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DJI Mavic Pro Beginner’s Guide: Start Your First Flight

Feeling excited after buying your first DJI drone? I guess you are just like me who cannot wait to embark on my first flight after I got my DJI Mavic Pro. So, how should you begin? Firstly, the most important thing you should do is to understand the regulations for flying drone in your country (for Singapore users, please visit this page). Note that different country has different regulations.

Quick Start

If you are someone who wants to get your hands dirty asap. Below is all you need to have a quick start!

Charge batteries and RC controllers

If you are using charging hub to charge your batteries, one thing to note is that the charging hub powers up batteries in sequence, charging one battery pack at a time. The lights will be turned off once it’s fully charged. It will take around several hours to charge one full battery. Note that DJI Mavic Pro drains the battery quite fast. One battery pack can only last for no more than 27 minutes.

The controller is charged by plugging a micro USB cable into the left side of the controller and plug the other end into the Mavic power supply.

Remove the gimbal clamp

This was the first mistake I made when I start my first flight. I forgot to remove the gimbal clamp! I know this is super silly but it’s still quite common when you are so excited, to begin with.

Mount the propellers properly

There are two kinds of propellers that come with DJI Mavic Pro. Some have a white ring on them and some don’t. Those have white rings should be matched against those motors with white rings too as they rotate differently. Do remember not to mix them up or else I don’t know what will happen to your drone!

Connect to your phone

First of all, make sure you have downloaded the DJI GO4 app (latest version). In fact, you either use RC controller to connect to your phone or just use WIFI. Apparently, the connection is more reliable using RC controller. To switch the connection mode, take your aircraft and find the small plug as shown in this photo:

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Remember to use different micro USB cable for Android and IOS respectively.

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Get used to the screen/control

No matter how busy and impatient you are, you really need to spend time understanding the settings you can control using the RC controller. It’s not that easy to explain in one or two sentences but here we will tell you about the last thing you should know.

This is your real time flight status:

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Switch the map if necessary:

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I am sure you should already know that the left stick on the controller is generally for vertical navigation. That means, push the stick up is to fly up, push down is to fly down. Push it left is to rotate leftwards and push it right the otherwise. In comparison, the right stick is mainly for horizontal navigation. Push it up is to move forward (towards the direction the camera is facing to) while push left is to move horizontally left.

Some important settings:

  1. Set up a beginner guide if you are not confident yet
  2. Set a back home altitude
  3. Set a low battery warning properly
  4. Set camera settings
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To be honest, Calibrate is a too professional term for me as a beginner. What you need to understand is that calibrate is just to let the compass work correctly so that the drone knows what direction it’s facing. You need to calibrate it every time you move to a new location although sometimes the app won’t remind you of calibrating.

Start your first flight

To take off, tap on the takeoff button and slide your finger to launch the drone, or push both controller sticks to bottom left positions until the motors start. Now, hear abnormal noises if any. Only start to fly when motors are started correctly. Move the left stick upward to fly it up.

Monitor flight status while flying

Although the low battery warning will ring up to remind you of returning home, you should also take note of the signal level, height and wind speed etc.

Transfer images/videos

Normally, all photos and videos can be directly cached to your phone storage. For 4k videos, you may need to use a micro SD card reader.

We went to Marina Barrage in Singapore, and below are our first try out!

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