A new Smart remote control brings DJI to the CES -- it&s meant for Mavic pilots, because controllers are already available for the Phantom and Inspire. In principle, the Smart remote control should work with all DJI drones that support OcuSync 2.0; these are currently only the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.
The remote control automatically connects to the drone, which is controlled by two -- removable -- joystick controllers. A smartphone is not required. A 5.5" screen with 1000 cd/m2 is integrated into the remote control housing and offers a real-time image preview in FullHD resolution that is bright enough to remain visible even on sunny days. The view can be customized to accommodate multiple DJI and third-party apps. The radio frequency can change between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz in interference situations. The range should be up to 8 km under ideal conditions.
The remote control housing contains a microphone and loudspeakers, e.g. for live streaming, as well as an HDMI connection for video output at 4K 60fps (H.264 / H.265). With the DJI GO 4 App, the drone live stream will soon be transmitted directly to Facebook or similar via a new SkyTalk feature (WLAN required).
The battery life should be up to 2.5 hours and the Smart remote control should also be able to withstand extreme temperatures of -20 °C to +40 °C. The new SkyTalk feature will also be able to be used on Facebook or similar (assuming WLAN). It weighs approx. 630g and is now available for 649 Euro.