How to Use the Camera for a DJI Mavic Air Drone

Introduction

Group selfie taken by Mavic Air drone.
Using the DJI Mavic Air drone is a great way to take photos and record videos. This guide will show you how to do that with the remote control, the DJI GO 4 app or using gesture controls.

1 Safety First

As with all Drone flying, please keep the following in mind:

  • Make sure you are properly registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, or qualify to fly without registration.
  • Make sure you have permission to fly from the person or group that owns the land you'll be over.
  • Make sure you are in-touch with the control tower before flying near an airport.
  • Make sure there's no obstructions, such as power lines or trees, above your flight area that could cause problems.
  • Make sure there's no one below your flight area that could be hurt.
  • Make sure you are not near government infrastructure or other sensitive properties.
  • Make sure the weather is safe to fly in.
  • Make sure you keep your drone in your sight at all times, and get help from an observer if necessary.
For more detailed information, please visit:
http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

2 Extra Storage

The DJI Mavic Air has an internal memory that can store the photos you take and videos you record but it can easily run out space if you take many photos or record lots of videos. It is recommended to insert a microSD card into the drone to expand its storage capacity so that it runs out of space less frequently.

The microSD cards used in the DJI Mavic Air drone are required to have a Class 10 or UHS-1 rating.

The slot where you can insert the microSD card is located at the rear end of the drone.
microSD card being inserted into the Mavic Air drone.

? How would you like to use the camera?

  1. To take photos
  2. To record videos

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Group selfie taken by Mavic Air drone.
Using the DJI Mavic Air drone is a great way to take photos and record videos. This guide will show you how to do that with the remote control, the DJI GO 4 app or using gesture controls.

As with all Drone flying, please keep the following in mind:

  • Make sure you are properly registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, or qualify to fly without registration.
  • Make sure you have permission to fly from the person or group that owns the land you'll be over.
  • Make sure you are in-touch with the control tower before flying near an airport.
  • Make sure there's no obstructions, such as power lines or trees, above your flight area that could cause problems.
  • Make sure there's no one below your flight area that could be hurt.
  • Make sure you are not near government infrastructure or other sensitive properties.
  • Make sure the weather is safe to fly in.
  • Make sure you keep your drone in your sight at all times, and get help from an observer if necessary.
For more detailed information, please visit:
http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

The DJI Mavic Air has an internal memory that can store the photos you take and videos you record but it can easily run out space if you take many photos or record lots of videos. It is recommended to insert a microSD card into the drone to expand its storage capacity so that it runs out of space less frequently.

The microSD cards used in the DJI Mavic Air drone are required to have a Class 10 or UHS-1 rating.

The slot where you can insert the microSD card is located at the rear end of the drone.
microSD card being inserted into the Mavic Air drone.

You can control your DJI drone using the remote control, the DJI GO 4 app, or using hand gestures when facing the drone.

  • Remote Control
    Remote Controller with Phone in use.
  • The DJI GO 4 app on your mobile device
    DJI Go 4 App in use on phone.
  • Gesture Controls
    Gesture controls for drone.
  1. With your mobile device connected to the remote control, use the camera view on the mobile device as a view finder.
    Smartphone connected to remote control showing camera view.
  2. Position the drone and aim the camera view with the control sticks.
    Control sticks highlighted on remote control.
  3. Turn the gimbal dial below the left shoulder of remote control to tilt the camera.
    Gimbal dial highlighted on front of remote control.
  4. Press the shutter button on the right shoulder of the remote control to take a shot.
    Shutter button highlighted on front of remote control.
  1. Launch the DJI GO 4 app on your mobile device.
    DJI GO 4.
  2. Aim your camera view using the on screen controls.
  3. Make sure the camera is set to photo shooting mode.
    Camera mode option highlighted in mobile app.
  4. Tap the shutter button to take a shot.
    Shutter button highlighted in mobile app.

While using gesture controls, you can instruct your drone to take photos for you:

  • Make a peace sign with your fingers to take a selfie. Once the gesture is recognized the front lights on the drone will start flashing red for two seconds until the shot is taken.
    Gesture used for drone to take selfie.
  • Make two or more peace signs at the same time to take three group selfies. Once the gesture is recognized the front lights on the drone will start flashing red for two seconds before each shot is taken. After the first shot is taken, the drone will fly away and ascend from the group to take the second and third shots, then return to its original position.
    Gesture used for drone to take group selfie.

    Make sure you have enough space for the group selfies. The second shot will be taken from approximately 16 feet away and at a 30 degree angle, while the third shot will be taken from approximately 23 feet away and a 15 degree angle.

You can control your DJI drone using the remote control, the DJI GO 4 app, or using hand gestures when facing the drone.

  • Remote Control
    Remote Controller with Phone in use.
  • The DJI GO 4 app on your mobile device
    DJI Go 4 App in use on phone.
  • Gesture Controls
    Gesture controls for drone.
  1. With your mobile device connected to the remote control, use the camera view on the mobile device as a view finder.
    Smartphone connected to remote control showing camera view.
  2. Position the drone and aim the camera view with the control sticks.
    Control sticks highlighted on remote control.
  3. Turn the gimbal dial below the left shoulder of remote control to tilt the camera.
    Gimbal dial highlighted on front of remote control.
  4. Press the record button on the left shoulder of the remote control to start recording. Press it again to stop recording.
    Record button highlighted on front of remote control.
  1. Launch the DJI GO 4 app on your mobile device.
    DJI GO 4.
  2. Aim your camera view using the on screen controls.
  3. Make sure the camera is set to video recording mode.
    Camera mode option highlighted in mobile app.
  4. Tap the record button to start recording. Tap it again to stop recording.
    Record button highlighted in mobile app.

While using gesture controls, you can instruct your drone to record videos for you.

Make a frame sign with your fingers in front of your face above your chin to start recording. Once the gesture is recognized the front lights on the drone will turn off and the camera will start recording. After five or more seconds have elapsed, making the frame sign again will stop the recording.
Gesture used for drone to start or stop recording video.

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