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Best Compact Case For DJI Mavic 2 | Convertible Shoulder Bag / Backpack

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In this review, we are taking a closer look at the extremely versatile compact case/bag for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom from Lykus. There are many who are very displeased with the bag that comes with the Mavic 2 fly more kit, the biggest complaints being that everything feels cramped and forced inside. As well as the drone has to be placed in with the camera facing down which many feel could potentially damage the camera over time, especially if the camera bag happens to fall. So I set out to find the perfect travel bag for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom and I think I have found just that!

When choosing a bag I wanted one that was not too large or bulky but still had ample room for storage of extra accessories. I like to travel light so I didn’t make sense for me to have a case that was too large for a nice small foldable portable drone like the Mavic 2. The Lykus Mavic 2 bag had the perfect marriage of storage and size and comes with many nice features. Even with its relatively small footprint, it can hold quite a bit of gear including an iPad mini or even a full-size iPad if you prefer. This is important as many like to fly the Mavic 2 with an iPad. The Lykus Mavic 2 case also comes with a rain cover to keep your gear protected if you happen to get caught in the rain. However, the feature that I love most about this Mavic 2 carrying case is the fact that it can convert from a handbag to a shoulder bag to even a backpack with the included straps. Drone backpacks typically can be quite large for traveling especially when you have other luggage to bring along, with this case you can start out your travels with a handbag and if you find yourself in need of hiking into a location to fly you can easily turn it into a backpack with the included straps while still retailing is small form factor.

The quality of construction seems to be decent and will hold up over the long run. I can’t really comment however on longevity as this is new to me, but I will definitely update this review if I run into any issues with the bag. You can watch our YouTube video review to get a better look at the bag and see how much gear can be stored inside.

Lykus Mavic 2 Case: https://amzn.to/2OZSX8O

 

The Lykus Mavic 2 bag converts from a handbag to a shoulder bag and even into a backpack with the included removable straps.

 

Includes a rain cover to protect all your gear if you happen to get caught in the rain.

 

Small and compact but still able to pack everything you need for a day of flying with your DJI Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom.

 

The large front pocket is capable of holding a full-size iPad.

 

Ample storage space for all your DJI Mavic 2 gear.


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DJI Smart Controller Now Supports Waypoints 2.0 | Firmware Update

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This is just a quick update, as of yesterday the DJI Smart Controller now supports the new intelligent flight mode WayPoints 2.0. This feature was rolled out last week first for iOS devices and then some Android devices a few days later. Unfortunately, the update was not yet released for the DJI Smart controller which angered many who have purchased it, with good reason. These premium devices sold by DJI are not cheap and customers expect to have new features alongside everyone else, not weeks or months later … if at all! This is true for the Crystal Sky as well, updates seem to trickle in at a very slow rate. As of writing this article, there is no update yet to bring WayPoints 2.0 to Crystal Sky. Right now you can download the DJI Smart Controller firmware update, you should be prompted to install the update when you launch the Go 4 App on the Smart Controller. If the update screen does not come up automatically, you can manually prompt an update from the settings menu in the Go 4 app. I will make an updated post when Waypoints 2.0 has been added to Crystal Sky.

DJI Smart Controller: http://bit.ly/2FViHlU
DJI Mavic 2: http://bit.ly/2PVuaDU

Watch the video below to see a demonstration of Waypoints 2.0 on the DJI Smart Controller.

 


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DJI Smart Remote Overview And Thoughts

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Around the time last summer when the Dji Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic Zoom were released, there were leaked photos floating around showing a remote that had a built-in screen and was reported to be a new integrated remote for the Mavic 2 series. Fast forward to January 2019, DJI official launched this new Smart Remote at CES. It was listed on their website as out of stock for a while and first became available for purchase in European countries, then in Canada and a few days later in the U.S. However it was sold out in a few days and at the time of writing this article it has been listed as out of stock again.

The DJI Smart Controller is an all in one unit with a build in 5.5-inch screen. It runs on a modified version of Android and has all the apps needed to fly youR Mavic 2 built-in to the unit. The screen is similar to the existing Crystal Sky monitors and has a super bright 1000 nit screen, this makes for easier viewing on bright days. The DJI Smart controller has many useful built-in tools and features such as an HDMI out port allowing you to connect the remote to an external monitor. It has a Micro SD card slot allowing you to transfer and view your drone videos and photos. There is a new feature called GoShare and is a way to connect and transfer your drone media to your smartphone or tablet.

One of the biggest complaints of DJI’s new Smart Controller is the price, it comes in at $649 U.S which does sting the wallet quite a bit. There is now an option when purchasing a brand new Mavic 2 drone that allows you to bundle in the Smart Remote instead of the stock remote, this does save a little money. However, it is a bit of a slap in the face for those who purchased the Mavic 2 early on as no discounts are offered.

Price aside, I am really enjoying this remote, the new DJI Smart Controller makes setting up and deploying your drone so much faster with less hassle. You don’t have to worry about making sure your phone is charged or putting it into airplane mode so you don’t get distracting calls and messages. It feels comfortable to hold and just performs like a premium device. You can install 3rd party apps as well if you so choose. All in all, it is well worth the money for me, of course, I wish it was cheaper and feel a price tag of $500 would have been better suited.

One drawback to using this remote is getting updates later than iOS or Android phones. This has been a common problem even when using the Crystal Sky. Compatibility and feature updates seem to always trickle in sometimes months down the road. This is true for DJI’s latest Go4 App update that included a new intelligent flight mode “Waypoints 2.0”. Unfortunately, it is not yet available on the new DJI Smart Controller or Crystal Sky and may not be for some time which is very unfortunate. This is very backward in my opinion, customers who have paid for premium devices should not be punished by lack of updates or features. Premium devices if anything should have updates made to them first. I think this would be a good selling point for DJI if they offered the first crack at new features and updates to those who have purchased premium devices.

Watch our unboxing and review video below.

DJI Smart Controller: http://bit.ly/2FViHlU
DJI Mavic 2: http://bit.ly/2PVuaDU

 

 


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