FPV meets corporation – DJI FPV Goggles V2 vs V1 and availability

Why can't I buy DJI goggles anymore

All of you who tried to buy FPV goggles in the last three months might have noticed that it was not a trivial endeavor. Starting from the last December, the DJI Goggles and Air Units and Caddx Vistas availability was limited. To some extent, it was due to increased demand just before Christmas and so some, because V1 goggles production ended a few months ago and what we were getting on the market were units produced probably in the Q2-Q3 of 2020.

DJI FPV goggles

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Things that I hate about the DJI Digital FPV

At first glance, the DJI Digital FPV system is the best thing that happened to the FPV, drones, and airplanes since the LiPo batteries. And yes, DJI FPV is an amazing technology that lets you see so much more and works almost out of the box. It is, however, not perfect and this is my personal list of the most irritating issues it has:

  • Limited OSD
  • DVR without OSD
  • Telemetry and SRT files
  • Overheating Air Unit
  • DJI has the practical monopoly for the digital FPV

Li-Ion vs. Li-Po for drones and airplanes?

Lithium-Polymer (LiPo) batteries dominate the RC hobby. In like 98% of the cases, if you have a drone or RC airplane, or RC car, it is powered by a LiPo battery. The reasons are simple: they are high current capable, fast to charge, and have relatively high energy density.

LiPo is, however, not the only battery technology that we can use. Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) technology has an even bigger energy density but comes with a price.

INAV and DJI HD FPV system – there is a light at the end of the tunnel

When DJI did not decide to add INAV and Ardupilot to the list of the supported flight controller for the HD FPV system, some people were, at least, disappointed. Long story short: DJI OSD works only with Betaflight. Period.

DJI HD FPV system

Until today, DJI avoids the answer to the question if INAV and Ardupilot will be supported. I know there are some talks and there is a chance for native support for INAV and Ardupilot, but the timeline is not revealed.

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DJI FPV System & INAV – current situation

DJI FPV System

When DJI released updated firmware for their DJI FPV system with improved OSD, Betaflight users started cheering. The move to add OSD with elements like GPS position, the artificial horizon, etc is kind of puzzling. It works only with Betaflight flight controllers and a typical user of Betaflight does not really need it. After all, Betaflight concentrates on racing and freestyle on 5-inch mini-quads, not long-range.

On the other hand, users INAV, that concentrate on airplanes and long-range flights, can not use new DJI FPV OSD. Pilots immediately started to ask INAV developers to implement DJI FPV support. The problem is, that it's not working like that.

  • Support for Betaflight is built-in into DJI Air Unit, not another way around.
  • DJI FPV seems to be actively checking if the flight controller it talks to is Betaflight or not
    INAV and Betaflight support the same serial protocol: MSP. This means DJI FPV is capable of talking to INAV, it just refuses to do so
  • INAV and Betaflight use the same OSD positioning protocol using the same MSP frames. Still, DJI FPV refuses to talk to INAV
  • We have no idea what DJI Air Unit expects from a flight controller since it is the closed source!

All of that means that INAV developers can not fix something that is not within the code of INAV. For INAV support, DJI has to implement it. Not the other way around.

Matek 1G3 VTX and VRX – Long Range 1.2GHz FPV video link that fits your goggles!

There a few things that I can be sure of in life. One of them is that every time I receive a DHL package from Matek, there is something very interesting inside!

Matek 1G3 VTX and VRX 1.2GHz FPV video link

This time, for example, is a pre-production sample of a new FPV transmitter and receiver. This time it’s not 5.8GHz but 1.2GHz. Long Range FPV, here I come!

Matek 1G3 VTX and VRX 1.2GHz FPV video link

Probably the best feature of Matek 1G3 receiver is that it is Fat Shark receiver module compatible! You can just plug it into your FPV goggles or a ground station receiver like Furious FPV Dock-King!

It comes with Matek made 1.2GHz PCB antennas as well!

Matek 1G3 1.2GHz FPV receiver

Matek VTX-1G3 and Matek VRX-1G3 are available on Banggood.

Realacc UXII circular polarized 5.8GHz FPV antenna – Lumenier AXII chinesium clone

Cloners gonna clone and chinesium keeps being chinesium! It did not take long for Banggood / Realacc to clone Lumenier AXII FPV antennas and call them Realacc UXII circular polarized FPV antenna. Coincidence? I do not think so.

Realacc UXII circular polarized 5.8GHz FPV antenna

I've ordered few of those in December, they arrived last week and this is what came in package

Realacc UXII circular polarized 5.8GHz FPV antenna

Realacc UXII circular polarized 5.8GHz FPV antenna

Unfortunately, in this case, the build quality was typical chinesium. As soon as I opened one of them, antenna disintegrated… oh bugger…

Realacc UXII circular polarized 5.8GHz FPV antenna

I only hope the other (the one I did not open) works like expected. I did not test them in real life conditions since the weather is rather bad over here. This weekend maybe… In a meantime, here is a video of what is happening inside Realacc UXII 5.8GHz antenna.

DemonRC NOX5 racing quadcopter is done

It took my time with this build, that is sure… Somehow there were always more important things to build. Anyhow, DemonRC NOX5 FPV racing quadcopter is finally up and running. DemonRC NOX5 quadcopter

What is inside? Nothing special:

  • Frame: DemonRC NOX5
  • Flight controller: Airbot Omnibus F4 v4 running Betaflight 3.1.7
  • ESC: DYS XSD30A BLHeli_S
  • Motors: EMAX RS2205S 2300KV
  • Camera: RunCam Swift2 2.1mm lens
  • Video transmitter: TBS Unify Pro v2
  • RX: FrSky X4R-SB
  • Propellers: DAL T5045C Cyclone

DemonRC NOX5 quadcopter

DemonRC NOX5 quadcopter

As a bonus, 3D printed TPU GoPro Session mount. But the bottom line is, it flies!