Eachine VR007 Pro FPV Goggles Review
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Review by Nicholas Turner, Staff Contributor
- LHI FX797T "cricket" camera
- Stock antenna
- Stock battery
- Goggle battery status in video display
- 5.8GHz frequency status in video display
- USB chargeable smart lipo battery
- Lighter and tad smaller than the VR007 goggles
- Able to change 5.8GHz frequency and band easily with separate buttons
- Charger stops charging battery when fully charged
- LED to see charging status on battery
- RP-SMA antenna connector
- Red and green status text in display may not be friendly for a red/green color blind person
- Smaller form factor makes it harder to fit over eyeglasses
- Have to sit the goggles low in order to not strain my eyes
- Battery mount allows for battery to fall through strap
- Battery push button to check status is gone, but still looks like there should be a button
- Goggle battery status and frequency status could interfere with own OSD
The box came wrapped in a thin piece of foam inside a basic shipping/mailing bag. The box looked to be in good condition, no damage observed. Inside the box the manual sat on top of the goggles. One small ESD type bag contained lens cleaning cloth, battery, USB battery charging cable, and a 3dB "ducky" antenna. The goggles were wrapped in a foam sleeve. The straps are attached to the goggles and sat nestled in the curve of the face opening near the magnifier. Everything was in great condition and protected. Upon removing the goggles from the box I noticed a slight decrease in weight compared to the original VR007.
The first time I put the VR007 Pro goggles on I felt the straps were too small for my head and I had to look up. By looking up I meant having to strain my eyes upwards to see the video clearly. Since the VR007 Pro goggles are a millimeter or two smaller in dimensions compared to the original VR007 goggles they fit more snug against the face. The straps are also not stretched out yet, which can attribute to the tight feeling. I have gotten used to leaving my eyeglasses on while wearing FPV goggles, but the VR007 Pro goggles make it extremely difficult to do so as they are smaller by a millimeter or two in width. This causes the inside of the goggles to rub/snag on the temples of my glasses and take them off my face when removing the goggles. I have learned to participate in FPV this way as I can quickly take my googles of and look up to my aircraft or surface vehicle (I am nearsighted and need glasses to see distant objects). By setting the goggles low on my nose to ease eye strain, I did notice some light leak around the right temple, but minor enough it didn't bother me too much. Against the black and white static of the video when no video feed is present, the red frequency text showed up well and the yellow/green battery status indicator showed up ok. I navigated through the menu options changed the aspect ratio to 4:3 instead of 16:9 because prior experience taught me the 16:9 ratio is too much and hurts my eyes to try and see the complete video. I plugged in my LHI FX797T camera and used the minus and plus buttons to scan and lock onto the camera feed. Picture quality is as I was expecting with the 480x272 resolution screen (same as the original VR007 goggles). I grew up flying 72MHz with r/c aircraft so I understand the importance of frequency separation, but those new in the hobby, scanning through the 5.8GHz band with these goggles and seeing where the same video feed is picked up will help understand the crossing/bleeding that happens and why 40 FPV aircraft can't be in the air at the same time. Of course if one has a HAM radio operating license (to be legal in the USA with a video transmitter using over 25mW of power this is required), this information is already understood.
I am red/green color blind, and approximately 20% of the male population is as well, so I have some concerns about the red and green text on the display when the background is primarily green. For me the dominant color will wash out the lesser color, so I'm concerned the red frequency text will disappear on me against a green background. Sadly the weather is not conducive to outdoor R/C activities, so I can't comment on this concern.
Being used to the original Eachine VR007 goggles, I took a deep look at the battery. There is one LED on the battery, and according to the manual this is for charging status. There is a round spot on top of the battery near this LED bar. On the original VR007 goggles this was where a push button was to check battery charge status. The dot on the VR007 Pro goggles is misleadingly making one think they push it and get information. This is just a sticker over the hole from the removed button. I must admit it is nice to push the button the battery to check status while charging flight packs to know if I need to charge my goggle pack as well with the original VR007 goggles. With the VR007 Pro goggles I must power up the goggles to check battery status. In a way it's a pro and con; the pro is you can know the charge state during FPV activities without having to push buttons or do anything extra, the con is having to power on the goggles to just to check the battery while charging packs. But in my opinion it's a minor con as the battery status in the goggle is way more useful when using the goggles than the convenience of the battery status check being on the battery.
One more item to hit on in this review would be the potential for the 5.8GHz frequency and channel information as well as the battery status display to overlap someone's own OSD that is setup on the aircraft. Meaning the display on the goggles will be on top of the video signal received, so if the OSD information is set to be in the upper right or lower left corners, that information will be harder to see and potentially lost. I personally haven't setup an OSD yet, but I imagine this can be worked around be setting placement of OSD information when setting up the OSD.
In my opinion, if someone is interested in trying FPV and not being serious about FPV racing, these will work. These truly are entry level goggles. I still consider myself entry level in FPV and these will serve my purpose, for easy cruising/flying and getting the hang of FPV. Being able to see what channel and frequency the goggles are locked onto is of great benefit as I can go out to the field with other FPV pilots, turn on my goggles to see if anyone's on the same channel and frequency I use. Thus I can know which aircraft with FPV to fly in order not to interfere with their video signal. And it will allow one to easily mark their equipment with the proper VTX channel and frequency.
Do I recommend these goggles? The VR007 Pro FPV goggles are fantastic entry level goggles. Being a bit smaller than the original VR007 goggles, they may not work well with eyeglasses. You'll also have to try various positions on your head to find the angle and placement that works best for you. I found I need to sit the goggles low on the nose, so low my nose is almost in the goggles to prevent eye strain and having to look up. But this will depend on each person. There is nothing wrong with the VR-007 Pro goggles being your first pair of FPV goggles, or as a ride-along pair to give spectators a taste of what FPV is all about. I certain recommend the pro edition over the standard edition due to having the 5.8GHz frequency and channel as well as the goggle battery status displayed in the goggle.