In a competitive market like the RC Hobby Industry, a product like the DJI FPV System can make a great impact on those who want easy, reliable and professional FPV gear in their filmmaking equipment.
Beyond any technical discussion about analog and digital transmission the truth is that the DJI FPV System simplifies a lot of stuff:
- It’s easy to install, with just 6 wires to solder.
- It’s easier to fly thanks to the gorgeous display and the clear digital video transmission.
- It’s easy to update and maintain.
DJI FPV Goggles
Most of the FPV goggles in the market have a very technical nature and it’s quite hard to find reliable and easy to use products. For example, my actual analog goggles are fine but I never understood how to use correctly some specific functions like the DVR or the HDMI In.
This is why there isn’t anything similar to the DJI FPV Goggles because everything works right, without any problems or compromise of any sort.
Design and materials
The DJI FPV Goggles are compact and easy to wear with a wide interpupillary distance range (58mm-70mm). The general construction feels lightweight, solid and robust despite the plastic materials.
Buttons are intuitively accessible while wearing the goggles.
In terms of design, the only questionable point is the external battery. The cable included in the package it’s quite annoying and is prone to tear away. However, you can mount some small 2S LiPo battery on the right side of the headband.
Display and LCD quality
The visual experience of the DJI FPV Goggles is more like what you get with an Oculus Rift or any other VR headset but with a bit less field of view (from 30° to 54°). Flying absorbed in this giant screen is a unique and wonderful experience that I never had with any other analog goggles before.
The LCD panel isn’t the best I have seen but considering the type of application it is totally fine and clear.
Range and picture quality
The digital transmission is something unique. Seeing even the tiny details is so incredible. You can avoid many crashes just because you can clearly see all the stuff around you.
About the range, I was quite impressed by the distance you can reach with the stock omnidirectional antennas. At 700mw you have enough range to fly a km away without any problems. This is impossible with any other analog systems (without directional antennas).
DJI FPV Goggles Summary
DJI FPV Remote Controller
What makes the DJI FPV Remote Controller unique is its professional looking design. In my FPV experience, I always used common RC controllers which are fine but with a design more for hobby uses.
Design and materials
This controller looks and feels professional from the weight to the high-quality plastic materials used. The rubber finishes on the back make the controller easy to hold in your hands. The switches are easily accessible although a little bit harder to operate without seeing it. The battery included is a common DJI CrystalsSky Battery and it’s easily rechargeable through a USB Type-C cable.
There isn’t any neck strap included but you can recycle one from your camera.
Gimbals and sticks quality
Range and link quality
The DJI FPV Remote Controller protocol has a range of 4km (which is a lot for FPV usage). In all my testing (mid and long-range) I never had any issues over the link quality.
DJI FPV Remote Controller Summary
DJI FPV Ait Unit
The DJI FPV Air Unit combines a receiver, an FPV camera and a video transmitter. This unique combination makes it compact and super easy to install.
Design and materials
The DJI Air Unit is compact and lightweight. With just 6 wires to solder on your flight controller, the installation is simple. As for maintenance, the camera and the module are easily replaceable.
The FPV camera has a wide dynamic range that makes it easy to fly in different light environments. In very dark scenarios, the noise generated by the camera makes the digital transmission quite sloppy but still usable. The FullHD recording both on the DJI FPV Goggles and DJI Air Unit is more like a low-quality “black box” and it’s not suitable for video-production applications.
DJI FPV Air Unit Summary
If you want to start FPV you should seriously consider starting with this system. The digital video transmission drastically improves your flying skills and makes your learning curve much faster. If you compare the DJI FPV System to the top analog system available on the market there isn’t much difference in terms of price. Remote Controllers and Goggles are also usable with different drones, so you don’t have to invest more money each time you change your quad.
If you already have a good analog system and you are wondering if it’s worth switching to digital, the answer is a resounding YES! If you want to use FPV professionally the DJI FPV System is the tool to have. It has an excellent range and the video quality makes easy to fly in different and complex scenarios. You will greatly reduce the probability of a crash and bad reception. The digital transmission also works fine in structures made of metal such as industrial sheds, allowing you to work safely in a wide range of situations.
If you fly FPV just for fun and you have some money to spend the DJI FPV System is worth every penny. It creates an enjoyable and pleasant experience for every FPV enthusiast. Just exploring new places in HD it’s something astonishing. You could also buy just the DJI FPV Goggles and use them with your regular RC Radio Controller. The DJI FPV Goggles are capable of mounting any FatShark module for analog transmission so you can enjoy the gorgeous big screen with all your analog drones.