DJI Mavic Drone

Introduction

The DJI Mavic is a flying camera; that is its purpose. It has a 3-axis stabilized 4K camera. You control the drone from a controller and have a monitor to see what the drone is seeing using your phone. The Mavic can fly 4.3 miles away, up to 40 miles per hour, and 27 minutes per battery. It has intelligent flight modes that allow you to get amazing shots. You can get a shot of it circling you, flying away, or even straight above you. It also folds up small enough to fit in a shoulder camera bag.

 

What’s included

Included are the drone itself, a controller, two extra batteries, a microSD card reader, 16GB microSD card and some extra blades.

 

Before you fly

  1. Learn the FAA rules associated with flying a drone (fly below 400 ft, don’t fly within 5 miles of an airport without notifying the tower, etc.).

  2. Register as a pilot with the FAA (don’t worry, it’s quick and easy), write the registration number on a piece of paper and place the piece of paper below the battery in the drone.

 

Getting started

To get started you need to:

  1. Install and launch the DJI Go 4 app on your iPhone (or Android though this is not recommended as we saw it has some stability issues).

  2. Connect the phone to the controller.

  3. Turn on the controller by pressing the power button twice and holding for several seconds.

  4. On the app click “Go Fly”.

  5. Go Outside (through the Mavic can be flow inside, it is not recommended!)

  6. Unfold the Mavic

  7. Press the power button on the Mavic twice and hold for several seconds

 

First Flight

  1. Ensure the drone is in GPS Flight Mode - there are several flight modes that have various levels of assistance. You only want to fly when all systems are online (Visual Positioning, GPS, accelerometer / gyroscope and compass). If anything but GPS Flight Mode is displayed, follow messages enable other systems. The compass made need calibration or there may be too low light for the visual system to function, etc.

  2. Takeoff - to take off you can press the takeoff button and it will initiate an automatic takeoff sequence and hover the Mavic 4-ft off the ground, ready to take other instructions

  3. Basic controls - the stick on the right moves the drone forward, backward, and side-to-side. The stick on the left rotates the drone and moves the drone up-and-down

  4. Landing - you can land by pressing the land button or by pressing down on the left stick

 

Camera

You can use the camera to take 12MP pictures or up to 4K videos. There are buttons on the controller to start each. The camera can be pointed up and down using the finger dial on the left of the controller. All other camera positioning is done by moving the drone.

 

If you record in 1080p you can transfer the video straight to your phone. If you record in 4K you will have to transfer the data to your computer using the microSD card from the drone.

 

You can remove the camera cover to get better shots but realize that this increase the likelihood of damaging the camera.

 

Classic Drone Shots

Look online or at guides to learn how to use the various flight modes: POI, Follow, etc.

 

Charging the Controller

The controller battery will last for several flights. You can charge it while you are charging the drone main batteries.

 

Unplug the micro-USB plug that connects the phone to the controller and the included charger into this micro-USB port.

 

Charging the Drone Batteries

All of the done batteries can be charged using the four battery charging block. Each battery is charged in sequence and takes roughly 2 hours to charge. There is also a DC charger provided so you can charge the batteries from your car.

 

*Don't operate drone within 5 miles of an airport

 

Find the entire user manual here

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