Which DJI remote control for which drone: the compatibility guide

We are often asked if this or that DJI remote control can be used with this or that drone. So if you too want to know which DJI remote control is compatible with which drone(s), here is a complete guide to the different DJI remote controls available on the market, and above all, a summary table of the compatibilities between the different models of DJI remote controls and drones. We will keep this table updated as the manufacturer updates it.

DJI Radio Controls: Compatibility Chart

This summary table will allow you to know at a glance which DJI remote control is compatible with which drone. Feel free to come back from time to time, we will update it with each new update from the manufacturer.

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DJI RC-N1

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DJI RC-N2
radio control dji smart controller
DJI
Smart
Controller
radio control dji rc 1
DJI RC

dji rc 2 remote control
DJI RC 2
radio control dji rc pro
DJI RC Pro

radio control radio control 2 DJI FPV
DJI FPV 2

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DJI
Motion Controller
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DJI
RC Motion 2
Mavic Mini
Mini-SE
Mini 2
Mini 2 SE
Mini 3
Mini 3 Pro
Mini 4 Pro
Mavic Air 2
Air 2S
Air 3
Mavic 2
Mavic 3
Mavic 3 Classic
Mavic 3 Pro
DJI FPV
Avata

DJI radio controls: the different models

Here is a quick overview of the different DJI radio controls compatible with the drones still offered by the Chinese manufacturer.

DJI RC-N1 Remote Control

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Introduced with the release of the DJI Mini 2, the DJI RC-N1 radio control marked a clear improvement over previous DJI remotes and quickly became THE standard radio control of the brand. It is also the one that can be used with the largest number of different DJI drones, thanks to its compatibility with the different transmission systems O2, O3 and O3+ of the manufacturer.

It does not have a screen, so you have to connect your smartphone to receive the image captured by the drone and access the various settings, but its spring clip provided for this purpose, located on the top edge, is very convenient. Ergonomic, it holds very well in hand and allows a precise control of the drone.

The DJI RC-N1 is compatible with the following drones:

  • DJI Mini 2
  • DJI Mini 2 SE
  • DJI Mini 3
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro
  • DJI Mavic Air 2
  • DJI Air 2S
  • DJI Mavic 3
  • DJI Mavic 3 Classic
  • DJI Mavic 3 Pro

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DJI RC-N2 remote control

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The DJI RC-N2 radio control is an update of the DJI RC-N1. Arriving with the release of the DJI Air 3, the purpose of this remote control is to introduce the next generation of the manufacturer’s video transmission system, namely DJI O4. The new system supports an additional frequency band in Europe (5.1 GHz).

The RC-N1’s physical characteristics have been retained, and the only differences with the old model are on the inside: its transmission system has been updated, and the antenna system has been upgraded from 1T2R to 2T2R, for a range of up to 20km FCC / 10km CE and a more stable link.

The DJI RC-N2 is compatible with the following drones:

  • DJI Air 3
  • DJI Mini 4 Pro

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DJI Smart Controller

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Launched in January 2019, the DJI Smart Controller radio control was initially intended for the Mavic 2 series. Various updates then allowed it to be compatible with the Mavic Air 2, the Phantom 4, then the Mini 2 and the Air 2S. DJI stopped marketing this remote control in August 2021.

The Smart Controller has a large, ultra-bright (1000 cd/m²) 5.5-inch touch screen. It incorporates an Android operating system that allows it to be scalable, since you can install third-party applications such as Facebook or Instagram, in order to directly post photos and videos online.

It is compatible with the following drones:

  • DJI Mini 2
  • DJI Mavic Air 2
  • DJI Air 2S
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro
  • DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
  • DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

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DJI RC Remote Control

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The DJI RC radio control is the latest control system with a built-in screen offered by DJI. It was introduced by the manufacturer with the release of its latest addition to the Mini series, the DJI Mini 3 Pro. Available in the Fly More package of the drone but also alone, its latest updates allow it to be compatible with other models, such as the Air 2S or the Mavic 3.

Lightweight and comfortable in the hand, the DJI RC has a 5.5-inch touch screen with 700 nits of brightness, and an impressive 4-hour battery life that allows for multiple flight sessions without having to recharge.

The DJI RC can be used with the following drones:

  • DJI Mini 3
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro
  • DJI Air 2S
  • DJI Mavic 3
  • DJI Mavic 3 Classic
  • DJI Mavic 3 Pro

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DJI RC 2 remote control

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Like the DJI RC-N2, the DJI RC 2 remote control was introduced at the same time as the latest version of DJI’s “Air” drone range, the DJI Air 3. This is the update of the DJI RC with the firm’s new DJI O4 video transmission system, offering an additional frequency band in Europe (5.1 GHz), a more reliable connection, and a maximum range extended to 20km FCC and 10km CE.

This update is accompanied by a few physical changes, the most obvious being the addition of two external folding antennas on top of the radio control unit, designed to improve transmission stability.

The DJI RC 2 is compatible with the following drones:

  • DJI Air 3
  • DJI Mini 4 Pro

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DJI RC Pro remote control

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Announced as the replacement for the DJI Smart Controller, the DJI RC Pro is the latest high-end remote control produced by DJI. Released with the Mavic 3 in the most expensive package among those offered with the drone, it is now also available separately and DJI has expanded its compatibility with the Air 2S and Mini 3 Pro.

Equipped with a superb 5.5 inch touch screen with 1000 nits of brightness, it has a full touch interface and offers a great piloting comfort for a top experience. Its scalable interface can accommodate third-party apps like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and it also has a mini-HDMI port that allows you to share the live video stream on an external display.

The DJI RC Pro is compatible with the following drones:

  • DJI Mini 3 Pro
  • DJI Air 2S
  • DJI Mavic 3
  • DJI Mavic 3 Classic
  • DJI Mavic 3 Pro

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DJI FPV V2 remote control

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The DJI FPV Radio Remote Control 2 was launched to coincide with the release of the first drone created by DJI to offer an FPV experience to the general public, the DJI FPV. It is delivered by default with the drone, and is also available alone for owners of the latest FPV drone of the brand, the DJI Avata.

The DJI FPV V2 is a simple remote control, which takes the form of a video game console remote control, and without screen of course, since the pilot receives the image directly in the helmet provided with the drone. But its simplicity is matched only by its efficiency, with proven joysticks that offer fluid and precise control.

The DJI FPV V2 remote control is compatible with the following drones:

  • DJI FPV
  • DJI Avata

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DJI Motion Controller

radio control dji motion controller

The DJI Remote Control is the other remote control created by DJI to fly its FPV drones, the DJI FPV and the Avata. It is sold by default with the Avata and is available as an option for DJI FPV owners.

Radically different from anything the manufacturer has offered so far, this radio control has the shape of a joystick worthy of the fighter planes piloted by Tom Cruise in Top Gun and thus allows to pilot the drone in an intuitive way via hand movements. The ultimate remote control for those looking for total immersion!

The DJI Motion Controller is compatible with the following drones:

  • DJI FPV
  • DJI Avata

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DJI RC Motion 2 remote control

radio control dji rc motion 2

Newly released in April 2023, the DJI RC Motion 2 is the second joystick-style controller produced by DJI. It replaces the DJI Motion Controller.

This new version adds new features absent from the first Motion Controller, such as, among others: the ability to move the drone backwards thanks to a new trigger that you can pull towards you, a new mini joystick allowing to go up, down, and make horizontal movements to the left and right, or a new FN wheel that allows to adjust the parameters of the camera live.

The DJI RC Motion 2 is compatible with the following drones:

  • DJI Avata
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro
  • DJI Mavic 3
  • DJI Mavic 3 Classic
  • DJI Mavic 3 Pro

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DJI radio controls: conclusion

The more time passes, the more DJI offers radio controls that are compatible with several drones at the same time. This is also why the latest drones of the brand are also offered alone without radio control, so that they can be used with a remote control that you would already have from another model.

DJI will surely evolve its radio controls via updates to make them compatible with other existing drones, or new models to come. Therefore, stay tuned! If you’re wondering which DJI remote control is compatible with which drones, keep this page aside and check back later: we’ll be sure to update it as soon as new compatibilities are announced by DJI.

To go further, discover also :

➡️ our complete test of the DJI RC radio control

➡️ our complete test of the DJI RC Pro remote control

5 thoughts on “Which DJI remote control for which drone: the compatibility guide

  1. Christopher Williams says:

    do you know if the RC Motion controller will operate an older DJI spark drone, seems like it would, but I don’t see it listed.

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