DJI and Seagate Unveil the DJI Copilot with 2TB Capacity

Introducing Copilot from DJI and Seagate
Leave your laptop at home. Field storage & backup is here. Credit: DJI Copilot
Will the DJI Copilot end up in your flight kit? 

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 double as 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 Seagate
DJI 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)

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Your Comment


Two crucial questions:
1. Are transfer speeds fast
2. How long will it's battery supply last while transferring.

If good answers to that- I'll be buying a few of these.
I'm scared DJI will eventually own the world. I'm stoked they're behind this product.

January 10, 2018 at 10:32AM, Edited January 10, 10:32AM


Seagate or LaCie?


January 10, 2018 at 10:48AM

Marcelo Teson
Filmmaking Instructor/Sound Editor

Seagate owns LaCie

January 10, 2018 at 2:37PM

John Haas

Heh - double oops on me then

January 11, 2018 at 12:58PM

Marcelo Teson
Filmmaking Instructor/Sound Editor

Can I put a usb reader with QXD card on it and back up footage fro FS7 or others?

January 10, 2018 at 3:34PM

DoP freelance cameraman 4K HK & Shanghai.

I would think so? Good question. I'm also curious if the DJI CineSSD can connect to it via USB to back up CinemaDNG / ProRes from the X5s & X7 cameras

January 12, 2018 at 8:13AM, Edited January 12, 8:13AM

Randall Esulto
Licensed sUAS Pilot, Photographer, Creative Professional