DJI Mavic Air no longer saves DNG frames for the panorama

The panorama composed by the Mavic Air shows a lot of problem areas that cannot be repaired afterwards (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

Here's another tip for the drone pilots among you. who the DJI Mavic Air knows for sure that she is able to shoot 360-degree panoramas. Several pictures of the drone are taken in the air and put together "on the fly". The finished panorama then lands on the SD card in the "100MEDIA" folder. With a size of 8192 x 4096 pixels, this is also large enough for Facebook and Co, but unfortunately the DJI software does not stitch the photos together well enough.

Here is an example that I took a few days ago. The transitions in heaven are just the obvious problem. In the houses and bushes you can also see ghost images and the like, which can only be seen when enlarged accordingly.

The panorama composed by the Mavic Air shows a lot of problem areas that cannot be repaired afterwards (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

The panorama composed by the Mavic Air shows a lot of problem areas that cannot be repaired afterwards (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

Best solution: stitch yourself from DNG data

The best solution to get an appealing and, above all, error-free panorama is to save the individual images as DNG (RAW data from the camera) and then later yourself on the computer with panorama software (Autopano, PTGui, PanoramaStudio or similar) Composing choice. That went well so far, because the DNG data for a panorama usually end up in the "PANORAMA" folder and there in a subfolder that is created according to the date and time. Then I have 25 files with the names "PANO0001.DNG" to "PANO0025.DNG".

This is what the PANORAMA sub-folder with the individual DNG files should look like - but it didn't work for me. :-(

This is what the PANORAMA sub-folder with the individual DNG files should look like - but it didn't work for me. :-(

Problem: DNGs are not backed up

But now comes the reason why I am actually writing this post, because in my case I was on the road, took a panorama and didn't find a corresponding folder in the main folder "PANORAMA" - and so I missed all the individual images for the panorama. That means, I only had the less than satisfactory JPG that Mavic Air put together for me.

A bit of reading in forums has shown me that I am not alone and that others have already had the problem. The solution for this is also relatively simple: You briefly switch the memory in the DJI GO 4 app to "internal memory", then exit the menu again. Then back in and back to "SD card".

In the DJI GO 4 app, first click on the settings on the right, then on the gear wheel at the top.

In the DJI GO 4 app, first click on the settings on the right, then on the gear wheel at the top.

 

After clicking on the gear, you get to a list of options, in which you look for "storage location" at the bottom.

After clicking on the gear, you get to a list of options, in which you look for "storage location" at the bottom.

 

In the item "Storage location" you can switch between the internal memory and the SD card. Once this has been changed and reset, the DNG raw data of the panorama are saved individually again.

In the item "Storage location" you can switch between the internal memory and the SD card. Once this has been changed and reset, the DNG raw data of the panorama are saved individually again.

By the way, you can find the menu item when you click the button for the photo / video settings on the right. Then the gear wheel at the top and in this menu relatively far down there is the item "Storage location". Incidentally, the point "Save Panos that have not been joined" has nothing to do with this problem. This only applies to incomplete panoramas. In my case the option is switched off and I still get all DNGs on the SD card.

Test and panorama successful

After I tried the suggested solution, I of course had to test it directly to see whether it worked. So out into the fresh air, flew once over the field and shot a 360 degree panorama. Lo and behold: there is another folder on the SD card with the corresponding DNG data! That's how easy it can be…

Have fun flying and stitching!

By the way: If you are still looking for one, you will find the right article here SD card for the Mavic Air are.

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