Eachine VR007 FPV Goggles Review

Review by Nicholas Turner, Staff Contributor

Equipment Used:

- LHI FX797T "cricket" camera

- Hubsan X4 FPV H107D

- Stock antenna

- Stock battery

Pros:

- Inexpensive on sale at Banggood

- All-in-one unit

- 40 channel compatibility

- Smart battery level indicator

- Configurable settings

- Can wear eye glasses under them

- Compatible with many different brands of VTXes

- USB charger for battery

- Push button activated power level indicator LEDs on battery

 

Cons:

- Sits high, have to look up by default

- Manual not clear on many things/provides wrong information

- Low resolution

- Configurable settings are limited

- Works better without my glasses

- Battery mount allows for battery to fall through strap

- No indication of frequency locked onto

Summary:

This is my first pair of FPV Goggles. Being I wear prescription lens for distance, I searched long and hard to find my first pair of FPV goggles that would not break the bank. Fortunately Banggood had a 50% off sale that put the price of the Eachine VR007 FPV Goggles at $49.99 USD shipped. So I used some left over birthday monies and splurged. Shipping from China took close to 24 days, a small price to pay for saving some money.

 

Unboxing:

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 two bags. One small ESD type bag that contained lens cleaning cloth, battery, USB battery charging cable, and antenna. The larger bag was a basic clear bag with the goggles. The straps are attached to the goggles and sat nestled in the curve of the face opening near the magnifier.

 

First Trials:

The first time I put the VR007 Goggles on I felt the straps were too small for my head and I had to look up. Even with the battery disconnected it felt the weight of the goggles were high on my head and I would have to roll my eyes up to look at the screen. I was surprised in the weight of the goggles didn't bother me, then again they aren't that heavy. Now it was time to put the 5.8GHz rubber ducky antenna on and check the video stream.

 

For my first trial I turned on my Hubsan X4 FPV H107D quadcopter, verified video feed on that transmitter. I powered up the VR007 Goggles. Since there is not a power button on the goggles, once the battery is connected, the goggles turn on. When the VRX doesn't lock into the signal static is seen, I had this static. I pressed the auto scan button. For me it took a few pushes to scan and lock in. But when it did, I saw the image from the Hubsan unit displayed. As I moved the Hubsan quadcopter around, I saw no distortion or problems with the video in the goggles. Being low resolution I'm not going to critique that part of the goggles. I will need to play around with the tint, contrast, and brightness settings to get things comfortable.

 

Next test was with my LHI FX797T camera. I had to use the auto scan feature of the googles to find the video signal. Again, I felt I had to press the button a few times or hold it down for a few seconds for the scan to work. This time the video signal was there, but without color. Also I observed a circular/fish eye effect and these black circular jagged lines across the video. I knew the FX797T was working correctly as my FPV monitor worked flawlessly. As I was double checking the googles, I started hearing a rattle. The rubber ducky antenna was loose and so was the thumbscrew holding the VRX unit. I tightened all these screws down, rattling went away. Checked the video signal and it was on par with what I saw from the Hubsan unit. I found during these trials if I wear my glasses under the googles, I have to put my nose in the goggles and touching the magnifier, otherwise my head hurts afterwards from having to strain my eyes by looking up.

 

FPV Outing #1:

My first real use of the googles came with some surface r/c truck driving. Once again, I used the LHI FX797T camera, strapped to the front of my Keliwow Desert Eagle-3 (with larger tires to prevent rollovers damaging the camera’s antenna). Again, I found keeping my glasses on bothered me and hurt my head within a minute or less of being under the goggles. So off went the prescription glasses. With my glasses off I was able to find a position for the goggles on my head where my nose wouldn't fog up the lens and I wouldn't stress my eyes. I did two drives around my yard at 7 minutes a piece. I spent about 5 of them under the goggles before handing the goggles to my son to look. I found driving around the yard worked well. Being the resolution is not that high, I asked my son a few times did I just drive by a stick or was that you I saw. These sessions were with the default brightness (50), tint (50), contrast (50), and aspect ratio (16:9). The goggles worked as expected in both sessions. I need to play with these settings to get better colors in the goggles.

 

Conclusion:

The Eachine VR007 FPV goggles are a basic, entry level set. This is the reason why I purchased them. Wearing prescription glasses, I could not afford to fork over hundreds of dollars for a pair that may not work with my eyes and/or prescription lens. In the world of HD being standard for most things and 4K resolutions becoming readily available, the resolution of these goggles fail. BUT, if you follow the FPV technology you'll also know that the first mini HD FPV system was released mid-2016 and it's huge and expensive. The Eachine VR007 goggles are what I will definitely call entry level. The auto scan feature works, but needs improvement. In my opinion showing the frequency you're locked onto is a HUGE benefit and help, the VR007's don't do this. The auto scanning works, but feels like I do it wrong with simple pushes, not sure if it needs to be a long push or short push. The manual is unclear of this. Also, the manual and website indicates the unit comes with two 800mAh lipos, instead mine came with one 1600mAh lipo. So the documentation is lacking or is outdated. I assume when the three blue LEDs on the battery are fully lit it indicates a full charge, there is no indication in the manual on this. The battery has a small push button you press and hold to see the power level of the lip. If you have big fingers, the three LEDs can be covered during this options. The LEDs are only lit when the button is pushed down. It's nice having this available, but is a bit awkward on this battery. The battery compartment in the strap does not have a floor, so I foresee the straps getting worn out and the battery eventually falling through. I'd like to see some flooring or just some hook and loop tape being used to hold the battery in place. I may just mod that myself.

 

In my opinion, if someone is interested in trying FPV and not being serious about FPV racing, these will work for you. I'm glad I didn't pay full price ($100 USD) for them as I think that's a bit much for the cons I've pointed out. At the same point of time, they aren't designed/made to compete with the high end stuff like the Fatsharks. These truly are entry level goggles. I'm entry level on the FPV and these will serve my purpose, for easy cruising/flying and getting the hang of FPV. On sale they are cheap enough to buy to have an extra pair for giving ride-a-longs with. In the turmoil caused by a few inconsiderate flyers, the best thing we can do when approached while flying/driving FPV is to offer the person a ride, let them experience it themselves. The Eachine VR007 goggles will do this nicely.

 

Do I recommend these goggles? Honestly, I don't have any other goggle experience to compare these to. Of course I'm keeping mine and using them as stated above. My advice to you would be to really research your FPV goggle needs and what's available on the market. For entry level goggles, these fill the need. With the 50% off sale on Banggood you'd be hard pressed to find a lower price for a set of entry level goggles.

 

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