Mavic Air Compatibility with DroneDeploy


There nobody knowing someone from DJI to know the next release of SDK and if this issue will be fix ?


Hi @Autoperformance,

We do not have any insight on DJI’s release schedule.



Please make it happen. I lost my Spark but wasn’t too concerned because it doesnt support waypoints. So i got a mavic Air assuming it would work with Drone Deploy only to find it doesnt,… YET! Please guys, It’s totally possible.


This is not Amazon. But here is my offer! Im selling my Mavic Air. Reason: Incompatibility with DD.

For those who wanna buy a Mavic Air+DD. Dont do it.

Im pretty sure that DD company is loosing a lot of money due to this incompatibility.

Come on. Time is money. DD is loosing money. Costumers too.


Hi @bernardopaiva,

I wish it were that easy to support the Mavic Air, but DroneDeploy is reliant on the DJI SDK, and as stated in previous posts and on our Supported Drones page, we are waiting on their next SDK release to patch a couple issues. There are things out of our control - we will support it when everything is working to our standards.



I have use DD with Mavic air Data, Mapping with Mavic Air is not as simple as it should but is still possible.

First of all, it has reliable geotagg but in a different field in the exif data.
second, you can fly manually or use Flight Plan for DJI drones app. I have use it in iOS, but is not free.

In the following link you could see a little area I flew with the app I mentioned above;jwt_token=eyJhbGciOiJIUzUxMiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJ0eXBlIjoiUmVhZE9ubHlQbGFuIiwiaWQiOiI1YjAwYTBhNDllMTFjZGE4YWY2ZTY1N2IiLCJleHAiOjI1MzQwMjMwMDc5OX0.QgIDZ_hchsC4zDPEK3EeWgnhoNrhHEvkMwlRjuLaaFA3GD7czIw6sT00CbB26eCOc8rLXNVTUvttKaHH5hEsBw

To see geoTagg and other information in exif data, you can use exiftool ( and run this command exiftool -csv -r your_folder > out.csv
GPS Altitude is only the flight altitude, so to get absolute altitude you should add the elevation of the place.

I have process Mavic Images in DroneDeploy and Pix4d and got good result, of course is easier buy another drone however if you want to try Mavic Air you could do what I told you.


I have used the Mavic Air and while it lands almost perfectly on the home pad its GPS isn’t as accurate as the P4P. I get more variation in flight to flight comparison. This doesn’t make sense to me?


Its the geo tags embedded in the image. The GPS is fine but DJI crippled the geotags by rounding to the nearest second of lat and lon. Leaves a ton of room for error.


The problem is only the Geotagging. Because Drone Harmony work perfectly for a survey mapping. Very well made to with the path the drone will do. So you can see possible collision. Other thing you can put layer with variable height to informe the drone there are building etc. You should try.


Is the app available for iOS? I can’t find it in the AppStore


Any update on this? Every thread I see points back here and it’s been 6 months.


Lets wait DD app opponents release it’s version. Im pretty sure they will release before DD.

Time is money.


Well Litchi and Autopilot already have.

Problem with the MA however is the low resolution geo tags. DJI crippled them by rounding the LAT and LON to the nearest second. This is out of DD’s control to fix that.


Hey DD,

Pix4dcapture just released support for the Mavic Air. Just sayin… :slight_smile:


I was wondering if it wouldn’t be possible to use the flight record data to fix the exif.


The correct coordinates are already embedded in the EXIF data, just not in the correct field or format. The data that is in the proper field has been deliberately rounded to the nearest second by DJI. One can manually fix this but it would be a major pain for lots of images.


@brantel where in the EXIF is this data? and how does one extract this. If i can correct just one photo then the rest will be georeferenced.


You have to use a EXIF editor program. There are many around the web.

If I open the images in photoshop and view the metadata I can see the following data:



Notice the low res GPS coordinates and the high res drone position coordinates.

What some people are doing is converting the drone position coordinates to the proper format and editing the variables in the GPS EXIF locations with the proper high res variables.

The drone knew where it was at high accuracy but DJI rounds the EXIF variables to the nearest Second.

Here is another method:

Also, you could check out this post above:


So annoying coz im using the mavic air for my thesis and dji responded to my email saying that the air cant record the accurate gps loc. So its really annoying that is in the file anyway.



The front line of support at DJI is almost worthless. They never have the most recent or accurate info. Talk to 5 of them you will get 5 different answers.