After announcing the Fly Drive last year,  DJI and Seagate have gone ahead and debuted the DJI Copilot at CES 2018 this week. While the DJI Fly Drive offered roomy, affordable 2TB capacity under $400, the DJI Copilot offers all that and more, now allowing the user to manage data on the drive itself (via the Copilot BOSS app).

The DJI Copilot also allows you to copy or transfer the files from a micro SD card—or Type-A USB connected device—while monitoring transfer progress on the Copilot's built-in display. Once transferred, you can preview your footage in full resolution on a smart device (again, via the Copilot BOSS app.)

The Copilot will now double as a charging station for your iPad/iPhone.

But wait, there's more! Not only does the new DJI Copilot provide some additional transfer and preview functionalities over last year's model, but it has now designed the Copilot to doubleas a charging station for your iPad/iPhone. As any drone operator knows, having multiple ways to keep device batteries charged is always a good thing. 

Though the DJI Copilot is designed with drone operators in mind, it seems that affordable, portable backup storage with preview capabilities and long battery life will make it a welcome addition to any filmmaker or photographer's bag.

Copilot portable field backup & storage from DJI and SeagateDJI Copilot can transfer data via USB or SD card and can also charge your devices.Credit: DJI Copilot

The DJI Copilot ships this spring and is available for pre-order (priced at $349) here.

Tech Specs:

  • Storage Capacity: 2TB 
  • Weight: 1.177 lb / 0.53 kg
  • Built-In Display
  • Manage Transfers through BOSS app


  • Organize & store your photos and video in the field without bringing a laptop
  • Built-in power can be used to charge your devices
  • One month free trial of Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Includes cables and adapters (lightning, Micro-USB, Type-C USB, microSD to SD)