New DJI Smart Controller released

DJI has today announced the release of a Smart Controller – designed to maximise your outdoor aerial experience with the Mavic 2 series of drones and any other aircraft equipped with OcuSync 2.0 technology.

This new portable device boasts an ultra-bright screen, intuitive controls and a series of features to share visual content quickly and easily.

The DJI Smart Controller is priced £579 and is available to pre-order from Heliguy.

Key features

  • Built-in ultra-bright 5.5-inch 1080p screen
  • OcuSync 2.0 Full-HD video transmission
  • Extremely portable, with detachable control sticks
  • Operates in temperatures from -20°C to 40°C
  • Share images and videos with DJI Go 4 app’s new Go Share function
  • Supports third-party apps
  • Playback video through the HDMI port at 4K 60fps
  • 2.5-hour battery life
  • New SkyTalk feature lets you live stream to social media

Ultra-bright screen

The DJI Smart Controller features a built-in 5.5-inch ultra-bright 1080p screen.

At 1000cd/m², the display is approximately twice as bright as a screen on a conventional smart device. It is also equivalent to a High Brightness DJI CrystalSky.

This helps to keep your feed viewable, even in direct sunlight.

OcuSync 2.0 for great video transmission

The DJI Smart Controller benefits from OcuSync 2.0 Full-HD video-transmission technology.

This means that the device automatically switches between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz.

This helps to reduce the influence of environmental interference on drone operation and image quality.

The DJI Smart Controller has long-range transmission of up to 8km.

Go on an adventure with the DJI Smart Controller

The DJI Smart Controller is reliable, portable and has a decent battery life.

This new device is capable of stable operation in temperatures from -20°C to 40°C, giving you reliable HD connection with your drone in more places.

The controller connects with your drone as soon as it is powered on, allowing you to take off in no time and never miss any of the action.

The DJI Smart Controller features an integrated design, with detachable control sticks, and is extremely portable, allowing you to take it anywhere. 

The 5000mAh battery supports quick charging and can work continuously for up to 2.5 hours.

Capture amazing images and footage

With a built-in microphone and speaker, the DJI Smart Controller can play back videos through the HDMI port at 4K 60fps on the H.264 and H.265 codecs.

Once you’ve captured your footage, it’s important that you can easily show it to others. This is where the Smart Controller’s great features come in, such as the pre-installed SkyTalk and the DJI Go 4 app.

  • Go Share: Easily transfer your aerial photos and videos from the DJI Smart Controller to your mobile device using the DJI Go 4 app’s new Go Share function.
  • SkyTalk: Use the new SkyTalk feature to live stream your drone’s camera view directly to social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram. It also allows you to create and instantly share your videos.

Use third-party apps

The DJI Smart Controller’s customised Android system and optimised DJI Go 4 app ensures faster and focused aerial creation. The Smart Controller also supports third-party apps for a variety of additional sharing and editing options.

What’s in the box?

The DJI Smart Controller is priced £579 and is available for pre-order now from Heliguy. In the box, you’ll get:

  • DJI Smart Controller x 1
  • 24W USB Fast Charger x 1
  • USB3 Type-C Cable x 1
  • Spare Control Stick Pair x 1

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an ultra-bright display? What are the differences between this and a normal display?

The DJI Smart Controller provides brightness up to 1000 cd/m2, showing clear details even under direct sunlight and making it an optimal tool for outdoor use. For reference, an average smartphone display offers a brightness of 500-705 cd/m2, and the indoor brightness on a sunny day is approximately 100 to 500 cd/m2.

What ports does the DJI Smart Controller have?

An HDMI port (that supports 4K video output), microSD card slot, a USB type-C port, and a USB-A port. Through these ports, you can output video, insert a microSD card, charge the controller, and more.

Does the DJI Smart Controller have a speaker and microphone?

Yes.

Can the DJI Smart Controller’s brightness be adjusted manually or automatically?

The brightness can be adjusted both ways. When Auto mode is enabled, the DJI Smart Controller will automatically adjust its brightness using a built-in light sensor, making it optimal for the human eye according to the surrounding environment.

Can the DJI Smart Controller be connected with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth?

The DJI Smart Controller can be connected to Wi-Fi networks/hotspots and Bluetooth.

Does the DJI Smart Controller have customisable buttons?

No. You cannot customise the DJI Smart Controller buttons. However, DJI has designed a series of shortcut button combinations based on user habits for more efficient control and better user experiences. Please refer to the user manual for more details.

How can I update the DJI Smart Controller and the apps installed on it?

The DJI Smart Controller’s system can be updated either by connecting to the internet or a computer with DJI Assistant 2 downloaded from the official website. Apps can be updated along with the system or by connecting to the internet.

What should I do if the signal strength is too weak for video transmission?

Check your surroundings for potential interference factors and then adjust the orientation of your antennas to enhance signal strength.

How can I transfer files with the DJI Smart Controller?

You can use a microSD card or the built-in Go Share function to transfer files. You can also transfer files by connecting the DJI Smart Controller to a computer (non-Mac) and selecting “Transfer Files” from the Smart Controller menu.

What is the SRE function?

By enabling the SRE function, image display will be automatically enhanced and optimised so that content is still clearly visible even under direct sunlight.

What is the difference between the DJI Smart Controller’s built-in DJI GO 4 app and the normal DJI GO 4 app?

The built-in DJI GO 4 app has been optimised for use with the DJI Smart Controller. Both the built-in DJI GO 4 app and the standard DJI GO 4 app will be simultaneously updated.

Can I install third-party apps on the DJI Smart Controller?

Yes. You can download third-party apps through the built-in browser or install APK files from a microSD card. (DJI will not be liable for any permission or safety issues resulting from the use of third-party apps. If an installed third-party app prevents you from enjoying optimal use of your controller, we suggest you remove the app or restore the controller to the original factory settings.)

Does the DJI Smart Controller support quick charging?

Yes, it supports QC2.0 quick charging via the type-C port at the bottom of the controller.

What are the functions of the microSD card and its slot?

You can expand the controller’s storage with an extra microSD card and transfer the downloaded files from the controller to the microSD card. You can also view photos and videos saved in an aircraft’s microSD card on the DJI Smart Controller.

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