DJI has announced a new remote controller that allows pilots to fly their drones without connecting to a smartphone or tablet.
With 2.5 hours of battery life, the DJI Smart Controller features a 5.5-inch screen built into the controller itself. It can be paired with DJI’s newest drones, including the Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro, which use DJI’s OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system. The Mavic 2 Enterprise series will be supported in future updates, the company notes.
DJI says the new controller features a compact, portable design that is optimized for use in direct sunlight, as well as in temperatures as low as -4 degrees F and high as 104 degrees F.
The controller features an ultra-bright display with an output of 1,000 cd/m2, which is twice the brightness of standard smartphones, according to DJI. A customizable Android dashboard supports DJI GO 4, DJI Pilot (in a future update) and various third-party apps, such as editing programs. The DJI GO 4 app also touts several new features, including SkyTalk, which allows pilots to livestream the drone’s camera feed to social channels. Another new feature is DJI GO-Share, which transfers imagery from the controller to a mobile device.
The Smart Controller will be available for purchase beginning in early 2019 for a retail price of $649. Combination packages of the Smart Controller with Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom will be available, as well.