New DJI mavic 2 smart controller- Is it worth it?
No more cables
You should look for the following in a drone if you want good image stability:
- A 2 or preferably 3 axis gimbal is the best possible way to stabilize a camera. It’s usually found in more expensive builds.
- Electronic image stabilization. Drones like Parrot Bebop 2 or even the cheaper Tello have it.
- Get yourself a GO Pro drone and use a very stable Action cam with electronic or optical image stabilization!
Setup speed and reliability
Another thing you need to worry about is actually charging both the phone and the controller, this new transmitter removes that issue with only one 5000 mAh battery that lasts for 2.5 hours of use.
Screen brightness and extreme environments
The improved screen brightness is probably the main point you’d want to buy this for in the first place.
This means you can get out in the sun without starring your eyes out to at least understand what’s going on in the frame.
If you’re curious about numbers, this new screen has 1000 cd/m2 while the latest Iphone x has 625cd/m2, which is already one of the highest on the market. So if you have anything less, you’re going to suffer a lot in direct sunlight.
Therefore, it also does a better job in more extreme environments, as I’ve been with my Iphone in about -10 degrees and the battery was dropping very fast and couldn’t finish my filming.
Other apps and livestreaming
Connecting to a monitor or goggles
The controller comes in the box with the basic pieces it needs for functioning, charging and so on.
- power brick
- usb to usb c cable
- 4 remote sticks
- remote controller
These are the top connectors and dials. As you can see, it has 2 important new features.
- Micro Sd – which basically allows you to transfer data from the drone to the transmitter and visualise the actual footage in high quality.
- HDMI – as mentioned before, it’s perfect for using it with goggles or a separate monitor.
In the front you have as novelties both a back and an “action” button on the far right, that I forgot to add on the image, apparently.
If you want to link the mavci 2 to the new Smart controller, all that you need to do i turn on the Mavic drone, than press the c1+c2 and the record button at the same time, then press the link button on the mavic, found on the right side.
Every time you want to fly, the controller will directly connect to the drone, without any other processes interfering. That’s why using this instead of a smartphone feels so much more as it should be.
Now, if you think all the benefits listed above are worth it, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the new controller, because there’s clearly no downsides to getting it.
Now, the new controller is probably mostly made for professional use, for people who actually care to save a few minutes and make the most out of certain events.
The price of the Mavic 2 smart controller is justified when you think that it's basically a capable modern smartphone connected to a fully functional transmitter for the drone. If you need the slight improvements in every aspect, this certainly has no disadvantages at all!
- Much brighter screen than any smartphone
- Faster boot up time
- No issues with connection
- no cables needed
- HDMI port for monitor or goggles
- 1080p display
- better in extreme temperatures
- it can basically be used as a smartphone and install apps or browse.
- it's better in everey way, but you have to pay the price for it