Manual Camera Settings

I have a Mavic Pro and a Phantom 4 Pro and have used DD on both. There is a known issue with DD regarding the focus on the Mavic Pro that the pictures are not so clear as using the DJI Go4 app manually taking pictures from the same altitude. I have tried both letting the application control the focus and setting the focus manually on infinity and using DD not controlling the camera with the same results, somewhat blurry pictures. I have shot simply pictures from the same altitude using the DJIGo4 app and the pictures are sharp… Support only had to say stay tuned for updates to address the issue…that is as of 2 days ago… and YES I am very disappointed… PP4 works great!

Thanks for info Larry. I think Mavic focus is kinda buggy even with the Go4 app. Seems like even on manual focus it somehow finds a way to creep back to autofocus , or at least refocus for reasons I don’t fully understand.


I just recently noticed my images from a mission are captured blurry and out of focus. I have everything in Go app and DD on Auto. I am noticing 1 image is being captured on the ground prior to takeoff. This image is in fact in focus. It is focused on the ground horizontally however and I’m wondering if DD app is keeping this the focal range. FWIW, I have no problems capturing clear focused pictures only using the Go app.
Nothing in my gear has changed since before this issue.
Shield K1, X5 camera.

Hello all,

Tested new methodology for running DD yesterday and am very happy with it. After confirming everything is set to go with DD (mission already defined, iPad rebooted for clean start, etc.) I launch with Go4 app and climb to altitude of planned DD mission. I then pan gimbal straight down while drone is hovering and tap screen to autofocus on ground (not tree tops , unless I want to map treetops). As soon as autofocus is complete, I switch to manual focus (do not refocus, it will hold the set autofocus setting). Then I force close Go4 app and and open DD app while drone is hovering. Select mission and tap fly button. After checklist runs, I push final check button. Drone will immediate head to fisr waypoint and fly mission. Focus will hold at ground setting thru whole mission. For missions that take more than one battery, I broke them up into multiple missions so that I can re-run the focus procedure before each mission; however, I think that the manual focus setting will hold without re-running the Go4 focus procedure. Another poster indicated as much and during my testing yesterday, the behavior of the drone led me to believe this is accurate. I will test further as soon as I can to confirm.

I general, I think this tap to focus then switch to manual focus procedure might be a key for holding stable focus on all fights (DD or Go4 app). Focus was razor sharp on all of my photos and video, both from DD and Go4.


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I tried this method to no avail. Flew to mission altitude in Go app, focused, took picture. Closed app, started DD, began mission. Mission pictures are still blurry.

After my first two Mavic Pro missions, both with blurred results, I researched online and indeed found the manual setting alternative as a possible solution. Just as StevenB has stated, I did all of the above and the results were amazing. The only difference I have to Steven is that being on Android, I am forced to remove the USB cable after coming out of the Go4 app and remove the default from Android’s app settings. It’s the only way DD will then connect to the drone once opening after shutting Go4.

I have subsequently carried out two further missions of the same area of land. After the first (with a 45 minute flight time), I got back home only to find all of the pictures out of focus again. Sh*t! Over the past 24 hours I’ve been racking my brains trying to work out what I might have done (or not done) to cause it but to no avail. This morning I tried again. Step by step, auto focus, click centre of screen away from trees, switch to manual focus, pull the USB and force close Go4, clear defaults in settings, open DD and start mission. 45 minutes and a journey home, SD card in the PC and…blurred pictures!

I was in the process of contacting DD for help and whilst confirming I had carried out all of the relevant steps I had a light bulb moment. Anybody else suffering from blurred pictures despite having manually set the camera up in Go4, please do remember to untick the ‘Automatic Camera Settings’ under Advanced settings of the DD mission.

Currently waiting for batteries to recharge and will hopefully be back out this afternoon to test and make sure my neglect to untick the box was indeed the cause of my blurred pictures. Needless to say, the pictures really ought to be focused using automatic settings in any event.

No, still blurred!!! Just don’t understand. Flying at 3m/s snail pace.

Manual images through Go4 are perfect, through DD are not…

Which version of DD are you using? We have made some improvements to Mavic focus in the 2.56 release (2.56.0 for iOS, 2.56.1 for Android).

I have had the exact same blurry issue for months on my Inspire Pro. If you look at your logs, you will see that even if you set the camera to auto, it will switch to manual focus mid-flight. Manual settings and infinite focus works well on other auto apps such as Pix4d Capture but not on DD. Even turning ‘auto camera settings’ to off does not resolve the problem, no matter the settings are in DJI go. The employees on this site will wonder what version/app/drone you are using but it seems to make no difference, just look through the dozens of posts about this, DD has a problem and they just won’t admit it.

As Sean said, please verify with version 2.56.0 as this should have fixes for Mavic Pro focus.

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Hi @dronexsolutions,

I understand that you are frustrated, but we are a team and community focused on helping, growing, and learning. My team and I (@seanwalsh and @chasemgray) are genuinely trying to assist you with the issues you are experiencing.

Let’s try and work together to see what’s going on here. As Sean and Chase mentioned above, we recently released app version 2.56.0, which should resolve issues with the Mavic Pro.


Hello Lidar and JamesC,

Sorry to hear your still having focus problems. Just wanted to confirm that I am currently running version 2.56; however, I have updated DD software in the last week or so. Therefore, I can’t say with certainty what version I was using when I made my original post a few weeks ago. Can anyone tell me DD’s procedure for updating their version numbers?

I will be flying another mission tomorrow and will report if my procedure continues to work for me.




We started rolling out 2.56.0 on Tuesday. For your original post, it’s likely that you were on 2.0.54. Please let us know if you have any issues on 2.56.0.

Just wanted to report back that I ran a mission today with version 2.56 (along with latest DJI Go4 update and everything was flawless. My compliments to the DD team. The flight app worked perfectly on the Mavic with no drop outs and the focus was razor sharp. Held exposure and focus throughout including a battery change. I followed the same procedure for setup and starting the mission that I reported on earlier in this thread. Looking forward to seeing the finished map.

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Hi @StevenB,

I’m glad the update resolved your issue! If you run into any other issues, you know where to find us. :wink:


Hi Drone Deploy staff and thanks for your suggestion Sean.

As of Thursday when you first suggested the ‘56’ update, my version was on 2.53.0 with no update available to download in Play Store. I tried but was travelling to the hills for a funeral. I’ve not had any mobile service or wifi available to me until last night but this morning however, I can see that there are both a ton of messages to read above and possibly more importantly, a DD update (2.56.0) ready for me to install from Play Store that came through overnight. Please God!! I am certain it automatically updated to ‘53’ within the past week so a little frustrating I’ve wasted so much time messing with an older version not knowing Play Store should have been pushing ‘56’ to me sooner.

Thank you staff and Steve and everybody else that’s helped. Whereas I am a hobbyist really, I’m experimenting on behalf of my employer with a view to purchase at least a Commercial licence and to date I’m struggling to promote it. Fingers crossed this works. I still have other options to try but DD was the first to be recommended to me by another Commercial user. Just one thing, and it’s possibly said above that I haven’t read yet (I will), but with the new ‘fixed’ version, should ‘56’ now be able to work in ‘Automatic settings’ or is best to continue to work through manual settings? Trouble with manual settings is that you lose a good 10% of a relatively tight battery capacity in configuring the manual settings and switching apps in the phone. Thanks. J.


My personal thoughts are that you should work with automatic settings until you get a few maps completed and get some experience with the drone and software. My first maps were done this way and were quite good. My procedure is obviously more complicated and I have found that, as you gain experience and become more comfortable with the basic flight procedures then you will be able to concentrate on more advanced settings.

The biggest two things you can do to get consistent results is to fly higher than you are tempted too (at least 175’ and 250 or so is even better - you even get surprising detail at 350) and to avoid including big expanses of treetops or other homogenous vegetation. I set my geofence to exclude expansive wooded areas where I can.



HI Steve.

Thanks again for your advice.

I’ve been flying my drone for a few months now and am happy with my skills as a pilot and have no issues taking it up and away. For the mapping I’ve deliberately kept the drone low to help achieve the highest visual results - trying to impress my employer. I am relatively new at photography however but just about know if enough to get by using the manual settings through Go4. I only ventured into the manual settings for DD because the results from first two flights using automatic settings were so bad. Whereas I’m capable of operating the camera through both the automatic and (just about) manual camera modes, for battery saving only (through not having to pull cables and force app closures having set the camera up whilst airborne), it would help me significantly by relying on the automatic offering.

The weather is not the best at the moment as half of the world are hearing about at the moment, but will be out to try again soon enough. What i am a little anxious about is the length of time I’ve used up of my trial whilst battling with the bugs.

Thank you for the tips re trees etc. I have found vast areas of vegetation missing from the processed 2d image which is disappointing on my current project. Lol, the purpose of the map is to illustrate how much of the land is tree’d and missing tiles sn’t something I envisaged.

Hi @JamesC,

Please let us know if you experience any issues once you’re able to fly again on the latest app version. We’re here to help if you’re having trouble.


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