DJI RC vs DJI RC Pro: Smart Controller Comparison

With so many different DJI drones and a variety of different accompanying remote controllers, it can quickly get confusing to figure out which controller does what and to decide which is best for you. It’s okay, we’re here to help with this product comparison guide that breaks down the similarities and differences between the DJI RC and DJI RC Pro drone remote controllers.

DJI RC vs DJI RC Pro: Spec Breakdown

As per usual, we’re starting by comparing the specs of these two controller models side by side. Which differences stick out to you?

Weight 390 g
680 g
Dimensions 168.4 x 123.7 x 46.2 mm
183.27 x 137.41 x 47.6 mm
Screen Size 5.5”
1080 x 1920
1080 x 1920
Peak Brightness 700 nits
1000 nits
Battery Life 4 hours
3 hours
Storage NA
32 GB
Compatible Drones DJI Mini 3
DJI Mini 3 Pro
DJI Air 2S
DJI Mavic 3
DJI Mavic 3 Classic
DJI Mavic 3 Cine
DJI Mavic 3 Pro
DJI Mavic 3 Pro Cine
DJI Mini 3 Pro
DJI Air 2S
DJI Mavic 3
DJI Mavic 3 Classic
DJI Mavic 3 Cine
DJI Mavic 3 Pro
DJI Mavic 3 Pro Cine

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DJI RC vs DJI RC Pro: What’s Different?

Peak Brightness 

One major advantage the DJI RC Pro holds over the DJI RC is a higher peak brightness. While the DJI RC sports an incredibly bright display that outputs at up to 700 nits, DJI RC Pro ups the ante with up to a super-bright 1000 nits of peak brightness, ideal for those super glary days.

Processing Power 

The overall build of the DJI RC Pro is bulkier than that of the DJI RC. That bulk doesn’t go to waste however, with the RC Pro sporting improved internals for greater computing and graphical power. These improvements deliver a snappier flight experience and help support

In fact, the DJI RC Pro sports a 7X graphical performance improvement over the previous-generation DJI Smart Controller according to DJI.


One significant difference between the two DJI RC controllers is their price point. Retailing for just $399 AUD, the DJI RC is the more affordable of the two options and has been popular among enthusiast and pro-sumer pilots.

The RC Pro features a significant price jump with a price point of $1529 AUD. Why the increased price? DJI RC Pro features more premium components and is built tougher with better materials and vastly improved internal processors.

Read More: Introducing DJI Mini 3 Pro: The Most Advanced Mini Drone Ever

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DJI RC Pro: Exclusive Features

HDMI Video Output 

With its expanded IO featuring a mini-HDMI port, the DJI RC Pro unlocks the power of video output for pilots. It may seem like a minor feature, however video output is an absolute game changer for DJI pilots with a wide variety of applications.

Built-In Storage 

A handy little feature of the DJI RC Pro is 32 GB of built-in internal storage. While it may not seem like a lot when you’re working with 4K video files, having a small amount of internal storage can come in handy when your card is out of storage space or you’ve simply forgotten to pack one!

Third Party App Support 

Time to let you in on a little secret… the DJI RC Pro actually runs off the Android operating system.

What does this mean for you? The Android operating system allows you to download any app that you normally would on a smartphone device. This is great using third-party drone apps like DroneDeploy and others. It’s also great for sharing your snaps straight to social media via Instagram, Facebook or your favourite platform.

Read More: Must Have Accessories for DJI Mini 3 Pro

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DJI RC vs DJI RC Pro: Which Should I Buy?

Best Value for Money: DJI RC 

If you’re just getting started on your drone piloting journey or simply don’t want to invest the $1500 required to upgrade to the DJI RC Pro, the DJI RC is an absolutely fantastic way to elevate your piloting experience without breaking the bank.

Best for Professional Pilots: DJI RC Pro 

As its name suggests, the DJI RC Pro is built for pros. That’s why it's our top pick for professional-level pilots. With exclusive features like HDMI video output and added flexibility due thanks to third-party app support, DJI RC Pro provides an unrestricted controller experience that’s great for solo flight and fits in on film sets as well.

Read More: DJI Mini 3 Pro: Top 5 Features

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Where to Buy DJI RC controllers in Australia

DJI RC series remote controllers have officially landed and can be purchased today at D1 Store, Australia’s first and only DJI Authorised Retailer.

  • DJI RC | Shop Now at D1 Store

DJI RC | $399

Experience flight in a whole new way with the game-changing new DJI RC remote controller for DJI drones. Engineered with DJI pilots in mind, the DJI RC elevates your flight experience in every way imaginable. With its bright 5.5” touchscreen display that eliminates the need for a smartphone, new precision control sticks, customisable control buttons and so much more, the DJI RC allows everyday pilots to fly like a true pro at a fraction of the price.

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  • DJI RC Pro | Shop Now at D1 Store

DJI RC Pro | $1529

Offering powerful performance, DJI RC Pro is designed for professional-level aerial photography. Thanks to the next-generation processor and increased storage capacity, DJI RC Pro works more stably and smoothly. It comes with the powerful O3+ video transmission technology. It also adopts the same control sticks as DJI FPV, offering a precise, ultra-smooth control experience.

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