Controller Overview – DJI Mavic Pro

The Mavic Pro controller is a marvelous piece of tech from DJI. Watch the 7 minute video below to lean about what all the control sticks, buttons, and dials do on the controller, and see examples of the controls being used.

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If you don’t have time to watch the video, here’s some quick facts about the controller, and a full rundown of all the controls and their functions:

Quick Facts

  • Range: 4.3 miles
  • Charge Time: 1h 30m
  • Included Cables
    • Micro USB for charging
    • Lightning (for iPhones)
    • USB-C (for newer Android phones)
    • Micro USB (for older Android phones)

Controls Overview


(1) Antennas – connect with the drone with a range of up to 4.3 miles

(2) Return to Home Button – press once, then press and hold to have the Mavic Pro automatically return home. Press again to cancel.

(3) Power – press once, then press and hold to turn the controller on

(4) Left Control Stick – controls altitude and rotation of the drone

Up – increases altitude

Down – decreases altitude

Right – rotates drone to the right

Left – rotates drone to the left

(5) Display Screen – displays information while flying

(6) Emergency Stop Button – press at any time to immediately bring the aircraft to a stop and have it hover in place

(7) D-Pad/Button – Multifunctional D-pad and button

Up – toggle camera between horizon view and vertical view

Down – toggle camera between vertical and horizontal orientation

Right – digitally zoom out of the image

Left – digitally zoom in to the image (not recommended)

(8) Mobile device clamp – used to hold mobile device running DJI Go App

(9) USB Port – used to connect mobile device running DJI Go App (if needed – using side micro USB port with included cables is preferable)


(10) C1 Button – custom button 1, can be customized in DJI Go App, default is to focus camera or add a waypoint

(11) C2 Button – custom button 2, can be customized in DJI Go App, default is to playback or delete a waypoint

(12) Gimbal Dial – change tilt of the gimbal

(13) Exposure Dial – change exposure compensation

(14) Record Button – start/stop video recording

(15) Shutter Button – take a photo

(16) Power Port – used to power controller and connect mobile device running DJI Go App

(17) Flight Switch Mode – toggle between Positioning Mode and Sport Mode


Display Screen Overview

The DJI Mavic Pro controller display screen contains valuable information which updates in real-time as you’re flying. Check out the 4 minute video below to learn what all of the different icons and numbers mean, and how they can help you while flying.



Display Overview

What each of the display items mean in order from left to right, top to bottom.

  • Flight speed – current speed of the drone regardless of direction
  • Flight Mode
    • GPS: Global Positioning System, super accurate location
    • ATTI: No GPS connection, Mavic relying on internal instruments and sensors to keep itself level
    • OPTI: Active if close enough to ground, Mavic uses downward facing visual sensors to hold its position and prevent itself from drifting (opti is short for optical)
  • GPS Signal Strength – connectivity strength between drone and orbiting satellites
  • Aircraft Battery Level – battery percentage of the drone
  • Remote Controller Signal strength – connection strength between controller and drone
  • RPM – rotations per minute of the propellers
  • System Status – messages displayed in middle of screen
    • Powering on
    • Powering off
    • Ready to fly
    • Returning Home
    • Other warnings
  • Remote Controller Battery Level – battery percentage of remote
  • Vision System Status – indicates wether or not vision system for forward obstacle avoidance is active
  • Camera Status – indicates wether or not the camera is recording
    • Helpful if you are flying with just the controller and not your phone
  • EV – Exposure Value, indicates if the image is properly exposed or not
  • Micro SD Card Indicator – displays whether or not there is a Micro SD card in the drone
    • If no Micro SD card this icon will blink
  • Sport Mode Indicator – indicates when in sport mode
  • Clearance – distance from the drone to the ground
  • Flight altitude – vertical distance from the point the Mavic took off
    • When flying up a hill, flight altitude will increase while clearance will remain more or less the same 
  • Ascent/Descent Indicator – indicates if drone is currently climbing or falling in elevation
    • More arrows means a faster ascent or descent speed
  • Flight Distance – distance from drone to Return to Home Point


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