FPV and Drone Racing is definitely a blast, but it’s hard to have fun if everything is above your budget. In this article we’ll look at the best FPV goggles and FPV monitor options under $300.
Let’s take a look at the best budget FPV goggles for sale in 2016:
FatShark PREDATOR V2: A fully functional, ready to go headset. Features higher resolution than the Teleporter V4 but does not come with a good quality antenna. These goggles come with a video transmitter and camera for a plug and play FPV experience. From $315.00
FatShark BASE SD: A good resolution, wide field of view (FOV) FPV goggle. Intended for use with base stations, the Base SD does not include a receiver unit, and you will need to purchase one separately. (RECOMMENDED RECEIVER). From $258.98
FlySight BLACK PEARL: The only monitor on our list to offer HD resolution, the Black Pearl monitor is widely used by FPV pilots. Like many monitors, the Black Pearl features a sun shade to prevent screen glare, built- in diversity receivers and a battery. From $199.99
Lilliput 329DW FPV Monitor: The Lilliput 329DW is a very standard FPV monitor. Offering a sun shade, dual diversity, and 32 channel compatibility, the Lilliput will fulfil your FPV needs on a budget. From $149.00
Eachine LCD5802S FPV Monitor: Like the Lilliput, the Eachine LCD5802S is another ‘run of the mill’ monitor option. The cheapest of the three monitor options on our list, the Eachine, like the rest, features a sun shade, dual diversity receivers for support across 32 channels, and a battery. From $115.99
What’s the best FPV goggles or FPV monitor for you?
Looking at prices alone, the monitors beat the goggles hands- down. It’s easy to see the wallet friendly side of monitors that run a bit over $100, and a bit more difficult to understand the budget consciousness in a $280 pair of true video goggles. In the end, it all comes down to what’s offered for your money- and what you’ll feel the best about buying.
Why choose FPV goggles over an FPV monitor?
FPV Goggles create an immersive experience. Unlike a FPV monitor, FPV goggles force you to focus entirely on the screen by blacking everything else out. As soon as you pull a pair of FPV goggles down around your eyes, there’s an out of body feeling that no FPV monitor can match. Unfortunately, many of the aspects that make immersion even more enjoyable, like higher resolution, wider field of view, etc., are not offered in any of the budget goggles we’ve listed (With the exception of the FatShark Base SD, which requires a receiver) and you’ll need to pay a considerable amount of money to get the most immersive experience possible.
Why choose an FPV monitor over FPV goggles?
Well, they’re cheap. Looking at our (admittedly short) list of monitors, it’s easy to see that they’re the choice to be had if bare minimum budget is your goal. While offering mostly the same features (Sunshade, diversity, battery, etc.), many of which are better than the specifications offered by budget FPV goggles, FPV monitors do not offer the immersive experience that goggles do, and are often less portable.
Let’s match them up!
Now that we’ve explained the advantages and disadvantages of FPV monitors and FPV goggles, let’s pit them against each other!
The best FPV goggle option in 2016, in our opinion, is the FatShark Teleporter V4. With a good quality antenna and a built in headtracking module, the Teleporters V4s are budget goggles that can grow with you as your love for FPV racing expands.
Representing the FPV monitors will be the FlySight Black Pearl. While any monitor would have been comparable, the Black Pearl was the only one on our list to offer HD resolution, and it is the most widely used of all our options.
With no price difference between the two (Both are listed at $199), the contest comes down to three main categories: Value, Enjoyment, and Forward Compatibility.
BEST VALUE FPV GOGGLES:
The value of your system is immensely important. Was your purchase worth it? Did you get a bargain? If you purchase an item that turns out to be overpriced, your budget planning might turn out to be all for nothing.
The winner of this category is the Fatshark Spektrum Teleporter V4. From $200, the FatShark Teleporters v4’s offer you a truly immersive goggle experience, with very good quality antennas for superior signal quality right out of the box.
BEST BUDGET FPV SYSTEM FOR FORWARD COMPATIBILITY:
Regardless of whether you’re buying budget or blowing the bank account, you want an item that can allow you to expand your forays into FPV racing and drone flying. Having an item that really only can serve you for your initial steps into the world of FPV drones won’t be a good investment.
The winner of this category is the Black Pearl monitor. With a full 32 channel support and easy connection to other video sources, in addition to HD resolution, the Black Pearl FPV monitor will be useful long after the rest of your video system has become obsolete.
BEST FPV GOGGLES FOR ENJOYMENT:
Enjoyment is everything. If you’re not having a good time with what you buy, then what’s the point in using it at all?
The winner of this category is the FatShark Teleporter V4 FPV goggles. Providing the most immersive feel, the FatShark Teleporter V4’s will give a true out of body experience. Like the other goggle options, you’re forced to focus entirely on the screen, putting you directly in the pilot’s seat. With the built- in headtracker, the FatShark Teleporter V4 can also be used for exciting look- around pan/tilt systems.