However when you look on the ITunes app directory there are a number of panic reviews, “it can crash your drone” So inevitably the first question I am asked by my students is. Can I rely on the Litchi app, is it stable.
The clear answer in our experience is you can rely on the Litchi app as much as you rely on the DJI Go App. It is very stable.
We have used the Litchi app for 16 months and now much prefer it to the DJI Go and GO 4 apps, using it for over 80% of our flying.
The negative reviews seem to blame Litchi for a crash or near crash, when pilot error seems more likely reason.
We use it regularly with our Inspire 1, Phantom 3 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro without any issues or problems.
Litchi is the go to alternative to the DJI Go and DJI Go4 app, as it offers a range of intelligent flight modes (automated flying) that is a lot more sophisticated than the DJI Go app.
The Litchi Mission Hub sits in the cloud and allows you to program your flight path in Google Earth on your Mac/PC before you even leave home. The missions you save on the Hub are synched across all you devices. When you arrive on site, just load the pre-programmed mission and hit Start.
The Litchi app offers five autonomous flying modes, four of which are aimed at video, Waypoint, Orbit, Track Focus and one a still images – Pano.
Waypoints is the most intuitive and powerful flying mode. It allows you to program the drone to focus and set points of interest, camera pitches and bearings for each waypoint and carrying out pre-programmed actions at each one.
For example, you can tell Litchi to fly an irregular-shaped flight path while focusing on various points while interpolating the change of camera angle between points. This all happens in a very smooth fashion.
The mission waypoints can be created on the Hub or when you get to site, or a combination of the two.
We will feature the other four flying mode in more detail in our next post.
The price for all this sophistication and power is $22.99 for the Litchi App.
Litchi also offers three additional complimentary free and paid apps.
Litchi Magic Leash (Free)
Pair your iOS device with another mobile device running Litchi, and your DJI Phantom 3-4 or Inspire 1 will be able to follow you without having to carry the remote controller around.
How Litchi Magic Leash works:
- Start Litchi on the mobile device connected to the DJI remote controller
- Switch to Follow mode
- Tap the Magic Leash Button (top left) to connect, and remember the PIN code that pops up
- Start Litchi Magic Leash on the second mobile device
- Tap the Magic Leash icon to connect and then enter the PIN code from step 3
- Your two mobile devices are now paired.
- Start Follow me in Litchi
- Your DJI Phantom 3-4/Inspire 1 will now follow the second mobile device which is free of the remote controller
Litchi Vue (Free)
Litchi Vue allows you to stream the video from a nearby device running the “Litchi for DJI Mavic/Phantom/Inspire” app. Both devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network (personal hotspot or external Wi-Fi router).
Supports full screen video view with telemetry as well as VR mode.
It’s Compatible with the Mavic Pro, Phantom 3 Advanced, Phantom 3 Professional, Phantom 4 Normal/Pro, Inspire 1 X3/Z3/Pro/Raw, Inspire 2, M100 and M600.
DJI Osmo ($9.99)
Unlock the full potential of your DJI Osmo camera with Litchi.
Litchi unlocks the full potential of the DJI Osmo and lets you shoot full 360 Panoramas, Motion Timelapses, and more.
Compatible with DJI Osmo X3, Osmo Pro (X5), Osmo RAW (X5R) and Osmo Plus.
The features include
- Motion Control: this feature can be used to start controlled movements over a predefined period of time, ideal for smooth video recording and Motion Timelapses
- Save up to 5 Motion Control presets, which can then be accessed easily at any time
- Easily shoot 360° horizontal and spherical panoramas
- Record your iOS device screen at the tap of a button
- Voice feedback for important warnings
- All camera and exposure settings are included
The price of this standalone app of $9.99 can be reduced to $27.99 when bundled with Litchi.
Roy Horton writes for Drone Photography Services and teaches Litchi DJI Flying courses in the U.K.