DJI Osmo Mobile Silver in action
In anticipation of CES 2017 this week, DJI tuesday announced additions to their Osmo line, a new app and a special edition Phantom 4. DJI will also showcase two prototypes of their CrystalSky field monitor.

Osmo Mobile Silver and Zenmuse M1 Gimbal

New to the Osmo family is the Osmo Mobile Silver. In addition to offering an alternative color option to the black of the original Osmo Mobile release earlier this year, the release of the Osmo Mobile Silver brings with it a collection of updates to the DJI GO app, including a new Beautify mode that allows users to apply minor touch ups to videos using automatic identification and intelliden processing technologies. The Osmo Mobile Silver is also compatible with the FiLMiC Pro app for more creative control and flexibility.[image:blog_post:62819]
The Osmo Mobile Silver promises up to 4.5 hours of use per battery and is compatible with smartphones between 2.3 and 3.3 inches wide. Like the original Osmo Mobile, the Osmo Mobile Silver is priced at $299. It’s set to begin shipping in the second half of January.[image:blog_post:62818]
DJI also announced the forthcoming availability of the Zenmuse M1 gimbal for those who already own an Osmo, Osmo+, Osmo Pro or Osmo RAW grip and want to add smartphone compatibility. The Zenmuse M1 brings the same intelligent features of the Osmo Mobile to the other Osmo grips. It’s priced at $169 and will also begin shipping in late January.

Ground Station Pro

In the drone sphere, DJI cates to professional pilots with their new Ground Station Pro app for iPad. The app affords pilots more control over their DJI aircraft and autonomous flights with functions like 3D Map Area, which allows the aircraft to generate, follow and save an efficient flight path according to the pilot’s desired flight zone and camera parameters. The collected images can then be used to construct detailed 3D maps of the area.[image:blog_post:62817]
Other features include a Virtual Fence feature and the Tap and Go Waypoint feature, which enables hype-detailed flight planning of up to 99 waypoints with up to 15 consecutive actions each, such as aircraft rotation, gimbal pitch, start/stop recording and more.
The app is compatible with more DJI drones and cameras and is available now for free from the App Store.

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Though no new DJI drone models have been announced thus far at CES 2017, the company did unveil a limited edition Phantom 4 honoring Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rooster. [image:blog_post:62815]
The Phantom 4 Chinese New Year Edition is adorned with art from illustrator and designer Martin Sati and features the phoenix — a symbol of good fortune and happiness — as the centerpiece of the design. It’s priced at $1,200 and will ship starting January 23, 2017.

CrystalSky Monitor Prototypes

Finally, DJI is also displaying two different prototypes of their new CrystalSky monitor. An alternative to monitoring flights with your mobile device, which can often be inconvenient, the CrystalSky monitor features an ultra-bright screen designed for outdoor use in bright environments. The monitor promises four times the brightness of the average mobile device, as well as clear, sharp details and vibrant colors. CrystalSky’s video decoding supports H.264 and H.265 and is optimized to minimize latency on real-time video. [image:blog_post:62816]
Additionally, an HDMI port allows 4K video to be output to first-person view (FPV) goggles among other displays, and the the embedded DJI GO app gives full access to all DJI GO features. A two-cell external battery will allow for longer operating times compared to similar mobile devices.
The CrystalSky Monitor will be available in two sizes with screens at 7.85 inches and 5.5 inches. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.
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