How are the camera settings taken into account using Pix4Dcapture?

Your drone will capture .jpg images to ensure that they supported by Pix4D's image processing engine. Pix4Dcapture will set your camera's exposure settings depending on your drone's manufacturer.

DJI

The camera's exposure settings are set to automatic so that the images are optimally captured to ensure a good reconstruction.

Main:

  • White balance: Automatic. This parameter adjusts for each image.
 
Tip: More flexibility is possible:
    • (Android) Changing the while balance in DJI GO (4) will apply during the flight with the app.
    • (iOS) Selecting the white balance as automatic, sunny or cloudy directly in the settings of the app.
  • ISO (auto, 100, 200, etc.): Automatic.
  • Sharpness: Standard.
  • Contrast: Standard.
  • Exposure compensation: Default.
  • Resolution: Maximum.

Others:

  • Anti-flicker (video): Automatic.
  • Exposure metering (average/center/point): Center.
 
Important: Changing the camera settings in DJI GO, or DJI GO 4 should be effective in the Android app (only, not iOS for now) but it is not guaranteed as it was not extensively tested. It also depends on the drone, camera, and type of mission. The aperture and exposure time are automatically set by DJI but can be adjusted and should be taken into account. These settings impact the sharpness of the image.


Parrot Bebop 2

The camera settings that are taken into account in the Android or iOS app are those defined in Parrot FreeFlight 3.

 

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4 comments

  • Tylor Foster

    I have searched the community for an answer to this, but no luck...

     

    What is the recommended workflow for setting camera settings for DJI drones? I think I speak for most of us when I say it's unacceptable to have the camera settings be on AUTO. Especially for shutter speed. The camera needs to be on shutter priority in order to keep blurry photos out of the data set.

     

    Has it been confirmed that if we set the camera settings in DJI GO4, close it out, open Pix4DCapture, and run mission that it will save those camera settings?

  • Gaël (Pix4D)

    Hi Tylor,

    For now, the iOS version of Pix4Dcapture has been designed so that the camera settings will be automatically put to Auto/standard while making an image acquisition. The user has no possibility to set manually the camera settings. However, in the Pix4Dcapture app, the white balance can be chosen between Sunny/Cloudy/Auto in Advanced Settings.
    We share your interest in having the possibility to set the camera settings manually with the developer's team.

    Using the Android version of Pix4Dcapture, Changing the camera settings in DJI GO, or DJI GO 4 should be effective while making a flight plan but it is not guaranteed as it was not extensively tested. It also depends on the drone, camera, and type of mission.

    Best,


  • sudhev sutasanasuang

    Help for setting dji3 advanced.

    I am in trial free period (. I tried 3 time of same mission (double grid to mapping my hospital, Thailand). But,until now I always overexposed in each mission. I set 80m altitude, 75 degree, 80% overlap and medium speed, 339x146m at 12min 30s. How can I set the camera to correct the over exposure? 

  • Gaël (Pix4D)

    Hi Sudhev,

    The camera's exposure settings are set to automatic so that the images are optimally captured to ensure a good reconstruction. If you are using the Android version of Pix4Dcapture, Changing the camera settings in DJI GO, or DJI GO 4 should be effective while making a flight plan but it is not guaranteed as it was not extensively tested. In this case, fly your drone at 80m altitude, adjust your exposer setting to get a better image and then plan your mission using the Pix4D capture app. 
    For now, the iOS version of Pix4Dcapture has been designed so that the camera settings will be automatically put to Auto/standard while making an image acquisition. The user has no possibility to set manually the camera settings. However, in the Pix4Dcapture app, the white balance can be chosen between Sunny/Cloudy/Auto in Advanced Settings. 

    Best,

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