DJI Phantom 4 Pro Intelligent Flight Modes Guide

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This DJI flight mode covers all 12 DJI Phantom 4 Pro flight modes even though the “Normal” flight mode shouldn’t really be classed as a feature flight mode.

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Normal: This is just your normal flying mode.

Draw: This is when you draw a path on the screen and the phantom will follow the set path, they are two other settings within this mode, these are Forward and Free.
In Forward setting the drone will follow the path set and you’ll be able to only move the camera tilt on the camera gimbal.
In the Free setting the drone will follow the set path but you’ll have full control over the direction of the camera and the tilt.
This is a bit lick course lock mode but with the ability to set the path.

Gesture: Once activated you need to wave your arms around in the air to get the drones attention, once seen you can order the drone to take a photo by holding your arms out and bringing them together to make a sqaure with your hads. You’ll have a 3 second time to make that perfect pose.

ActiveTrack: In this mode you can select and object on the sceen be it a person are a car and the Phantom 4 Pro will follow it automatically. The extra bonus here is that you don’t need to be holding the controller whilst in this mode. This mode is a step up from the older Follow Me mode as the height requirement is much lower.
Phantom 4 Pro pilots can now choose between:
Trace – Follow behind or in front of a subject, avoiding obstacles automatically.
Profile – Fly alongside a subject at a variety of angles to get profile shots of the subject.
Spotlight – Keep the camera trained on a subject while the aircraft flies almost anywhere.

TapFly: Just point and go with DJI TapFly Intelligent Flight Mode, the backwards flight mode will let you take that dronie shot that everybody loves
TapFly Forward – Tap to fly in the selected direction
TapFly Backward – Tap to fly in the opposite direction of the tap, i.e. tap in the bottom right corner of the screen to fly backward towards the top left.
TapFly Free – Lock the forward direction of the Phantom without locking the camera direction allowing it to turn as it flies.

Tripod: In this flight mode the speed of the phantom 4 pro is greatly reduced and also the control inputs from the remote controller, this results in a very smooth and stable flight. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro Intelligent Tripod Flight Mode is best used when you have full GPS coverage and in low wind conditions.
NOTE: If you lose the GPS signal or the vision system fails the phantom will automatically swatch to ATT mode and control inputs will be back to normal.

Terrain Follow: The DJI Terrain Follow mode uses the phantom 4 pro sensors to to read the terrain of the ground below. This enables the phantom to keep a set height above the ground as it moves forward. Terrain follow only works up hill and does not automatically follow the terrain going down hill but it states that it will if the pilot pulls down on the left stick the phantom will descend to the height set by the pilot.

Point of Interest: This classic flight mode has been around for a long time and is a great mode to capture some stunning shots from the Phantom drone.
Fly your drone directly over your point of interest and make sure that the camera is directly pointing downwards onto the subject. Whilst in this mode you can adjust the height, speed and heading while it moves around your point of interest.
Make sure you have enough height around your subject as the obstacle avoidance system will not work in this mode.

Follow Me Mode: This flight mode is very musc like the active track mode but it requires the subject to be holding the controller as it gives of it’s gps location to the drone. The height requiment for this flight mode is a little high for some but his mode does perform better with fast moving action shots.

Waypoints: In the Waypoint mode you can fly and set fixed points on a map that the drone will later follow in a smooth stable motion. Once all waypoints are fixed just click done and bring the drone back. You have 3 different options to take whilst flying in your waypoint set path, these are the following
Adjustable Heading: The drone will follow the path but will cut the corners to make nice sweeping turns.
Route Linked Heading: The mode will follow the set path keeping the camera pointing forwards at all times.
Free: The Phantom will follow the set waypoint but you have the ability to look around.

Home Lock: The flight mode works from the return home GPS location, once set it doesn’t matter where you are looking by moving the left stick up or down the Phantom will fly away or fly back to the pilot with this feature turned on.

Course Lock: This flight mode is very much like the Home Lock mode but as in it makes the drone only fly forward and back on a fixed path set by the pilot in flight.
Home lock works on the GPS location of the return saftey feature.

Cinematic Mode: This mode is a little like the Tripod mode but resticitions on speed is not as bad. The Cinematic mode smoothes out all your inputs to give you nice a smooth flowing flight and it also adds 1-3 meters to your breaking distance. It can take some time to get use to but the results are amazing, I’m sure all the Pro Inspire pilots will be begging for this feature.
Not supported on the DJI Phantom YET…

Fixed Wing Mode: The fixed wing mode fixes the roll axis in the camera gimbal, it also make the drone act like a fixed winged glider and if you try to look down the drone will look down but will also be flying towards the ground. You need to be flying forwards at 10mph+ before you can turn on this mode and sport mode speeds up drone turns but not forward speed. This gives the pilot a true sence of flying a fixed wing craft as the drone moves along.
Not supported on the DJI Phantom YET…

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Obstacle avoidance will not work in some DJI Intelligent Flight Modes, mainly in the Free modes.

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This page will be updated if DJI flight modes in the Phantom are updated or added to.