In this best FPV goggles review article we’ll explore the latest craze to hit the RC world – FPV or First Person View, which gives users the sensation of being on-board the drone or plane. Whether you have been flying RC planes for years, or have only recently discovered the fun of flying a quadcopter, strapping on a pair of video goggles and getting a pilot’s eye view is something we would strongly recommend! Today we will be looking at the top three video goggles available. Whether you are looking for something high-end, budget or somewhere in between, we have the answer for you!
Our recommendations are outlined in the table below and we go into a little bit more of an explanation further down, but if you have a question we haven’t answered with our overview, leave us a question in the comments.
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Best FPV Goggles Review 2016
- Top 3 Best FPV Goggles:
How to Pick the Best FPV Goggles for You
Picking the right pair of FPV video goggles is very personal, as everyone will be looking for something different. We think that the goggles above provide provide options for everyone depending on what you want to use them for and how much money you want to spend.
One thing worth noting is that all of the above goggles are typically used with an analogue (PAL/NTSC) signal and so provide a much lower video quality than the typical TV screen. A development to watch out for are the range of digital video transmitters and receivers now starting to be released. If you want something capable of working with these when they are available, we recommend the high-end Dominator HD V2s, which are compatible because of their HDMI port.
Fatshark Dominator HD V2 FPV Goggles Review
Starting with the top of the line Fatshark Dominator HD V2 goggles, which are the most expensive on our list and even then require a separate receiver before you can use them! The benefit of going for these premium goggles is the compact size and other bonus features such as the in-built DVR and HDMI input. The HD2’s provide a very large 50 degree field of view, which is the largest you will find by far. The closest competitor achieves only 30 degrees. The effect of this is like sitting much closer to the cinema screen and achieves a more immersive feel. If the price is not an issue, these are the goggles we recommend for you!
- Compact solution
- Large field of view creating a very immersive experience
- Integrated DVR
- Supports live feed from DJI products via HDMI
- Cons: Cost, separate receiver required
In a line: If you can budget for them, get them – they’re the best FPV goggles right now.
HobbyKing Quanum DIY FPV Goggles V2 Pro Review
Our mid-range recommendation are the HobbyKing Quanum DIY FPV Goggle V2 Pro. Like the Fatsharks, these also need a separate receiver, but are much more bulky. The benefit of these goggles is that you are able to choose from a wide range of high specification receivers, which makes them great for anyone looking for something modular that they can upgrade from at minimal cost.
- Receiver can be used again if you upgrade
- Wide choice of receivers
- Fun DIY project if you’re into that
- Cons: Bulky, heavy, needs a receiver, DIY (could be pro or con)
In a line: DIY FPV goggles with more ups than downs.
Quanum Cyclops FPV Goggles Review
Finishing with the budget Quanum Cyclops FPV Goggles, these are an ideal all-in-one system and are very cheap! They are great for people getting started with the hobby or maybe someone who already flies a lot, but wants a pair of goggles for spectators or a reluctant girlfriend! In our opinion the major downside is the lack of upgradeability. These are our top pick for people looking for a budget first pair of goggles.
- Very cheap all-in-one package
- Auto-scan to get hooked up with your video feed quickly
- Can be used with glasses (other models require another set of lenses)
- Adjustable fresnel lens gives large and clear images
- Cons: Bulky, quality is lower than the others
In a line: Best budget FPV goggles or a set for beginners/first timers.
Best FPV Goggles Review Conclusion
With a lot of options out there including goggles, monitors, and even using your smartphone/tablet for FPV it might be hard to choose the best FPV goggles for you. Our aim with this review was to narrow it down to three options that covered the best overall FPV goggles, best budget goggles, and also a mid-range option between the two. Hopefully our reviews and honest assessment aids you in your FPV purchase decision! Please comment below with any questions/comments or if you think another set of goggles deserves to be on this list.