In anticipation of the festive season, DJI has rolled out a crucial DJI firmware update for its Mini 4 Pro and Air 3 drones. This newest update aligns with DJI’s commitment to making the latest enhancements and safety features available for all recent models. Among the updates is the introduction of the Vision Assist feature to both drones, granting users the option to disable the VPS system.
The new firmware introduces the ‘Vision Assist’ feature for both drones. This function, previously available for the Mavic 3 Pro and Mavic 3, utilizes sensors on the front and rear of the drone to determine its position relative to the surroundings. This proves especially useful for manual flying and obstacle avoidance.
Another significant addition is ‘Active Track 360 Auto.’ Formerly exclusive to the Mini 4 Pro, this feature is now accessible for the Air 3 as well. It allows the drone to automatically track and film the user using both the 1X and 3X cameras, with the drone autonomously deciding how to follow the subject.
Furthermore, users can now disable the sensors at the bottom of both drones—the Vision Positioning System (VPS). This is particularly handy when taking off or landing from moving objects such as cars or boats. Specifically for the Mini 4 Pro, integration with Goggles 2, Goggles Integra, and the RC Motion Controller 2 has been achieved, offering users the ability to operate the drone with a more immersive FPV experience.
In terms of camera functionality, the DJI Mini 4 Pro has received an update. Users can now digitally zoom between 1x and 3x in the 12 MP photo mode and capture five 48 MP photos when using AEB and Burst shooting modes.
For the DJI Air 3, digital zoom support has been added to the 24mm wide-angle lens and the 70mm medium telephoto lens. It is now possible to digitally zoom between 1x and 3x, while the 70mm medium telephoto lens can zoom between 3x and 9x. Additionally, the medium telephoto lens now supports 360º panoramas, capturing a multitude of photos to create a detailed panoramic image.
The firmware update can be installed through the DJI Fly app (version v1.12.4). Ensure an active internet connection on the controller and then power on the drone. A notification should appear indicating the availability of new firmware. Please note that certain settings may be reset during the update process.
In conclusion, DJI’s recent firmware update for the Mini 4 Pro and Air 3 drones marks a significant stride in enhancing user experience and drone capabilities just in time for the holiday season. The introduction of the Vision Assist feature, previously exclusive to high-end models, showcases DJI’s commitment to democratizing advanced functionalities across their product range. This technology, utilizing front and rear sensors, proves invaluable for users engaged in manual flying, providing heightened situational awareness and obstacle avoidance capabilities.
The addition of ‘Active Track 360 Auto’ to the Air 3, a feature previously reserved for the Mini 4 Pro, enhances the drones’ autonomous tracking capabilities, showcasing DJI’s commitment to continuous improvement and feature parity across models. The flexibility to disable the Vision Positioning System (VPS) sensors on both drones caters to specific scenarios, such as taking off or landing from moving platforms, demonstrating DJI’s attention to diverse user needs.
Moreover, the digital zoom capabilities introduced in the firmware update significantly enhance the photographic capabilities of both drones. The DJI Mini 4 Pro now allows digital zooming between 1x and 3x in the 12 MP photo mode, while the Air 3 supports digital zoom on both the 24mm wide-angle lens and the 70mm medium telephoto lens, including impressive zoom ranges from 1x to 9x.
As users embark on updating their firmware through the DJI Fly app, version v1.12.4, they can anticipate a more immersive FPV experience for the Mini 4 Pro, thanks to its integration with Goggles 2, Goggles Integra, and the RC Motion Controller 2. However, it’s important to note that certain settings may be reset during the update process, necessitating user awareness and adjustment.
Overall, DJI’s commitment to delivering cutting-edge features and improvements to its drone lineup showcases the company’s dedication to providing a superior and evolving aerial experience for drone enthusiasts around the globe.
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