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Shooting 8K Hyperlapses with the DJI Mavic Air 2 creates a bumpy video with very dark shadows

Shooting 8K Hyperlapses with the DJI Mavic Air 2 creates a bumpy video with very dark shadows

DC Rainmaker always has very detailed explanations in his videos and this one is no exception. In this video on Youtube, he shows how you can shoot 8K Hyperlapses videos with the DJI Mavic Air 2. However, two things stand out right away. The resulting video is very ‘bumpy’ and the shadows are very dark.

8K Hyperlapse with the DJI Mavic Air 2

The 8K version of the Hyperlapse video mode pushes the boundaries of what is possible with the Mavic Air 2 and might even hamper the drone’s abilities in other areas.

The 8K Hyperlapse is only available in two out of the four options, free and waypoint mode. You will also notice that you will be limited to intervals of six-seconds or longer as it takes the Mavic Air 2 at least two seconds to process every image. When you shoot lower resolution, 1080p Hyperlapse videos you can bring down the interval to two seconds.

What becomes very obvious in DC Rainmaker’s video is that the 8K Hyperlapse mode results in very ‘bumpy’ videos. Hopefully, DJI will be able to improve this with future firmware updates, but for now, it is pretty much unusable.

The second issue with the 8K Hyperlapse is that the videos can be on the darker side or have very dark shadow areas. As DC Rainmaker points out some of the hyperlapse videos seem to be underexposed. But even in the better-exposed ones the shadows appear very dark and contain more noise. DC Rainmaker suggests that this has to do with DJI’s exposure settings in the 8K Hyperlapse mode. However, I think it has to do with pushing the sensor to the max of its abilities by using the same wizardry as is the case when you take 48MP still images. For more information and a detailed explanation of what is going on here, click on my previous article.

In my next flights, I will look for high dynamic range scenes and will shoot 8K Hyperlapses myself to see if I get similar results.

What do you think about the DJI Mavic Air 2 8K Hyperlapse mode? Let us know in the comments below.

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Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews. Haye is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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