DJI Transmission Review – FANTASTIC & RELIABLE Wireless Video Kit
It is a wireless video system that can transmit hd video up to six kilometers or 3.7 miles can control your camera wirelessly record proxy files onto an sd card includes a 1 500 nit 7 inch display that can also be used as a regular, monitor and much More before we dive into the full review, a quick disclaimer dji did send me this gear to review, but they are not sponsoring this video. This video is, however, supported by those of you who have purchased my camera guides and luts. You can learn more via the link in the description and thank you guys so much for the support. It really does mean a lot so now lets dive into the dji transmission system and talk about what comes in the box. While you can buy parts of the system individually, the dji transmission combo kit offers the best bang for buck in the nice hard case. Youll find the transmitter hybrit remote, monitor, monitor hood power adapter plates for both the monitor and the transmitter. A gimbal adapter plate. Two batteries and a charger cables for every occasion and spare antennas. Unlike a lot of included cases, this one is actually very usable on set as everything fits without a lot of fuss, and i always love seeing that this new wireless system from dji is made primarily up of two parts. The transmitter in the receiver, slash hybrid remote, monitor, lets first focus on the transmitter when it comes to inputs and outputs were looking at hdmi and sdi and theres.
Also, an hdmi output, meaning you can do cross conversion, have hdmi, go in also be able to convert to sdi. For other things, like a monitor on your rig and on the opposite side, we have the controls, including power on and off a menu wheel and a back button theres, an oled screen showing some basic helpful information and a simple menu system that is controlled with a Single dial and push button for power, you can use one of two battery plates, one for the dji wb37 batteries and one for sony. Mpf batteries theres. Also a 6 pin power input on the side. If you want to power this whole system with something like a dtap battery, i should also note that there are some connection pins on both sides of the transmitter. So we could see third party manufacturers make all kinds of different adapters, hopefully well see some fun things like that from other companies. Soon for mounting, we have several threads on the bottom of the transmitter, and dji has also included a plate that allows you to mount the transmitter underneath the gimbal and last but not least, we have four total antennas, two on the sides and two on the top. If you need higher quality connection or longer range, you can also go out and buy the high gain antenna set, which comes with larger antennas and extension cables. So you could put all of your antennas on a pole and get it at the top of your set somewhere and have insane range next up.
We have the high bright remote monitor, which has a ton of features built in first and foremost, it is actually a receiver, as you can see, from the four antenna across the top. Those can also be upgraded to the high gain antennas and, obviously beyond that, its also a display 1500 nits 1080p in a seven inch form factor, but youre not stuck using it as a receiver. You can also use the hdmi input on the side to connect it to any camera and use it as a regular, monitor, theres, also a headphone jack, which means you can wirelessly monitor audio a usb jack for firmware updates, and there is also a micro sd card Slot which can be used to record proxy h.264 files, which is awesome to see, and you can even set up your camera to trigger this recorder to start recording wirelessly over hdmi. The monitor also has a ton of great video assist tools and all of them are implemented smartly and they work really well. But one of my favorite features is the camera menu control, thats right any sony. Camera that supports bravia, hdmi control can be controlled from the remote monitor. All you have to do is turn hdmi control and info display on in your camera. Then you can display the virtual widget on the remote monitor and just like that. You can now go into the menu system on the remote, monitor and browse the cameras menu, as well as make changes all wirelessly, which is really fantastic if youre a sony user.
The monitor also ships with a cage pre installed, but you can remove it if desired, and if you use this monitor with dji products, you can install the dji hand, grips which ive used on the ronin 4d and absolutely love now im reviewing the system as someone Who uses it exclusively for video transmission and some menu access like we talked about? But if you have a dji, 4d or other dji gimbals, this even adds more functionality, allowing you to control the gimbal wirelessly and have a ton of tools on screen and with those remote grips. So a lot of functionality there. If you dont own those things, you can do what ive done here and rig up your own wireless setup for use with any camera. Ive customized this with two different rigs. The first is a really basic one, where i added nato rails to the side of the monitor, cage and slapped on a couple easily removable small rig handles. And if you want to go all out, ive built an insane rig with tilta nucleus m. Handles for wireless focus and camera start stopping and ive added a v mount plate to the back of the monitor to power everything from a single battery. If you want to see a tutorial on how i built this stay tuned for a video or live stream, where ill break the setup down, the remote monitor shares the same battery options as the transmitter, sony batteries or dji batteries and theres an optional expansion accessory that You see right here which will give you an additional dc input as well as hdmi and sdi out, unfortunately, its 500, and you have to purchase it on top of everything else.
Otherwise, theres a nice tidy plate that just covers up that part of the monitor. Then we have range, which is absolutely bananas on this system, so on the spec sheet were looking at six kilometers or 3.7 miles, and that is line of sight between the transmitter and the receiver. I ran several tests and just couldnt believe what i was able to do with this. One test was a mile long road with the transmitter in one car and the receiver in another, a mile down the road. The signal was still strong and image. Quality was great. Next, i drove through a neighborhood and put several houses and trees between the transmitter and the receiver and was able to get about a thousand feet before i lost connection. Ive also used this system indoors with amazing results, so i would feel very comfortable using this. Several rooms away in some cases, floors away from each other. This studio is a metal and concrete building and ive had no issues using the system and ive also used it in a basement of a much larger building, and it was wild. How far we could separate these two devices and still have a really good connection as distance and obstacles between the two devices increase djis transmission system will automatically switch between 2.4 gigahertz, 5.8 gigahertz and dfs with up to 23 channels to choose from. You can see all this on the connection menu of the hybrid remote monitor and, if you so desire, you can switch from auto to manual and choose which channels youd prefer and want to lock onto the max bit.
Rate of this transmission is going to be 50 megabits a second and that will drop over time as you get further and further away, so that the signal remains strong. You can also purchase the high gain antennas to improve the quality of connection, and these kits come with extension cables, so you could rig up a pole or a car on set to try to keep line of sight. This wireless system has two different operating modes control and broadcast in control mode up to two remote monitors can connect to a single transmitter and you can control it in broadcast mode. There is no limit to the number of receivers that connect to the transmitter, but your range is going to be reduced and youre not going to have as many features as great as all of this is. There are some downsides to the system, and some of those downsides might be deal breakers depending on your needs. There are two big ones for me in particular and ill have those at the end. First up is the weight of the transmitter, its a little more than i like, and while the build quality and materials are incredible, that comes at a cost of weight, even with a small battery. This thing is just really really heavy and it might be an issue depending on your rig setup. The next con is that you can only transmit 1080p up to 60 frames per second and the system only accepts 1080p signals, so you have to set your camera to output 1080p.
I wish this thing had a built in downscaler, but it is what it is and then we have the fan noise. Both of these devices have fans and while the transmitter isnt too bad, the receiver is insane sometimes depending on the environment. Youre in ill go ahead and do a sound test here, so im just going to take this thing, put it roughly where i am and turn it on thats full tilt on the transmitter and over time it will go down. Now we have the bright monitor, which sounds like a jet when it first turns on and then calms down as it is running and over the course of the day, itll kind of go up and go down, and i found for the most part indoors. Itll often just chill out after a while, but its definitely somewhat loud, then we have the price. Now i think its fair for what the system can do, but you do have to think twice about what you actually need in a wireless system so for the combo kit, which is what weve been talking about in this video youre. Looking at 2500 for the case and all the accessories and things that weve talked about, i honestly feel that this system is not complete without that expansion unit for the hybrid monitor, and that is 500 just to get that puppy and add it to the system. So now were looking at three thousand dollars and at that price of three thousand dollars you could go out and purchase two teradek ace systems, but those are kind of apples and oranges.
Their range is not even close to what this can do. It doesnt have a hybrid monitor with proxy recordings, camera control and all the other stuff weve talked about in this video, and if you want an additional transmitter, youre looking at around a thousand dollars per transmitter beyond that, if you want the high gain antenna system, thatll Be 89 for four, so if you want everything to have those cables and those giant, you know antennas youre looking at another 180 and then there are two big issues i have with this system. The first is that there is no dedicated receiver. You can buy as many transmitters as you want, but you have to get the high bright remote monitor to receive those signals. I really hope that dji decides to come out with a dedicated receiver, something about this form factor that we could use with any monitor. Instead of being stuck with just the remote monitor as it stands, if you want to then repeat the signal or have other displays, youre going to have to connect to the remote monitors output and the last issue i have with this system is going to be latency. Now, while the system stays connected incredibly well, when youre within range or line of sight, its definitely not the fastest, when it comes to latency youre, going to get range with this system, but poor latency, whereas a lot of other systems, like my paralynx ace system, youre Going to get really great latency, but the range just isnt going to be as good as for final recommendations.
If you need an all in one wireless monitoring solution and your main concern is going to be range and connection stability, youre not going to beat this system right now, it is amazing how well it has worked for me and i do really enjoy the receiver being Built in with a monitor and having the options to customize it like weve talked about, i do really hope that dji continues to develop this ecosystem and offers more options when it comes to accessories. Things like that dedicated receiver would be fantastic to see, and that is going to wrap up this review. Thank you guys so much for watching.