(Android, iOS) Which type of mission to choose

Several types of mission can be selected in Pix4Dcapture. Some missions are only available on iOS and others only support certain drones on Android.
These missions were designed according the recommended image acquisition plans. For more information: 202557459.

For more information about supported hardware on the two operating systems: 203991609.


There are four autopilot missions and one manual but semi-automatic mission.

Type of mission Description Android iOS

home_screen_grid.png Grid

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Plan and fly a nadir rectangle mission.

Suitable for most environments. It ensures that images are taken with the overlap required for optimal processing.

Recommended in the following cases:

  • Main interest in 2D map outputs (DSM, orthomosaic, etc.).
  • Relatively flat surface (e.g. fields, earthworks).
  • Large area.

All drones

Except:
Spark

All drones

Except:
Spark

home_sreen_double.png Double Grid

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Plan and fly a two consecutive nadir rectangle missions.

It ensures that images are taken from multiple sides, with the overlap required for optimal processing. Compared to the simple grid, this mission is recommended for flying closer to objects in order to capture more vertical details.

Recommended in the following cases:

  • Main interest in 3D model outputs (point cloud, mesh, etc.).
  • Surface with height fluctuations or objects (e.g. buildings, forest).
  • Small and medium area as the flight time is doubled.

DJI drones

Except:
P2V(+)
Spark

All drones

Except:
P2V(+)
Spark
Disco-Pro

home_screen_polygon.png Polygon

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Plan and fly a nadir polygonal mission.

Suitable for most environments that require flexible boundaries for flying or with a complex mapping shape. It ensures that images are taken with the overlap required for optimal processing.

Recommended in the following cases:

  • Main interest in 2D map outputs (DSM, orthomosaic, etc.).
  • Relatively flat surface (e.g. fields, earthworks).
  • Large area.
  • Complex shape and constraints in the flight boundaries.

Not available yet

All drones

Except
P2V(+)
Spark
Disco-Pro

home_screen_circular.png Circular

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Plan and fly an ellipsoid mission around objects.

It ensures that the images are taken from all angles around a target point, with the overlap required for optimal processing. For high objects, flying several circular missions at different altitude is suggested.

Recommended in the following cases:

  • Main interest in 3D model outputs (point cloud, mesh, etc.).
  • Isolated object (e.g. tower, pylon, building).
  • Small area.

All drones

Except
P2V(+)
Spark

All drones

Except
P2V(+)
Spark
Disco-Pro

home_screen_free.png Free Flight

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Plan and fly a free flight mission (advanced users).

Suitable to map more difficult objects that require more flexibility. The camera shutter is automatically triggered according to a horizontal and vertical distance interval. It requires to manually pilot the drone.

Recommended in the following cases:

  • Main interest in 3D model outputs (point cloud, mesh, etc.).
  • Small area.
  • Complex or vertical structures (e.g. building facade, cliff, bridge, etc.

For more information on how to prepare a free flight mission: 203081219 (Android), 204261889 (iOS).
For information about the image acquisition plan: 202557459.

All drones

All drones

Except:
Bebop 2
Disco-Pro

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