So you've built up some confidence flying your new DJI drone, and now you’re curious as to how those intelligent flight modes work. In this article, I’ll explain all of the new DJI Intelligent Flight Modes, and show you exactly how to use them. Read on to learn more.
Before we get started, you’ll first need to switch your drone out of beginner mode, and enable “Multiple Flight Modes.”
You can do this by clicking the 3 dots in the top right hand corner of your DJI Go App, and clicking on the “Main Controller Settings.” The reason DJI does this is so beginners don’t accidentally switch into an advanced flight mode and wreck their drone.
When it comes to Standard Flight Modes, you’ll have access to Position Mode, ATTI Mode, and Sport Mode. Most beginners spend the majority of their time in Position Mode because all of the sensors on your drone will be active, and you’ll have strong GPS signal strength. This mode helps your drone hold its position in the air, decreasing the chance it will drift away if you take your fingers off the remote.
By now you’ve probably been warned to stay away from ATTI Mode, because it’s commonly linked to crashes and flyaways. This mode turns off all GPS and vision sensors, meaning it will drift away and move with the wind if you’re not in manual control of it.
My favorite Standard Flight Mode is Sport Mode for obvious reasons. It’s super similar to Position Mode because it keeps GPS on, but gets your adrenaline pumping with faster movements and obstacle avoidance disabled.
On the newer DJI Drones, there’s a new option called Tripod Mode, which slows down the overall speed of your drone to eliminate any jerky movements during a shot.
Now that you’re familiar with the Standard Flight Modes, let’s open up the Intelligent Flight Modes.
For this article, I’ll be referencing my Mavic 2 Pro and if you click into the DJI Go App, you’ll see we have access to Normal Mode, Hyperlapse, Quickshots, ActiveTrack, Point of Interest, TapFly, and Cinematic Mode. Now that may be overwhelming at first glance, so let’s break each one down separately:
Starting with Hyperlapse Mode, you’ll see four different versions.
Our next Intelligent Flight Mode is QuickShots, which compiles a bunch of my favorite drone movements.
The ActiveTrack Mode has three saved flight modes built into this drone that you can use when flying. Let’s take a look at these flight modes.
Point of Interest
The next Intelligent Flight Mode is called Point of Interest (POI), which can be divided into two different categories—Vision Point of Interest, and GPS Point of Interest.
In the past, you’ve needed to be within a close proximity of your subject for the drone to recognize it, especially when you’re circling around that point of interest. With the updated POI mode, you can now recognize subjects from far away with Vision Mode, or just by tapping a GPS location on the map.
TapFly is a direction mode that sends the drone on a path either forward, backwards, or freely. This allows the drone to follow a chosen direction so that you can focus all of your attention on the camera movements.
And lastly, we have Cinematic Mode which slows down your drone movement and your gimbal movement so that everything looks nice and smooth.
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