The best 3D FPV goggles? Our Skyzone 3D V3 FPV Goggles Review (SKY02)
If you’ve researched at all into the hobby of FPV and FPV drone racing, the brand FatShark is probably a familiar one. One of the most recognizable brands in FPV, FatShark is the manufacturer of a range of FPV products, but they are most well known for their line of FPV video glasses. Perhaps less well known is FatShark’s main FPV goggle competitor, a brand called Skyzone. Skyzone, a brand of the chinese company foxtech, offers two FPV goggle options, the Skyzone V2 FPV Goggles and the Skyzone 3D FPV Goggles. While not commanding the same brand recognition as FatShark, Skyzone goggles offer some very appealing features that may make them the right choice for your FPV adventure. Today we’ll be taking a look at Skyzone’s top- tier goggle, the Skyzone 3D FPV Goggles.
Making a huge splash in the FPV goggle market when they were first released, the Skyzone 3D FPV Goggles touted features like a built in DVR, diversity 40 channel receivers, and, as the name would suggest, 3D FPV capability. Perhaps part of what made these goggles so revolutionary was that they included a dedicated 3D camera and accompanying video transmitter to make 3D FPV an all- in- one, ‘plug and play’ style package. With high screen resolution and a 30 degree FOV, as well as a (somewhat gimmicky) forward facing built- in camera, the Skyzone 3D FPV Goggles challenged the dominance of FatShark as the king of FPV video goggles. But how do they actually perform?
FIRST UP, THE FACTS ABOUT THE SKYZONE 3D V3 FPV GOGGLES:
- The Skyzone 3D FPV Goggles are available for around $579.00, with the white color model priced around $599.00. See all of the options HERE.
- The Skyzone 3D FPV Goggles offer IPD (Inter- Pupillary Distance) adjustment to accommodate different eye spacings.
- The Skyzone 3D FPV Goggles come with a suitable camera and video transmitter, as well as four standard antennas.
- The Skyzone 3D FPV Goggles feature a 30 degree Field Of View with a resolution of 854×480.
- The Skyzone 3D FPV Goggles feature displays with a 16:9 (Digital) aspect ratio, compared to the analog 4:3 aspect ratio.
There’s a lot more to these goggles than just the specs, so in the next few sections we’ll cover the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Skyzone 3D FPV Goggles to help you decide whether these goggles are the right choice for you.
SKYZONE 3D V3 BUILD QUALITY: 8/10
With a unique housing and rubberized finish that gives it a distinct appearance and sets it apart from FatShark models, the Skyzone 3D goggles score big in the build quality department, but with now outdated rubber eyecups it’s not completely perfect.
- Rubberized finish provides ergonomic texture and makes holding and positioning on face easy
- Rounded body design makes the goggles easy to grab while wearing
- Good quality receiver units and good quality displays
- Outdated rubber eyecup design
- Control buttons feel somewhat loose/cheap
SKYZONE 3D V3 EASE OF SETUP: 7/10
With antennas, camera, video transmitter, and assorted cables included with the goggles, the Skyzone 3D FPV Goggles are an extremely easy package to setup and start flying with. However, the lack of a battery to power the goggles and the need to upgrade antennas in order to achieve maximum performance, these goggles don’t quite meet the mark for being completely hassle- free.
- 3D camera and accompanying Video Transmitter make transmitter- side setup easy
- All necessary wires are included to power transmitter and goggles from standard batteries
- Usable antennas included
- Battery to power goggles not included (We recommend THIS ONE)
- Included antennas deliver poor stock performance (We recommend upgrading to THESE for optimal signal quality)
SKYZONE 3D V3 SIGNAL QUALITY (RECEIVER): 8/10
What many FPV beginner don’t realize is that signal quality is dependent on many variables. How good your video signal is depends on how ‘noisy’ your area is with competing radio signals, your geographical area, and can even be affected by the moisture in the air. For this section we’ll be focusing on the quality of the stock receiver modules (sensitivity) and their potential when utilizing different antennas.
- Good receiver sensitivity provides signal pickup equal to or greater than competing FatShark goggles
- When using directional antennas, the dual diversity receivers can provide better coverage and more consistent signal strength than competing single- receiver options
- No notable improvement if using two identical omni- directional antennas
SKYZONE 3D V3 IMAGE QUALITY: 8/10
Boasting one of the highest- resolution screens in the true goggle FPV market, the Skyzone 3D FPV goggles take advantage of their 3D capability and resolution to deliver an incredible FPV experience, but are limited by a 30 degree Field Of View. It should also be noted that the Skyzones feature a 16:9 image aspect ratio, meaning that its use with analog- standard 4:3 aspect ratio cameras will result in a somewhat stretched image.
- High resolution (854×480) display
- Good color and light contrast
- Crisp, clear image
- 30 degree FOV limits enjoyment of higher- resolution screen
SKYZONE 3D V3 3D PERFORMANCE: 7/10
With a strong focus on its 3D video capabilities, the Skyzone 3D FPV Goggles come paired with a 3D capable camera and video transmitter system, taking advantage of the diversity receivers on the goggles to utilize two channels, one for each eye.
- 3D display software provides an immersive, three- dimensional FPV experience
- Included 3D camera and Video Transmitter makes 3D FPV ‘plug and play’
- Independent channels for each eye means that interference is uneven, which may lead to eye stress (i.e. one eye may see perfectly clear signal while the other sees lots of static/interference)
SKYZONE 3D V3 RELIABILITY: 6/10
Reliability is something that every FPV product needs. As an FPV pilot, you’ll need to be able to rely fully on your gear to perform consistently and never fail you. With the goggles being perhaps the most crucial aspect of your FPV setup, the Skyzone 3D FPV goggles need to be able to live up to your expectations for performance consistency. With initial production batches of the Skyzone 3D FPV Goggle being reported as having reliability issues, you may want to be cautious when looking at these goggles to compliment your FPV setup.
- Second generation 3D FPV goggles seem to have fixed previous reliability issues
- Skyzone support can be lacking
- Previous production batches have had reliability issues
ARE THE SKYZONE 3D FPV GOGGLES RIGHT FOR YOU?
So now that we’ve covered the details of the Skyzone 3D FPV Video Goggles, it’s time to wrap it up. Are these goggles right for you? Offering high- tier specs, these goggles rack up major points in the design, screen resolution, and receiver capability, but takes heavy hits in terms of the reliability of early batches.
With a unique diversity receiver combination, these goggles offer a strong advantage over similar FatShark goggles. While their primary marketed feature, 3D FPV, is now somewhat lessened due to the other goggles now available with 3D capability, the Skyzone 3D FPV goggles are still currently the only FPV goggles on the market to offer a plug and play 3D solution, and with the added benefit of dual diversity receivers these goggles retain an otherwise uncaptured edge in the FPV goggle market.