Content updated on March 27, 2019
Many dronists use their smartphones for video feedback on their drones DJI or others. The advantage of the smartphone is obvious here, it is usually always at hand, recharges rather quickly and offers very good performance. These only drawbacks are of course the size of the screens and sometimes their brightness, which are still problems that weigh in the balance when we do the photo or video. Many readers regularly ask me what are my recommendations for tablets for drones.Continue reading to discover my recommendations for the best tablets for return video on multirotor in 2017! You will also discover a list of tablets compatible with the DJI Go application. Problems with smartphones
When you use a smartphone instead of a tablet, you compose an aerial shot on a small or medium screen.The disadvantage with a screen of this size is that it quickly becomes overloaded with information! the various applications of the manufacturers, which are more and more loaded, and if you activate many options like the histogram for example (essential for any photographer or serious videographer), it can quickly become complicated. A screen of the correct size helps you to better adjust your exposure and sharpness and in general allows to limit the bad suprises once in front of your PC … On the other hand, when you use a tablet, you have more space to frame and have a better overview of the plan you want to achieve in flight.Criteria to take into account
The first is of course the processor (CPU) because you do not want it to be too old. In case you would consider buying an Android tablet, you need to make sure the processor is at least a Snapdragon 801. When you purchase the tablet, you need to make sure that you also get a sun visor. In case you live like me in a sunny corner, you could actually struggle to see the video back with the glare of the sun on a sunny day. If you are more iPads, know that the cell and Wi-Fi versions are compatible with the Mavic and Phantom series. In terms of the operating system, you need to make sure that you have an iOS 8.0 or later or an Android 4.1.2 or later. Check the page technical features and the list of compatible devices (bottom of page at DJI) before buying your drone to avoid any surprises! All the tablets that I will mention here are already powerful enough to make sure that the application of your drone will not ram and will not block not during flight time (which can happen sometimes). They are fully compatible with DJI products.Apple iPad mini 4 with Retina Display
The Apple iPad mini 4 with Retina Display is considered by many to be the best flight navigator. Since the iPad offers a resolution of 2048 x 1536 with 326 dpi, a 7.9-inch screen, a dualcore 1.5 GHz processor, a flash memory of up to 128 GB and a RAM of 2 GB, it is obviously more than enough to run your applications for multirotors. The battery can last up to 10 hours, which offers a significant comfort. One of the main advantages of this iPad is its weight of only 304g! This iPad is the perfect combo between a smartphone (small screen) and a 10-inch tablet, not only in size, but also weight. If you're wondering which is the best tablet to use for maximum compatibility with the DJI app, you'll hear a lot of people cite the iPad mini 4. The partnership between the two firms is a testament to it.Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 "
With 8.4 inches (212.8 mm) and incredible resolution of 2560 X 1600 (WQXGA), the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is one of the best tablets you can use for your drone with its Super AMOLED display. With an ultra-light weight and a contrast of 100,000: 1, bigger than many LCD monitors, the Galaxy Tab has all the power you need to create incredible shots without slowing down or latency, because it has a processor Octa-Core 1.9GHz -1.3GHz. It comes with the 4.4.2 operating system (KitKat) and can be upgraded to v6.0 (Marshmallow). This tablet will give you 10 to 12 hours of autonomy. It was my tablet of choice before I ironed all my devices at the pommée brand. A solid model if you are more Android! You will be amazed by the Nvidia Shield. Powered by the 2.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad-core processor and a 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU, it's a serious candidate for your Mavic or Phantom and even for your everyday use! I've added the Nvidia Shield on this list for the simple fact that the tablet offers a built-in screen recorder and excellent graphic rendering. The Full HD display is waiting for you and the tablet even has a microSD card slot. Attention of many users reported bugs with DJI Go by updating to Android 7 Nougat. A tip stay under Android 6 or test under Nougat and prepare to downgrade in case of bugs! About 10 hours of battery life with this tablet which is really super versatile. Google Nexus 9, 8.9 inch tablet
The Google Nexus 9 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and comes with the powerful Tegra K at 2.3 GHz. This processor is more than enough to allow you to record all the desired videos as well as for quality transmission without latency. If you want to get the most out of your Google Nexus 9 tablet, make sure you upgrade it to the latest version of Lollipop. Since the Google Nexus 9 tablet includes both a compass and a GPS, it will work very well. good for driving your drones. Another thing to consider is that when flying, it is good to make sure to turn off the Wi-Fi. This will ensure that there is no interference with the 2.4 GHz transmission band of the controller and offer you better autonomy. It offers 8-9 hours of battery life. ASUS ZenPad S 8 Z580C-B1-BK 8 "
The ASUS ZenPad is another great solution. You can be sure that you will get one of the best visual experiences because the tablet is equipped with an 8 inch IPS display with TruVivid technology. With 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, the ASUS ZenPad S 8 Z580C-B1-BK 8 tablet offers an excellent alernative for a proper weight of 317g. Given its price and the impressive video and image feedback offered it is certain to compensate for its slight defects (the quality of the sound in particular). That's why I added it to this list. Count on 8 hours of autonomy here battery level and Asus also allows to get rid of some overlay! This monitor (which is not a tablet itself) was specially created by DJI for outdoor aerial photography in extremely bright conditions. Its ultra-bright screen (2000 cd / m2 on the 7.85 "version is two to three times brighter than most smartphones on the market) will give you good visibility under direct sunlight. Its very high resolution (2048 × 1536, or 7.85 "or 1920 × 1080, 5.5" display) and its extreme brightness gives it a considerable advantage over its competitors. CrystalSky also offers better video encoding than most cell phones, and this will give you less latency and a much better final rendering. At the inconvenience level, I will mention here the battery and battery life, count about 3-4 hours and take aus if you consider that this monitor is not a tablet and will only serve for your drones DJI.Les two ports Micro SD will offer you additional storage space and the Crystalsky is also made to withstand extreme temperatures. many ports and is compatible with almost all DJI devices.