DJI Drones – Gimbal Auto Calibration

On DJI drones, the horizon in photos or video footage can sometimes be tilted. This can be frustrating if you have devoted time to driving to a location to fly and then believe that you have captured beautiful scenery. To fix this issue the gimbal needs to be calibrated so that the camera is level. Gimbal auto calibration is a step that I normally perform before each take off to make sure I do not find out later that the footage I expected to be great is flawed by being tilted. In my experience with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro drones the gimbal auto calibration usually completes within twenty to thirty seconds.

Steps To Calibrate the Gimbal

The following steps were written using the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2. However, the other DJI drones like the Mavic series will have the same or very similar settings.

  1. Place the drone on a flat level surface and make sure the foam padding that goes behind the gimbal has been removed.
  2. Go into the DJI GO app and tap the three dots on the upper right side.

3. From the side menu that displays, click the camera icon to display the Gimbal Settings screen.

4. Click Gimbal Auto Calibration.

5. A message will be displayed to make sure that the drone is level and there are no objects to prevent the range of motion of the gimbal. Click OK.

6. After clicking OK, the gimbal will begin calibration and will rotate around in different directions. The percentage progress will be displayed on the screen.

7. When calibrating is complete a Gimbal Calibrated message will be displayed on the main screen of the DJI GO app.

The above steps are a quick way to ensure that your aerial photos and videos come out as expected with an even flat horizon.


DJI Drones – How To Turn Off Beginner Mode

When you first receive a DJI drone it will be in beginner mode. The beginner mode settings are more restrictive so that new drone pilots can learn how to fly with less chances of crashing. This blog post will explain the differences in beginner mode and provide instructions on how to turn beginner mode off. While this article was written using the DJI Phantom, other DJI drones settings will be the same or very similar.

Beginner mode has the following restrictions:

  • The Phantom will not take off without a valid GPS signal.
  • The flight altitude and range is limited to 98 feet (30 meters).
  • Speed is reduced to approximately 15 mph.
  • The controllers sticks have reduced sensitivity.
  • The intelligent flight modes like Active Track and TapFly are disabled.

It is strongly recommended to leave beginner mode on when you first start flying with the DJI Phantom even if you have flown other drones before. DJI drones can fly farther, faster, and have more options than the majority of other drones.

After you have practiced flying in beginner mode and feel comfortable you can use the following instructions to turn beginner mode off.

Steps To Turn Off Beginner Mode

When you go into the DJI GO app you can quickly see if beginner mode is on by looking at the top of the screen. When beginner mode is on, “Beginner” will be listed between the drone and the satellite icon. This is highlighted with the red rectangle in the image below.

Main Screen Of DJI GO App With Beginner Mode On

To turn beginner mode off, tap the three dots on the upper right side. From the side menu that displays, click the drone icon at the top to display the Main Controller Settings screen. Then scroll down to view the Beginner Mode setting.

Main Controller Settings Screen

Click the toggle button for Beginner Mode to turn it off and you will then get the following message or a similar message.

This is what the Beginner Mode setting looks like when it is off.

Main Controller Settings With Beginner Mode Off

On the main screen, “Beginner” will no longer be displayed between the drone icon and the satellite icon.

Main Screen Of DJI GO App With Beginner Mode Off

With beginner mode off you will now be able fly faster and farther so fly with caution and always be aware of your surroundings. Have fun!