Ever wonder how it feels to fly like a bird? Mesmerizing views await with DJI’s FPV goggles! High definition, low latency, strong immersion, long-distance transmission, and strong anti-interference. That’s what the new DJI FPV goggles bring to the table.
DJI goggles, a device introduced by DJI on May 20, 2017, allows you to get a clear view of everything around you like its only one step away!
In this review I’m going to explain everything you need to know before and after buying these FPV (first person view) goggles.
The DJI goggles, not to be confused with the DJI FPV goggles, simply connects with your drone and gives you a beautiful first person view, which means your eyes will see what the camera sees and you will feel like you are actually inside the drone. It’s almost like virtual reality in real life.
Let’s talk about what you actually see inside the glasses. A huge 1080p display is presented in front of you giving you a crystal clear HD picture of reality. You can an HD view of the surroundings or in other words, an HD pixelated form of nature. If that makes any sense.
You can also control your drone’s camera angle with the goggles by moving your head. This feature is called head tracking. You cannot actually fly the drone with head tracking because it’s only for camera movement, the flying should be done through the controller. There is also a HDMI port which can be used to connect the goggles to any video device and that device will be able to work as an FPV source.
Design and Hardware:
The casing of it is made up of plastic, the tensioner is operated by metal strapping on the headband and the forehead tab is surrounded by firm foam. The band of the goggles is strong and very comfortable, the inner face plate is surrounded by thin rubber lining and this lining completely covers the area around your eyes leaving no space for light.
They come in one size but can easily fit all, in some cases there can be a little light bleed but it does not affect the experience, you can slightly feel this light disturbance if its extra bright outside.
Five small holes can be seen on the side of the DJI, they are the speakers with an excellent audio quality giving you a real time experience.
The bottom side of the device consist of two buttons called the function and the back button meanwhile the power button is provided on the side of the unit and right above that is a touch track pad. Common menu can be accessed through different swipe functions or simply use bottom buttons to manage settings.
Menu inside DJI Goggles:
The glasses shows all the status that a controller shows:
- Status of battery
- Camera configuration (ISO, Video, Shutter)
- Distance, height and speed of your drone
- Your flight mode
- GPS status
You can easily change and manage these settings with the touch pad and buttons on the FPV goggles.
The Head Tracking Feature:
Let me give you a detailed overview about this exciting feature, this feature will allow you to control the camera and the direction of your quadcopter with simply moving your head.
There are two modes for this:
- Head Tracking Flight Mode – allows you to control the drone
- Head Tracking Gimbal Mode – allows you to control the camera
But for the head tracking flight mode you need to practice first because it is quite hard to fly your drone with head movement for the first time while the head tracking gimbal mode is easy because you are only controlling the camera with your head not the drone.
So try not to put someone in dangerous situation by using head tracking flight mode, get your grip on it first and then you can mount your drone as much as you can.
DJI Glasses Dual Screen and View:
DJI manufactured the FPV goggles in dual screen giving you a magnificent display of 3840 x 1080 resolution, they also provide you the easiness of moving the screen according to your head and eye gap.
Each screens holds a resolution of 1920 x 1080 so that each eye can experience a full HD view with a 85 degree field. This gives us the idea that the screen is quite big as you can directly see the data coming through the drone camera like its only 8 feet away from you. Such a wonderful gadget!
The resolution highly depends on the drones distance, the glasses will automatically start to decrease the resolution from 1080p to 720p or lesser depending on the distance of quadcopter from us and the signals it is receiving.
Easiness for Glass wearers:
Even If you wear glasses you don’t have to worry about fitting of the DJI goggles, as you can see the above image there is a space made for glass wearers, this device can actually fit up to large size glasses without any problems, there can be a little leak of light but It doesn’t create a big issue once the goggles screen is turned on.
The Goggles Headband:
The headband is well designed and can be placed comfortably on the head, it is very easy to adjust. The interesting fact to its design is that the headband is actually quite heavy but due to the placement of the battery on the backside it actually balances out the headband.
The goggles can tilt up to 90 degree, so if you want to take a break or maybe want to check out your drone position you can simply move the goggles up and get back to the real world from the pixelated universe.
Connectivity with Other Video Sources:
The initial connection of the DJI goggles with your drone is quite easy, simply connecting the FPV goggles with the controller and turning on the DJI GO application will make your drone fly but if you want the goggles to connect to and external video device then it can be done through HDMI port, your DJI goggles will act as a monitor when connected to your computer.
You can shrink the image size according to you and can enjoy movies on your FPV goggles, imagine watching Jurassic park on it and having the opportunity of watching a dinosaur which is just three meters away from you, what a time to be alive!
Battery and Charging Time:
The glasses can work up to 5 hours, which is quite longer than the battery life of a drone. Charging can take up to 4 hours maximum depending on how dead the battery of the goggles is, it is charged through micro USB just like the controller. That concludes that you don’t have to charge DJI goggles every day since 5 hours of runtime is so much longer but then again it depends on your need and work requirement.
- With Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, Mavic 2 – wireless
- Phantom 4, Inspire 2, Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 advanced – with micro USB
- Any other drone – with HDMI port
- Spark Goggles – with USB cable
A headphone jack is provided on the side of the goggles to connect any headphone, it also contains a slot for micro SD card which enables you to capture video of the view.
DJI Goggles Specs:
|Weight||Goggles: 495 g|
Headband: 500 g
|Dimensions||Goggles: 195×155×110 mm|
Headband(Folded): 255×205×92 mm
|FOV||85° (single screen)|
|Screen Size||5 inch×2|
|Interpupillary Distance Range||58 – 70 mm|
|Refresh rate||60 Hz|
|Screen Resolution||3840×1080 (single screen: 1920×1080)|
|Operating Frequency||2.4 GHz|
|Max.Transmission Distance||Same as the aircraft connected|
|Video Downlink Resolution||1080p 30, 720p 60, 720p 30|
|Video Downlink Latency|
(Near field and free of interference)
|110 ms (Mavic Pro, 720p60, video format: 720p120)|
150 ms (Phantom 4 Pro/Advanced series, 720p60, video format: 720p60/720p120)
167 ms (Phantom 4, 720p30, video format: 720p60)
140 ms (Inspire 2+X5S, 720p60, video format: 1080p120)
190 ms (Inspire 2+X4S, 720p60, video format: 1080p60)
|Battery Capacity||9440 mAh|
|Battery Energy||35.44 Wh|
|Max Operating Time||6 hrs|
|Operating Temperature Range||32°F (0°C) – 104°F (40°C)|
|I/O Interface||Micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack,|
HDMI type-D, Micro SD card slot
|HDMI Supported||HDMI 1.4b, HDCP 1.4|
|Sensors||Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor|
|Charger||Input: 100-240VAC, 50/60 Hz. 0.5A|
Output: 5V,3A ; 9V,2A；12V,1.5A
- Big screen display for all drones
- Can be easily adjustable
- Long battery life of 5 hours
- Comfortable design and good durability
- Not much compatibility with non-Mavic drones
- Size is very big to pack and transport
- Can make your head heavy after few hours
1. What is the correct way to put on and wear the DJI Goggles?
- Insert the headband buckle into the slot above the lenses until you hear a click. Check that it has been fastened securely. 2. Align the lenses over your eyes and pull the strap down. Adjust the strap knob until the headset fits snugly and comfortably on your head.
2. Can I wear glasses while using the DJI Goggles kit?
- Yes. The DJI Goggles can be worn over glasses. It contains an extra space for the glass wearers and can easily fit quite large glasses for detailed explanation see the heading easiness for glass wearers
3. Are the DJI Goggles water-resistant?
- The form fitting foam and tough polypropylene case will give the DJI Goggles maximum protection from any impacts, water, TSA agents, or other harsh condition that life can throw at it.
4. How do I adjust the interpupillary distance (IPD) between the lenses? What pupil distance will suit me best?
- First, turn the IPD knob to adjust the distance between the lenses until the images are aligned. When the images align, you will have the most suitable pupil distance for you.
5. How do I avoid touching the touchpad by mistake?
- The power button is provided on the side of the unit and right above that is a touch track pad, You can lock the touchpad by swiping backwards with two fingers
6. When pressing and holding down the power button, my DJI Goggles sometimes only work sporadically. Why?
- To ensure normal system functioning, the DJI Goggles will not respond to any on/off command within 10s after the last turn on/turn off.
7. What is the range of DJI FPV goggles?
- Using DJI’s OcuSync wireless transmission system, DJI Goggles link with the Mavic Pro with a transmission range of up to 7 km (when FCC-compliant). Four antennas built into the body and headband provide signal detection in all directions, staying connected to your drone even when it’s behind you.
8. Can DJI glasses be used for VR?
- DJI Goggles are a high-end VR headset, even when stacked against some of the better VR headsets out there. The dual 1080p monitors offer up a Full HD experience of the total 3840×1080 pixels, equivalent to a 216-inch display at 3-meters from you
9. What is the difference between DJI racing edition goggles and DJI non racing goggles?
- The original DJI Goggles weigh 495 grams while the Racing Edition weighs 502 grams. Seven grams makes no real difference. … However, you will notice that the original DJI Goggles are white while the Racing Edition is black. Both drones can be used to steer the Mavic Pro by using head movements
10. How do I update my DJI glasses?
- Power on the DJI Googles and connect the DJI Goggles to the PC with a USB cable. Click the DJI Goggles icon and enter the firmware update screen. Select the newest firmware version and click upgrade. Click start update.
An Intro to DJI Goggles Racing Edition:
The DJI goggle RE is an upgraded model with a thick nice red leather cushioning and upgraded facial pad. This version comes with a new and improved video transmission latency, the upgraded latency is going to make a huge difference on racing track.
The dual screen having a resolution of 1080 is going to give an amazing experience while racing and passing through obstacles. It works on 2.4 and 5.8 GHz bands and digital video transmission and contains feature of choosing the best channel out of twelve with the least interference and best quality
The right side of the RE goggle contains the on/off button, battery indicator and touchpad. Just like DJI goggles you can access the menu and flight modes through the touchpad and with the movement of your head you can control the drone and camera. The screen can show battery level, signal and all the relevant flight information, it can also be used by drones not made by DJI.
DJI RE Goggles Specs:
|Weight:||DJI Goggles RE Body: 502 g; Headband: 500 g|
|Dimensions:||DJI Goggles RE Body: 195 × 155 × 110 mm; Headband (folded):255 × 205 × 92 mm|
|Screen size:||2 x 5-inch|
|Screen resolution:||3840 × 1080 (single screen: 1920 × 1080)|
|Transmitter Power (EIRP):||2.4 GHz: 25.5 dBm (FCC); 18.5 dBm (CE); 19 dBm (SRRC) 5.8 GHz: 25.5 dBm (FCC); 12.5 dBm (CE); 18.5 dBm (SRRC)|
|Live View Modes:||1080p30, 720p60, 720p30|
|Video Format:||MP4 (H.264)|
|Supported Video Play Format:||MP4, MOV, MKV (Video format: H264; Audio format: AAC-LC, AAC-HE, AC-3, DTS, MP3)|
|Battery Capacity:||9440 mAh|
|Operating Temperature Range:||32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)|
|Charger Input:||100-240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz, 0.5 A|
|Output:||5 V 3 A / 9V 2A / 12 V 1.5 A|
1. How many analog transmission frequency channels do DJI Goggles RE support?
- DJI Goggles RE supports the 5.8GHz FPV Band A/B/E/F/C (Raceband）, up to 40 channels in total.
It also receives up to of 275 integer frequencies between 5650~5925 MHz, in which Band C (Raceband) includes 8 channels and the channel interval is 27 MHz. It is recommended to choose Band C when flying multiple aircraft simultaneously.
2. What’s the SMA port on the body of the DJI Goggles RE for?
- In addition to the four antennas built into the original DJI Goggles, DJI Goggles RE are also compatible with three external antennas, which work with the built-in ones to support 5.8 GHz video transmission. The pagoda antenna connects to the SMA port on the Goggles’ body. All three external antennas can connect to the OcuSync Air Unit.
3. How long is transmission system latency on DJI Goggles RE?
- Latency of the transmission system comes from latency in the camera, coding, wireless transmission, Vsync, display, and screen response.
1. According to testing results, a transmission system with the lowest latency has a latency ranging from 30-50 ms, while the latency of an ordinary transmission system ranges from 50-80 ms.
2. The Ocusync transmission system latency range is 50-70 ms, tested in an environment without interference and with a 480p 50fps video feed, with coding latency measured at approx. 5 ms and wireless transmission latency measured at <10 ms.
A Final Word:
If you want to look closely into nature or maybe want to race for a thrilling experience then these goggles are your new buddies. It’s the perfect tool for getting a better shot of your surrounding or maybe getting on a race track passing your drone through obstacles.
They are one of the best FPV goggles out there so go and get your DJI goggles now as they are worth the price.
Hi, my name is Josh Hayden and I am the head writer and editor on Drones-Pro website.
I bought my first drone in 2011 and my passion for flying has only grown from there. I love drones and enjoy reviewing them for you.
I live in Iowa, got 2 kids, loving wife and a dog.