Looking to buy a set of Fat Shark Video Goggles but not sure which ones to get? Let's look at the differences between each model so you can figure out which is best for you.
Currently all of their goggles have the same resolution of 640 x 480.
The field of view (FOV) and the type of video receiver (if any) is really what sets each of one of them apart.
These are great goggles that come with a built in 5.8 Ghz video receiver. The major drawback of these is the screen size or FOV is very small. It has a FOV of 25 degrees. While the image is very crisp, it’s a far cry from video immersion.
Don’t let the small viewing angle completely turn you off. The Predators will do the trick, and the image is crisp. It's also equipped with an internal head tracker.
If you’re ultimate goal is to eventually strap on an HD PRO or other high quality recording camera for making aerial video, these are a very affordable option.
If you’re looking for an easy way to get into FPV at rock bottom cost, I think the Predators would be an excellent choice.
As a matter of fact, Hobby King offers an FPV RTF package that comes with absolutely everything you need including the goggles, camera, transmitter, camera, battery and all the connectors.
They have a fixed IPD distance of 63.5mm. There are diopter lenses available for those who wear glasses.
The Fat Shark Dominator have a larger FOV of 30 degrees. Looking through these goggles is equivalent to looking at a 45” TV screen 7 feet in front of your couch.
What makes the Dominators really nice is that you don’t have to pay for stuff you don’t need. They come with nice little docking bays for installing either an internal plug-n-play video receiver and/or an optional plug-n-play head tracker device.
The receiver dock will accept either a 2.4Ghz or 5.8Ghz Fat Shark video receiver. Or you could choose to not use an internal receiver at all and simply plug your goggles into your base station RX via the 3.5mm AV port.
If you don’t plan on using a head tracker, you don’t have to waste your money on it if you go with the Dominators.
Like the Predators, these goggles also have a fixed IPD distance of 63.5mm with optional diopter lenses inserts available.
If you’re looking for total immersion, these goggles are for you. With a FOV if 46 degrees it’s like watching a huge 80” TV that’s 7 feet away. It’s probably about as close as you’re going to get to true virtual reality FPV flying.
The only drawback is that the image quality suffers a bit because we still have the same 640 X 480 resolution as the other goggles, only it’s stretched to fill the goggles. Again, it’s a trade off between immersion and clarity...
The RCV922’s have an adjustable IPD distance in addition to optional diopter inserts.
Aviator Edition (AE) vs Base Model
The RCV922 Aviator Edition comes with either a 5.8Ghz or 2.4Ghz video receiver, depending on which model you choose. I’ve seen some packages that include everything including the camera, video transmitter, and head tracker.
I have also seen packages that don’t come with anything except the goggles with an internal RX. I’m not really sure what the “standard” package is as each store seems to be different.
If you already have a base station then save yourself some money by getting the RCV922 Base Addition that comes without an internal video RX. Same awesome HUGE screen as the AE version without the added cost of a receiver.