Litchi for DJI App adds Support for Mavic Mini

December 16th, 2020 Jump to Comment Section 3
Litchi for DJI App adds Support for Mavic Mini

If you want to control any of your DJI drones or gimbals you’ll need the DJI Go app. Or do you? Litchi for DJI is an alternative app for controlling almost all DJI drones and the latest Nov 2020 update adds support for the DJI Mavic Mini. Let’s have a look!

The 2019 DJI Mavic Mini (read our review here) is a very capable, yet affordable and tiny little drone for casual flights and occasional shoots. Litchi for DJI now supports it and even offers features that DJI reserves for its bigger brothers.

Litchi for DJI now supports almost every drone made by DJI, with the exception of the new Mavic Air 2 (review here) and Mini 2 (review here). For these, Litchi has to wait for DJI to release a SDK, probably later in 2021.

Litchi for DJI
Litchi main screen. Image credit: Litchi

Litchi for DJI – alternative control app

Litchi for DJI has come a long way and they kept adding features and support for more and more models of DJIs lineup. The new version 2.9.1 (iOS) / 4.18.0 (Android) adds support for the original DJI Mavic Mini drone as well as fixing some bugs and improving on existing features.

The cool thing about Litchi for DJI is that the app adds featured to drones which normaly wouldn’t support these features. For example is the tracking feature something DJI only enables on higher end models but with Litchi you can use it with almost every drone supported by the app. Another example is the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) mode.

Litchi for DJI
Litchi Mission Hub. Image credit: Litchi

Another very useful feature is the so-called Litchi Mission Hub: A Google Maps-fueled online tool which allows for detailed pre-planned flights worldwide. Just add waypoints and other relevant data and the app will guide your drone along the pre-defined way. Very neat!

List of features

Litchi’s Nov 2020 update brings the following features and improvements:
Version 2.9.1 (iOS) Litchi for DJI Mavic / Phantom / Inspire / Spark:

  • added support for Mavic Mini 1, all flight modes are supported except waypoint which will come in a future update
  • added Follow mode
  • Panorama Database has been revamped, stitching is improved and you can now stitch up to 130 megapixels spherical panoramas on iPhone and up to 220 megapixels on iPad Pro
  • added new “Auto Stitch Panoramas” general camera setting. When enabled, after shooting a panorama, Litchi will automatically stitch it in low resolution in the background
  • added Simulator mode that can be used to simulate a flight, enable/disable it with a long press on the top bar’s flight mode (requires a connection to the drone)
  • added new “Switch Flight Mode” custom function to switch the Mavic Mini’s flight mode
  • added new Dynamic Homepoint setting
  • added support for Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) photo capture mode for Mavic Mini
  • AutoPano now shoots 360×110 spherical panoramas compared to 360×90 before
  • Mavic 2 Zoom’s optical zoom is now correctly reported in the UI
  • fixed bug where sharing a panorama on Facebook would fail
  • misc improvements and bug fixes
Litchi Waypoints
Waypoints within Litchi. Image credit: Litchi

Version 4.18.0 (Android) Litchi for DJI Mavic / Phantom / Inspire / Spark:

  • added support for Mavic Mini 1, all flight modes are supported except waypoint which will come in a future update
  • improved Follow mode
  • added Simulator mode that can be used to simulate a flight, enable/disable it with a long press on the top bar’s flight mode (requires a connection to the drone)
  • added new “Switch Flight Mode” custom function to switch the Mavic Mini’s flight mode
  • added support for Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) photo capture mode for Mavic Mini
  • AutoPano now shoots 360×110 spherical panoramas compared to 360×90 before
  • misc improvements and bug fixes

Pricing

Litchi is not a free app, it’s around $24 and it’s availabe on Apples App Store as well as Google Play Store.

Link: Website

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