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The DJI Avata is one of the best FPV drones for anyone wanting to get into FPV but lacking the time or skill to build one.
Like any other FPV drone, you must wear goggles to view the drone’s footage in first-person view. But what if you wear glasses?
You can fly the DJI Avata with glasses. You can use the goggles over your glasses if they have small frames or fly without glasses and adjust the diopter to fit your eyesight. Other options include wearing contacts, getting custom-made lenses, or viewing the footage through your smartphone.
Please keep reading to learn the various options for viewing the DJI Avata’s live footage when wearing glasses.
How to fly the DJI Avata with glasses #
Recently, I failed an eye test and was prescribed glasses to help with short-sightedness. It’s the lowest power lens, and I can live without glasses, but I have to wear them so it doesn’t get worse.
Since I plan to one day venture into FPV, I was worried if that would be an issue, especially if my eyesight got worse and I would have to depend on the glasses fully.
Many people I know also wear glasses, some with even more complex prescriptions.
Luckily, if you wear glasses and own the DJI Avata or plan to own one, there are ways not to miss out on the fun of flying an FPV drone. Below are some of the best options.
Dial in the focus #
One of the ways you can fly the Avata if you wear glasses is to adjust the diopter to focus based on the nature of your sight.
The DJI Goggles 2 allows you to adjust each lens individually, ranging from -8.0 D to +2.0 D.
As such, you can adjust the lenses until they mimic your glasses so you will not have to wear the glasses when using the goggles.
Besides, the live footage will be close to your eyes, so you don’t need to make many adjustments, especially if you’re short-sighted.
Wear the goggles over the glasses #
For some people, wearing goggles over their glasses is possible. You can also wear the goggles and adjust the diopter. This can work for both the DJI Goggles 2 and the Goggles V2.
However, it may seem uncomfortable for some and not always practical. Try getting smaller frames for the glasses if yours are too large, or try adjusting the straps until they fit perfectly.
If not, check out the other options.
Get custom-made lenses #
Another option is to get custom-made lenses to fit in the goggles.
Fitting them in is pretty straightforward, and they will provide directions on which lens goes where and how to fit it in.
Wear contacts #
If none of the options mentioned above work for you, you can try and get contacts to replace your glasses so you can easily wear the goggles.
This is often a last resort since most other methods mentioned always work.
Use a monitor #
If you’ve tried everything and still can’t get the view you want, it would be best to use a monitor. In this case, you must view the footage transmitted to your smartphone.
It’s not fun and is nowhere near the immersive experience of an FPV drone, but sometimes it may be the only way to see the footage clearly.
Can you fly the DJI Avata without goggles? #
No, you can’t. The DJI Avata is designed to transmit the footage directly to the goggles.
You can connect a smartphone to the goggles to see the footage on the smartphone’s screen, but the goggles will need to be connected to the drone at all times.
What goggles are compatible with the DJI Avata? #
The DJI Avata is only designed to work with DJI’s Goggles 2 and V2.
If other options would be better for people with glasses, they most likely will not be compatible with Avata.
Can you use DJI Virtual flight without goggles? #
Yes. The DJI Virtual Flight, a simulator designed for the DJI FPV and Avata, now has a smartphone version where you can practice flying the drone before you get it.
Once you receive the drone, you can connect your goggles and controller to the simulator.
This simulator would be an excellent way to test if you can comfortably fly the Avata with glasses.
You can borrow the goggles and controller from a friend to better understand how you will adjust the goggles before you get your drone.