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DJI Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Kit Shoulder Bag Review | How To Pack

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So I thought I would do a little review of the Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom shoulder bag that comes bundled within the “Fly More Kit” when you order the new Mavic 2 Series drones from DJI. Now, this is for 2 reasons, first I show how to pack the bag and demonstrate how all gear that comes with the Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Kit does indeed fit nicely in the bag and also to allow people to take a closer look at it before they commit to buying the fly more kit.

Like many others, I was a little disappointed with the Bag that came with the Mavic Air, I was not a fan of the material they picked and really disliked the weird pocket on the back that wrapped around the sides. I was functional but the design was a little off for my taste. However this is definitely not the case with the Mavic 2 shoulder bag, my first impressions of it were that it looked very sharp and functional. It somewhat similar to the original Mavic Pro bag but with some changes to the interior and exterior. The material they used is a nice choice, a dark charcoal grey that has a rubbery feel to it. On the exterior, it has a small pocket on the top flap and 2 large elastic mesh pockets on the side. You can jam a lot of gear inside these pockets.

The interior of the bag has 2 large cavities and one side has a nice divider that folds up out of the way when packing or if you prefer just to have the two sides wide open. DJI Stated that you can pack everything from the fly more kit including 4 batteries total and yes I can confirm this to be true. If you don’t need to pack your car charger or charging brick/hub when you head out to fly you could definitely pack even more batteries.

I tried to find out on DJI’s website but could not find any information about if it is water resistant. However due to the material and all the zippers having a special cover flap I would safely say that the bag is indeed splash proof and weatherproof, just don’t go submerging it in water. One concern that I do have is that the drone has to sit with the camera facing down in the bag to fit properly. I would prefer it the other way up but with the gimbal cover on I don’t think it will be an issue. After all I will not be playing football with the drone bag. Even with a hard drop, I am confident the aircraft and camera will be fine.

All in all, I really like this shoulder bag, I think it is functional and looks great. I like it so much I ended up ordering a second one for my Mavic Air. I think if DJI would create a drone backpack modeled around this design of this shoulder bag it would be a big hit and I would definitely buy that as well

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom shoulder bag can be purchased as a single item or included with the “Fly More Kit”

Mavic 2 Shoulder Bag: http://bit.ly/2LFeIZf
Mavic 2 Fly More Kit: http://bit.ly/2wrOrbU

Mavic 2 Pro: http://bit.ly/2PVuaDU
Mavic 2 Zoom: http://bit.ly/2ol5Hv0

 

 


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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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