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DJI CrystalSky 5.5" w/ Mavic Initial Review
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Alessandro Gara
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DJI CrystalSky 5.5” Review
  
Weight w/o battery: 234.76g
  
Weight w/ battery: 406.91g
  
Weight w/ Mount and Mavic controller: 1,010.20g
  
  
Product Pictures:
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Initial review and observations
  
Size and Feel:
  
-          5.5” is a good size for Mavic Pro as the screen is a bit bigger than iPhone 6s / 7 or Google Pixel style phones
  
-          No official mount from DJI so we created our own, I am sure theirs will be a bit lighter.
  
-          The Mavic Pro w/ iPad Mini 4 (my go-to setup) weighs in at 980.63g, so the difference to me is negligible.
  
-          The CrystalSky 5.5” over the iPad Mini 4 seem more compact and “tighter” on the Mavic Pro controller than the iPad Mini 4. (Non-Official mount)
  
-          Metal bezel and back are ridged and textured to prevent scratching.
  
-          Buttons have a solid “click” feeling to them which reassure they are being pressed.
  
-          Ports are all on one side making wire clutter easier to manage if you are plugged in.
  
-          There is no AC power on the CrystalSky 5.5” screen.
  
Setup and Initial software review:
  
-          Setup was extremely easy. It even connected to your 802.1x authentication network with ease. Typical DJI Go setup with activation.
  
-          The country list seems to be in no apparent order which made it confusing to find our country during setup.
  
-          Screen even though not matte seems to be have much less glare than iPad mini 4.
  
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-          View angle is much better than iPad Mini 4
  
-          CrystalSky 5.5” has 5 buttons on the side:
  
o   Power
  
o   F1 – Customizable (Max Brightness, WLAN, SRE, Screenshot)
  
o   Settings
  
o   F2 - Customizable (Max Brightness, WLAN, SRE, Screenshot)
  
o   Return
  
-          Ports:
  
o   HDMI out
  
o   USB
  
o   Micro-USB
  
o   Headphone
  
o   Dual SD-card
  
-          Software:
  
o   Main screen:
  
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o   Explorer
  
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o   Applications
  
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o   Settings
    
o   Quick Settings
    
Overall the screen is very well built fit and finish wise, and seems to be a decent size and weight. The hot-swappable battery is def a plus even if it sticks out a bit from the back. The customizable buttons are nice for quick changes. I will be doing some daylight testing tomorrow out in direct Florida sunlight during the day and compare it to the iPad Mini 4 and iPhone 6s. I will also check out the SRE feature which seems to enhance certain parts of the image on the screen.
  
  
If you have any questions or features you want to see please let me know and I will be more than happy to try and answer them for you.

2017-6-24
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FredVA
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Can you tell me what you pieced together for the remote mount?  I don't see anything out there even close to what your using.  Thanks!
2017-6-24
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Pekik
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Hoe is the view under direct sun light?
2017-6-24
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Nikon 1
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Thank you for the quick review - looking forward to your in-depth reports, especially how it handles that Bright Florida Sun!
2017-6-24
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Tviscomi
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FredVA Posted at 2017-6-24 01:21
Can you tell me what you pieced together for the remote mount?  I don't see anything out there even close to what your using.  Thanks!

Here's what the OP is using:

https://flyhighusa.com/product/m ... r-mounting-bracket/
2017-6-24
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rreindl
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I would like to see the daylight review as that would be the most important feature.
2017-6-24
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Panaceabeachbum
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Glad to see the review, curious once you fly about battery life. Will it last thru 3-4 20 minute flights when set to full bright? Also want to hear about brightness in full Fl sun
2017-6-24
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Panaceabeachbum
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And can it stream thru hdmi out real time? is there a figure on latency posted somwhere?
2017-6-24
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Harmonix 5
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So I went to the mount site. Says crystal sky bracket is not included... uhhhh I'm stupid but isn't this for the mount? Do I need another part?
2017-6-24
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Alessandro Gara
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Define compatible...

Hey all spent the day yesterday filming with it on the boat:

I will go more into detail on the os / usage of the devices in another review but:

I found my self in places on the boat ive never flown from because the phone or ipad would be to glared out. the brightness is def more, but the biggest improvement seems to be how little glare the screen gives back compared to phones or tablets. Also with the screen to fly im not killing my phone on a full day out on the water. Here some pics holding the controller its really not all that bad. Nothing worse that an ipad mini 4 with hood thats for sure, and it seems more compact i really like the form factor.

Let me remove the rubber from the controller and see if it fits, ive never liked flying with the screen below me so i never tried it.




And the obligatory pretty girl shot:


2017-6-25
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Melchionda
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Do we need to buy a wire to connect the Crystal Sky to the Mavic RC controller?  Or is the wire included with the Crystal Sky?
2017-6-26
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Alessandro Gara
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the wire is included with the DJI mount not the screen. It requires a usb c to usb a cable t connect the screen to mabic controller
2017-6-28
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Alessandro Gara
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Panaceabeachbum Posted at 2017-6-24 07:20
Glad to see the review, curious once you fly about battery life. Will it last thru 3-4 20 minute flights when set to full bright? Also want to hear about brightness in full Fl sun

should not have an issue with 3-4 20mins flights at full brighness battery seems to be rate for like 5-7hours depending on brightness
2017-6-28
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I received the cs5.5 yesterday, I played with it. I noticed connecting to DJI Go is working, but when I tried to connect to DJI Go4, it give me a message"Unfortunately DJI Go4 stopped",what can I do? This for yr kind advise
2017-7-3
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I received the cs5.5 yesterday, I played with it. I noticed connecting to DJI Go is working, but when I tried to connect to DJI Go4, it give me a message"Unfortunately DJI Go4 stopped",what can I do? This for yr kind advise
2017-7-3
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I received the cs5.5 yesterday, I played with it. I noticed connecting to DJI Go is working, but w,what can I do? This for yr kind advise
2017-7-3
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