How to Plan a 2D Photogrammetry Mission with the Mavic 3 Enterprise


The most common type of mission flown with the Mavic 3 Enterprise (M3E) is for 2D photogrammetry. This article provides an overview of this mission planning process. 

Please view our other help articles if you plan to fly a linear/corridor mission or if you plan to create a KML and import that KML file for your mission plan.

2D Mission Planning

1. Power on your drone and remote controller (RC).

2. Connect your RC to a WiFi network or hotspot to ensure base maps will load to assist with mission planning. To connect to wifi, pull down from the top of the screen and tap the wifi icon.

3. From the home screen of DJI Pilot, tap Flight Route.

4. Tap the + sign in the top right and select Create a Route

5. Tap Area Route.

6. Locate your site by panning around the map and using two fingers to adjust the zoom. 

7. Tap the screen to begin drawing your mission area.

8. Edit the polygon to fit your desired survey area. When you are done editing your polygon, tap the blue check mark.

9. Adjust the mission name and the settings listed in the table below by navigating through several menus in the app. When you encounter settings in the app not mentioned in this table, leave them at their default.

11. Tap the save icon on the left side to save your settings.

12. Navigate to the camera settings by tapping the live M3E camera view. The map and camera view will switch places.

13. Adjust the camera settings as described in the table below. If you happen to encounter settings in the app not mentioned in this table, you can leave them at their default.

Note that in winter, or in low light conditions, there are special considerations to make. You may need to slow down the flight speed of the craft (to less than 10m/s) and adjust the shutter speed to 1/800 or 1/500 to allow enough light to hit the sensor.

Failure to do this can result in a high ISO and will reduce the quality of the images you capture.


14. Double-check your settings in the Preflight Checklist and ensure dewarping is turned ON for best results. The Preflight Checklist will appear when you start your mission.

Check the airspace on your site before you arrive, and remember to charge your AeroPoints and drone batteries before your mission.


I still can't do it!

We wrote these articles to equip you with everything you need to get the job done on your own, but we understand that sometimes this isn't sufficient.

If you're stuck, the Propeller hardware support team may be able to help. You can contact them by emailing hardwaresupport@propelleraero.com.au.