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FPV goggles & accessories

Eachine/SkyZone Cobra X

Eachine SkyZone Cobra X FPV goggle

Times of the Fat Shark hegemony is over, and the new box goggles from Eachine / SkyZone are the best proof of that. Cobra X breaks the tradition of box goggles being much worse than Fat Shark style. In short words: great receiver, great screen, excellent signal reception, and fantastic functions for around $200. If not the fact that they are bigger than HDO2, I would have to say that they are better in every aspect than premium FPV goggles!

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Eachine EV800D

Eachine EV800D

You might be tempted to choose the cheapest available FPV goggles as your first goggles. There are reasons to do so, but I strongly advise against it. If you do so, not only the quality might be way below expectations, but also FPV experience will such and you will have to buy new goggles right away. This is why I recommend beginning with a "middle-class" bucket style goggles like Eachine EV800D. Don't get me wrong, they are still bulky but image quality is acceptable and they can act as an FPV monitor.

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SkyZone SKY04X

SkyZone SKY04X FPV goggle with OLED

If I had to buy analog FPV goggles at the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021, it would be Skyzone SKY04X. Why? Great OLEDs, build in fantastic quality receiver module, OSD, IPD, and focus adjustments. All in one single package that comes out better and cheaper than Fat Shark HDO 2 with rapidFire! Think about it!

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SkyZone SKY02X

SkyZone SKY02X FPV goggles

To be honest, FatShark FPV goggles were always slightly overrated. Sure, they are "the best", but SkyZone goggles were always pretty close and much cheaper! My first and second goggles were SkyZones and I liked them very much! For half a price of Dominators (when receiver module is counted) you can get SkyZone SKY02X with built-in diversity, DVR, fan, and much better DVR that the one in Fat Shartks!

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Analog FPV Cameras

Foxeer T-Rex 1500TVL

Foxeer T-Rex FPV Camera

I was amazed by how good Foxeer T-Rex is. Period. The number of details and crispness of the image is something I never expected to see in an analog FPV camera. It's not DJI FPV HD quality, but it's one level above anything else I saw previously in my analog goggles!

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Caddx Ratel 2

Caddx Ratel 2

Over the last few years, Caddx Ratel, and now the Ratel 2 got a lot of appreciation in the FPV hobby. There is a reason for that. Ratel series FPV cameras are both affordable and decent quality cameras. If you are not looking for good quality and low price, Ratel might be just for you.

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Foxeer Toothless 2

Foxeer Toothless 2

Regret that RunCam stopped producing Micro Eagle. Luckily, Foxeer has something equally good and it's called Toothless 2. Super colors, very good WDR and switchable FOV make it a very good choice for freestyle FPV drones and airplanes.

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Runcam Eagle 3

Runcam Eagle 3 Starlight CMOS camera

For a long time, Runcam Eagle series FPV cameras were leading the FPV. When Runcam stopped manufacturing Eagle 2 and Micro Eagle, I thought it's time to change the brand. Luckily, Eagle is back with series 3 that is even better than previous generations!

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Analog video transmitters

RushFPV Tank Solo

Rush Tank Solo 1.6W 5.8GHz Video Transmitter

Rush FPV is on a mission to build the best analog video transmitter? Hard to tell, but Rush Tank Solo seems like a step in the right direction. SmartAudio 2.1, locked-in signal frequency, full metal enclosure, and whooping 1.6W of output power. OK, 1.6W max since it will drop to a mere 1W if the unit overheats. Overkill? Maybe...

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Eachine TX805

Eachine TX805

Eachine TX805 is cheaper than most and yet, works pretty nicely. OK, 800mW mode is only theoretical, but 200 and 600mW are real. I have it in 3 of my quads, including "high-end" Armattan Marmotte and I'm really happy with the results! For the price, it's a real bargain.

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Matek VTX-HV 5.8GHz

Matek VTX-HV 5.8GHz

What can I say... a very solid VTX that can be powered directly from 6S LiPo, has a real 500mW output power and MMCX antenna connector. On top of that, legendary Matek build quality, can be configured by Betaflight and INAV and has standard mounting holes! What else do you need?

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Rush Tank

Rush Tank 800mW 5.8GHz VTX

The Rush VTX series is one of the most interesting positions on the market. Not only they provide up to 800mW of power (and yes, in 99% of the cases you do not need more), the output is actually calibrated! That's not what you get in chinesium VTX nowadays! Add full SmartAudio Support, easily readable LEDs for the band, channel, and power, and you have a very good video transmitter at a reasonable price!

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Matek VTX-1G3 1.2GHz FPV

Matek VTX-1G3 1.2GHz FPV

If long-range is what you expect, why not to go 1.2GHz instead of 5.8GHz FPV? Much more range, lower power levels needed, better energy conversions! Matek VTX-1G3 brings Matek quality we all love in flight controllers to a brand new area: long-range FPV! It comes with a PCB antenna and is small enough to fit most airplanes. If you want to install it on a drone, you will have to be creative tho!

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AKK FX2 Dominator

AKK FX2 Dominator 2W 5.8GHz VTX

AKK FX2 Dominator can be described as "moar powah". AKK packed not 1W, but 2W of output power into this monster. If the range is the main factor, and you do not want to migrate to 1.2GHz VTX, AKK FX2 Dominator is your choice. Dual heatsink, 6S support, SmartAudio and a build that will survive almost anything!

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Analog video receivers

Eachine Pro58 diversity receiver

Eachine Pro58 5.8GHz video receiver

Eachine Pro58 is probably the cheapest worth having Fat Shark compatible diversity receiver. Comparing to the compatition, it is absurdly cheap and yet it still works. Don't get me wrong, it's not the next ground breaking piece of hardware. Eachine Pro58 just works. On top of that, it can be upgraded to Achilles FPV software to unlock extra functions. If you are on a budget, then Pro58 might be the receiver module for you.

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ImmersionRC rapidFIRE

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE 5.8GHz receiver module

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE 5.8GHz receiver module is probably the best receiver module! Superb video quality and super fancy-magic way of combining images from both diversity receivers. As a result, it keeps the lock like no other and gives you the best video feed you can get in such a small form-factor. Not the best for long-range missions, but even then does the job pretty nicely!

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Matek VRX-1G3

Matek VTX-1G3 1.2GHz FPV

VRX-1G3 is the newest video receiver made by Matek and designed to work in a 1.2GHz band. It fits perfectly in the Fat Shark module bay and thus can be used directly in your FPV goggles! It is designed to work with VTX-1G3, but will work with other popular 1,2GHz transmitters as well.

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See also

Armattan Rooster Freestyle FPV drone

Armattan Rooster

Catalyst Machineworks BangGOD 7-inch basher

BangGOD 7-inch basher

Ritewing Mini Drak The ultimate FPV flying wing

Ritewing Mini Drak

Tools, Materials & Supplies

Tools, Materials & Supplies