DJI Announces New Smart Remote Controller for Drones

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DJI has revealed its latest device at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. The company's new Smart Controller for drones features an ultra-bright display screen, allowing users to pilot DJI drones without the need for a smartphone or tablet.

"CES features the newest and smartest tech innovations from around the world, and that makes it the perfect place for DJI to launch our Smart Controller," said Mario Rebello, Vice President & Country Manager, North America. "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. We invite everyone at CES to try it at our booth, which features our latest innovations in the drone and imaging field and demonstrates how DJI has established itself as a global technology leader."

The DJI Smart Controller features an integrated 5.5" 1080p screen with an ultra-bright output of 1000 cd/m2 designed for use in direct sunlight, eliminating the need for a separate mobile device. The unit is compatible with any OcuSync 2.0 DJI drone, including the company's new Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro, enabling video transmission for Full HD images. In addition, the device incorporates a customizable Android dashboard and supports DJI GO 4, DJI Pilot, and numerous third-party apps. Finally, the controller is rated for 2.5 hours of battery life.

DJI's Smart Controller is set to start shipping in early 2019 for an MSRP of $649. Bundles with the Smart Controller and Mavic 2 Pro or Mavic 2 Zoom will also be available.

Source: DJI