DJI has announced a fresh controller for its drones at CES 2019. The DJI Smart Controller costs $650 however it has its own display, so you could view which your drone sees in actual time rather of using your cameraphone.
The DJI Smart Controller has a 5.5-inch 1080p ultra-bright display. DJI says it has a brightness of 1000 cd/m? what is approximately twice that of your common smartphone/tablet.
The controller has OcuSync 2.0 and is only compatible with DJI drones which support it these types of as the Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Pro, and Mavic 2 Enterprise. At the moment, the controller will only work with Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. Support for other drones will come in the future.
With OcuSync, video transmission automatically switches between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz to reduce interference and Additionally make sure long-range transmission is reliable.
The smart controller connects to your drone once it is powered on. It runs a customized variant of Android with applications for sharing and editing. The new DJI Go Share app bundled with it makes it easy to share pictures and videos from the controller to your cameraphone. You could Furthermore install third-party programs if you wish.
The controller has a microphone and a speaker in case you want to do a livestream. There is moreover an HDMI port for playback on a larger screen at 4K 60fps. Built-in storage is just 16GB, so a MicroSD card (128GB max./UHS-1 Speed Grade 3) is necessary.
The DJI Smart Controller has a 5,000mAh battery with support for quick charging. DJI says it need to fully charge in just 2 hours using a 12V/2A adapter and last up to 2.5 hrs. The drone could Furthermore work at temperatures between -20°C and 40°C.
The drone is estimated at $650/650EUR and could be purchased on the formal DJI site.