What are First-Person-View (FPV) Goggles?

First-Person-View (FPV) Goggles are an essential bit of kit. Allowing you to fly and see as if you were sitting inside your quad. Like with everything on the ground with you, having a reliable and comfortable set of goggles is critical to your journey as a better FPV pilot. Even as a beginner a good set of goggles is critical, fortunately there are a range of different goggles that offer great flying experiences all at many different price ranges.

The BetaFPV VR01 goggles are a great option for a beginner on a budget. The VR01 goggles over a diversity reciever, providing video from the antenna with the best connection to your quad, which allows for a much clearer feed in many situations. The VR01 goggles also offer DVR, meaning you can put a SD card in and record your flights as you see them to share with others.

These goggles come with an auto search function to save time flicking through to find your channel, and come with a 5.8GHz 40 channel receiver so you can fly on any channel commonly used across the 5.8GHz.

The Fat Shark Attitude V6 offers all the high quality features and conveniences of more premium goggles, but at a far more budget-friendly price point. These goggles offer a large field of view at 39 degrees, at a resolution of 1280×960, which is really quite impressive given the form factor of the goggles and the price point.

The Attitude V6s also offer DVR for recording your flights from your own point of view, adjustable IPD (interpupillary distance) to allow maximum comfort for heads in all shapes and sizes, a factory diversity receiver, an exhaust fan to stop fogging and so much more. These goggles are great for someone moving from small RTFs and into larger quads, as they offer most of the features of the HDO 2s at a much cheaper price.

The Fat Shark HDO 2s are hands down the best analogue goggle ever made. Some have said if you put the HDO 2s on even for a moment you will never be able to look through anything less ever again. The HDO 2s boast an extremely high resolution of 1280×960, which is the highest of any Fat Shark goggle ever made. They feature an OLED display which provides great contrast between the lights and darks.

As far as non-box style goggles go not many offer a Field Of View (FOV) comparable to the HDO 2s, offering a massive 46 degrees FOV they provide the perfect balance of clarity across the entire display without compromising on the immersion factor. For the less fortunate of us with somewhat poor eyesight the HDO 2s also offer built-in focus adjustment from +2 to -6 diopter, which provides great clarity and focus for all, without the need for installing aftermarket corrective lenses like most other goggles available.

The HDO 2s really are the best out there, whilst expensive, those at an intermediate or advanced level with a bit of extra cash handy should definitely look into getting a pair as you certainly get your moneys worth.

Controversially the DJI FPV V2 goggles are arguably the best goggle ever made. As opposed to any other analogue goggle on the market the DJI goggles work off a digital connection, whilst having slightly more latency than their analogue counterparts, they offer a video feed many times clearer. For most pilots the benefits of the vastly higher quality feed outweighs the small drawback of the increased latency (only about 28ms more over a typical analogue goggle), however, advanced pilots who are geared towards racing will be able to notice the added latency.

The DJI system is great, especially if you’re a freestyle pilot or even someone who enjoys some racing here and there. The video feed quality is amazing, at a high FOV which is adjustable from 30 to 54 degrees, at a resolution of 1440×810 at 120 fps.

As for comfort, you certainly get what you pay for, the DJI V2 goggles offer comfort second to none, despite their size they don’t feel weighty, and not to mention offer a really nice fit to heads all shapes and sizes, with low light leakage.

What are Video Receivers (Video Modules)?

All FPV systems require a receiver to receive the video signal from the video transmitter onboard your quad. Many FPV Goggles, particularly Fat Shark goggles won’t come with a video module from factory, meaning that in order to use your goggles as intended you will need to purchase a video module. Getting a good module is critical to ensure you’re getting the maximum return from your goggles, there’s not much point of OLED screens if all you can see is static.

The TBS Fusion really is a great package. Offering FPV the best quality connection of any analogue goggle based video receiver and at such an affordable price point. What’s not to love?

The TBS Fusion was initially released as a competitor to the Immersion RC RapidFire module which dominated the market for years. The first Fusion came at a more affordable price than the RapidFire and offered a better connection and video quality as well as integration with TBS Crossfire systems.

The TBS Fusion features active-video fusion technology, which provides an instant connection with less breakup and more range, without the colour deterioration or desync sometimes seen on other goggles.

Already have Fat Shark goggles and want to try the digital FPV experience without having to sell a kidney for a DJI system? Well the SharkByte 2 is for you. The SharkByte 2 offers digital FPV in HD quality at near-zero visible latency.

Whilst mounted the SharkByte 2 can be switched off and a analogue module can be utilized in the standard module bay, meaning you won’t have to go changing all of your existing VTXs over to their more expensive digital counterparts.