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DJI’s CES 2017 Update: CrystalSky 2000 Nit Monitors And New Colors!




DJI Crystal Sky Monitor

DJI’s 2017 CES booth had a majority of previous releases, but their 2000 nit CrystalSky prototypes were a hit. They also showed their silver Osmo Mobile, and they had a Chinese New Year edition Phantom 4 model that did not disappoint.

CrystalSky Monitor 5” & 7”

DJI Crystal Sky Monitor


These highly visible monitors are about four times brighter than the average consumer tablet, and it has been optimized to include all the necessary outputs like HDMI to minimize bulk. The 7-inch monitor is rated to have five to six hours, whereas the 5-inch tablet is good for up to four to five hours. These monitors are geared towards professionals, but DJI has plans to implement these new screens for universal usage between the likes of a phantom 4 RC.  Availability, pricing and complete compatibility will be announced later this year by DJI. These complete packaged monitors will surely be something to consider in the near future.

These monitors are aesthetically pleasing, and they are equipped with some complementary features for most drones in the phantom series. The CrystalSky will come equipped with 4k video decoding, wifi, and 4g Dongle support, high precision GPS, capability to store offline maps, an operation range of  -4°F or -20°C to 104°F or 40°C, and its built-in battery is coupled with another replaceable external battery. The mount for this monitor is shaped like Superman’s symbol, and it lays securely on the RC. Again, these features are all still in the prototype stage, so many of these might change before the official release.

CrystalSky Monitor

DJI CrystalSky

CrystalSky Monitor Mount

One thing to note is that these new 2000 nit monitors are significantly thicker than the integrated phantom 4 pro plus monitors that are 1000 nit, but that’s expected because these new ones are removable. If anyone has ever bought an HDMI input monitor for their DSLR camera, then the thickness of that is comparable to the size of these new CrystalSky monitors.

Phantom 4 Chinese New Year Edition

Martin Sati, a modern graphic artist from Spain, has designed the new Phantom 4 art. This newly colored phantom 4 may be the same inside, but the outer shell has been changed with a glossy red base and a splash of different designs by Sati. Yes, that also means the battery is not updated with the higher storage that comes stock with their new Phantom 4 Pro, but it’s red. These looks professionally painted, and it is perfect for anyone looking to have a stand out drone. The paint isn’t just limited to the quadcopter because it also extends to the controller and propellers. The whole controller is colored red, and a similar splash design can be seen next to the control sticks. The art on this phantom is amazing, and it can easily be overlooked online, so make sure to check it out in person to truly appreciate its beauty.

Phantom 4 Pro Chinese New Year

Phantom 4 Pro Chinese New Year Edition

Price And Release Date?

The newly painted Phantom 4 will be available in North America on January 23, and it will cost $1199.

Phantom 4 Pro Chinese New Year edition

DJI Osmo Handheld 4k White/Silver Camera

Osmo Silver

DJI Osmo Silver

If you were expecting an Osmo 2.0 from DJI’s CES booth this year, then you might be disappointed because DJI only changed the aesthetics for this one model. Everything is virtually the same as the original OSMO besides the color.

Most of the drones that DJI brought out are already publicly known. The Mavic and the Phantom 4 Pro were being flown around their safety netted area, and it may have been old news to some, but the 2000 nit monitors and the red Phantom 4 with the silver painted OSMO were truly the highlights of their booth this year.

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