Initial user reviews are in, and feedback on the new HDO goggles has been outstanding.
candy76man on RC groups summarizes the experience well:
It’s really a much better image in terms of contrast and color. If you care at all about those things you won’t want to use a lcd based goggle again, my Dom v2’s just look very washed out and hazy compared to the hdo’s and it’s not the kind of difference that requires a\b comparison to notice, it jumps out at you…., the first time I flew with them I was blown away, and had not had my Dom v2’s on in over a week.
Jordan Tempkin (aka JET), the winner of the 2016 and 2017 Drone Racing League Championship, shared his feedback on Instagram:
So! The new new, Fatshark HDO goggles. I’ve had these sexy beasts for a bit over a month and a half now. And boy, if there ever was a fatshark that was worth the upgrade to, it’s these. I’ve been rocking HD2s for years now, and have experience with HD3s in DRL. But I never felt like the upgrade from HD2>HD3 was worth it. But the upgrade to these even from an HD3 is most definitely worth it. Sure people might complain about the smaller screen, but really it’s a tiiiiny bit smaller than the HD3, I didn’t even notice at first. What’s great about these goggles are these new OLED screens, they have such good contrast, as well as color contrast, allowing you to see in much better detail. Trees are no longer just big green blobs, you can see gradient in color. What’s a real kicker is the contrast, for example, in the snow with my old goggles snow would just blow out and all be a sheet of white, but now I can see the fine detail and the grooves and bumps, allowing me to get closer to the ground and be more confident in my flying. Also, they’ve upgraded the regulator in he goggles, so LaForge and the True-D won’t be frying goggles, and maybe the clearview won’t need that ribbon cable anymore (fingers crossed) #fatshark #hdo #teambigwhoop #tinywhoop #drone #quadcopter #fpvracing #gopro #droneracing #multirotor #drl #thedroneracingleague #thunderpower #tbs #tmotor #spektrumrc #teamspektrumfpv #azurepower #hobbywing #rotorx #steez #TitanGP
Shaun Taylor aka Nytfury got to try out the goggles in Colorado earlier this week:
Flight line feedback on the new HDO FPV goggles from NYTFURY pic.twitter.com/szcS9ZbtUu
— Fat Shark (@FatsharkRC) May 4, 2018
JD Mora with EMAX also got to take a look:
Joshua Bardwell, one of the most trusted sources in FPV, also took a a look at the goggles. His intial review expressed excitement around the display technology though concerns around the Field of View and other features.
Those concerns were largely addressed in later videos, including one in which several pilots tested the goggles on the fly.
Bardwell also added the HDO to his ultimate FPV shopping list, saying:
It’s surprising to me that my review was taken by some as really negative. It seems like if you don’t say the new product is the best thing ever, you must hate it. But I went back and re-watched the video and I think a lot of people are overlooking the positive things about this goggle.
The smaller FOV means that the edge-to-edge clarity is great, even if your eye placement is not perfectly centered.
The image is more contrasty and saturated, with darker blacks.
The upgraded power supply means no more fried goggles when running 3rd party modules–an issue that has bothered many for a long time.
DEFINITELY there are things that I wish were different about these goggles. Things that Fatshark users have been begging for for a long time. And I tried to express that disappointment in the review. But I also said, “These are really good goggles,” and I meant it.
For those looking for another perspective on the image quality versus the field of view debate, Ethix has an excellent and thoughtful look at the HDO technology in context to other LCD goggles from yore:
Flite Test, meanwhile, put together another review. Keep an eye out for the testimonials in the first and last 20 seconds of the video
Both Oscar Liang and WarraGP also put together comparison videos to show past generation goggles compared to the HDO.
More reviews of the technology are still flooding in, but for anyone curious about the main product features and the image quality, this post should provide a good indication of what to expect. For further discussion, there’s a thriving discussion over at RC Groups. Fat Shark’s Official Community hub on Facebook has also been home to a thriving discussion on the HDOs. Feel free to join us there.