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DJI Goggles vs Fat Shark vs Headplay

DJI Goggles vs Fat Shark Goggles vs Headplay Goggles

Since 2014, amateur FPV drone pilots have been experiencing the joys of flying from a first person perspective. The thrill is simply unparalleled: seeing what the drone sees as it zips through the sky is pure bliss, and the FPV Goggle technology only continues to improve in all facets. In order to assist drone experts and novices alike, we thought it would be helpful to evaluate three different kinds of FPV goggles and give our honest opinions of them. For the purposes of this comparison, we will be looking at the Fat Shark Dominator V3 Goggles and the Headplay SE V2 Goggles, the two latest models from each company.

Read on to discover the unique qualities that the DJI Goggles, Headplay FPV Goggles, and FatShark FPV Goggles bring to the table:

 

Screen Quality

 

DJI Goggles

At the head of the pack are the DJI Goggles, which boast stunning 3840x1080 resolution, which is a huge jump from the 720x480p of the FatShark goggles. This high resolution is possible because the DJI Goggles have two 1920x1080 screens.

The RealHD Headplay Goggles have a respectable 1280x800 resolution, and are crafted differently than both of the other models in that they are made with one screen and a lens, rather than individual screens and optics for each eye. 

It's clear that the FatShark and Headplay Goggles are geared toward an FPV racing crowd, with less emphasis on a high quality image. Headplay SE V2 Goggles are known also for their anti-reflection coating, which makes for a fully immersive experience akin to sitting in your own personal movie theater. DJI Goggles, by contrast, are designed to completely immerse the wearer in the action.

Also of note here are the varying field of views: DJI Goggles have the highest range, reaching 85°, followed by the Headplay FOV of 70°, and last is the FOV for the Fat Shark Dominator V3 Goggles, coming in at 30°. 

Winner: DJI Goggles take the prize here. Pretty straightforward victory, given their vastly superior resolution and higher FOV. The image quality inside these goggles is simply unmatched, and the wide field of view gives pilots a blissfully immersive experience.

 

Ease of Use

DJI Goggles

The DJI Goggle experience is once again the supreme choice here. The touchpad on the side is incredibly intuitive and easy-to-use, not to mention fun! DJI has made it easy to navigate the various menus without ever taking the goggles off. Plus, despite their size the DJI Goggles are surprisingly lightweight, allowing pilots and wearers to experience the thrill of flight for extended periods of time. 

On the Headplay SE V2 Goggles there are a number of exterior buttons to allow for easy use. Sewn into the strap is a pouch for the DVR, which is convenient whether it is in use or not. The DVR is simple, straightforward, with a button to record and a menu button. Also included are velcro fasteners for the battery, allowing for use with a larger battery (which results in more use!). Much like the DJI Goggles, Headplay SE V2 goggles are designed to allow for wearing glasses underneath (the Fat Shark goggles do not allow for this).

Fat Shark owners are privy to two different foam pads for the goggles, one with a thicker padding for those that want the extra comfort. The Dominator V3 goggles are definitely the smallest of the three in our comparison, making them also the most portable.On top of the goggles are buttons for adjusting brightness and contrast (this button also can be pushed in to switch between 2D and 3D mode), channel adjustment, volume adjustment, DVR recording, and the Headtrackers. On the goggles are interpupillary adjusters, allowing the pilot to change the distance between the goggles for maximum comfort. Last but not least it is important to mention the option to run a cooling fan on the goggles, to help reduce condensation during especially cold days and dissipate sweat on warm days. 

Winner: This is a close one, because all three pairs of goggles offer great comfort and ease of use. But the winner has to be the DJI Goggles, with the intuitive touchpad and perfectly comfortable feel. 

 

Connectivity

DJI Goggles

The DJI Goggles can connect wirelessly with the DJI Mavic Pro and Mavic Pro Platinum, and can connect to the Phantom 4 Pro, P4 Advanced, and Inspire 2 models via USB Cable or HDMI cable. 

Fat Shark goggles come with an HDMI cable and a couple of adaptors, if you're looking to hook up your goggles to a computer, TV, or other HDMI-enabled device. Its a crucial part of the DJI experience, as this is the only way DJI drones can connect with these goggles. It offers 43 channels on six bands, which is significant because it allows these goggles to be used with non-DJI drones. Fat Shark owners and Headplay Goggles owners can connect to DJI drones that have HDMI ports, namely the DJI Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro(+), Phantom 4 Advanced, and both the Inspire 1 and Inspire 2 models

Meanwhile, the Headplay SE V2 goggles feature 5 bands with 8 channels each, a slightly smaller amount than the Fat Shark goggles. 

Winner: The DJI Goggles are the clear winner here. They are the only goggles that can connect to the DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic Pro Platinum, and the DJI Spark. It i

 

Battery Life

Fat Shark V3 Dominator Goggles

Interestingly enough, the Headplay SE V2 Goggles allow for use with many types of batteries. The best is the XT60 battery, which provides an all day run time. An 1800 maH battery will afford approximately 2 hours of run time, while larger batteries would provide more battery life, accordingly. 

The DJI Goggles place 2nd in this category, managing a solid 6 hours of run time. Meanwhile, the 1800 maH battery on the Fat Shark V3s bring up the rear with approximately 4 hours of flight time. 

Winner: The Headplay Goggles have the capacity to run for much longer than the other two goggles, giving them the edge in this category. 

 

Price

Headplay SE V2

At the low end of the spectrum we have the Headplay SE V2 Goggles, priced at $239 (pictured above), while the Fat Shark V3 Goggles are the mid-range option at $379. Finally we have the DJI Goggles, priced at $449 In the box of the DJI Goggles comes the goggles themselves, a headband, a micro USB cable, wire clip, cleaning cloth, and the charger. The Headplay SE V2 Goggles come with considerably more, most notably an RHO pro lens and a carry bag. It's a nice collection, especially given its substantially lower price point. Last but not least the Fat Shark HD3 goggles box includes an 1800 maH battery with LED indicator, a simple zipper carry case, and a DC DIY cable. 

Winner: On price alone, given what comes inside the box, the Headplay SE V2 Goggles win this round. With everything included, the $239 provides the best bang for your buck. 

 

 

Size/Weight

DJI Goggles

DJI Goggles weigh 2.2 pounds, while the Headplay Goggles are very lightweight, just 0.97 of a pound. Even lighter are the Dominator V3 Fat Shark Goggles, which clock in at a feathery-light 0.33 of a pound. Also important to note here are the various colors of each of these goggles. DJI has stuck with the classic white, offering their goggles in only the one color scheme. But the Headplay Goggles come in 5 different colors: Platinum Silver, Battleship Gray, Matte Black, Monster Green, and Headplay Blue. 

Winner: DJI Goggles. Despite their bigger size, these FPV goggles are extremely comfortable to wear, and their size simply allows for a higher quality image when you put them on, easily making the best of the trio. 

Overall

Something to keep in mind when comparing these three different goggles is that they are used for different applications. While a small field of view may sound like a negative on the surface, in reality it can really help! A smaller field of view means the eyes have a smaller image to canvass, allowing them to focus without working too hard. For FPV racers, a wide FOV like the 70° offered by the Headplay goggles is useful because experienced racers focus on the image center while flying in attempt to gather all the useful visual information without time-consuming eye movements. DJI Goggles have an impressively large field of view, which works well for them because many pilots will use these goggles for an immersive experience, rather than FPV racing. Plus, the ability to connect mutliple DJI Goggles to a single drone means that wearers of the goggles can experience this immersive flight and let their eyes wander carefree because they are not worrying about the path of the drone flight or obstacles. 

 

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