Cables for the Dominators
One of the things that was unclear was goggled flight with the Inspire 1. I ordered the fancy new Fatshark Dominator HD goggles (which are not actually HD..) so I could hopefully use them instead of staring at the screen on my iPhone 6. When my Inspire 1 arrived, I was excited to see how the ground station would work but alas I needed a cable.. and a strange cable that is not actually made or at least hard to find. You need to get an HMDI to HDMI Micro cable and a HDMI to HDMI mini converter because the goggles have an HDMI Micro input and the DJI Inspire remote has a HDMI Mini output plug. I drove all over Maui looking for this stuff and it was not available anywhere, so I ordered it from trusty Amazon (I love Amazon). I have attached links to these cords if you want to order them.
I have also heard that Fatshark is going to be making this cable but I have not come across it yet for purchase. I will try and update this post when it becomes widely available. If you have any questions or comments, please be sure to leave them below!
Using the Dominator HD with the Inspire 1
When I first plugged the cables into the Dominators, I could tell that the goggles were getting a signal but it was all messy. I knew I was close but I had to consult the user manual to figure out that you had to press the contrast / brightness down to change input modes from AV-2D to HDMI 2D. Once I did that, it came up crystal clear and unlike any video I have seen through goggles.
I did a quick test flight around my house to test things out and it worked. I was actually not that impressed and I am going to need to do more testing to see if I would actually recommend using these $500+ goggles instead of just watching your iPhone or iPad Mini. The OSD from the ground station is clean, but totally different from the mini iOSD I am used too from the Phantom. It was hard for me to tell where the home point was and the horizon indicator did not seem to work that well. After doing all my testing so far using just an iPhone, I think that is a really good option for most people.
Where I WAS impressed was when I tested out my Phantom 2 with these new goggles. These have to be the goggles for any other kind of FPV flight. I am looking forward to using these in other areas of my aerial work and play.