Best FPV Goggles in 2021

Guide for every budget

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Flying while using FPV drone goggles is one of the best experiences I had as a drone pilot (and I’m definitely not alone). But to be able to experience it properly you need to choose the best FPV glasses for your specific face and needs.

In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at things like field of view, aspect ratio, IPD, resolution, and even head tracking to see which is the best option for you.

And don’t worry if you wear glasses and wonder if you should get the bigger box type or compact ones, I’ll also cover that.

Since big drone companies like DJI, Yuneec, and Parrot have made their own fpv systems or goggles to work with their drones, it’s only fair to cover that a bit too.

Table of Contents

Box goggles vs Compact FPV goggles

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The main differentiating types that are easily recognizable are box goggles and compact ones. The compact goggles have two distinct smaller screens that duplicate the image for each eye and the box goggles come with only one screen.

Box goggles have the advantage of being larger but are typically cheaper. Compact goggles require 2 LCD unit displays and are more engineered to be able to fit all the technology inside a smaller compartment.

 

Box goggles also give you the space to fit your own eyesight glasses inside of them, if you don’t have contacts.

Here's a great top from our lord and savior, Joshua Bardwell.

Top Box FPV goggles compared

Box Goggles offer some really nice benefits at the compromise of being larger in size and making you look a bit like a Ryno.

They are typically cheaper since they only require one larger screen instead of two tinier ones.

They also have unlimited IPD (Inter-pupillary distance) adjustment, compared to more compact goggles that need to still match the position of the two screens somewhat.

Eachine EV800DFatshark Recon V3Skyzone Cobra SSkyzone Cobra XFatshark Scout
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Price$$$$$$$$$$$$$
FOV-55°50°50°50°
Ratio16:9 & 4:316:94:316:9 & 4:316:9
Resolution800 x 480800 x 480800 x 4801280X7201136 X 640
Channels40ch40ch48ch48ch40ch
DVRYesYesYesYesYes
DiversityYesNoYesYesNo
Weight362g500g332g332g337g
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Top Compact Goggles compared (under $300)

Compact goggles are just that, compact and easy to transport. However, they might not fit as well as box ones to everyone's face. They’re typically more expensive and let’s say higher end, but not necessarily better than boxed goggles.

There’s a row with RX modules because these goggles don’t always come with a specific receiving module(for the different channels), so you would have to buy that separately.

IPD (interpupillary adjustment) is also more important to check on these goggles, as it’s usually more limited.

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Price$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
FOV42°30°39°42°29°
Ratio16:9 & 4:316:916:9 & 4:316:9 & 4:316:9
Resolution1280X720854 x 4801280 X 9601280 x 960640 x 400
RX ModuleIncluded ModularBuilt-in 48chIncluded ModularIncluded ModularBuilt-in 48ch
DVRYesYesYesYesYes
IPD56-72mm59-69mm54-74 mm56-72mm59-69mm
HDMI inYesYesYesYesYes
Weight-210g199g208g207g
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Top High end Compact goggles compared

These are definitely the best goggles you can buy but don’t think they make all the difference. One of the biggest additions to this more expensive category is the LED display, which makes the blacks look blacker as well as a sharper image overall.

The most different ones on this list are the FPV goggles from DJI which have Digital transmission and that translates into considerably improved FPV image (at the expense of unnoticeably slightly more lag).

DJI FPV V2Eachine EV300OSkyzone SKY04XFatshark HDO2Orqa FPV.ONE
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Price$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
FOV54°38°46°46°44°
Ratio16:9 & 4:316:9 & 4:316:9 & 4:316:9 & 4:316:9 & 4:3
Resolution1440 x 810p1024×7681280X9601280 x 9601280 x 960
VRX Module-Included ModularIncluded ModularNot includedNot included
DisplayLCDOLEDOLEDOLEDOLED
IPD58-70 mm58-71mm58-71mm54-74mm56-74mm
HDMI inYesYesYesYesYes
Weight420g262g267g208g210g
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What to look for when purchasing a pair of FPV goggles

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This section will serve as a guide to what you should look for in a pair of FPV goggles and after that we'll take a more in depth look into the respective models to see some details.

Price

While the higher end FPV goggles can cost you even $500, you can fly FPV for really cheap, using a pair of cheaper FPV box goggles or even cheaper, a monitor.

Field of View

The field of view of each pair of goggles depends on how immersive you want the experience to be, but it typically ranges between 25% and 45%.

 However, a wide field of view also comes with disadvantages. Some of the images might be in the peripheral vision which might make it hard to detect branches or other objects.

Also, a more stretched image could feel more pixelated and less qualitative.

Here’s a comparison tool from Oscarliang that compares the different FOVs from particular Goggles.

Adjusting IPD

IPD (also known as Interpupillary Distance) is the distance between the center of the pupils of both of your eyes. So pretty much how far apart your eyes are, which is absolutely necessary as a setting. Just think of a pair of binoculars and how important it is to be able to fix the lens directly on the eye sockets.

Thankfully most companies and goggles come with IPD since it’s such an important feature, but make sure to double-check before buying.

Box goggles have basically unlimited IPD adjustments, compared to compact goggles. Compact ones have two screens that need to somewhat alight with the IPD and that's what limits them.

Pixel Resolution

FPV Goggles come with display qualities just like any other screen or monitor, but since you’re way closer to the respective monitor, the resolution is typically way lower.

These are the different resolutions you should expect from a pair of FPV goggles:

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

Considering this, the higher the resolution, the better.

Glass vs Plastic Optic lens

There’s no doubt that glass is the superior material when it comes to optics, so whenever possible choose glass.

Aspect Ratio

 Since the image the goggles show is what they receive from the camera, they also inherit its aspect ratio, either 16:9 or 4:3.

So make sure to match your goggles aspect ratio with the video the camera is sending or else it might stretch it improperly. However, most cameras and goggles these days have a way to change the aspect ratio from the settings.

Fit and size

Depending on whether the goggles are boxed or more compact like Fatshark ones, it can make a huge difference in terms of portability and ease of use. However, there are plenty of box goggles that have a great fit on the face and also allow you to wear glasses, which is great.

Head Tracking

FPV goggles with head tracking are exactly what you imagine: they track your head movements and replicate that in real-time with the camera movements of the drone. While this isn’t a feature that can be used in FPV drones that easily, it can definitely be found in most high end FPV goggles for drones with stabilized cameras.

Receiver

Another thing you should know about is that FPV goggles for racing drones can come with different receiver modules that differ in frequency (to match that of the camera).

How to pick goggles that fit you

It’s very important to pick goggles that fit your face and head structure, fortunately, most goggles today have plenty of settings from focal distance to intra-pupillary distance, and some even come with different foam fits to make sure you have the proper comfort.

However, not all of them do, and that’s why I’ll only recommend ones that have the maximum amount of options for fitting properly. Besides that, it’s all a subjective experience.

What are the best FPV goggles for Glasses?

If you’re farsighted, there’s a good chance you’ll need a pair of goggles that fit your glasses. The only alternative would be wearing contacts or settling for a slightly blurred image.

The only type of goggles that have the space for glasses inside are box goggles, as the compact types really can’t fit them.

Diopter Inserts

Even with compact FPV goggles, you can have diopter inserts inside the goggles that compensate if you’re farsighted. These can be made from glass or plastic and must be bought separately according to your prescription, preferably (or close to it).

Some FPV goggles have an adjustable focal length so these are not needed.

Best FPV Goggles for each category

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In this section we'll take a look at my top choices for some of the main categories we talked about so far.

DJI FPV Drone Goggles - Best Digital Goggles

DJI has slowly dabbled more and more into the FPV industry, recently even releasing their own FPV drone that’s quite unique, alongside a new pair of FPV goggles for it.

DJI FPV Goggles V2 ( best digital fpv goggles)

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This is the only type of goggle on the list that works with a digital system instead of analogue, so what does that mean?

Digital tends to have much more lag compared to analogue, but a way clearer image. That’s why historically only Analogue goggles were made.

However, DJI managed to create digital ones that have almost the same latency as the others have. The DJI FPV goggles V2 are the newly improved version and they also work in analogue if you want, but you’ll need a separate module for that.

DJI has revolutionized the FPV industry with the addition of the FPV System that consists of an FPV camera, a receiver, VTX and antennas.

This was made to work with their first real FPV goggles for racing drones. 

Now with the release of their new FPV drone, the V2 came out with some internal upgrades (but looking the same from the outside).

Here are the reasons you should buy then V2 DJI Goggles for:

  • You have or want to buy the DJI FPV System or FPV drone ( this is the only type of headset that works with those)
  • You’re looking for a higher quality image (compared to analogue) and don’t have a very low budget for it
  • You want to get into cinematic FPV (and image quality in the goggles is important to get an idea about how the end video might turn out to be)

Here are some specs of the DJI FPV V2 goggles:

  • High definition with low latency
  • 10 km range Long distance transmission (6km in Europe)
  • 110 minutes of flight time
  • DJI Occusync 3.0 (latest long-range transmission system from DJI)
  • 144 Hz screen refresh rate
  • FOV: 30° to 54°
  • IPD
  • Micro SD supported

Is DJI still making FPV goggles for the Mavic Series?

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Yes, DJI is still making FPV goggles for the Mavic and Phantom series, however, they have stopped producing the RE(racing black version) of these goggles since they have replaced them with the new DJI FPV goggles v2 which are some of the greatest digital goggles for FPV drones currently on the market.

These are box goggles with head tracking and two screens:85 degrees field of vision (with only one screen)

  • 1080p resolution for each of your eyes
  • 2 high-quality glass lenses
  • 2.5 GHz operating frequency
  • Low lag of 110 ms
  • 6-hour battery life
  • Head tracking

You can use these goggles to connect to other video sources through an HDMI port.

Are DJI FPV goggles worth it?

Yes, they are more than worth it after my tests. The difference between digital FPV and Analogue is tremendous in my experience and makes the experience of flying FPV really something to experience at least once in your life.

Plus, if you want to fly any FPV camera DJI has, you pretty much NEED them.

Skyzone Cobra - The Best Box FPV Goggles

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The Skyzone Cobra X  (and S) are some of the best you can buy if you want all the features and a well built device.

Since they’re box goggles, they’re cheaper than compact ones, yet come with similar if not better features.

They come with a great fit, great display and even head tracking. For more details check out this review of them.

There is a slight difference in price and specs between the two versions (S and X) so I’ll cover the difference down bellow in a table:

Skyzone cobra SSkyzone Cobra X
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ScreenLCDLCD
Resolution800X4801280X720
FOV50°50°
Aspect Ratio4:34:3/16:9
Receiver5.8Ghz 48CH RapidMix Receiver5.8Ghz 48CH RapidMix Receiver
LanguageChinese/English10 Languages
DVRMJPEG, SD up to 128GbH264, 30fps,MOV 6Mbps, SD up to 128Gb
Head Tracker3-axis Accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope3-axis Accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope
Weight332g332g
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Best Cheap FPV Goggles (Eachine EV800D)

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These are actually some of my favorite box goggles that I use with my drones for the simple reason they’re cheap and offer a great experience.

It’s no wonder they are so popular as these offer an incredible value for the money.

Check their price

The EV800D googles have 6 leaf 5dBi antennas AND a 16 dBI panel antenna which means they automatically switch to the best antenna for the best signal.

  • Super-wide FOV (up to 82º)
  • 40 channel diversity receiver
  • 800 x 480 resolution
  • HD DVR recording
  • No distortions or blurr on the edge of the screen (quite amazing for this price)

Best FPV Analog Goggles (High end)

If you are looking for the best in the industry (analog) the best choices would be the Skyzone SKY04x and the Fatshark HDO2.

They are recommended by some of the best FPV pilots and come with very clear OLED displays with a 46 degree FOV adjustable focus and more.

I prefer the Skyzone better because of the design, easier many, and frankly more bright image compared to Fatshark.

Get these goggles:

The best budget FPV compact goggles (not fatshark)

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The skyzone SKY02C is a great compromise you can make for a lower budget, since they offer a vast array of features. These are perfect as an alternative to fatshark yet still contain a built-in diversity receiver, head tracking and even a cooling fan and great overall build quality.

Best Fatshark FPV goggles

Fatshark is the most recognisable name in the FPV goggles industry and they produce most of the compact FPV goggles out there that you see the best pilots wearing.

These are 3 of their best offerings (for every different price category):

Fatshark Recon ( under $100)

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A great entry-level FPV headset from the biggest name in the industry. These are box goggles with a pretty immersive FOV.

  • 55° FOV
  • 32 channel receiver
  • Included DVR (can record what you see on a micro sd card)
  • 800 x 480 TFT resolution
  • OSD(on-screen display showing signal strength, battery, and channel)
  • 16:9 format
  • 4.3-inch display
  • Can playback recorded files
  • 40 channels

Check the price of the Fatshark Recon

FatShark Scout ( premium Box goggles around $200 )

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Their newest product at the time of writing this article, this is the next step up from the beginner entry previously mentioned. These box goggles offer pretty much everything you’d need in a very comfortable headset.

  • 50° FOV
  • 1136 x 640 resolution
  • 60 fps
  • Diversity RX + 10 DB antenna ( which means pretty good reception)
  • Comes with a fan for cooling your face
  • Removable foam
  • Can wear glasses with it

Bad thing:

  • Plastic optics - which means the optics are not really top level, like with glass

Check the price of the Fatshark Scout

Fat Shark Attitude V6 FPV goggles (high end compact goggles)

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While not the most expensive option from Fatshark, it’s one of the most popular pairs of FPV goggles on the market, providing pretty much everything you’d need for a pair of Analogue goggles.

  • 39° FOV (a lower FOV is less immersive, but more precise usually)
  • IPD adjustments
  • Focus adjustments ( +2 to -6 diopters) - which means no necessity for wearing glasses.
  • 2 lens display
  • 1280 x 960 
  • Both 4:3 and 16:9 display
  • DVR with file playback
  • Come with a case

Check the price

Other things to look for in FPV goggles

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Let's have a look a few other things you should take into consideration before jumping to make the purchase.

Monitor vs. FPV Goggles

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You’re probably not interested in a monitor if you’ve read this far about all the types of FPV goggles, but let me tell you why you should read this part even so.

 

It’s not necessarily a question of getting a monitor instead of FPV goggles, but in addition to a headset.

 

Since monitors are quite cheap, it would be a great streaming device for your girlfriend, friends, and kids in the park, to see what you’re seeing in the goggles without having to buy them expensive goggles for themselves.

 

Any screen with a 5.8ghz video receiver can be hooked to the channels of an analogue camera on an FPV drone.

 

Here are two places to buy one from (cheap):

Other things to look for in FPV goggles

Let's have a look at the things that aren't necessary but bring some good value to a pair of FPV goggles.

Diversity

There’s two types of diversity, one with two different antennas and the other with two different receivers (each with its own antenna).

What we talk about here is the two different receivers, since it’s by far the better option for getting reliable video signal.

This means the module on the goggles has two different receivers inside it, each with an antenna that could point in different directions or have a different shape altogether (directional or omni-directional).

Anti-fog Fan

There’s two types of diversity, one with two different antennas and the other with two different receivers (each with its own antenna).

What we talk about here is the two different receivers, since it’s by far the better option for getting reliable video signal.

This means the module on the goggles has two different receivers inside it, each with an antenna that could point in different directions or have a different shape altogether (directional or omni-directional).

Audio

Audio output can be achieved by installing a mic in your drone and hearing the motor RPM and maybe doing tuning and adjustment in real-time. It could also be nice just as a more interactive experience.

HDMI input

This can allow connection to a lot of devices, including your computer so you can basically use your goggles to play in simulators or even watch movies.

Conclusion

Choosing the best FPV goggles for you isn’t an easy job, especially considering the subjective factor of comfort and how well they fit your face. Hopefully this guide has been helpful to an extent in choosing the best headset for you and your budget.

Paul Posea
Paul Posea

Hi, I'm a long-time drone reviewer and I hope my articles and comparisons on this site as well as Dronesgator's youtube channel are of as much help as possible.

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