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Mavic Air 2 Tripod Mode -- too fast
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hshires
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Apologies if this has already been covered but, if so, I can't find it.  Just picked up a Mavic Air 2 after having used the Mavic Pro for the last 3 years. Overall the Air 2 is a great improvement in video/still image quality but I'm frustrated by the apparent excessive speed in Tripod Mode.  Is there a trick to slowing it down?  It seems so much faster than it is on the Mavic Pro as to be effectively useless for close up filming. Thanks in advance.
2020-7-21
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MisterFrag
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There currently isn’t a way to change the speed or stick sensitivity.

However, make sure you actually are in Tripod mode. The Mavic Air 2 always takes off in Normal mode, regardless of what the switch on the flight controller is set to. Leave the switch on Normal, take off, and then switch to Tripod mode and see if that’s closer to what you were expecting.
2020-7-21
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GaryDoug
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Yep, the above is unfortunately right. You have to switch to the mode you want after launch. Must be a bug,
2020-7-21
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Hi. I am sorry for the trouble his has caused. With regards to this matter. I will forward this thread and concern to our designated DJI support team for further attention. Again, I am sorry for the trouble. Thank you.
2020-7-23
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I own a Mavic Air 2.  Has a solution been reached regarding the excessively fast speed in Tripod Mode?  Thanks.
2020-9-1
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Silver31581
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I think the most recent firmware upgrade allows the user to adjust several of the parameters in the Tripod, Normal and Sport modes...
2020-9-2
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The Saint
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will have to try it again but I agree once upon a time tripod mode was too fast.
2020-9-2
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Rustic17
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I find Tripod mode in the MA2 is like Normal in the Spark...yes, I would like it to be slower in the MA2.
2020-9-2
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Northwood
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We need Expo controls on the right stick
2020-9-3
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Jimmy hoffa
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GaryDoug Posted at 7-21 19:47
Yep, the above is unfortunately right. You have to switch to the mode you want after launch. Must be a bug,

No it's not a bug and it's actually a good implementation because lets say a noob starts off and it was set to sport previous flight....well then he would have problems taking off on new flight because he forgot that it was in sport mode.... so luckily the system will automatically revert to normal mode
2020-9-3
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Update to the latest FW and you can adjust the gimbal sensitivity and YAW speed/smoothness for each flight mode.
2020-9-3
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Jimmy hoffa Posted at 9-3 18:57
No it's not a bug and it's actually a good implementation because lets say a noob starts off and it was set to sport previous flight....well then he would have problems taking off on new flight because he forgot that it was in sport mode.... so luckily the system will automatically revert to normal mode

Why would he have problems taking off? I use sport mode almost all time, including takeoff.
2020-9-4
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Northwood
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I think some have missed the point here...  the right hand stick in Tripod mode allows too much speed.  We need expo controls to throttle that back.  I believe this was the point the OP was making.  It should crawl in Tripod mode.  You can adjust Normal mode to yaw like tripod, etc, but if you want the drone to fly 1mph, its tough because you have no adjustments on the right stick.

DJI, please consider this.  And I will continue to request Cinematic mode as per the M2 series.  
2020-9-4
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Northwood Posted at 9-4 21:13
I think some have missed the point here...  the right hand stick in Tripod mode allows too much speed.  We need expo controls to throttle that back.  I believe this was the point the OP was making.  It should crawl in Tripod mode.  You can adjust Normal mode to yaw like tripod, etc, but if you want the drone to fly 1mph, its tough because you have no adjustments on the right stick.

DJI, please consider this.  And I will continue to request Cinematic mode as per the M2 series.

Yes, that is/was my point. The right hand stick in Tripod mode--I do change to Tripod mode after takeoff so that it truly switches into Tripod mode--just allows way too much speed.  I did install the latest firmware and no help.  Yes, I can take a deep breath and very carefully nudge the stick but the point of Tripod mode should be to allow easy slow flight around smaller objects and the Mavic Air 2 makes that goal difficult at best.  I can't believe there is any technical reason why it can't just mimic the behavior of the Mavic Pro for that purpose.
2020-9-5
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Blellow
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Well said. Its too fast!
2020-9-5
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wamuBugMe
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You could always try some longer sticks until they add expo settings. I made some out of M4 x 25mm cap screws and a couple of rubber door stop caps.
2020-9-5
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wamuBugMe Posted at 9-5 21:49
You could always try some longer sticks until they add expo settings. I made some out of M4 x 25mm cap screws and a couple of rubber door stop caps.

Hey that's a good idea... I've learned to use the side on my thumb of the stick to move it ever so slightly, but being consistent is not always easy.
2020-9-11
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3Recon
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Have you seen the new firmware update? look under control tab setting and it says Cinesmooth are back. We are having a air alert right now but plan on trying in A.M. with proper gear on for a short flight.
Sorry just connected drone and controller and flight mode selection with cinesmoot is not available for the Air2. Like mentioned by other pilots it was a cross over between Mini and Air2 until IDing drone.
It did seen a fairly quick of response to slowing down the Tripod request if at all
2020-9-11
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Maximum Speed on Mavic Air in Tripod Mode was 2 mph and on Mavic Air 2 it is 10 mph. That is considerably lower than max speed in normal and sport mode but I can't help but wonder why it is so much faster. I would always fly tripod mode on Mavic Air when I flew indoors which was quite often and I would not want to risk flying 10 mph indoors.  DJI wants me to send them my Mavic Air 2 for evaluation but I have a hunch that the rest of you are experiencing the same so why would I send it back and be without it for an unknown length of time. It would be great if they could modify the software so we could just dial in a max speed. I'm working a construction job right now where 10 mph looks really good.
2020-10-29
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jampsu
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Hey all!

I just bought longer sticks for MA2 controller but it didn't help much.
I've been flying Mavic pros for many years and i'm so disappointed with this ones tripod mode.
It's nearly impossible to fly near ground and obstacles to get good cinematic shots with MA2. It's so frustrated how fast and jerky this is.
I sure understand if someone  flies only high in the sky, so you obviously don't need any tripod mode for that kind of stuff.
But i'm using this drone like an normal camera with gimbal, trying to get slow and cinematic shots near the ground.

Is it really so hard to give us an update to fix this issue? Why DJI's every other drone has that proper tripod mode but Mavic Air 2 hasn't?
If i would have known, i would never bought MA2. I should have bought Mavic 2 Pro instead. I watched many many youtube reviews about this model before i made the decision.
Unfortunately no one mentioned about this flaw. Everyone just said that it's super easy to fly...

Please DJI, do something about this. Please make update and add to settings an option that allows to change tripod mode speed to extra slow / normal.
Is this too much to ask?
3-21 12:32
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Pappy3
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jampsu Posted at 3-21 12:32
Hey all!

I just bought longer sticks for MA2 controller but it didn't help much.

With the yaw/gimbal speed and smoothness adjustments, it's been pretty smooth for me. This test video was done back in August when DJI introduced these settings. The entire video was shot in Normal mode.

3-21 13:28
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jampsu
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Nice shots!

Yes, i have adjusted those settings and i'm quite happy with the yaw/gimbal smoothness. But when you are using the right stick to move, it's annoying fast. Need settings for those too.
Mavic pro was so easy an relaxing to operate. Like doing 360 around a trees was a piece of cake on the tripod mode. With MA2 it's nearly impossible for me to do. Not nice and smooth at all.
3-21 13:48
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jampsu
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Just found this : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEhZAoYKrIM

I must try something similar to smooth out the controls.

I find this situation very odd, because DJI is not responding their customers at all. So many people want that old tripod mode back.
Now there is not much difference at all between cine and normal modes. Maybe it's time to move some other brands drones. Or just buy an older DJI drone...
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