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The Mavic Air is the smallest foldable drone that DJI has built to this date. It has some awesome features when compared to DJI Mavic Pro (Mavic Pro vs. Mavic Air comparison), but even though the camera is very similar the best settings are not.

In this article, we are going to cover each segment of those settings, and after reading this you will hopefully understand everything.

So let’s begin.

There are Photo and Video settings in the DJI GO 4 app, but we are going to focus on best camera video settings for the Mavic Air.

Optimal Camera Settings Mavic Air

There are 5 categories:

    1. Video Size
    1. Video Format
    1. White Balance
    1. Style
  1. Color

Video Size

Mavic Air Settings VideoFor video size we recommend using the highest possible settings. Why? Well simply because that way the sensor of the camera is fully utilized and the camera receives the most visual information that way.
So our suggestion is 4k at 25fps (Frames Per Second).

NOTE: We use 25fps because it is easy to calculate the framerate and the shutter speed with different ND filters. Article about that is coming in future and will be linked HERE.
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That being said if the situation requires a bit of a slow-mo, feel free to go with 2.7k at 50fps. 2x slower when converted to 25fps footage. You will get smooth slow-motion with still crisp high-quality footage.

Video Format

Best Video Settings DJIThere are only two options in Video Format settings and basically, those options are pretty useless.

Quality-wise MOV and MP4 are the same. They are only containers for the AVC/H.264 image compression.

MOV was initially developed by Apple as a file format for QuickTime, and thus it lives mostly in the Apple ecosystem.
MP4 was later developed from the MOV, and it is the industry standard nowadays and has more widespread support than MOV.

So basically if you really want to choose: if you are using Apple devices only, go with the MOV, otherwise go with the MP4.

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White Balance

NOTE: Never set this to Auto. You don’t want it changing in the middle of the video.

Cinematic footage DJi Mavic AirWhite balance should be set by current weather conditions. So pick one of the presets (they work really good), or make a custom WB profile with your preferences.

Let’s quickly go through each of the presets:

Sunny – When it’s sunny outside
Cloudy – When there are a lot of clouds and no direct sunlight
Incandescent – When there is candlelight or bulb light in the scene (flying indoors)
Fluorescent – When there are neon lights in the scene


Best Camera Settings DJI Mavic AirSo, basically, forget these presets. You want to set this to custom with following preferences:

1. For easy workflow, and nice straight-from-the-camera raw footage:

Sharpness: 0  |  Contrast: 0  |  Saturation: -1 

2. For a bit more professional look and with post-processing, we suggest:

Sharpness: 0  |  Contrast: -3  |  Saturation: -2 

NOTE: Don’t forget to put the contrast back on later, because we chose -3 to shoot with.


Style Color SettingThis is something new with the Mavic Air, because we only have 2 options: Normal and D-Cinelike.

Always go with D-Cinelike.

The footage has a much more dynamic range and you have much more freedom in post-production.

In post, you would first do the color correction as desired. Then you can use any professional video or image editing software for more details like Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro or can use any Plug-in Color Finale for advanced color settings and grading.

So whether you just want a quick shot or you are a pro, D-Cinelike is the way to go.

Shutter Speed

The Shutter speed should be set so the shutter is the inverse double of your frame rate.For example, if you are having a frame rate of 25fps at 4k, your shutter should be 1/50s.

But there is one problem… At most light conditions the image will be overexposed at these settings. This is solved with ND Filters.

ND Filter Mavic Air

These filters limit the amount of light that enters the camera thus allowing you to set a lower shutter speed while maintaining good exposure.

Click following link to see our filter recommendation: Mavic Air ND filter set

So if you want to have that professional and cinematic looking footage, click the image and learn how to do it!

NOTE: Check out our article if you would like to know When and How to use ND Filters.

Compares ND Filter on Drone Footage ISO

BONUS: Choose the right time!

Choose the right time for shooting with appropriate light.
Very cloudy and extra bright days are not recommended. Too dark scenery or too high-contrast shadows don’t look good at all on the video.

The recommended time for shooting is mornings at sunrise and time during and after sunset. The well known “Golden Hour“.

So even though using the right ND filter can produce good effects even when you are shooting on extra sunny days, it is better to choose the right time.
Professional settings and approaches should be taken if you want your footage to look great.

NOTE: Lightly lit mornings and evenings produce a certain magical effect!

So there you go. Our take on Best settings for your DJI Mavic Air.

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6 Camera Tips and Tricks for Mavic Air 2

3. Use D-Cinelike If You Want To Color Grade

My third tip for the Mavic Air 2, is to using the proper picture profile if you want to color grade. Using the proper picture profile will allow you to drastically improve your post production experience. If you want to color grade your footage, stick to one picture profile as well so you wont have to try to match the color grade on HDR, Normal and D-Cinelike footage, which can be pretty tough.

Like I said in the previous tip, if you're going to be posting to instagram without any editing - use the normal profile with manual settings or the auto HDR mode, but to get the best results out of this drone, you're going to want to shoot normal video, using Cinelike and manual camera settings.

The nice part about Cinelike is that it isn't a completely desaturated profile like LOG, it kind of feels like a hybrid between log and normal so it's easier to color grade, but you still get more room to edit with.
Speaking of hybrid, this camera doesnt have the HLG profile, or hybrid log gamma. Hopefully DJI is just saving this profile for the pro versions of the Mavic. If you’ve stuck around my channel for a while, you’ll know HLG is my personal favorite profile to shoot in. I’d love if DJI added it to the Mavic Air 2 with a firmware update.

4 Use the FocusTrack modes

My fourth tip for the Mavic Air 2, is to use the FocusTrack Modes. The focus track is a great step forward to flying and tracking moving or stationary objects. As of right now, FocusTrack consists of ActiveTrack 3.0, Point of Interest 3.0 and Spotlight 2.0. I have the most experience using the ActiveTrack, in ActiveTrack allows you to select a subject, and the drone will fly with the subject and keep them in frame. You can fly manually around, but the drone will always keep the subject in frame.

I was most interested in FocusTrack with ActiveTrack mode, so my parents and I went out fishing one evening and I was flying behind the boat. At first, I was flying manually for a while, then decided to see how see how FocusTrack could keep up. With the Mavic Air 2, I was blown away at how easy it is to enable FocusTrack, as well as how well the Mavic Air 2 kept up with the moving boat, even flying into a headwind.

FocusTrack with Sport Mode enabled was able to keep up with the boat traveling from 15-20mph, while there were winds of 5 miles per hour, with up to 10-15 miles per hour gusts. I was able to fly far away and come closer to the boat with ease and the drone kept the boat in the same position in the frame.

This mode takes some getting use to and you still need to be mindful of your flying to keep the drone from producing jerky footage. This isn't a complete autonomous cinematic flight mode, but it's pretty dang close.
Spotlight is another FocusTrack mode, where the drone stays in one place and follows you with the camera. I found this produced really jerky movements and stayed away from this flight mode for the most part.

The Point of Interest mode was very helpful though. If you're filming an object that isn't moving, Point of Interest allows you to get some pretty dynamic and creative shots with ease. The Mavic Air 2 will adjust the pitch of the gimbal based on how high or low you're flying relative to your subject, and the gimbal will automatically follow the subject regardless of the direction that the drone is flying. If you fly slowly, the drone is capable of picking up some pretty smooth and cinematic-looking shots. I can see this mode being very useful for real estate photography. One thing I found out here though, is that if you try to fly directly over your subject, the drone will to turn around and keep the subject in the frame, it will come to a complete stop over top of the subject and not move beyond it. Not a huge deal, but one thing to keep in mind.

Another drawback to these modes is that they’re not available in 4K 60 or 1080p at 240. For higher frame rates, you'll have to fly in full manual, which you should be able to do, it's just a little more difficult to get a smooth shot.

5. Know when to shoot 12mp stills or 48mp stills, but always shoot JPG + RAW

My fifth tip for the Mavic Air 2 is to shoot 48MP stills and always shoot in raw + jpg. In my comparisons, I’ve shot the same subject side-by-side and the 48 mega pixel images blow the 12 mega pixel out of the water. The 48MP stills take full advantage of the entire sensor, while the 12MP only uses 1/4 of the sensor. Some of the shooting modes won’t allow you to shoot the 48MP stills, like smart photo, but if you’re shooting single photos - shoot in the 48mp option.

Also, shooting in the JPG + RAW option will give you the most room to work with the image when it comes to post production. You should always be shooting in Jpg + RAW with every camera.

6.Try out FPV mode

FPV mode allows your gimbal to follow the movement of your drone. The default mode for the Mavic Air 2 is Follow mode, this is the normal mode we’ve all become use to with DJI drones. Follow mode keeps the camera straight and level with the horizon, regardless of how your drone is flying. Once you put your drone into FPV mode, the camera will follow along the pitch of your drone and allow your inputs. This allows for some interesting angles you can’t get with Follow Mode.


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DJI Mavic Mini is flying

Before you fly your Mavic Air 2 or Mavic Mini, one thing you will have to do is to get familiar with the DJI Fly App so that you will have a better understanding of how to fly your drone and how to get better aerial photos and videos.

You can do a lot of things in the App like check the drone’s status, view the live transmission video, update your firmware, or customize your camera settings.

This article will guide you through everything you need to know about the App and help you get the best photo and video settings for your Mavic Air 2 or Mavic mini.

You will also find a lot of useful tips & tricks for safety and cinematic video shooting.

Note: please make sure you use a compatible device because many Android phones and tablets may have compatibility issues.

What you will learn in this post:

After you power on the drone and the remote controller, then mount your phone on the remote and launch DJI Fly, if everything goes well, you will be shown the home page. Here you can access the current location by tapping the icon in the top left corner.

dji fly home page

If you click the book icon in the top right corner, you can find video tutorials of how to use QuickShots, flying tips, Flight Safety, and the user manual.

In the bottom left corner, you can access the photos and videos shot on Mavic Mini by clicking the Album button. The SkyPixel is an aerial photo and video community launched by DJI, people can share their work here. The Profile next to it is a place where you can check your flight logs, view DJI Forum, DJI Store, Find My Drone, and Settings.

dji fly pilot profile

Now let’s get into the main flight page by tapping the GO FLY button. Let me walk you through every icon with juicy details.

Main Flight Page of DJI Fly (Mavic Mini)

dji fly main flight page

The Mavic Air 2‘s main flight page is a little bit different, you can find a Sideways Flight button above the Auto Takeoff & RTH.

mavic air 2 4x zoom

Flight Mode

There are 3 flight modes you can choose when flying.

  • Mode P – P means position, it’s a common model we use for the fun of flying or practicing.
  • Mode S – S means Sport, you can experience high-speed flying.
  • Mode C – C means CineSmooth Mode. Your drone will fly at a very slow speed when you fly in this mode, the gimbal and your drone will also move more precisely. I would recommend using it when you are shooting a video. If you want to capture nice smooth buttery cinematic videos, this mode won’t disappoint you. It will also make everything easy to control.

How to change flight mode?

    • Mavic Mini: You can easily change the flight mode by tapping on the current flight mode on the screen.
    • Mavic Air 2: Use the toggle on the remote controller, you will be able to change the flight mode from Tripod, Normal to Sport.

Drone Status

Next to Flight Mode is the Drone Status. It shows the current status your drone is in. According to different situations, it may show something like Normal which means it’s good to go. You may also get firmware updates available, GPS signal weak, etc. This is something you need to pay attention to every time before you fly.

If you click on the status, you will see a more detailed page.

dji fly drone status page

Auto RTH Altitude

You can set the return-to-home altitude you want when the drone comes back to the home point itself. Normally I prefer to make it higher than 100ft but this should be set flexibly according to where you fly the drone. We will cover this with more details later.

Max Altitude

It allows you to set the max altitude your drone can go.

Max Distance

This will determine how far your drone can go.

SD Card

It shows us the total storage available, how many photos you can shoot, and you can also quickly format your SD card here.


  1. Mavic Mini doesn’t come with internal storage and an SD card, you will need to buy one, if you don’t know which one to choose, check thisMavic Mini compatible SD card listfor more details.
  2. Mavic Air 2 has 8GB onboard storage but you will also need at least one microSD card, check how to choose the right sd card for Mavic Air 2.

Satellites, WiFi and Battery Information

Let’s move on to the top right corner. The icon with a Satellite shows how many satellites your drone is connected to. It may bounce which is totally normal. The bar next to the satellite shows the signal strength, it varies from location to location.

DJI fly battery status page

The WiFi icon right next to it shows the signal strength between the aircraft and the remote controller. You need to make sure that you always get a really strong connection so that you don’t lose connection to your Mavic Mini.

The Battery icon shows the percentage of the battery level. Next to the battery icon shows the estimated flight time remaining. If you tap on it, it will show a pop-up displaying more information about the battery temperature, flight time, and different voltages of each of the cells within the battery.

Advanced Settings

If you take a look at the upper right corner on the main flight page, you can see 3 dots which is the quick access to Advanced Settings.


Safety is one of the most important things you should look at. It may save you from a potential crash.

dji fly safety setting page

Max Altitude

Normally, you need to set this to the Max height according to the local laws, e.g. in the United States, the FAA doesn’t allow drone pilots t0 fly over 400 ft. But sometimes you may find that this will limit your drone when you fly on a tall hill. The Max Altitude is calculated from the ground level, if you are on a location that is much higher or lower than the ground level, you may have problems. So don’t forget to change the settings when you fly at a special location.

Max Distance

I recommend you set it to No Limit so that you can fly as far as you may need to in order to get the photos and videos you want to shoot.

Auto RTH Altitude

I would like to have this set to around 150 ft, it would work just fine most of the time. But remember this is very situational depending on where you fly. If you fly in a park or an open area, there are no tall obstacles, it won’t be a problem, but if you fly in a city where tall buildings are around you, you may need to adjust this accordingly to like 300 ft or higher.

Flight Assistant (Mavic Air 2 Only)

It allows you to set the Obstacle Avoidance Action and the Sideways Flight. When flying in Normal Mode, you can set the obstacle avoidance to Bypass, Brake, or just turn it off according to specific situations.

It also allows you to set the drone only to fly forward. This is useful when you are shooting some

mavic air 2 flight assitance


  1. When flying in Sport Mode, the Obstacle Avoidance Action is not available.
  2. When flying in Tripod Mode, only Brake and Off are available.


Update Home Point

It allows you to update the home point if you move locations during a flight. You don’t have to manually set the home point before every single flight because the drone does that automatically once it establishes a GPS connection. But if you move mid-flight to a new fly spot and your home point is changed, you can update the home point right here if you want the drone to return to your current location, otherwise, it will go back to the initial spot you take off.

dji fly drone safety setting page

IMU and Compass

IMU and Compass are two of the most important sensors to the Mavic Mini, sometimes you may need to calibrate them to sure your drone flies correctly. If there is something wrong with your IMU or Compass, your drone will not be able to take off.

The compass simply tells the drone which direction it’s flying, just like a handheld compass. IMU is short for the Intertial measurement unit which sounds pretty complicated. For most pilots, we just need to know that it can help the drone hover precisely and keep the drone balanced during flight.

So when you need to calibrate the compass and IMU?

If you see a message in the top left corner on the screen saying that you need to calibrate, you just need to follow the instruction to finish the process, it’s pretty simple and straightforward. Normally, it will happen before you fly your drone for the first time, after travel, after a crash, or if you find that your drone just isn’t flying properly.

Tips: Don’t calibrate your drone next to any metal and any electronics. Those items will throw off the compass calibration and sometimes it’ll actually tell you that the calibration is failed.

Unlock GEO Zone

This option allows you to fly your drone when you run into problems like geofencing. If you want to fly in an area that requires unlocking, you can turn it on and follow the steps to apply. For more details, check:

Advanced Safty Settings

It’s better to turn the Emergency Propeller Stop on just in case. Normally you won’t need to do this, but it’s hard to say if you have to stop the motors in midair for safety reasons.

mavic air 2 safety settings on dji fly

Whether you need to keep the Payload Mode on or not depends on your flight, e.g. sometimes if you have to fly with the propeller guards on, you can turn it on so that you will get a more accurate remaining flight time of the battery.

Signal Lost: This allows you to set the drone to RTH, Descend or Hover when you lost signal between the remote controller and the aircraft. Personally, I like to set it to Return to Home.

Find My Drone

If you crash your drone and have trouble finding it. This will help you find your drone. It shows you the last-known location of your drone, you can also have the drone start flashing and beeping if you’re around it but have no idea where it’s.


dji fly control setting page

Flight Mode (Mavic Mini Only)

We have mentioned this earlier. You can switch flight mode from CineSmooth, Position to Sport. But you don’t need to change it here because it’s a waste of time and not that convenient during flight, just tap on the screen homepage, you can do it easily.

Note: You can easily change the flight mode on the Mavic Air 2


The units displayed in the telemetry so you can choose between imperial or the metric system whatever you guys are familiar with. You can also view the metric system and either meters or kilometers next up.

Gimbal Settings

Gimbal Mode. We can change the way the gimbal reacts to the movement. There are two modes you can choose from. The Follow Mode means the gimbal will remain fixed horizontally when the aircraft is moving. When in FPV Mode, the gimbal follows the movement of the drone, the camera will bank with the aircraft as you go left to right. This is one of the most important sections. I often set this to the Follow Mode so that the gimbal stays level no matter which way I fly the drone.

Advanced Gimbal Settings (Mavic Mini Only). Tap on advanced, this allows us to change the pitch speed of the gimbal so how fast the gimbal looks up and down as well as the smoothness of the gimbal when it’s pitching so that’s how smooth the gimbal comes to a start and how it comes to a stop. The Allow Upward Gimbal Rotation allows the camera to point upward if you turn this on, otherwise, it would be locked rate at zero degrees and there’s no way to look upwards.

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  • Best settings: If you set all these to 0, the gimbal will move up and down abruptly when you dial the gimbal control wheel. In order to get better gimbal movement and cinematic footage, I recommend setting both the Pitch Speed and Pitch Smoothness to 15.
  • Also, just keep the Allow Upward Gimbal Rotation on so that you will be able to look up.
  • Recenter Gimbal – This is pretty straightforward. It allows the gimbal to just recenter itself if you’re at a weird angle and you just want the gimbal to come right back.

Gimbal Calibration – we’ve got gimbal calibration here which we can do so if our gimbal is experiencing some sort of issue we can recalibrate it to make sure it performs properly.

Remote Controller

dji fly drone control setting page

Stick Mode – This enables you to set your personal preference of how you like to operate your drone. There are 3 options available, you can change between mode 1 mode 2, or mode 3 according to your preference, for most people, Mode 2 is the best practice. If you are used to the way you play video games, you may prefer to use the other two modes.

RC calibration – This allows you to calibrate the sticks of your remote controller.

Flight Tutorial – If you’re brand new to drones or the Mavic Mini you may need to go through the tutorial to get a better understanding of how to fly.

Phone Charging (Mavic Air 2 Only) – This will enable the remote controller to charge your mobile device when connected to the controller.

Button Customization (Mavic Air 2 Only) – You can customize the Function button on the remote controller (Fn on beside the lest stick) according to your preference.

dji fly mavic air 2 control settings

Mavic Air 2 control settings


DJI Fly Camera Settings for Mavic Mini

You can change the image size or the aspect ratio of the photos we shoot we can go with 4 by 3 or 16 by 9.  4 * 3 gives you the largest image of pixels which will give you more space for after effect. And if you use 16 * 9 you will end up cropping out pixels.

dji fly drone camera setting page

You can also see the SD card information which we already mentioned in the status of the aircraft.


Camera Advanced Settings

dji fly camera advanced setting page


The Histogram allows you to monitor the exposure level. This is pretty much the easiest way to tell the exposure value. In order to not get too bright or too dark images, you can keep in on so you can monitor in real-time.


You can turn on different gridlines like cross lines, up and down lines, and a crosshair right in the center to help you shoot better aerial photos. Personally, I think that all of that sometimes can be very confusing and it kind of takes up the way or it gets in the way of flying my drone. So for me, I keep that little crosshair on so I can line up my photos appropriately.

Overexposure Warning

If there’s a portion of the image that’s overexposed, we can easily find out through some zebra patterns. This is a little bit annoying if you turn it on because you will always see that zebra pattern on your screen. It sometimes gives you sort of a feeling that something is wrong with your camera and will also interfere with your flying.

Anti Flicker

When shooting and there are lights in the frame it’s not going to flicker we can match the Hertz of the love the specific lights. Normally we just need to leave it to Auto.

Video Subtitles

Whether you want to turn on this or not depends on your preference, personally, I never turn video subtitles on any of the drones that I fly.

Cache When Recording

When you are shooting a video, a cached lower resolution version will store on our mobile device. You can set the storage space for cached videos depending on your device’s total capacity.

  • Tips: It’s recommended to turn it off because most of the time you don’t need the cached lower resolution photos and videos, and most importantly, if you fly your Mavic Mini with an old device it will slow down your phone or tablet, the live transmission may be laggy, and sometimes you may even get a CPU overload warning.

Reset Camera Settings

This will allow you to get back to the default settings of your camera whenever you want.

DJI Fly Mavic Air 2 Camera Settings

Mavic Air 2 comes with a better camera so you can find more settings when it comes to the Camera.

dji fly mavic air 2 camera settings

You can choose either MP4 or MOV when shooting videos according to your preference. When it comes to color, I would like to choose the D-Cinelike so you will have more space for after effect.

You only need to consider Anti-Flicker when shooting indoors under artificial light. Normally, you just need to set it to Auto.

Video Subtitles are the same as that of the Mavic Mini, if you turn it on, you will be able to see it when you play your videos with VLC.

When shooting outside on sunny days, I would like to see the White Balance to Manual.

dji fly mavic air 2 camera settings

Auto Sync HD Photos: This will allow the drone to transfer your HD photos automatically to your mobile device.

Storage Location: Mavic Air 2 comes with 8GB onboard storage, you will be able to choose where to store your footage and photos.

dji fly mavic air 2 camera settings


dji fly transmission setting page


This shows the frequency band that you are operating over when flying the Mavic mini.

Channel Mode

You can see the channels that your drone and the remote can connect and the level of interference on those channels. It also allows you to select channels manually. It’s recommended to set it to auto so that it can automatically choose the best channel for you.

The Transmission settings on the Mavic Air 2 is a little bit different because it packs the Ocusync 2.0.

You can choose Normal Mode or HD when it comes to the definition of live video. Normal Mode will offer you 720p videos and HD is 1080p.

Mavic Air 2 has two frequencies and they can change automatically according to the inference when flying, you just need to set it to Dual-band.

mavic air 2 dji fly transmission settings


dji fly drone about page

This is just all of the information about your drone, like the aircraft version, the RC firmware version, the name, and the model. You can also see the app version, how many times the battery was charged. You can see things like our serial number for the camera etc.

dji fly main flight page

Auto Take-Off & RTH (Return to home)

Next, the arrow in the middle of the left side shows the Auto Takeoff button, you just need to put your finger on it until the drone starts the motors. Your Mavic Mini will go up to an altitude of 1.2m and then hover precisely where it is. Please note that it will turn into the RTH (return to home) button after the drone takes off.

dji fly auto takeoff page

Map and Location

If you tap on it, it will open up a larger map and if you tap it again, it then brings the full view of the map, shrinking down the camera video.

Benefit – we can view around we can see some of the different zones as some of the different controlled airspaces points also if we’re flying around we’ll see our flight path and then we can also see where our home point is we can take advantage of some of the different tools on the right side so we can see as a key for some of those different restricted zones on our map we can also clear our flight path using the eraser icon we can also reset our home point we can change the orientation of the map and we can also change the different overlays on the map (Standard, Satelite, and Mixed) according to your preference.

Flight Telemetry

Right next to the Map shows the flight telemetry.

H means the height of the drone, D means the distance of the drone, and above that shows the speed correlated with that direction of movement. e.g. the speed right above the H means the vertical flying speed whether going up or down. The speed above the D shows horizontal speed so we can easily know how fast it goes forward, backward, left, or right. You will get a better understanding of how it works once you get your Mavic Mini up in the air.

Camera Information

Photo and video shooting on Mavic Mini

Let’s move on to the right side in the middle, you will see the camera information, the big white button allows us to take photos, if you want to shoot a video or use QuickShots (A simple and auto way of taking aerial videos), just click the rectangle icon above to switch.

Best settings for taking photos and videos.

  • I always shoot the highest resolution that my drone’s camera allows me to because chances are you’re further away from your subject. I guess that it makes more sense to shoot in 2.7 K at 30 frames per second.
  • You can choose Single shot or Timed shot accordingly.

Below the big white icon lies the Play button, you can quickly view all the videos and photos stored on your micro SD card.

EV (Exposure Value)

Move on you will see the EV control, you can tweak the exposure value so we can go up to make it brighter as we increase the value, or you can go down and make it darker. You can customize according to the environment.

What does EV mean and how to use it when shooting?

Photo Settings

If we switch to Photo mode, you will find a camera icon at the bottom right corner on your screen. You can switch between Auto and Manual when tapping on it.

  • Auto – Auto means the camera will determine all the dimensions automatically according to the light, you don’t need to do anything when shooting.
  • Manual – Manual allows you to customize the shutter speed, ISO to get your desired photos or videos.

Mavic Air 2 Photo and Video Settings

Tap on the button above the shooting button you will be able to switch between photo, video, QuickShot, and Hyperlapse, according to what you choose, you will also be able to set the frame rate and resolution.

When shooting in [email protected] and [email protected], it allows you to digitally zoom up to 2x.

mavic air 2 4k zoom

Mavic Air 2 video settings


When shooting in [email protected], it supports up to 4x zoom.

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Mavic Air 2 4X zoom


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Mavic Air 2 Photo settings


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Mavic Air 2 Hyperlapse


This is pretty much all the information for the DJI Fly App, I hope it’s helpful for you. I believe DJI will keep updating the drone and the application, we will also follow the footsteps to keep the information up-to-date. If you have any questions, spot any mistakes, or want to share your settings, please leave a comment below.

BEST Camera Settings for Mavic Air

Today’s drones are equipped with amazing cameras, but the photos and videos coming off of those cameras only look amazing if the settings are configured properly.

Here are the settings we have found from hundreds of drone flights to yield the very best results:

Photo Settings

The best photo settings remain similar for pretty much all DJI drones.

You can find these photo options by making sure you’re in photo mode and tapping the following icons in DJI Go 4:

camera settings icons DJI Go 4 app

When you’re in the camera settings, you’ll see options to configure the photo, image size, image format, white balance, and color. Here are the best settings we found:

  • Photo: Single Shot
  • Image Size: 4:3
  • Image Format: RAW + JPG (you only really need the RAW file, but sometimes the JPGs can be a nice backup)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Color: D-Cinelike (color only impacts the JPG files, the RAW files are unchanged by the color setting)

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When you have these options configured, your settings panel within DJI Go 4 should look like this:

DJI Go 4 Camera Photo Settings

Best Video Settings

The best video settings vary slightly depending on which drone you have. We’ll cover the highest quality video settings we’ve found for the Mavic Pro, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, and Phantom 4 Pro.

All video settings can be found within the DJI Go 4 app by first switching your drone into video mode, and then tapping on the settings icon:

dji go 4 video settings icon

Mavic Pro Best Video Settings

Within the video settings menu on the Mavic Pro, you’ll see options for video size, video format, NTSC/PAL, white balance, style, and color. Here are the best settings we’ve found:

  • Video Size: 4K, 3840 x 2160, 30fps
  • Video Format: .MP4
  • White Balance: weather dependent, typically either sunny, cloudy, or manual
  • Style: Custom, +1, -1, 0
  • Color: D-Cinelike if the footage will be color graded in post-production, Vivid if you are looking for the best quality straight off of the drone with no editing

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Mavic Pro Exposure Settings

Getting great video also depends on having the proper exposure settings and shutter speed on the Mavic Pro. Typically for any kind of video shoot, whether you’re using a DSLR, your drone, or a professional cinema camera, you want your shutter speed to be 1 over 2x your frame rate. For example, if you’re shooting at 30 frames per second (30fps), you want your shutter speed to be set at 1/60th of a second.

Having the correct shutter speed following this formula [1/(2x your frame rate)] makes your footage look smooth and natural. If you are filming a bright subject and your shutter speed becomes too high, it can cause noticeable and unwanted banding in your video footage.

Professional cameras allow you to change your aperture and ISO to adjust your exposure while keeping your shutter speed at a constant 1/60th of a second. However, the Mavic Pro’s camera has a fixed aperture, which means it cannot do this.

To get the best video footage possible out of your Mavic Pro, we recommend investing in ND filters to decrease the exposure and help you maintain a 1/60th of a second shutter speed in brighter lighting conditions.

That said, here are the best exposure settings for the Mavic Pro:

  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter: 1/60th of a second

mavic pro exposure settings

Image is too dark

Increase the ISO until desired brightness is achieved.

Image is too bright

Increase the shutter speed (1/120, 1/240, 1/400…etc) until desired exposure is achieved. 

Using ND filters by Polar Pro can help you maintain a 1/60 shutter speed even in bright lighting. Keeping the shutter speed at 1/60th of a second is preferred for video.


Mavic 2 Pro & Mavic 2 Zoom Best Video Settings

The Mavic 2 Pro boasts an impressive 1″ 20MP Hasselblad camera sensor and is capable of recording HLG 10-bit video, producing some of the best video quality we’ve seen from a prosumer drone. The Mavic 2 Pro also includes a variable aperture, which means you can use the aperture to adjust your exposure and help keep your frame rate at 1/60th of a second. Here are the best settings we recommend:

  • Video Size: 4K HQ, 3840×2160, 30fps
  • Video Format: .MP4
  • White Balance: weather dependent, sunny, cloudy, or manual
  • Style: Custom, -1, -2, -2
  • Color: HLG (vibrant colors, great for a beautiful image straight off the drone), D-LogM (ideal for a flat profile perfect for color grading)

The Mavic 2 Zoom similarly is a great drone and produces great image quality. It’s telephoto zoom camera is unique for a drone, and can produce cool effects. Unfortunately for video purposes, the Mavic 2 Zoom does not have a variable aperture, which means you will likely need to pick up ND filters, and it doesn’t support HLG 10 bit recording. Still, the photo and video quality is a huge improvement over the original Mavic Pro, and the Mavic 2 Zoom can absolutely be used for commercial shoots.

Here are the best settings we recommend:

  • Video Size: 4K HQ, 3840×2160, 30fps
  • Video Format: .MP4
  • White Balance: weather dependent, sunny, cloudy, or manual
  • Style: Custom, -1, -2, -2
  • Color: Normal (great for no editing), D-Cinelike (ideal for a flat profile for color grading)

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Mavic 2 Pro / Zoom Exposure Settings

The exposure setting will vary slightly between the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom because the Pro has a variable aperture while the Zoom has a fixed aperture. This means you can use the aperture to adjust the exposure level on the Mavic 2 Pro, while you’ll need to purchase ND filters for the Mavic 2 Zoom to keep your shutter speed at 1/60th of a second while recording.

That said, here are the ideal exposure settings for both the Mavic 2 Pro and 2 Zoom:

  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: 2.8 (increase as needed on the Mavic 2 Pro to compensate for an overexposed image)
  • Shutter: 1/60th of a second

mavic 2 pro exposure settings

Image is too dark

Increase the ISO until desired brightness is achieved.

Image is too bright

Increase the aperture until desired exposure is reached (on the Mavic 2 Pro).

On the Mavic 2 Zoom, using ND filters by Polar Pro can help you maintain a 1/60 shutter speed even in bright lighting.

Phantom 4 Pro Best Video Settings

The Phantom 4 Pro is one of the most iconic drones from DJI. It has the iconic drone shape, the image everyone first thinks of when they think of a consumer drone.

While the Phantom 4 Pro is an older drone, it still produces great image quality. (Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the original Phantom 4, the images we see out of that drone are grainy and significantly lower-quality than what clients are expecting).

Here are our recommended video settings to get the best image possible out of your Phantom 4:

  • Video Size: 4K, 3840×2160, 30fps
  • Video Format: .MP4
  • White Balance: weather dependent, sunny, cloudy, or custom
  • Style: Custom: +1, -1, 0
  • Color: Vivid (for great video straight off the drone), D-Cinelike (for color correcting the video footage in post-production)

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Phantom 4 Pro Exposure Settings

Like the Mavic 2 Pro, the Phantom 4 Pro includes a variable aperture that you can adjust to compensate for the exposure being too bright or too dark. You may need to pick up ND filters if the scene is too bright, but in most cases, you can get by without one.

Here are the exposure settings we recommend:

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More Tips for Capturing Beautiful Footage

We hope these photo and video settings help your great aerial images look even better. Give them a try and let us know what you think! And if you’re looking for cinematic camera moves or tutorials on using Point of Interest, check out our other articles below:

5 Best Simple & Easy Cinematic Drone Shots

How To Take Great Drone Photos – A Brief Tutorial

Bring Your Drone Photos to Life – Drone Cinemagraphs Tutorial

How to Take Long Exposure Photos Using DJI Drones

How To Edit Drone Photos To Make Them Pop


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About the Author

Stetson Doggett

Stetson is an Ithaca College alum and a certified drone pilot. He has been flying the DJI Mavic Pro since it first came out and loves finding new ways to improve his aerial photo and video quality. Stetson is from Acton, Massachusetts, and when not in the air he enjoys playing board games, producing YouTube videos, and watching Stranger Things.


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Best Camera Settings for Photos with the DJI Mavic Air

What I mean by "best settings"

My "best settings" may be different from yours.

Some people like photos with a lot of saturation. Others prefer to have the colors muted. You might like cooler shades while I prefer warmer tones. 

In the end, "best" comes down to personal preference.

This tutorial will help you understand what each setting does and how it will affect your images. You can then choose the settings to produce the results you want

Your Mavic Air must be on and connected

Many of the camera settings can only be changed if your aircraft and Controller are powered up and connected to the DJI GO4 app. In fact, some menu options only appear when everything is powered up and connected. 

Once you get the settings dialed in to your liking, they won't change much from flight to flight.

How to access the settings

First, toggle between settings for still photos and video by tapping the little icon above the shutter release button. The icon will switch between a DSLR camera and a video camera. Another indicator is the color of the shutter release button. For photo settings it is white. For video settings it will be red. 

Once you have selected the type of setting you want to adjust, tap the three horizontal lines with circles just below the shutter release button.

Mavic Air Camera Settings

You will see three icons at the top of the settings panel. From left to right they are Camera Settings, Photo Settings and Miscellaneous Settings. 

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Click on any of the settings below to go directly to that section of this article. Use the back button on your browser to come back to this spot.

Camera Settings (Looks like a lens diaphragm)
     Auto or Manual
     Shutter speed
     Exposure compensation

Photo Settings (Looks like a camera)
    Photo type
     Image Size
     Image Format
     White Balance

Misc. Settings(Looks like a gear)
     Smart Arm LEDs
     Over Exposure Warning
     Video Caption
     File Index Mode
     Storage Location
     Save Unstitched Pano Photos
     Format SD Card
     Format Internal Storage
     Reset Camera Settings

Camera Settings

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Auto or Manual

Select Auto and your camera will set the exposure it thinks is best. It does a very good job most of the time. If it's off a little bit, you can use the EV slider to make small adjustments. If you want full control over the exposure, select Manual (M)

Mavic Air Camera Settings

ISO (Only adjustable in Manual mode)

The ISO setting determines how sensitive the camera's sensor is to light. The lower the number, the lower the sensitivity. Since most of your flying will probably done during daylight hours, you can usually leave this at 100. You can increase the ISO if you are flying in low light. Just be aware that the higher you raise it, the more digital noise you will get in your images. To change the ISO, tap on the slider and move right or left. 

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Shutter Speed (Only adjustable in Manual mode)

This setting determines how long the internal shutter is open and allows light to reach the sensor. Low (or slow) shutter speeds allow you to get a correct exposure when you are shooting in low light. If you are in bright sunlight, you will need to use a High (or fast) shutter speed to let in less light. Fast shutter speeds have the added benefit of freezing action.

Mavic Air Camera Settings

EV (Exposure Compensation)

If you are in Auto mode and don't agree with the exposure the camera is suggesting, you can tap the plus or minus buttons to fine-tune the exposure a bit. 

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Photo Settings

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Pho​​​​to type

The first item under the photo settings is the type of photo you want to shoot. Tap "Photo" and  you will see a list of the options available.

Mavic Air Camera Setings

Single Shot Press the shutter release button and the camera shoots one picture.

Mavic Air Camera Settings

HDR (High Dynamic Range) If you are shooting a scene that has very bright areas as well as deep shadows, HDR might be a good option. With HDR selected, the camera will take three images when you press the shutter release button. One will be underexposed, one overexposed and the third "properly" exposed. It will then combine the three images into one JPEG that will preserve details in the brightest areas while as the shadows. 

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Multiple If you are trying to capture peak action with a fast moving subject, Multiple mode will fire a rapid burst of photos each time you press the shutter release button. You can set the number of images captured to 3, 5 or 7. It's the same as what is commonly called motor drive on still traditional cameras. If you are shooting a lot of images or are shooting in RAW format, you might fill up the buffer and have to wait a couple of seconds for the image files to be written to the memory card.

Mavic Air Camera Settings

AEB (Automatic Exposure Bracketing) This is basically a manual version of HDR. When you press the shutter, the camera will take either three or five shots at various exposures. However, unlike the HDR option, in AEB the images are shot in the RAW format and are not combined into a final JPEG. You will need to take the images into post-processing software like Adobe Lightroom and combine them yourself. It's more work, but you will end up with a better image in the end.

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Timed Shot This setting allows you to shoot images that you can assemble into a time lapse movie. Select the interval between shots (between 2 and 60 seconds) and press the shutter release. The camera will take a picture, count down the interval, take another picture, count down the interval . . . you get the idea. When you're ready to stop taking photos, press the shutter release button a second time. If you are shooting in RAW format, the smallest interval available will be 5 seconds. That's because the larger file size of the the RAW images takes longer for the Mavic Air to process.

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Pano There are four different types of panoramic shots available: Sphere, 180, Vertical and Horizontal. Make your selection, press the shutter button and your Mavic Air capture a series of overlapping images automatically. It will then stitch them together into a single panoramic image. It's quite amazing, actually and it does a very good job.

Mavic Air Camera Settings
Mavic Air Camera Settings


Mavic Air Camera Settings


Mavic Air Camera Settings


Mavic Air Camera Settings


If you want to take it up a notch, you have the option to save the individual photos that make up the pano. You can take them into another application (like Adobe Lightroom) and stitch the pano yourself. The advantage of this is you will end up with a higher quality image. 

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Image Size

It's actually the image ratio, not size. Select either 4:3 (the same as traditional 35mm film) or 16:9 which is commonly known as wide-screen. Purely personal preference here. Try both and see which you like best. 

Mavic Air Camera Settings

​Image Format

The Mavic Air has two format choices when shooting still photos: RAW or JPEG. Or you can have the best of both worlds and have it save every image in both RAW and JPEG formats.

If you shoot in RAW, all 12 million pixels captured by your sensor are preserved in a 25.5 MB image file. When you transfer the files to your computer and look at them on your display they are going to look dull and washed out. But after you tweak them a bit in your favorite post-processing software they will look amazing. Since you have every bit of data captured, you get to make creative decisions about how you want the final image to look. Need to see more details in the shadows? No problem. Want to add some contrast or cut back some highlights? You can do that. You have total control over the end result.

If you select  JPEG, your Mavic Air is going to make some decisions about how your photo should look. Depending on your settings, it will adjust the sharpening, contrast and saturation. It will then do some fancy math, compress the image, discard unnecessary information and leave you with a file between 5 MP and 8 MP. Your images will look brighter and more natural right out of the camera. But since a lot of data has been discarded, your options for post-processing are very limited. 

Mavic Air Camera Settings

White Balance

Having the white balance set correctly will prevent a color cast in your photos. Auto is the default and does a good job most of the time. But I recommend selecting either Sunny or Cloudy depending on weather. If you are shooting indoors, you will need to pick Auto, Incandescent or Fluorescent.

Mavic Air Camera Settings


This is where you can configure the sharpness (Triangle), contrast (Circle) , and saturation (Square) of your images or videos. Each of these settings can be set in a range of -3 to +3. 

Changing this setting only makes a difference if you are shooting in JPEG format or if you are shooting video. If you are shooting in RAW, you will control the sharpness, contrast and saturation of your images in post processing. 

So what's the best setting? The one that gives you an image you like. I found that a custom style of +1 -1 0 gives me good results in most situations. To set a custom style, tap on the Custom option, Next, tap on the setting you want to adjust and use the plus and minus buttons. 

Mavic Air Camera Settings


I'm not sure why this even shows up as an option for photos because you can only change it for video. So "Normal" it is.

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Misc. Settings

Mavic Air Camera Settings


The Histogram is a graph of brightness of the scene. Personally, I find it gets in the way. I prefer to turn on the Over Exposure Warning to get a quick warning that I need to adjust the exposure. 

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Smart Arm LEDs

This will automatically turn the front LEDs off when you take a photos or video. Since they are so close to the camera, there is a chance they could create a bit of a color cast in your photos. There's really no downside to having them turn off automatically when you shoot. 

Mavic Air Camera Settings
Mavic Air Camera Settings

Over Exposure Warning

If you turn this feature on, areas of your image that are going to be overexposed will be overlaid with what are called Zebra stripes. As you adjust your exposure, you will see the stripes disappear. Some people find it distracting, but I find it helpful in most situations. If part of your image is overexposed, there is really nothing you can do in post-processing to bring back the detail.  

Mavic Air Camera Settings
Mavic Air Camera Settings

Video Caption

This obviously applies to video, so you can ignore it if you are shooting still photos. 

Mavic Air Camera Settings


This is a composition aid for lining things up according to the "Rule of Thirds." I leave it off most of the time because I've been taking pictures for a long time and pretty much have a grid burned into my brain. If you're new to photography, using a grid is a big help.

Mavic Air Camera Settings


This is really only necessary to worry about if you are shooting video indoors. Since we're dealing with still photos here, you can ignore it. 

Mavic Air Camera Settings

File Index Mode

Your Mavic Air names your files automatically using the format "DJI_" followed by sequential numbers. If you want the numbers to start over at 0001 every time you format your memory card, select "Reset." If you want to avoid the confusion of having a bunch of files with the same name, select "Continuous" and you won't get any duplicate names for a long time.

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Storage Location

You have two options: Internal or SD Card. Take your pick. The default is SD Card.

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Save Unstitched Pano Photos

When you shoot a Pano, the DJI Go4 app will automatically stitch all the photos together into one image then delete the individual images. If you want to save the individual images, turn this option on. When you are ready to pull the images off your memory card or the internal storage, they will be in a folder all by themselves called "Panorama." You can download them to your computer and use the application of your choice to stitch them into a panorama.

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Format SD Card or Internal Storage

If you want to clear old photos and video off your card or internal storage to free up space, tap the appropriate option here. You will get this warning before it erases the images just in case you hit the wrong button.

Mavic Air Camera Settings

Reset Camera Settings

If you have changed a bunch of settings and want to start all over, tap this button and everything will go back to factory defaults.

Mavic Air Camera Settings
BEST Camera Settings for Mavic Air

The Mavic Air 2 is DJIs newest drone and even though the release is not long ago it is already a super popular drone. There are a lot of good reasons for that. A long flight time, the compact and light weight design and a very impressive camera quality are just some of them.

Talking about camera quality – impressive especially then when the pilot knows how to handle the camera.

In this article, we’ll explain what Mavic Air 2 camera settings you should choose and what you need to consider for best possible footage. We will go through all the options step by step, following them like you see it in your DJI Fly Menu.


  1. Format
  2. Color
  3. Coding Format
  4. FPS and Resolution
  5. ISO
  6. Shutter Speed
  7. White Balance
  8. Overexposure Warning
  9. Histogram

Mavic Air 2 File Format : MP4 vs. MOV

DJI Mavic Air 2 Camera Settings

There are two available options in this settings: MOV and MP4.

MOV is primarily supported by Apple products and also known as the QuickTime File Format. The Mac Users of you should be familiar with it but outside of Apple products it is relatively rare.

MP4 as MPEG standard on the other hand is widely used in the industry.

We recommend the MP4 format!

You will have no problems playing your videos on Windows, Android and Apple devices and you will also avoid problems when editing with programs like Adobe Premiere.

Color: Normal vs. D-Cinelike

The better choice is D-Cinelike.

The difference between Normal and D-Cinelike is that Normal tried to give you a good look so that editing is not necessary. D-Cinelike doesn’t look good when you don’t edit it but that’s on purpose. The image looks flat which gives you the freedom to choose the contrasts, exposure and color.

You will end up with a high dynamic range and stunning videos!

Choose Normal if you really don’t want to edit or choose D-Cinelike for best possible results.

One of the most popular editing software is Adobe Premiere Pro.. 

It is worth to get into it if you plan on more professional videos but if you can’t afford these professional editing programs, then you can opt for cheaper ones, or even free ones. You will find good recommendations in our article Best video editing software for drone videos. 

Coding Format: H.264 vs. H.265

We have two options here: The “old” H.264 Codec and the new H.265 Codec. The difference is that H.265 saves 50% more information than H.264 thus preserving more details.

The advantage of choosing H.265 is that the file size is a lot smaller since compression is far better. You are looking at 20% – 50% smaller file size when shooting with H.265 rather than H.264.

We can expect H.265 to become the leading codec in the filming industry in near future and the better choice except when using an older device for editing. H.265 can’t be played fluent enough when th hardware is not up to date.

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FPS and Resolution

On the bottom right of your main screen when flying your drone you will find the option to set your Resolution and Framerate. You can choose between 4K, 2,7K and FHD in different framerates and all of the three options in High Dynamic Range (HDR) with limited framerate.

What you choose depends on different factors. Do you have a good computer to edit your videos? You will have a hard time editing 4K videos with an old computer. We recommend using FHD in that case. In every other case we recommend 4K to get the best possible results. You can still lower the resolution afterwards if necessary.

Do you want slow motion in your video? High framerates are necessary for slowmotion. You can choose up to 60FPS in $K or 240FPS in FHD. You will not have the option to choose HDR when doing slowmotion videos.

That’s why we always recommend 24fps and HDR if you don’t want any slow motion in your video.

Mavic Air 2 Camera Setting: ISO

The ISO is easy to set, just go with the rule: “ISO always as low as possible“. The reason for that is a high ISO cause noise in your image. You will notice that especially with a high ISO in low light conditions.

Best option is ISO 100 but we recommend to never go higher than ISO 400 for optimal results.

Shutter Speed

The Shutter speed is one of the most important DJI Mavic Air 2 Camera Settings when you want to gain professional footage. You should not freely choose a shutter speed depending on the light conditions. Instead you choose the shutter speed depending on your frame rate. It should always be set inverse double of your frame rate. 

ND Filter for Mavic Air 2

The Mavic Air 2 Fly more Combo comes with ND Filter but if you don’t have filter then check here our recommendation: Mavic Air 2 ND Filter

For example when filming with a framerate of 25fps your shutter speed should be set to 1/50s. Now when trying to follow that rule you will face one problem: Most of your videos will be overexposed. But don’t worry because that is the reason why ND Filter exist – one of the most imporant Mavic Air 2 accessories! You pick the right ND Filter after choosing the correct shutter speed to block enough sunlight for a properly exposed image. In most of the cases it will be ND16 or ND32 when there is strong sunlight.

Also if you want to learn more about the use of ND Filter check our Guide: ND Filter Drone Tutorial – Why are they necessary for your drone?

White Balance Auto/Manual

There is no definitive answer to which White Balance value is the best. It always depends on your light conditions and on the scenery. The only bad choice is Auto because then you will have a changing White Balance value throughout your whole video which makes it look uneven.

Video Camera Settings

Overexposure Warning

You lose details and information when overexposing your videos, not even editing can get those information back. The overexposure warning is a great tool to avoid that. It visualizes areas on your footage with too much light. Adjust your settings or change the ND Filter when you see black/white stripes in your transmitted image.


The Histogram is an awesome tool to find the right expsoure. It gives you a visual representation of the light hitting the camera sensor, information that is essential if you wish to make correctly exposed images on every occasion. We recommend our Guide DJI Drone Histogram Tutorial for the correct use of the Histogram

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Setting your drone camera right is half the battle in capturing an excellent aerial photo. Refined flying techniques can assist you to find the perfect angle, but without the correct the camera settings, your final picture will be far from what you anticipate. To give you a hand we’ve summarized 7 common camerasetting mistakes to helpyou get things right before you tap the shutter button!

1. Exposure Mode

Why does your photo sometimes appear as plain white or black? Check the exposure mode! You can choose between AUTO and M(manual) mode. It’s very easy to get overexposed or underexposed images when not in Auto mode.For instance, some pilots may use M mode and set a slow shutter speed for night photography. And, If you forget to reset the camera for shooting in daytime lighting conditions, you will get a solid white picture. Thus, to avoid this situation, we recommend you first select Auto mode to check the image, then switch to Manual mode to adjust the settings.

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2. EV Compensation

Now that you’ve selected the right exposure mode, but the image still looks too bright or too dark? Solve this by adjusting the EV (Exposure Value) until the image on the screen is exposed correctly. At its simplest, EV+changes will makethe image brighter, and EV-changes will makethe image darker. An ideal EV setting for one scene can be totally wrong for another photo. So, always adjust EV setting according to the specific lighting.

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But be aware that you can’t change the EV in Manual Mode as the exposure compensation is achieved by adjusting ISO or the shutter speed.

3. ISO

Too much noise in the picture?HighISOallows you to shoot at fast shutter speeds or in low-light environments, but it also leads to increased noise. During the daytime, a highISO typically results in an overly-bright and noisy image. For this reason, make sure to check if you’ve set the ISO too high if an image has too much noise.

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If you’re not sure about how to set the ISO, try using Auto ISO so that your camera will automatically select proper ISO value.

4. White Balance

The colors in your images don’t look right? When your pictures appear with an unappealing color cast, you should readjust the White Balance.Different light sources have different color temperatures. As the camera can’t adjust automatically for it, you need to modify the colortone of the image manually. To keep it as simple as possible: the camera needs to add warm tones in cool light condition and cool tones in warm light condition to get close to what you observe with your naked eye. We recommend you to use Auto White Balance as it works well in most situations.

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Also, note that you can adjust white balance without degrading the image quality in a photo editor if you shoot in RAW. But if it’s shot in JPEG, the image will lose some of its quality.

5. Focus

Getting blurred images? When you tried tapping the screen to focus, it didn’t work? This can happen when you select MF(Manual Focus) mode. Switch to AF (Auto-Focus), so you can tap to focus. However, when it’s dark, and autofocus doesn’t work, youcan switch to MF and activate focus peaking. This will assistyou to get accurate focus.

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6. Format

Have you noticed that sometimes the quality of your photos has been reduced after post-processing? In this situation, you may want to check the image format.DJI offers three photo format options: JPEG, RAW, and JPEG+RAW. We recommend that you use RAW if you‘re going to edit the photo later. This is because RAW maintains much more information and detail than JPEG. So you can edit RAW without lowering the image’s standard.

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7. Photo Mode

Getting multiple images when you only intended to take a single shot? DJI drones support various photo modes-Single, Multiple, AEB, HDR, Timed Shot, etc. Go to the photo mode menu and make sure that you have selected Single Shot.

photo modes

Making sense of various buttons in camera menus can be daunting but worth it. Learn from these mistakes to get good quality shots and take your photography skills to a new height.

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