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Mavic Mini: Best Settings & Tips for Flying Indoors

Mavic Mini is the perfect drone for everyday fight. Take a look at our best Mavic Mini indoor flight tips and settings for beginners and experienced pilots. From DJI Fly settings to indoor flight preparation, we’ve got it all covered in this article! Despite the allure of the great outdoors, bad weather and other uncontrollable factors can make it difficult to enjoy flying your drone. While flying indoors is not recommended unless absolutely necessary, Mavic Mini offers a safe and reliable way to practice flying in a controlled space. With the correct pre-flight procedures, flight modes, and app settings, you can safely take your adventure indoors. Let’s get started with our indoor flying tips! Pre-Flight Tips Flying safely is the number one concern when flying indoors. Before you turn Mavic Mini on, make sure you first follow these pre-flight tips. 1. Use Propeller Guards The Mavic Mini 360° Propeller Guard is a requirement for flying indoors, whether you are a beginner or an experienced pilot. The lightweight guard fully protects you and everything around you by preventing the propellers from hitting any objects. With the propeller guard attached, Mavic Mini offers a maximum flight time of 18 minutes, which is plenty of time to...

How to Fly Safely Over Water

The prospect of flying over water can be a scary one for most drone pilots. Water environments are often filled with potential hazards such as boats, waves, high winds, and even birds. Although DJI does not encourage flying over water, professional aerial photographers and videographers will sometimes have to do precisely that. Therefore, this article offers constructive advice on what you can do before and during your over-water flight to ensure safety. *Beginner pilots should refrain from flying over water at any time. Disable Vision Positioning System (VPS) All DJI drones come equipped with VPS, a technology that maps the surface below to help position the drone. When flying over water, however, light reflecting off of the surface can cause issues with this technology. Because of this, it’s best to maintain a height of at least two meters above the water. If you have to fly below this height for a special shot, we recommend you turn off the VPS to avoid any unstable actions by the drone. Caution: When you disable the VPS of your aircraft and the distance between water surface and drone is smaller than 2 meters, you should fly the drone with a low speed in your FOV...

8 Tips to Enjoy Summer Flying

Summer is one of the most exciting seasons of all. Shooting with your drone under the sun will certainly add fun to your aerial journey. While enjoying the flight is important, safety should be a priority as well. You don't want to lose anything before arriving at home. Here we suggest eight tips to help you enjoy your summer vacation safely.   You might also like: Flying in a Winter Wonderland DJI Mavic Adventures: Film the Action Like a Pro How to NOT Crash Your Drone in 15 Easy Steps For more from DJI Support: DJI Facebook Support DJI Twitter Support Contact us via Facebook Messenger 

Traveling With Mavic Air: the Ultimate Tips

Heading off on your first vacation with a Mavic Air? There’s no doubt drones make excellent travel companions, but lots of travelers wonder if it’s ok to take their drone on a plane and whether it’s ok to fly drones wherever they’re going.Find all the drone tips and tricks before you go. Be fully prepared for an epic adventure.   Prepare for your tripLearn about the policy of your destination.Before traveling, it is necessary to learn about the drone laws of your destination. Avoid violating local laws and regulations during the trip. Before flying, check our flying tips to know everything about traveling with a drone.https://www.dji.com/flyingtips/​PackingPack your Mavic Air in its DJI case. It can be easily and conveniently put into a small suitcase or even a backpack.Be aware of customs regulations.When passing through customs, the drone is generally not required to be declared if it is for personal use only. If it is for commercial use or trade, it needs to be declared according to the country’s individual customs regulations.​Check airline regulations.Different airlines have different regulations for the carrying and shipping of drones and batteries. Please consult your airline before traveling.Batteries are generally not permitted in check-in luggage. Please...

10 Tips for Preventing Drone Crashes

The last thing you want to happen when you’ve worked hard to purchase a brand-new drone is to crash it by doing something wrong that you could have easily avoided. Whereas some factors are inevitably out of your hands, you need to be aware of the things you can control and mistakes you can avoid.    What should you do after you crash your drone? No matter how experienced a pilot you are, when you own a drone, you must face the fact that a crash is going to happen. Sometimes it's your fault; sometimes it's due to conditions beyond your control. Either way, your beloved drone will crash at some point in time. So, what should you do when it does? First off, try to retrieve the drone. Upon retrieving your drone, inspect it for damage. Take note of the damage you can see and have it as a reference in case you need to contact your drone manufacturer. Below are some useful steps that you can take after retrieving your drone from the crash site: In some instances, you may be subject to low-cost or free warranty repair services via your manufacturer. When you reach out to them, mention all the...
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15 Tips For Beginner Drone Pilots (With Inforgraphic)

Congratulations on being a new drone pilot! We all understand the excitement of getting a new drone. But don’t rush into flying just yet! It’s relatively straightforward to take off, but do you know every button's function or have a good understanding of how your drone reacts to the remote controller? Before you head out and get it in the air, you should know your drone well.  As it’s the best way to prevent crashes and flyaways. Furthermore, it’s being responsible for the safety of yourself, others, and your drone. (Read the How to Fly a Drone: Beginner’s Guide) Operating a drone can sometimes be tricky. So to avoid any silly missteps, it’s essential to read the product's manual and get familiar with DJI's GO apps and pay close attention to preflight preparations. After you understand your drone’s capabilities and limitations choose a safe test flight zone and practice some basic maneuvers before you take the leash off. Additionally, remember to take advantage of free online resources. You can find all you need to know and do before your maiden flight on the DJI Support and DJI Tutorials YouTube channels. Finally, if any problem occurs, you can always contact DJI Support on Facebook or Twitter for help. Here, we’ve summarized 15 tips to help first-time drone pilots prepare for their air adventures.   Practice makes perfect. Enjoy the learning process and have fun flying! And one more thing, don’t forget to inspect your drone regularly and...
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Capitalize on Winter Photography With These Tips

When Old Man Winter has come to town, you probably just want to curl up in your cozy living room and watch some TV. No reason to go outside and suffer the cold right? Well think again, winter is one of the best times for capturing stunning pictures of transformed landscapes. However, taking photos in winter is a different ball game to getting those warm sunny shots, the great news is that we have you covered with our tips for winter photography. Prepare for the Weather Firstly, wrap up warm, if you're feeling cold, you’re not going to have a good time. Another aspect that you need to think about during winter photography is your drone’s lowest operating temperature and battery temp. Most DJI drones have an operating temperature range of 0°C to 40°C. The main problem is that the batteries don’t last as long if they’re cold, so flight times may be lower than expected. You can reduce the impact of this by keeping your batteries warm before you insert them into the aircraft. Additionally, when you taking-off let your aircraft hover for a minute to warm up the cells. Snow and Exposure Snow can play games with your camera’s meter, leaving...
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Flying a Drone in Winter: 5 Things You Must Know

Winter drone flying can sometimes be challenging in extreme conditions. Low temperatures can impact flight performance, and weather can be unpredictable. It’s possible that you will encounter rain, fog, or snow during flight. So how can you have a safe flight and capture great shots during the winter months? Here are some safety and camera settings tips to keep in mind when flying your drone during winter. Battery Like many of the latest portable devices, DJI drones use Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries. Cold temperatures can put your batteries out of their comfort zone, decreasing the chemical activity within batteries. Follow the tips below to ensure a safe flight: Only use fully charged batteries. Pre-heat your battery to 20°C (68°F) or more. You can check the battery temperature in DJI GO. Use a Battery Heater if one is available for your product. Hover for about a minute to allow the battery to warm up. Only push the control sticks gently to prevent any battery voltage drops. Batteries drain faster in cold temperatures. Always check your drone’s battery status during flight. Environment Reduced visibility and the moisture of snow can be the hidden dangers behind shooting spectacular winter scenery. It’s essential to take the right precautions: Before...

Drone Laws and Regulations: Read Now to Avoid Big Fines and Legal Woes

A question responsible new drone users ask is, “How, where, and when is flying my drone legal?”  Understanding local drone laws and regulations is essential for professional UAV pilots and hobbyists. By following government issued guidelines regarding UAV operation, users can ensure the safety of themselves, their aircraft, and others. Also, doing so sets a good example and goes a long way toward improving public opinion about these evermore ubiquitous flying machines. Just last year, the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a set of rules that aim to ensure UAVs are flown safely. Many countries have passed drone laws and regulations similar to the FAA’s which detail best practices for flying and steps users need to take before flying recreationally or professionally. Drone laws vary by country and region, so it’s essential to research the specific requirements in your area. However, some drone regulations are common in various parts of the world. Here are several things you can do to help ensure you fly safely and legally.   Register Your Drone (If Necessary) Some countries require that users register their drones before flight. Registration makes it so users can more easily locate their drone if it flies away or be held accountable...
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10 Drone Safety Tips for a Safe Flight

Are you an ace pilot or even a brand new pilot who just got a fancy new DJI drone and can’t wait to fly? Yes, you are? Great, you might be wondering what commonality you both share, one of you a grizzled veteran pilot with thousands of hours of flight time under your belt and the other still with their training wings on. Well, both of you can still have an "opps" moment during a flight which could lead to unfortunate drone mishap. So, to help you avoid any mishaps here are some pre-flight and post-landing drone safety tips that can help minimize a lot of potential problems for the experienced pilots and help the beginner’s confidence soar! These 10 drone safety tips for a safe flight may sound simple, however, not paying attention could lead to an easily avoided crash. They take practically no time to follow but are beyond priceless, so do yourself a favor and keep these 10 safety tips in mind when flying your drone. Following these drone safety tips  will help you ensure a safe flight is ahead. It may be difficult in the beginning to keep them all in mind, but they will be a...
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How to NOT Crash Your Drone in 15 Easy Steps

Flying safely, knowing your limits, and understanding how your drone works are essential when taking aerial photos or videos. As a drone enthusiast, I’ve seen my fair share of “drone fail” videos on YouTube, many of which result in awful, not to mention expensive crashes. Most of these crashes could have been avoided by taking some simple safety precautions. I’ve been flying drones professionally for some time now, and I’d like to share 15 easy steps (among others) you can take to prevent crashing. I mostly fly the Phantom 4 (Related: Phantom 4 VS Phantom 4 Advanced—the Newest Phantom), but all these tips can be applied to the Mavic Pro, Spark, or any other drone. It’s better to be safe than sorry! You don’t want to learn some of these the hard way like I did. Before you fly, practice in the DJI GO simulator! I recommend doing so for at least two hours. Get used to the controls, and pay close attention to which way the aircraft is facing. If the nose is facing towards you, it will move right when you expect it to move left. As such, it’s a good idea to fly with the nose facing...
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The Dos and Don’ts of Drone Flying

Safety first is an oft-repeated mantra by the Emergency Services, teachers, government departments and office managers often to the eye-rolling of those within earshot of it, but they usually have a good reason for sharing their often extensive lists of dos and don'ts. This is especially true when it comes to unmanned aerial vehicles that we all love to fly. While drones are a great tool for taking amazing videos or photos, unfortunately, its aerial nature can cause safety concerns that could have serious repercussions for the pilot. So to help all you drone fliers out there, we here at DJI Support have put together a comprehensive 20 point list of dos and don'ts for flying your drones. Dos and Don'ts of Flying a Drone Remember to keep these in mind before any drone flight, it may seem like a lot to remember, but once you’ve run these through your mind before you take off for a few drone flights, it will become like a second nature to you. Most importantly you owe it to those around you to follow these dos and don'ts to prevent harm to yourself or others. If you know any new drone pilots, please share this article with...

Safe Flying Tips: Flying in Tight Spaces

Know Your Drone: This is one of the most important things I recommend before taking your drone out and flying it anywhere you think you may have trouble. Find a safe spot in an open area to get a feel for how it operates. It's best to learn how to use it and be comfortable with it before taking it into tighter spaces or flying for any commercial work. For me, the beach in the off season was my safe place. Having the freedom to fly in a wide open space, practice camera movements, and get used to the controls was a huge help. When it came to flying in more enclosed spaces, I was more confident performing maneuvers I'd initially considered too risky. Know the Space Around You: I shoot a lot of real estate for work. In many ways, you have to approach flying like it is a film location and you're out there scouting before any shooting. I find it useful to walk around envisaging the types of shots I plan on shooting later in my head. Now, every time I go to shoot aerials of a home, I'll walk around the property making sure I know what I'm going to...

Top 5 Ways to Prevent Flyaways – Must-Have Knowledge for Drone Users

Everyone fears their drone may unexpectedly fly away and never be seen again. Fortunately, DJI drones are designed to automatically Return to Home (RTH) if you lose RC signal, but some users have experienced what is often called a "flyway." According to users' flight data, the vast majority of flyaways are caused by several common pilot errors. Here are five simple steps you can take to prevent your drone from flying away. 1. Make Sure a Home Point Has Been Set If you want your aircraft to automatically return home, make sure a home point is set before you take off! You'll need at least 4 GPS signal bars. Once a Home Point is set, you'll see a prompt in the app, and a green Home Point icon will appear on your map.   2. Watch Out for Compass Interference GPS signal is necessary but not sufficient for your drone to return to home safely. Your drone’s compass also needs to be relatively free from interference. GPS only determines the drone’s location; the compass determines its orientation. If you initiate RTH, your aircraft will turn its head and fly back to the Home Point. But if it doesn’t know which way to turn, it...

10 Common Mistakes Mavic Pro Pilots Make

Whether you’re an experienced pilot or just a beginner, we all make mistakes. But it’s best to avoid making them if you can! The Mavic is DJI’s most popular drone these days, so we’ve made a list of 10 common mistakes that Mavic pilots make when using their drone. 1. Assuming the Vision Systems are Always Active The Mavic is equipped with 5 cameras, 4 of which comprise the Forward and Downward Vision Systems. The Downward Vision System is also known as the VPS, or Vision Positioning System. The Downward Vision System helps the drone stabilize when you’re flying at or below 13 meters. The Forward Vision System helps the drone avoid obstacles, whether you’re flying around manually or automatically returning to home. (Learn more about Mavic) While these systems are useful, they won’t save you from an accident in every possible situation. This is particularly true in low light. These systems need ample light to function, so if you’re flying at night, they won’t be active. Both Vision Systems also won’t be active in Sport Mode. There are a couple of ways you can tell whether or not your Vision Systems are active. One is the LED at the back of the drone,...