It is necessary to operate your drone in the DJI Go application for registration, updates, and calibrations before flying in PrecisionFlight. Outside of these updates and calibrations there are many other features in DJI Go that you have the ability to utilize with your drone. If your drone is not taking off for some reason in the PrecisionFlight app the first thing you should do is connect to DJI Go to view the status of the drone.
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Aircraft Status Menu
Once the drone is connected to the DJI Go app you will see the main status bar on the top of the screen. This status bar will be Red, Yellow, or Green
- Red will typically mean there is some update, calibration, or error that is preventing you from flying entirely
- Yellow usually means that the drone is ready but does not have GPS signal for position hold
- Green will signify that you are ready to fly with no pending updates, calibrations, or error codes present
To see the details of the aircraft status menu tap on the upper bar. Here you will see status of each piece of equipment on the drone. Next to each you may see indications in Red for something like a Firmware Update or Compass Calibration that is needed.
Updating DJI Firmware
There are several methods of updating your DJI Firmware. Each of these are described in detail in our Updating DJI Firmware section of the knowledge base. Here we will discuss the DJI GO 4.0 method of updating your drone firmware. Some data connection is necessary on your mobile device to carry out this method of updating you firmware.
1. To begin the update navigate to the home screen of the DJI Go 4.0 app while the drone is connected. You will see a red bar indicating that a new firmware version is available. Tap on this red bar.
2. With your RC controller powered off connect the tablet directly to the drone using the USB to Mini USB cable provided. The full size USB connection is found in the rear of the Matrice 200 between the 2 status lights.
3. On the next page you will see release notes on the firmware version you are updating to. Read thoroughly to ensure your update will not affect your use case for the drone. At the bottom you will be able to "Start to update" when ready.
4. The update could take a while to complete. Monitor upgrade progress bar as the firmware is downloaded and applied. Ensure the tablet or mobile device does not go to sleep during this process, this will disconnect the drone from the tablet.
5. Once complete restart the drone and connect to DJI Go 4.0 through your RC controller instead. Double check the firmware status within the app to make sure the update went through successfully.
In the aircraft status menu you will be informed if any compass calibration is necessary. This is not a step that needs to be done before every flight, DJI Go will detect when this update is needed based on the accuracy of the GPS position readings. Magnetic interference will often cause the calibration to fail so move away from any magnetic or steel structures/objects.
1. Within the Aircraft Status menu look for the "Compass" line. Tap on the "Calibrate" button here to begin the process.
2. Next you will need to rotate the drone in 2 different orientations. Follow the on screen prompts and rotate accordingly.
3. On screen it will tell you whether the update was successful or not. In many cases you may have to retry the calibration several times before success.
Setting Return Home Altitude
You are able to select unique Return Home (RTH) altitude and other similar settings for the drone within the DJI Go application. These settings will affect flights in PrecisionFlight for DJI Go. So if RTH altitude is set to 50 meters and you do a PrecisionFlight plan at 100 meters it will navigate down to 50 meters at the end of the flight for returning home.
1. Select the "..." menu in the upper right corner of the DJI Go app (Highlighted in Red below). This will bring up your "General Settings"
2. On the left you will see a bar of Icons in the General Settings menu. Select the first one that looks like a quadcopter drone.
3. Here you will see a few Altitude and Distance settings that you should know.
Return-To-Home Altitude- Set a altitude that will be out of reach from all potential obstacles on the ride back to the home point
Enable Multiple Flight Mode- Should always be on in case emergency procedures force you to switch modes during a flight
Maximum Altitude- Should never be lower than the PrecisionFlight altitude setting our you will recieve an error in the PRecisonFlight App
Distance Limit- We typically leave this setting in the OFF position but it is your choice. If you set a distance here that is to low you could receive a error message in PrecisionFlight if you plan something outside of that radius.
Once successfully connected to the drone with sensor attached you will see the live camera view through the DJI Go screen. On the right side there is a small icon that looks like 3 horizontal lines with dials on it (Highlighted in Yellow below). This is your camera settings menu.
Within the Camera Settings Menu you have full control of the sensor and how it is detecting the image through the lens of the camera attached. There are 3 different sections of this Camera Settings Menu- Picture, Video, and Advanced Settings (Highlighted in Red Below).
Within the Picture and Video Camera Settings you have several different modes (Highlighted in Green Below).
Auto- The sensor automatically adjust to lighting seen through the lens. This is great for beginners who are not experts in individual camera settings.
A- Aperture Priority- This allows you to set camera based on the F-Stop value. This F-Stop (Aperture) value takes priority while the other settings adjust according to this.
S- Shutter Priority- Allows you to set camera based on Shutter Speed. Much like Aperture Priority, you set shutter speed and all other settings adjust according to this.
M- Manual- Full manual control over every setting the sensor has to offer.
Video and Picture
There is a difference between the quality of Pictures vs Video through the DJI equipment. Within the application you can have the app in Picture mode or Video mode. This is done using the icon found above the capture button on the DJI Go screen (Highlighted in Blue below). When your capture button is white you are in a picture mode. If it is Red you are in video mode.
To capture an image or start a video recording you will simply tap on the capture button (Highlighted in Orange below).
Separately you can also capture video or pictures using the buttons on your RC Controller.
On the upper left shoulder of the controller you will see a circular button with a red dot on it- This will begin a video recording if pushed.
On the upper right shoulder of the controller you will see a unmarked circular button- This will capture a single picture if pushed.