Join Jim Heid for an in-depth discussion in this video DJI GO tips, part of DJI Mavic Pro: Tips, Tricks, & Techniques.
- This video is a grab bag of tips for DJI Go. A collection of things I've found useful. Let's start with a simple one, switching to a full screen display. Again when you look at the screen here, you're going to see no positioning at the top. That's because we're in a bunker of a TV studio, and the drone is not picking up any satellites, but obviously when you're out in the field, that's going to be different. Anyway, switching to a full screen display. To do it you just swipe up or down on your screen, and all the extra stuff goes away leaving just the map and the video feed from the drone.
This gives you a nice, uncluttered view for composing a shot. This is particularly handy if you're using a small smartphone since all that information takes up a lot of space. I don't recommend flying for a long time in this view since that status information is pretty important. Still, you do have the display on the Mavic's controller to show you some critical information. To restore all that data to your screen, just swipe down. If you find yourself accidentally activating full screen view, you can customize the app so that it requires a two-finger swipe.
To do that, go to general settings, tap the three dots, then scroll all the way to the bottom, and when you see full screen, tap and choose double finger. Now two fingers are what it takes to clear the screen. Speaking of swiping on the screen, there's another feature called the long press. That's when you touch the screen and hold for a moment, and then move your finger up or down.
Doing this tilts the gimbal. I don't use it all that often. I prefer to use the gimbal dial on the controller, and we'll talk a lot about that later. Still, you might find that long press useful for quick gimbal moves when you just want to change the tilt of the camera to see what else the drone might be looking at. Next, let's take a closer look at the map display starting with a few quick tips. You've probably already found that you can swap the map display and the video feed by just tapping on the map. When you do, the map takes over the screen.
That's useful when you want to study the flight path you've been on or plan your direction. When you go to full screen mode, a few more options appear. If you tap this button, you can choose to have the map display a satellite view or a hybrid road and satellite view. I prefer the standard road map view, because it's less cluttered, but the satellite view can be a good way to discover nearby areas where you might want to shoot. Next to the map options button are a few more controls.
Most of these aren't in the small map view. This control locks the map so that north is always up. If you unlock it, the map rotates as you rotate your mobile device. This control is available in the small map view too. Next to the lock control, there's a control that centers the map on either the drone's location or the home point. If you've been scrolling around a lot on the map, which I'll do here, this control is a handy way to get yourself centered. I can tap the left-hand button to center on the home point, or I can tap the right-hand button to center on the drone's current location.
Next to the lock is an option that lets you control whether the app displays warnings when you enter certain kinds of airspace or other areas that might have flight restrictions. I don't recommend turning any of these off. Finally, there's the little eraser. Let's go back to small map view. As you fly, the path you've flown appears on the map. If a particular flight involves going back and forth a lot in one area, the map display can get kind of cluttered with the path you've flown. To clear off that clutter, just tap the little eraser.
It's in the lower right corner when you're viewing the small map view. The maps in DJI Go come from the internet, obviously, and equally obviously there will be times when you're on locations where there's no internet access, no Wi-Fi, no cell service. There's a feature in DJI Go that lets you store a map in advance when you have an internet connection. If you have an IOS device, go into general settings, and then look for and turn on the cache map in background option. Next, scroll around the area that you anticipate flying, zoom in nice and close to get lots of details, and now when you go to fly in that area, the map will be loaded, maybe.
The fact is, in my experience, the map data is often cleared. This option works best if you don't quit and relaunch DJI Go. By the way if you have an Android device, you don't need to turn map caching on. The Android version of DJI Go caches maps automatically. Still regardless of the kind of mobile device you're using, this is not a feature I would absolutely count on.
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- In-flight data displays
- DJI GO tips
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- Streaming live
- Adjusting focus
- Exposure and white balance
- Still photography and panoramas
- Shutter speed
- Aerial video
- Using the gimbal
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