Hello, I finally tested several options for autonomous surveys using a Mavic Pro. In general, Drone Deploy works well, and the Mavic Pro is remarkably stable and easy to use.
Unfortunately, even though I have RAW image capture selected in DJI Go app, DroneDeploy captures JPG, as several others have noted on this forum. The JPG image quality is poor, and limits the photogrammetric quality.
Tests using manual triggering to collect RAW provide superior image quality and the ability to adjust exposure, white balance, etc. in post-processing before running through SfM software.
It seems trivial for DroneDeploy to honor the RAW image capture selection. If the problem is longer write times to microSD card, then the software should be able to limit the flight speed based on altitude and overlap selections. I’m not sure that the DJI doc above applies to the Mavic Pro.
Even if there is a limit of 10 seconds, I’d rather have a slower survey with quality images than a bunch of useless JPG flown quickly. Honestly, @chasemgray, I’m not convinced by your arguments. This should be an easy fix.
Please add the RAW image capture, as it will enable professional mapping quality with DroneDeploy and Mavic Pro. We need this! As far as I’m concerned, this is the major limitation of DroneDeploy right now, and I can’t use it for production work. Thanks. -David