LS-800D (In-Depth Review)
The LS-800D is an entry-level FPV headset which features dual diversity antennas and a video recorder. Priced at just $69, this is one headset that offers plenty of value if you consider the kind of features it has. Those who are familiar with FPV gear will be able to tell that the LS-800D is near identical copy of the Eachine EV800D which costs significantly more.
Based on official product photos, the only differences I can see between the two is the micro USB charging port on the LS-800D (the EV800D uses an earphone jack) and the shape of the antenna covers. The LS-800D also has a slightly higher resolution at 854 x 480 pixels (versus the 800 x 480 pixels on the EV800D). Apart from these minor differences, both products look almost identical.
- Video recorder with micro SD card slot
- Hard case included
- Can function as stand-alone FPV monitor
- Frequency: 5.8G / 40 channels
- Screen: 5 inch
- Resolution: 854 x 480
- Brightness: 450cd / square meter
- Contrast: Adjustable
- Sensitivity: -90dBm
- Antenna: 14dBi cloverleaf and 14dBi panel in diversity setup
- Video format: NSTC / PAL
- Power supply: 3.7V 2000mAh LiPo ( built-in )
- Working voltage: 3.7v
- Charging time: 270 mins (4 1/2 hours)
- Using time: approx 120 mins
Unlike other affordable single-screen FPV headsets that are often big and bulky, the LS-800D has a rather compact design. Its body is covered entirely by a rubber coating and when worn, doesn’t feel bulky or heavy at all. It actually feels almost as light and comfortable as the MJX G3 headset that I reviewed not too long ago. The rubber coating gives the LS-800D a premium look and feel and ensures that you have a good grip when holding it.
All three head straps are adjustable and they work reasonably well although they do feel a bit cheap. The face pads are somewhat thin but they do get the job done. Overall, comfort level on the LS-800D is not bad and is what you’d typically get for FPV headsets that cost less than $100. One thing I do appreciate is the light weight of the whole unit. Some FPV headsets can feel quite bulky and are somewhat uncomfortable to wear over long periods of time.
The LS-800D can also be easily converted into a stand-alone FPV monitor by sliding off the half that holds the fresnel screen, leaving only the monitor which can be mounted on common camera tripods (the body has a tripod mounting hole at the bottom). This is a neat feature to have if you want to let a group of friends view the FPV feed or if you simply don’t feel like wearing the LS-800D as a headset.
Reception and Display Performance
One key feature of the LS-800D that would attract any FPV enthusiast is its dual diversity antennas. The unit comes with a 14dBi cloverleaf antenna as well as a 14dBi panel antenna which give both directional and omnidirectional signal reception. Compared to single antenna headsets that I currently own, the diversity antennas on the LS-800D do give a significant gain in signal reception and quality.
Unfortunately, I am unable to post a sample video recorded using the LS-800D because after just a week of using it, it failed. For reasons unknown, the headset now refuses to power up properly and freezes at the “welcome” screen each time I power it up. I’m not exactly sure what caused this problem because the sample unit has never been dropped or exposed to moisture so my guess is that the main board is faulty for some reason. I have tried resetting it and even disconnected the battery after dismantling it but the problem still persists.
The sample video shown above doesn’t exactly show the best reception that the LS-800D is capable of because one of the antennas wasn’t installed properly (it was a bit loose) which caused regular signal breaks. Since my sample unit now refuses to power up, I am unable to record any more FPV videos using it and am waiting for a replacement. Due to this failure, I am also unable to perform range tests with it although it worked fine when receiving signal from a distance of about 100m (with 200mW VTx on the drone).
Besides functioning as an FPV headset, the LS-800D can also function as a movie player thanks to the micro SD card slot.
The LS-800D offers diversity antennas and can also function as a small stand-alone FPV monitor. It’s also comfortable to wear, compact, light, features a video recorder (DVR) and nice rubber coating for its main body. Best of all, it costs just $69. It also looks like a direct copy of the more expensive Eachine EV800D with some very subtle differences. Since I have never used the EV800D, I can’t really speak on the differences between these two headsets.
If you’re looking for an affordable FPV headset with diversity antennas and DVR that costs less than $100, the LS-800D is an excellent choice to consider. It even comes with its own hard case. The LS-800D is now available at GearBest for just $69 shipped.
LS - 800D
- Affordable version of the Eachine EV800D
- Diversity antennas and video recorder
- Compact and light
- Reasonably comfortable
- Can be converted to stand-alone monitor
- Straps and face padding feel cheap and not durable
- Some units may have quality control issues