The Flight Screen
Battery indicator messaging displays how much battery is available for flight, how much battery capacity available for a return trip, and how much battery is required to land.
Signal Strength Indicator
Displays the current strength of the signal connection to Skydio while in flight. As the signal strength decreases, users may experience a lower quality video feed or a delay in their controls.
[note] Signal strength and maximum control range may be affected when flying in areas with electromagnetic interference. [/note]
Camera / Video Settings
Provides access to the camera settings and allows you to change between video and photo recording mode. Skydio can capture photos or video but not both at the same time. You may change your camera settings at any time before or during flight.
Video Capture Settings
Photo Capture Settings
* HDR is not supported in all video resolutions and frame rates.
** Skydio can record video in either AVC (H.264) or HEVC (H.265). Different mobile devices and personal computers have different compatibilities with these encoding standards. Be sure to choose the encoding standard that is best suited to your desired workflow.
*** When Photo Interval is enabled Skydio will continuously capture photos at the specified time interval until the setting is disabled or the flight ends.
**** The fastest interval photo setting when capturing in raw DNG is two seconds. Users may capture a photo every one second when capturing in JPG mode.
***** DNG photos are not displayed in the media tab of the Skydio 2 app and are retrieved directly from the microSD card.
Device Settings Menu
Gives access to in-flight settings for the drone as well as control settings for the phone and Controller (when connected).
Allows you to adjust settings for the Height Floor and Height Ceiling.
The Height Floor is enabled by default and maintains at least 8 ft (2.4 m) of space above a tracked subject while in any autonomous follow skill, creating a buffer between Skydio and any moving objects, such as people, pets, or vehicles.
When the Height Ceiling is enabled, this allows you to adjust the maximum allowed flight ceiling height between 30 ft (10 m) and 1500 ft (457 m).
Allows you to customize the way Skydio behaves after initiating a return:
Read Understanding Skydio 2 Return Behaviors for more detailed information about each of these settings.
Enable Narrow Band
Enable Narrow Band to provide additional wireless range.
[note] This setting is only available while connected to the controller or Beacon. [/note]
Dual Sticks Mode
On Screen Display
Toggle Telemetry on to display data during flight:
Controls how quickly the camera gimbal pitches up and down
Switch between Mode 1, Mode 2 (default), and Mode 3 style flight controls
[note] Controller settings are only available when your Controller is connected to your drone. [/note]
The on-screen flight controls are the primary method for controlling your drone during both autonomous and manual flight.
Manual flight controls are the same in all skills and may be customized by the user in the “Phone” tab of the device menu while autonomous controls are unique for each skill.
While Skydio is flying autonomously, such as following a subject or flying to a waypoint, you may tap the red stop button to cancel the current action and place the drone into manual control mode.
While the Skydio 2 is in manual control mode the land button is available. The user may press and hold the land button for 3 seconds to command the drone to land at its current location.
While your drone is in manual control mode, the land button is available. The user may press and hold the land button for 3 seconds to command the drone to land at its current location.
Select the map icon to enter the Map View. Your location, Skydio, and Launch Point location are all indicated on the map. To exit the Map View, tap the map icon again.
Fly to Waypoint
Users may fly to a specific GPS location by long-pressing on the map and selecting “Fly Here Now” from the menu. Skydio 2 will warn the user if the selected destination is far away or outside the vehicle’s expected battery range.
Skydio Controller/Phone Home Point Launch Point Beacon
The blue & white ‘+’ icon indicates a person or vehicle that Skydio is capable of tracking. Tapping the indicator will command your drone to enter autonomous flight mode with the selected object as the tracking subject.
Subject available for tracking
Subject being actively tracked
Tips for best tracking performance:
Return to Home
Gives you the ability to have Skydio automatically return to either the launch location or your current location.
Home points are optional, set for each flight and not saved between flights.
Skydio will automatically return to a set Home Point in the event of a loss of communication.
[note] Skydio must have a GPS signal at some point during the flight to create a Home Point. The better and more sustained the GPS signal, the more accurate Skydio flight will be when returning to that Home Point. If Skydio loses GPS or the GPS signal becomes weak, the drone will do its best to estimate and return to the Home Point position. [/note]
Each skill may have its own custom settings that only affect that skill while it is selected. Users may tap the skill settings button to customize each cinematic skill’s behavior to suit their needs.
The Skills Menu gives access to Skydio 2’s library of cinematic skills. Each skill is a different cinematic style of filming and capturing a subject.
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