Walkera Goggle 4 in-depth review with pros and cons
Welcome the Walkera Goggle 4 this is my first FPV goggles review. On the primary impression, this Walkera Goggle 4 appearance far better so I’m hoping that should perform also far better, especially which isn't the least expensive FPV goggles that you can buy.
Walkera announced their FPV Goggle 4 series in two models, an ultimate one and also a basic one. I believe the most important features of the Walkera Goggle 4 Premium on the Basic model include the HDMI input along with the DVR function. HDMI connection is a must have if you wish to fly via FPV goggles consumer quadcopters such as the DJI Phantom 3 and 4. Regrettably, the standard version is the one I received for review.
Over the time, Walkera shifted from aerial quadcopters to racing quadcopters. They launch new racer models almost every 6 months, from small ones just like the Rodeo 150 to big ones just like the Furious 320. Lately, to be able to offer complete FPV bundles, they started the production of FPV goggles.
As many times Talked about FPV glasses are made to provide the ultimate FPV experience, in my view, they're suitable just for experienced pilots. Honestly, it truly is more difficult to control the quad through FPV goggles compared to the conventional way (at least in my experience).
Walkera Goggle 4 FPV goggles review
I purchased the walkera goggles 4 from Banggood and the package was sent out quickly and delivered in 14 days. This is the first time that I have no complaints regarding DHL’s shipping services.
The FPV glasses comes in an elegant cardboard box which induces the feeling that we are dealing with a quality product. Inside the box, I found beside the Walkera Goggles 4 and its battery: AC/DC adapter, micro USB cable, two 5.8G antennas and user manual.
In order to disperse the weight, the battery pack is located on the head strap in the neck area instead of being integrated into the goggles. The connection between the headplay and the power source is realised by a short USB cable.
Both design and build quality are excellent. Good work Walkera! The straps are adjustable so it’s easily adapted for any head size. In order to allow good heat dissipation, on both sides, there are vent holes. Anyway, in my opinion, they should add also fan cooling to prevent fogging.
In the front part, there is a black spot that firstly I thought to be a camera. Unfortunately, it’s only part of the design without any real function.
On the top part of the goggles are located two SMA connectors. The centre one is dedicated to the LHCP antenna and the left one for the rubber ducky antenna.
An AV Input RCA plug is provided on the bottom of the FPV goggles to allow you to connect another video source (like camera, TV or media player). Switching between external video and internal 5.8G receiver can be done using the big black button located on the top of the goggles. I’m planning to use this feature by attaching a small camera (like the RunCam OWL Plus) to the Walkera Goggle 4 in order to have a dual point of view (drone and pilot).
In order to allow easy and convenient settings, instead of tonnes of buttons, the goggles feature a stylish joystick. By pulling the little stick backwards can be activated the configuration menu. By pressing the stick as a button can be changed the current reception band (A, B, E, Race and IRC/FS). Toggle between the channels can be done using the CH-Up and CH-Down buttons.
Although the Walkera Goggle 4 basic doesn’t have a built-in DVR, you can add an external one through the AV Output. You can find the plug located near micro USB power socket (right side behind a flap).
Walkera Goggle 4 highlights
- Ergonomic design for comfortable usage;
- AV input/output for external DVR;
- Brightness, contrast and hue adjustment;
- Automatic video format detection (PAL / NTSC);
- Automatic and manual channel search;
- 5? LCD display (3 x 800 x 480 pixels);
- Built-in 40CH 5.8 FPV receiver;
- Double antenna technology for stable image reception;
- 7.4v 1200 mAh Li-Po battery;
- About 2 hours of operation time.
Walkera Goggle 4 review – Usage
While these FPV goggles were designed to work alongside Walkera racing quadcopters I think they are compatible with mainly almost every other 5.8G systems. I tested it with my TBS Discovery and it worked flawlessly even with my custom racer.
Wearing this Walkera Goggles 4 is comfier than the other FPV glasses which I own. Really the only problematic spot is around the nose where the frame is a bit obscure.
Walkera Although I just read on another review made by a fellow that there is enough room to use it with prescription glasses I haven’t managed to do so. In my opinion, it is very hard to design an FPV goggles that fit in eye glasses.
In the introduction of my review, I said that the control stick is a great idea. After few usage, I changed my personal opinion and I would prefer a multi-button solution.
Thanks to the dual-antenna design the playback quality signal were very stable. I managed to fly about 300 meters far for me till the video signal started to be jerky (using 600 mW TX). Although the LCD screen is not HD, the image quality is more than acceptable.
The advertised operation time offered by the 7.4v 2000mAh is about 2 hours which in my opinion it is enough for FPV flights but in case you want, even more, you can attach any external USB power bank