Amongst all the brand new, enjoyable modifications that got here with the Mini 3 Professional one of many cool components was the brand-new DJI RC controller. DJI managed so as to add a display to the system whereas maintaining the controller on the extra inexpensive facet at simply over $300.
Earlier than, the one related choices had been north of $1,000 and solely suitable with the larger drones.
There’s nonetheless the RC Professional mannequin and also you may need to know simply how completely different the 2 controllers are contemplating that there’s a 4x distinction in price if you wish to improve. Discover out extra and see a comparability on this video from Jeremy Toh.
At launch the DJI RC solely labored with the brand new Mini 3 Professional. Not too long ago, DJI launched a firmware replace for the controller that made it suitable with extra drones – together with the Mavic 3. Prior to now you had to purchase the way more costly RC Professional so we must always see how the 2 evaluate.
As we already talked about there’s a massive value distinction. The usual RC runs $309 and the RC Professional prices $1,199.
Each share loads of options:
- Separate buttons for pictures and movies
- Separate dials for gimbal and zoom
- Customizable buttons on the again
- 5.5” show
- Android OS
What does that further $900 for the RC Professional get you?
- 32GB inside storage and microSD slot (solely microSD on normal RC)
- Mini-HDMI output
- Display recording at 1080p (versus 720p on RC)
- 1000 nits brightness (versus 700 nits on RC)
- Capacity to put in third-party apps
It doesn’t matter what, every of those is a large enchancment over the older controllers which required you to connect a cellphone. I’ve had a second the place I had a cellphone restart mid-flight and that may be a scary second, so having all of it in a devoted controller is a large plus.
You’ll nonetheless want your cellphone to carry out firmware updates, take a look at maps, or replace flight logs.
Apart from the literal money spent, there are further prices to going Professional. The usual RC weighs in at 385g and has a 5200mAh battery that’ll run for about 4 hours. The RC Professional clocks in at 680g and has a smaller 5000mAh battery and solely 3 hours of runtime.
A part of this added weight is the antennae. The RC Professional has two transmitters and 4 receivers together with OcuSync 3.0+. This could present extra reliability and vary.
In real-world exams they took the Mavic 3 and flew it out so far as they fairly may. With the RC that was 9km, although they had been assured they might stand up to 10km. The RC Professional pushed slightly bit farther at 9.3km but additionally may’ve gone farther. They did run earlier exams and made it 10.6km.
Truthfully, it doesn’t seem to be that further $900 is getting most individuals sufficient to make the RC Professional value it. The usual RC is trying like a fantastic deal for many DJI pilots.
What do you assume? Would you continue to spend the additional cash on the RC Professional?
[source: Jeremy Toh]