Last update on November 14th, 2023 at 07:41 am
After the FPV Goggles V2 and the Goggles 2, DJI has released a new FPV headset: the DJI Goggles Integra. With its appearance very similar to the Goggles 2, the comparison between the two models is obvious. But then, what is this new helmet worth? What are the differences with the DJI Goggles 2? Which one should you choose? All the answers in this article!
DJI Goggles Integra: features and comparison with DJI Goggles 2
Let’s start with the numbers. The table below lists the main technical features of the new DJI Goggles Integra headset, compared with those of the DJI Goggles 2 :
|DJI Goggles Integra||DJI Goggles 2|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||170 x 104 x 75 mm (folded antennas) |
205 x 104 x 104 mm (unfolded antennas)
|167.4 x 103.9 x 81.3 mm (folded antennas) |
196.7 x 103.9 x 104.6 mm (unfolded antennas)
|Screen size||0.49 inch||0.49 inch|
|Screen definition||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Field of view||44°||51°|
|Refresh rate||Up to 100 Hz||Up to 100 Hz|
|Interpupillary distance range||56 to 72 mm||56 to 72 mm|
|Diopter adjustment range||–||-8.0 D to +2.0 D|
|Storage||microSD card (up to 512 GB)||microSD card (up to 256 GB)|
|Batteries||2450 mAh (integrated)||1800 mAh (external)|
|Autonomy||About 2 hours||About 2 hours|
|Price||659 €||849 €|
DJI Goggles Integra vs DJI Googles 2: what are the differences?
At first glance, the DJI Goggles Integra look very similar to the DJI Goggles 2, released with the DJI Avata. The comparison between the two models is therefore natural. If their technical characteristics are also very similar (same screen size and resolution, same transmission), the new Integra are however 190€ cheaper than their predecessors. What justifies this price difference? We will see how they differ from each other.
A new headband with integrated battery
If you place the DJI Goggles Integra and Goggles 2 side by side, the two models look very similar, especially if you look at the front of the helmets. But looking at the back, we quickly notice the first big novelty: a new headband directly integrating the battery, while the Goggles 2 are powered by an external battery connected by a cable.
The advantages of this new system: no more annoying wires , integrated into the headband, and, incidentally, no more risk of forgetting your battery.
The disadvantage: no more possibility to replace the battery, you will have to recharge the helmet directly. The advantage of the Goggles 2 is that you can have several spare batteries ready at all times. We can eventually connect a power bank to recharge the battery of the Goggles Integra during the flight, but then back, we lose the advantage of the integrated cable. However, this is still a possibility in case of need.
Other new features with this headband: a new tightening system via a knob that you simply turn to tighten or loosen the headband. This system replaces the Velcro system of the Goggles 2, and is really more practical in use. Finally, an additional removable strap can be added above the head for better support.
Our opinion: this new headband is a very good idea. The battery box has a larger surface area than a traditional headband, with rigid padding and a curve that fits the back of the head. The result is better support, better balance thanks to a better distribution of weight between the front and the back, and therefore better comfort. The use of the extra strap is actually quite optional.
Design: other new features
The microSD memory card slot has been moved and is now located inside between the two lenses, in place of the proximity sensor present on the Goggles 2. The latter allows the screen to be turned off automatically when the head is removed from the helmet in order to save battery life, so it is a function that is no longer present on the Integra. On the other hand, these can accommodate microSD cards up to 512GB, compared to 256GB on the Goggles 2.
The power button has been moved to the lower right side of the glasses, next to the USB-C charging port. Easily accessible with the thumb, it is also used to associate the glasses with the drone. It doesn’t change much, but it’s a little more convenient to use.
The antennas of the DJI Goggles Integra are slightly longer than those of the DJI Goggles 2, and they are equipped with small rubberized pads that protect the helmet’s fuselage when folded. Note that, unlike the Goggles 2, they are no longer removable, so it is impossible to replace them with third party antennas.
Finally, some elements have been simply removed: this is the case of the LED lights on the sides of the Goggles 2, which allow to know on which channel you are transmitting. Even if it can be useful when flying with several pilots to know at a glance the channel used by the other pilots, this function is not ultra essential either. The mini jack output has also been removed, so it is no longer possible to connect headphones.
The touchpad of the Goggles 2 is replaced by physical buttons: a mini joystick to move through the menus and validate, as well as a “Back” button to go back, as on the first DJI Goggles V2 released with the DJI FPV drone.
From our point of view, the touchpad offered a nice experience, but the two physical buttons proved to be more precise and efficient in use.
As for the software interface, it does not change: we find the same clear and concise menus already present on the Goggles 2.
On paper, the new DJI Goggles Integra are heavier than the Goggles 2, weighing 410 grams, compared to 290 grams for their predecessors.
However, this difference is logical since this weight takes into account the battery that is integrated into the headband. Thus, if we compare the two headsets with an identical configuration and consider the total weight of the Goggles 2 with the external battery and its cable, the two models have about the same weight on the scale. The Integra Goggles are even a little lighter.
An (almost) identical screen
Both headsets have identical screens in terms of size (0.49 inches), resolution (1920 x 1080) and refresh rate (up to 100 Hz). There is no difference between the two models: the image quality is the same, always sharp, bright and detailed.
However, it should be noted that the screen of the Goggles Integra has a field of view of 44°, slightly less than that of the Goggles 2 (51°). It looks worse on paper, but we found that it offers a better visibility of the entire screen: the information on the sides is sharper than on the previous model.
Settings for the view
The DJI Goggles Integra always offer the possibility to adjust the interpupillary distance. The wheels present on the Goggles 2, which also allow to adjust the diopter, are replaced by small sliders, but the principle is the same. In addition, the adjustment range is always the same, from 56 to 72 mm.
What does change is the diopter setting. This one is not directly integrated into the glasses as on the Goggles 2. However, DJI provides a separate corrective lens pack that provides the same correction (from -8.0 D to +2.0 D). You will simply have to mount them manually, which is just a little less convenient.
Let’s start with what hasn’t changed: like the Goggles 2, the Goggles Integra are equipped with the headtracking function, which allows you to direct the drone’s camera with your head movements.
In terms of changes, the Integra Goggles now have a built-in GPS. This is used to broadcast the mandatory US ID number without having to log in to a smartphone, saving time. However, this feature will be most useful for American users, as the ID number is not in effect in Europe.
Finally, the DJI Goggles Integra have been stripped of the DLNA functionality that allows you to send a video stream from a smartphone to the glasses. The Goggles 2 being equipped with it, they can be used as a VR headset to watch movies or series. However, it will still be possible to play videos on the Goggles Integra from the memory card, but without the sound, since the headphone jack is no longer present on this new version.
Although the battery capacity of the Goggles Integra is higher than that of the Goggles 2 (2450 mAh against 1800 mAh), the autonomy announced by DJI for its new headset is identical to the previous model, that is to say approximately 2 hours of use.
DJI Goggles Integra: what compatibilities?
The DJI Goggles Integra are used in combination with a radio control from the DJI range for piloting its drones. They are compatible with the following remote controls :
- Radio control 2 DJI FPV
- DJI Motion Controller
- DJI RC Motion 2
Logically, they are compatible with the latest FPV drone of the firm, namely the DJI Avata, as well as with the modules designed by DJI for DIY FPV drones, namely DJI O3 Air Unit and DJI Digital FPV System. And unlike the DJI Goggles 2, the Goggles Integra are also compatible with DJI FPV, the first FPV drone to be released by the manufacturer.
Finally, we should also note that since the release of version 1.10 of the DJI Fly application, the Integra Goggles are also compatible with the DJI Mini 3 Pro drone as well as the various models of the Mavic 3.
Here is thecomplete list of drones and air units compatible with the Integra:
- DJI Avata
- DJI FPV
- DJI Mini 3 Pro
- DJI Mavic 3
- DJI Mavic 3 Cine
- DJI Mavic 3 Classic
- DJI Mavic 3 Pro
- DJI Mavic 3 Pro Cine
- DJI O3 Air Unit
- DJI Digital FPV System
DJI Goggles Integra: at what price?
The DJI Goggles Integra headset is available on the official DJI store for 659€ only.
It is also available as a bundle with the DJI RC Motion 2 joystick radio control in the DJI Goggles Integra Motion Bundle for $759.
Finally, if you want to get a DJI Avata drone, the DJI Avata Explorer Bundle pack including the Goggles Integra and the DJI RC Motion 2 radio control is available for 1269€.
Conclusion DJI Goggles Integra: should you buy it?
As we have seen, the DJI Goggles Integra are, in a way, an “economic version” of the DJI Goggles 2, to which some functions have been removed, such as the integrated adjustment of the diopter or the touchpad.
Paradoxically, some of these changes are rather to the advantage of the latest FPV helmet from DJI. Together with its main new feature, the headband with integrated battery, they make it a more comfortable and convenient FPV helmet to use.
DJI Goggles Integra vs DJI Goggles 2: which headset to choose?
As far as we are concerned, our heart is clearly set on the DJI Goggles Integra. Sure, they have a few less features, but these will not be of much use to most users. If what matters to you is the FPV experience, i.e. having a reliable helmet with a quality image, the Goggles Integra has nothing to envy the Goggles 2. Some of the new features and modifications made by DJI are actually quite beneficial. And with a cheaper price of 190€, they are for us a better value than the Goggles 2.
On the other hand, if the features that the DJI Goggles 2 have in addition are really useful for your use, for example the integrated diopter adjustment because you often lend your glasses, the removable antennas because you want to be able to replace them with more powerful third-party antennas, or the DLNA protocol because you want to be able to use your glasses as a VR headset to watch videos, then the DJI Goggles 2, more complete, will surely suit you better.
➡️ To learn more about other DJI FPV headsets, check out our DJI Goggles 2 vs FPV Goggles V2 comparison: