This article was updated on November 4th, 2020
This question came to me recently when I was flying with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+, which had a much more accessible intelligent flight mode, Tripod Mode. It is useful when you need the highest precision and / or peace of mind with your unmanned aerial vehicle.
It was also available on DJI Spark, Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Phantom 4 Advanced and now on the Mavic 2 Pro! Here is how you get it activated:
Android: In order to enable Tripod Mode you must have your device connected to your controller and your Mavic 2 Pro on as well. You basically need to be ready to takeoff.
IOS: It appears you can enable the extra modes without the controller OR drone turned on.
- You must first enable “Enable Intelligent Flight Modes” (on Android) OR “Multiple Flight Modes” (on IOS) before attempting to enable this feature with the controller, which can be found in the “Main Controller Settings” section of the DJI Go app, which is located at the top and looks like a drone.
- Then you want to slide the switch on the right side of the drone controller to the “T” option.
- Now your drone is slowing down to about 1 meter per second (or 2.2 mph and trying to keep the camera very still. It worked well for me when I recently made a YouTube video where I came across a roundabout that didn't like Tesla Autopilot!
Turning off Tripod Mode
If you need to do your work somewhere in the blink of an eye, switch it back to Program “P” or Sport “S.” I believe that returning home can override the slowness of the tripod.
Setup on iOS (with photos)
Setup on Android (with photos)
At present, the Mavic Mini does not offer this handy feature. It seems to be an option reserved by DJI Global for its midsize and upper-tier aerial crafts.
As of software updates: Android V4.3.32 | iOS V 4.3.32 | Aircraft Firmware: v01.00.05
Compatible with Samsung S9+, Samsung S9, Samsung S8+, Samsung S7, Samsung S7 Edge, Samsung S6, Samsung S6 Edge, Samsung Note 8, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei P20, Huawei P10 Plus, Huawei P10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 9 Pro, Huawei Mate 9, Huawei Mate 8, Honor 10, Honor 9, Vivo X20, Vivo X9, OPPO Find X, OPPO R15, OPPO R11, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Mix 2, Mi 8, Mi 6, Redmi Note 5, Google Pixel 2XL, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5T.
Compatible with iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4.
Optimized for iPhone X.