The DJI Remote Control & Drone Compatibility Guide

The DJI Remote Control & Drone Compatibility Guide
Andy Hayes

Choosing the right pairing for your DJI drone can be a confusing and difficult choice, especially if you're just beginning your journey into the hobby of flying drones. This comprehensive guide offers insights into the various DJI remote controls currently available in the market. Additionally, it will provides a convenient summary table outlining the compatibilities between different models of DJI remote controls and drones.

DJI Controllers: Compatibility Chart

For a simplified view of each DJI controller and its compatibility, just refer to this handy chart. It will help you ensure that your chosen controller is compatible with your drone.

A Quick Summary Of Each Model

Check out each brief overview of the various DJI controllers that are compatible with the drones. This could not only help you with controller best suits your drone but also help you determine the ideal pairing if you're new to drone operation and have specific needs.

DJI RC-N1 Remote Control

Introduced alongside the DJI Mini 2 launch, the DJI RC-N1 controller represents a significant improvement over previous DJI remotes, quickly becoming the brand's standard controller. It boasts the widest compatibility with various DJI drones, supporting the manufacturer's transmission systems O2, O3, and O3+.

Although it lacks a built-in screen, users can easily connect their smartphones to view the drone's captured images and access different settings. The convenience of its spring clip, located on the top edge, makes this process seamless. Ergonomically designed, it offers a comfortable grip, allowing for precise control of the drone.


DJI RC-N1 compatibility:

  • DJI Mini 2
  • DJI Mini 2 SE
  • DJI Mini 3
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro
  • DJI Mavic Air 2
  • DJI Air 2S
  • DJI Mavic 3
  • DJI Mavic 3 Classic
  • DJI Mavic 3 Pro

DJI Smart Controller

 

Introduced in January 2019, the DJI Smart Controller was initially designed for the Mavic 2 series. Over time, various updates expanded its compatibility to include the Mavic Air 2, Mini 2, and Air 2S. However, marketing has been ceased on this remote control in August 2021.

Featuring a large and ultra-bright (1000 cd/m²) 5.5-inch touch screen, the Smart Controller operates on an Android system, providing scalability. Users can install third-party applications like Facebook or Instagram, enabling direct posting of photos and videos online.


DJI Smart Controller compatibility:

  • DJI Mini 2
  • DJI Mavic Air 2
  • DJI Air 2S
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro
  • DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
  • DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

DJI RC Remote Control

The DJI RC controller stands as the latest control system with an integrated screen offered by DJI. This cutting-edge controller made its debut alongside the manufacturer's newest addition to the Mini series, the DJI Mini 3 Pro. While initially available in the Fly More package of the drone, it can also be purchased separately. Thanks to its recent updates, it is now compatible with other models like the Air 2S or the Mavic 3.

Designed for user comfort, the DJI RC is lightweight and fits perfectly in hand. Its 5.5-inch touch screen boasts 700 nits of brightness, ensuring clear visibility even in bright conditions. Remarkably, the controller's impressive 4-hour battery life allows for multiple flight sessions without the need for frequent recharging.


DJI RC compatibility:

  • DJI Mini 3
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro
  • DJI Air 2S
  • DJI Mavic 3
  • DJI Mavic 3 Classic
  • DJI Mavic 3 Pro

DJI RC Pro Remote Control

 

Introduced as the successor to the DJI Smart Controller, the DJI RC Pro represents the latest high-end remote control offering from DJI. Initially launched with the Mavic 3 in the premium package, it is now available for individual purchase. DJI has expanded its compatibility to include the Air 2S and Mini 3 Pro.

Featuring a stunning 5.5-inch touch screen with an impressive 1000 nits of brightness, the DJI RC Pro boasts a full touch interface, ensuring unparalleled piloting comfort for an exceptional experience. Its scalable interface allows users to incorporate third-party apps like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, enhancing its versatility. Moreover, the controller includes a mini-HDMI port, enabling the live video stream to be shared on an external display for a broader view.


DJI RC Pro compatibility:

  • DJI Mini 3 Pro
  • DJI Air 2S
  • DJI Mavic 3
  • DJI Mavic 3 Classic
  • DJI Mavic 3 Pro

DJI FPV V2 Remote Control

 

The DJI FPV V2 remote control was specifically launched alongside the release of DJI's first drone aimed at providing an FPV (First-Person View) experience to the general public, the DJI FPV. As the default companion for the drone, it is included with the purchase, and it is also available separately for owners of DJI's latest FPV drone, the DJI Avata.

The design of the DJI FPV V2 resembles that of a video game console remote control, and it does not feature a built-in screen since the pilot receives the live image directly through the helmet provided with the drone. Despite its simplicity, the remote control boasts remarkable efficiency, equipped with proven joysticks that offer smooth and precise control over the drone's movements.


DJI FPV V2 compatibility:

  • DJI FPV
  • DJI Avata

DJI Motion Controller

The DJI Remote Control serves as the alternative remote control designed specifically for flying DJI's FPV drones, namely the DJI FPV and the Avata. It comes included as the default controller with the Avata and can be purchased as an optional accessory for DJI FPV owners.

Distinguished from any previous offerings by DJI, this radio control adopts a unique design, resembling a joystick akin to those used in fighter planes reminiscent of Tom Cruise's Top Gun. This design enables intuitive drone piloting through hand movements, making it the ultimate choice for those seeking complete immersion in their flying experience!


DJI Motion Controller compatibility:

  • DJI FPV
  • DJI Avata

DJI RC Motion 2 Controller

Freshly launched in April 2023, the DJI RC Motion 2 stands as the successor to DJI's previous Motion Controller. This joystick-style controller marks the second iteration of its kind from the manufacturer.

Compared to its predecessor, this upgraded version boasts several new features, including the ability to move the drone backwards through a new trigger that can be pulled towards the user. Additionally, a new mini joystick has been introduced, enabling upward, downward, and horizontal movements to the left and right. Another valuable addition is the new FN wheel, which permits real-time adjustments to the camera's parameters. These enhancements make the DJI RC Motion 2 an advanced and versatile option for drone enthusiasts.


DJI RC Motion 2 compatibility:

  • DJI Avata
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro
  • DJI Mavic 3
  • DJI Mavic 3 Classic
  • DJI Mavic 3 Pro

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