There is a simple truth, the DJI Goggles were made for the Mavic Pro. Maybe that’s only mostly true, but one thing is for sure, these powerful VR goggles are the perfect companion to the Mavic Pro, and one of the coolest drone accessories we’ve tried to date, thanks mostly to OcuSync.

Operating in a handful of ways, you can enjoy the DJI Goggles with a few drones wirelessly or a few more drones using a data cable. Stepping things up, HDMI input allows you to use the goggles as a display for near any media device. Pretty neat, but we’re here today to share the peak of the technology, the best use-case for the DJI Goggles, as an FPV headset for your Mavic Pro.

This is that last of our regular updates for this article. Both the Mavic Pro and the DJI Goggles are still in production, but both have newer versions available for purchase.

Before we get started, what are the DJI Goggles?

Here is an image of the DJI Goggles sitting on a white glossy table, what better way to introduce our DJI Goggles with DJI Mavic Pro VR headset FPV goggles article?

DJI Mavic Pro reviewI hope we’ve established that the DJI Goggles are a high-end VR headset, even when stacked against some of the better VR headsets out there. The dual 1080p monitors offer up a Full HD experience of the total 3840×1080 pixels, equivalent to a 216-inch display at 3-meters from you. I can confirm that is uncomfortably large when used as an extra computer monitor, but is superb when consuming a movie or, as we hope to show off today, using as a FPV headset for your drone.

The DJI Mavic Pro is a compact, folding quadcopter, one of the best on the market today. It has a 4K camera that has superb stabilization. Perhaps there are better cameras out there on drones, but the thing is, we’ve yet to see as capable, compact and convenient of a machine for the price.

In terms of use with the DJI Goggles, the Mavic Pro ranks better than the new DJI Spark as well. Stay tuned for more on the Spark, it may be one of the best bang for the buck flying machines headed to market.

OcuSync is the name of the game, folks. DJI’s proprietary connection technology for their drones is included with, pretty much, just the Mavic Pro. OcuSync is what allows you to connect two controllers to one drone, or in this case, two DJI Goggles to one Mavic Pro.

Connect to the new DJI Mavic 2 drones

DJI Mavic 2 Pro flying top grass

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are super updates to the original Mavic Pro. The newer drones offer better flight times, new and better cameras and the all new OcuSync 2.0 connectivity. OcuSync 2.0 is backward compatible with the original OcuSync found in the DJI Goggles, making these the best folding drones you can connect to the Goggles. 


 

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 has OcuSync!

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 stock image 2

Not sure I need to say much on this subject, take the Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro+, add in efficient propellers and updated ESCs for the motors, then add OcuSync to get the new Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. This updated drone can connect to your DJI Googles wirelessly, making them only the third drone to enjoy this pleasure. The second drone was the Mavic Pro Platinum, if you’ll accept that. Nonetheless, this is now officially the best drone that can connect to your Googles. 


A word on the DJI Mavic Air

I keep saying that the new DJI Mavic Air takes the best of the DJI Spark and Mavic Pro, improves on them and adds new tech to make the best compact drone possible in their line. Truth is, that’s a bit of a lie. The biggest exception, the thing that makes my statement a lie, the Mavic Air does not have Ocusync. Ignoring a few of the other range and connectivity benefits, this is very relevant today, as the Mavic Air cannot work wirelessly with the DJI Goggles. You need to connect the two using a USB cable. 

If you can forgive the need for a cable, the Mavic Air is as good of a drone as you can get, short of the DJI Mavic Pro, for flying with the Goggles.   


Overview

At face value, the DJI Goggles are a new view from the sky. A great way to experience flying, or to share the view from on high with someone within a few miles of you. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll benefit most from keeping Goggles and pilot close together, but you don’t have to.

Fire up and connect your Mavic Pro and its controller like normal, then power on and connect your DJI Goggles to the drone. You’ll be greeted by a full screen view from the drone camera. Drone and Goggles information are on the top, drone telemetry on the left side, camera info across the bottom and some controls and settings in the bottom right.

The wearer of the Goggles can be a passive participant, simply enjoying the view, or they can get involved a little. The primary thing you’ll see in advertisements for the DJI Goggles is Head Tracking – the ability for the Goggles to control the camera gimbal on the drone. Look up, the camera goes up, look down, you get the idea – all the while, the pilot maintains control using the remote and their mobile device like normal.

Full screen and Head Tracking are just two of the available modes. In addition to the newly introduced modes, the Goggles can tap into existing flight modes as well. Let’s take a look.

Flight Modes in the DJI Goggles

Full Screen

As the name implies, make all the tidbits go away, sit back and enjoy the full unobstructed view from your Mavic Pro.

Head Tracking Gimbal

The pilot retains full control of the craft, but the gyroscope and other sensors in the DJI Goggles take over the camera gimbal. Turn your head, look up or down and the camera will follow exactly your movements. As I say, this is the most common promoted feature of the DJI Goggles + Mavic Pro combo, an amazing way to share the view from the sky with someone who, maybe, does not know how to fly.

Head Tracking Yaw

Taking things to the next level, we have a mode that allows the wearer of the Goggles to spin the drone. Once again, the pilot retains control of the drone’s flight path and tilting the Goggles will move the camera up and down, but turning your head will now actually turn the aircraft.

We hope we don’t have to explain what risks this poses with any tricky flights. Out in the open, I can think of few better ways of allowing my friends and family to experience the flight, without handing over my controller.

Quick Tilt and Rotate camera gimbal

The last two modes built into the headset simply quick adjust the camera gimbal. Just as the names imply, one mode toggles between pointing the camera straight down and straight forward. The other mode twists the gimbal between portrait and landscape orientation.

Tap into Mavic Pro modes

The first item I want to discuss is TapFly. It is, effectively, the only available mode that lets you actually control the flight path of the Mavic Pro. As the name implies, you tap on the screen and the drone autonomously maneuvers to that location. This is a fun mode to try with just your mobile device, now we can enjoy it with the DJI Goggles.

The additional flight modes, from the craft and connected DJI GO 4 app, that you can tap into focus mostly on how the drone operates. Sure, ActiveTrack can be used to maneuver the drone in the air, but mostly, selecting Cinematic Mode or Tripod Mode just adjusts the flight characteristics of the craft.

The remaining modes you can access are the Terrain Follow and the newer Fixed-Wing flight mode. Again, these are modes that you will need the remote control to actual operate the craft, but being able to access them from the headset is a sure-fire way to keep your head in the Goggles.

View your flight in VR

Not everyone will be able to wear the Goggles during the actual flight, no worries, DJI thought of that, too. When your flight is done, swipe through the features in the Goggles to download a copy of the flight footage for ‘offline’ viewing. This is limited to 1080p footage, sadly, so if you shoot in 4K from the Mavic Pro, you won’t be able to watch those flights later. This is a huge miss, in my opinion. If you are listening, DJI, please allow me to transfer 4K video to the Goggles. 

Also, this has to be done as a direct download from the Mavic Pro to the Goggles. Once again, DJI, please fix this, I want to manually transfer files from card to card, or at least let me put the microSD card from the Mavic into the Goggles and have it just work. That’d be great.

Experience

On a scale of pretty good to fantastic, I give the DJI Goggles a solid wow! I’ve at least peered into almost every high-end VR goggle on the market, except the Sony Playstation VR goggles. I feel like the comfort and fit are on par with some of the best, but the overall display size and quality are unmatched.

There is no doubt that hauling the DJI Goggles along more than doubles your carrying needs over just the Mavic Pro. They do split into separate headband and goggle, but the goggles are about the size of the Mavic Pro folded and the headband can wrap around the entire package. Folks in the drone racing community may be used to this, but most Mavic Pro users I know purchased the folding machine for its portability – ready to tackle some hiking trails.

Part of the weight of the DJI Goggles is the embedded 9440 mAh battery. DJI says you’ll get up to six hours of flight time in the goggles. I admit we have not yet burned through an entire battery just flying the drone, we mix in connecting to a PC or downloading videos from the drone to just watch in the headset. Our mixed use has averaged (roughly) five and three quarters of an hour. We’ll update our DJI Goggles review with ongoing battery usage details.

For all the specs and details, check out our full review of the DJI Goggles.

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