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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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