A Look at the new DJI Smart Controller
Recently DJI has debuted a new controller for the Mavic 2 with a built in screen and a brand new design. The remote is for drones that use Ocusync 2.0 technology which is currently limited to just the Mavic 2 line but DJI will likely continue to support new drones released in the future. The remote features a built in screen that uses an Android based operating system centered around the DJI Go 4 app so you can use it similarly to a phone but with some unique features. It also works with the DJI Go app on phones for wireless file transfer.
On the controller itself you can find the normal buttons such as the photo, video, power, and gimbal dials but there is an addition of a few buttons and ports. There is a built in SD card slot for file storage right on the remote, an HDMI port output for streaming video, and a USB C port on the bottom. The left and right of the controller also have some interesting new buttons, one that acts as a back button for the Android interface, and one that acts as a select button. The screen on the front is a 5.5 inch 1080p display that is very bright so it is visible even in pretty bright sunlight.
DJI put a lot of thought into the design of this controller and we can really see that when it comes to the form factor. The antennas in the back fold down and they even store the removable joysticks holds that attach to the front. On the rear we can still see the customizable buttons as well as a built in speaker and a microphone on the bottom as well. While we haven’t tested it, the remote is also supposed to withstand extreme warm and cold temperatures and have a great battery life.
Overall the controller is well put together but it will set you back $649. This product follows earlier releases of the Phantom 4 Pro Plus controller and Crystal Sky monitor as DJI pushes for a fully integrated experience optimized for flying outdoors. I think in the future we will see more of these fully integrated products and extended support as new models of drones come out.