DJI Smart Controller for Drones

DJI has introduced a smart controller for some of the drones it makes. By some we mean the latest drones like the Mavic 2 Zoom and the Mavic 2 Pro.

DJI Smart Controller in the field.

DJI Smart Controller in the field.

The main features are:

  • 5.5 inch 1080p screen

  • Ultra bright built- in screen at 1000 cd/m2

  • Ocusync 2.0 transmission

  • Video feed upto 8kms distance

  • Super fast setup speed of 30 seconds

  • Real time auto switching between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz

  • 4K 60p output via HDMI

  • Stable operation in temperatures ranging from -20°C to 40°C.

  • The 5000mAh battery gets fully charged in 2 hours and you can use it for up to 2.5 hours

  • Detachable control sticks

Also, the DJI Smart Controller comes with a built-in microphone and speaker for “expanded options” such as live streaming. It can also playback video through the HDMI output port at 4K with H.264 or H.265. Of course, wi-fi is required for live streaming.

The price of the Smart Controller is USD 649.

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According to DJI:

The DJI Smart Controller expands the ecosystem of accessories built around DJI's industry leading drone technology. Using a crisp 5.5” screen built into the controller itself, the Smart Controller allows pilots to quickly get their drone in the air without the need to connect a mobile device. It can be paired with DJI's newest drones including Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro which use DJI's OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system, displaying vivid images in Full HD resolution. Drone pilots can take advantage of its compact, highly portable design that has been optimized for use in direct sunlight. It features an ultra-bright display with an output of 1000 cd/m2, twice the brightness of standard smart phones. A customizable Android dashboard supports DJI GO 4, DJI Pilot[2], along with various third-party apps such as editing programs. The DJI GO 4 app also touts several new features including SkyTalk, that allows pilots to livestream the drone’s camera feed to social channels including Facebook, Instagram and WeChat so that anyone can experience the thrill of flying a drone. Another new feature is DJI GO-Share which easily transfers imagery from the Controller to your mobile device. The DJI Smart Controller brings a new level of reliability when flying, with 2.5 hours of battery life and the ability to operate in adverse temperatures as cold as -4° Fahrenheit and as hot as 104° Fahrenheit.