First person view (FPV) goggles existed long before drones, but as the popularity of drones has exploded over the past few years, so has the popularity of FPV goggles.
FPV goggles really enhance the experience of flying a drone by taking you from the controller looking up at the drone to putting you in control from the cockpit. It really immerses the user into the experience. Many people compare the experience to being inside a video game.
The brand leaders in FPV goggles for drones right now are Fatshark, Skyzone and Boscam.
What to Look for in FPV Goggles
If you are looking to buy your first pair of FPV goggles, we will go over what to look for when purchasing your new goggles.
The resolution of the goggles is just as important as in any video display screen – the higher the resolution, the better quality the picture. Look for goggles that have VGA or SVGA resolution. VGA has a resolution of 640 X 480 pixels and SVGA has an 800 X 600 pixel resolution. Very high end goggles come with FWGA, which has an 854 S 480 pixel resolution. However, the highest quality goggles aren’t going to help if you don’t have an HD camera.
Field of View (FoV):
The better the field of view your goggles have, the more immersive the experience. If the goggles have a 30 degree FoV, then the edge of the screen is at a 30 degree from the center point of your eye. Goggles typically come with a FoV between 25 and 45 degrees, with the more expensive goggles giving the greater FoV.
Some goggles allow you to record the video from your goggles to an HD card. This can be useful for when you crash your drone, you can play back the video to see where it landed. It is also great for recording you flight and uploading video to YouTube. There are also external DVRs available to record video as well.
Head tracking allows you to bind the movement of the pilot’s head to the movement of the drone’s camera. If you look down and to the right, the camera will move down and to the right. It helps to contribute to the experience as though you are actually onboard the vehicle. It can take a little while to get used to this and it would be recommended that if you are just learning to fly a drone that you first learn with a fixed camera.
Inter-Pupillary Distance (IPD):
The inter-pupillary distance is the distance between the centers of the pupil of one eye to the center of the pupil of the other eye. Some goggles allow for an adjustable IPD, which is something to consider if the distance between your pupils is wider or narrower than the typical 63.5 mm.
These are all important features to consider when purchasing FPV goggles and we hope that this guide has helped. Flying with a monitor is fine, but investing in a good pair of FPV goggles will add to your user experience and immerse you in the first person view. You can improve the lenses in your goggles with the RHO-Lens; be sure to get the most out your gear today!