Here there. I am a little late to this conversation, but thought this info might be useful to you. This is my first post. I am flying a Mavic 2 Pro (M2P) with a Smart Controller (SC)
I am totally new to the drone world and just flew my first “mission” yesterday. Similarly to you I was in need of a map for a construction project that spans a couple hundred acres. I had signed up for a Drone Deploy (DD) account as a trial. I was disappointed when I realized the DJI SC could not load the DD app. However, I did find a work around. I found the following video on youtube and downloaded Drone Pilot PE from DJI:
It took an hour to get the download done which might be a glitch in the SC, but I finally managed to get it on the Smart Controller and functioning. The app’s functionality and options were similar to what I had been studying in Drone Deploy so it wasn’t too tough to get setup. Not quite as user friendly, but close. There was no option for the M2P camera, so I selected the Mavic 2 Dual Enterprise as the camera and hoped for the best.
I flew the mission and didn’t have a crash which was a miracle in its own right as it is in mountainous terrain and my first time. I then did some extra photo shooting manually around some of the structures on the site to help with the 3D model. I did not use any ground control points, but will try that in the future. When I got home I was able to extract the photos off of the SD card and upload them to Drone Deploy just as I would have using their software. The upload took a couple hours (819 photos) and I got the results after about 6 hours. The results are here:
Maybe this type of result is good enough for what you are doing? The 3D model obviously needs more data for the structures, but it is still pretty cool to share for our uses.
This was my first flight, but I did learn a lot. It feels funny sharing some pointers with only a few hours of flying time, but maybe you will find them helpful:
I wished I would have watched the videos on the Drone Deploy Academy first! I came home last night and started watching them while uploading my files and learned a lot of things that will change my next flight setup/planning. Such as putting a neutral density filter on the drone, setting the terrain follow function on for consistent flight height and flying on a more cloudy day if possible. I didn’t make any focus adjustments as suggested in this thread, but I will try that next time too. I think my photos were sharp regardless.
I flew my first flight pretty high - over 250’ - to give me some room for error and out of sheer terror I would clip some trees. I am going to go back and see if I can fly some smaller flight plans in low lying areas and update my map for better resolution.
In looking around online I have found some great videos on drone set up that I think will make a big difference. It is a flying camera after all! I left my camera settings on auto for my first flight, but think I will follow some of the suggestions I have found online for getting better images, particularly getting the exposure set a little more precisely.
Anyway, the bottom line is that I was able to complete the job using the M2P and SC, I was able to upload to DD and have the images processed, and I was able to share the map out to my group at work for review. Until DD can run on the SC I will keep doing it this way. I am also looking at using another app called Dronelink for capture for now. It will run on the SC as well. I was able to install it, but haven’t flown with it yet. I still plan on using the Drone Deploy website as my repository to share my flights with my team.
Hope that helps.