Best Budget FPV Video Goggles - Quanum Cyclops V2

You don't need to spend $500 on a set of video goggles to fly FPV. In fact you can have a nice set of goggles for well under $100...

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You don't need to spend $500 on a set of video goggles to fly FPV. In fact you can have a nice set of goggles for well under $100. Last year when HobbyKing released the Quanum Cyclops goggles for only $58, it was an incredible value, but the goggles lacked a few features to keep that price down. Less than a year later, HobbyKing released an upgraded version called the Quanum Cyclops V2.

The Cyclops V2 FPV goggles come with a few really important features that the first iteration was missing. The receiver has been upgraded and you can now manually tune into a channel as well as use the autoscan function. It's a 40 channel receiver that covers all the 5.8Ghz frequencies. Probably the most requested feature was AV in so you could connect an external receiver and the V2's have it as well as an Out which gives you the ability to connect a DVR and record your flights. You can also connect the Quanum Head Tracker unit to the goggles to get pan/tilt head tracking.

The headstrap has been improved and they gave it a floating battery mount that puts the battery weight behind your head to offset the weight of the goggles. There is a new foam faceplate with a sweatband that improves the fit and comfort. They also updated the shell design to allow use with glasses which I know a lot of people will be happy to hear. The screen is a still a 5" 800x480 display with non-blue screen and the battery system is compatible with the standard power jack, XT60 connectors or even a 9V style plug that works with 7.4 to 12.6V batteries.

You might think with all these upgraded and added features, that the price would have to be drastically higher, but amazingly HobbyKing lists them for same price as the originals at $58.10. The Cyclops V2 goggles gets our vote for the best budget FPV goggles you can buy. What do you think?

Check out the Quanum Cyclops V2 FPV Video Goggles at HobbyKing.

Features:

  • Plug & Play FPV video goggles
  • AV in & RF Out
  • Manual or Auto Selectable frequency
  • 5" TFT Monitor with new 3X magnification lens
  • 800 X 480 non-blue screen monitor
  • Focal length adjustment
  • Design allows use with glasses
  • Extra comfortable sponge rubber cushioning strips for facial comfort
  • Adjustable elastic 3 position head strap
  • Durable lightweight plastic molded shell
  • On Screen Menu with adjustable contrast and brightness controls
  • 3 Types of battery connections
  • 1-button Automatic channel scanning
  • 40 channels covering A, B, E, F and Race band
  • 7.4 to 12.6v input range

Specs:

  • Operating Voltage: 7.4 -12.6v
  • Receiver: -90 dBm ISM 5.8GHz 40ch
  • Antenna connections: SMA
  • Operating Current: 600mA
  • Dimensions: 187(L) x 179(W) x 107(H)mm
  • Weight: 390grams without batteries

Included:

  • 1 x Quanum Cyclops V2 FPV Goggle Headset with monitor and receiver
  • 1 x XT60 power cable
  • 1 x 9V6F22 power cable
  • 1 x Dipole antenna
  • 1 x Spare Fresnel lens

Frequency Range:

  • FR1: 5865M 5845M 5825M 5805M 5785M 5765M 5745M 5725M
  • FR2: 5733M 5752M 5771M 5790M 5809M 5828M 5847M 5866M
  • FR3: 5705M 5685M 5665M 5645M 5885M 5905M 5925M 5945M
  • FR4: 5740M 5760M 5780M 5800M 5820M 5840M 5860M 5880M
  • FR5: 5658M 5695M 5732M 5769M 5806M 5843M 5880M 5917M

Required

  • 2-3S Lipo Battery

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Mar 07, 2017, 09:08 PM
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The Flyin Beardo's Avatar
i wish they would hurry up and add diversity and dvr to there headset, cause then they would own the market when it comes to goggles under $100....those two things are the only thing missing from them that keeps me from buying a pair
Mar 08, 2017, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by The Flyin Beardo
i wish they would hurry up and add diversity and dvr to there headset, cause then they would own the market when it comes to goggles under $100....those two things are the only thing missing from them that keeps me from buying a pair
And a small speaker for audio!
Mar 09, 2017, 12:57 AM
Registered User
When will a budget set of googles be released that 'has it all'?
DVR, diverstiy, audio etc
Mar 09, 2017, 08:38 AM
Registered User
The specs for the goggles say "Antenna connections: SMA". Could anyone confirm that its a male SMA on the goggles and a female SMA on the antenna? All the antennas in the "suggested accessories" have female SMA fittings on them, but I just want to be sure before I place any orders! 

Edit: yes it is a male fitting on the goggles.
Last edited by benz11; Mar 14, 2017 at 02:14 AM.
Mar 09, 2017, 10:11 AM
Registered User
Has anyone compared these to FatShark goggles such as the Transformers or the HD3?

Also, what's the focusing distance on the Cyclops V2s? I've heard that they're easier on the eyes than other eye boxes, but it's not clear why.

Thanks
Mar 09, 2017, 11:48 AM
fly by night
BCSaltchucker's Avatar
diversity is trivial. buy good antennas - vastly more important. as is DVR
Mar 09, 2017, 03:57 PM
Bay Area Prop Buster
Bluhammer's Avatar
When I try to order, HK Hong Kong shipping defaults to $39.00 to California. Isn't there a cheaper way?
Mar 09, 2017, 03:58 PM
USA: LakeGeorge, New York
Image quality compared to the FS Genesis, and FS Transformer?
Big difference??
Mar 10, 2017, 09:00 AM
my RC. Your info
DutchRC's Avatar
Not a very active topic this? :|

anyhow! I have this Cyclops V2 AND a Genesis.. The Genesis still is my goggle of choice.. The screen is just better..

But.. here is my take on the new Cyclops V2

DutchRC - Quanum Cyclops V2 - Best entry level FPV Goggle? Full Review (17 min 53 sec)
Mar 10, 2017, 09:23 AM
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I ordered a set tonight, along with a Quanum Elite micro FPV cam as a way to try out FPV. $105 AUD for the goggles, being shipped via DHL. (7-10 days from China to Australia, apparently...) I could've had the V1s for $60 AUD delivered, but I think the ability to add a DVR is worth the extra $40. I also spent all day trying to find out what antenna will give me the best performance; I think for now I will buy the blue "Aomway 5.8GHz 4-Leaf Clover" from Hobbyking and see how that goes.
Last edited by benz11; Mar 13, 2017 at 12:13 AM.
Mar 10, 2017, 09:30 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by benz11
I ordered a set tonight, along with a Quanum Elite micro FPV cam as a way to try out FPV. $105 AUD, being shipped via DHL. (7-10 days from China to Australia, apparently...) I could've had the V1s for $60 AUD delivered, but I think the ability to add a DVR is worth the extra $40. I also spent all day trying to find out what antenna will give me the best performance; I think for now I will buy the blue "Aomway 5.8GHz 4-Leaf Clover" from Hobbyking and see how that goes.
Oh boy, your life is about to change! Welcome to the world of FPV
Mar 10, 2017, 04:59 PM
Registered User
Thanks Jason! I've been wanting to try FPV for years, and I love that the Quanum gear allows you to try it out without spending a fortune...
Mar 13, 2017, 12:04 AM
Registered User
Wow, I ordered these Friday night, they were delivered this morning (Monday). DHL for the win! Now I just need my camera to be delivered...
Last edited by benz11; Mar 13, 2017 at 12:14 AM.
Mar 14, 2017, 12:37 AM
Registered User
Ordered these today, pretty new when it comes to the dvr aspect, I've had the original cyclops for awhile now. Anyone recommend a decent one for these? And how would one install it? Is it just plug and play with this new version of cyclops?


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