DJI Mini 2 – Fly App Update with New Controls for Smoother Flying & Cinematic Video – Tutorial
The mini 2 got some additional functionality that will help it take even smoother video. There are two main things that affect the smoothness of the video you take the movement of the camera itself and obviously the the drone itself, and these movements are controlled by a number of different settings that many of you may not even have known about in the Fly app so today i was going to go through the advanced gimbal and stick controls where you can change how sensitive the controls are, and these controls have a real real impact on how smooth things end up so first off make sure youre on the latest version Of the fly app its version 1.5.4 for both ios and android, and that youre on the latest firmware for the mini 2 as well, which you can check by tapping three dots top right, then go along to the right scroll down and check the version. Itll check and itll download the update if theres a newer version available, let it download the package and then upload the firmware to the drone and youre going to be good to go in a few minutes. Once thats updated youre going to have access to all the functions that im talking about today, there are three main areas to cover the pitch of the gimbal, which is how fast the camera is going to be moving up and down. When you slide the wheel on the on the back of the remote control, second, is the rotational yaw of the drone itself when you push that left, stick left or right making the drone turn and third is the new function introduced last week for the mini 2 On adjusting the sensitivity of the remote sticks themselves, this is known as the exp settings, and it is a really really welcome addition to the controls for the mini two so heres how each of the three settings affects the camera and drone first off pitch.
As i said, this is how fast the camera is going to pitch up and down when you move that wheel. If you tap the three dots top right and go to control, then advanced youll see four sliders two for the pitch and two for the rotational yaw. The top slider is the pitch speed. This is literally how fast the camera is going to move between looking straight ahead and straight down. If you slide it to the right, you can see how fast the camera pitches up and down and to be honest, i cant really see why youd ever want things to move this fast, because its going to produce pretty poor video when you move the slider to The left, you can see the speed of the camera pitch correspondingly goes right down and it slows right down and i find its usually best to keep this value quite low because you want a nice slow, steady pitch, but the next slider is actually equally useful. The pitch smoothness lets you adjust how fast or slowly the camera starts pitching up and how fast or slowly it comes to a stop here. When you see i adjust it up high, you can start pitching the wheel and the camera has a slow start to its movement, and when you let go of the wheel, the camera comes to a rest slowly as well. It is literally like a softening buffer that has a huge effect on how gently that camera starts moving, so i usually find it best to leave this setting up high to give me more smoothness when i move things next set of sliders below that work.
In the same principle, the yaw is the term used to describe how the drone rotates when you move that left, stick left or right and just like the pitch. The upper slider refers to the actual speed of movement and, like this pitch, when you move the slider to the right with a higher value, you can see how the drone rotates, left and right very fast again, probably far faster than you would ever want. In most situations, so again i usually find it best to keep this value value, nice and low, and you can see here when i put a lower value in it, slows things right down. As you turn the drone and again below. That is the your smoothness, which acts in just the same way as the pitch smoothness. This adjusts how fast or slow the rotation starts and how slow or fast the rotation is going to stop. And again, i find a high value here is good, as that generally means the rotation starts gradually and stops gradually, as you can see how the drone comes to a gradual, stop, a good second or so after i let go of the stick. So both these sets of sliders have a huge effect on how smooth things are when youre flying and, of course, you get three sets of these sliders one for normal one for cine and one for sports mode. So my advice is very much to play around with these and work out what value suits you best? What values suit you best generally low speed but high smoothness is, is probably going to be right.
You may want things a little bit slower in cinema or much faster in sports mode and then finally, we have the new adjustment added. Just after the latest update its the exp settings and these control, how sensitive the sticks are when you start to move the sticks, you need to see exactly how these controls work in order to understand how they affect things. The exp does not alter the overall speed of movement only how quickly it will start moving in relation to how little or how far youre moving the stick. If you look at this screen, recording the graph can be dragged, and basically the x axis of the graph is how much movement of the stick you input versus the upward y axis, which relates to how much the drone reacts. You can see. Youve got three graphs. The right one is marked forward or right, and this is controlling the adjustment of the right stick on your remote control, whether youre moving it forwards or sideways. So again, its easiest to see this in action. If i drag the graph, so the blue line is high up on the y axis. This means that the drones movement will start very quickly with only a slight stick input. This is generally bad. I find you want things to start slowly and only speed up. If you push the stick to its full extent, so, conversely, if i drag the graph along the x axis, you can see this time.
You will only get the slightest of movement for a slight movement on the stick, which is pretty much how i would want things if you want things to move faster, then push the stick all the way, and you can see that eventually you will get that full Speed of movement so, like i said once you get your head around how its working its actually very easy to see how dragging the graph in one direction or the other will affect how fast things move with only a slight stick movement, as i said again in General, i want slow movement for a slight stick movement, and so i find a flat x is usually the shape i want to go for where the middle part of the x is as horizontal as it can be. Now the middle graph adjusts how the drone will turn. So this is on top of the uh adjustments we just made to the rotational yaw. Like i said this graph adjustment is all about how much movement you get in relation to the amount of stick movement. You enter on the remote control so again, try it out, for yourself drag the graph up the y axis and you will get immediate movement with even the slightest of touch. But when you drag that graph across along the x axis to get that flat x again, this is where you will get the delicate, slow movement with the slightest of stick movements.
And then, lastly, you have the left graph, which affects the speed of throttle and again just like the others. It adjusts how quickly the drone will start flying forwards or backwards in relation to how slight a movement of sticks you put in Music. So there you go a number of different adjustments you can make in order to smooth things out. Um, like i said, the pitch and the pitch smoothness is going to massively help when the gimbal is going up and down. The your rotation is very, very helpful for that to smooth out those otherwise jarring rotational turns. But the introduction of the new exp settings on the mini 2 is a real lovely, welcome bonus and, as you saw there, the slightest touch on the sticks. Results in the very slightest touch slightest movement rather of the drone itself. So this now brings the sensitivity, control functionality right up there with the mavic 3, the air 2s and, frankly, that is a brilliant little christmas present from dgi. Anyway, look, i hope you find this useful as ever give me a little thumbs up, helps the video subscribe. If you havent already ding the dong to get notified, when i next put something out either way wherever you are and whatever youre doing this holiday season, i hope youre having a fantastic time and have fun experimenting with the new functionality that youve now got with your Mini 2.