The ultimate guide to DJI GO 4: the main screen and camera settings
What is the DJI GO 4 is known to every owner of the DJI quadrocopter. With this program you can not only manage your drones, but also change camera settings, sensors, monitor the status of all device systems and much more. But, unfortunately, so far the application has not received official Russification. In this regard, many users still do not know what the various menu items are responsible for.
In anticipation of the Russian version of the program, as well as to help understand the variety of settings, we decided to talk in detail about the possibilities of DJI GO 4. As a result, we received a detailed material, which we divided into several series. Today we will talk about the main screen of the application, as well as the most interesting section: "Camera settings". If you already know everything about the start menu of DJI GO ? having read about the location of the key settings in the "User's Guide", then we advise to go directly to the second part.
The series of reviews "The Ultimate Guide to DJI GO 4" is primarily aimed at beginners who have just bought a quadrocopter and do not know what the various settings for the application are responsible for. But many experienced pilots will be able to find something new for themselves, as the application is constantly updated, and new items appear periodically in the menu. Our guide is suitable for most DJI devices, but due to the various functions of the drones, some settings are only available on certain models.
The main screen is
Most of the time with the drones, you will have the main screen of DJI GO 4 or a virtual viewfinder, with which you will see the same as the camera of the copter. By clicking on the icons located along the edges of the screen, you can go to the settings listed below.
System status: this icon displays the flight status, as well as various warnings.
Detection of obstacles: a red signal indicates that there is an obstacle near the drone. An orange signal indicates the detection of a barrier.
Battery level indicator: This indicator shows the change in the battery level of the Copter battery. The color of the indicator changes depending on the battery's ability to perform a certain function.
Flight mode: this icon displays the selected flight mode. Press to go to the general control settings. Here you can change the flight characteristics.
GPS signal strength: Displays the number of connected GPS satellites. The white color of the indicator indicates a stable signal level.
Status of the 3D sensor system: click on this icon to enable or disable the functions of the viewing systems.
Wi-Fi settings: Click to go to Wi-Fi settings.
Battery charge level: Displays the battery level. Click to see detailed information about the battery level, change the low battery warning threshold, view the warning history.
Basic settings: click on the icon to go to the main settings, system data, to display the flight routes, etc.
Camera tilt: displays the tilt angle of the stabilizer.
Photo /video switch: press to switch between photo or video mode.
Photo /video start button: Press to start taking a photo or video.
Camera settings: opens the camera settings menu.
Playback: viewing the captured photos and videos.
Telemetry flight dаta: in this area of the screen information about the flight, the distance between the drones and the home point, the speed of horizontal and vertical movement, etc. is displayed.
Virtual joystick: display the joystick on the smartphone screen and control the drones with it.
Intelligent flight modes: click to select smart flight modes.
Intelligent home return mode: start the function of self-return to the starting point. Click to place the drone back on the last recorded point.
Automatic takeoff /landing: press to start automatic takeoff or landing.
Return to the main menu: click on this icon to return to the main menu.
The status of the system is
During shooting, this icon is at the top of the screen. It can be red, yellow or green. Green indicates a good level of GPS. Yellow warns of a weak GPS signal - the drone can switch to ATTI's intelligent mode to maintain flight safety. If the icon is lit in red, it means that the quadrocopter can not fly. There may be several reasons: to find out the source of the problem, click on the system status icon and go to the Aircraft Status menu
Compass: helps the drone determine its location. When changing the place of flight due to interference caused by electromagnetic waves, sometimes you need to do a calibration.
IMU (Block of inertial meters): this is a barometer and a gyroscope for measuring the spatial position and angle of flight. If DJI GO 4 advises you to calibrate the unit, follow the instructions on the screen.
ESC Status: This parameter displays the operation of the motor. If an alert appears, try to restart the device. If the warning remains, you need to send the drone for repair.
Vision Sensors: these sensors detect obstacles during the flight. It is strongly recommended to always keep the sensors switched on.
Obstacle Detection Status: A visual warning that appears on the screen when the drone is close to an obstacle.
Aircraft Battery: The battery temperature of the device is displayed here. If it rises above 65 ° C, then you need to put the copter and allow the cells to cool. If DJI GO reports that the battery is damaged - immediately turn off the battery.
Indicator of charge level
This indicator shows the current battery level. The shorter the strip becomes, the less the charge level remains. The first point on the left shows the moment when the drone will automatically land due to a lack of charge level. The second point displays - when the application prompts you to activate the function "Return to the starting point". The yellow letter H displays the starting point and how much charge is needed to return the drone. The value at the right end of the scale indicates the estimated remaining flight time based on the current battery charge level.
In the application DJI GO 4 there are three flight modes:
Positioning mode (P-mode): a mode in which all sensors are enabled for stable operation of the device. This mode is the safest for the flight. If the sticks on the control panel stop moving, the drone will automatically stop moving and will hang in the air.
Attitude or ATTI mode (A-mode): the copter will automatically switch to ATTI mode when the GPS signal is weak or absent, and in low light for the sensor system to work. In this case, the drone will drift at a given altitude.
Sport Mode (S-mode): In this mode, the UAV can fly at maximum speed using GPS data. However, the front and bottom sensors are turned off, so the drone can not recognize and avoid obstacles. In addition, the search functions of the landing site and other intelligent modes are disabled.
In this section, you can configure the following camera functions:
Auto: The camera itself selects the appropriate settings for a photo or video.
A (Aperture): priority of the aperture. In this section, you can change the aperture value of the lens, and the other settings will be set automatically according to the exposure.
S (Exposure): exposure priority. In this mode, you adjust the shutter speed, but other parameters will be set automatically according to the exposure. A slow shutter speed allows more light to enter the matrix, which is convenient in low light conditions. High shutter speed is suitable for taking clear pictures of moving objects and people.
M (Manual mode): Here you can adjust both the shutter speed and the aperture value manually for maximum shooting control.
EV (Exposure Compensation): This section shows how your settings differ from those recommended. With a score of +? the shades of white on your image will be too bright, at -? too dark. In some situations, you really need a high or low exposure, for example, when shooting in low light conditions, you need to set a slower shutter speed and a higher exposure.
This tab hides the camera settings for taking photos.
Photo: here you can select the photo mode. Single Shot - standard mode. One click on the shutter button produces one photo. HDR Shot - when this option is selected, the camera simultaneously shoots three images. One of them with a light exposure, the other - with a dark, and the third combines the two previous to obtain the most dynamic image. Multiple - in this mode, the camera shoots a series of photos when the shutter button is pressed. This mode is suitable for shooting moving subjects. AEB - allows you to shoot from 3 to 5 photos at a time. This function is similar to HDR, as the camera takes pictures with different exposure levels, but in this case the pictures are not combined, as with HDR (except Spark). Timed Shot - a timer shooting, convenient for selfi. Pano - allows for a short time to make a panorama. It is also possible to make a spherical panorama (Sphere mode). ShallowFocus: In this mode, you can change the depth of field of the image.
Image Size: Here you can select the aspect ratio of the picture (4: 3 (35mm), 16: 9 (HD), 3: 2).
Image Format: In this menu, choose the photo format: RAW, JPEG or RAW + JPEG (Spark model supports only JPEG format).
White Balance: This function helps to remove unrealistic color shades, so that white colors are kept white in the photo. This characteristic is measured in kelvins. When Auto is selected, the camera automatically selects the appropriate options. But you can choose one of the offered modes or adjust the white balance yourself.
Style: in this window are settings for sharpness, contrast and saturation of the image or video. The triangle is the sharpness, the circle denotes the contrast, the rectangle the color saturation. You can select a level from -3 to +3.
Color: Adjust the color of the camera, which will be reflected in the photo. Modes D-Cinelike and D-Log are designed for post-processing of frames. The remaining modes can be used without post-processing.
Other Camera Options
There are a lot of different options in this tab. The settings may vary depending on the Copter model.
Histogram: activation of the window with a histogram. With this function, you can track the exposure of the image you are about to take.
Front LEDs Auto Turn off: automatic deactivation of front position lamps during shooting.
Lock Gimbal When Capture: After activating this function, the camera will be directed in the same direction during shooting even when the position of the UAV is changed. If the function is disabled, the camera will follow the movement of the drone.
Enabled AFC Mode: AFC - constant autofocus, when it is on, the camera automatically focuses during shooting.
MF Focus Assistant (for Phantom 4 Pro): helps to set focus when working in manual mode.
Mechanical Shutter (for Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2): This function prevents the appearance of a photo with the effect of "jelly" during the shooting of fast moving objects.
Portrait Capture (for Mavic): When you turn this function on, the camera switches to portrait mode.
Over Exposure Warning (for Mavic, Phantom ? Inspire 2): the function will tell you when the exposure is exceeded.
Auto Sync HD Photos: automatic sending of pictures in uncompressed to a mobile device during filming.
Long Exposure Preview: Before you take a picture, a preview appears on the screen.
Video Caption: automatic creation of a file with subtitles (.srt), which contains information about altitude, GPS, ISO, shutter speed, barometer data, GPS coordinates of the "Home" point, etc.
Grid: Enabling a grid on the screen that will help align photos and follow the rule of thirds. You can also include diagonal lines to determine the leading lines.
Centre Points: Here you can select in real time the visual style of the center point.
Anti-Flicker: This function prevents glare during shooting. Two options are available: 50 Hz - for European standards and 60 Hz - for American.
File Index Mode: controls the file numbers from video or photo. If you do not interrupt the account, it will continue with each new photo or video. When the counter is reset, the file numbering starts from 001.
Peak Focus Threshold: this function adds red lines in the focus area to highlight its main elements. Here you can select one of the options: turn off /weak /medium /strong focus.
Format SD Card: With this option you can completely erase your SD card.
Reset Camera Settings: This function will change all camera settings to the default settings.
In this section you can find the camera settings for shooting video.
Video Size: set the video resolution and frame rate. The options in this section may differ depending on the model of the drones or the Inspire 2 camera.
Video Format: select the type of format for the video. Again, note that the options will depend on your copter or camera, which you use on Inspire 2.
NTSC /PAL: these are the standards of color television systems. In simple words, if you are in America, choose the standard NTSC, in other parts of the world - PAL.
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