Headplay HD FPV Goggle Latency Test

A few months ago, I tested latency differences between the Mobius, Sony Super HAD II 600TVL and Effio-V cameras. Today I received the Headplay HD FPV goggles I pre-ordered a few months ago.

I did a quick comparison test showing latency differences between the Headplay goggles and a Skyflight Black Pearl RC801 monitor. Here’s the video.

Test setup:
Sony Super HAD II 600TVL
MinimOSD running MWOSD 1.3
Immersion 5.8GHz 600mW video transmitter
Flysight Black Pearl RC801 diversity receiver & monitor
Headplay HD goggles
Custom microsecond clock iPhone app

This was shot with an iPhone 6 at 240fps. Youtube shows the video at 60fps. At 60fps, the Black Pearl shows approximately 2 frames of latency. The Headplay goggles show 3-4 frames of latency. I don’t have an isolated measure of the latency in the Headplay goggles, but they have 16-33ms more latency than the Black Pearl monitor. In real numbers, the latency of the entire FPV system with the Black Pearl monitor is about 33 milliseconds. With the Headplay, the entire system has roughly a 50-67ms latency.

So, it’s this too much for FPV? Probably not. Some very skilled FPV pilots use an Effio-V with setups that generate a combined latency of roughly 100ms. It is worth noting however when you’re picking parts for your FPV system. If you use a higher latency camera like the Mobius or Effio-V, then the extra latency might be noticable. With a fast FPV camera like the 600TVL, you should still have a system that’s fast enough for almost all pilots.

The picture and field of view on the Headplay goggles are very good. I have an upgraded setup of Hobby King goggles with an 800×480 pixel screen. I wasn’t expecting the Headplay goggles to be much better than those, but the difference is striking. Eye focus is much easier too. I’m looking forward to flying them soon.

5 thoughts on “Headplay HD FPV Goggle Latency Test

  • June 3, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I know you don’t have an isolated latency number, but what was your total latency number with your setup with the headplays, the numbers in the Headplay are to hard to see and I’m used to thinking in ms not frames. Thanks in advance! Great vid and post btw!

    • June 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, I should have included the total numbers. I just added them above.

  • October 7, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    What is your opinion after some flights with the ZMR250 ?
    Did you use to flight before with fatshark attitude v2/ dominator v2/v3 ? cinemizer ?

    • October 8, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      After several months of use, I really like the Headplay HDs. The only goggle’s I flew with before them were the original Hobby King Quantum (V1) goggles. The picture on those were pretty horrible – I much preferred flying with my FlySight RC801 monitor. After a couple flights with the Quanums, I ordered a replacement 800×480 LCD. That was better, but still not great. The Headplays are much better than those – in comfort, usability, and picture quality. I’ve since tried a set of Skyzone goggles, Teleporters (V2 I think), and Dominator V2s. I prefer the Headplays to all of them and so far all of the owners of the those other sets of goggles have said they really love the Headplays.

      Dominators are quite nice though. The one thing I’d really like to do is spend some time in close proximity flying with the Dominators and compare them to the Headplays. I’ve read that the latency on the Dominators is less than the Headplays, so that may be a reason to pick them. However, they’re quite a bit more money. I haven’t flown enough with them to really tell the difference in latency yet.

      • November 10, 2015 at 12:10 am

        Thanks for your answer 🙂


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