The DJI Mini 3 Pro It’s a 249-gram wonderland for a drone. It’s easily the best foldable mini drone DJI has ever produced, however, my favorite part of the $909 / £859/$1,299 package is the game-changing DJI RC.
The new remote control has a 5.5 inch HD full color screen.
Before I tell you why I love this remote control so much, it’s worth making it clear that you’ll be paying for a DJI RC. You can order the DJI Mini 3 Pro for $669/£639/AU$989, which means you’ll get a drone, but no remote control (the drone works with DJI’s RC-N1, which doesn’t have a screen ). If you want the drone and the RC-N1, it will cost you $759/£709/AU$1119. The package you want, in my opinion, is $909 that includes the new DJI RC.
This isn’t DJI’s first remote control. that was discontinued DJI Smart Controller. At a glance, these two devices are exactly the same (same square shape, same 5.5-inch screen) but the lines are much smoother on the light gray DJI RC and there are no antennas to reveal them.
To understand why I like this new remote control so much, we have to go back to my early days of flying DJI drones. For almost every one of them, it was a marriage between my iPhone and the remote. Over the years, DJI has come up with a variety of ways to secure smartphones of various sizes and run the cable from the remote control to the phone’s data/powerport.
Since they had to build it as a one-size-fits-all, marriage is always a bit awkward. DJI drone remote controls have introduced these study arms that you can open from the remote object and then squeeze the edges of your phone. It looked and felt messy, but I’ve never had an iPhone. However, running cable on those was a nightmare.
Presented DJI remote with DJI Mini 2 (RC-N1) is a marked improvement. The levers are gone and replaced with a neat spring-loaded clip on the top edge of the remote. Simply pull it up and drop the phone and let the tension of the springs pull it into place on top of the phone. This made running the cable easier, too.
Even with this remote, there were myriad concerns: Have you installed the latest DJI software? As a mobile editor and drone beginner Recently noticed by Tom BedfordDJI has a penchant for launching new applications for different drones. You just have to pay attention to which one you are supposed to install.
Then there are the batteries. Most DJI drones consume battery life, but I’ve always worried about having enough juice in my iPhone. My fear was that if my screen was dark, I would lose track of the drone.
You can guess the obvious and important benefit of DJI RC: There is no iPhone or smartphone of any kind.
You don’t have to connect the remote to Wi-Fi (unless I want to), find an app, or install cables and the smartphone in place. If I forget my iPhone, I can still fly my DJI Mini 3 Pro.
This is freedom.
This is easy to use.
this is funy.
None of this would be true if DJI hadn’t built an excellent remote control for their drone. While heavier than previous remote controls (and ultra-lightweight DJI Mini 3 Pro), it is my pleasure to hold DJI RC. The knurled metal joysticks (which stick out at the back and fit in the front) are perfectly positioned above the screen, which is a clever placement because my fingers never cover the screen.
On the front is a handy set of controls to quickly take a picture or start or stop video recording. Below are discs (one on each side). One allows you to control the direction of the pivot camera, and the other allows you to digitally zoom in on the live image that the drone sends to the remote control.
There’s also a pair of buttons for quick access to things like moving the camera straight forward or straight down, as well as access to some other advanced camera settings (there are also customizable).
Between the joysticks there are buttons for home and pause, power, and a slider for flight mode. It is a simple and reasonable design.
Although there were no visible antennas on the DJI RC remote, it maintained perfect contact with the drone as it flew 400 feet above me and then more than a mile away.
The 5.5″ LCD is bright enough for live viewing, but my son noticed he couldn’t see what was going on even though he was standing next to me. Not a problem for pilots but it is not a screen designed for group viewing,
The screen, which is also touch-sensitive, doesn’t ask you to do much because the remote control automatically connects to the DJI Mini 3 Pro. Once that was done, I just had to press “Go Fly” to access the controls and see the 4K camera of the drone.
I touch the screen to turn it on and I can swipe to access the various controls.
I can also, by swiping twice from the top of the screen, see what appears to be the foundations of Android. In these settings, I entered my DJI account information and added a Wi-Fi connection so I could download the latest firmware directly to my remote and drone.
I expect the battery life to not be as good with a full-size screen to back it up, but it’s easy enough to last several 30-minute trips.
If there was one caveat here, it would be that the lack of a direct smartphone connection limits your media download capabilities. I can play photos and videos taken on the DJI Mini 3 Pro directly from the microSD card of the drone to the RC display. I can also download images through DJI RC, but not through videos. If I have a phone connected, I can download everything.
Yes, DJI Mini 3 Pro is one of the The best drones You can buy one that absolutely loved flying, but I have to say the experience probably wouldn’t have been as good without a DJI RC.