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If this will be your first time ordering from Banggood, you should know a few things.

ANALOG GOGGLES

Your goggles may be the single most important piece of FPV equipment you’ll buy. Quadcopters will come and go, but you’ll look through the same goggles every single flight. If you can’t see where you’re going, you can’t fly well. If the goggles are uncomfortable or hard to use, you won’t enjoy flying as much as you could.

This section focuses on analog, standard-definition goggles. Until recently these were the only choice for FPV. But recently, DJI released the first really viable digital high-definition FPV system. There’s a whole section of the Shopping List dedicated to DJI FPV gear. This section focuses on analog gear, which many pilots still prefer, mostly because the digital gear is more expensive.

If at all possible, it’s recommended to try on a set of goggles before you buy them. Especially if you have very narrow or wide-set eyes, some goggles may not work for you. If trying on goggles is not an option, buy from a vendor with a generous return policy. Some vendors will refuse to take back open-box items that are not defective.

EACHINE EV800D FPV GOGGLES

Excellent features include an on-screen display that shows battery level, frequency, and signal strength; and a DVR so you can record your flights for later viewing. In addition, the front half of the EV800 splits off from the face-piece so that you can mount the screen on a tripod or use it hand-held if you like. Using the screen this way can be a big benefit when working on your copter, because you can work on your FPV system without having to put the goggles on your face. The EV800 also has a great push-button system for controlling the goggles.

Every goggle at this price point has some compromises. This goggle has the best balance of features, price, and not-too-many compromises. It’s not a great goggle, but it’s an okay goggle at a price you can stomach.

This goggle has been my “cheapest worth having” choice for almost as long as I have had this site. I keep watching to see if anything better has come out. I even keep an eye on other “best budget goggle” threads to see if other people have a new favorite! Eachine has a winner here, and so far, nobody has beat them at this game.

The Skyzone Cobra X V2 is the first box goggle to seriously compete with the best binocular-style goggles. The Cobra X V2 includes Skyzone’s RapidMix module, which has the same “mixing diversity” technology used in ImmersionRC RapidFire and TBS Fusion. Finally: a box goggle that doesn’t make you compromise on performance.

Like most box goggles, the Cobra X has a single large LCD screen. Resolution is 1280×720; field of view is 50 degrees. It has the same intuitive interface as the Sky04X. It’s even got an HDMI input so it can be used with Shark Byte if you prefer.

The goggle comes with a built-in 18650 battery, but it only lasts for about 10-15 minutes, so think of it as a backup. It can also be powered from a USB power bank and a 2-6S lipo.

The Cobra X comes in a V1 and a V2. The only difference is that the V2 has a 60 fps DVR while the V1 records in 30 fps.

LARGEST FOV AROUND $300
EACHINE EV200D

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EACHINE EV200D FPV GOGGLES

There are a few FPV goggles that are stupidly cheap and total garbage. There are several goggles that are really good and super expensive. And there are only a very few that manage to be somewhat-reasonably priced and still decent quality. The Eachine EV200D is one of these.

The screens on the EV200D are large, high-resolution, and bright. At a price of $300, it comes with not one, but two diversity modules, which work together to balance the signal from up to four antennas at once. It can also be ordered without modules, letting you use whichever 3rd party module you prefer (but only one of them at a time; quad-versity only works with the factory modules). The DVR on the EV200D is one of the best in any FPV goggle.

For me to recommend a goggle, it has to clear two hurdles. First, it has to be good enough in overall design and quality. Second, it has to be reliable enough that most people who buy it feel they got their money’s worth. The EV200D passes this test. The manufacturing quality and durability is not up to Fat Shark standards, and Eachine doesn’t even come close to matching Fat Shark’s after sale support. But you’ll save between $150 and $300 by buying the EV200D over a Fat Shark and a receiver module, and for many people, that’s a welcome trade.

If you have only $300 to spend on an FPV goggle, the EV200D is my recommendation.

FATSHARK HDO FPV GOGGLES

The HDO2 is the best goggle Fat Shark has ever made. It’s got the highest resolution, 1280×960, of any Fatshark goggle to date. The OLED screen gives blacker blacks, better contrast, and richer colors. If you’ve noticed “screen door” effect on other goggles, the high-resolution screen of the HDO2 may be the answer for you.

The Field Of View (FOV) at 46° is close to the perfect balance between large, immersive size and edge-to-edge clarity. The HDO2 is also the first Fat Shark goggle to have built-in focus adjustment, from +2 to -6 diopter. This means you can get perfect focus without corrective lenses.

And yes, it’s got a power button. And no, you don’t have to plug in the balance plug to activate the fan.

This is the first time I’ve named a Skyzone goggle as “top of the line”, and the 04X absolutely deserves it. It has OLED screens. 1280×960 resolution (same as HDO2 and Orqa). Massive 46° field of view, for total immersion. Great optical quality. Adjustable focus from +6 to -6 diopter. In addition to these specs, it has impeccable build quality and (pay attention Fat Shark) an actual user interface of menus with menu options that is easy to navigate and configure!

Typically, you have to upgrade the receiver module in FPV goggles if you want the best performance. That’s still mostly true for the Sky04X, but the RapidMix module in the 04X is nearly as good as the top-tier RapidFire and Fusion. Personally, I would be okay using it. The Sky04X is about $500 at the time of this writing–same as the HDO2–but the HDO2 doesn’t come with a receiver module.

So the Sky04X is basically equal to the HDO2 in terms of image quality; better in terms of interface; nearly as good in terms of receiver module and range; and significantly less expensive. Honestly, I think the HDO2 is in trouble.

The initial release of the Sky04X had some rare issues with goggles locking up. Skyzone released an updated firmware to fix this. In addition, Skyzone is working to improve the performance of the RF module in some edge cases. You should flash the goggle and module to the latest firmware upon receipt. The Sky04X ships with a “sleep” function that turns the screens off after several minutes of inactivity. In some cases, this can cause the goggles to turn off while flying. This can be disabled in the goggle setup menu, and I recommend doing so.

The SkyZone Sky04L is exactly the same goggle as the Skyzone Sky04X, except it uses the less expensive LCOS screen instead of OLED screens. As a result, it comes in over $100 cheaper. The brightness and saturation of the LCOS screen is less than OLED, but it’s still more than sufficient for many people. And the price difference will be very appealing.

TOP OF THE LINE
ORQA FPV.ONE PILOT

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Orqa designed the FPV.One to be the best FPV goggle on the market. The 1280×960 resolution and OELD screens matche the other top-tier goggles like HDO2 and Sky04X. So what makes the FPV.One stand out? Most other goggle manufacturers seem happy to “just” make a good analog goggle, and stop there. Orqa adds features like the ability to plug in a mic and record local audio from the pilot’s perspective; detection of when the pilot is lowering their head with an audible warning to keep the antennas pointed up at the aircraft; customizable fan curves based on exterior temperature; stream video to a phone app; download DVR recordings via WiFi; and even configure and start recording on your GoPro, form within your goggles. (Connectivity features require the FPV.Connect module, which costs extra.) The Orqa goggles are fully customizable through a modern, attractive menu system. Orqa even put old phone games like Snake and Pac Man into the goggles as a flex on their competitors.

The FPV.One PIlot represents more of a mid-cycle refresh than a true V2. The main addition is a proprietary digital interface, intended for use with Orqa’s upcoming FPV system. (The goggles still have HDMI input for use with HDZero.) The other change is that the FOV has been reduced from 43 degrees to 37 degrees (in 4:3 mode) or 33 degrees (in 16:9 mode). Orqa says this change was necessary to make the goggle usable to more people’s face-shape, and to maximize the quality of the image. This FOV is certainly usable, but some people feel a top-tier goggle should deliver more.

The Orqa goggle is the most expensive FPV goggle on the market, especially considering you’ll also have to buy a receiver module, Orqa is more expensive even than the DJI goggle! So who’s it right for? If you’re sure you’re not planning to switch to DJI and you want a very well-made, feature-rich, and high quality goggle, at almost any price, Orqa is for you. If you just want a good quality analog goggle without all the frills, Fat Shark or Skyzone will give a noticeably bigger image at a lower price.

MADE JUST FOR RACERS
ORQA FPV.ONE 533 EDITION

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The FPV.One Pilot has a 38 degree field of view (how big the screens appear inside the goggles). Some racing pilots feel that even this is too big, because they like to see the whole screen without moving their eyes around too much. To address this, the FPV.One Pilot has a Racing Mode that uses only the center of the screen to display a smaller image, with 33 degrees FOV.

But you’re still paying for the whole screen, even if you’re not using all of it.

The 533 Edition of the FPV.One uses smaller, lower-resolution screens, to give a native 33 degree FOV. It’s also a fair whack cheaper than the FPV.One Pilot. That’s the difference. (Ok, it’s also a cool color.)

The 38-degree FPV of the Pilot was already a little controversial, since the V1 Orqa goggle had a much larger FOV. But 38 degrees is big enough and I never feel like I’m missing out on much when I fly with my Orqas. But the 33 degree FOV of the 533 edition is a LOT smaller, and normally I would say this is way too much to pay for a goggle with such a small screen. But I full expect to see Evan Turner flying these goggles at every race he goes to. And if 33 degrees FOV is good enough for him, I guess it’s probably good enough for other people too.

CORRECTIVE LENSES

Most people prefer Fatshark-style goggles to Box-style goggles. But what if you don’t have perfect vision? You can’t exactly wear glasses underneath your goggles! And contact lenses don’t work for everyone. Here’s the answer!

FOR SIMPLE PRESCRIPTIONS
FATSHARK DIOPTER SET

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FATSHARK DIOPTER SET

If you are simply near-sighted, then the Fatshark diopter inserts are perfect for you. They come in a single set, with strengths from -2 to -6 diopter (ask your optician if you’re not sure). They’re made of plastic, so the optical quality is “acceptable” but not “fantastic”, and they scratch easily if you’re not careful with them. But they’re pretty inexpensive and to be honest, I used my original set for more than a year before I upgraded to RHO-Lens.

These lenses are referred to as “Fatshark Diopter Set”, but they fit some other major makes of goggles including Skyzone.

FOR MORE COMPLEX PRESCRIPTIONS
OPTIK-FISCHER

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FATSHARK DIOPTER SET

If you’re very near-sighted (more than -6.0 diopter) or if you have any astigmatism or other abnormality, the standard FatShark diopters won’t work well for you.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just get your actual eyeglass prescription made into lens inserts? You can! Simply send your eyeglass prescription to Optik-Fischer and they’ll make a custom corrective insert made exactly for your eyes. If you have any questions about whether they can make your prescription, reach out to them and ask!

I have very bad eyesight (-6.75 diopter with astigmatism). I’ve used corrective lenses in my Fat Sharks since September, 2016 and I love them. Check out my review to see my reaction the first time I try them!

In the past, I have recommended RHO-Lens for this slot. RHO recently switched to shipping their lenses in a 3D-printed carrier which I find to be a little more fragile than I prefer. Optik-Fischer hand-bevels each lens, which I prefer.

FATSHARK RECEIVER MODULES

The Fatshark goggles on this page come with an empty receiver-module bay. The job of the receiver module is to pull the video signal out of the air and put it onto your screen(s). Fat Shark’s OLED receiver module has decent performance; aftermarket modules typically beat the Fat Shark in performance and have convenience features like in-goggle menus.

The modules below can be separated into two categories. Traditional Diversity modules like OwlRC have two receivers and the module switches between them depending on which one has the strongest signal. Advanced modules like RapidFire and True-D X add two main features: sync reconstruction and frame combining. Sync reconstruction prevents the image from rolling or tearing when it is weak. Frame combining means the image from the two antennas is “averaged out” rather than switching from one to the other. This prevents the white flashes that can happen when a diversity module switches between receivers.

Finding a mid-priced receiver module was pretty difficult. There used to be a fair number of decent modules in the $50-$70 price range, but now it seems like there’s very little below $90. And that’s tricky because $90 is hardly “cheap” by most people’s standards. But that’s where we find ourselves. $30 for the cheapest module possible. $150 for the absolute best available. And a vast chasm in between.

Foxeer Wildfire sits squarely in the middle of that chasm. It’s got decent performance, but not quite at the level of an ultra-premium module like RapidFire. The menus and features are sparse (but hopefully will improve in future versions). It’s a bare-bones receiver module with better-than-average performance, at a slightly higher-than-average price point.

If you’re looking for improved FPV range and penetration, but you’re not quite ready to shell out $120+ for a premium module, the Foxeer Wildfire is the one you’ll buy.

RapidFire is fundamentally different from other RF modules in this test. It offers improved sensitivity and range compared to traditional modules. RapidFire has a special technology to prevent screen rolling and tearing when signal gets weak.

RapidFire has an OLED display on the outside, as well as an in-goggle on-screen display (OSD). However, the OSD doesn’t offer full access to all functions, so you’ll be taking your goggles off when you need to change settings or channels.

In blind testing, the RapidFire module beat every other module it went against, usually decisively. This includes the Iftron ClearView module, which is more than twice the price. If price, features, or usability are your concerns, you might consider another module. But if you care about range, penetration, and the ability to pick up a clear signal in challenging environments, RapidFire is the hands-down winner.

Early in its production run, RapidFire had compatibility issues with some cameras and flight controllers. This caused unpredictable and sudden loss of image. This issue has been fixed in the latest firmware.

When the TBS Fusion first released in 2019, people wondered whether RapidFire finally had a competitor as the hands-down best analog receiver module. In 2020, TBS released the V2 hardware update for Fusion, and the answer is finally: yes. In my head-to-head testing, the V2 hardware update of the TBS Fusion matches or beats RapidFire’s performance. And that’s saying a lot, since RapidFire has dominated this field without any meaningful challenge for several years.

TBS Fusion brings a lot to the table. It integrates with other TBS products like Unify video transmitters and Crossfire receivers in something called “TBS Cloud”. The devices all communicate together wirelessly and sync up. For example, when you change the video transmitter channel in the Unify, the Fusion module can automatically change the channel in the goggles to match. Telemetry data can be communicated directly to the goggle via Crossfire link, so you still see your on-screen display even when your video blacks out. Imagine flying a long-distance quad by instruments only after a video loss. TBS Cloud could make that possible!

Here’s the last thing you need to know about Fusion: it’s about $20-$30 cheaper than RapidFire.

Lower cost. More features. Too-close-to-call performance? What more do you need to know?

OMNIDIRECTONAL VIDEO ANTENNAS

There are three important things to know about video antennas. First, they come in left-handed (LHCP) and right-handed (RHCP) varieties, and you must put the same variety on your quadcopter and your goggles. Most pilots fly RHCP, and that’s what I recommend you start with too. There isn’t any performance difference, but having the same type as everyone else will let you watch them in your goggles.

Second, they come with different connectors: SMA and RP-SMA. Whatever kind of connector came on your video transmitter and your goggles, you have to buy the same kind on the antenna, or they won’t screw together. Don’t assume that the goggles and the vTX will have the same connector either.

Third, you should never power up your video transmitter without an antenna attached. This can damage or destroy the video transmitter.

FOXEER LOLLIPOP
V4 / V+

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This antenna is durable, cheap, and it’s available in all major connectors: SMA, RP-SMA, MMCX, and UFL. It’s even available in different colors if you like to coordinate! Its RF performance isn’t up to the level of more expensive ones, but it’ll get the job done. At this price, you won’t feel shy about picking up some spares.

BEST BUDGET OPTION
RUSH CHERRY

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Rush has been known for making high-quality, mid-priced video transmitters. Now they’re taking that same philosophy to antennas. These aren’t the cheapest antennas you can buy, but the quality and consistency is way better than the “cheapest antennas you can buy”. There are a ton of varieties so make sure you get the right polarity (LH or RH — most FPV pilots use RH, but DJI uses LH by default) and connector (MMCX, UFL, SMA, or RPSMA). Not all varieties are available at all stores so if you can’t find what you want, shop around!

WHY PAY MORE?
XILO AXII

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At first glance, the Xilo Axii looks identical to the Lumenier Axii. But the Xilo Axii is half the price. So what’s the difference? Umm…. good question. If you want to know the truth, these are the ones I usually put on my own builds and they seem to do well for me. The main disadvantage of the Xilo Axii is that it’s only available at GetFPV, so international buyers would probably prefer the Rush or the Lollipop.

TOP OF THE LINE
LUMENIER AXII 2

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The Axii has everything you could ask for from an FPV antenna. It’s got an even coverage pattern so there are no surprise dead zones when you fly behind yourself or overhead. Its axial ratio is nearly perfect, which means it’s good at rejecting multipath and interference from reverse-polarized antennas. It’s not too big. It’s nearly indestructible. And it’s available in a variety of sizes and connectors, for any application.

When you buy the Axii, make sure you’re getting the right one. It comes in a standard length, with SMA or RP-SMA connector. It also comes with thin coaxial cable and U.FL or MMCX connector, for direct-connection to your vTX. Finally, it comes in “stubby” and “long distance” varieties. My personal favorite is the “stubby”. Placing the antenna very close to the quadcopter’s frame reduces range, but significantly increases durability. If you plan to use the UFL or MMCX version, make sure you’ve got a 3D printed mount to hold it, as the coax itself is too floppy to use for mounting (these are also sold at GetFPV). Finally, remember that you must have matching LH (left-hand) or RH (right-hand) antennas on your quad and goggles. Lumenier colors LH antennas white and RH antennas black to help you remember.

I’ve been using this as my goggle omni antenna for the last few months, and it’s amazing. The most impressive spec is its near-perfect axial ratio, which means it’ll reject multipath distortion better. But the honest reason I like this antenna is knowing that it’s built by the techs over at Video Aerial Systems. When they say that they test every antenna before it ships, I believe them. So I feel confident that I haven’t accidentally gotten a bad antenna without knowing it.

Although this is an amazing goggle antenna, I don’t prefer to use it on my quads. The Ion design is a little too fragile for the kind of beating my quads take. But as a goggle antenna, I think it’s possibly the best omni you can get.

DIRECTIONAL VIDEO ANTENNAS

If your goggles have only one antenna connector, then you only need an omni antenna. If your goggles have two antenna connectors, then they support diversity and you need both an omni and a directional antenna.

MENACERC PICO PATCH

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Directional antennas are usually big, long, and bulky. Exactly the opposite of what you want hanging off of your goggles. A patch antenna is the answer. It’s directional, and it’s also small and light. But nothing comes for free: good patch antennas are expensive, and cheap ones aren’t usually good. The MenaceRC Pico Patch is a decent patch antenna at a low price. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is the one you’ll buy.

Not only do I use this antenna on my personal goggles, it was the directional I chose for my Ultimate FPV Receiver Shootout. It’s got 10 dB of gain and a 120 degree beamwidth, which is perfect for providing enhanced coverage in front of you without being so narrow that you lose coverage every time you move your head.

TOP OF THE LINE
LUMENIER AXII PATCH

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LUMENIER AXII PATCH DIRECTIONAL VIDEO ANTENNA

This is a great patch antenna for head-worn goggles. Compared to the X-Air, the Axii has slightly lower gain. Lower is worse, right? That’s like saying a smaller shoe is better. The Axii has a wider coverage pattern that gives slightly less penetration directly in front, but more range to the sides. The X-Air has a more focused coverage pattern that gives more penetration in front and less to the sides. The big benefit of the Axii is that it’s smaller so it keeps your goggles less bulky.

CAN YOU KEEP YOUR HEAD UP?
LUMENIER AXII DUO PATCH

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The higher an antenna’s gain, the further you can fly. But high gain antennas usually have narrow coverage patterns that mean you lose signal if you move your head. The Lumenier Axii Duo solves this problem–sort of. Its beam pattern is wide in the side-to-side direction and narrower in the up-and-down direction. As long as you keep your head up, you’ll get a great signal. If you drop your head more than about 40 degrees, the signal will quickly get weaker. But for many people, this is a tradeoff worth making. After all, mom always said to stand up straight!