FatShark Dominator V3 - FPV Goggles Review

Fat Shark Dominator V3

 Most UAVs on the market today have the ability to capture a live video feed, so you can see exactly what the camera’s seeing while you fly.

 But if you’ve ever tried reading your phone or tablet while you’re flying outside on a sunny day, you know firsthand how difficult it can be to see what’s happening on such a tiny little screen. That’s where Fat Shark‘s Dominator V3 goggles come in.

 As you know FatShark is one of the best-known makers of FPV goggles that's why if you want to get serious about drone racing, then the FatShark Dominator V3 has what you need. It will give you that truly immersive flying experience you've been dreaming of, plus it has an 1,800 mAh battery with an LED indicator, so you never run out of juice.



Fatshark Dominator V3: Screen Goggles Review

 The image in the googles is 16:9 and has a low resolution of 800x480 – not even HD. If you’re used to the high-quality video stream from a DJI Phantom, you might be – as we were – shocked at the low quality of the analogue video stream from a racing drone. It’s akin to watching a TV broadcast from the early 1980s compared to the HD we enjoy today.

Fatshark Dominator V3: Screen Goggles Review

 This doesn’t matter too much, since the purpose of FPV goggles are only to see where you’re flying and there is enough resolution for that. Latency is minimal, too. The field of view is 30

 If your drone has an OSD, you’ll see this over the live feed from the camera. In the R220 you can see a horizon, the ARMED / DISARMED status, flight mode and a timer showing how long you’ve been flying.




 Note that you don’t need to buy a receiver card if you have a drone (such as a Phantom) which has an HDMI output on its remote controller since you can use the included HDMI cable and convertors to pipe the video signal directly into the Dominator’s HDMI input.

 Quality will obviously be a lot better this way, but it’s still not HD. The HDMI output for a Phantom 3 Pro or Advanced is an optional module which costs around £80.

Fatshark Dominator V3

 The image you see in the goggles (compared to using a smartphone in a VR viewer) seems a long way from your face, a bit like sitting towards the back of a cinema.

 However, it’s still large enough and the lenses are adjustable so you can move them to accommodate for varying distance between pupils (not everyone has the same IPD).

 Because the goggles sit tightly on your face, there’s no room for glasses, but you can buy -2, -4 and -6 dioptre correction adaptors separately (no good if you’re really short-sighted or long-sighted though – you’ll need to wear contact lenses).

 Fortunately, the lenses don’t fog up because there’s a fan to keep air circulating. Just remember to connect the battery's balance connector to the goggles to power the fan.




FatShark Dominator V3 Unboxing & Specs 

FatShark Dominator V3 Unboxing & Specs

So, what we have inside the FatShark Dominator V3 Box:


  • 1000 mAh battery with LED indicator "meaning you get a lot more usage per charge in comparison to other goggles. I am very satisfied with the battery provided with the Fat Shark Dominator V3."
  • Battery Charge adapter cable
  • Zipper carry case


Specification:

  • FOV 30°Diagonal
  • 59-69mm IPD Range (adjustable)
  • WVGA 800 X 480 Display
  • Support Side/Side 3D
  • NTSC/PAL Auto Selecting
  • HDMI-Compliant with 720p Support
  • Integrated Analog DVR (no HDMI recording)
  • Modular Head Tracker Bay
  • Modular Receiver Bay
  • DC in: 7-13V (2S/3S)
  • Power Consumption: 3.6W
  • Weight 1.3 pounds


 These goggles support the input of the DJI Phantom 3’s, as well as the DJI Inspire 1. The use of the Fatshark Dominator 3’s will be more versatile in comparison to many other goggles because of the ability to work with a standard 2.4ghz or 5.8ghz squad.

 One drawback is that in order to receive the video downlink from your wireless video transmitter a separate receiver module is required.


FatShark Dominator V3


" The Fat Shark Dominator V3 googles can connect to your UAV’s remote via HDMI, and there are expandable options for head-tilt, and 3D transmit and receive antennas.
For DJI Phantom drones, you’ll need to purchase and install an HDMI output module on the bottom of your remote, and adjust settings in the DJI Go app to enable a dual display output."

Finally

 The Fatshark Dominator V3’s are great. A well built, highly compatible versatile set of FPV goggles that will suit most FPV enthusiasts (especially for FPV Drone Racing, FPV Quadcopter Racing).

 In closing I would say that the Fatshark Dominator V3 goggles would be a fantastic addition to any FPV tool box! They are well put together and easy to get set up, and I would recommend these to anyone wanting to get into a nice pair of FPV goggles in the future.

Price: 349.00$ [From amazon]




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