"DJI's New Smart Controller Remote Has a Built-In 5.5" Display

Joanna Estrada
January 10, 2019

The Smart Controller features an ultra-bright display screen and controls optimized for DJI drones, allowing pilots to fly the newest drones without using a smartphone or tablet. You now have a better option - DJI has released a Smart Controller with its own 5.5-inch display.

The DJI Smart Controller works in extreme temperature ranges, which is going to be attractive to a lot of film makers at this time of year.

Power to the new DJI Mavic 2 controller is supplied by a 5000mAh battery that specs out at 2.5hrs of use. It features an ultra-bright display with an output of 1000 cd/m, twice the brightness of standard smartphones. The remote gives you both more tactile flight controls as well as a view of what the drone sees in 1080p. This is created to sustain the best image quality and reduce interference.

"The Smart Controller is DJI's latest tool to allow anyone to capture incredible perspectives from the sky, and we are excited that CES attendees can experience it first-hand". Also, the control sticks are integrated into the design and removable, so you can pack this thing up tightly in a backpack without damaging the gear.

DJI Go Share lets you wirelessly transfer your photos and videos that are cached on the Smart Controller to you phone, letting you share the moment on all of your social networks right away.

Instead of showing up to CES flanked by new drones, DJI instead arrived with a new accessory for its existing customers. There's also a little freedom if you want to experiment outside the DJI ecosystem, with the Controller's Android dashboard supporting not only the DJI Go and DJI Pilot apps, but also various third-party editing apps.

Auto switching transmission frequencies between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz.

Transmission distance up to 8km. A two-hour charge nets about 2.5 hours of use.

Operation temperature range from -20° C to 40° C. DJI sells high-brightness CrystalSky monitors that can be clipped into a controller for older drones, but with the launch of the Mavic 2 series, that support stopped. However, does the additional price tag really replace using a smartphone all together? I like its compact remote control quite a bit, but it does still make you hook up your smartphone in order to see what the drone's camera sees. Since the controller has a built-in mic and speaker, you can use SkyTalk to share your drone's view directly on a platform like Instagram and talk over it from your position. Why wouldn't you invest in the controller? We now know why: DJI had something else planned.

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