Dji Crystalsky Review - What Is the Differences (2019)

 Created for outdoor aerial imaging, the Dji CrystalSky monitor features an ultra-bright screen that is clearly visible in sunlight.

 Being able to clearly view what your drone’s camera can see from the ground is absolutely essential. Unfortunately, there are many issues that can prevent this from low-quality monitors to overly bright weather conditions. This makes choosing the right device a priority, as a solid monitor can make the difference between capturing great footage or winging it.

 The CrystalSky monitors from DJI are the next level of functional design for piloting drones. Sleek lines and a powerful display screen offer both an aesthetically pleasing and completely intuitive system perfectly suited to DJI’s product range. They have been built to last, designed to be used in challenging conditions and this robustness is evident in their appearance.

 Dji CrystalSky Monitor is just like every other tablet, except it is built specifically for delivering quality images and videos from your drones to it. Looking at your tablets and videos can be difficult sometimes when you are outdoor. That’s why the CrystalSky Monitor features 1000 cd/m² for 5.5″ and 7.85″ which is two times bright than the standard mobile devices. You also have the option to get 7.85″ Ultra Brightness which is four times brighter, but that comes with a slightly higher price tag.

 Dji CrystalSky - Functionality

 The Dji CrystalSky monitors use optimised video decoding to decode video in real-time. An optimised decoder provides smooth, real-time video with minimal latency. Using offline maps, maps can be kept available even if going out of Wi-Fi reach.

 Equipped with dual Micro SD Card slots, DJI’s CrystalSky monitors’ storage can be extended, or footage recorded on a Micro SD Card can be played back directly on the monitor. It can also be used for footage backups. The CrystalSky series supports H.264 and H.265 video decoding, allowing it to play back these files at 30fps and 60fps respectively. These videos can also be output through its HDMI port.

 The Dji CrystalSky monitor’s HDMI port allows up to 4K video to be output to FPV goggles and other display devices. Built-in dual-band Wi-Fi means it can connect to Wi-Fi networks and Wi-Fi hotspots from mobile devices, and it is also compatible with 4G dongles and USB storage through its USB-A port. File sizes are optimised as much as possible to minimise mobile data demands. Onboard Micro USB and USB-C ports make it convenient to connect the CrystalSky series with a remote controller or other devices.


The Dji CrystalSky monitors can quickly connect to the Inspire series, Phantom 4 series, Phantom 3 series (Phantom 3 Professional, Phantom 3 Advanced, Phantom 3 SE), Matrice series, and Osmo series (except the Osmo Mobile) over Wi-Fi or via a remote controller USB port, depending on your specific product. Also, CrystalSky easily attaches to the Cendence remote controller without an additional mounting bracket.

 Most smart devices are designed to operate in common temperature ranges. The Dji CrystalSky series‘ external battery has been designed for more extreme temperatures. It is able to operate in as low as -4°F (-20°C) and, with its internal cooling system, functions normally in temperatures as high as 104°F (40°C).

 Dji CrystalSky - Screen Performance

 1000cd/m² (5.5″ and 7.85″ high) and 2000cd/m² (7.85″ ultra) of brightness means that the premium CrystalSky model is approximately four times as bright as typical mobile devices. On-screen details are clear and sharp, and colours are vibrant, giving the quality needed to fine tune image composition. A dedicated Sunlight Readability Enhancement mode is designed for processing the image in real-time to ensure more comfortable viewing under bright light.

 Dji CrystalSky - Screen Performance


  • 5.5 inches and 7.85 inches
  • 7.85 inches: 2048×1536 - 5.5 inches: 1920×1080
  • Multi-touch display with IPS technology
  • 4K: H.264 4k 30fps / H.265 4k 60fps
  • Weight: 7.85 inches: approx. 425g - 5.5 inches: approx. 228g

 Dji CrystalSky - Battery Life

 It’s speculated that these bad boys will both be equipped with powerful 4920mAh batteries. Best of all, they will be able to endure 4 to 6 hours of active work. Another awesome thing is the fact that the batteries are easily replaceable meaning you can get an extra one and be amazed with whopping 12 hours of active work.

 Dji CrystalSky - Battery Life

 I also bear good news for people who live or work in extreme weather conditions. You see, these batteries can work in temperatures down to -20 Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) and up to 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).


  • 7.85 inches: 980mAh 3.7V (built-in battery), 4920mAh 7.6V (detachable external battery)
  • 5.5 inches: 980mAh 3.7V (built-in battery), 4920mAh 7.6V (detachable external battery)

Dji CrystalSky - Ports and Network

 CrystalSky Monitor included onboard Micro USB and USB-C ports that makes it very easy to connect to a remote controller. The HDMI port allows videos up to 4k to be output to DJI goggles and other display devices with ease. Moreover, it has built-in dual-band Wi-Fi that can connect to both Wii-Fi networks and hotspots.

Dji CrystalSky - Ports and Network

 When it is connected to the internet, there is easy access to the system, firmware upgrades, image sharing, data synchronization and more. The files are optimized in an effort to minimize the mobile data demands.


  • Bluetooth: Not supported
  • Wireless: WIFI: 2.4G, 5.2G & 5.8G 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (HT20), 802.11a, 4G dongle support
  • Positioning Systems: GPS/GLONASS

Dji CrystalSky - Dual SD Card Slots

 The Dji CrystalSky Monitor has many advantages when it comes to producing quality aerial photograph and videos. This monitor is equipped with dual Micro SD Card slots that can extend the memory storage. Furthermore, a footage recorded on a Mirco SD card can be played back on the monitor.

Dji CrystalSky - Dual SD Card Slots

 With DJI Go 4 app, you can make edits quickly and share with your friends and family on social media instantly. The CrystalSky monitor supports H.264 and H.265 video decoding that lets you play back the footage at 30 and 60 FPS, respectively. Also, the videos can be output using the HDMI ports.

Dji CrystalSky Price & SUMMARY

  • Smaller 5.5-inch CrystalSky monitor with 1000 cd/m2 (2 times as bright as regular smartphones nowadays) is going to cost $469.
  • Bigger 7.85-inch CrystalSky monitor with 2000 cd/m2 is going to set you back by $999.

All things considered, DJI seems to have struck the sweet spot with these high brightness monitors. Truth be told, that’s the only missing link they needed to get the fully monopoly on the market. With amazing lineup of drones and, now, with all the required equipment to go alongside, DJI seems set for the upcoming year… or at least before the release of their next generation of drones. So, with all that in mind, the conclusion is rather simple – If getting the perfect aerial data and imagery really matters to you, this is the accessory you will need to visualize!

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