Smart controller with a field monitor

Finding the screen on a smart controller too small for my eyes the decision to add a 10" field monitor was made.
Having researched what’s on the market I ended up with a ‘Beetronics’ one as this was from a UK company (that actually turned out to be sent from Holland!). The screen brightness spec is not as good as some others but still works well enough in bright sunlight and is actually too bright on it’s lowest setting for night time thermal flying with my M2EA, I’m looking into fitting some sort of a screen/cover to dull it down a tad more.
The ideal setting is to have the field monitor showing camera view with the all important information like distance, height, battery level etc and nothing else. This enable me to see clearly what I need to and not have all manner of clutter blocking my view as it does on the smart controller.
The bottom tripod screw thread was a bit too weak for my liking so I made an alloy bracket to hold the monitor firmly from each side. This also doubles as fixing points for a neck strap.
The battery was also a bit on the loose side and would easily have popped out so a quick fix with an elastic band was done to keep it in place until I get around to a more user friendly solution.
All in all this addition has made a huge improvement to the way I can use my drones.


I do like a mod :smiley:

Got any links to the monitor?

What’s the nits value?

And how’s the battery life?

Does it also have HDMI Out / Pass-thru?


The brightness is shown as 300cd/m2 (so it’s 300 nits as cd/m2 and nits are the same value it seems) but this monitor is definitely brighter than my I-pad 8 gen.
Not used it long enough to know how the battery holds up but have found it takes an age to charge.
It does have a HDMI out that works fine when plugged it into my TV.
The only issue I have with this is that the Lifthor mount on the controller muffles the speaker and it’s all to easy to miss the important warnings.


Is 300nits right? For a field monitor?

For comparison, the 8gen iPad is 500nits and the DJI Smart Controller is 1000nits.

300nits outdoors would be barely usable :thinking:

I also have my doubts about the written specs being right as although not as bright as the SC it’s not too far behind it.

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This is work in progress of the ‘Master plan’ to enable a second person/persons access to what the drone is seeing.(SAR)
Fitted a 16inch 12 volt TV into a NATO instrument case and wired in a gun lamp battery to test the system. Pleased to find it gave a 2 hour run time. Can also be plugged into a car cigarette socket if close to a vehicle.
The TV picture quality is impressive and far better than the 10" monitor.
Next job is to secure everything, add a volt meter, switches, sun shade and a charge/power point.


Nicely done @Straze - I do love a good project build :smiley:

If you need some inspiration or ideas, check out my build over here:

Looks good, is it HDMI from the smart controller to the 16" monitor?

Oh, what’s Rubbcub?

Thanks for the link. Wish I had seen that sooner for some good ideas.

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There is a 5mtr HDMI cable from the SC to the TV. Hoping it will not get in the way and give me enough room to move about a bit.
RUBCUB is where all our small rubber/Hyperlon MOD RIB repair/service fittings etc are kept at work (short for ‘rubber cupboard’) LOL. We service, repair, modify and refit MOD Navy and Police Pacific 24 RIB’s.

Of course RubCup would be something completely different ;o)

Quick update.
Finally found the time and weather to do a quick in flight test.
Pleased so far with the results so far (bit more to do yet) and intend using this for a while to see just what, if anything, needs to be altered.
I have large surveyors tripod that’s been modified to mount the case on that brings it up to a ‘standing to view’ height.