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UnlimiteDrone
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Greetings!

I would like to share with you my camera settings guide.
Take a look at it and tell me what you think about it. Was it helpful? Do you have any suggestions, something to add or?
Let me know it and thank you!

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Best camera settings for Mavic 2 Pro
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A CW
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Great info - thanks for sharing   
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Thanks for sharing.
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Very good overview, thank you very much!
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A couple of things:

You make no mention of the current issue with the warped horizon with Full FOV.  For now many will want to avoid it if they aren't able to correct in post.

F2.8 actually lessens the depth of field, but it really doesn't matter on this small lens since the hyperfocal distance is so close.  It is doubtful many will be filming close enough to take advantage of lower depth of field offered by going to F2.8.

The highest F stops on the M2 are not the best due to too much lens distortion.  Many tests suggest not going above F8 to avoid.
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Hello. Thanks for sharing that information with us. This will really help our co-pilot. Cheers!
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Todd Harper
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Great little write up for those just getting into the scene.
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Curious using +1 for sharpening wouldn’t that introduce more moire into ones video project?
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BIGDZ Posted at 2018-9-14 12:21
Curious using +1 for sharpening wouldn’t that introduce more moire into ones video project?

I personally use -1, -1, 0
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BIGDZ Posted at 2018-9-14 12:21
Curious using +1 for sharpening wouldn’t that introduce more moire into ones video project?

It depends on the subject. I believe you will always be able to blur it in post.

What would you suggest?
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I just leave  it at standard setting 000. Add sharping to liking... but don’t get me wrong there is no wrong or right. Im always up for trying new thinks especially if there is a benefit to it.
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Fraggboy Posted at 2018-9-14 12:55
I personally use -1, -1, 0

Have you compared it already?
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DocAraxá
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Great tutorial!

Congrats!
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DocAraxá Posted at 2018-10-4 05:12
Great tutorial!

Congrats!

Thank you, hope it helped you
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My settings after a few days of experimenting with my M2P are, HQ 30fps, FOV for sometimes high up shots,  camera on manual iso 100, if ND filter is available and adjust aperture, if not just use auto, +1,0,0 and the WB manually set at 5600 in sunny conditions (M2P has a tendency to get orange if set on sunny or cloudy ), D-log H.265. If I want straight without post which is most of the time, I just leave in natural color and H.264. Playback is a pain with my computer at H.265.
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MagicRide Posted at 2018-10-4 09:07
My settings after a few days of experimenting with my M2P are, HQ 30fps, FOV for sometimes high up shots,  camera on manual iso 100, if ND filter is available and adjust aperture, if not just use auto, +1,0,0 and the WB manually set at 5600 in sunny conditions (M2P has a tendency to get orange if set on sunny or cloudy ), D-log H.265. If I want straight without post which is most of the time, I just leave in natural color and H.264. Playback is a pain with my computer at H.265.

Good choice and yeah my playback is also a bit slower with H.265
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BIGDZ Posted at 2018-9-14 12:21
Curious using +1 for sharpening wouldn’t that introduce more moire into ones video project?

You will get some noise, yes, but it solves another bigger issue. With the Mavic 2, like the Mavic Pro before it, any sharpening at 0 or below turns on the noise reduction automatically and you can't turn it off. However, the noise reduction is overly aggressive, particularly in the shadows, resulting in soft footage. You can fix noise in post, but you can't recover lost data due to the overly aggressive noise reduction. Turning the sharpness to +1 or higher kills the automatic noise reduction, but you don't want to go higher than +1 because of excess noise. Essentially, for the best possible result between the combination of the Mavic and your post production is +1 sharpening, where it should always stay.
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El Diablo Posted at 2018-10-4 15:33
I believe there’s a mistake on the best setting for Custom Style, the Contrast should be -1 in order to get more data to work in post from the shadow areas, +1 will have a negative effect...

Agreed. It should be Sharpness: +1  |  Contrast: -1  |  Saturation: 0
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thanks for info
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You are welcome
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El Diablo Posted at 2018-10-6 10:03
Actually with +1 I haven’t seen any noise, the 1” sensor holds very well

Do you mean contrasts or saturation?
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El Diablo Posted at 2018-10-13 00:50
Sharpness +1, Contrast -1, Saturation 0

Why do you prefer this settings?
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El Diablo Posted at 2018-10-17 13:37
Because I am shooting in DLog that is a flat profile, meaning that like in a RAW photo, the footage contains lots of information but no sharpness, saturation or contrast is added through software. Therefore aside from the color grading you need to add some sharpness in post or in-camera. -1 Contrast gives you some additional flexibility on the editing. I don’t mess with the saturation as the mode is already doing a good job automatically. Further reducing saturation also reduces dynamic range.

There are other videos from much better videographers out there that came to the same conclusion. Check best setting M2P from The Film Poets.

Do you use filter?
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Nicely done - thanks again for sharing.
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SUPER INFO....thanks for sharing....
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Fraggboy Posted at 2018-9-14 12:55
I personally use -1, -1, 0

I also use -1, -1, 0 - great place to start from.
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foxtones Posted at 2018-10-5 16:49
Agreed. It should be Sharpness: +1  |  Contrast: -1  |  Saturation: 0

Interesting, need to try this....seems like you guys put in your research time...
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harmapro Posted at 2018-10-18 00:02
Interesting, need to try this....seems like you guys put in your research time...

Did you test it?
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Thank you for the information!
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Great article. Thanks for sharing.
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"there are no BEST SETTINGS, there are PREFERRED SETTINGS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS"

That is exactly right. One setting does not carry over and cover all filming or photography situations. Generally they should be looked as a baseline and then adjusted to suit when and where you are flying.
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parkgt214 Posted at 2018-9-14 08:47
A couple of things:

You make no mention of the current issue with the warped horizon with Full FOV.  For now many will want to avoid it if they aren't able to correct in post.

The warp will be fixed w/ a firmware update if it hasn't been already. Not sure why you would shoot FOV anyway tho if doing any post work as you lose the 10 bit color workflow - which to me was the whole point to upgrade. Regardless, if you know you're going into post, you can just shoot a lens grid with the Mavic, adjust the optics compensation and apply it to the footage. simple.

As for aperture, you are incorrect. Larger aperture (lower ƒstop) increases the depth of field. It's true on every camera, it's true on my P4 Pro mkII and its true on the Mavic. More light is more light and more light in thru the aperture (mechanical or other) narrows the focal point. period.  I have proven this a number of times being in mountains and city shooting. focusing closer on trees or buildings at ƒ2.8and watching the background rocks blur out. This does not happen often if at all beyond ƒ4ish.

I'm all for narrowing aperture to get longer shutter, thus reducing any judder or rolling shutter but one also must remember that the smaller your aperture, the more you have to rely on ISO, and that brings a lot of noise with it.

Attached are several screenshots of video taken at ƒ2.8 with a mid field focus. You can clearly see focus falloff into blur without even focusing super close to camera. Not everybody wants this, but ƒ2.8 is what you set if you do.
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clw Posted at 1-19 17:47
The warp will be fixed w/ a firmware update if it hasn't been already. Not sure why you would shoot FOV anyway tho if doing any post work as you lose the 10 bit color workflow - which to me was the whole point to upgrade. Regardless, if you know you're going into post, you can just shoot a lens grid with the Mavic, adjust the optics compensation and apply it to the footage. simple.

As for aperture, you are incorrect. Larger aperture (lower ƒstop) increases the depth of field. It's true on every camera, it's true on my P4 Pro mkII and its true on the Mavic. More light is more light and more light in thru the aperture (mechanical or other) narrows the focal point. period.  I have proven this a number of times being in mountains and city shooting. focusing closer on trees or buildings at ƒ2.8and watching the background rocks blur out. This does not happen often if at all beyond ƒ4ish.

That pic looks very nice, thanks for the feedback! Do you often set the fstop low?
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