Devastating experience with Pix4Dcapture (Mavic Pro, iPad Pro):
For a scientific project we need to do repeated mapping of the micro topography of a bog in southern Finland during different times of the year. Testing of several apps available for this kind of mapping, we found that Pix4Dcapture was by far the most reliable (never a crash!) app for the job. We performed two campaigns this spring and early summer with excellent results.
Today we tried the summer campaign. iPad Pix4Dcapture app updated to iOS 2.2.0. First mission began as usual, all settings in green. However the app crashed after about 75% into the mission. Below is a screenshot taken from the mission manager. Had to manually get the Mavic back to the home point.
We expected that at least the indicated photos were taken.
We started the second mission. Everything recorded as green. But after liftoff, the Mavic just takes off with high speed away. It’s recorded in the mission manager - see below. Fortunately I aborted the mission in time and could hit the return to home button before the Mavic would have crashed into the trees on the eastern border of the bog.
Needless to say, we did not try a further mission. But we checked whether there was an issue with the Mavic - no problem at all. We did a flight using the DJI GO 4 app; everything find, latest firmware, no warnings, nothing.
Then, coming back, I found out that not a single photo from the first mission was recorded on the SD card! Thus we spent a whole day driving 400km to the site and back with no results at all.
This is unacceptable - how can pix4D release such crappy software? Has this been really tested? I really expected more of Swiss quality.
Is there a way to revert back to the earlier, very stable version of Pix4Dcapture, which we used in spring?