DJI continues to expand its First-Person View (FPV) drone segment with the release of its new FPV Goggles V2. This upgraded headset is the follow-up to DJI’s original FPV Goggles, which were generally well received and regarded as a solid option for recreational FPV drone pilots and racers. The FPV Goggles V2 look to build upon that good standing by offering a number of notable upgrades, including a higher refresh rate, improved resolution in low-latency mode, and other incremental perks.
In terms of design, the FPV Goggles V2 aren’t noticeably dissimilar from their predecessor. They look the same, weigh the same, and have the same 2 x 2" displays. However, when you look at the technical specifications, you’ll notice quite a few enhancements. Arguably, the most conspicuous is the improved refresh rate, which has been bolstered up from 120 Hz to 144 Hz. On the surface, that might not seem like a major improvement, but trust me, when you’re piloting a drone at 70 miles per hour, you want as much visual information as possible, delivered as quickly as you can get it.
The FPV Goggles V2’s per-eye resolution has also been buffed—sort of. Like the original, the new headset features an effective screen resolution of 1440 x 810 per eye. However, unlike the original, which couldn’t utilize the full resolution in low-latency mode (it maxed out at 720p 120 fps), the FPV Goggles V2 support the full resolution. In other words, you get the full 820p 120 fps resolution even in low-latency mode. That increase isn’t going to change your flight experience dramatically, but it is noticeably better and worth mentioning.
The FPV Goggles V2 also offer several other nice, incremental changes, including enhanced microSD card support. The headset accepts memory cards up to 256GB, whereas its predecessor only supported cards up to 128GB. The battery also appears to have been improved, especially in terms of convenience. The built-in 1800 mAh battery lasts up to 110 minutes and can be charged via USB-C. Additionally, DJI states that the FPV Goggles V2 will also support “other 11.1 to 25.2 V batteries,” which theoretically means you can use your existing 6S batteries to power the headset. If true, that’s a pretty cool and very convenient add-on.
One of the most interesting features about the FPV Goggles V2 is the addition of the 2.4 GHz communication protocol. The original FPV Goggles only supported the 5.8 GHz channel—that’s how it “talked” to other devices. The FPV Goggles V2 use both the 2.4 GHz and the 5.8 GHz frequency bands, which could mean a couple of things: Either the additional frequency is meant to bolster communication performance between devices somehow (which doesn’t really make sense since the other components of DJI’s FPV system all use the 5.8 GHz band to talk to each other) or there are more FPV products from DJI on the way. That would confirm all those rumors and leaks we’ve been hearing about the past couple of months. Of course, at this point, that’s all just hopeful speculation, but still—fingers crossed!
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