DJI GO 4 detail instruction: Main page and Camera settings quick guide

ByJoe Horner 2019-11-15 1529

DJI GO 4 has been optimizer for all of DJI’s latest products. These include the Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic Pro, and Inspire 2. It provides near real-time image transmission and camera settings adjustment, as well as editing and sharing of aerial imagery. Some new beginners may not familiar with the menu of DJI GO 4. We hope this detail instruction may help you.

Main Page settings

Main Page settings 

Mostly you work with the drone and have the main screen of DJI GO 4 or the virtual viewfinder with which you can see the same as the Copter camera. By clicking on the icons at the edge of the screen, you can continue with the settings listed below.


System status: This icon displays the flight status and various warnings.

Obstacle detection: A red signal indicates an obstacle near the drone. An orange beep indicates obstacle detection.

Battery level indicator: This display shows the change in the battery level of the helicopter. The color of the display changes depending on the battery's ability to perform a specific function.

Flight mode: This icon indicates the selected flight mode. Click here to go to the general administration settings. Here you can change the flight properties.

GPS Signal Level: Shows the number of connected GPS satellites. The white color of the display indicates a stable signal level.

System status of 3D sensors: Click this icon to enable or disable the functions of the verification systems.

Wi-Fi settings: Tap here to go to the Wi-Fi settings.

Battery charge level: Indicates the battery charge level. Click here to view detailed information about the battery charge level, change the low battery warning threshold, and view the warning history.

Basic settings: Click on the icon to go to the basic settings, system data, display of flight routes, etc.

Camera tilt: Shows the angle of the stabilizer.

Photo / Video Switch: Click here to switch between photo or video mode.

Start button to record a photo / video: Click here to take a photo or video.

Camera settings: Opens the camera settings menu.

Playback: View recorded photos and videos.

Telemetric flight data: This area of the screen displays information about the flight, the distance between the drone and the home point, the speed of the horizontal and vertical movement, etc. The information is displayed on the screen.

Virtual joystick: Display the joystick on the smartphone screen to control the drone.

Smart flight modes: Tap here to select smart flight modes.

Smart Home Return: Starts the self-return function. Press to return the drone to its last recorded location.

Automatic take-off / landing: Press this button to start automatic takeoff or landing.

Return to the main menu: Click this icon to return to the main menu.

System status

System status 

During recording, this icon is at the top of the screen. It can be red, yellow or green. Green indicates good GPS. Yellow warns of a weak GPS signal - the drone can switch to ATTI's intelligent mode to ensure flight safety. If the symbol is red, this means that the aircraft cannot fly. There can be several reasons for this: To find out the cause of the problem, click on the System Status icon and select the Airplane Status menu.

Call the compass: It helps the drone determine its location. When changing aerodromes due to interference from electromagnetic waves, it is sometimes necessary to perform a calibration.

IMU (Inertial Gauge Block): This is a barometer and gyroscope for measuring spatial position and flight angle. When DJI GO 4 calibrates the unit, follow the instructions on the screen.

ESC status (Electronic Stroke Control): This display indicates motor operation. If a warning appears, try restarting the unit. If the warning is still present, you must send in a drone for repair.

Vision Sensors: These sensors detect obstacles during flight. It is strongly recommended to always leave the sensors switched on.

Obstacle detection status: A visual warning displayed on the screen when the drone is near an obstacle.

Aircraft Battery: Indicates the battery temperature of the unit. If it rises above 65°C, insert the copter and allow the batteries to cool. If DJI GO reports that the battery is damaged, turn off the battery immediately.

Charge level indicator

This display shows the current battery charge level. The shorter the strip, the less charge remains. The first dot on the left shows the moment when the drone automatically lands due to lack of charge. The second item is displayed when the application prompts you to activate the "Back to Start Point" function. The yellow letter H represents the starting point and how much charge is needed to return the drone. The value at the right end of the scale indicates the estimated remaining flight time based on the current battery level.

Flight modes

There are three flight modes in the DJI GO 4 application:

Positioning mode (P mode): A mode in which all sensors are activated to ensure stable operation of the instrument. This is the safest mode to fly. When the sticks on the control panel stop moving, the drone stops automatically and freezes in the air.

Attitude or ATTI mode (A mode): The driver automatically switches to ATTI mode when the GPS signal is weak or not, and in low light to operate the sensor system. In this case, the drone will drift at a certain altitude.

Sports mode (S mode): In this mode, the drone can fly at maximum speed with GPS data. However, the front and lower sensors are deactivated so that the drone cannot detect or avoid any obstacles. In addition, the search for landing sites and other intelligent modes is disabled.

Camera settings

Camera settings 

In this section, you can configure the following camera functions:

Auto: The camera itself selects the appropriate settings for a photo or video.

A (Aperture): Aperture priority. In this section, you can change the aperture value of the lens. The remaining settings are automatically adjusted according to the exposure.

S (shutter speed): Shutter priority. In this mode, you set the shutter speed, but the remaining parameters are set automatically according to the exposure. With a low shutter speed, more light penetrates the matrix, which is practical with little light. High shutter speed for clear images of moving objects and people.

M (Manual Mode): Allows you to manually set both the shutter speed and aperture value to obtain maximum control of the shot.

Exposure Compensation: This section shows how your settings differ from the recommended ones. With a +2 display, the white tones in your image are too bright; with a -2 display, they are too dark. In some situations, you may need a high or low exposure rate. For example, when shooting in low light, you need to set a slower shutter speed and a higher exposure rate.

Photo Settings

Photo Settings 

This tab hides the camera settings for shooting.

Photo: Here you can select the photo mode. Single Shot - Standard mode. For a click on the trigger you get a photo. HDR Shooting - When this option is selected, the camera shoots three images simultaneously. One of them has an exposure, the other one a dark one and the third one combines the two previous ones to get the most dynamic image. Multiple - In this mode, the camera takes a series of pictures when you press the shutter button. This mode is suitable for shooting moving subjects. AEB - This function allows you to take 3 to 5 photos simultaneously. This function is similar to HDR because the camera takes pictures with different exposure levels. In this case, however, the images are not combined as with HDR (except with Spark). Timed Shot - Timer recording, practical for Selfies. Pano - allows you to create a panorama in a short time. It is also possible to create a spherical panorama (spherical mode). ShallowFocus: In this mode, you can change the depth of field of the image.

Image Size: Allows you to select the aspect ratio of the image (4: 3 (35 mm), 16: 9 (HD), 3: 2).

Image Format: In this menu, select the photo format: RAW, JPEG or RAW + JPEG (the Spark model only supports the JPEG format).

White Balance: This function removes unrealistic color tones so that the white colors in the photo remain white. This property is measured in Kelvin. When Auto mode is selected, the camera automatically selects the appropriate parameters. However, you can select one of the suggested modes or adjust the white balance yourself.

Style:This window contains settings for sharpness, contrast and saturation of the image or video. The triangle is the sharpness, the circle the contrast, the rectangle the saturation of the color. You can select a level from -3 to +3.

Color: Camera color settings played back in the photo. The D-Cinelike and D-Log modes are designed for post-processing frames. The remaining modes can be used without post-processing.

Other Camera Options


There are a number of different options on this tab. The settings may vary depending on the helicopter model.

Histogram: Activation of a window with a histogram. This function allows you to follow the exposure of the captured image.

Front LEDs Auto power off: The front position lights are automatically turned off when shooting.

Lock gimbal when shooting: When this function is enabled, the camera will be oriented in one direction during shooting, even if the drone position changes. When deactivated, the camera follows the movement of the drone.

Activated AFC mode: AFC - constant autofocus. When this function is enabled, the camera automatically focuses during shooting.

MF Focus Assistant (for Phantom 4 Pro): helps to adjust the focus when working in manual mode.

Mechanical shutter (for Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2): This function prevents the occurrence of photos with the effect of "jelly" while shooting fast-moving objects.

Portrait recording (for Mavic): When you activate this function, the camera switches to portrait mode.

Warning of overexposure (for Mavic, Phantom 4, Inspire 2): The function informs you when the exposure in the photo is exceeded.

Automatically sync HD photos: Automatically send uncompressed images to your mobile device during recording.

Long exposure preview: A preview is displayed on the screen before you take a picture.

Teletext: automatic creation of a file with subtitles (.srt) containing information on altitude, GPS, ISO, shutter speed, barometer data, GPS coordinates of the point "Home", etc.

Grid: Turns on the grid on the screen. This makes the photos easier to align and follows the rule of thirds. You can also activate the diagonal lines to define the guide lines.

Center Points: Here you can select the visual style of the center point in real time.

Anti-flicker: This function prevents glare during recording. Two options are available: 50 Hz - for European standards and 60 Hz - for Americans.

File index mode: controls the file numbers of a video or photo. If you do not interrupt the account, it will continue with each new photo or video. When the counter is reset, file numbering starts from 001.

Peak Focus Threshold: This function adds red lines to the focus area to highlight the main elements. Here you can select one of the options: Off / Weak / Medium / Strong focus.

Format SD card: This option allows you to completely erase your SD card.  Resetting Camera Settings. This function resets all camera settings to the default settings.

Video settings

Video settings 

Video Size: Set the video resolution and frame rate. The options in this section may vary depending on the model of drone or Inspire 2 camera.

Video format: Select the type of format for the video. Again, note that the options depend on your copter or the camera you are using on the Inspire 2.

NTSC / PAL: These are the standards for colour television systems. In simple words, if you are in America, choose the NTSC standard in the rest of the world - PAL.


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