DJI Fly vs DJI GO vs DJI GO 4

Pre-Intro

When comparing the three DJI apps- Fly, GO, and GO 4, the winner is the GO 4. But wait, is it compatible with your DJI drone?

How do you decide which app pairs best with which DJI drone? I’m here with the answers!

Feature Table

DJI Fly vs DJI Go vs DJI GO 4 comparison

APP
Interface & Ease of Use
Compatibility
Features
Intelligent Flight Modes
DJI FLY
10/10
10/10
9/10
9/10
DJI GO
9/10
9/10
9.5/10
9/10
DJI GO 4
9/10
10/10
10/10
10/10

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Introduction

The role of the drone app in flying your drone to its optimum capabilities cannot be ignored. Each app has distinct features that can contribute to a satisfying flying experience.

I began my journey with the DJI GO app launched with the Phantom 3 Series drone. Since then, I’ve used the DJI Fly, GO, and GO 4.

Of course, I also use some third-party flying apps, and you can check how they compare to DJI apps in this blog.

In my 7+ years of flying experience, I’ve explored the three DJI apps and gathered some practical insights.

Here I share them with you so you can pick the app that best fulfils your flying requirements.

User Interface & Ease of Use

The user interface is an important aspect of any app. The visual representation of features and ease of navigation drive engagement. Let’s see how these apps fare in this category.

DJI FLY

The FLY’s interface is extremely simplified, making it the best DJI drone app for beginners. The screen is uncluttered, thus giving you a good first-person camera view.

Although hidden, the icons are intuitive, and you can access the settings by tapping on them.

Profile information and images, along with drone connection, greet you at the landing page of the app.

Once the app is connected to the drone, you can access settings by clicking on the three dots in the top right corner.

The camera parameters can be adjusted with a single tap, and shooting modes can be changed quickly while flying.

Since the signal strength, flying mode, distance, altitude, and battery are always on display, I find it super easy to access flight data at all times.

DJI GO

Users will find it easy to navigate the GO app, although the user interface in DJI Go app is slightly different than the FLY.

It is designed for pilots looking for advanced camera settings and access to flight data.

What I like about the app is that even the advanced camera settings are very organized and comprehensible.

There are some pre-programmed flight modes as well that make life simple for recreational flyers.

If taking stunning photographs with a few simple clicks is your aim, then DJI GO has everything you need.

DJI GO 4

Released in 2016, this is the latest app in the GO series. Some may call it an update of the GO, but to me, it seems like an entirely new app.

True, it has retained some features of the GO, but there are novel additions that differentiate it from the GO app.

The display is studded with tiny icons on all sides of the screen. What I like is that these icons do not disrupt your view at all.

They are self-explanatory, and with a quick tap, you can access the settings of each.

The battery level indicator is a boon for people like me who forget to check the levels when flying!

It is a prominent yellow tab on top of the screen that tells you when the battery is getting low and also indicates the home point.

Another user-friendly feature is that you can customize the app display per your preference. Both the size and placement of the on-screen controls are adjustable.

Winner: While all three apps have an intuitive interface, if we account only for simplicity and ease of use then the FLY aces this category.

Compatibility

Each DJI drone comes with a default app that is best suited for it. Let’s see which app is meant for which drone series.

FLY

The drone models that the FLY is compatible with are – DJI Mini 4 Pro, DJI Air 3, DJI Mavic 3 Pro, DJI Mini 2 SE, DJI Mini 3, DJI Mavic 3 Classic, DJI Avata, DJI Mini 3 Pro, DJI Mavic 3, DJI Mini SE, DJI Air 2S, DJI FPV, DJI Mini 2, Mavic Air 2, Mavic Mini.

Click to see a list of the supported devices in iOS and Android.

In terms of DJI Fly compatibility with drones, it offers decent connectivity, although some users report technical errors in connection.

Most of the time, these can easily be overcome by updating firmware and keeping the app updated.

The app is optimized for newer drones like the Mavic Air 2 and Mini 2. It looks like DJI will continue updating the app for its new-age drones as well.

GO

You can use the GO app with Mavic, Phantom 3, Inspire series, and Osmo series. The DJI website says that the app has universal DJI compatibility but in my opinion, it is best used with the above drone models only.

For Android users, the app requires iOS 8.0 or later, and for Android, it requires Android 4.1.2 or later.

If you see the supported devices list, you will find that it is compatible with older phones such as the iPhone 5s and Galaxy 5S.

While this makes the app a bit outdated for new phone users it is definitely a plus point for those using these devices.

GO 4

The GO 4 app works as a standalone remote controller for the Spark and Mavic Pro and for the Phantom 4 Series, Inspire 2, Spark, and Mavic Pro it can be used along with one.

In Apple devices it requires iOS 10.0 or above, and Android 5.0 or above for Android.

The DJI recreational drones such as Spark and Mavic as well as the high-end professional drones like the Inspire use GO 4. This shows the versatility of the app.

Since it is supported by more contemporary phone models, the app is perfect for those who are looking for a more modern option. The constant updates have effectively dealt with app bugs and crashes.

Winner – This is a tie! The GO 4 scores for its compatibility with hobbyists, professional drones, and versatility. The DJI FLY is also a winner for its excellent smartphone app compatibility and being the only app that supports the DJI Mini 2.

Intelligent Modes

The Intelligent Modes on DJI apps allow you to create professional-looking videos and perform complex maneuvers with a click. 

As a beginner, I was very impressed with the ease they offer the user and the photography outcomes.

FLY

DJI Fly features for beginners offers the following Intelligent Modes:

QuickShot

You will find the QuickShot function in the DJI Mavic Series, DJI Mini Series, and Spark Series drones. 

It has six modes, namely, Dronie, Rocket, Circle, Helix, Boomerang, and Asteroid. Here’s what each one does:

Dronie – With the camera locked on the subject, the aircraft flies back while ascending.

Rocket – The camera is pointed down while the craft ascends.

Circle– The drone circles around the subject.

Helix– The drone spirals around the subject while ascending.

Boomerang – The drone ascends and descends around the subject in an oval path. The starting point of the craft forms one end of the oval path.

Remember to use this mode only when there’s sufficient space. DJI stipulates this to be at least 99 ft (30 m) around the aircraft and at least 33 ft (10 m) above the aircraft.

Asteroid – This one is my favorite! The drone flies backward and ascends while taking photos. 

It then descends to the starting point. The end result is a panoramic video that zooms out and pans in. Quite a delight to watch.

If you are using QuickShot then remember to install an SD card, else it will not work in some models. 

Also, not all features work in all drones, so check with your drone model.

Cinematic Mode

If you want to slow down the drone while capturing pictures, use this mode. You will find that the video and pictures are smoother and sharper.

Gesture Control

With Gesture Control you can guide your drone by making gestures in front of the camera.

TapFly

For times when you don’t want to manually fly the drone while taking pictures, you can use this mode. 

Just tap on your screen and the drone will fly in that direction automatically. These were some DJI Fly app reviews and features.

GO

The Intelligent Modes in GO are slightly more advanced than FLY. This is what the GO app offers:

Course Lock – This mode allows you to set the direction and lock it. Once done, the drone saves the direction and will always fly towards it regardless of what you press on the controls.

I found this very useful when I wanted my drone to fly in a straight line during a narrow cave expedition.

Home Lock – This is different from the Return to Home found on all JI apps. When your drone is out of range simply activate the home lock and use the controller stick to bring it back to you.

You can reset it once the drone is in sight and continue flying.

Point of Interest – Having the drone circle around an object while shooting is a difficult maneuver to accomplish for pilots. 

But you can use this mode to automatically make the drone rotate around a subject.

Follow Me – This is another feature that I find very impressive. Using the Follow me mode I can make the drone track my movements. 

I’d recommend flying in the altitude range of 10-30m from the subject when using this mode. this mode.

Tripod Mode – I’ve caught some amazing indoor shots with the Tripod mode. 

Basically, this mode drastically slows down the speed of your drone and allows you to get some stellar shots while staying in complete control

Waypoints – Make a virtual path for your drone to follow with Waypoints. You can even set the altitude and speed of the drone while it flies on this route.

Since the drone flies on its own, you can take control of the gimbal and capture some interesting clicks.

GO 4

You will find all the modes of the GO in the GO 4 app. In addition, there are also the following advanced controls in DJI GO 4:

Hyperlapse – You can set a path for the drone along with pre-determined intervals at which it will click photographs. 

Hyperlapse can be used with Free, Circle, Course Lock, and Waypoints.

Active Track – With Active Track, you can follow a person or object with three modes, Trace, Profile, and Spotlight. 

Trace allows you to track a subject while flying directly behind.

With Profile the drone moves parallel to the subject. Spotlight mode keeps the drone stationary over the subject.

Winner – The GO 4 app has everything and more in a flight modes comparison in DJI drone apps! While DJI is continually updating the FLY app to catch up to the GO 4, for now, GO 4 wins when it comes to offering features and flight modes.

Conclusion

Every DJI drone comes with a default app that offers the best compatibility. For a beginner, the learning curve will be super easy on the FLY app.

But as you advance you will seek more complex photography modes. That’s where the GO 4 steps in.

So, take into account your drone model and flying needs and select the app that adds value to your flying experience.

FAQ

The FLY app caters to beginners and is extremely simple for first-time users.

The app gives users an engaging and immersive live-streaming experience.

The GO 4 app is compatible with the newer recreational and professional models.

Both DJI FLY and GO 4 are compatible with the Mavic series drones.

That’s because the controller device can only fit phones that are 6.5-8.5mm thick and more than 160cm long.

Due to some ongoing issues, the DJI apps are only available on the official website.

Author
Diptesh Das

Diptesh Das is your friendly ‘content maniac’ and drone enthusiastic! Being passionate about content writing. He is a firm believer of the power of words and thereby ended up leveraging them to create an impact by sharing his drone knowledge and experiences.

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