DJI GOGGLES REVIEW
We take a look at DJI’s promise of bringing the most immersive FPV goggles to the market
DJI Goggles Review
2017 saw some phenomenal releases from DJI with the Spark and the new Goggles being just two awesome new product launches that changed the rules of drone ownership somewhat – and with DJI saying their goggles offer the most truly immersive FPV experience across the market and prices coming down at the back end of the year, we are happy to revisit our review and bring you an even more in-depth look at one of the most exciting pieces of tech since the microwave! The Spark is now ready to be synced to the Goggles thanks to an August 2017 firmware update, and the headset does work with the Phantom 4 Pro and the Mavic Pro so we put it to the test with the Mavic Pro. In addition to this, the newly launched Mavic Air is also compatible with the DJI Goggles.
DJI Goggles Tech Specs
When it comes to VR headsets and Augmented Reality headsets what sets them apart is the tech. Okay, so that may seem pretty obvious but just wait until you see what the DJI Goggles are packing under the hood.
Weight: Goggles 495g Headband 500g
Screen: 2x 5 inch screen offering 2k HD at 3840 x 1080
Battery Life: 6 hours maximum
Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Gyrosccope
Inputs/outputs: Micro USB, 3.5mm audio, HDMI (D), Micro SD
Out of the Box
If you have ever seen or used a VR headset such as an Oculus Rift then you will already have an idea of what to expect with the DJI Goggles – that is, a very nice shiny version that looks like it can read your mind. It is a little clunky in terms of the size of it, but then there is so much tech being packed in that you won’t mind one bit once you are wearing it.
The DJI Goggles are actually really comfortable to wear and you could easily sit through a movie in comfort (and solitude) or use them for gaming if you so desired. In the box you will find the goggles and the head band that you need to attach, a micro USB cable, HDMI cable, a cleaning cloth (which comes in very useful when out and about) and the charger.
It looks like and feels like you would expect a £500-ish device to feel.
What’s it like to use the DJI Goggles?
We have to say that DJI have played a blinder here and it is no coincidence that the Spark and the Goggles were released within a week of each other – as that will be the go to pairing for many people, although the new 2018 Mavic Air will also be a brilliant match up. We have used a number of FPV goggles in the past and it is safe to say that there is nothing on the market right now that compares to the DJI offering.
But how good actually are they?
Ridiculously good is the answer.
In fact, that doesn’t quite do it justice so let’s go in to a bit more detail and see if we can make that ‘stonkingly good!’
The Goggles are capable of displaying 1080p 30FPS or 720p 60FPS video with the aid of the two 1920x1080 screens that it holds inside the headset. We only managed to get hold of one set of goggles for testing but DJI say you can sync up to 4 sets of Goggles so you can take passengers up with you – pretty cool stuff!
The FPV goggles provide full 360 degrees of coverage and they are by far and away the best FPV’s I have ever experienced – and I have used a few!
It was hard for us to tell whether the images displayed were more like true HD or 4K and the truth is that they are probably somewhere in between due to the highly packed pixel density of the DJI Goggles. Essentially, you are being provided with 1920x1080 per eye as the goggles split the image using polarisation so you don’t suffer any overlap of the two images.
We found the image to be crystal clear, noticed no latency whatsoever and found the colours to be bright and vibrant but still natural.
The DJI Goggles are also compatible with the new DJI Mavic Air which launched January 2018 and is the perfect accompaniment to them.
How to Control the DJI Goggles?
To control your drone with the DJI Goggles you have a number of options. One being the innovative touchpad on the side of the headset which allows you to access key control features of the drone you are flying. Another option is to use head tracking which allows you to control the movement of the drone by moving your head. It also allows you to control the camera with your head movements which is particularly useful for manual static tracking shots as the yaw will remain steady.
Whilst head tracking mode can be a little bit strange to use at first we found it to be one of our favourite features of the goggles and we didn’t expect to like it as much as we did.
The goggles themselves will provide you with up to 6 hours of battery life which is pretty impressive considering the display quality.
Are the DJI Goggles Comfortable?
We have already alluded to this but the simple answer is yes. The headband is not really what most of us would call a headband – it is solid and spreads the weight of the goggles around your head and the design seems to work perfectly once you get it adjusted for your own head shape.
If you are wondering if you can wear glasses with the DJI Goggles the answer is yes, so if you are optically challenged like some of us then you will have no problem with the goggles.
Another neat feature of the goggles is that you can easily flip up the display if you need to come out of the FPV display for a few seconds, this is much easier than taking the whole headset off.
Compatibility of the DJI Goggles
At launch, the goggles are compatible with the Phantom, Mavic Pro and the Inspire Series but third party device compatibility is promised as well as other HDMI devices. August saw the Spark firmware update and the Mavic Air also has compatibility promised.
The HDMI in port is particularly useful for connecting to devices in the home and although we have not yet tested the DJI Goggles with a PS4, Xbox or to watch movies – there is no reason why this would not be perfectly feasible as a use for them.
For £470 the DJI Goggles are an incredible purchase, we will be looking at the features in more detail over the coming months and be looking to test them with a Mavic Air very soon indeed.
DJI have done it again. If you want a fully immersive FPV experience then there is nothing close to the DJI Goggles. The comfort and cross compatibility of the goggles make them a steal at under £470. They are compatible with the new Mavic Air which is just a mouth watering prospect - Go now and buy them - you won't be disappointed!