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DJI Mindy
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If you’re flying at night, you may get some red light in your shots, like in this photo:
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That light is coming from your front LEDs. Chances are you’ll get this if you’re flying forward and your camera’s facing forward. Having the front LEDs on is nice, because it allows you to see your drone clearly and easily distinguish between the head and the tail. But your shots don’t have to be ruined! There are two ways to solve this:

1. Before you snap a photo or start recording a video, you can turn off your Front LEDs under Advanced MC Settings. Tap the drone icon at the top of the Camera View, scroll down to and select Advanced Settings, and move the “Turn on Front LEDs” slider to the off position.

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2. Alternatively, you can set the LEDs to turn off automatically when you start recording or take a photo. This option is under Camera Settings.

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We recommend option 2, since having the front LEDs on at night will make sure your aircraft is as visible as possible when you’re not shooting or recording. Additionally, you’ll be able to keep track of the head and the tail more easily. Safety first!

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Thanks for reading everyone! If you have any tips for flying at night, let us know in the thread or comments. Follow DJI Support on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for more tricks, tips and advice.

Notice: Please make sure to follow your local law and regulations when flying at night.



2017-1-19
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Brela
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This is a useful tip.

Wish I had my Mavic which I ordered 1st of November from Drones Direct so I could make use of it.
2017-1-20
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Nees
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I wonder how that shot was made in focus. With such light, I cannot focus at all...
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bluezdawg
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Great tip! Thank you!!
2017-1-20
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timbo
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is there a way to set the left trigger to turn off and on the red leds on the p3a
2017-1-20
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Wandering Cloud
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Don’t Mess Up Your Night Shots!

Or I will find you...

and I will.......

turn the red lights off for you.
2017-1-20
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CAAirborne
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Nice tip. Is there a way to manually focus the Mavic Pro? Low light hampers the autofocus feature.
2017-1-20
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timbo
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My only crash was because I turned the light off at night, I was going to take some shots and about 30 feet in the air I lost the compass. With no light I was not able to guide it down without crashing. That's why I wanted to know if we can set the left trigger to control on/off for the leds.
2017-1-20
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RichJ53
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Thanks Mindy, I have used this feature on all of my aircraft, accept my Inspire 1. The Mavic and Phantom will definitely see the red glare at night in the shots.

All the best
Rich
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timbo Posted at 2017-1-20 10:19
My only crash was because I turned the light off at night, I was going to take some shots and about 30 feet in the air I lost the compass. With no light I was not able to guide it down without crashing. That's why I wanted to know if we can set the left trigger to control on/off for the leds.

You can also assign the C2 button to toggle the LED's
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timbo Posted at 2017-1-20 10:19
My only crash was because I turned the light off at night, I was going to take some shots and about 30 feet in the air I lost the compass. With no light I was not able to guide it down without crashing. That's why I wanted to know if we can set the left trigger to control on/off for the leds.

Were you not able to go back into settings to turn the red lights back on?
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Great Tip, I always keep my settings for the front lights on auto off.
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FrequentFlyer Posted at 2017-1-20 11:18
Were you not able to go back into settings to turn the red lights back on?

I did not have time, the compass went out and the drone started to drift. like I said it was night. I did the best I could to guess the orientation of the drone without the lights but I still crashed it.
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FrequentFlyer Posted at 2017-1-20 11:18
Great Tip, I always keep my settings for the front lights on auto off.

Wom Casey Neistat is on this forum. Cool!
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timbo Posted at 2017-1-20 11:33
Wom Casey Neistat is on this forum. Cool!

Sorry, Im not Casey... Just another fan of his work lol.
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FrequentFlyer Posted at 2017-1-20 11:36
Sorry, Im not Casey... Just another fan of his work lol.

Bummer I was going to borrow some money.
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timbo Posted at 2017-1-20 11:32
I did not have time, the compass went out and the drone started to drift. like I said it was night. I did the best I could to guess the orientation of the drone without the lights but I still crashed it.

That sucks, I totally understand its hard not to panic when stuff starts going wrong. Best thing to do is try to keep calm. Reading the manual and expecting the worst to happen usually helps. One of my flights I was over water and I hit RTH and nothing happened. I started to panic since the Mavic wasnt moving. Tried to bring it in manually and nothing happened. I ended up waiting a little bit and tried to bring it back in and it worked. Very Scary! Just try to keep your nerves cool when something goes wrong is my advise!
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FrequentFlyer Posted at 2017-1-20 11:40
That sucks, I totally understand its hard not to panic when stuff starts going wrong. Best thing to do is try to keep calm. Reading the manual and expecting the worst to happen usually helps. One of my flights I was over water and I hit RTH and nothing happened. I started to panic since the Mavic wasnt moving. Tried to bring it in manually and nothing happened. I ended up waiting a little bit and tried to bring it back in and it worked. Very Scary! Just try to keep your nerves cool when something goes wrong is my advise!

I have gotten careless on more than one occasion, I have flown quadcopters for a few years now. I got to reliant on the gps. Every mistake is a learning experience.
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CAAirborne Posted at 2017-1-20 08:13
Nice tip. Is there a way to manually focus the Mavic Pro? Low light hampers the autofocus feature.

There is a way to manually focus via an on-screen slider. Tap the green box to the left of the AE Lock icon to toggle between auto and manual focus modes.
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Have the front leds bound to the 5d stick in litchi.
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Ex Machina Posted at 2017-1-20 13:32
There is a way to manually focus via an on-screen slider. Tap the green box to the left of the AE Lock icon to toggle between auto and manual focus modes.

Awesome!  Next time I have a chance, I'll play with that. Thanks!
2017-1-20
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MazatlanMexicoD
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Great heads up on the auto-off Mindy!  I have been turning them off and on manually.  Thanks!
2017-1-20
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Good tip. Also remember to turn off Auto-ISO at night and manually adjust it to a low setting. It will greatly reduce image noise.
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Nees Posted at 2017-1-20 06:26
I wonder how that shot was made in focus. With such light, I cannot focus at all...

Same here. I couldn't even get it to focus in twilight the other day. The sun wasn't even completely gone, yet. I spent about a minute and a half tapping away on my screen, trying to get it to focus. I then just gave up.
2017-1-21
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I set C2 for the red lights.
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Super helpful! Thanks.
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timbo Posted at 2017-1-20 10:19
My only crash was because I turned the light off at night, I was going to take some shots and about 30 feet in the air I lost the compass. With no light I was not able to guide it down without crashing. That's why I wanted to know if we can set the left trigger to control on/off for the leds.

did you do alot damage?
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Brela Posted at 2017-1-20 05:26
This is a useful tip.

Wish I had my Mavic which I ordered 1st of November from Drones Direct so I could make use of it.

I know it's frustrating, but I think the longer you wait, the more well-built your Mavic could be. Assembly lines are sometimes plagued with problems at first, and then get then better a few months later. The longer you wait, the less chance of a manufacture flaw in your hardware.
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What was your ISO set at?  and any other exposure settings?
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Is that screenshot of the app for the Mavic?   It had me confused because the current Go App looks nothing like that, and this thread is under Phantom.
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Thank you for this amazing tip
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timbo Posted at 2017-1-20 10:19
My only crash was because I turned the light off at night, I was going to take some shots and about 30 feet in the air I lost the compass. With no light I was not able to guide it down without crashing. That's why I wanted to know if we can set the left trigger to control on/off for the leds.

The best advice is as Mindy said  use the auto off but if you have to turn them off, in your situation a slow pan until you could see the green tail light and you could come home in reverse, It is hard to think fast during an incident.
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timbo Posted at 2017-1-20 10:19
My only crash was because I turned the light off at night, I was going to take some shots and about 30 feet in the air I lost the compass. With no light I was not able to guide it down without crashing. That's why I wanted to know if we can set the left trigger to control on/off for the leds.

The best advice is as Mindy said  use the auto off but if you have to turn them off, in your situation a slow pan until you could see the green tail light and you could come home in reverse, It is hard to think fast during an incident.
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Only broken props, nothing else was damaged.
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VisionAir Posted at 2017-1-22 02:09
The best advice is as Mindy said  use the auto off but if you have to turn them off, in your situation a slow pan until you could see the green tail light and you could come home in reverse, It is hard to think fast during an incident.

I changed the right trigger to turn the light off and on
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why does iphone have different settings than android?? i dont have those settings
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VisionAir Posted at 2017-1-22 02:11
The best advice is as Mindy said  use the auto off but if you have to turn them off, in your situation a slow pan until you could see the green tail light and you could come home in reverse, It is hard to think fast during an incident.

you could also use home lock
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boostedford Posted at 2017-1-22 19:09
you could also use home lock

So true, it all about trying think fast and not panic
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timbo Posted at 2017-1-22 18:11
I changed the right trigger to turn the light off and on

I just use the auto off that way it is one less thing my brain has to process LoL
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timbo Posted at 2017-1-20 07:12
is there a way to set the left trigger to turn off and on the red leds on the p3a

Mavic also - mapped to one of the C buttons for me. I like to have them off for most of the time for night flying but will turn them on once I've got my shots/finished my shoot.
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