DJI Mini 4 Pro Photo Camera Settings for Epic Photography

The Mini 4 Pro has plenty of new functionalities compared to the Mini 3 Pro. Most of them are useful for filming. I will concentrate on the photography side with a walk through all the settings and features, including several interesting new ones compared to the Mini 3 Pro

I will keep things easy for beginners, but experienced users will find several useful tips and tricks

DJI Mini 4 Pro, where to find the camera settings for photos
DJI Mini 4 Pro, where to find the camera settings for photos

There are three main locations where we can control the behavior of the Mini 4 Pro for still images:

  • In the Settings
  • In the Exposure Window
  • In the main Photo/Video menu next to the shutter

I have already done a review of the photo quality and functionalities of the Mini 4 Pro, the Mini 3 Pro, the Air 3, and the Mavic 3

You can also watch my other articles about photography with the Mini 4 Pro

If you prefer to watch this as a video, you will find my YouTube version at the end

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Settings for Photography

The menu is context-sensitive, in other words, the settings are not the same in video or photo mode

So, before tapping on the three dots on the top right of the screen, we choose Photo in the Photo/Video menu. Now the menu relates to Photo

Safety Tab

The first tab, Safety does not directly relate to photos, but there are a couple of options to choose from for peace of mind during your photo-shooting sessions

DJI Mini 4 Pro: Obstacle Avoidance Action
DJI Mini 4 Pro: Obstacle Avoidance Action

I always set Obstacle Avoidance Action to bypass or break, as it is easy to get distracted when searching for the best target to frame and the obstacle detection system has saved my drones on many occasions

Scrolling down to the bottom, open the Advance Safety Settings to choose the behavior in case of signal loss

DJI Mini 4 Pro: Advanced Safety Settings in case of signal lost
DJI Mini 4 Pro: Advanced Safety Settings in case of signal lost

Descend has to be always avoided, as you don’t want your drone to land on someone’s property, into bushes, or on a lake. In most cases, I set it to Return to Home, but when flying indoors, under trees, or in other tight spaces, it is better to choose Hover

Control Tab

In Gimbal Mode we have a choice between Follow and FPV modes

DJI Mini 4 Pro: unusual photo taken in FPV mode
DJI Mini 4 Pro: unusual photo taken in FPV mode

It is meant for video, and most of the time keep it on Follow, but if we switch to  FPV, the aircraft will lean sideways while turning, like a real plane. This gives us the chance to take some unusual creative photos

Further down we have Gimbal Calibration

DJI Mini 4 Pro: manual gimbal calibration
DJI Mini 4 Pro: manual gimbal calibration

Here we can automatically calibrate it if we are prompted by the app, but we can also access Manual if we have the horizon slightly slanted, as here we can fine-tune it

Camera Tab

This is where most of the functionalities for photography can be found

DJI Mini 4 Pro: Camera tab for Format, Aspect Ratio and Resolution
DJI Mini 4 Pro: Camera tab for Format, Aspect Ratio and Resolution

The first option is the File Format. We can choose to save the photos in JPEG, RAW, or both formats.

Then we can select the Aspect Ratio of the images, if we select 4:3 we get the full resolution of the sensor, 4032×3024, slightly more than 12MP, if we choose 16:9 we get a version cropped to fit the traditional 4k landscape video format

I always choose 4:3 as it gives more options for reframing or cropping

Further down we can select the Resolution between the real one of 12 MP, or the famous 48 MP mode

In the Mini 3 Pro, this mode was available only in the photo menu near the shutter

It is now possible to directly apply the 48 MP modes to AEB images and Panorama

The next one turns the Histogram on and off

DJI Mini 4 Pro: The Histogram is the main tool for exposure
DJI Mini 4 Pro: The histogram is the main tool for exposure

I keep it always on, as the histogram is the main tool I use for exposing. I leave some room between the last bar to the right and the right edge to avoid overexposure

Peaking level is a tool for focusing

DJI Mini 4 Pro: Peaking Level is a tool for manually focusing targets close to the camera
DJI Mini 4 Pro: Peaking Level is a tool for manually focusing targets close to the camera

It outlines in red the elements in focus, but only when using manual focus

I only use it when focusing manually on a subject close to the camera. With drones on most occasions, we leave it off, as it distracting and not needed

The next option, Overexposure warning, is another tool for exposure

It overlays white stripes on the overexposed areas. I never use it, as I find it distracting

Then it is possible to overlay Gridlines

I generally use the one in the middle to apply the rule of thirds

With drones, we often have the horizon line in the frame. Rather than having it in the middle, it is more interesting to divide the scene into thirds and have it either on the higher or on the lower third

On other occasions, especially for top-down shots, we might want a symmetric framing, in which case the same overlay helps position the subject

In the Mini 4 Pro, the function Style to adjust Sharpness and Noise Reduction is available only for video, while in the Mini 3 Pro, it was also in the Photo menu 

DJI Mini 4 Pro: the function Style is not available for photos
DJI Mini 4 Pro: the function Style is not available for photos

Maybe DJI will add it in the Camera Settings for photos with firmware updates, but I don’t really miss it, as the new model produces sharper images with very little noise

The program I use for editing and organizing photos, Luminar Neo, has an excellent Noise Reduction tool based on AI that does an astonishing job.
Here is my article about Luminar Neo

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Exposure Settings

They can be accessed in the lower part of the screen to the right

Automatic Exposure

In auto mode the exposure is set by the software, we can only adjust the Exposure value (EV) for the overall luminosity

DJI Mini 4 Pro: the EV value for Auto Exposure
DJI Mini 4 Pro: the EV value for Auto Exposure

I find that the app tends slightly to overexpose, therefore I prefer to set the value at -0.3 or -0.7

When the camera moves, the exposure values are modified to maintain a constant luminosity, but the individual values for ISO and SS are not shown. This is one of the reasons why I always suggest using manual exposure, as we want to be able to control these values

Manual Exposure

By tapping on the icon to the right, we access manual mode, labeled as Pro. Then tapping on the area of the values slightly to the left, we access the Exposure Window

DJI Mini 4 Pro: the window for manual exposure
DJI Mini 4 Pro: the window for manual exposure

In photography, there are three parameters for exposure

  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed

With the Mini 4 Pro, like with many other prosumer drones, the aperture is fixed, therefore we have only two values to deal with. We can set the values for ISO and shutter speed independently

The MM value at the bottom cannot be modified, it displays the luminosity resulting from the values chosen above compared to the optimal exposure computed by the software

Semi Auto Exposure

In this window, there is a feature that was added in the Mini 3 Pro: there are two Auto buttons for ISO and Shutter Speed. We can now set one of the two values, either ISO or Shutter Speed, as Auto

DJI Mini 4 Pro: semi Auto exposure with variable Shutter Speed
DJI Mini 4 Pro: semi Auto exposure with variable Shutter Speed

Let’s say we want a fixed value for ISO, 100, to get the best possible image quality. We set ISO to 100 and Shutter Speed to Auto

When the luminosity varies, only the value for Shutter Speed changes to maintain the correct luminosity, leaving the ISO at 100

Notice that the value MM has now turned into EV, for Exposure Value and it can be modified

On other occasions, we might want a constant value for Shutter Speed

We select the desired value for SS and set the ISO to Auto and this time as the luminosity increases or decreases, only the ISO varies

We can choose to put both values to Auto

It is very much like using Auto exposure, but there are some advantages compared to using the traditional Auto mode

In Auto mode, we the individual values for ISO and SS are not shown, while using this method we can see both values

White Balance Window

By tapping on the icon at the lower left, we access another window with other options

DJI Mini 4 Pro: the White Balance window
DJI Mini 4 Pro: the White Balance window

The White Balance can be set to auto, in which case the value will adjust automatically as the luminosity changes

I prefer to keep it on manual and I generally set it to about 5500 kelvins, which is the average value for sunny conditions

This window contains other options like File Format, Aspect Ratio, and Resolution that we have already analyzed

At the bottom, it is possible to select the Storage location between the SD card and the internal memory

An Issue with Exposure Settings

I like DJI Fly app interface with most of the settings available from the same window, but there is something that I find annoying

The exposure settings are sticky for each photo or video mode

Let’s say that I am shooting single photos, I set the exposure and I take the shot, then I decide to take five bracketed photos of the same scene

The exposure values will be the ones used the last time a bracketed image was taken, so I need to expose again, the same applies to 48 MP mode or if I switch to auto mode

It would make much more sense to memorize the latest exposure value for all modes, to match the current light conditions

Photo Menu Modes

After the Single shot, there is an icon for Automatic Exposure Bracketing with a choice of 3, 5 or 7 images, while with previous modes only 3 or 5 were available

The extra option for 7 photos is useful in high dynamic range situations.

Then Timed Shot, to take several images at a specific interval in seconds, useful for stop motions or for selfies after hiding the remote controller

Finally Burst, with a choice of up to 7 shots in rapid succession, useful for sports and action

To the left of the shutter, there are 3 buttons

The one at the top is to rotate the camera from landscape to portrait orientation

The button below toggles between normal size and 2x zoom. If we drag we can zoom progressively from 100 to 200%.  It is also possible to control the digital zoom with the right wheel of the controller, for smoother results

Further down, there is a button to toggle between Auto and Manual focus 

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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): My other channel is Drone Mitico, the Italian version.: 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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