DJI Mini 3 Pro RC Controller

Unlike the traditional RC N1, The RC controller for the Mini 3 Pro has a built-in screen and doesn’t need a smartphone or tablet. This is a crucial advantage, just one device to charge and carry. It is well-designed and fits perfectly in the hands, all the controls are easy to reach

When buying a Mini 3 or Mini 3 Pro there is a choice between the traditional RC N1, or the new RC with a built-in screen

It is also possible to buy the drone without any controller, which is handy for users who already own other models. The RC controller is also available for standalone purchase, as a later upgrade

Related articles about the Mini 3 Pro you may find interesting:

If you prefer to watch it as a video, you will find my YouTube version at the end


Display Size5.5″
Resolution1080p at 60 fps
Brightness Value700 nits
Weight390 grams
Charging Time4 hours


RC controller with built-in screen for Mini 3, Air 2s and Mavic 3 (photo by Vicvideopic)
RC controller with a built-in screen for Mini 3, Air 2s, and Mavic 3 (photo by Vicvideopic)

The RC controller doesn’t need any other remote device, and no cables to connect

Simply turn on the controller, which boots up in less than 30 seconds, switch on the aircraft, and is ready to go in less than a minute.  Also, we don’t have to worry about notifications disrupting the flight

The weight is practically the same as the RC N1 (387 grams), but with the traditional controller, we must add the weight and the space in the bag taken by a smartphone or a tablet

After removing the sticks, the new RC controller fits perfectly in the Mini 3 bags and is an excellent solution for hiking and traveling

The brightness value is 700 Nits

With the RC N1, I always use a tablet and I find the RC controller much brighter with much better visibility in sunny conditions

Some premium smartphones have a slightly higher Nits value, but they tend to dim in sunny conditions to avoid overheating, while the RC controller maintains the same luminosity in any conditions

The RC controller contains a compass to register the correct position. Occasionally it needs to be calibrated. All the details needed are in my specific article

The RC controller fits perfectly in the hands
The RC controller fits perfectly in the hands

When it was released, the RC controller was available only with the DJI Mini 3 Pro

After a firmware release, it is now compatible with the Mavic 3 and the Air 2s

A Guided Tour


RC controller: the upper part of the front (photo by Vicvideopic)
RC controller: the upper part of the front (photo by Vicvideopic)

On the front, there are two removable sticks

On the top, some LEDs. the four green ones to the right indicate the battery level, the one to the left is initially red, but it turns green when the connection with the drone is established

The button to the left starts a Return To Home if we press and hold. With a quick press, the drone pauses immediately in flight and exits any automated move like Master Shots, Quickshots, or Hyperlapses, which is useful for preventing accidents

In the middle, there is a selector for the speed modes:

  • Cine
  • Normal
  • Sport

To the right the main switch. by pressing it once the 4 LEDs show the battery level; a short press followed by a long one to power the controller; the same to switch it off


RC controller: the upper side (photo by Vicvideopic)
The upper side (photo by Vicvideopic)

On the upper side, there are two buttons

  • The one to the left to record video
  • The one to the right is the photo shutter. By pressing it halfway it will focus on the middle of the screen if we are in autofocus mode

Below the two buttons, there are two wheels:

  • The one on the left tilts the gimbal up or down
  • The one to the right by default controls the zoom, but it can be customized, as we will see later

This second dial is not present in the RC N1 controller and produces a much smoother zoom compared to simply dragging a finger on the screen


RC controller: the back (photo by Vicvideopic)
The back (photo by Vicvideopic)

On the back the are two cavities to store the two control sticks and two buttons that can be customized in the Control tab of the settings, by opening Button Customisation

By default the button to the left is set to toggle the tilt of the vertical orientation of the gimbal from top down to facing forward

The other button to switch between portrait and landscape orientation, but there are several other options

It is possible to modify the action of the right dial, the one normally assigned to the zoom

It is also possible to customize the action of the right dial combined with each of the two buttons

You will find instructions on how to customize the buttons for photography here, and for video here


RC controller: the bottom side (photo by Vicvideopic)
The bottom (photo by Vicvideopic)

On the bottom to the right, there is a USB-C port to charge the remote control from the main or with a data bank, even while it is operating

In the middle, through a small flap door, we access another USB C port that can be used for attaching a USB microphone or a hard drive, it can also charge another device like a smartphone. 

RC controller: the slot for the mini SD card (photo by Vicvideopic)
The slot for the mini SD card (photo by Vicvideopic)

The microphone can be used to add voice or sound to a screen recording, but not on video recorded with the drone. The sound will come from the area around the controller, not from the drone

The controller has 8GB of storage, but they are mostly used for the system, only a couple of Gb are available for storage

This is where the other slot comes into play: we can insert a micro SD card to store screen recordings, snapshots, and if needed the cached low-res video files and photos

How to Use it

By swiping down once at the top of the screen we can visualize:

  • The local time
  • The status of the SD card
  • The battery level,
  • Icons representing other devices connected, like a microphone or a headphone

By swiping down twice we access the main screen for functionalities and settings of the controller

To the left, we can explore the content of the mini SD card, if we have one connected

By swiping to the right we return to the previous screen, if we swipe up we exit the settings and return to DJI Fly app

RC controller: the main menu (photo by Vicvideopic)
The main menu (photo by Vicvideopic)

On the right half of the screen on the top right, we access a menu of settings through the gear icon, where we can choose an internet connection. It is needed in case of firmware updates or for accessing the maps

When the aircraft takes off the internet connection of the remote controller is switched off

To access the maps in location there are two possibilities:

  • To get an internet connection with your smartphone or tablet, if you have set up a hot spot
  • To browse the maps of the location we intend to go at different zoom levels to store them in memory
RC controller: icons of the main menu (photo by Vicvideopic)
Icons of the main menu (photo by Vicvideopic)

On the right part of the screen, there are 7 icons:

  • To connect to the internet if a network is available
  • Press and hold the next one to pair a Bluetooth device such as a headphone
  • To choose Airplane mode
  • To mute most of the messages we receive during the flight
  • To record the screen. I use it all the time and find it very useful. An icon will appear showing the recording time and a button to stop recording, we can move it out of the way by simply dragging it
  • To take a screenshot. After having composed the shot, simply tap on the icon. Screen recordings and snapshots will be shown on the notifications on the left part of the screen
  • Mobile data

More features are available on the landing page of DJ Fly app by tapping on the Profile icon:

  • Flight Data Center
  • Find my drone
  • Firmware updates

More details about the use of the map and the radar are in my dedicated article

DJI RC Controller Signal Transmission

The antennas are housed on the top of the RC controller (photo by Vicvideopic)
The antennas are housed on the top of the RC controller (photo by Vicvideopic)

The antennas are internal, housed on the top of the controller, between the shutters for video and photo. It might be feared that not having external antennas, like all other controllers, could reduce signal strength

I have tested the range with both the RC N1 and the new RC controller and I have not found major differences in signal strength, even though I do have transmission issues with my unit with both controllers, in areas with strong interferences

More detail about Signal transmission with the Mini 3 Pro in this article

DJI RC Controller Limitations

One limitation of the RC controller is that it cannot access third-party apps, unlike the much more expensive RC Pro. At the moment it only works with DJI Fly app

This is something to bear in mind for users that absolutely need Waypoint, which may become at some point available through other apps like Litchi, as is the case for other models of the DJI prosumer line

Final Verdict

Do I recommend purchasing the RC controller, absolutely! I use it all the time, not only with the Mini 3 but with the Mavic 3 too. After a firmware update, it is now compatible with the Air 2S

When I use the Mini 2 and I have to go back to the old RC N1 it feels very cumbersome

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I am Vittorio Caramazza, aka Vicvideopic, the founder of this website and author of all the posts. I am a videographer and photographer contributing to several stock agencies. I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Lightroom. I have 10 years of experience with dron videography and photography. I was struck by drone syndrome in 2013. I have owned and tested in depth the following drones: Phantom 3, Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic Mini, Mini 2, Air 2, Air 2s, Autel Evo Nano Plus, Mavic 3, Mini 3 Pro, Mini 3. My home has turned into a breeding ground for drones. I am the owner of two YouTube channels specializing in Videography and Photography, with a focus on drones My main channel is VicVideopic (in English): My other channel is Drone Mitico, the Italian version.: I am currently based in Sicily (Southern Italy), but I tend to move quite often. After all, this is one of the main benefits of being a digital nomad…

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