Hands on: DJI Smart Controller review

The sky's the limit for this inventive drone control system.

Early Verdict

DJI has made what initially looks like the perfect peripheral for the Mavic 2 - a controller that is as smart as they come, offering editing and live streaming functionality. It’s a bit bulky and we would have like to have seen a 4K screen, but this is a solid effort from DJI.


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    Great social features

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    Packed with innovation


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    Only 1080p screen

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Drones have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently, what with UK airports closing because of a number of drone-based incidents. 

Those who are dedicated to drone flying, however, won’t be deterred by such stories and if CES 2019 is anything to go by, the future of drones is looking rather rosy. 

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Marc Chacksfield

A technology journalist who has been in the industry for 17 years, Marc is the former editor-in-chief of TechRadar and has also steered the ship for technology brands including T3, Tom's Hardware and Tom's Guide, and is currently the director of Shortlist Media and co-owner of Shortlist.com. 

An expert in the field of camera phones and mobile tech, Marc has been a long-time specialist when it comes to phone reviews, hands-on coverage, reviews and rumors. As a frequent visitor to big trade shows like CES, he has also had boots on the ground for the latest camera announcements and breaking developments in fields such as 8K video.