Performing a Map Capture is compatible with GPS Night Flight when flying in low-light conditions. When in this mode, Skydio X2 will disable obstacle avoidance and use GPS sensors, instead of its vision system, to navigate.
[note] Map Capture was formerly named 2D GPS Capture. [/note]
Map Capture with GPS Night Flight is particularly useful in accident scene reconstruction and public safety use cases.
[note] Performing a Map Capture at night is only available with Skydio X2. Additionally, only Map Capture is compatible with Night Flight. Other scan modes will be disabled. [/note]
If it becomes dark while you are scanning and GPS Night Flight is enabled, you will be able to seamlessly continue your Map Capture. If Night Flight is not enabled and it becomes dark while scanning, Skydio X2 will display an alert message. Simply enable GPS Night Flight to continue scanning.
[note] If you are scanning using a mode other than Map Capture and it becomes dark, Skydio will prompt you to land and save your scan. [/note]
Tips and best practices
While Skydio X2 can fly in the dark, ensure the area you are scanning is in a well-lit environment. Skydio X2 does not provide illumination to the scene
Obstacle Avoidance is disabled in GPS Night Flight
Take extra caution when flying in this mode and do not stand near the drone
Turn off HDR (Camera/Video settings)
Enable Stop for Photo
How to scan at night
Step 1 - Enable Night Flight
Navigate to Device settings and select the GPS Night Flight toggle under the Drone tab
Step 2 - Calibrate
Depending on your calibration settings, you will either have to calibrate after your first time enabling GPS Night Flight mode, or before each flight.