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DJI launches Download Center to make software easier to find

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The new DJI Download Center is a centralized repository of software for all of DJI’s products. The following downloads can be found in the Download Center:

  • DJI mobile apps (DJI GO, DJI Pilot, DJI Mimo, etc.)

  • DJI Assistant 2

  • Transcoders (for editing video footage)

  • Drivers

  • And all of the other software that drives DJI’s products

You can also find the latest version of each application (helpful when checking if you’re on the latest version), mobile device requirements, and release notes for a list of recent changes and fixes.


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FAA requiring drones to be marked externally by February 25

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The FAA recently posted the External Marking Requirement for Small Unmanned Aircraft rule in the Federal Register to require drone owners to display their FAA registration number on an outside surface of the drone. This new rule goes into effect on February 25, 2019. All drones must be marked externally when flying outdoors by that date.

Reason for this change

Members of the law enforcement and security communities have expressed concern that the current rule, which allows registration numbers to be marked in an enclosed compartment, presents an imminent risk of harm to first responders. When responding to a security incident involving a drone, first responders seek to identify the owner or operator. Requiring first responders to physically handle a drone to obtain the registration number poses an unnecessary safety and security risk to those individuals, as well as to others in the immediate proximity to the drone, because of the potential for the drone to conceal an explosive device in an enclosed compartment (such as the battery compartment), designed to detonate upon opening. Requiring drone owners to place the registration number on an external surface of the drone helps to mitigate this risk because a first responder can view the number without handling the drone, or by using other technologies that allow for remote viewing of the drone’s external surface.

Drone marking requirements

This interim final rule does not change the original acceptable methods of external marking, nor does it specify a particular external surface on which the registration number must be placed. The requirement is that it can be seen upon visual inspection of the drone’s exterior.

Make your voice heard

The FAA has issued this new requirement as an Interim Final Rule. That means the rule will take effect while also inviting the public to share their comments. The FAA issues interim final rules when delaying implementation of the rule would be impractical, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. In this case, the FAA determined the importance of mitigating the risk to first responders outweighs the minimal inconvenience this change may impose on small drone owners, and justifies implementation without a prior public comment period.

The FAA will consider all comments submitted by the public here to determine if the provisions of the ultimate Final Rule should be changed. The 30-day comment period ends on March 15, 2019.


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DJI Smart Controller with built-in screen

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DJI just released their new DJI Smart Controller at CES 2019. It features a ultra-bright built-in screen and is compatible with all Mavic 2 models and other DJI drones that use OcuSync 2.0.

Main features

  • Crystal-clear live feeds

  • Ultra-bright 5.5-inch screen (viewable in direct sunlight)

  • Intuitive controls

  • Android operating system

  • 3rd party app support

  • HDMI output

  • Easy file sharing

  • 2.5 hour battery life

Price and availability

The DJI Smart Controller retails for $649 USD and is currently available in the DJI Store in select regions. If it’s not currently available where you live, you can click the In Stock Reminder button to receiver an email when it’s available.

Take a closer look

Here are a few reviews from people received the DJI Smart Controller prior to DJI’s announcement:


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10% off Mavic 2 with educational discount

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DJI is currently offering 10% off of the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom (and some other products) with their educational discount. To take advantage of this offer, you need to be a student, educator, or academic research staff member and have an approved academic email address. See more details here.


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2018 DJI Winter Sale

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DJI Store deals

From now through January 2nd, DJI is running a Winter Sale for up to 30% off of DJI drones and accessories. See a complete list of deals here in the DJI Store.

Note: If you’re going to purchase a Mavic Pro Platinum during this sale, then don’t forget to use one of these coupons to get an extra 5% off.

Deals from other DJI dealers

There are lots of authorized DJI dealers competing to sell their stock of DJI drones too. So, don’t forget to check out their daily deals when you’re ready to buy. You can find a current list of the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Newegg, and more here:


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Watch the DJI Osmo Pocket live release event

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The DJI Osmo Pocket was announced during a live event for a select group of invitees in New York City on November 28th. The event was not live streamed on DJI’s website (like usual) or by any YouTubers who showed up for the event.

Watch a replay of the live event footage

Rick from Drone Valley was one of the lucky people to be invited to the event. He got a front seat and recorded the entire event. Watch it below or start here to skip Rick’s introduction thoughts about the Osmo Pocket and jump right to the point where the live event starts in his video.

Update (12/6/2018)

DJI posted their own version of this video here on their YouTube channel:


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DJI Osmo Pocket now available

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The Osmo Pocket is the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera DJI has ever designed. And it’s now available for purchase in the DJI Store.

Main features

Here are the main features of the Osmo Pocket:

  • Captures smooth stabilized video

  • 3-axis gimbal eliminates shake and jitter

  • Lightweight (116 grams) & portable (only 4.7 inches tall)

  • Wide angle camera lens with 1/2.3″ sensor (80° field of view)

  • Shoots up to 4K 60fps video at 100 Mbps

  • 140 minute battery life

  • Dual built-in microphones and advanced noise-canceling algorithms to ensure you capture high quality audio to match your footage

  • 1-inch integrated touch screen that provides a high quality live view as well as the ability to toggle through the various shooting modes, adjust settings, review footage

  • Universal port below the touchscreen allows a mobile device to be connected to use as a monitor and run the DJI Mimo app

  • Intelligent features for capturing creative videos and photographs

    • ActiveTrack: Recognize and follow subjects of your choice, perfect for capturing family moments easily with the tap of your finger.

    • FaceTrack: Automatically recognizes a human face and locks the subject in center of the frame at all times. It does not identify individual faces, but keeps the camera centered on one. To initiate FaceTrack, simply select selfie mode and the camera will detect your face.

    • Timelapse & Motionlapse: If you’re looking to turn minutes into seconds, Timelapse is perfect for capturing unique content with the effect of the world moving faster around you, while Motionlapse adds the dynamic element of camera movement to your Timelapse.

    • FPV Mode: Lets you capture video from your perspective. Instead of locking the gimbal to maintain the horizon, this mode tells the camera to follow your every tilt and lean.

    • 3×3 & 180° Panorama: For capturing breathtaking wide-angle photos, Osmo Pocket offers two Panorama modes. 3X3 takes an expansive 9 images in total while 180° mode captures 4 images. Osmo Pocket software stitches them together automatically so you can focus on the framing of the scene.

  • The following accessories can be purchased separately:

    • Accessory Mount: Makes Osmo Pocket compatible with action camera accessories so you’re able to capture your adventure footage, such as when mounted on a helmet, backpack or your wrist.

    • Wireless Module: Supports Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth transmission between Osmo Pocket and your smartphone, providing remote access to the camera feed and control of Osmo Pocket; perfect for setting up a Timelapse or Motionlapse on a busy city street.

    • Controller Wheel: Allows you to precisely control gimbal movement (left-right or up-down) enabling you to easily adjust the composition of your shot. Re-center the gimbal or switch to selfie mode easily with dedicated buttons on the handle.

    • Expansion Kit: The expansion kit includes the Accessory Mount, Wireless Module and Controller Wheel.

    • ND Filters Set: ND filters attach to the front of the camera to reduce the amount of light entering the sensor. The ND Filter Set offers several levels of filter darkness and allows for more control over the camera’s aperture, exposure time, and sensor sensitivity settings.

    • Waterproof Case: Bring a unique underwater perspective to your footage using the Waterproof Case which can be placed at a depth of 60 meters.

    • Extension Rod: Attaches to the Lightning or USB-C port and provides 31 inches of reach to Osmo Pocket, opening a world of new creative angles that are normally difficult or impossible to get. A gimbal control joystick and camera button on the handle were designed for remote control when using the Extension Rod and a tripod was added to the bottom for expanded use cases

    • Charging Case: Protects Osmo Pocket while in transit and charges it. Contains dedicated sections to store your Micro SD card and ND filters.

    • 3.5mm Adapter: Allows you to connect an external microphone if you prefer to capture audio using a separate device.

    See more details in the Osmo Pocket Specs and the Osmo Pocket FAQ.

    Price and availability

    Osmo Pocket retails for $349 USD and will be available for pre-order in the DJI Store, DJI Flagship Stores, DJI Authorized Retailers and additional retailers starting today. Pre-orders will start shipping on December 15th.

    OSMO Shield

    OSMO Shield offers comprehensive two-year protection coverage, doubling your DJI warranty from one to two years. Customers also get an additional free accidental coverage service. OSMO Shield is available in North America and China.

    Take a closer look

    A few people were lucky enough to get an Osmo Pocket to review. You can take a closer look at the Osmo Pocket in these reviews:


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