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In May I was contacted by Srdjan and Ivan Orqa FPV. They invited me to the ORQA.FPV Launch Party in Osijek, Croatia. They promised a Weekend full of FPV flying, party, and fun. I immediately told them:
Let’s jump forward a few weeks. It’s now Saturday, June 15. at 4:30 am and we are heading to the Airport for our flight to Budapest.
Arrived there, all the invited pilotsjoined for a 3h bus ride to Croatia.
As soon as we arrived, the Activities were starting. First on our List was a near nature park.
In the Bus to the Park, the guys from Orq handed out the long awaited ORQA FPV.ONE goggles. Everybody was very excited about it! Some guys already started flying Whoops in the Bus to test it right away.
At the Nature Park, first went on a boat ride through an amazing area full of wildlife *cough* Whoops 😉
In the evening of that first day, we were invited to join the launch party at the Orca FPV headquarters. At 7.50 pm, their Kickstarter went live and boooom, the orders came in after just a few seconds!. (See the video below of Ivan in this moment). He was very happy and absolutely excited! What a start, well done, guys!
After just 5 minutes, they’ve already reached their Kickstarter goal of US$33k. 20 minutes after the launch they reached an overwhelming 100k! Current status is 289k of start-capital! The vibe was phenomenal and we spend a really nice time together! Thank you for having me!
Day two was focusing on flying the new goggles on an awesome bando location, a little outside [location]. I was able to test the goggles in a perfect real-world freestyle environment. The first thing I noticed after flying for a moment was that they got really hot due to their black color. [name] said there will be a white version, which should counter this issue.
After this real-life experience with the goggles, we went back to the office, where we could hang out and chat before heading back to the airport of Budapest.
On the 3rd day, I’ve spend some time in Budapest without touching any FPV stuff. Having a relaxed time with part of my family and enjoying the city was really nice. You’ll find a bunch of images pictures further down.
— DISCLAIMER —
The units we were testing had 3d printed housings wich do not represent the quality of the final shell.
The design and overall shape of the Orqa FPV.One is pretty unique with its triangle style pattern. The case is a bit bigger and also feels heavier compared to the Fatsharks.
On the bottom you can find two separated wheels for IPD adjustment. The innermost position feels narrower compared to my HDOs. My IPD is quite small and can be a bit of a problem on the Fatsharks but for the FPV.One it’s totally fine.
The Right Side
On the right side of the goggles you’ll find two 3.5mm Jacks which are used for headphone/mic and headtracker output. Yes, you’ve read that right, headtracker output and not in! The Orqas have a built in gyro which could be used as headtracker. More about the usage of this in the paragraph „Software“. The right side is also the main video module bay area, more on that later.
The Left Side
The left side of the goggle houses the power connector which is the same as the one on the Fatsharks. There’s also a port for AV-in (3.5mm jack) and HDMI-in (micro hdmi). The goggle’s fan connector is wired internally, no need for an external port.
Topside, you’ll find two 5-way joysticks and 4 separated buttons to navigate through the menu, OSD etc (similar like the ones on the Fatsharks). [The buttons are in a rubber-like finish, which gives the goggle’s a nice high-quality feel].
The two biggest buttons are the power button and the one to turn on the fan. When I was handed the goggles, I couldn’t get them to turn on. Dominik from Orqa then explained to me, that by default it’s configured in a DJI style power action.
Means you have to push, let go and then push and hold the power button to turn them on. In my opinion this should not be the default state. I am used to always unplug the battery if the goggle is in my backpack. I like that there is an option in the software to change that behavior from „press to power on“ to „always on“.
The prototypes we were using, had cheap
This is the part which I convinced me that this goggle is the way to go for high-level pilots. I was experiencing clarity which I never saw before. Clearer than HDOs, HTC Vives and Dominator V2s. I’m wearing glasses so clarity is usually a problem with FPV goggles for me. With the Orqas I had a crystal clear image to the very last pixel. This is truly amazing.
You can slightly see the round edge of the lense when you are wearing it. Because the “ring” of the optics are outside the video FOV it doesn’t bother me at all.
When i was using the goggle it felt like the borders of the Image are slightly warped to the inside (opposite of fisheye). I don’t know if this is because of the little inaccuracy of the 3D printed shells or because i didn’t use lens correction to compensate for my eyes. I will have to investigate further when i get a final version to test.
The displays in the FPV.ONE are from sony and have a size of 0.54″ and resoluton of 1280×960. The aspect ration of the image is switchable. The image gets cropped and not warped. You can select the fov to be whatever fits you best.
The clarity of the image is really damn high, but i dont know if is because of the good optics or the screens.
The default video module of the FPV.One is the Immersion RC Rapidfire wich we all know and love. The module bays are high power, so no mod is needed to run newer modules like rapidfire.
2. Module Bay
The second module bay is planned to be used with expansion modules and is equipped with 5V, SPI and I2C connections.
Orqa is planning to release a wifi module wich is used to do software updates, adjust settings or download footage via mobile app.
Sadly the DVR feature wasn’t available to test on our prototype due to missing software features. Within the following few
Head Tilt Alarm
They integrated a feature which utilizes the built-in gyro to detect when you tilt your head down (antenna isn’t properly oriented anymore) and reminds you to put your head back up. Like everything else you can disable this feature if you don’t like it.
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SHould i buy one?
I think you should, if they continue to do what they do know it for sure will be an amazing products wich is very future proof.