Walkera released the Google 3 back in November. However, these were massively overpriced and not many people bought them. In this way it was time for Walkera to produce a new affordable product that most consumers can actually afford. They have done just that and have created the Walkera Goggle 4. You can buy them here for $169. However, don’t go and buy them before you read the rest of this article.
So lets take a look at the “entry level” goggles. (They have also announced a higher tier version but these are not for pre-order yet.)
There are loads of things that I don’t like about these new goggles. Firstly they have an AV input/output which seems silly since there is no HDMI input integrated into the goggles. This is annoying since popular consumer drones such as the DJI Phantom only let you connect FPV goggles through HDMI. I think that Walkera are missing a trick by not integrating HDMI in their standard model. Basically if you buy these goggles you’ll be very limited in what you can/cannot fly.
Secondly, they are advertising these goggles as HD. This is down right wrong. Walkera are using false information to make you buy their product. They say that they are using “HD” screens with 800 x 600 resolution. Well guess what? 800 x 600 is not HD. In fact, 800 x 600 is 480p which is really low quality video. Walkera are deceiving people into buying their product and therefore principally you shouldn’t buy these goggles.
There is also no sign of an anti-fogging fan which is really useful on warm humid days when flying. This is just a basic requirement that they are missing.
However, its not all bad when it comes to these goggles. Firstly the price is much more friendly – $169 and the 2s 1200 mAh battery allows for plenty of flying time (up to 2 hours on a single charge.) There are smaller features that I like too such as the large buttons which makes it easy to adjust the brightness/contrast and focus of the 5″ HD screen.
Overall, I am not too impressed with these goggles due to their lack of HDMI integration. I would not recommend buying them since $169 dollars is a long term investment on something that doesn’t come with basic requirements like HDMI and anti-fogging fans. I understand that not having these features is not the end of the world – and for many they are not even that necessary. However, the thing that riles me is that they are blatantly deceiving their potential customers by pretending that they are HD goggles when in reality they are not. Also, if you wanted to upgrade to something like a Phantom 4, then you would have to spend even more money on getting a new set of goggles. Why not buy right the first time and get something with a HDMI integrated? A pair of FatSharks will surpass these goggles any day.