What’s the first thing to do when you finally have your DJI Mavic at hand?

No, not fly. It’s studying user manual.

User manual serves as the best teacher of all new pilots. Every question about the drone can be answered. For example, what should you do with these two little sticks?

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But when you finally finish reading the user manual and hope for a thrilling flight, you probably are frustrated by the result of what you took.

You search the Internet and watch amazing aerial videos shot by well-known aerial photographer, but still can’t understand why such an easy move doesn’t work well in your videos.

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Except those are not easy moves.

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Below are the top 5 mistakes that beginners mostly make:

TOP5

Fail to fly consistently

Fail to fly consistently

Fail to fly consistently

Mostly happen when: following moving objects

ConsequenceLose the target or make the entire video go waste

Reason Don’t have a sense of how much force should be made to control the sticks

Solution:

1 Use your thumbs along with your pointing fingers to control the sticks, instead of using thumbs alone

2 Use ActiveTrack to follow your target

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Using thumbs alone to control sticks can be difficult for beginners

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Use two fingers for accurate control

DJI ActiveTrack display

With DJI ActiveTrack, why bother manual control?

TOP4

Fail to know the limit of gimbal pitch

Fail to know the limit of gimbal pitch

Fail to know the limit of gimbal pitch

Mostly happens when Flying over a target and adjust the camera from forwards to downwards

ConsequenceShaking footages

Reason:Not familiar enough to simultaneously control the flight and camera pitch

Solutions

1 Use your thumbs and index fingers to control the joysticks, the middle fingers roll the dials gently.

2 Please pay attention to the roll instruction line on the left side of the video feedback or the shutter button, gradually stop rolling the dial when the movement of the roll axis is closed to the limit.

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DJI Go display

When camera pitch is about to reach the ceiling, the white dot above turns red.

TOP3

Fail to make a decent circling

Fail to make a decent circling

Mostly happens whenmanually circles around a target

Consequencefootage is ruined by bumpy flight

ReasonCannot coordinate the left stick with the right one

Solutions

1 Practice makes perfect. And remember, never push the sticks too hard.

2 Use Circle mode in DJI Go.

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That’s how bumpy videos are recorded

Push the left stick gently when turning the Mavic

Push the left stick gently when turning the drone

DJI GO Circle Mode

DJI GO Circle Mode

TOP2

No entering & exiting frame

No entering & exiting frame

Mostly happens whenShooting moving target

ConsequenceNo entering and exiting frames in the video

ReasonLack of awareness

A good video should have a beginning and ending to let viewers know where it begins and ends

SolutionsBe aware

Entering & exiting frame

Entering & exiting frame

TOP1

This is the TOP 1 mistake that almost every beginners will make, which is:

A sudden turning during flight

A sudden turning during flight

Mostly happens whenAnytime could happen

Consequenceruins the perfect long shot

Reasonunknown

Solutionskeep your hand away from the left stick during flight

keep your hand away from the left stick during flight

Just flight forward. It doesn’t hurt.

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