Drone Tips from our DJI technician
Written by Vhengani Emmanuel Mudzielwana
We've got some cool drone tips and decided to compile them into a blog so you can check them all in one place. Keep an eye on this blog as we continue to add more #DroneTips :) The latest tips will be posted at the top. Alternatively, here's an overview of the tips:
- Tip 1: When to use DJI Assistance for updates
- Tip 2: Updates via DJI website
- Tip 3: Avoid firmware inconsistency
- Tip 4: Taking care of your batteries
- Tip 5: Smooth Footage - change your EXP Settings
- Tip 6: Inspire Landing Gear
- Tip 7: Checking no-fly Zones
Drone Tip 7:
Tue 30 May
Checking no-fly zones:
Please make sure you check that you are not flying in a no-fly zone (if your drone suddenly decides to fly back home after just about a hundred meters out). Look out for the following areas:
Close to a hospital, prison, monument building, and above all the airport.
Flying in these areas may result to your drone loosing connection to the remote controller and thus prompting the drone to engage RTH (Return-to-home) mode.
If you're curious about the no-fly zones and other regulations, check out this blog for hobby & commercial drone owners.
Drone Tip 6:
Wed 24 May
Inspire 1 - Landing Gear:
Please make sure that you test your landing gear retraction mechanism every so often without taking off from the ground.
To do this:
- Make sure that you hold the drone with your hand and put your drone into travel mode
- Once in travel mode, check the auxiliary arms to see if they are still well attached to the joining heads, this is to secure a problem that arise with older drones that have been flying for some time.
Drone Tip 5:
Wed 17 May
Reduce the sensitivity of your EXP* for smoother aerial footage.
*EXP are EXPO settings of your drone's sensitivity, you can find them under advanced settings on the DJI GO app
- Lower the value - more input needed from sticks to move the drone (Lower sensitivity).
- Medium values - just the right amount of force to move the drone, not too much and not too little.
- Higher values - less input needed to from the sticks to more the drone (Higher sensitivity).
Drone Tip 4:
Wed 10 May
Taking care of your batteries:
For battery maintenance, please make sure that you do not store your batteries for a long time without using them, if howsoever you are not going to use your drone, Osmo, of any other DJI product - your batteries should be charged at anything between 50-60%. that way the batteries will not drain out, and thus die. #saveyourbatteries
Drone Tip 3:
Tue 04 May
Avoid firmware inconsistency:
If you have more than one battery for your drone(s), you'll need to update all the batteries when doing an update for the drone(s). Firmware inconsistency between the drone and the battery may result in a crash in some cases.
Drone Tip 2:
Mon 24 April
Updating your drone via the DJI website:
- Make sure that the memory card does not have any other .bin file on the root file, preferably a formatted memory card does the trick better
- Also ensure that the battery is fully charged (they recommend more than 50% - but I say charge it fully)
Drone Tip 1:
Thur 13 April
When to use DJI Assistance 2 for updates:
Make sure that when doing updates on your drone, that you use the DJI Assistance 2 for the following type of drones:
- DJI Phantom 4, Pro & Pro+
- DJI Inspire 2
- DJI Mavic Pro
- DJI Matrice M100 & M600
- If you do not own these drones, see tip 2 above.
This is to avoid all the mistakes that the DJI GO App makes whilst updating the drone.
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