DJI Firmware Update – A New Update for the, Still Unobtainable, DJI Smart Controller

DJI Firmware Update – A New Update for the, Still Unobtainable, DJI Smart Controller

January 16, 2019 0 By Scott Hinkle
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I just posted about the new DJI Smart Controller the other day in my DJI Smart Controller – Is it Worth the Investment? post and they’ve already released a firmware update for it. I don’t think we can even get the controller yet here in the US. We haven’t seen any filing with the FCC regarding it and there are rumors that DJI is still putting the things together so when we might actually be able to get our hands on one is anyone’s guess at this time. So what’s in this new DJI firmware update? Let’s find out…


FixedWhat’s Been Fixed?

Nothing. This is probably because no one has the device yet so there’re no reports of anything not working correctly. I suspect, as more people actually get their hands on it, bugs will be identified and fixes released in future firmware updates.

What's New?What Are the New Features?

There are a handful of new features. Here they are, pulled directly from the DJI Smart Controller Release Notes:

  • Added a protection mechanism when updating the firmware of Smart Controller. An aircraft cannot take off if it is linked to a Smart Controller that is updating its firmware.
  • 4K videos can be downloaded to the Smart Controller in playback in DJI GO 4.
  • Optimized the overall user experience of the Smart Controller.

So basically, aircraft linked to a Smart Controller were able to take off while the controller was being updated. This will no longer be allowed. The downloading of 4K videos is now functional and the user experience has been optimized, whatever that means. All-in-all, not a great, feature-packed update. I suppose it will mean more once we can actually get our hands on one and play around with it.

DJI Firmware Update - A New Update for the, Still Unobtainable, DJI Smart Controller 1Are There Any Known Issues?

There are no known issues listed however there is a note recommending that the Smart Controller be updated to the latest firmware for optimal performance. Again, this is one of those things where issues may become known once more people actually have the device itself. Who knows, maybe there won’t be any.


RequirementsAre There Any Requirements for the New Firmware?

Other than having a Smart Controller to update the only other items listed for compatibility are the DJI GO 4 app at version 4.3.10 or higher and the DJI Assistant 2 app at version 2.0.6. There’s also the requirement of having a drone that’s compatible with the new controller, although that’s not required to perform the firmware update. Right now that’s limited to the Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom and, soon, the Mavic 2 Enterprise.


Well, there you have it. A new DJI firmware update for a device we can’t get our hands on to add features and address issues we haven’t encountered yet. I’m sure it’s for the best, getting these features added, I guess I’m just frustrated at the lack of access currently available.

Do you have a DJI Smart Controller? Do you have any hands-on experience with one? Do you have an opinion on this update? What are your thoughts on DJI announcing products it can’t fulfill orders for yet? Please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you,

Scott Hinkle

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