Hi from WA, I am retired mechanic, main hobby photography, and my new extension to that is a drone in a box I havent flown yet!
So, don’t hold back, what’s in the box?
I have a Mavic mini SE.
Welcome from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA. I fly a Mini 2 and I know the excitement you are going through…
Be sure you are following all of the laws and rules applicable to you. Here is a DJI Link to Many Sites of interest to all.
Do not let the excitement of the moment get the best of you. When you are going out to fly, do it slowly and deliberately. Get used to a set procedure and even practice it.
Plug in your phone/tablet into your controller; turn on the Controller and DJI Fly App (if it does not start on its own…). On the Drone, open the front legs, then open the back legs, then remove the Gimbal Cover.
The Gimbal is the most delicate item on the Drone and banging or bumping can damage it. I also fastened a short “Remove Before Flight” ribbon to the cover so it’s more noticeable and I do not forget to remove it…
Turn on the drone and watch it come to “life.” Watching the Gimbal go through its self-check is almost like watching a kitten or puppy opening its eyes for the first time…
Place the drone down (preferably on a Landing Pad) while it finishes its self-test (collecting satellites, etc…).
Check your battery status (Phone, Drone, and Controller), check the Signal Strength, by now the Controller should have reported it updated the Home Point.
Lift off, 4-5 feet (1-1/2 meters) or so, hover a bit, check the controls (move the drone a bit forward, back, left, right, yaw left and right). By now, your Controller will probably report again, Home point Updated.
If you go out in a rush and race thru your start up and take off before the drone has finished it prep, it may update its Home Point over that pond or that old tree you are flying over and in your excitement, you’ll fly the drone long past it Low Battery point and when it engages Return to Home and lands in the pond or in a tree; it will be all on you…
Now go have fun, learn to fly the drone by sight before you try to fly it out a distance depending on the video feed, FPV.
The following YouTube Video by Jeven Dovey is well worth watching and you might even subscribe to his channel…
I would also advise you to use YouTube and watch a lot of the Videos on flying and setting up the Drone. When it is too dark, too cold, or too wet, you can “fly it vicariously” through YouTube. Also watch some of the Blooper Drone Videos and learn how not to fly your “New Baby.”
Below is the link to all of the downloads offered by DJI for the Mini SE. You will also find the 47-page User’s Manual, in case your Drone did not come with one. The User Manuals are published in different languages.
After you read the Manual, read it again, you will be surprised what you missed the first time and you will be better prepared for that first “scary moment…”
Happy and Safe Droning…
Thankyou for the wealth of knowledge, very much appreciated, have to wait for a couple of days, weather is real ugly here at the moment,
The weather is Ugly, Good! It will give you plenty of time to read the manual and watch those Good Instructional YouTube Videos and those Bad YouTube Blooper Videos… and make yourself a “Remove Before Flight” Ribbon for the Gimbal Cover and fasten it on (tape or glue).