Flying your drone with FPV goggles takes drone piloting to the next level. It makes the whole experience more immersive and fun, giving you a real drone’s eye view. What if I told you that you can now get the best FPV drone kit with almost zero setup time, much better features, higher reliability, and fewer headaches? I know what you are thinking, “did someone finally figure out the optimal combination of parts?” The answer is yes, and that someone is DJI.
The DJI Phantom 4 simply works and is truly ready-to-fly. The headaches, time loss and uncertainty of average FPV kits just do not apply to the Phantom 4. What you see is what you get, and what you get is the best FPV experience possible. The consistent and stable flight characteristics combined with the class-leading camera makes each flight very vivid and memorable. And the automatic obstacle avoidance features alone make it worth the price. By avoiding crashes, buying the Phantom 4 might actually save you money, and not to mention time repairing or waiting for replacement parts or both. The Phantom 4 paired with a HeadPlay HD FPV Headset is both the most user-friendly and best FPV drone kit available.
You only need two things to fly your Phantom 4 with FPV goggles: a DJI HDMI Output Module, and some FPV goggles. The HDMI Output Module screws in to your Phantom 4 remote, and lets you connect FPV goggles to your remote via an HDMI cable. DJI Inspire 1 pilots can skip this step, as their remote already includes an HDMI output.
Lastly, you need some FPV goggles. And since we are looking for “the Best FPV Drone Kit of All Time,” we will need the best FPV goggles. If you aren’t new to the FPV scene, then you might have heard of the leading FPV goggle brand Fat Shark. They typically offer goggles like the Fat Shark Dominator HD2 or Fat Shark Dominator V3, which give you resolutions of 800×480 or 800×600 and an FOV of only 30 to 50 degrees, all in an awkward, but “good enough” package. These goggles can cost over $500. Luckily, there is a new contender on the block…
Enter HeadPlay’s new HD FPV Headset, which provides an actual HD resolution of 1280×720 and an amazing FOV of 70 degrees, all in a comfortable headset that costs only $250. This recent addition to the FOV goggle landscape completely blows its competition out of the water. It parallels the first Oculus Rift development kit destroying Sony’s HMZ-T1 glasses in 2013, offering better FOV and features at a fraction of the cost. Having high FOV goggles is the difference between looking through a scuba mask vs looking through two toilet paper tubes; it makes the experience vastly more immersive and fun. The video in the HeadPlay Headset is not a mirror of the phone/tablet display. The HUD is more minimized, but still gives you all the important information.
|HeadPlay HD FPV Headset||Fatshark Dominator HD2||Fatshark Dominator V3|
|FOV||70° Diagonal||50° Diagonal||30° Diagonal|
As one Amazon customer said : “I got my headplays in September for my inspire and after flying with them I’ll never go back to the ipad again. Better depth perception bigger field of view they are the best on the market if you have HD output… If you want to fly long range this is the only way.”
Together the highly praised performance, features, and build quality of the Phantom 4 with the high FOV and high resolution of the HeadPlay goggles give the most immersive and fun FPV experience. And this is all truly “ready-to-fly,” unlike the DIY kits that are plagued with reliability and compatibility issues, and take weeks of just waiting for the parts to ship.
This FPV setup provides two big benefits. The first is that it gives you the most immersive and fun FPV experience currently available. The second benefit is just how amazingly simple and easy it is to set up compared to DIY kits. You just screw in the DJI HDMI adapter to your Phantom 4 remote, connect the remote to the goggles with an HDMI cable, and you are ready to go. It’s that easy.
Going this route takes away the giant pain associated with both DIY kits and shipping from China. DIY kits are plagued with frustration and waiting. Searching for the best deal and cheapest parts leads to purchasing parts that are of lower quality that may not be compatible with the dozens of other required parts, or worse, they may fail during flight and could lead to terrible consequences. DIY FPV drone enthusiasts report on forms that many of the best deals and some of the rarer parts can only be ordered directly from China. They report that waiting for these parts to be shipped can take 6-8 weeks and sometimes longer. The Phantom 4 takes away all this pain and frustration: it’s ready, and it works.
Now before we conclude, let’s recap how FPV droning used to be with do-it-yourself kits:
- It took ages just to find all the required parts, and then even longer to confirm that they were hopefully compatible with one-another. And even then you were never 100% certain they would be compatible. The Phantom 4 parts are all tested together to ensure compatibility.
- If you were trying to find the cheapest parts, or you needed a specific rare part only sold from China, you had to deal with the nightmare of Chinese shipping. People on forums often report that waiting 6-8+ weeks is not uncommon. I once ordered an electronic part from China that took 18 months to ship. That is time you could be piloting your professionally-assembled Phantom 4.
- WHEN (never if) a part fails, good luck replacing it and the rest. Whereas the Phantom 4 has a solid warranty, and at worst dealing with DJIs infamous customer service will only take a few weeks to ship it to them and back for repairs or replacement. That is better than no replacement or fix at all.
- DIY kits, when they are finally assembled and working, only have very basic functionality. This usually means camera on/off and adjustment/tuning of flight characteristics. Some would by the more expensive Fat Shark goggles just to be able to save the video recordings. Whereas the Phantom 4 includes killer app software features such as automatic return to home, automatic follow me mode, tap to fly, and automatic obstacle avoidance, and many more.
- DJI’s much better vertical product integration of each component and software code leads to much more precise flight characteristics, photo and video quality, and reliability with the Phantom 4.
In conclusion, the current best FPV drone kit on the market is the DJI Phantom 4 with the DJI HDMI Output Module and paired with the HeadPlay HD FPV Headset. This setup gives you the best possible FPV experience: the best software features, great performance, cheaper (if you have a history of crashing), more reliable, fewer headaches, and truly ready-to-fly with no waiting. Best of all is that taking off the headset will give you one of the best non-FPV drone experiences as well. You cannot go wrong with this kit.