Orqa set out to make the “perfect” FPV goggle. The one that Fat Shark wouldn’t make. With giant 44 degree FOV, 1280×960 resolution, and big OLED panels for edge to edge clarity and gorgeous colors.
Then Fat Shark fired a shot directly across Orqa’s bow with the HDO2. The HDO2 has the same FOV, resolution, and screens. And it’s over $100 less than the Orqa. So the big question you have to ask is, what do you get if you buy the Orqa instead of the Fat Shark?
Orqa comes with a battery pack and a set of antennas; the HDO2 doesn’t. That makes up some of the price difference. But here’s the real reason you might choose the Orqas. Fat Shark’s philosophy has been that they release a goggle, and if you want a better goggle, you buy a new one a few years later. Orqa’s philosophy is to release the best screens possible today, and then add features via software updates going forward. However, as of the end of 2021, Orqa has announced the end of major feature updates on the FPV.One goggle. Support and bug fixes will continue, and new products will be compatible with the goggles, but the major feature-set of the goggles will not be updated any more. That being said, the goggles are still incredibly feature-packed compared to Fat Shark.
Other than price, the main reason some people would hesitate to buy the FPV.One is that Orqa is a new company with an un-proven track record of customer service and support. Fat Shark has service centers on four continents. Orqa’s HQ is in Croatia.
One more thing: by the time you are thinking about spending $500+ on a set of goggles, you have to be thinking about whether the DJI digital FPV system is right for you. Both the FPV.One and the HDO2 are ready for digital systems that might be invented in the future, but the DJI system is ready right now.