The Skyzone SKY03O is a new premium FPV goggle with built in diversity from Skyzone, a revision of their 3rd generation of goggles. Perhaps their biggest point of difference is the large OLED screens which are being recognised as the best currently available. In this review I'll look at what's included, the specs, a brief setup and what they are actually like to use. Then I will finish with a summary and recommendations.
After recently looking at the Fatshark Attitude V5 OLED (review here) these are pretty light on useful gear. Most of us will never use the data or AV cables but we will always some sort of antennae and batteries. Well, the antenna are rubbish and the only sign of a battery here is a basic XT60 to 5.5mm barrel converter. Compare this to the Fatshark Attitude v5 which have a nice 18650 battery case (although it needs modding), a good RHCP patch antenna and a good RHCP omni antenna.
As with my review of the Fatshark goggles I won't dwell too long on specs and they don't really tell the story, just those items which makes these unique to others:
- Support head tracking; Pan : 180°/120°/90°; Tilt: 120°/90°/60° More for FPV fixed wing than drone
- Adjustable 57.5 to 69.5mm wide ran-ge IPD. Nice wide IPD adjustment
- RSSI Signal Intensity Indicator. In OSD - this is useful but not game-changing
- Diversity 5.8Ghz receiving modules,total 48CH and 6 bands. Fairly standard from a spec standpoint
- Support RF Normal, RF Racing, HDMI IN, AV IN and PLAYBACK modes. Nothing exciting here
- Built-in fan for defogging and dissipate the heat. Again, fairly standard
- With a display window for the LED light. The LED MODE can be set in the system menu. Cool if not a bit garish
- Support 2S~6S battery, more convenient in the field. Useful but same as everyone other than Fatshark
- 1024*768 OLED display with 35° FOV 😍 Wow same size as the top of the range Fatshark HDO with more resolution
So yeah, nothing really exciting on paper for either included accessories or the specs. I have included some pictures below to show you additional features and I/O connectors:
Setting up the goggles
In this section I will talk about what is needed here to get up and running so feel free to jump ahead if you're just here for the review.
First you'll notice that these goggles come with two differently sized face plates. These can be easily changed by snapping in and out of the headset. I recommend you try both when mounted to the goggle so you can decide which first your face the best (I used the narrow one). Next, remove your chosen face plate from the goggles and install the 3m adhesive velcro-stuff (again there are small and large options here). I found that mine needed trimming to fit correctly so just take your time with a sharp craft knife. Next you can stick the foam face baffle to the 3M layer you just fitted previously. Then you can put the goggle back together and try it on. Hopefully the fit is comfortable and there is minimal light leakage but if not, try the same thing with the other face plate.
The rest of the setup involves plugging in the batteries and setting up the goggles via menu system. This is all covered in detail in the manual below but have also included some screen grabs of the menus
Pictures taken of the actual menu screens. Obviously looks better to the eye than my dodgy photos can show
I've broken this down into sections to make it easier to cover - comfort and fit, reception, screen which is the followed by my summary and recommendations
Comfort and Fit
The fit is great for me with the narrower of the two face plates and the fake-leather coated foam baffle feels good against my face - better than the flimsy open celled foam of the Aomway Commanders. And the head strap? Simply the best I've used. Although it is only 25mm wide where it is attached to the goggle, it then balloons out to 38mm making it spread the tension very evenly and securely across the back of you head. This is the same as the "aspirationally priced" Ethix or Hotdog straps.
Signal reception/receiver performance
The Skyzone SKY03O does not have a removable receiver module which means the one that you get is the one that you are stuck with. You'll be pleased to hear then that the diversity receiver is excellent. Range is comparable with the best regular diversity receivers out there and switch between antennas is fast (much faster than on Aomway commanders). Other cool features include
Overall a very competent receiver with nice extra features. The only situation I could see you wanting more is in a multipath environment where the ImmersionRS rapidfire and similar modules tend to shine.
Screens - the bit you've been waiting for
Wow, just wow. I've refrained from watching other reviews but the headlines have suggested they have the best screens available on an FPV goggle. I can't claim to have used HDOs so cannot make that comparison but have used the OLED screens on the Fatshark Attitude V5s extensively which till now is the best I've used. I can categorically say these are better in every way - bigger, brighter, clearer and so much more detail than I'm used to. Not only that but the colours look rich and beautiful. It makes FPVing with them a more enjoyable viewing experience rather than just using them as an obstacle avoidance guide. It's funny, till now I always thought analogue was limited by the system they were running on (PAL/NTSC) and that this was the bottleneck. The screens on these goggles have now shown me this is not the case. I know we are now living in the days of viable HD options (DJI HD FPV) It's nice to know analogue still has some fight left in it.
Summary and recommendations
As you can see from my testing these are very comfortable goggles with a great built in receiver and good menu system and most importantly, outstanding screens. Since your goggles are arguably the greatest sensory connection you have with you drone, these fantastic goggles make a big difference in enjoyment of the FPV experience. Not only that but I can also say that the extra clarity, contrast and resolution makes for a greater ability to see and hopefully avoid obstacles.
Like many other goggles on the market though the included accessories are disappointing; you will immediately need to invest in better antennas and a battery. See further below for my recommendations there.
Should you buy these? If your budgets allows I would say yes. Being around $400, they sit in between the new "budget" range of binocular goggles at around $240-$300 and the premium goggles at $500+. If you cannot afford more than the budget range I'd recommend the Fatshark Attitude V5 which are still great goggles as I reviewed here. For what it's worth the SKY03O have now replaced the fatsharks as my regular goggles...
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I'd recommend the following antennas with the scenarios below:
Dipole on your quad (typical for micros)
Omnidirectional antenna on your quad
The SKY03O does not include a battery, not even a a case. The good news is they can accept 2-6s battery power and a basic XT60 - barrel adaptor is included. Just use one of your quad LiPos and get on with it. If you do want a dedicated pack though the GNB 2s 3000mah pack especially made for goggles (with level indicator) looks like a nice solution and fits nicely in the strap.