FPV has come a long way in the last ten years or so. With the rise of companies like DJI, FPV has been taken to new heights in both quality and performance. The previous iteration of the DJI goggles were the first to push into this FPV headset space first pioneered by hobbyist companies like Fatshark, among others. With that being said, here's Alex and Austin to take you through their thoughts on the new Race Edition goggles from DJI.
The Goggles Themselves
So, what do you think? Let's take a closer look at the key points of these new goggles.
At first glance, the goggles, like the previous version, appear to be quite a different animal to other goggles on the market specifically targeted at drone/multirotor racing.
The new pair, like the older version, are comprised of two parts: the head ring and the goggle screen itself that includes a touchpad and a few buttons here and there. Also, the new Race Edition goggles are compatible with a host of DJI products such as the Mavic Pro, Inspire 2, Phantom 4. Where they differ from the older white pair, however, is in their compatibility with other non-DJI aircraft. It's a big move.
The touchpad on the side makes it easy to swipe between menus on the heads up display. It's totally intuitive and simple. We like it.
The heads-up display itself is informative and incredibly clear. It's evident to anyone who has used any other goggles that these DJI models have the upper hand when it comes to sheer HD quality. That being said, there are other goggles out there capable of relaying an immersive experience for less of an investment.
DJI's Race Edition Goggles can be connected to virtually any RC aircraft thanks to the Ocusync module. This module is officially called the OcuSync Air Unit. Sounds pretty serious right?
Detailed information about the spec can be found on the official DJI site page for these particular goggles, but suffice to say that the module delivers both 2.4 and 5.8 GHz dual-band digital transmission of video with a latency of just 50ms.
In this way, the goggles are fairly similar to Fatsharks. You can also connect two pairs of goggles together for a passenger to take the ride along with you.
With these features, the goggles are appropriate for hobbyists. This is great if you enjoy dabbling in both aerial cinematography, mini quads and model flying.
Using Goggles for Aerial Cinematography
Where the goggles really excel, despite the 'Race Edition' label, is in capturing aerial cinimatography. The immersive experience isolates the camera operator from distractions in the outside world which enables them to focus entirely on the task at hand. For this reason, they may be a good fit for people like Trent Palmer who pilots drones professionally.
Anyone who has used a phone for viewing their Mavic, Phantom or Inspire FPV downlink have probably noticed two problems: light reflection and phone battery depletion. These goggles do away with both problems.
It's easier to identify details in the video and frame your shots without the battle of angling your phone away from the sun!
If you own a DJI aircraft, grabbing a pair of goggles to go along with your setup may well be a good investment to up your flying game.
If you found this article and insight video informative, you may want to check out our take on other DJI products. There's a lot to get your head around when it comes to the latest tech and accessories, but we can help with that!
Article written by James Whomsley