The latest fpv quadcopter reviews, news, and info.

Have you ever wanted to feel what it was like to get a birds eye view of the world? One of man’s most sought after dream is to be able to fly like the birds do. Now with the recent advancements in drone technology we’re able to see the world as if we were soaring through the air.

If you’ve never experienced this point-of-view type flight, and you own or fly drones, you’re missing out for sure. The hobby of flying drones is no doubt one of the funnest hobbies I’ve ever gotten into. When you add fpv goggles it opens up another door into an even more enjoyable and exciting time.

If you are interested in drones, fpv goggles and the exciting new sport that’s gaining popularity among drone enthusiasts all over the world, you’ve come to right place. These are the latest fpv quadcopter reviews, news and info; the latest and greatest fpv set-ups to use with both camera and racing drones.

When buying fpv goggles, a few things to look for

  • Cost: An important factor to consider when getting into any new hobby. Drones can start relatively reasonable but the cost can increase dramatically from there. fpv goggles are costly but the price is worth it, especially if you get into racing.
  • Fit: Any time you buy something you’re going to be wearing its important it feels comfortable. Fpv goggles are no exception. When you’re flying for long periods of time, practicing, or racing you’re going to want to be as comfortable as possible.
  • Type: There are now three types of fpv systems. There used to be just two, as the larger box type and the sleeker goggle type. Now there is a third, a glasses type. These actually allow you to go from fpv top line-of-sight, instantaneously. Line-of-sight is just a technical term for being able to see your drone directly with nothing in the way. The first is Goggle type, the box fpv, have a much larger FOV. This larger field allows for a more complete immersion into the first-person-view. They are sleeker and less cumbersome than their sister type. The other type is Box goggles. These are larger, but more comfortable and with greater field of vision than the smaller ones.
  • Head tracking: This is better used with camera drones because of the speed at which racing drones travel. Some fpv systems come with a feature known as head tracking, if you get a set with this feature be aware this feature allows the camera on board your drone to move as your head turns and tilts.
  • FOV (field of vision): When you put the goggles over your eyes, essentially you’re watching a small TV screen. The size of the screen, or rather the amount of area you’re able to see is known as the FOV. Larger Box goggles have a larger FOV, while the smaller goggles have less FOV. Depending on your preference, you can have a larger or smaller FOV.
  • Resolution: The FOV has a quality of picture similar to that of a TV. This quality is the resolution of the system. A higher resolution gives you a clearer, crisper, sharper image. The more pixels that are in your FOV the nicer the picture you’ll see.
  • Receiver: The picture that’s transmitted from the camera to your goggles is done with the use of a receiver tuned to different frequencies. Different models of goggles have wider bands to choose from, and some have a smaller range to choose from. Some goggles come with built in receivers while others you’ll have to attach a separate frequency antenna.

Now you’re armed with some things to look for in your goggles. Now you can go out and find the pair that fits your needs best. Here’s what I’ve chosen.

Other things to know for fpv racing drones

If you’re buying a fpv system for camera drones or for racing drones could change your preference as to what style you’d rather wear. So be aware of that, and have a good understanding of these terms and read up on all you can. Especially if you intend to race.

RTF (Ready-to-fly): This is just like it sounds, drones that come assembled and when you open the box there is little to no assembly required. Just about all pro level racing quadcopters are not of this type. The reason is they are heavily modified to fit the individual pilots tastes and also to increase speed and maneuverability.

IPD (Inter-pupillary distance): An important factor when talking about fpv goggles or glasses is the IPD. This is the distance from the center of the pupils to the lens of the goggles worn. Everyone has slightly different facial features and the IPD is important for really fine-tuning your fpv goggles to keep the view in the goggles as good as possible. Make sure you get a pair that allows for adjustment in this category.

Video Latency: This is the time between what the camera on the drone sees, to what is finally transmitted inside the goggles. Another word is Lag. If the latency is too high it can cause all types of problems starting with, slow reaction speeds, trouble with aerial maneuvers, and problems with pictures not being taken at the right time.

There are some other terms you’ll become familiar with if you are getting into fpv drone racing, but I feel these are the really important ones.

Info on fpv drone racing- what to expect

Racing drones is quickly becoming a very popular hobby for people of all ages. With the combination of fpv systems and racing drones that zip around a 3D course at break-neck speeds, you have a recipe for fun. Races are generally done indoors, to keep weather out of the equation. There are a number of growing events, however, that are being done out doors. 

Fpv racing has three basic types

  1. Drag races: just like it works with cars. A race is held on course that’s a predetermined distance. The drones start at a resting position and at a signal, full throttle in a straight forward race to the end. Acceleration is the key to this race. Who’s ever drone can hit that top speed and maintain a near perfect straight line the fastest wins.
  2. Rotor-cross: This is the most common racing type today. Mostly done indoors to keep any drone from having an advantage over the other ones due to weather. This 3D obstacle course is laid out, and whoever can complete the course and cross the finish line first wins. Also included in this are Time trial races.
  3. Acrobatic/battle: OK maybe technically less of a race and more of a battle between experienced drone pilots. With expert like precision the pilots fly their drones in loops, turns, flips, and tricks of all types. One of the coolest things to watch. I’ll post a video below of the magic.

A comparison guide of fpv systems below

 

 

Which ever setup you decide to go with take care of your goggles and remember always fly responsibly and safety first. Have fun out there, I know I will

Matt Pierce

Daredevildrones.com

 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Zoltan says:

    Great tips, a lot of good information collected here. Being pretty new to drone flying, I’m always looking for good information, or even just a lot of terminology is new to me. Thanks!

    • Nick Frost says:

      Your welcome, stop by any time and check us out. I’m going to be featuring a post each month from a fellow uav blog. If you’re interested, and have a drone related article you’d like me to look at, I’d be willing to see what you have to feature as my feb or jan feature of the month? Let me know at nick@Daredevildrones.com. Thanks

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