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pix4d capture with Micasense RedEdge-MX

I am trying to plan a flight using Pix4D capture using the Micasense RedEdge-MX camera. I have the micasense camera configured in my Pix4D settings. I have tested both safe mode and fast mode- not sure which one is best to use yet. When the drone is in mission, and I toggle to the Micasense webpage, does this affect the Pix4D mission? Do I need to stay on the Pix4D capture screen the entire time the drone is in mission? When I have toggled to the webpage during a flight mission, and toggle back to Pix4D capture, the camera icons become inconsistent and images are sometimes not collected. Has anyone else had this issue? I want to toggle to the micasense webpage to ensure images are being collected, because I have had issues in the past where no images were collected during a 45 min flight and I had no idea since camera icons were still showing up on Pix4DCapture. I am using the overlap autocapture trigger in micasense with the target altitude 10m below the pix4dcapture altitude.

Hello,

While using the DJI drone and non-DJI camera such as the Micasese RedEdge-MX, the Pix4Dcapture app can only achieve a flight plan. RedEdge-MX will not be detected/triggered by the app because there is then no connection between the camera shutter. The camera only takes power from the drone for operation. Hence, the trigger setting(Overlap mode, Timer Mode, and External Trigger mode) on the camera should be defined for image acquisition.

The Safe mode and Fast mode differ as follows:

  • Safe mode : The drone stops to take every picture which significantly increases the flight time. However, the waypoints where to trigger the shutter of the camera are defined and uploaded to the drone before starting the mission. This means the drone can fly the mission without requiring a connection with the app.
  • Fast mode : The app has to send a signal message when the shutter should be triggered. This mode does not require to stop in order to take a picture but the connection with the drone should be maintained without interruption. In addition, the Fast mode does not allow to change the orientation of the camera while flying this is why all images have the same orientation since the drone translates.

I would suggest you to use the fast mode for the mission. Define the trigger settings on the camera before you start the mission and don’t excess the camera during the mission.

Regards,