Mavic Pro: ISO and focus issue

It seems like the iso and focus are adjusted at the beginning of the mission and remains that way for the duration of the mission. I get dark photos if I start from the ground, blurry photos if I start at a few feet, and overexposed up high.

We do have several mavics at DD. We have seen a couple issues that DJI is fixing in their sdk. A lot of us and customers have made successful maps though.
Thanks for letting us know what’s happening. We are looking into it.

We have seen the issue with the camera feed looking fine and the photos coming out underexposed. I’ve actually seen it the most when trying to run a mission manually in DJI go. It’s frustrating. We are in contact with DJI about this.

How’s this going? My trial has ended and I’m not yet convinced the bugs have been ironed out.


I can also report the same issue. If I use automatic camera settings in DD, the images turn out to dark but in focus. If I tun of automatic camera settings and rather adjust the camera in the DJI GO 4 app prior to a DD run, the images turn out with correct exposure but out of focus.


After some more investigation I have found a solution that works for me, running on Android.

  1. Plan your flight path and flight altitude in your DD project
  2. Take off and ascend to the flight height that you have planed in the DD project using the DJI GO4 app
  3. Set the camera to vertical position
  4. Tap to focus
  5. Set the camera in MANUAL mode, and adjust the shutter speed to at least 1/200 (depending on your planed flight speed). Faster flight speed means that you may have to set the shutter speed even faster
  6. Adjust the ISO to get an acceptable exposure
  7. Unplug the micro usb cable from the phone while the drone is hoovering at the flight altitude
  8. Reinsert the micro usb cacble, and select DD as the app to launch
  9. Select your project in DD
  10. Under advanced settings select manual camera control in the DD project, and start the flight mission
    Enjoy sharp and well exposed images.

Possible solution: I downloaded the DJI Go 4 app. Now photos are perfect. BUT battery percentage always reads 0%.
-The Go 4 app triggered an update to the Mavic

Pix4d capture app works fine. Always a solid backup.

Tried your method, it worked flawlessly in iOS. Don’t even need to unplug any cable, just switching apps mid air. Thanks for the tip!

Our recent ios release should help with the focus issues. Let me know how it goes. Android coming soon.

Focus issue seems to be fixed but the over exposed problem is still around with the auto camera setting.

Can you send some specific examples to and ask to forward to chase?

Same issue with mine today… extreme overexposure.
I have emailed an example.

Interestingly the PIX4D app worked perfect!

I have just had the same under-exposure problem. Is there a fix on its way? Do you still want examples emailed?

We are working on a fix that should help quite a bit with any exposure problems.

After running my camera in Manual mode for pictures in DJIgo app then having terribly exposed pictures on next DD mission, I’m wondering if some of this isn’t from leaving the camera in manual mode when shutting down. Then few days later when you want to go fly a DD mission forgetting it’s in Manual and having your old camera settings. At first I thought it was just the focus issues everyone was having issues with DD on the Mavic Pro, but after Pix4d app had same exposure issues on a flight I zero’d in on what the cause was on my end.

Is the DD app supposed to be able to override the camera settings if left in manual on shutdown?

Not surprised to see that the issue still isn’t fixed

Steps to get usable images using the buggy AF DD app

  1. Open Dji Go 4 and fly to altitude you want to fly at
  2. Point camera down, focus lock
  3. Land, quit Dji go 4 and open DD
  4. Fly mission in DD
  5. Repeat for each flight

They say they have a mavic to test on but I doubt it if the issue hasn’t been solved after 3 months

Not worth paying anything for the app until this is fixed

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You don’t have to land. You can app switch while in flight.

You know you can fly and get your imagery in whatever other app you want and still load it into DD. The app makes it convenient to map out on the computer then have it ready in field, but if you have another app that works fine with the camera and still want to use DD cloud computing that works too.

You’re not paying for the app on your phone/tablet, you’re paying for the processing when you upload.

But like I said in earlier post, I had exposure issues using Pix4D app as well, and it turned out it was my fault for leaving manual camera settings on in DJIgo4 on last flight. So its not as clear cut as it seems.

I have not had any luck getting it to start a mission in flight, have you?

I know you can use any app, I like the ease of planning that DD offers though

I know you don’t pay for the app, but I would pay for the processing if it meant I got better resolution ortho maps and elevation models and that’s what I’m chasing at the end of the day, if and only if, I didn’t have to faff about in dji go 4 to get the camera to work properly

Yea, I’ve had good luck switching in flight. Trick is when you close DJIgo4 unplug the cord from the controller, clear defaults (if you have to) then reconnect controller.

I agree that its not the most optimal experience.

I’ll give that a crack, thanks :slight_smile: