DJI FPV Remote Controller 3: is it worth adding to your Avata 2 kit?

When you purchase the DJI Avata 2 Fly More Combo, you get three big items: the Avata 2 drone itself, plus a pair of DJI Goggles 3 (those are the first person view [FPV] goggles) and a unique type of controller called the DJI RC Motion 3. But what about the DJI FPV Remote Controller 3?

The DJI FPV Remote Controller 3 is offered as an add-on accessory to go with your DJI Avata 2 Fly More Combo for an additional $199 fee. Should you purchase it? Here’s a deep dive into what it is, why you might opt for it over the DJI RC Motion 3, and some spicy drone pilot opinions on how DJI could make the DJI Avata 2 Combo more consumer-friendly:

The differences between the DJI RC Motion 3 versus DJI FPV Remote Controller 3

Sally French, The Drone Girl, compares the DJI RC Motion 3 vs DJI FPV Remote Controller 3. (Photo by Sally French)

When you buy the DJI Avata 2 Fly More Combo ($999), the DJI RC Motion 3 is already included. The DJI RC Motion 3 is certainly a neat little product. It’s intended to be much more beginner-friendly than the DJI FPV Remote Controller 3.

By the way, check out my full DJI Avata 2 review here.

How the DJI RC Motion 3 works

A diagram shows the various functions of the DJI RC Motion 3. Image courtesy of DJI

Whereas the DJI FPV Remote Controller 3 has two joysticks that require some skill, the DJI RC Motion 3 does pretty much everything through the combination of you tapping a few buttons and flicking your wrists. Yes, the drone’s motion responds to your wrist movements as you hold the DJI RC Motion 3.

From there, a series of buttons allow you to takeoff, stop, switch modes, and even execute fancy acrobatic maneuvers. There is one joystick, which allows you to control the aircraft’s ascent, descent, or horizontal movement to the left or right.

 The RC Motion 3 features a two-stop throttle design. The first stop allows rapid adjustment of the drone’s pitch while hovering, and the second stop controls the flight speed depending on how much pressure is applied.

A half-press of the throttle trigger locks the drone in the first stop, keeping its attitude stable. That half-press prevents the drone from spinning due to remote controller jitters during hovering. The benefit? You may avoid dizziness as perceived through the flight goggles.

Fully pressing the trigger engages the second stop, unlocking the attitude and increasing the throttle.

RC Motion 3 versus DJI FPV Remote Controller 3

But you might want the DJI Remote Controller 3, which looks more like your standard controller. It’s the only way you can fly the Avata 2 in Manual mode.

Here are the two controllers, compared:

Feature DJI FPV Remote Controller 3 DJI RC Motion 3
Control Style Traditional Dual Sticks Motion Control
Learning Curve for brand-new pilots Steeper (More Precise) Lower (More Intuitive)
Ideal for Precision flying, experienced pilots Freestyle flying, beginners
Battery Life Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours
Charging Time About 2 hours About 2 hours
Weight 240 grams 118 grams
Modes Normal, Sport, Manual Normal, Sport (Software Select)
Price $199 Included with Avata 2 Explorer Combo (which costs $999)
Otherwise sold separately for $99
When is it best used? If you want to fly in manual mode If you want to execute flight manuevers with one tap

Buying the add-on DJI FPV Remote Controller 3: the pros and cons

With those differences in mind, here are the pros and cons of upgrading to the DJI FPV Remote Controller 3:


Manual control mode: You can not fly in manual control with the DJI RC Motion 3, marking the primary reason why most people would choose the DJI FPV Remote Controller 3 over the RC Motion 3.

Compatibility with drone flight simulators: If you want to practice using drone flight simulators, the DJI FPV Remote Controller 3 is there for you. This RC is compatible with popular simulators including Liftoff, Uncrashed, The Drone Racing League and DCL.


Really the only con here is cost. But is it worth the price?

After all, the brand-new RC Motion 3 enables one-press execution of various aerobatic maneuvers not limited to M-mode FPV Remote Controller users.

This version of the RC Motion 3 has also gotten some serious upgrades. For example, pilots can now combine the dial and button on the RC Motion 3 with hand movements to perform one-press flips, one-press rolls, and one-press 180° yaw splits. It’s also smaller and lighter than its predecessor, offering a much more comfortable grip.

When the DJI FPV Remote Controller 3 is worth it?

For many pilots, the whole set is only complete with the DJI FPV Remote Controller 3. That lets you master more sophisticated skills and fly more accurately.

DJI FPV Remote Controller 3 versus Remote Controller 2

The DJI FPV Remote Controller 3 also marks a huge improvement over the old DJI FPV Remote Controller 2 given its  DJI O4 video transmission and integrated antenna design. It’s also lighter than its predecessor and boasts a longer operating time. Here’s a look at how much better the version 3 is over version 2:

Feature DJI FPV Remote Controller 3 DJI FPV Remote Controller 2
Control Style Traditional Dual Sticks Traditional Dual Sticks
Battery Life Up to 10 hours Up to 9 hours
Charging Time About 2 hours About 2.5 hours
Weight 240 grams 346 grams
Dimensions 165mm length
119 mm width
62 mm height
190mm length
140 mm width
51 mm height
Compatible with DJI Avata 2
DJI Goggles 3
DJI Avata
DJI Goggles 2
DJI Goggles Integra
DJI FPV Goggles V2
Price $199 $199

Since they’e compatible with completely different pieces of equipment, you’re not really choosing between the Remote Controller 2 versus 3. But, use the information above to see just how much better this new RC got in the upgrade.

Buying the DJI FPV Remote Controller 3

Total cost of DJI Avata 2 Fly More Combo + FPV Remote Controller 3 ($1,198): Most people buying the DJI Avata 2 will purchase the DJI Avata 2 Fly More Combo. To add on the FPV Remote Controller 3, you’ll owe $199, for a grand total of $1,198.

Total cost of DJI Avata 2 + FPV Remote Controller 3 + DJI Goggles 3 ($1,187): That said, if you really don’t want the RC Motion 3, you can buy items a la carte. DJI sells the Avata 2 drone only for just $489.

Since you cannot use DJI Avata 2 without goggles, you’ll likely need to spend $499 for the DJI Goggles 3. That said, previous generation goggles are also compatible with Avata 2. Thus, you can avoid that fee by using goggles you might already have. Or, you could simply save money by buying older models of goggles). The DJI Goggles 2 retail for $449 as of April 2024, and the DJI Goggles Integra retail for just $349.

Then, you could drop $199 on the DJI FPV Remote Controller 3.

Technically you save $11 if you go that route, but then you don’t get the Motion Controller 3 at all. I’d rather buy the DJI Avata 2 Fly More Combo + FPV Remote Controller 3 for $11 more.

But if you already have goggles (and don’t mind the older model), then you could pay just $688 for the new Avata 2 drone and DJI FPV Remote Controller 3. I absolutely love the new goggles, as the integrated headband is way less clunky and way more comfortable. But unless you’re looking for ways to burn cash, they likely wouldn’t be worth paying all that extra money for in most cases.

What DJI drone pilots really want

The DJI Remote Controller 3 (right) and the DJI RC Motion 3 (Photo by Sally French)

Since the Avata 2’s launch, some pilots have suggested their own idea: the option to choose between the DJI RC Motion 3 and the traditional dual-stick controls offered by the DJI FPV Remote Controller 3.

There are a few reasons why DJI might default to including the RC Motion 3 with the Avata 2, which might be:

  • Learning curve for beginners: The Motion Controller’s intuitive motion controls could have a lower learning curve for absolute beginners compared to traditional sticks. This could encourage wider adoption of the FPV system, especially for those intimidated by complex controls.
  • Focus on freestyle flying: The Motion Controller’s design is well-tailored for freestyle flying. That’s a popular use case for the Avata 2.
  • Acro Mode Accessibility: The emphasis on the Motion Controller could be DJI’s way of forcing pilots to engage with DJI’s software-based mode switching, which might include Acro mode more prominently.

Which controller do you like better? The FPV Remote Controller 3 or the DJI Motion Controller 3? Tell me in the comments!

And if you prefer the FPV Remote Controller 3, does that mean you’ll pay $200 extra for it? Again, share your ideas with the Drone Girl community below!

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The Best Drone-spots in Grenoble, France !

We tell you all about the most beautiful drone spots in the main French cities that our members had the opportunity to film!
In this article, we will fly over Grenoble by drone, discovering its best spots for
filming. We will start with a general presentation of the city before exploring emblematic places like the Tour Perret and the Fort de la Bastille. Paul Mistral Park and the banks of the Isère will also be in the spotlight. Finally, we will guide you to find a proficient drone pilot in this region.

Read the post about Grenoble in this article with Grenoble Drone Vision, our drone pilot based in Lille and Hauts-de-France.
Enjoy your reading & your drone flights !
On continue notre série sur les plus beaux points de vue drone dans les principales villes françaises que nos membres ont eut l’occasion de filmer!
Dans cet article, nous survolerons Grenoble par drone, découvrant ses meilleurs spots de tournage. Nous commencerons par une présentation générale de la ville avant d’explorer des lieux emblématiques comme la Tour Perret et le Fort de la Bastille. Le parc Paul Mistral et les berges de l’Isère seront également à l’honneur. Enfin, nous vous guiderons pour trouver un pilote de drone compétent dans cette région.
Lire l’article sur Grenoble avec Grenoble Drone Vision, notre correspondant sur la ville et la région Hauts-de-France.
Bonne lecture et bons vols !

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Avata 2 vs. Mini 4 Pro: which drone is better?

Looking for a new drone but can’t decide between the DJI Avata 2 and the Mini 4 Pro? These two DJI offerings have a similar price point, but they cater to very different flying styles. And one of these two drones might be especially-appealing for one big reason: it weights under 250 grams, thus it doesn’t need to be registered nor does it need to be Remote ID compliant.

Here’s a breakdown between two of DJI’s best — and most affordable — drones to help you pick the perfect one for your personal flying style and goals:

DJI Avata 2 vs. Mini 4 Pro: a comparison of price and specs

The DJI Avata 2 drone was built for FPV (First Person View) flying. Launched in April 2024, it shows you the world through the eyes of the drone via the included pair of goggles, called the DJI Goggles 3. Such unique eyewear gives you an immersive, in-cockpit experience. There’s an included motion controller that’s easy to learn but requires practice for precise maneuvers (though many pilots prefer the traditional RC, which comes at an extra cost.

The DJI Mini 4 Pro is a traditional remote control drone. It’s incredibly stable and easy to use. It’s especially great for beginners and drone pilots who want to capture smooth aerial footage on a compact drone.

DJI Avata 2 DJI Mini 4 Pro
Takeoff Weight 377 grams < 249 g
Dimensions Folded without propellers (L×W×H) 185×212×64 mm 148×90×62 mm 
Max Flight Time 23 minutes 34 minutes (with Intelligent Flight Battery) 45 minutes (with Intelligent Flight Battery Plus *)
Max Wind Speed Resistance 10.7 m/s 10.7 m/s
Global Navigation Satellite System GPS + Galileo + BeiDou GPS + Galileo + BeiDou
Onboard camera(s) One camera One camera
Image Sensor ‌1/1.3-inch CMOS, Effective Pixels: 12 MP 1/1.3-inch CMOS, Effective Pixels: 48 MP
ISO Range 100-25600 100-6400
Max Image Size 4000×2256 (16∶9)
4000×3000 (4∶3)
8064×6048 (48 MP)
Max Video Bitrate 130 Mbps 150 Mbps
Sensing Type Downward and backward visual positioning Omnidirectional binocular vision system
Video Transmission System DJI O4 DJI O4

So what do all these specs actually mean? Here’s a deeper dive into the DJI Avata 2 vs. DJI Mini 4 Pro drones: 

DJI Avata 2 vs. Mini 4 Pro camera

The cameras on these two drones are comparable, but each has various pros and cons.

The DJI Avata 2 has a larger ISO range of up to 25,600. That enables higher quality images in darker conditions, where photos tend to turn out more grainy. Throw in the Avata 2’s 10-bit D-Log M mode, which preserves more detail in light and shadow. That just means even more flexibility in post-production.

But while the Avata 2 performs better in low-light, the Mini 4 Pro offers better overall image quality. Its max image size is 8064×6048 versus the Avata 2’s 4000×2256. Given the Mini 4 Pro’s 48 MP versus the Avata 2’s 12 MP, you’ll definitely want to opt for the Mini 4 Pro if your primary goal is high-quality. That includes people planning to show videos on a larger screen than your phone or computer, or people making fairly large prints)

If you’re mostly just posting to TikTok, Instagram or other social networks, the Avata 2 is okay. But photographers serious about their art should go for the Mini 4 Pro over the Avata 2. Those folks might even consider upgrading to one of DJI’s better camera drones.

The aesthetic of the visuals

The two drones also offer two different visual styles — and it’s subjective as to which one is better. The lens on the DJI Mini 4 Pro offers a maximum field of view (FOV) of 82.1°. On the Avata 2, it’s 155°.

One is not necessarily better or worse, but we’ll definitely call the style on the Avata 2 more impactful.

Consider this, when the DJI Mini 4 Pro users shoot in video mode, they capture a 75° field of view. That expands with a wide-angle lens attachment, but still only to 100°. Clearly that’s still significantly less than the 155° FOV offered by DJI Avata 2, offering a more immersive type of aesthetic. Check out this wide-angle view of my own backyard, which I shot on the DJI Avata 2, to show it in practice:

A note on gimbals

Gimbals are used to stabilize the camera on traditional drones. The Mini 4 Pro has one, but the Avata 2 does not. But the footage does still stay stable on the Avata 2. How? That’s thanks to two technologies called DJI RockSteady and DJI HorizonSteady. These are both digital technologies, where an onboard computer using DJI RockSteady algorithms is smart enough to digitally eliminates overall picture shake. Meanwhile, the DJI HorizonSteady algorithms ensure your footage remains locked on the horizon — even if the drone turns sharply or sways dramatically.

The gimbal on the DJI Mini 4 Pro

Avata 2 vs. Mini 4 Pro: Comparing drone size (winner: DJI Mini 4 Pro) 

While the Avata 2 isn’t huge (naturally it’s small enough to fit within a doorframe), it’s still bigger than the DJI Mini 4 in one annoying way: it’s heavier.

The Avata 2 tips the scales at 377 grams. Meanwhile, the DJI Mini 4 Pro weighs less than half of that at under 249 grams. While 377 grams is hardly “big” in the realm of drones, it’s too big for people who want to avoid government intervention.

In many countries, drones weighing under 249 grams are exempt from numerous forms of regulation, including the need for registration. A good chunk of countries categorize drones based on their weight, with larger drones subject to more restrictions. In the U.S., drones that weigh 250 grams or more must be registered and Remote ID compliant if flying outdoors in most places.

Yes, that means if you fly Avata 2 outdoors (though it IS a totally great indoor drone), you must register it.

Besides the lack of administrative burden, the Mini 4’s compact size is also better for pilots seeking to travel with their drone while minimizing luggage space. It’s also ideal for those who are always on the move with their drone (like hikers). And it’s perfect for those who need to stow their drone in a backpack without it monopolizing space.

DJI Avata 2 vs. Mini 4 Pro: differences in the aircraft itself

The two aircraft look quite different. The DJI Mini 4 Pro is already small and light. With foldable arms, it becomes even more compact when not flying. The DJI Avata 2 is relatively small, but it stands outs out for its built-in propeller guards. Those are meant to protect the drone (and your walls) in the event of a crash. And yes, given this drone’s nature as a racing drone, it’s kind of ready for a crash.

Obstacle avoidance vision systems (winner: DJI Mini 4 Pro)

The DJI Mini 4 Pro version has an omnidirectional binocular vision system, effectively making your drone crash-proof. If you don’t want to risk crashing, order the Mini 4 Pro.

The Avata 2 has just downward and backward visual positioning — but that’s kind of the point. This is meant to be a racing or acro drone, meaning it flies flips and does acrobatic aerial tricks. If you’re afraid of crashing, this isn’t the drone for you.

Transmission (winner: tie)

This is a tie. Both drones use O4, which is DJI’s newest transmission system. This ultra-low latency, high-definition digital video transmission system, displays flight live feeds in real-time, creating an immersive flying experience.

Since both drones are compatible with the DJI Goggles 3, that feature really becomes interesting. Alas, when used with DJI Goggles 3, the latency is as low as 24 ms at 1080p/100fps live feeds.

Battery life (winner: DJI Mini 4 Pro)

Battery life on the DJI Mini 4 Pro is 34 minutes with the standard battery, versus just 23 on the Avata 2. (Photo by Sally French)

The Avata 2 gets just 23 minutes. The DJI Mini 4 Pro offers 34 minutes with the Intelligent Flight Battery. That figure shoots up to 45 minutes with the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus. I generally like the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus given the peace of mind the longer flight times add.

However, when flying your Mini 4 Pro with the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus, it ends up weighing more than 249 grams. Alas, you’ll need to register it. That negates one of the primary reasons why people choose the Mini 4 Pro drone over others like the Avata 2 to begin with.

How to decide between the DJI Mini 4 Pro vs. Avata 2

These drones are so different, that the decision should be relatively easy, despite their very similar price point.

Both drones are compatible with the new DJI Goggles 3 and RC Motion 3. If you’re smitten on those two products, know that either drone will pair with them. Given that, you’ll have to choose which of these two drones you want.

Who is the DJI Mini 4 Pro best for?

The Drone Girl staffer Caroline Dobrez flies the DJI Mini 4 Pro.

Get the Mini 4 Pro if you want a great all-around drone for stunning aerial footage. And don’t skip it if you value ease of use and stability or prefer a longer flight time.

It’s smaller and lighte. Thus, it’s a better pick if you’re traveling and you want to travel light, at that.

It’s also great if you don’t want to worry about registering it or general other forms of government regulations. Many countries only regulate drones that weigh 250 grams or more. That means the DJI Mini 4 Pro would be exempt, but the DJI Avata 2 would not be. In the U.S., the Mini 4 Pro does not need to be registered if flown for recreational purposes.

Who is the DJI Avata 2 best for?

Sally French, The Drone Girl, reviews the DJI Avata 2. (Photo by Sally French)

Get the Avata 2 if you crave the thrill of FPV flying. It’s the choice for adrenaline junkies who want the convenience and quality that DJI constsntly delivers.

This is the drone for you if you also prioritize maneuverability for action shots. It’s also great if you want to fly fast or do those tricks. Of course, this is only for you if you don’t mind the shorter flight time.

You also must register it if flying in the U.S.

Between the DJI Mini 4 Pro versus Avata 2 drones, which one would you rather have? Share your comment below!

Are you also considering the DJI Mini 3 Pro over a cheaper drone, like the DJI Mini 3? Check out our guide to the DJI Mini 4 Pro vs. Mini 3 Pro vs. Mini 3! Or maybe you’re thinking about the Mini 4 Pro versus other camera drones. Check out our guide to the DJI Air 3 vs. Mini 4 Pro.

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