The DJI Mavic is one of the most popular quadcopters at the moment, and it’s very clear why – it’s extremely portable so you can take it anywhere with you, it has some very cool smart features and shoots great photos and videos.
However, the Mavic Pro still lacks one thing, and that is FPV connectivity. Sure, you can connect your phone to the remote controller and use the screen as “your eyes” in the sky, but you can’t really immerse yourself in the flight like you can with some other FPV quadcopters.
Every now and then I get the question “How can I fly my Mavic Pro with FPV goggles?“, and honestly – that’s a great question. Flying FPV is awesome – if you’ve never done it, you need to try it – sliding a pair of FPV goggles on, launching the drone and flying it is a completely different experience. It’s a lot more immersive and tricks your mind into thinking you’re actually in the drone, flying. It’s almost like you’re Superman flying above the ground 🙂
Unfortunately, flying FPV on the Mavic Pro is not as easy as on some other drones such as the Phantom 3 Pro or the Phantom 4. With those two, you’re able to modify your controller in a way that you can add direct HDMI output, so the video you output could drive an external monitor so if you’re flying with friends they can all watch on this external monitor, or you can of course connect your FPV goggles to it.
With the Mavic Pro though, it’s a bit more difficult, but still perfectly doable. So here are a couple of ways you can fly FPV with the Mavic:
Solution #1: Use the DJI Goggles (Best official way)
DJI has officially released their FPV Goggles which could be used both for the Mavic Pro, the Phantom 4 series and even the smaller DJI Spark.
Just like Apple, DJI has started to develop their own ecosystem with products that will be easy to connect to each other, and the Goggles are no exception. The FPV goggles can easily connect to the Mavic Pro and will not require any additional cables or connections, which basically makes this one of the easiest and best overall way to connect the drone to FPV goggles. A pair of goggles costs $449/549€ and can be found on the official DJI’s website.
You can learn more about the DJI FPV Goggles in their official video below:
Solution #2: Using the Nvidia Shield K1 Tablet
(Very reliable, but requires more cables)
The second solution to fly your Mavic with FPV goggles is by getting the Nvidia Shield K1 Tablet.
Yes, it requires some extra cash but in my opinion is the easiest and most straightforward process out of the bunch.
Now, obviously the first step is to acquire the Shield K1 tablet. This is crucial as this tablet has HDMI-out connectivity, which you’ll need in order to connect your FPV goggles.
The next step is quite straightforward: connect your DJI Mavic Controller by cable to the Nvidia Shield K1, and make sure your connection is established successfully.
Then, use the HDMI-out connection on the tablet to connect your tablet to your FPV glasses.
And that’s it basically. You’ll see the video mirrored on your FPV goggles and you’ll be good to go.
Here’s the whole process on video:
Solution #3: Using the Litchi App (Cheapest)
I’d say that the easiest and cheapest way to fly FPV with the Mavic is to download the Litchi app (it’s available both for Android and iOS).
Then, you should simply put the app into VR mode and put your smartphone into supported VR goggles. There’s one advantage using the Litchi app – you can control the gimbal and rotation with your head movement.
Here’s a demonstration of how the Litchi app works for FPV:
However, in the March 2017 update of the Litchi app, there’s the following statement which you should be aware of:
“Due to a bug in the DJI firmware, Focus, Track and VR with Immersive/Joystick Head Tracking modes are no longer usable with the following drone models and firmware versions: Mavic Pro (v01.03.0500), Inspire 2 (v01.0.0240) and Phantom 4 Pro (v01.03.0418). If you are using one of these firmware versions and wish to continue using the affected flight modes, either downgrade to a previous firmware version using the DJI Assistant 2 PC/Mac app or wait for DJI to release a new firmware that will fix this bug.”
Solution #4: Using Google Chromecast (Not optimal)
In order to make this work, you’ll need a smartphone, an HDMI to HDMI adapter, a Battery Powerpack and some patience 🙂 Here’s how you should connect the devices:
Once you have the Chromecast setup on the wifi/hotspot you would simply setup the Mavic Pro as you normally do, then connect the Battery Powerpack >Chromecast>HDMI adapter> Goggles. When everything is ready to go mirror the screen to the Chromecast
However, this solution is not ideal, as other users report that the connection is laggy and there’s a lot of latency in the FPV signal.
Still, it’s a great way to test out the waters by only investing in the Litchi app (currently priced at $23)
Over to you
So those are the best ways to fly a DJI Mavic Pro with FPV goggles. Which one do you prefer?
Do you know another way? Let me know in the comments below.