
Some might find box goggles more comfortable to wear than slimline
goggles due to the larger contact area between your face and the

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goggles, but they do also weigh more. Another benefit of box goggles is
the larger FOV thanks to the larger screen.

Price & Budget


Flying FPV doesn’t have to be expensive, you can fly just fine spending
as little as $30 on a small monitor, or $50 for a “toy grade” box
goggles. Much like a professional quality radio transmitter, to get all the best
features, your FPV goggles can cost up to $300 or more. Don’t worry though,
there are a lot of good options to choose from within this extreme price
range.

FPV Goggles are a long term investment!

Unlike a multirotor, FPV goggles can’t crash and explode into a million
pieces (assuming you are putting them on your head, not on your drone)
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your RC career, and you will be using them on all of your quads.
Therefore the general opinion is to spend as much as you can afford on
your FPV Goggles

Resolution
Just like any normal display screen, the higher the resolution the better
the picture quality theoretically. With the limitations of current FPV
camera resolutions and what the 5.8Ghz analog video transmission
system is able to handle, you might not benefit from high resolution.

But as FPV systems and technology advance, HD FPV goggles will retain
their usefulness. Some HD goggles even support HDMI input so you can
hook them up to a computer as an external monitor.

Further Reading: Check out this guide on how to choose a good


FPV camera.

Aspect Ratio
There are two common aspect ratios for displaying a video image, 16:9
and 4:3. Your FPV camera will either provide 16:9 or 4:3 video, and you
should match the aspect ratio between your FPV camera and goggles.

Image distortion occurs when you use mismatched aspect ratio on your
FPV camera and goggles: When using a 4:3 camera with 16:9 goggles,
you image will appear stretched out; while with a 16:9 camera and 4:3
goggles, the image will appear squashed.

The majority of FPV cameras are 4:3, but there are more and more 16:9
cameras getting released to the market, some are even switchable
between the two ratios such as the Runcam Eagle and Caddx SDR1.

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Some 16:9 goggles can support 4:3 by “chopping” off the sides of the
screen. This is a very flexible solution but you get a smaller FOV when
using 4:3.

FOV – Field of View


The FOV of FPV goggles is basically a measurement of how big the
image appears to your eyes. Don’t get mixed up with camera FOV, these
are different and unrelated concepts.

For example, with a 35 degree FOV in your FPV Goggles, the edges of
the screen are at 35 degree angle from the centre point of your eyes.

The larger the FOV, the more immersive the picture is. But when FOV
gets too big it becomes counterproductive. The image can be too big and
you have to roll your eyes a lot more to focus at different parts of the
screen.

It’s interesting how FOV is measured in FPV Goggles. If 4:3 goggles


have the same FOV as a 16:9 widescreen goggles, surprisingly, the 4:3
screen will appear larger even though they have the same numerical
FOV.

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IPD – Inter-Pupillary Distance


Some people’s eyes are set closer and some are further apart, this is
known as IPD. IPD measures the distance between the centre of the
pupils of the two eyes.

IPD is only relevant to goggles with two separate screens. It plays a big
role in your FPV experience, because with incorrect IPD in your goggles
the image can look blurry and hard to focus on.

Most “Slimline” FPV Goggles offer adjustable IPD and it helps to keep
the FPV screens ideally positioned specific to your eyes.

Differences in IPD is one of the main reasons we suggest trying a pair of


goggles before committing a purchase.

Built-in Video Receiver?


FPV goggles might come with a built-in video receiver (VRX), that’s great
because you don’t have to purchase it separately though they can be
limited in channel selection sometimes. Anyway, it would be a bonus if the
goggles support external VRX which are usually more feature-filled than
the built-in ones.

Modular Video Receiver


Some FPV Goggles have a modular VRX feature, this allows you to
swap out the VRX with a more updated product should you wish. There
are receiver modules that are designed for different purposes, such as
long range 1.2Ghz support, diversity, and different 5.8Ghz channel
supports, and more.

Modular FPV Goggles are extremely flexible, but purchasing and


updating your VRX can become expensive over time. For example the
True-D module for the Fatshark Dominator Goggles costs $90 alone.

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Diversity
To get more reliable signal, diversity is a recommended feature in your
video receiver.

Basically, “diversity receiver” is a system where there is more than 1


active video receiver (usually 2). A diversity system will automatically
choose the receiver that is getting the best signal to maintain the best
possible video link.

Each receiver has its own antenna, these can point at different angles, or
you can use different types of antenna such as directional and omni-
directional.

Further Reading: How to choose the best FPV antennas?

Note : Receiver diversity is not to be confused with “antenna diversity”


which uses a single RX module with 2 antennas, receiver diversity is, by
far, the better option.

Built-in DVR
Capability to record your flight video on a Micro SD card. Most goggles
with a DVR allow you to play back the footage, which can really help

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locate your model when you crash! Alternatively you can get an external
DVR like this one.

Other Features
Head Tracking allows the goggles to recognize the pilot’s head
movements and sync them with a gimbal-mounted camera onboard
the drone. So as the pilot moves their head the camera moves too.
This creates an even more immersive FPV experience but adds a
lot of weight so it’s probably more useful for fixed wing platforms
than multirotors
HDMI Input is a common connection between HD video devices.
Having HDMI compatibility on your FPV Goggles means you can
use it with HD FPV systems such as the Connex Prosight. You can
even connect your goggles to your computer with HDMI, either for
watching movies, or practicing with FPV simulators.
3D Support – allows you to use 3D FPV Camera/Transmitter
system

Headset Colour
Colour is mostly a personal preference. Black or other darker colour
goggles tend to get hot more easily in the sun, but lighter colours can (on
some goggles) suffer from light leakage. Another good reason to check
our reviews, and if possible, try before you buy.

FPV Goggles Comparison Charts


Here are some comparison tables of all the popular FPV Goggles on the
market.

Entry Level Box FPV Goggles

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Large FPV headsets are heavier, but usually feels more comfortable to
wear. They are cheaper, and might allows you to pair them with any
video receiver because they are literally just a monitor. They are good
options if you just want to have a taste of what FPV is like and test the
waters.

Because of the singular optics both eyes are looking at one single screen
rather than 2. People with Inter-pupillary distance (IPD) problems can
also try these. But if your eyes have different level of sight problems
that require different diopter lenses, you might run into trouble with these.

Model Quanum DIY V2 Pro Eachine VR-007 Pro Eachine EV800 Eachine VR 006

Price $25 $45 $70 $40

Resolution 800 x 480 480 x 272 800 x 480 500 x 300

Ratio 5:3 4:3 5:3 5:3

Built-in VRX No Yes Yes Yes

Frequency n/a 40ch 40ch 40ch

DVR n/a No No No

Diversity n/a No No No

Weight 532g 256g 349g 258g

High End Box Goggles


More features, higher resolution.

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Model Eachine Eachine Goggles HeadPlay SE Fatshark Transformer


EV800D Two V2 SE

Price $100 $125 $160 $189

Resolution 800 x 480 1920 x 1080 1200 x 600 1280 x 720

Ratio 16:9 & 4:3 16:9 & 4:3 16:10 16:9

Built-in Yes Yes Yes Yes


VRX

Channels 40ch 40ch 40ch 32ch

DVR Yes No Yes unknown

Diversity Yes Yes No Yes

Weight 362g 273g w/o battery 400g unknown

Compact Form Factor – $200 or less


These are small, lightweight FPV goggles, extremely easy to carry
around. However they might not fit everyone’s face, so again, try them
out if possible before buying.

These compact FPV Goggles all have built-in video receivers (VRX), and
they all support 5.8GHz Frequency.

Model Teleporter V5 SJ RG01 Eachine EV100

Price $199 $88 $100

FOV 25° 40° 28°

Resolution 320 x 240 960 x 240 720 x 540

Ratio 4:3 4:3 4:3

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IPD 63.5mm 58-63mm 58-68mm

Modular RX No No No

Built-in VRX Channels 7ch 48ch 72ch

DVR No Yes No

Head Tracking No No No

Feature n/a Diversity RX Antenna Diversity

Weight 163g 278g 221g

Compact Goggles – Mid Price Range ($200 – $350)

Model Eachine Skyzone Aomway Commander Skyzone SKY02S


EV200 V2

Price $300 $240 $310 $325

FOV 42° 30° 32° 30°

Resolution 1280 x 720 854 x 480 854 x 480 854 x 480

Ratio 4:3 & 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9

IPD 56-72mm 60-68mm 59-69mm 59-69mm

Modular RX Yes No No, Integrated 40ch no, Integrated 40ch

Built-in VRX 72ch 40ch 40ch 40ch


Channels

DVR Yes No Yes Yes

Head Tracking No Yes Yes Yes

Audio Output Yes Yes Yes Yes

Feature 3D, HDMI Diversity 3D, HDMI, Diversity HDMI, 3D,

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RX Diversity

Weight unkown 344g Unknown unknown

Compact – High Price Class ($350 – $450)


Higher display resolution with more features.

Model Topsky F7X Dominator V3 Attitude V4 Skyzone SKY02 V3

Price $350 $350 $350 $387

FOV 42° 30° 32° 30°

Resolution 1280 x 720 800 x 480 640 x 480 854 x 480

Ratio 16:9 16:9 4:3 16:9

IPD 58-72mm 59-69mm 59-69mm 59-69mm

Modular RX V2, Yes Yes Yes no, integrated 40ch

DVR Yes Yes Yes Yes

Head Tracking Support Support Yes Yes

Features HDMI, 3D HDMI, 3D comes with RX Diversity, 3D

Weight 190g 152g unknown 190g

Premium Class – $450+!


Goggles in this class provide the best display resolutions, some can even
be used for home entertainment systems.

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Model Dominator HD3 Core Skyzone SKY03 Cinemizer OLED

Price $400 $479 $790

FOV 42° 43° 30°

Resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600 1080p

Ratio 4:3 4:3 16:9 & 4:3

IPD 59-69mm 57.5 – 69.5mm 59 – 69mm

Built-in VRX No Yes, 48ch No

Audio Output Yes Yes Yes

Head Tracking Yes Yes No

Feature 3D/HDMI 3D/HDMI/Front camera 3D/HDMI

Weight unknown 231g 120g

External Receiver Modules for FPV


Goggles

As you might know, the Fatshark Dominator series FPV goggles require
a receiver module to work, and there are many options out there. All the
latest modules have diversity capability.

Laforge (link to product)


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True-D (review | link to product)


Clearview Goggle Receiver module (link to product)
Realacc RX5808 (link to product)
Eachine Pro58 (review | link to product)
Fatshark FSV2445 V2 32CH (not recommended, outdated)
Nexwave (not recommended, outdated)

Diopter Inserts
If you wear glasses and cannot see the image clearly when wearing your
Goggles, you can buy these diopter inserts to put in your goggles if they
support them.

Purchase – Amazon | Banggood | GetFPV

A more in-depth look at the market’s


most popular goggles
FatShark Dominator V3

Comparing to the Predator V3, the Dominator V3 has better


resolution 800X480 resolution, as well as larger field of vision (32
degree). The image quality is slightly better than the Attitude V4, and
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despite they both have the same number of FOV, the screen looks
slightly smaller on the DomV3 than the Attitude due to the wider screen.

The Dominator V3 supports external head-tracking module and


VRX module, and the aspect ratio was changed to 16:9 from the V2’s
4:3.

FatShark Dominator HD3

FatShark Dominator HD3 offers 800 x 600 SVGA resolution, and a wide
42 degree field of view, giving an even more immersive experience.

The optics of the HD3 is made of the same material found in Dominator
V3, the only difference is just the FOV and aspect ratio. The Dom HD3 is
very similar to the DomV3 in terms of features, which also has an
interchangeable receiver module, head tracking option and includes a
DVR.

Since the release of the HD3 Core, the price has dropped from nearly
$500 to only $400. The only difference is you don’t get any accessories
in the HD3 Core, apart from the case for 18650 batteries. In my opinion
that’s one of the best deal for a pair of high end goggles.

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Get the HD3 Core from GetFPV: http://bit.ly/2BGFIm6

SkyZone SKY-02

The Skyzone SKY02 is a similar price to the Dominator V3, and they
have 16:9 widescreens as well. An important feature of these is that they
are 3D capable (supports 3D camera). The built in receiver is compatible
with Fatshark and Boscam systems.

It has Diversity receiver system, which gives better reception with the
properly selected antennas. They also have a built-in camera on the front
of the goggles so you can see in front of you without taking them off.
There have been some complains about the wide angle front camera
making it very hard to work with your hands while looking through the
goggles.

Quanum DIY FPV Goggle V2 Pro


The Quanum DIY Goggles are probably one of the most popular goggles
due to the affordable price, and thankfully the appearance has also seen
much improvement over the years too. These are pretty good options if
you have a tight budget.
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The original version looked like this.

Specs
Monitor screen: NON-Blue screen custom TFT LCD
Screen size: 5 inch (16:9 or 4:3 switchable)
Supply voltage: 7~13V
Resolution: 800 x 480
Size: 162 x 170 x 102mm
Weight: 532g

Headplay

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The Headplay SE FPV Goggles boast a massive HD 1200×600 screen


and an impressive 72 degree of FOV, mkaing it one of the most
immersive FPV display available.

These were one of the few box goggles with an HDMI input, and support
for HD FPV systems like the Connex Prosight. The only downside for me
is the form factor, it’s a freaking huge box. I reckon you can probably fit
your micro quad in there to use it as a case :)

Aomway Commander Goggles V1


The Aomway Commander V1 have been very successful since their
launch, said to be the best alternative to the Fatshark Dominator V3 and
HD3 at a lower price. Unlike many other goggles, the Commander takes
a wide voltage input, supporting up to a 4S Lipo (16.8V).

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Features:

16:9 854×480 LCD screen with 32°FOV


Support HDMI input (720p)
Support 3D
Built-in DVR
Diversity 5.8Ghz video receiver
Built-in fan to prevent lens-fog

Our in-depth review of the Commander V1 Goggles.

Fatshark Attitude V4
The Attitude V4 is a relatively affordable offering from Fatshark, with a
comfortable 32° FOV screen with 640×480 resolution which means you
can see small obstacles clearly.

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These goggles have useful features like DVR and an anti-fog fan. It also
comes with a basic receiver that can easily be replaced with a diversity
receiver like the Eachine Pro58.

The Attitude V4 with Pro58 Achellis module is not cheap, but it is


definitely the most cost effective combo to achieve good image quality,
functionality and reliability in a compact form factor.

Eachine Goggles Two

These box goggles from Eachine are a pretty good high end box goggle
with full HD (1920 x 1080px) screen, HDMI input, PAL and NTSC support,
as well as supporting both 4:3 and 16:9 image ratios. The Goggles Two
also come with diversity receivers, a directional patch, and omni-
directional cloverleaf antenna.

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Personally I have encountered a few niggles, the connection between the


battery and the goggles is not great and can lose power. I have followed
these simple instructions to install a DVR on the Eachine Goggles Two,
this power loss frustratingly causes any unsaved video to be lost too.

Our review of the Eachine Goggles Two.

Eachine EV100

The Eachine EV100 goggles are the cheapest slimline goggles that are
available at the moment, and realistically I don’t see it as possible for the
price to get much lower than the current $100 retail.

However, don’t get too excited just yet, there are a few issues with these
goggles, such as the super tiny screen and FOV, lack of receiver
diversity and integrated DVR. These might be a good entry level option
for those who cannot use box goggles, and prefer a more compact
option. But don’t expect too much from them, you get what you pay for.

Eachine VR006

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The VR006 goggles are the cheapest goggles of any type available right
now. They use the 5.8gHz frequency and have recently had an antenna
diversity option added too.

They only have a single 3” screen, so don’t expect to be amazed with the
huge FOV you get from other box goggles. As the VR006 uses such a
small screen, these are probably the smallest, lightest and most compact
of all the box goggles listed in the article.

Eachine EV200D

These new additions to Eachine’s range have caused quite a stir since
their announcement a few months ago.

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The EV200D basically offer all the features, such as HD and 3D


compatibility, modular dual diversity RX design and on-board DVR, that
you expect from the market leaders top notch offerings, but available
(including 2 diversity modules) for just $300! For a more detailed look
check out this preview article by Tom BD Bad.

Conclusion – Which are the best FPV


Goggles
I was flying FPV with a cheap 7 inch LCD monitor for over a year, before
making the switch to a Fatshark Dominator V2. Although I was happy
with the monitor, I enjoy FPV even more flying with Goggles for the truly
immersive FPV experience. If you are on a tight budget, a small screen can
get you started flying FPV just fine, but my advice is to save up for a decent pair
of goggles.

I like the features and quality offered by the Skyzone goggles, they also
support diopter lens inserts, the same ones as Fatshark which is a plus
for a nearsighted person. However I don’t personally like the 16:9 wide
screens because I use 4:3 FPV cameras on all of my quadcopters, I
don’t like the stretched image. That’s also why I don’t think I will upgrade
to the Dominator V3.

Edit History
March 2015 – Article created
Apr 2017 – Updated products
Jan 2018 – Article edited, products updated

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Quadcopter”

TheGreenOrange
12th December 2017 at 4:25 pm

The Eachine Goggles Two should be included. They are the best box goggles I have tried.

1080p resolution, super comfortable, huge FOV, HDMI in, etc.

Krotow
1st November 2017 at 6:51 pm

Would be worth to add Eachine EV800D to list of middle level box googles. They have
800×480 resolution, diversity receiving, DVR, 2-3S battery backup and are rock stable.

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Annas
15th October 2017 at 6:04 am

Please explain which goggles have audio ouput?thank you

Chad Bjorklund
2nd May 2017 at 1:52 pm

I highly recommend trying out the Transformers. The FOV on them is AMAZING. The bulk,

while signi cantly less than most box style, is still a bit of a headache. There is no issue with
comfort but they aren’t quite as portable. And inevitably, you look a little sillier with them
than the traditional goggle style. I’ve used HD3s before and going on raw image quality and
immersion, the Transformers (with the Binocular viewer) are my preference.

Zsolt
8th January 2017 at 7:41 am

Oscar: What about Dominator V1(99$ price)? I can’t nd information anywhere. Thanks!

dec0y
25th August 2016 at 12:43 am

I love this list! I hope it keeps up to date as a TON a new headsets are coming in this year.
The most helpful thing for me is the FOV comparison/screen comparison.

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Any way we could get screen shots from the Boscam series goggles? (Super curious about the
922’s and new 909’s)
and compare the FOV from the Quanum DIY’s and Headplays, etc to the the Dominators and

Skyzones?

Oscar Post author

26th August 2016 at 3:04 pm

Boscam needs to do better with their market :) no one is aware of their new goggles when
they come out lol :D

ocie ward
23rd August 2016 at 8:30 pm

Thanks for this comprehensive list, Oscar!

One correction: You say the main di erence between Dom V3 and Dom SE is the aspect
ration, but in fact the main di erence is the FOV. The SE has much larger FOV than V3. I
believe the SE optics are the same as the HDV2, but I can’t say for sure.

I own the V3s and bought the SEs to compare. I posted my thoughts in RCG if you are
interested: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=35547986&postcount=122

My conclusion:

For me, I prefer the smaller image in the Dom V3s because I didn’t have to move my eye
around to see the corners and because it was crisp and sharp all the way across the image.
So I sold the SEs for a total loss of $55 (including the shipping I paid from NG hobbies in
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between V3 and HDV2 previously, but now I feel like I made the right choice there as well,
since I iagine the things that I didn’t like about the SEs are the same on the HDV2s…

My Recommendation:
If you are all about immersion, go for the SEs. If you are all about sharpness, go for the V3s. If
you have Quanums or one of those big goggles and you love how big the image is , but you

want something more portable, get the SEs.

Hope this helps you guys that are on the fence!

Oscar Post author

26th August 2016 at 2:54 pm

thanks for the correction :) yes i think that’s the one thing i missed to mention :)

thank you for your thoughts too!

Anthony
23rd August 2016 at 4:53 pm

Last year when I built my rst fpv quad, I went with the Quanum V2. The Quanums are great
for beginners. First o the cost is very low so just in case you end up hating FPV, you haven’t
taken a big hit. Seondly, if you end up loving fpv they are still useful if eventually buy better

goggles.. You can repurpose your Quanum headset as a video monitor since you already
have a receiver and battery for it. You can even cut the foam to be a sunshade if you don’t
mind scrapping your kit altogether.

Attitude V3Correction:
The Attitude V3 do not have a max IPD of 72. Fatshark falsely advertises this on the V3

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all their other sets. I emailed Fatshark about this and they con rmed the max IPD is 69 and
that they will correct the product page. Unfortunately, various reseller websites have copied
their info from Fatshark’s product page so expect to see the incorrect IPD of 72 oating

around for some time. I have an IPD of 70 and was able to use them but when I wasn’t
focused on ying, I could notice that the IPD was just o . I would imagine someone with an
IPD of 72 might nd them unusable.

Attitude V3 v. Dominator SE
I had the chance to try these side by side before settling on the SE. I preferred the SE because

it comes with a DVR and has a larger FOV than the V3s. The SE FOV falls somwhere between
the Dom V2s and the HDV2s. Fatshark says they are using the same optics as the HDV2’s but
the screens are obviously smaller so I am not sure what the net FOV is. Either way, it is
immediately noticeable over the Attitude V3’s and a reason I would suggest getting the SE’s at
the same price. The increased FOV of the SE on the same screens as the V3 does create a
slightly less sharp screen. However, I found the wider FOV to be a bigger factor in my ying

than the minor sharpness reduction. It was only after going back and forth side by side could
I notice much of a di erence. Tuning my Swift camera made far more signi cant image
quality results than the di erence between the V3 and SE picture quality. Lastly, I will say the
V3’s were more comfortable and form tting out of the box. The V3’s use a thicker foam
around the face mask and that worked perfectly on my face. My SE’s took some tweaking
and I ended up having to blend the thin foam at the top of the goggles with the thick foam at

the bottom to best t my face. Other than initial comfort, I prefer the SE’s over the V3’s.

Lastly, all of this just goes to further emphasize how important trying goggles for yourself is. I
would highly recommend seeking out drone racing events in your area to try various goggles
at product booths or to politely ask other pilots if you can try on their goggles. Every goggle,
even the top of the line HDV2’s all come with a compromise of some sort.

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Oh nice, it looks like Fatshark did correct the Attitude V3 IPD information on the main
product page. It now shows the max of 69mm.

Oscar Post author

26th August 2016 at 2:53 pm

thanks, that’s great to know! :)

Mike
16th August 2016 at 2:57 pm

I have a waterproof HexH20 6 rotor copter. I really like it and I am a little better than a
beginner in ying it. A friend has a pair of goggles and I really liked them-I want a pair bad.
Money is not an issues. I am currently using the Black Pearl screen and a Fat Shark antenna
that came with the system. What do you recommend? Would I have to make any changes on
the system or would it be plug and play?

Thanks

Oscar Post author

22nd August 2016 at 2:46 pm

I think you will be looking at aspect ratio and resolution as the main factors for Fatshark
goggles. Extra features are bonus such as DVR.
I am still using the Dominator V2 as we speak, and it’s got 4:3 ratio.

Majority of the cameras are still 4:3, so this is perfect, but as time moves on, I expect to see
more and more 16:9 cameras, with higher resolution, that’s where the 16:9 HD goggles

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would come in handy.


If budget isn’t an issue, then de nitely get the highest spec goggle you can :)

charles
16th July 2016 at 7:19 am

will the receiver I bought help my phantom 4 on my fat sharks v3 works ok with out just
thought it would be better ty

Flint Smith
11th June 2016 at 7:36 pm

Field of view is not the angle from the center point. It’s the angle from side to side. A 360

degree eld of view is the maximum, not 180.

Thanks though for collecting all this info. It’s very helpful.

Oscar Post author

13th June 2016 at 3:14 pm

i think you have misunderstood me :)

i meant exactly what you said in the comment.

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18th February 2016 at 9:56 am

Hi Oscar,

I have a tip for people with glasses especially with strong astigmatism, who basically need a

more cylindrical lens than a spherical lens for correction. I have the Dominator V2 goggles.
I took a pair of my older prescription glasses that were broken and made from plastic. With a
high speed drill I removed the lens part from the correction inserts that I bought for the
goggles. Then I cut the same size from my prescription glasses. Be careful not to confuse left
and right, front and back and do not rotate them. Finally I glued the lenses from my glasses
into the inserts with epoxy. Now I have perfect view!

Oscar Post author

18th February 2016 at 10:14 am

sounds like an interesting project, i am wondering if you had any pictures doing that mod?
would you mind sharing it on http://intofpv.com ?

Cory lanahan
15th February 2016 at 1:36 am

Hey Oscar! I have the skyzone v1 goggles but want the immersionRC Vortex 285. Any idea if
these are compatible?

maxoz
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Can we use sma splitter ? I want to use 2 antennas.

Dean
28th September 2015 at 6:27 pm

Hi Oscar,

I also want to say great article! I am rather new to this sport…I have a DJI Phantom and a
couple of smaller/nano quads that I have been goo ng around with for fun but I’ve never
used a FPV setup and am very intrigued by the concept. If/when I take the plunge I want to
buy something that is high quality and works well, something that will last and that I can
mount on my Phantom and maybe a racing quad I’ll get in the future (Vortex!?). Do you think

the Sky02 3D would be a worth-while investment for someone in my position – it is pricey


but doable, especially if it will last for several aerial platforms as well as my initial plunge. I’ve
seen some Youtube videos of the Sky02 and those people reviewing them seemed very
pleased with the quality of the 3D experience (not to mention 3D in and of itself!). Right now
I’m still in an info-gathering mode which is how I came across your great article above.
Thanks for any advise/thoughts you can share…

moises mendez
29th August 2015 at 7:15 am

HI OSCAR OK I JUST GOT MY DEVENTION GOGGLE 2 BUT I LOST ONE EYE PIECE CUP DO YOU
KNOW WHARE I CAN GET A REPLACEMENT PART THANK YOU MUCH MOISES MENDEZ

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sorry i don’t! try ebay?

Johnny
25th August 2015 at 5:41 am

Hi Oscar,

Have you or anyone else tried using the Flysight SPX01 goggles? They seem to be very
comparable to the Skyzone V1, but without head tracking. Just wondering how the quality of

the image and receiver would be. Thanks.

Paul
7th May 2015 at 4:06 am

Hi there. I have just saved up for a set of goggles I have about 300 to spend. I am wondering
about getting the headplays or skyzone V1s I want to get something that will be good for a
long time. My curent setup is the teleporter v3 from hobbyking.

What are the best goggles on the market at the moment?


What would you recemend that I buy?

Paul

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i have not tried all the goggles so i can’t recommend which is best for you. really depends on
why you want to upgrade and what you are after.
I am using the fatshark domV2 and really like it.

Mpkiteman
15th June 2015 at 1:39 pm

Hi everybody.
Actually I can tell you what is the best FPV goggles.
I’ve received last week end my headplay.
It’s really well made, ultra comfortable.
Screen is huge, image nice, colors almost perfect.

But…
The picture is so huge, that your eyes have to move all the time, it’s tiring.
For me the screen is too much “in front of my eyes”
I’ve tried with the 2 lenses provided, but the problem is the same : the image is not clear,
because my eyes can’t x.

Other problem : the receiver


It’s good, but far from my skyzone V1 diversity (a planar and a circular polarized antenna).

So after trying : Fatshark Dominator HD, Skyzone 3D, Headplay, Zeiss cinemizer, diy
hobbyking …
Skyzone V1 is the best value for price/performance, sharp image :-)

Jerrod
22nd January 2016 at 4:08 pm

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I have found that the larger FOV your screen has, the wider angle lens you should install on

your camera. This will help keep your eyes mostly focused on the middle of the screen.

The center of the image that is in the area where your eyes usually do not move away from,
this is the area you aim your eyes for ying.

The area outside the center is the part of the image that gives you an immersive feeling, and

should not be used for ying because just as you said, it makes your eyes tired.

For me, a great setup is PZ0420 camera with 2.1mm lens, viewed from Hobbyking Quanum
V2 goggles. But when i change the lens to 2.8mm i have to move my eyes too much and it is
unnatural.

hope this helps!

Lind
15th April 2015 at 4:06 pm

Any comments about the Epson Moverio. Sounds like they may be an ideal balance between
at screens and goggles. BTW, thank you so much Ocscar for your marvelous contributions
to this hobby. Please keep up the good work!

lantic
10th April 2015 at 9:27 am

Hello Oscar
Nice article, you’re blog is very instructive !
The resolution of the quanum fpv, resolution is 480p width and not (sadly) 640×480…

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Oscar Post author

10th April 2015 at 4:31 pm

yes you are right, thanks for pointing that out!

Davhed
7th July 2015 at 11:28 pm

Hi Oscar,

This is still incorrect, sorry to be pedantic. The resolution is 480pixels wide. 480p video is
640×480, but the quanum is 480px wide at 4:3… therefore it’s 480x360px resolution.

Thanks for the amazing blog!

Sky sher
1st April 2015 at 6:44 pm

This is a great summary article – Thank you, I found it very helpful as I’m trying to decide
what to get. Please also check out the soon to be shipping Headplay, some of us at our local
eld think it could be a very good option for FPV. headplay.com/shop/headplay-hd-with-
58ghz-rx

Thank you.

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jussi
28th March 2015 at 3:03 am

Thank you again Oscar for great article. You rock !

Oscar Post author

29th March 2015 at 11:59 am

thanks for the donation Jussi! :D


much appreciate!

Josh
27th March 2015 at 9:59 pm

Awesome article.

I was noticing that some of the systems come with the whole package, where as others are
just the goggles.

Attitude V2 vs Dominator V2 for example.

I was initially thinking I’d get the Dominator V2, but then I was nding that the camera and
the transmitter was going to add any where from $40-$100. Just curious your thoughts
about the included camera and transmitter with the Attitude v2? is that something that you’d

be upgrading quickly? Is it worth getting the Dominator and buying the other pieces
separately?

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Oscar Post author

29th March 2015 at 11:12 am

The VTX and camera included in those package are not the best you can get. Some prefer to
bought those separate and those parts in the kit might never be used.
It really depends on what budget really, if you can a ord it, buy them separately to get the

best setup.

Mpkiteman
27th March 2015 at 2:22 pm

Hi Everybody.
I’m very lucky, because I’ve owned several pairs of goggles.
Skyzone V1

Skyzone 3D
Zeiss cinemizer
…and Quanum DIY KIT

I’m waiting for my Fatshark HD, and my new Headplay sold by GetFPV :
getfpv.com/headplay-hd-fpv-headset-w-32ch-5-8ghz-receiver.html

So what I can say : Actually, I’m ying with Skyzone V1, and they’re very good. The only bad
thing I can say maybe, it’s the lack of punchy colors, but that’s all.
Immersion is good because of the 16/9 LCD pannels.

Skyzone 3D : Nice image picture, very nice colors compared to the V1, for me the 3D e ect is
not working, but I’ve found the image very detailed with the stereo cameras.
Negative : Very poooooooor signal sensibility compared to the Skyzone V1
IPD adjustment very bad : the sliders aren’t weel thought and don’t work well
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bad conception.
It could be a very good product, but it’s in fact no nished…

Zeiss : Best screens I have’ve ever seen, nice colours, nice resolution, bad FOV, the image is
too small, light is coming from everywhere, even with the optional eyeshield, no receiver, too
much wires (because there is a junction box with the integrated battery)…

Quanum DIY KIT : nice for my children, they can y with dad for a very low price, but the LCD

panel is not very good, bad colors, low resolution…no receiver, but can be wired to my
skyzone video output :-)

I’m waiting for the headplay (GetFPV), it seems to be a high quality, high resolution display,
light to use, integrated receiver, and IMMERSIVE : FOV=72° !!!!!!!! VEry excited about this
product.

Oscar Post author

27th March 2015 at 2:50 pm

thanks for the great review :)


I am also interested in the GetFPV headplay, the spec looks impressive ! just found it a bit big
to carry around, but it would be a cool gadget even just for indoor usage :D
really appreciate your information ! :D

keep me posted on what you think of the headplay!

Mpkiteman
30th March 2015 at 9:10 am

OK, Oscar, no problem for the informations concerning the headplay.


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The only thing I’m afraid is the quality of the Fresnel lens…beacause compared to lenses
(even plastic ones), it creates glares and halo e ects.
And I would be able to compare the headplay with the Fatsharks Dominator HD, The
skyzones V1 and 3D and Zeiss cinemizers :-)

Mpkiteman
29th May 2015 at 1:29 pm

Hi Oscar !
My Headplay headset has been shipped yesterday from GetFPV :-)
It’s on the way (may be in 10 or 15 days) home.

After few day of testing, I’ll give you my rst impressions.

Since last time I’ve tested Fatshark Dominator HD, and I’ve kept them only a week end.
The image is huge, but impossible to have perfect image clear in the corners (I had the last
version).
Colors are oversaturated, and not so sharp than the Skyzone V1 (even if on the paper the
specs are better).

Fatshark receiver is not as sensible than the Skyzone diversity receiver.


I simply returned them : for the price I expected much much more !

Actually I always have my skyzone V1 which are the best for me (and for the value).

Still loving your blog, Best regards, ;-)

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wow, that’s for the update :)


it’s a pity it didn’t meet your expectation. and glad i didn’t buy it :)

Garz85
31st March 2015 at 10:33 am

Those headplays do look very promising!

32 channel integrated RX with 72° FOV.

Plus they’re strategically priced at a low $240!! Just WOW

Les Elkins
26th March 2015 at 6:38 pm

Good summary. I went through several resources recently to decide on a set of Dominator
V2s (in for a penny, in for a pound….). Still working through some teething pains with both
these and the new quad, but so far, so good.

The trick of Dremeling down a pair of old lenses from my previous set of glasses and putting
them in the Fat Shark-provided slots works, though I’m nding that I have to be careful about

the angle I put the thing on my head. The old glasses were bifocals, so I’d probably get better
results from a set of distance glasses only.

I’ve bookedmarked your articles and they’ve helped me along my learning curve. Thanks for

providing this resource!

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Oscar Post author

27th March 2015 at 10:33 am

that’s so good tips there :) I have ordered some diopter lenses as well, not sure if they suit me
as I am near sighted. If not I might do the same as you to mod a pair of glasses.

Les Elkins
28th March 2015 at 8:14 pm

I’ve since seen a suggestion that some lenses can just be pushed into the rubber eye cups. I

can’t con rm or deny that works, but I wish I’d tried that before cutting mine down….

Oscar Post author

29th March 2015 at 12:03 pm

i would recommend getting some dioptre lenses for these goggle, so you can cut them

exactly according to those lenses :)

Dj_Gar eld
25th March 2015 at 12:58 am

Nice Review Oscar :)

These lines comfort me to wait a while for this kind of investment , I will y a long time ( I
hope ) with the DIY Quanum , as ne as a good LCD , IMHO :) I try with a LCD display , but to

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be close to the move of the Quad , being in closer immersion is more secure for me :)

I will opt in “real” Goggles later …

Oscar Post author

25th March 2015 at 2:53 pm

thanks Gar eld :D


De nitely, do lots of research and study before pressing the buy button :D

if you can, it’s best to borrow someone’s goggle and have a go yourself, after all it’s a few

hundred dollars, NOT CHEAP :)

I only check blog comments once or twice a week, if you want a quick reply you can post
your question on this forum IntoFPV.com... You might get a faster response from me there
(multirotor related only).

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