For the past few months DJI has been teasing us with their all new DJI CrystalSky Monitor. The monitor was first debuted at DJI’s November release event, where they showcased the all new DJI Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro & Pro+.
The drone community has been in dire need of a high quality, lightweight, portable video monitor for drone flying. The DJI CrystalSky Monitor may finally be what we’ve all been waiting for. DJI has designed the CrystalSky for outdoor aerial imaging. One of the biggest issues that drone pilots face just about everyday is not being able to see their video feed on their phone or tablet on a bright, sunny day. The CrystalSky Monitor features an ultra-bright screen that is clearly visible in bright sunlight.
What do we know about the CrystalSky Monitor so far?
- It’s extremely bright – DJI has given us a small taste of just how bright in their integrated display on the all new Phantom 4 Pro+. The CrystalSky is more than four times brighter than typical devices currently being used for drone flying. Spec’d at 2000 cd/m we should have no problem seeing the CrystalSky on those clear blue sky flying days.
- Minimal latency – This is extremely important for monitors that are playing back real-time video. DJI has integrated an optimized video encoder that provides the smoothest possible playback in real-time with an extremely minimal latency of 180ms. Typical mobile devices have at least a 220ms video decoding latency.
- Long operating times – The 7.85” CrystalSky will feature up to 4-5 hours of operation while the 5.5” will feature 5-6 hours. These estimated operation times far exceed the battery life of comparable mobile devices that are currently used in the drone industry.
- There will be 3 different models – The DJI CrystalSky Monitor will ship in three different configurations; a 5.5 inch 1000-nit version, 7.85 inch 1000-nit version (high brightness), and a 7.85 inch 2000-nit version (ultra brightness).
- Dual SD Card Slots – Two SD Card Slots will allow for the recording of footage directly onto the SD card in the monitor or playing back footage recorded on a Micro SD Card. Files from the Micro SD Cards can also be played back through the HDMI port output on the monitor.
- HDMI Port & Network Compatibility – The CrystalSky’s HDMI Port will allow for up to 4K video to be output to FPV video goggles or other HDMI viewing devices. Built-in Wi-Fi functionality will enable the CrystalSky to connect to Wi-Fi networks.
Which DJI drones will be compatible with the CrystalSky?
The DJI CrystalSky Monitor can be easily connected to the Inspire 2, Inspire 1 series, Phantom 4 series, Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced, Matrice series and Mavic using the remote controller USB port, as well as the Phantom 3 4K and Phantom 3 Standard over Wi-Fi.
When will the DJI CrystalSky be released?
While we wish we could provide you with an exact date, the answer is very soon! We expect to see the DJI CrystalSky available within Q1 of 2017. Please see below regarding information on how to order the DJI CrystalSky Monitor.
What is the price?
Along with the release date of the CrystalSky, DJI has not yet disclosed any pricing. The CrystalSky is in a very late prototype stage as of late January and the final details are still being worked out. If we had to guess, the 5.5” will start around $500 with the brighter 7.85” topping things out around $1,000. These are simply guesstimates based on current options in the market and our knowledge of the industry. These prices are solely guesstimates and are not guaranteed.
How can I order the DJI CrystalSky Monitor?
Advexure will not begin accepting pre-orders until pricing on the three models is released by DJI along with an exact release date. Due to overwhelming demand, we are collecting a list of those who have been asked to be notified when the CrystalSky is made available to order. Please see below.
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