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well-about_that
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IMPORTANT NOTE:

It seems there's a possibility to set mode 4 with UNASSIGNED controls.

This should NOT be possible!

It will result in pilot having no control over the aircraft.

It happened to me just a few days ago and it took awhile for me to realize what was happening (it ended without much damage though).
2019-1-5
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RWD
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Nazar78 Posted at 2017-8-7 04:05
A fixed wing aircraft may get away to turn with only a yaw (slight turn) or only both elevator/aileron (bank then pull up elevator) although it doesn't turn out nice. A heli needs all 3 stick movements to do a proper turn while in motion, also the throttle for height/speed control. For a VPS drone like Mavic, the least is a yaw + aileron. For non-VPS drones or if you choose to disable the bottom sensors, it's almost similar as a heli which will require to adjust the height with the throttle stick. We can't depend only on a yaw for helis/drones without front VPS because if you're about to hit a tree few meters ahead and you choose not to brake, with only a yaw you will still head for the tree

Chose whichever mode you're comfortable with and don't look back (I knew one flymate who can do both mode 1 & 2 efficiently which I didn't bother to accomplish). I suggest you play around and practice with the sim, or download any free drone sim from the store. Try practice doing figure 8s both forward and reverse with the mode you're comfortable with. Also practice doing nose-in, this will help with your orientations. Need to advance further? Try a rc heli sim  It really helped me in the old days flying in all directions including inverted+reversed. Although all these sounds too exaggerated, you'll be surprised how these practices will help with your aerial shots and/or emergency situations.

As a new guy to drone flying, this explanation really helped, thanks!!
2019-7-2
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SzczechzCzech
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I personally started with the default (Mode 2) and then tested Mode 1 which I am currently on most of the time. I guess it depends on how much training you put in on a mode and your muscle memory. When I do my DJI Simulation training (the trial version) mode 2 became too difficult to go back to and Mode 1 became more natural. When I go out to fly my mavic, I keep Mode 1now.
2019-10-9
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O Ynot
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I choose mode 2 because it seems best to represent the controls on a real helicopter and l learned to fly r/c helicopters in mode 2.
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Vliegende Holla Posted at 2017-8-7 01:49
Mode 3 feels more natural to me, maybe cause I'm lefthanded.

I'm left handed and use mode 2. What I do find unnatural is that you pull back on a stick to pitch up and push forward for down in a manned aircraft and this is not emulated in the world of drones.
2-21 03:21
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bjr981s
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Hover-Fly Posted at 2-21 03:21
I'm left handed and use mode 2. What I do find unnatural is that you pull back on a stick to pitch up and push forward for down in a manned aircraft and this is not emulated in the world of drones.

I fly Fixed Wing, Helis and Drones.

You get used to the elevator control being opposite very quickly.

The Mode 1 Mode 2 conversation is quite mute to me. The reality is if you learned to fly RC  you used the mode most popular in your country. When I learned 40 years ago in AU mode 2 did not exist. Every radio you could buy was mode 1. So I learnt mode 1.

In the US, Mode 2 was the most popular and still is, so you learned Mode 2.

When I teach new pupils RC I recommend that they fly Mode 2. The reason is mode 1 is dying. The US market is the largest in the world and manufacturers cater for that market. Hence most new stuff either defaults to Mode 2 or is Mode 2 only.
2-21 04:22
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The Foxy
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I have been playing video games since the 80's but I am learning about drones now ... I am used to playing games in first and third person, that the movement is in the left hand and the camera in the right, for me the mode 3 was able to control with much more naturally, in mode 2 and mode 1, I couldn't move the drone properly and always confused the commands, it was just switching to mode 3 that everything flowed naturally ...

(ps: I say this based on the DJI flight simulator, because my mavic mini I bought has not yet been delivered, so I'm using the software to train)
2-23 21:53
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SFC
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Mode 3 here as well
2-28 17:18
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K6CCC
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Newbee with drones (Mavic Mini), but fixed wing pilot with about 675 hours of flight time.  I am using mode 2 largely because that was the default and it most closely resembles a real helicopter - EXCEPT up and down.  In both fixed wing and helicopters, you push forward in a fixed wing and push down on the collective of a helicopter to go down - pull on those controls to go up.  Custom mode on the Mini does not allow setting it that way - although a friend with a Mavic 2 (if I remember right) said he could set custom that way on his.
I am getting used to the way mode 2 works, but those first few flights, I was forever going up when I wanted to go down and vice versa...
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quanticchaos
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Know this is old stuff but still found it trying to find if people felt the same as me... I just swtiched from mode 2 to mode 3 because of videogames too.
7-10 21:23
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TrevorSK
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Mode 2. I don't even like that they even give an option. If controls were standard across every device that flys, the uniformity would make things much easier in the long run. Could imagine when ordering a new car, "I'll take air conditioning, the V6, and the gas pedal on the left, with the brake on the right.." That would help absolutely nobody, but people are different and would likley order it. I'll never understand people.. The more I get to know people, the more I like my drone.
7-11 17:57
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Spikemixture
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Am I dreaming?

- mode 1 (left: forward/backward ; turn left/right | right: up/down ; sideways left/right)
- mode 2 (left: up/down ; turn left/right | right: forward/backward ; sideways left/right)
- mode 3 (left: forward/backward ; sideways left/right | right: up/down ; turn left/right)

or are these the opposite

Mode 1, the right stick controls aileron (roll) and throttle. While the rudder (yaw) and elevator are controlled by left stick.
Mode 2, the right stick controls the the ailerons and elevator (pitch). The left stick controls the rudder and throttle.

1st example is DJI settings
2nd is after googling "Which controller mode is best"   https://tinyurl.com/y27zeg9e
8-31 07:09
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Griffith Posted at 2017-8-7 06:07
Custom - (left: up/down ;sideways left/right| right: forward/backward  ; turn left/right  )

I'm with U, it is more natural.  I've been a mil & comm pilot for over 50 years.  In mode 2 I'm alway turning incorrectly
9-5 13:41
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amir_KING
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Mode 2, what im used to!
9-25 15:12
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mark117h
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I voted Mode 2, this is the mode i am most used to, although i have thought about trying the custom controller settings, But, only indoors.
9-29 06:23
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Ziggy Malone
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I'm surprised people haven't commented on using RC cars as a reference.  I used to play with radio controlled cars where the left stick was always forwards and backwards and the right stick left and right.  

Transposing that to the Mode controls, it would seem Mode 3 is the most closely aligned - the throttle and slide left/right are not comparable so can learn as a newbie.  

I say this after having tried to get to grips with Mode 2 on a few flights but in a pinch I always try to use my left thumb to go forwards or backwards! Might try mode 3 and see how it goes.  
10-21 00:37
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