Mavic out of focus?

Hi there. As far as I know an official solution has not yet been released. I doubt it will now to be honest.

With iOS however it’s not that much of a big deal for me anymore. With Android it was horrendous having to pull cables and clear cache etc. Oh my god!

With iOS it’s just a matter of taking a minute at the start of each battery change to focus it again. If manually setting the exposure, it’s only the focus that needs doing and takes seconds. Have been doing it on iOS for three straight months with an average of four batteries per mission, two missions per week since.

Good luck in Mexico and don’t hesitate to send me a pm if you need any help. Just remember to pack your batteries in your hand luggage in the fire-proof cases before boarding the plane. You don’t want them getting confiscated.

Thanks James - you are very kind!

I will be driving all the way down to my field site, so thankfully I dont have to worry about the batteries (except the fact that it will be crazy hot down there!).

Thanks - I will update when I have flown a mission there!


Hi James,

If this is still available I would much appricate it. Did a very large map (250 acres) today with many battery swaps and had to re-focus after each one in the DJI Go App. One one I forgot and captures 129 pics before I notices on the screen. No real issue as I just went back and re flew the mission from that waypoint but if there is the possibility to do auto focus it would be great

Hi Mike!

I’ve enabled for you and everyone else now.



Thanks James

Is there anything I need to change in the settings or will the Mavic just focus when the set altitude is reached?


It will be automatic. You will see a message on screen “Calibrating camera focus” once the drone reaches flight altitude.

Thanks James - really appricate the support.


Mike Hulme


Ebbisham Lane

Walton on the Hill

Surrey KT20 5BT

Forgive me, focusing a Mavic is now automatic?

Please can you provide a step by step instruction of how this achieved?

Thanks. James.

That’s right James,

The drone will take off, fly to altitude, point the camera down, focus the camera, then fix the focus before continuing with the mission.


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That’s good news James, although I now ask why more of a deal hasn’t been made of the breakthrough. This fix has been a long time coming and I don’t recall any announcement being made. I, along with others have been running a workaround for a year and I’ve never been corrected when guiding others how to make the most of it.

Presumably it makes sense to carry on focussing the first battery as it also gives me the opportunity to set the exposure etc, in Go4 but every subequent battery change thereafter can be done automatically as you set out?

Thanks, J.

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Hi James,

Sorry I missed your message.

Personally I would let DD focus for me on both batteries now, as I don’t generally set all the other exposure settings in DJI Go. Have you had success since this message with focus on Mavic?


No problem @Jamespipe.

To be honest I haven’t been brave enough to try it. I have a system that works and not a lot of time to experiment further. Maybe I should give it ago - won’t take long I guess.

That said, I have been using the Progress Report tool with my Mavic and all of the pictures are unfortunately out of focus. Would it be fair to say the two missions use a similar control and if my PR missions are blurry my standard ones would be too if left to go automatic?

In this thread I created, I requested the automatic toggles be added to the Progress Report settings, giving me certainty of the outcome. I don’t suppose you know how that’s coming on, if at all? Is it something DD can add with little effort? I held off last week returning to site but I will need to find an alternative soon if it can’t be done.

Thanks again. J.

I am unable to focus at all, when I tap the screen no box appears, it is only happening recently and it is set to auto. Everything is very blurry constantly

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If this true both in DroneDeploy and DJI App, then it could be a hardware failure.

Hello everyone,
I have the same problem in the DD with the Mavic Pro device and the android system. All images are out focus and it is not possible to compose orthomosaic.
The DD support team can help me?

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You have to configure the mission in the app, to force DD to use the manual set up in Go4.

Take off in Go4 and rise to the height of the mission, take a photo using ‘automatic’ and then switch to ‘manual’. This will force Go4 to leave the focussing where it is and all photos taken will be in focus so long as you remain at a similar height. That said, flying over a 20m high building, reducing the distance of the drone with the subject, even these pictures tend to remain in focus.

Shut the app and open up DD. Fly the mission, making sure the toggle I have ringed above is elected and all will work. I’ve been using this workaround for the past 2.5 years or so for my Mavic Pro. It’s the only way it will work.

@Jamespipe Hi James could you please activate the workaround for iOS on my account please, I am having focusing issues using a mavic pro in DD.


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I don’t believe there is anything to activate anymore. Not for a while.

If you follow my instructions covered in my various posts within this topic, it’s the only way to focus the Mavic 1. It’s still a hassle but it works and I still use it today. You’re lucky you’re not using Android as that’s an even bigger hassle.

I use a Mavic Air for agricultural proposal layouts for the last 14 months with no issue.
Just in the past 3 weeks the drone takes off, goes to start point, points down and says:
“Calibrating camera focus”
“Camera focus failed to update”
“Drone is returning to home location”
and then the mission aborts.
The only way i can work around this is to let DJI Go manually control the focus, but this has the risk of blurry images and i do travel quite far to get some of these proposals done.
Any advice on how to get DD to control the focus again?
Lens and sensors are clean.

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Hi James. Can you help with my drone deploy app?