Monday, 9 December 2013

Fat Shark Predator V2 FPV goggles review

The Fat Shark name is famous for the variety of video transmitter and receiver gear they've been developing for a number of years, and today I'm taking a look at the Predator V2 FPV (First person view) goggles with the immersionRC 25Mw transmitter and Spironet antennas.






The Predator goggles firstly offer value for money, The cost of the set up is around the £230-250 mark, which is excellent as the range and quality of the video feed is brilliant and you get a complete full set up which includes the goggles, a goggle case, transmitter, balanced filter, FOV camera and a 1000MaH li-po battery.
If your like me ( a novice FPV flier) then the 25Mw transmitter is ideal as the range I have experienced is around 400m, which is just over the range of the DJI Phantom quadcopter I use, and as it uses 5.8Ghz transmission it doesn't interfere with the Phantom's 2.4Ghz transmitter. This is perfect for the beginner as the range keeps you flying within your novice limits! You can of course go that little extra with an upgraded transmitter like the 100, 250 and 600Mw, which all give alot more range over the 25Mw, but they do cost slightly more and you will have to check your countries laws about using radio equipment as these may need a licence to operate.

The predators fit perfect on your head, and when looking at the image on the viewers it gives the equivalent of looking at a 52inch screen, so the clarity and field of view are superb.
The fact that Fat Shark supply you with a HD camera with this package is great! Its a tiny little thing but gives a clear and wide angled view of the world. Its mountable on your RC aircraft, or vehicle and is very discreet. You can buy a lead which will adapt the use of a go-pro like I have done, which will then give you all your 'head-up' display info from the go-pro, and transmit it directly to your goggles, which is always handy!


For more info and other products please visit www.fatshark.com


Headset Specifications:

Optics:
 FOV (field of view): 25 degrees diagonal
 Interpupillary (IPD) distance: 63.5mm (fixed)
 Optional diopter lens inserts: -2, -4, -6 dpt
 Image size: 38" @ 7'
Audio:
 Stereo
User Controls:
 Channel selection
 Volume control
Mode selection (wired/wireless)
 Contrast/ brightness control
Electrical:
 Power supply: 7 - 13 V (2S/3S supply)
 Power consumption (@7.4V nominal):
300mA wireless mode
160mA direct mode (no RX)
 Antennae:
 External dipole (RX is circular polarized compatible)
Mechanical:
 Ergonomic molded headset w/ adjustable headband
 Secured rubber eye cups for ambient light reduction
 Weight: 150g
Display
 Full color Kopin CyberDisplay
 922,000 pixels binocular display (640 X 480 VGA)
 NTCS/PAL auto selecting
Head Tracker
 None (available for OEM orders)
Battery:
 7.4V 1000mAh
Balance lead and discharge adapter for charging via RC chargers
Interface
3.5mm AV in/out port
 Power in port
 3.5mm 3p earphone port
PS/2 DIN additional power port

Operating Frequencies:

5.8 Ghz Module
5740MHz, 5760Mhz, 5780MHz,
5800Mhz, 5820MHz, 5840Mhz,
5860Mhz

Note: Fat Shark headsets use NexWave brand RF modules.
Compatibility is only guaranteed with Fat Shark and
ImmersionRC transmitters.