DJI Smart Controller update for the Mavic Air 2 – V01.00.0820
Yesterday, DJI released update V01.00.0820 for the DJI Smart Controller so that it will now work with the very popular DJI Mavic Air 2. Updating the controller is slight less straightforward than one would like, but luckily Original Dobo made an excellent video explaining the easiest and fastest way to update the DJI Smart Controller, so that you can use it with the Mavic Air 2 and go flying.
The most important tip is to NOT update over the air but use the DJI Assistant 2 instead and to make sure that you have enough memory available on the Smart Controller as this update requires 3GB of free space.
- DJI Smart Controller V01.00.0820 – released on 9/22/2020
- DJI Go 4 App v4.3.36
- DJI Pilot App v1.8.0
- DJI Fly App v1.1.6
- DJI Assistant 2 for Mavic v2.0.14
What’s new with the DJI Smart Controller update?
- Added support for DJI Mavic Air 2. Under Aircraft Management, Mavic Air 2 can now be added and managed.
- A Smart Controller with a firmware version of v01.00.04.75 or earlier must be updated using DJI Assistant 2.
- Download the latest DJI Assistant 2, and follow the steps in Firmware Update section in the DJI Smart Controller
- User Manual. Download DJI Assistant 2 here.
- Contact DJI Support if the update fails several times. Or better yet watch Ken’s video below.
Downloading the data takes about 10-15 minutes, so be patient. Also if you do not have enough memory space available the download will be stuck at 99%, so make sure you free up space or do a factory reset on your DJI Smart Controller.
Benefits of using the DJI Smart Controller
One of the big benefits of using the DJ Smart Controller is that you can use it with different DJI Mavic drones, such as the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom, but also the Mavic 2 Enterprise. And, of course now the DJI Mavic Air 2. So, for drone pilots with a fleet of drones, having a DJI Smart Controller allows you to control them all and free up your phone.
On the flip side, the DJI Smart Controller is on the expensive side and uses old tech and hardware inside, so keep in mind that we don’t know exactly how future proof this device will be.
Here’s Ken’s video:
What is the DJI Smart Controller?
The DJI Smart Controller is a handheld remote controller that works with a number of DJI drones. It features DJI's OcuSync 2.0 transmission system and has a very bright 5.5-inch built-in display. The DJI Smart Controller works with the DJI Go 4 app and the new DJI Fly app.
What drones does the DJI Smart Controller work with?
The DJI Smart Controller works with the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom, DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise, and as of September 2020, the DJI Mavic Air 2 drone.
Does the DJI Smart Controller work with the DJI Mavic Air 2?
Yes, as of September 22nd, 2020 the DJI Smart Controller works with the DJI Mavic Air 2.
How much does the DJI Smart Controller cost?
You can buy the DJI Smart Controller from DJI online for $749, but you may find lower prices at Amazon, B&H Photo and others.
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Photo: DJI Smart Controller and DJI Mavic Air 2 courtesy of OriginaldoBo