We’ve been waiting a long time. We first saw the DJI Goggles during the Mavic launch event. Then radio silence until today. The company has unveiled the FPV Goggles with complete specs, a price, and sort of an availability.
Let’s get the important things out of the way. How much and when do they ship? The DJI Goggles are priced at $449 with an estimated ship date of May 20th. Yeah, estimated and the number of units available for presale is limited. Both of those are major buts in the announcement. Limited availability and an estimated release date. Here’s hoping it doesn’t turn into a Mavic situation which took months to resolve.
Honestly, I expected the price to be higher. DJI is a firm believer in pricing out competitors in the consumer drone market.
The DJI Goggles are what we’ve been waiting on. An FPV mode for the company’s latest drones. Yes, you’ll need a Phantom 4 and above, a Mavic or an Inspire. Sorry Phantom 3 owners, you’re being left out.
FPV is all about transmission. The screens inside the DJI Goggles promise 720p at 60 frames per second and 1080p at 30 frames. Who is up for some serious drone racing? Latency is at 110ms and DJI is promising 360-degree coverage.
Inside the goggles is a pair of 1920×1080 providing double the amount of pixels over a typical 2K screen setup. What it should do is prevent latticing. You’ll see the picture as it’s meant to be seen with the pixels packed dense enough to produce a clean image.
Head Tracking. You can control the yaw and camera tilt with Head Tracking Flight mode and remote controller sticks. Turn your head left or right to yaw the drone left or right. Those looking for precise camera control can switch to Head Tracking Gimbal to control only the gimbal without affecting your drones position.
DJI and Glasses
Finally, someone understands. I wear both contacts and glasses, but if you only wear glasses, DJI has your back. The DJI Goggles can be worn comfortably with your specs with zero issue. You can even flip up the goggles quickly to glance at the real world before getting lost again in your shot.
For easier storage, the headband can be detached making it even more portable.
DJI Goggles Works With Everything
These are not for drones alone. Each pair contains an HDMI input, allowing you to watch not only feeds from your drone but plug in a video device to Netflix or play video games. The onboard speakers output the audio, or you can use the audio jack for headphones.
If you want to be first in line, head over to DJI now. And here’s hoping the May 20th release date holds.