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TimothyD
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I got the opportunity this past week to fly my Mavic 2 Pro at a friends house by a nursery in Salem, OR.  I am disappointed that the pictures did not turn out crisper.  I must be doing something wrong.  I had the camera set to:
f/8
1/160 sec
ISO 100
RAW format

What's the best camera settings?

thanks!
9-16 13:26
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Ex Machina
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It might help to show some examples, but your settings, assuming there was enough light for proper exposure at those settings, looks fine to me.
9-16 14:52
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TimothyD
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Ex Machina Posted at 9-16 14:52
It might help to show some examples, but your settings, assuming there was enough light for proper exposure at those settings, looks fine to me.

I tried to upload an image however, they exceed the size limitation.  Let me try linking to the images:[img]http://photosbytim.net/images/20190914-DJI_0031_HDTV (1080).jpg[img]http://photosbytim.net/images/20190914-DJI_0034_HDTV (1080).jpg[img]http://photosbytim.net/images/20190914-DJI_0035_HDTV (1080).jpg[img]http://photosbytim.net/images/20190914-DJI_0036_HDTV (1080).jpg[img]http://photosbytim.net/images/20190914-DJI_0038_HDTV (1080).jpg[img]http://photosbytim.net/images/20190914-DJI_0041_HDTV (1080).jpg[/img][/img][/img][/img][/img][/img]
9-16 16:17
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parkgt214
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They don't look that bad to me.  The sharpness falls of at the higher F-stop values. Try to stay under F-6.3 and just raise your shutter speed to get the right exposure.
9-16 16:30
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Ex Machina
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Doesn't look so bad to me. What sharpening setting are you using on capture, and what are you using when processing your RAW files into JPG?

Now that I think about it, ƒ8 might be past the sweet spot for that bird's sensor size, you might want to open up the aperture a bit.

Also, and fwiw, I found the standard color profile to be unnatural on the original Mavic Pro, boosting green, so I always shoot using the True Color profile -- don't know if the same holds true for your model.

9-16 16:31
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TimothyD
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Ex Machina Posted at 9-16 16:31
Doesn't look so bad to me. What sharpening setting are you using on capture, and what are you using when processing your RAW files into JPG?

Now that I think about it, ƒ8 might be past the sweet spot for that bird's sensor size, you might want to open up the aperture a bit.

Not clear what you mean by what sharpening setting I'm using on capture.  With regards to editing I am using Lightroom 6.

I was also thinking that perhaps f/8 might be too narrow.  What do you recommend?
9-16 16:36
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DAFlys
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F4.5 is a bit sweeter for this lens, and I would try and up your shutter speed to 1/200 minimum.
9-17 01:17
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Ex Machina
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TimothyD Posted at 9-16 16:36
Not clear what you mean by what sharpening setting I'm using on capture.  With regards to editing I am using Lightroom 6.

I was also thinking that perhaps f/8 might be too narrow.  What do you recommend?

In your camera's Style settings you can choose to capture video at differing sharpness, contrast and saturation levels. Some folks turn down sharpness for various reasons, but it doesn't sound like you are doing that.

As for aperture, try a test shot using ƒ4.5 and one at 6.3 and see which one looks sharper
9-17 05:00
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Daltair
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Agree with previous recomendations. I don't close aperture less F4, and better to use short exposure, as drone is moving.
Closed aperture leads to difraction and blured picture.
9-17 05:56
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Hi, we're sure that we have a lot of forum members that would provide the recommendations that you may need. Thank you for your support.
9-18 13:25
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Picanoc Jack
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looks good to me also.
9-18 13:54
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TimothyD
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Picanoc Jack Posted at 9-18 13:54
looks good to me also.

Ok, thanks all for the pointers.  By the way, is there not a setting where I can receive email notifications of updates to this post?
9-27 14:10
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