TEST: AOMWAY Commander V1 FPV goggles (WVGA, diversity, builtin DVR, 3D, HDMI in)

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INTRODUCTION

The AOMWAY Commander V1 is a new FPV goggles, a direct competitor of the Skyzone Sky02S V+ with almost the same set of features: 40CH Diversity, builtin DVR, WVGA screens, HDMI input, 3D capacity. Only is missing the frontal camera for the AOMWAY but in the other hand, the price is more attractive. Let’s see if the first goggles from AOMWAY can really challenge the Skyzone product.

BOX CONTENT

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+ 1 x AOMWAY Commander V1
+ 1 x DCin power cable
+ 1 x 5.8G linear antenna
+ 1 x 5.8G half-planner linear antenna
+ 1 x AVcable
+ 1 x Transportation bag
+ 1 x Instruction manual (Chinese/English)

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OVERVIEW

The general quality of the aomway goggles is good, made with a high quality mate plastic. Like the skyzone, SMA connectors are installed latteraly. The goggles seems lighter than the Skyzone model.

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Goggles

-FRONT VIEW

A large AOMWAY logo printed front

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-REAR VIEW

A facial sponge is already installed even if a spare one is provided in the bundle.

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Compatible with lens insert (from -2 down to -6)

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-UPPER VIEW

From left to right, we have a 3.5mm jack earphone port, a microSD port, a RF button to select Vfreq, Vband and lunch the autoscan, a left joystick controling brightness, contrast, input sources and turn on/off RF capacity, a right joystick controlling the DVR recording and menu navigation and a headtracker button.

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Beaware for the microSD card, a class 10 minimum is required to enjoy full bitrate and 25fps.

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The left small button if briefly pressed cycles between the 8 Vfreq associated with the current band. If pressed more than 3 seconds, you can cycle between the 5 bands. Finally if pressed more than 5 seconds, you lunch the autoscan procedure. The left joystick control the brightness (up/down) and the contrast(left/right). When pressed centraly, you can turn on/off the 5.8G RF module. It’s important to turn off the RF module before to access to the DVR menu.

The builtin Diversity receiver supports 5 bands and in total of 40CH.

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-BOTTOM VIEW

The bottom side welcomes the headtrack plug, IPD ajustement sliders, fan, AVin/out plug and a miniHDMI port.

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The fan in theory removing potential fog on lens

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The HDMI mini plug and the 3.5mm jack quadripole for AVin our AVout connexions. By default, the AVout is active since the 5.8G module is turned on by default. As soon as you turn off the RF module, the 3.5mm port becomes an AVin.

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The headtracker main plug

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-WEIGHT
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The DC plug ending with a +5V voltage regulator from 2S/3S/4S LiPo source (via correspondingly balancer plugs)

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Standalone without antenna attached and the DC plug

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The total weight is just under 200g

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The transportation bag under 100g

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-SCREEN DISPLAY & OSD INFORMATION

In RF mode (2D & 3D), the current band and frequency is displayed on the top left and if the DVR mode have been turned on too, the “REC” word is also displayed on the top right.

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I regret the absence OSD RSSI information.

In comparaison with the skyzone, builtin screens offer comparable sharp display but I found the skyzone have deeper black and slightly better brightness.

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To record, you need first to press 3s centraly the right joystick then press shortly to turn on/off recording. Important thing, sometimes the DVR module don’t boot correctly and you will need to restart the system completly. Beaware, you can only record in RF-2D mode and strangely in HDMI3D (probably a remaining bug). No possibility to record when you are in RF-3D or HDMMI.

-DVR MENU

To enter into the menu, you have first to turn off the RF mode by pressing more than 3s the left central stick then press more than 3s the right central stick.

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Notice, it’s possible to guess the menu without turning off the RF channel by selecting an orthogonal channel to the current 5.8G source. The main interface of the Menu is main certainly extracted from the HMDVR/Eachine pro DVR module, but here only 3 options are available:i) playback recorded file, ii) format the microSD card or iii) select the recording mode. I regret the absence of all the settings of the original HMDVR module.

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In playback mode, you can play in forward or backward direction and fast forward/reward up to x8

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Whatever the RF source in NTSC or PAL format, files are recorded in VGA (640×480) at 25fps. It means first the video must downscaled from D1 NTSC (720×480@30fps) or D1 PAL (720×576@25fps) to VGA (640×480@25fps). Good news, no cropping was observed so all OSD informations from a full GPS machine will be correctly displayed. THe bit rate is 5.7kbs

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paradoxally the skyzone offers a larger bitrate of 8Kbs but I suspect that the skyzone for PAL sources have two stages of compression explaining bad results for PAL sources.

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UNBOXING, ANALYSIS AND TESTING

Both 3D rendering is working perfectly from the RF soruce or the HDMi port as soon as both channels are splitted left and right. It means the 3D camera from skyzone using two different Vfreq won’t work with the AOMWAY Commander.

A full comparaison of DVR recordings between the AOMWAY. AOMWAY recordings are less detailed but less corrupted by compression artefacts. Seems also the AOMWAY DVR don’t loose any frame among serveral minutes of recording. In term of RF sensitivity, both systems have similar performances.

EDIT 03/01/2017

A new 3D comptability testing of the aomway with the Neirdcam3D Mk.2 (in SBS mode)

Working fine also with this 3D cam model

CONCLUSIONS

The AOMWAY Commander V1 are in practice very close to the skyzone Sky02SV+ at least in term of features and performances: builtin screens, RF senstivity and DVR capacity. Well if builtin screens for the skyzone offer more deep dark, DVR recordings are better for the AOMWAY… The AOMWAY DVR lacks of advanced settings at least to record fpv flux in the native resolution… Probably one firmware will probably add this option. At least no important negative drawbacks for the AOMWAY and they are announced to be sold cheaper.

PROS

+ Superb builtin LCD screens
+ Builtin diversity
+ 40CH
+ HDMIin (scaling to 720p)
+ Can display 3D RF/HDMI sources
+ IPD ajustable
+ Headtracker
+ Builtin DVR w/o cropping
+ No frame lost in DVR recording

CONS

– Ergonomy/navigation not super easy
– No status led for DVR recording
– Both NTSC/PAL recorded in lower VGA resolution @ 25fps
– Restricted DVR settings
– Poor instruction manual

Optionnaly
– No RSSI OSD display
– No miniUSB port

This FPV goggleshave been courtesy provided by AOMWAY in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude.
You can find it actually for 362USD at http://www.banggood.com/Aomway-Commander-Goggles-V1-2D-3D-40CH-5_8G-FPV-Video-Headset-Support-HDMI-DVR-Headtracker-p-1107684.html

26 Comments

  • Andrew says:

    Bonjour SeByDocKy!

    Thank you for the excellent review of the Commander goggles.

    Is it possible to disable the channel and frequency OSD? It seems like unnecessary clutter since I normally know what channel/frequency I am flying on.

    Many thanks
    Andrew

  • SMolina Molina says:

    I have received FPV Aomway Commander v1 glasses recently and they do not work. The LCD does not turn on when the battery is connected.
    Is there an on / off button or should it light when the battery is connected?
    Is there a reset button?
    Thank you

    • SeByDocKy says:

      No power off button. Yes when you plug the DC connector/voltage regulator, a beep should be emitted and screen are turned on. Do you use a 2S LiPo ?

      • SMolina Molina says:

        I use a 4s battery connected to the balance port.
        In the use manual indicate power supply 7-18V 4s is posible.

        • SMolina Molina says:

          The first start up seemed to work properly. I think it stops working when the DVR key is pressed without having a microSD card installed. Could it have been blocked by pressing the DVR key without microsd installed?

          • SeByDocKy says:

            It should not… try to long press the right stick centrally. Important you need a class 10 microSD minimum too

        • SeByDocKy says:

          Yes 4S is possible for sure … if you can try also with a 2S. The DC must be push correctly but doing gentle to not break it

          • SMolina Molina says:

            Now I have useless aomway glasses. I am in contact with Banggood to find a solution. Is it possible that I press the right button of the DVR the firmware is lost?

          • SeByDocKy says:

            No it’s not possible ….. and did you try to select differnt video by clicking centrally the left stick ? Nothing displayed even on the top left with OSD information about the current mode ?

  • SANTIAGO MOLINA RECUENCO says:

    It does nothing when left stick or any buttons push, the lcd always off, no beep when power plug connect.

    I am very disappointed with these glasses and even more with banggood that does not respond to email for almost a week

    Thank you.

    • SANTIAGO MOLINA RECUENCO says:

      I bought these goggles thinking it was a good option, but ……….

    • SeByDocKy says:

      I will feel you have a problem in DC power connexion. If you have a Digital multimeter, can you check if the DC plug output correctly +5V when connected to a 2S LiPo ? (+ is inner , ground outter section of the DC plug)

      • SANTIAGO MOLINA RECUENCO says:

        I have the same voltage as the battery.
        Is the blue circuit a voltage regulator?
        I think it’s just a filter capacitor.
        Thank you.

        • SeByDocKy says:

          What ???? the same voltage ???? OMG …. probably the voltage regulator was faulty … and if you injected a 4S … battery…. I am afraid it cooked the goggles 🙁 ….

          • SMolina Molina says:

            Sorry once more.
            Can you please check and ensure that the voltage plug is + 5V DC?.
            I am in contact with bill_bai Aomway by email, bill_bai answer to that question:
            Blue is a connecting plate, is the battery voltage output.Should be the problem of goggles now.We need to check.You can’t repair.

          • SeByDocKy says:

            Yes you are right, on mine also it’s ouputting the input battery voltage. It’s just a filter. I believed it was a voltage regulator. It means the voltage regulator is Inside the goggles. I guess yours burnt……

  • Green says:

    Thanks for this comprehensive review, and follow-up for SBS 3D!

    No idea if you can do anything about this but someone’s stealing your work it seems… (feel free to edit the comment and remove the link)
    http://newdevice8..blogspot..com/2017/04/review-aomway-commander-v1-best-3d-fpv.html

  • Green says:

    Print 1000 stickers with your blog’s URL 😉

  • Lorenzo says:

    Nice review. I also own a pair of Commander since 1 month now. On mine I noticed that the right side of the right screen is not as sharp as the left.
    On normal use is barely noticeable, since you focus on the centre of the picture, but on close inspection is something that can be spotted.
    Anyone noticed the same? I suppose is some lenses tiny issue.
    For the rest I’m quite pleased with them but I do find the foam paddings should be of a higher quality. Around the nose arch they unglue quite easily. Hope to see some spares on sale soon.

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