It’s the ultimate vertigo test. Put on a pair of DJI Goggles, and you’re in the cockpit of a drone soaring through the air like a bird or speed freak or both. It sounds scary, but the awe-inspiring views gleaned from the magic of the goggles’ 1920×1080 screens is worth shouting home about. That’s a lot of pixels, and the colors aren’t too shabby either.
As FPV (first-person-view) drone flying and racing soar into popularity, which DJI drone is best for the DJI Goggles? As it turns out, they all have their advantages and disadvantages, so read on to find out what they are.
The DJI Mavic 2 includes the Mavic 2 Pro complete with the awe-inspiring Hasselblad camera, and the Mavic 2 Zoom, which comes with a 12MP sensor with 4x Lossless Zoom. These powerful additions to the Mavic series will give you the flight of your life thanks to professional-quality imaging systems and Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing.
Paired with the DJI Goggles RE, flying the Mavic 2 is sure to give you a jaw-dropping bird’s-eye view and an unforgettable aerial experience. Race across the sky at speeds of up to 72 kph to live out your dreams of being a superhero!
Keep in mind that currently, the Mavic 2 is only compatible with the DJI Goggles RE. However, there are plans to have full compatibility with DJI Goggles through a future firmware update. Please note that DJI Goggles only support a 2.4GHz frequency band, while DJI Goggles RE supports both 2.4 and 5.8GHz frequency bands for better connectivity.
All in all, flying with the DJI Goggles is an experience like nothing else. The FOV is just astounding, and we dare anyone to use it for the first time and not be floored by the breathtaking views. We still can’t stop smiling.
The Mavic Pro is the only DJI drone that can connect to the DJI Goggles wirelessly. It does this by using its high-end OcuSync data transmission technology, which gives you a live, bird’s eye view from the camera in no less than low latency video at 1080p video at 30fps, 720p 60fps, or 720p 30fps (when shooting in 4K).
The Mavic Pro also fully supports all of the functions the Goggles has to offer, including Fixed-Wing Mode, which flies the aircraft automatically at a steady speed. You can combine this with Head-Tracking Mode for an even more immersive flight experience. There’s also Head-Tracking Gimbal Mode, which allows you to control the direction of the gimbal, taking in those lofty views in real-time by moving your head.
Similar to the Mavic Pro with its compact and foldable design, the Mavic Air is about half the size of the Mavic Pro with added vision sensors on its back, SmartCapture mode, new QuickShots like Asteroid, and 8 GB of internal storage (in addition to a Micro SD card slot). Plus, the Mavic Air flies at an incredible 42.5 mph (68.4 kph) for exhilarating FPV flight. The Mavic Air is fully compatible with DJI Goggles, but unlike the Mavic Pro, the Mavic Air doesn’t use OcuSync transmission. As such, you’ll need a wired connection with a USB OTG cable.
When it comes to full-on Goggles integration, our little Spark is a little less fully-formed than it’s larger, older brother. Granted, the DJI Goggles is fully compatible with this potent mini drone but will require a USB cable to connect. Image quality is a sterling 720p live video feed. Spark supports Head-Tracking Gimbal Mode but with its 2-axis gimbal can only look up and down as opposed to a 3-axis gimbal that can look up, down, left, and right. But Spark’s most alluring power is that it’s so small and convenient, you can fly it through the Goggles in harder to reach places and still have rewardingly immersive experiences.
Phantom 4 Series
The Phantom 4 Series includes the original Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Advanced, and the inimitable Phantom 4 Pro. Even though the DJI Goggles arrived after all of these models of Phantom 4 had been released, they all support full Goggles integration, but you will need to connect them via a USB cable. The Phantom 4’s live feed will broadcast at 720p, but the Phantom 4 Advanced and Phantom 4 Pro can stream in 1080p. All support Head-Tracking Mode and Head-Tracking Gimbal Mode for a fully immersive flight experience.
The Inspire 2 needs no introduction as the most potent cinematography drone in history. However, when it comes to the DJI Goggles, the Inspire 2 requires a USB cable to connect with them and live view image quality is a cozy 720p. The Inspire 2 also supports Head-Tracking Mode and Focus Mode.
All in all, flying inside the DJI Goggles is an experience like nothing else of IMAX proportions. The FOV is just astounding, and we defy anyone not to try this for the first time and be floored by the scope and breath these goggles bring. We still can’t stop smiling.