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CES: Smart control, with display, comes to DJI drones

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DJI, world leader in civilian drones, aims to make aerial imagery technology even more accessible with a powerful new remote controller for its drones, launched at CES 2019 in Las Vegas this week. The Smart Controller features an ultra-bright display screen and controls optimised for DJI drones, allowing pilots to fly the newest drones without using a smartphone or tablet. 

DJI is also be exhibiting its full lineup of consumer drones and handheld imaging products,  including the new Osmo Pocket stabilised camera at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth #25602,

DJI provided the following information:

The DJI Smart Controller expands the ecosystem of accessories built around DJI’s industry leading drone technology. Using a crisp 5.5″ screen built into the controller itself, the Smart Controller allows pilots to quickly get their drone in the air without the need to connect a mobile device. 

It can be paired with DJI’s newest drones, including Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro, which use DJI’s OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system, displaying vivid images in Full HD resolution. Drone pilots can take advantage of its compact, highly portable design that has been optimised for use in direct sunlight. It features an ultra-bright display with an output of 1000 cd/m2, twice the brightness of standard smart phones. 

A customisable Android dashboard supports DJI GO 4, DJI Pilot, along with various third-party apps such as editing programs. The DJI GO 4 app also touts several new features including SkyTalk, that allows pilots to livestream the drone’s camera feed to social channels including Facebook, Instagram and WeChat so that anyone can experience the thrill of flying a drone. 

Another new feature is DJI GO-Share which easily transfers imagery from the Controller to your mobile device. The DJI Smart Controller brings a new level of reliability when flying, with 2.5 hours of battery life and the ability to operate in adverse temperatures as cold as -4° Fahrenheit (-20° Celcius) and as hot as 104° Fahrenheit (40° Celcius).

Price and Availability

The new Smart Controller is now available for purchase for the retail price of $649 USD. Combination packages of the Smart Controller with Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom will be available as well. 

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