Review: DJI Goggles Regular and Racing Edition

Technology company DJI creates a series of sleek, reliable, and multi-functional drones

First-person view (FPV) flying has been growing in popularity in the past few years.  More and more FPV enthusiasts are joining the fun because this immersive experience allows the user to fly a drone from the pilot’s perspective.

Rapid advances in technology have made it possible to develop different types of drones, software, advanced screens, drone goggles, and other accessories.

Technology company DJI creates a series of sleek, reliable, and multi-functional drones. Each of the drones that DJI makes already comes equipped with a built-in camera. Users just need to find a good pair of FPV goggles. It is important to get the best drone goggles in order to maximize the experience.  The good news is that most drone makers, just like DJI, also have their own goggles, which are usually designed for seamless FPV flying.

The maker of DJI drones has come up with two types of high-quality drone goggles both designed for a truly immersive experience. Although both of these DJI Goggles have great features, their difference lies in the intention or purpose of the user. These goggles work well with this wide range of devices: Phantom Series, Spark, Mavic Pro, Inspire Series, and other compatible HDMI devices.

DJI Goggles Series

There are two kinds of DJI Goggles: The regular edition that comes with basic features and DJI Goggles Racing Edition.

What’s the difference between these two goggles?

The basic or regular DJI Goggles provides users with an immersive experience,  with both close range 1080/30 high-quality view and 720/60 high frame rate. DJI Goggles have two 1920 x 1080 screens providing more than twice the amount of pixels of a typical 2K single screen.  It supports the 2.4 GHz transmission band. It also has internal linear polarized omnidirectional antennas. These goggles feature head tracking technology. How does this technology work? The actual user’s head movements control two things: first, the aircraft yaw and second, the tilt of the camera. The head movements compare to how gamers control remote control sticks. The user just needs to turn left or right to yaw left or right, and straighten head in order to stop turning.

While DJI Goggles Racing Edition (DJI Goggles RE) has all the functions and dual 1080p HD screens of the original white goggles, the black DJI Goggles RE support Sphere panoramic viewing and local video playback, offering an upgraded FPV experience. Aside from the 2.4 GHz transmission band, the Racing Edition also supports the 5.8 GHz band. The advantage of an additional transmission band is users can avoid the usually more crowded interference in 2.4 GHz. The RE has redesigned antennas just like the regular goggles. However, the difference lies in an additional new external Pagoda antenna, which is a 5.8 GHz single-frequency omnidirectional left hand circularly polarized (LHCP) antenna. Additionally, in order to ensure a smooth and reliable video transmission and avoiding video lag and disconnection from the video transmission system, the Racing Edition has restructured the radio communication strategy and video decoding algorithm to lower transmission latency to 50 ms. Aside from the regular goggles’ head tracking technology, the RE’s sphere pano viewing allows users to turn their head to get a 360-degree view of the Sphere pano.

The Final Verdict

Using DJI Goggles will revolutionize the way FPV enthusiasts fly their drones. Looking at all its features and the benefits, its price is quite reasonable. If you already have the regular goggles and if you are thinking of upgrading to the racing edition, it all depends on your purpose for using it. Most hobbyists are fairly satisfied with the basic white DJI Goggles.  Although there are hobbyists who are steadily building their skills in FPV flying who might benefit from the more advanced features of the Racing Edition. However, if the user is a professional filmmaker, then upgrading to the RE is advisable.

Author: Omer

Since he was young Omer has been fascinated with flying. As a teenager he flew remote control planes, helicopters and gliders for many years. In his 20’s he went to flight school and earned a private pilot’s license. His passion for flying inspired him to create dronesinsite, to pass on the enthusiasm for people to be able to experience the amazing view from the air while standing on the ground.