17 Nov 2016

DJI CrystalSky: astonishingly ultra-bright 2000 nit monitoring

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While the new Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro were causing lots of initial excitement after their announcements, DJI has got another ace up its sleeve that fell somewhat below the radar: monitoring.

Filming with drones always throws up monitoring issues. Even with a sunshade, it can be incredibly difficult to view the tablet or phone devices that are used to display camera framing and telemetry information, even on a fairly dull day.

DJI has therefore decided to expand its capabilities to monitor production. The new CrystalSky monitor range offers an ultra-bright solution to the problem of using tablets. The touchscreen displays are available in both 5.5" and 7.85" models and natively run the DJI Go drone control app.

What makes these monitors stand out is the brightness they are capable of. The 5.5" model can display up to 1000 nit at 1920 x 1080, while the 7.85" model can display a staggering 2000 nit at 2048 x 1536 resolution. This puts them beyond even the new Atomos offerings. In addition, they have reduced the display latency down to 180ms vs the 220ms of a mobile device.

Dual SD card slots mean that the monitors can also record H.264 and H.265 footage live from the aircraft at up to 1080 resolution – useful for backups in case of aircraft loss. But they can also playback 4K footage for location review of shots. An HDMI port allows output to other devices as well, such as FPV goggles.

As if this wasn’t enough, 4G dongles can be attached, which are forthcoming from DJI itself, as well as allowing connectivity to external storage via USB-A. Micro USB and USB-C ports are also featured. A replaceable rear mounted battery gives a claimed 5hr run time on the 7.85" model and up to 6hrs on the 5.5" version.

Price and release date are both TBC.

Simon Wyndham

Simon Wyndham is Deputy Editor of RedShark News, a professional cameraman and video producer of 20 odd years. With a background in indy feature making, he has been writing camera reviews and tech articles for as long as he can remember. When he isn't producing bread and butter corporate videos he can be found hucking the gnar on rivers whitewater kayaking and adventure sports filming.

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