If you don’t believe you can fly, try this: Connect DJI Goggles to your drone.
You will believe. DJI Goggles are that good. If your drone had a cockpit, this is what the world would look like with you aboard. And it becomes a cockpit for two — you and a lucky passenger — if you use two DJI Goggles simultaneously, which you can do.
When you slip these comfortable goggles around your head and power up your drone, you’ll be completely immersed in the flying experience. See a city, a valley or majestic mountains stretched out before you.
A twin display employs a higher definition than on most other goggles made for drone pilots. The goggles work with your remote controller, and they have fingertip controls built into a trackpad and buttons. If you wish, DJI Goggles even allow you to control your Mavic Pro — either the drone or just the gimbal and camera — using head movements only.
The full flight control screen appears right in front of you: readouts, settings, menus, everything your drone sees in virtually real time. Or fly with your remote controller and put the goggles on a friend for a stunning, unforgettable experience. You will have one awed and grateful friend.
The goggles are compatible with Phantom 3 Advanced, the entire Phantom 4 series, Mavic Pro, and Inspire 1 and 2. They even have some uses outside of drone flying.
Among the technical highlights of DJI Goggles:
- Up to 1080p resolution (close-up); 720p resolution (long-distance)
- Latency as low as 110ms
- Reliable 360 degrees of signal coverage
- Fingertip access to Intelligent Flight Modes
- Card slot for downloading images recorded by your drone
- Two hi-def screens inside the goggles
- High-quality optics that prevent latticing
- Shape that blocks all incoming light on almost all users for a better view of the screens
- More than twice the pixels of typical 2K goggle screens
- Maximum operation time of 6 hours
- Head Tracking that allows control of the aircraft, or control of the gimbal and camera only
- Weight of 2.4 pounds, making the goggles comfortable for long periods, even if you wear glasses
- Compatibility with video feeds or video games from other devices (visuals only)
- DJI Goggles Work with Many Drones
The Mavic Pro and DJI Goggles both use the OccuSync video transmission system, so the goggles work wirelessly with Mavic Pro. Other compatible drones require an unobtrusive microUSB cable between the goggles and the remote controller: Phantom 3 Advanced, Phantom 4 series, Inspire 1 and Inspire 2.
The Phantom 4 Pro+ requires the use of an HDMI cable, which transmits video only, not telemetry information or commands from the goggle buttons. You can use the goggles with non-DJI drones that have a controller with an HDMI port, but the transmission will be video only.
How You Look
Not bad, actually. Some drone pilots may shy away from goggles because of the space commando look. Yes, any goggles are a bit extraterrestrial in appearance, but the DJI Goggles are definitely less so. The look is quite grown up, thank you.
The outside of these goggles is basically unadorned. Garish colors and silly graphics are left to other brands. The goggles are a handsome, understated combination of glossy white and gray. Buttons on the right portion of the underside are clearly marked in conservatively sized but easily readable type (you’ll have these memorized soon enough, anyway). The headband is solid plastic with a padded inner surface for comfort. And the antennas are totally discreet because they are inside the headband.
What You See
You see everything you need to see. In front of you will be what your drone camera sees, of course. You’ll also see displays of readouts for satellite connections, flight time, reserve power in your Intelligent Flight Battery, the active flight mode, flight telemetry data, such as height, horizontal and vertical speed, camera settings, and buttons for menus. If you want to simply marvel at the view and not be bothered with the readouts, you can turn the readouts off, then bring them back into view whenever you want.
Excellent 1080p Imagery Without Latticing
Each DJI Goggles headset has twin 5-inch screens — one for each eye. The 1080p resolution is superior to just about anything else on the market. Transmissions from longer distances are in 720p, but the view remains excellent. Pixels are tightly packed, which means there is no latticing — a weave of vertical and horizontal lines — to distract from the view. That’s something many other goggle makers can’t say about their products.
Eyeglass Wearers Welcome
Don’t worry if you wear eyeglasses. DJI Goggles are likely to fit. The solution is simple enough: The goggle are designed with notches that accommodate a wide range of hinged eyeglass temples. That’s a thoughtful touch. The snug fit, even if you’re wearing glasses, keeps out ambient light for a better view of the screens, and all but a tiny, unobtrusive amount of light for a few users (depending on the shape of your nose).
DJI Goggles make it easy to look momentarily at something other than the view — your remote controller, maybe, or a friend who beckons you to “take a look at this.” Just flip the goggles up, the way a baseball player might flip up his hinged sunglasses after he catches a popup on a bright day. The hinge that connects the goggles to the headband holds them up so you can see what you need to see. Just flip the goggles back down and you’re back to your flight view.
The right temple of the goggles has a trackpad that accepts fingertip commands during flight. You can lock and unlock the DJI Goggles trackpad with simple swipes, and you can use it to access all the data and buttons displayed on the screens. It also lets you access menus displayed on the goggle screens. On the Mavic Pro, there’s no function you can’t access. You can access most functions on Phantom 4 drones. Functions are not accessible from the trackpad when flying drones from the Inspire series.
Diopter Adjustment, Function Button
Beneath the right temple, on the underside of the goggles, are two controls. One of them is a diopter adjustment. As with an SLR or binoculars, simply turn the notched ring to adjust the screen image to your eyesight. Adjustment may be needed when you allow someone else to wear the goggles. The other adjustment is a Function button, marked Fn. Pressing it returns you to the previous menu on the screens.
Watching Video, Playing Games
Would you be more likely to invest in a pair of goggles if you could take advantage of such great video imagery on something other than a drone? With DJI Goggles, you can. Using the microHDMI port, you can hook up to many devices with an HDMI out port for a great visual experience. Use them for playing games, or for watching movies or video from a computer. The design of the goggles allows the simultaneous use of the goggles with ear buds or many models of headphones when watching video. You can load your drone video directly onto a microSD card of up to 64GB and play it back from the headset.
Real-Time Video with Low Latency
The transmitted video displayed on the twin screens of the DJI Goggles are as close to real time as you’ll get. The latency of the images is as low as a mere 110ms. That means you not only see what your drone sees in First Person View, but you see it virtually when your drone sees it. And because the hidden antennas are designed for 360-degree reception, you’ll experience it no matter where your drone is, even if it’s behind you.