DJI Mini 3 and 3 Pro How to Use the Map, Radar, and Attitude Mode

When using a drone, in many countries by regulations we must keep it under the line of sight, but the Mini 3 and 3 Pro are tiny, and we can sometimes lose sight of them

With the Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro, the map and the radar can be used to always maintain the drone under control, even when we cannot see it. The map is useful to keep track of the main landmarks in the scene, while the radar always keeps the aircraft on the screen, regardless of their distance from the Home Point

I have made a beginner guide to the Mini 3 and 3 Pro, covering all that is needed to master this excellent drone, you can watch it by clicking on this link

I have also made other in-depth analyses of several technical aspects of this drone

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How to Use the Map with the Mini 3 and 3 Pro

Elements Shown on the Map

The map keeps constant track of the position of the drone, compared to the home point and the remote controller. It is also helpful to check the location of different landmarks in the surrounding area

With the Mavic 3, the map can be used to set Waypoints, but sadly Waypoints mode is not yet available on the Mini 3 and 3 Pro

The icon to access the map on the Mini 3 and 3 Pro
The icon to access the map on the Mini 3 and 3 Pro

In DJI Fly app, on the lower left part of the screen, there is a small yellow-green square. By tapping on it we access the map which shows a blue arrow-shaped icon representing the drone, a large circle with an H in the middle for the Home Point, and a smaller circle for the remote controller

The behavior of the map on the Mini 3 and 3 Pro

In most cases, the Home Point will be very close to the remote controller, but if the operator is moving with a car, a boat, a bike, or hiking, the two will get farther apart. In this case, I waited for the satellites to be connected before taking off, so the Home Point is very close to the controller, but if I walk around, notice how the position of the controller moves

By tapping on it the map gets to full-screen dimension, and the camera view takes the place of the map, their position is swapped

While flying the arrow representing the aircraft points in the same direction as the camera, and a blue line keeps track of the route traveled by the aircraft. There is also a straight red line connecting the drone to the Home Point, this is very handy if we want to bring the bird back home, all we need to do is to turn the arrow toward the Home Point and then advance in that direction

Five icons for the aspect of the map
Five icons for the aspect of the map

To the right, there are five icons

  • The first one at the top shows any restrictions or authorization zones in the area
  • The second one goes back to the default mode
  • The third icon place either the drone or the RTH at the center of the map and the blue line disappears
  • With the fourth icon, the map has North at the top and the Home Point in the middle
  • The last icon toggles to the other map views, including the satellite one

To go back to the normal view with the map in the lower left corner and the view from the camera on the screen, tap on the small part in the lower left corner

Zooming in and out on the map of the Mini 3 and 3 Pro

This view will not be able to show the position of the drone, the Home point, and the remote controller when the aircraft is far away, but at the top right of the map view, there is a minus icon to toggle to a zoomed out view including the three items. It will then turn into a plus one to toggle again to a zoomed-in view

What to do if the Icon of the Remote Controller is not Shown on the Map

Sometimes the remote control’s small circle does not appear on the map. I have read about this issue several times on social media and it did happen to me a few times

When the icon of the controller does not appear on the map

If this happens, before taking off wait for all the satellites to be connected and for the home point to be updated. In most cases, a small circle should appear

if this is not the case, exit the camera view of DJI fly app by tapping on the arrow on the top left of the screen and then tapping on Go Fly to go back to the camera view

To Use the Map an Internet Connection is Needed

When we fly on location without an internet connection, the maps will not be available. If using the RC N1, the mobile phone or tablet will have wifi, so there will be no issues. But when using the RC controller with the built-in screen, there is no internet connection. 

There are two possibilities to access the maps. When planning a trip it is possible to download the maps of the area when an Internet connection is available

How to download Offline Maps on the Mini 3 and 3 Pro

How to download maps on the Mini3 and 3 Pro

There is no need to connect the drone. Turn on the RC controller, then connect the Wifi by swiping a finger twice on the controller’s screen to access the menu. On the right part there are seven icons, the first one connects to the Internet if it is available

On DJI Fly app in the lower center of the screen tap on Profile and on the next page select Offline Maps. We are presented with a map of the world

We can zoom into the desired area, a small window at the bottom specify the size of the map, and we can tap on the icon to the right to download it

We are then asked to give a name to the map, after tapping on yes the download start and we can see the progress. By choosing Downloads at the top we get the list of the downloaded maps, we can access, rename or delete any of them

How to connect a Mobile Device to the RC Controller for Internet Connection

If we are going on a random trip, it is possible to set up a mobile phone or a tablet as a hot spot to have an internet connection

Connecting a mobile device to the RC controller as a hot spot

Switch on the mobile device, then turn on the RC controller and swipe down twice to access the menu. On the right half of the screen on the top right through the gear icon, we access a menu of settings where we can choose an internet connection, the one of the smartphone or tablet should be included

More details on the RC controller with a built-in screen in my dedicated article

The Radar View in the Mini 3 and 3 Pro

The radar view is an excellent way of keeping track of the position of the drone relative to the home point and the remote controller. It has two main advantages

  • It doesn’t need an internet connection
  • It maintains the drone, the controller, and the home point on the map regardless of the distance from the aircraft
Radar view on the Mini 3 and 3 Pro

In the map view tap on the small icon on the lower right to access the radar map

In the default mode, the remote controller is in the middle and the Home Point and the aircraft are represented at their relative location

The other part of the circle shows the direction the controller is facing compared to the North: if we rotate the controller we can have it facing North or any other direction. If we rotate until the drone is at the top of the screen, it will be in front of us. In this position, we get the best signal transmission

If the drone moves sideways, its position will be reflected on the map, but if it moves further away, no matter how far, it will always remain on the edge of the circle

If we rotate the nose of the aircraft, the direction will be shown by the blue arrow on the radar map. It is, therefore, easy to bring the drone back toward the operator: simply turn it toward the controller and advance in that direction

Attitude Indicator on the Mini 3 and 3 Pro (Atti)

Attitude indicator on the Mini 3 and 3 Pro

The lower half of the radar map has a slightly different color than the top half. When the drone advances and changes direction we notice that the lower part tilts sideways reflecting the pitch of the aircraft

When using the camera view the horizon looks always straight because of the stabilization of the gimbal, even though the drone is tilted. The Attitude mode is a good way to gauge the strength of the wind

When the drone is tilted upward, maybe because of flying into the wind or when starting an advancing move, the greenish lower part of the radar map moves further up in the circle, and the other way around when the drone tilts down when coming to a halt

It is possible to have a different perspective of the radar map by tapping on the white circle at the top left of the radar map. This time the drone is at the center of the screen and the home point and the controller are in their relative positions. Some users might find this helpful, but I prefer to have the controller at the center of the screen

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I am Vittorio Caramazza, aka Vicvideopic, the founder of this website and author of all the posts. I am a videographer and photographer contributing to several stock agencies. I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Lightroom. I have 10 years of experience with dron videography and photography. I was struck by drone syndrome in 2013. I have owned and tested in depth the following drones: Phantom 3, Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic Mini, Mini 2, Air 2, Air 2s, Autel Evo Nano Plus, Mavic 3, Mini 3 Pro, Mini 3. My home has turned into a breeding ground for drones. I am the owner of two YouTube channels specializing in Videography and Photography, with a focus on drones My main channel is VicVideopic (in English): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgaBlrFDONJ4BSEUHa2cLKg My other channel is Drone Mitico, the Italian version.: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkeoY8rPPj-fypUKHckTtwQ I am currently based in Sicily (Southern Italy), but I tend to move quite often. After all, this is one of the main benefits of being a digital nomad…

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