I have coded a graphical user interface (Qt) for monitoring a GPS and IMU connected to my Pi 3. The problem I have is that I haven't been able to find a decent daylight screen for the Pi.

The better option I have found is the Papirus https://www.pi-supply.com/product/papirus-epaper-eink-screen-hat-for-raspberry-pi/. However I cannot display nice graphics on it. I also have tried screens like the waveshare touch http://www.waveshare.com/3.2inch-rpi-lcd-b.htm however these can barely be seen with daylight.

Does anyone know about a good daylight readable screen smaller than 10 inch ?

Edit: I found this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1336174-REG/smallhd_mon_focus_5_touch_screen.html. It has 800 nits which should be enough to be used outdoors. However, it is engineered with photography/video recording in mind so it is pretty expensive due to some features that I won't be using.

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I've been looking an answer for the same problem. Guess the only solution is to buy over 800 cd/m2 screen. i've found this https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/High-quality-5-inch-800x480-sunlight_60120693732.html its 600 cd/m2 as a inexpensive solution but dont know if it will do the trick. Please keep the post updated.

  • Nice. These are super cheap! Not sure if 600 nits will be enough. I'll buy one and let you know. Jul 11, 2017 at 12:54

Have you considered the low-tech approach of buying or building a sun visor (out of cardboard or similar material that fits around the screen, something like this:

sun visor

or this one which is designed for a 7in. screen:

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  • Not a bad solution. However, I need to be able to see the screen from about 3 meters away, so the second picture is not valid. Further, I need a robust solution and the setup on the first picture will fail when the sun is a bit low. Jul 5, 2017 at 10:00

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