Harnessing FPV Mode on DJI Drones

  • Drew Poplin

It’s no secret that the field of drone photography has grown tremendously over the last decade. Knowing this, it is important for videographers to be aware of the different gimbal modes at their disposal. This week, Kyle from Stay Gold Visuals dives into what First-Person View (FPV) mode is and how to incorporate it into your work.

Follow Mode

On DJI drones, there are two different gimbal modes you can use when piloting. The most commonly used gimbal mode is Follow mode. Follow mode remains a favored choice for many due to its ability to maintain a steady horizon and deliver impeccably clean shots. It is celebrated for its smooth and consistent footage and is an invaluable tool in your arsenal.

FPV Mode

FPV mode is the fun yet chaotic cousin to Follow mode. Kyle describes FPV mode as a mix between a racing quad and DJI’s photo and video drones. While it lacks the smoothness of Follow mode, FPV mode excels at attempting to create a sense of urgency in your shot.

It is easy to be enamored with how stunning Follow mode can look, especially when viewing the footage in post. However, it is also vital to your growth as a videographer to expand your knowledge and repertoire of the different modes and techniques at your disposal. It should be noted that both modes can serve as a complement to each other.

Having said that, it’s of the utmost importance to ensure that you are having a great time—a task you might find all too easy when flying in FPV mode.

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