Best fpv goggles comparison – This is comparison between all the googles avialable out there expect the dom v3.
Here is a summary table comparing all of the above consideration factors.
Large – Affordable Class
Large FPV headsets are heavier, but usually feels more comfortable to wear and provides more immersive feel. They are cheaper, and might allows you to pair them with any video receiver because they are literally just a monitor.
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||Quanum Cyclops||Eachine EV800||Aomway VR V1|
|Resolution||800 x 480||480 x 272||800 x 480||800 x 480||800 x 480|
Large – High End Class
More features, higher resolution.
|Model||Eachine VR D2||HeadPlay HD||Quanum Genesis|
|Resolution||800 x 480||1280 x 800||1280 x 720|
|Ratio||5:3||16:10||16:9 & 4:3|
Compact – Lower Class
These are small, light weight FPV goggles, extremely easy to carry around.
These compact FPV Goggles all have built-in video receivers (VRX), and they all support 5.8GHz Frequency.
|Model||Predator V2||Teleporter V5||Attitude V3||Skyzone V2||Boscam GS923|
|Resolution||640 x 480||320 x 240||640 x 480||854 x 480||854 x 480|
There was also the Fatshark Base ($258, 35 FOV, 640×480, 922000 DPI, 59-69mm IPD) which requires an external RX, It has been discontinued.
Not to worry now Fatshark Dom Se have been launched which are about the same as Dom hd v2 except the HD in a price range of about $350 more about it here.
The GS923 seems to be an upgrade from GS920 ($250, 32 FOV, 640×480, 922000 DPI, 63.5mm IPD, built-in 32ch RX). There is also the GS922, which I think is similar to the GS923, but with a DVR.
Compact – High End Class
Higher display resolution with more features.
|Model||Dominator SE||Dominator V3||Skyzone SKY02S||Skyzone SKY02 V3||Dominator HD V2|
|Resolution||640 x 480||800 x 480||854 x 480||854 x 480||800 x 600|
|Channel||Raceband VRX included||VRX not included||40ch||40ch||VRX not included|
And here are some comparison chart of how the image looks like on those goggles.
Fatshark Predator V2
The Predator V2 is one of the most popular beginner kits system from Fatshark. In the kit you get a built-in 5.8GHz video receiver, a 5.8Ghz 250mW video transmitter, a CMOS FPV camera and a power supply adapter. It’s great for FPV first timers because of the plug and play feature. It’s claimed to have 1Km+ range out of the box. It works great with ImmersionRC Spironet Antenna.
Reviews said they improved optics, camera and video transmitter from previous version.
Here are some cons of the Goggles:
- Good resolution, 640×480 VGA but with a narrower 25º field of vision.
- Camera is still not good enough (being CMOS, see here for the difference between CCD and CMOS)
- No head tracking
- fixed Interpupillary distance: 63.5mm
FatShark Teleporter V3 and V5
The Teleport V3 is another RTF FPV system kit that includes a 250mW 5.8 GHz video transmitter, a wide angle 720p CMOS camera. It also has an built-in DVR that records flight footage while flying. This is a complete FPV system that is plug and play out of the box. Some reviews say the image quality of this headset is disappointing, I think this is probably the least popular Fatshark model given the poor image quailty.
- The Teleporter V3 does not have Head Tracking
- Not compatible with other Frequency bands except the one used by Fatshark/ImmersionRC
- Bad image quality comparatively
- Comes with Head-Tracking
- Sold in only FPV goggles, and not a whole kit which makes it a lot cheaper
FatShark Attitude V2 and V3
The Attitude has more features than the Predator and therefore more expensive. There is an integrated 5.8GHz receiver and Trinity head tracker built-in. Some would call this a step up goggle from the Predator V2.
The biggest compliments from the users is the adjustable IPD for dialling in the optic sweet spot, and it has larger FOV than the Predator V2 so the screens looks larger and wider. It also has integrated VRX and head tracking feature.
- Larger IPD
- Smaller FOV (35 vs 32)
- Support for Interlaced 3D
- Modular receiver bay
FatShark Dominator V2 and V3
Comparing to the Predator V2, the Dominator V3 has better resolution 800X480 resolution, as well as better field of vision (32 degree). The image quality is also better than the Altitude V2, but the FOV is not as wide. However the screens are bigger on the Dominator and of higher quality than those two models, and the picture appears larger to the user. As these goggles are 16:9 you need to use 16:9 for a perfect image or else you would get a streched image as most of the fpv cameras are 4:3.You can use Fatshark 16:9 camera or runcam which has been launched after dom v3 launch due to 16:9 ratio.
The Dominator V3 supports head tracking, and swappable VRX modules that supports 1.3Ghz, 2.4Ghz and 5.8Ghz.
V3 changes over V2
- Better resolution
- 16:9 screen aspect ratio rather than 4:3
- Comes with face plate with anti-fog fan
- Improved 2S 1000mah LiPo battery with capacity indicator and protection circuit
Some other features includes:
- Built in DVR to record your flights
- Support HDMI input
- Stereo audio output
- Adjustable IPD distance: 59 to 69mm
- User Setting
- Channel selection
- Volume control
- Mode selection (wired/wireless)
- Contrast/ brightness control
- DVR control
- HT control
FatShark Dominator HD V2
Probably one of the most expensive FPV goggles on the market at the moment. FatShark Dominator HD V2 offers 800 x 600 SVGA resolution. They offer a very wide 50 degree field of view, giving an even more immersive experience.
The optics of the HD v2 is made of glass instead of plastic (found in Dom V3), this leads to sharper and clearer images.
It’s very similar to the Dominator V3 in terms of features, which also has an interchangeable receiver module and head tracking option and includes a DVR.
Additional Features that are not in the Dominator V3
- Large FOV 50 degrees
- 800 X 600 SVGA resolution (4:3)
- User Setting:
- 2D/3D side/side analog/ 2D/3D side/side digital (HD only)
- Glass optics (binocular 8p direct view optical engine)
The Skyzone SKY02 is similar price to the Dominator V3, and they have 16:9 wide screens 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 proper chosen 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. But some complains about the wide angle front camera makes it very hard to work with your hands while looking through the goggles.
The first 3D FPV goggle I have ever heard for FPV. It comes with a 3D camera and receiver so it’s all ready to go out of the box. It has a DVR that was missing in the SKY-01. You can even see battery voltage monitoring on the OSD. They have lower FOV on the front facing camera, and makes working with your hands easier.
Basically the 3D system works as if you are using 2 cameras, 2 video transmitters, and the video feed appears on each screen on the goggles. Because it’s using 2 channels, it makes it more trickier to fly with other people on 5.8Ghz, as it’s more likely to interfere with them.
You can also just use this goggle for 2D flying with ordinary camera and VTX, and the two antennas will be on diversity mode again.
- 2D diversity mode
- DVR built in with playback
- Built-in 32CH 5.8G Diversity that is compatible with most FPV 5.8G transmitters on the market (Fatshark,DJI,Walkra,Boscam etc)
- Built-in self-calibrating head tracking (gyro, inertial and compass)
- Built in Dual 854X480(WVGA) Monitors, 1,229,760 color sub-pixels
- Built-in external camera for surrounding view (640X480)
- AV in/ AV out/ Earphone socket (with volume control)
- Adjustable Interpupillary and Diopter for your eyes
- FOV: 30 degrees
- Resolution: 854×480 (WVGA) 1230k
- Interpupillary (IPD) distance: 60-68mm adjustable, Diopter with optional lenses
- Channels: 32CH 4band 5.8GHz (Fatshark, Boscam & Skyzone compatible)
- Front internal camera: 120 degree 640×480
- head tracker: Compass/ Inertial and gyro ppm selectable channel output
Quanum DIY FPV Goggle V2 Pro
The Quanum DIY Goggles is probably one of the most popular goggles due to its affordable price. The appearance of it has improved so much over the year.
The original version looks like this.
I think it’s great for beginners, if you have $40 to spend.
- 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: 5322
The Headplay HD FPV Goggle is made by GetFPV. With a massive HD 1280×800 screen and an impressive 72 degree of FOV, it makes it one of the most immersive FPV display our there. They are one of the few goggles that has a HDMI input, and supports 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 as a quad case 🙂
Fatshark Dominator SE
From the spec, it looks like it’s just a Attitude V3 with DVR. Actually it looks more like the Dominator V2 with fan face plate, and painted in orange/black. But note that it comes with a Raceband video receiver so that means potential money saving.
Price wise, it’s not that different from the DomV3, so I imagine people who are buying this is mainly going for the 4:3 resolution and casing colour.
Having no real experience with this goggles, I was told that the Dom SE has bigger FOV than the Dom V2 because it uses the same optics as the Dom HD V2, which isn’t mentioned in the official spec from Fatshark.
More about this Goggles here : Dominator SE
Not sure why but the GS923 has been under the radar and not known to many people that they actually exist. I haven’t tried them myself, but from the spec they do look good value to me. It has a brother model GS922, apparently the difference being the GS922 has a DVR but it’s about $100 more.
Conclusion – Which are the best FPV Goggles
I started flying FPV with a cheap 7 inch LCD monitor for over a year, before making the switch to a Fatshark Dominator V3. Although I was happy with the monitor, I enjoy FPV even more after I started flying with Goggles for the truly immersive FPV experience. In my opinion the FPV goggle is not a necessary investment. If you are on a tight budget, a small screen can get you started flying just fine.
I like the features and quality offered by the Skyzone goggles, they also support diopter lens inserts, the same ones as the Fatshark which is a plus for a nearsighted people. However their screens are a bit too wide for me with 16:9 resolution. Since I use 4:3 FPV cameras on all of my setups,But I am sure it’s just a matter of time getting used to it,which i suppose i have already used to by now.