DJI RC 2 Remote Controller – Mini 4 Pro and Air 3

The Air 3 and Mini 4 Pro are offered with a new pair of remote controllers, the RC2 and the RC N2

The RC 2 Controller with a built-in screen is worth the price difference compared to the RC N2, as there are no devices and cables to carry and connect and the screen visibility is massively improved. Compared to the previous RC model, the new one has a much-improved signal transmission and 32Gb of internal storage

In this article, I will show how to make the most of the RC 2 controller and why it is an improvement over the previous model, the RC

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

Transmission System

The weak point of the Mini 3 Pro is the transmission system, inferior to any other DJI model I have tried, and I have tried more than a dozen


This is due in part to the antennas, both in the drone itself and the remote controller

The Mini 3 Pro ha no feet at the end of the wing s to lodge the antennas
Photo by Vicvideopic

The Mini 3 Pro doesn’t have feet at the end of the wings, where the antennas are located in previous lightweight models. They are placed horizontally inside the wings

When the more affordable Mini 3 was released a few months later, the classic design was restored, with a pair of feet containing the antenna, but the signal transmission improved only marginally

The previous RC controller has a pair of built-in antennas and this could be another reason for the poor transmission

DJI RC 2 controller, front view (photo by Vicvideopic)
Photo by Vicvideopic

Besides the two internal ones, DJI has supplied the new RC2 controller with two extra external antennas, which are the main visible difference compared to the RC

The new model has a dual-transmitter, quad-receiver system for enhanced signal strength and improved transmission performance

Ocusync 4

Transmission quality was high on the list of priorities

The new RC 2 is compatible with the new generation DJI Ocusync 4 transmission technology with three different frequency bands, including the new 5.1 GHz, particularly effective for users based in Europe

The improvement of the signal transmission of the Mini 4 Pro with the RC 2 compared to the Mini 3 Pro with the RC is massive.
According to the geographic location, for some users, it is worth the price difference 

Built-In Screen

When buying a Mini 4 Pro or Air 3 there is a choice between two remote controllers: the RC N2 to be used with a smartphone or tablet, or the RC 2 with a built-in screen

The latter doesn’t need a device like a smartphone or a tablet and this is a huge advantage: just one device to charge and carry, no cables to connect, simply turn on the controller, which boots up in less than 30 seconds, turn on the aircraft and ready to go

Specs of the DJI RC 2 controller (photo by Vicvideopic)
Photo by Vicvideopic

The display size is 5.5” with a resolution of 1080p. The weight is 420 grams, about 10% more than the previous RC, due to external antennas and other improvements

After removing the sticks, it fits perfectly in the bag and it is still an excellent solution for hiking and traveling

The brightness value is 700 Nits. With the RC N1, I was using a tablet and I find the RC controller brighter with 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

Internal Storage

The new model has 32GB of internal storage, which is plenty for screen recording and caching

I find it very useful compared to using an SD card, as I can connect the controller to my PC with the supplied cable to transfer the files to a hard drive on my computer and at the same time charge the controller

Guided Tour of the RC 2


DJI RC 2 controller: front view (photo by vicvideopic)
Photo by Vicvideopic

On the front, there are two removable sticks

On the top, some LEDs, the 4 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 or exits automated moves like Mastershots, Quickshots, or Hyperlapses to prevent accidents

In the middle, there is a selector for the three different speed modes: Cine, Normal, and 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, and the same to switch it off


DJI RC 2 controller: top view (photo by vicvideopic)
Photo by Vicvideopic

On the upper side, there are two buttons, the one to the left to start recording 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

Behind the two shutters, there are two wheels; the one on the left tilts the gimbal up or down, and the one to the right by default controls the zoom, but it can be customized, as we will see later

This second dial produces a smoother zoom compared to simply dragging a finger on the screen


DJI RC 2 controller: back view (photo by vicvideopic)
Photo by Vicvideopic

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

By default the one to the left is set to toggle the gimbal’s tilt from top down to facing forward, the other button is set to Cruise Control, but there are plenty of other choices

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

Finally, it is possible to customize the action of the right dial combined with each of the two buttons. Plenty of choices!


DJI RC 2 controller: bottom view (photo by vicvideopic)
Photo by Vicvideopic

On the bottom there is a USB-C port that can be used for connection to a computer, to transfer files, and to charge the controller. It is also possible to attach a microphone for voice-over

The other slot is for an SD card, although I prefer to store the screen recordings in the internal memory of the controller

On the two sides, there are two small holes to fit a lanyard neck strap to have the controller hanging and free your hands

Settings of the Controller

After turning the controller on, by swiping down once at the top of the screen we can see the local time, the status of the SD card, battery level, and icons for other devices connected, like a microphone or a headphone

DJI RC controller main screen

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 with a finger to the right we return to the previous screen, if we swipe up from the button we exit the settings and return to DJI Fly app

Through the gear icon on the top right, we access a menu of settings where we can choose an internet connection, needed for firmware updates or for accessing the maps

When the aircraft takes off the internet connection is switched off; to access the maps in location there are two possibilities:

  • Get an internet connection with a smartphone or tablet if you have set up a hotspot
  • While a connection is available, browse the maps of the location at different zoom levels to cache them in memory

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

  • 1 – Connects to the internet if a network is available
  • 2 – Press and hold to pair a Bluetooth device such as a headphone
  • 3 – Airplane mode
  • 4 – Mutes the messages we receive during the flight
  • 5 – Starts a screen recording. An icon shows the recording time with a button to stop recording, we can move it by dragging it around
  • 6 – Takes a screenshot

At the bottom, there are two sliders for brightness and volume

Battery Time

The battery lasts for about 4 hours, which is a lot, considering the need to power the screen

It is the equivalent of eight times the aircraft batteries, certainly enough for all occasions

The charging time is about 90 minutes

Do I recommend purchasing the RC controller? Absolutely! I use it all the time. When using an older model, going back to a controller with a remote device feels 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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