ANAFI is set to deliver high quality and balanced 4K videos and 21MP photos, out of the box.
Some image enthusiasts and all professional directors, videographers and photographers, however, will find their way through pro-imaging settings. This section is designed to help you exploit manual settings and develop your filming and photography styles.
The Exposure value (EV) is the only setting accessible in the Auto mode, from the “Video/Photo settings box” menu of the HUD.
Exposure value (EV)
The EV expresses the general darkness or lightness of a photograph – or a video. At +0.0 (zero) EV, ANAFI automatically adapts the shutter speed and the ISO value to deliver a perfectly balanced photo or video: not too dark and not too light.
Tap the “+0.0 EV” box to activate the EV slider.
Slide your finger on the screen to adapt your EV toward negative values and darken your picture or video.
Use positive values to lighten your images. This can be useful if you want to capture a backlit scene and to fade surroundings in light.
To activate further settings, tap “Auto”, on the far left of the Video/Photo settings box. The additional settings boxes are unlocked, they stand out in white and “Auto” has been replaced with “Pro”.
Shutter speed (s)
The “s” value refers to the time, in fraction of second, when the shutter stays open to capture a still picture: it is called exposure time.
In Auto mode, ANAFI selects the best shutter speed and ISO value couple, in real time, depending on the scene and available light. In consequence, selecting a shutter speed also deactivates the Auto ISO mode.
As ANAFI’s f/2.4 aperture lens lets a lot of light in, even compared to most professional SLR lenses, your drone can achieve very fast “s” values (down to 1/10000s) and capture very fast action. It can also be used for slow shots, up to 1 second for the photo mode.
Note that ANAFI can shoot pictures and videos when it is not flying. You can even hold it in your hand and use it as a premium stabilized 4K video and photo camera.
Tap the “s” box to open the shutter slider.
Select a value to exit the auto-mode for shutter speed and ISO. This action also deactivates the EV slider.
Set the s value you require, then tap the “ISO” box to select an ISO value. Experiment! The display of the HUD reflects your settings. If you get lost, tap Auto either on the “s” or the “ISO” slider to get back to auto exposure and reactivate the EV slider.
ISO value (ISO)
The ISO value refers to the sensitivity of the sensor. As we have seen, it is linked to the shutter speed value: both sliders activate when you deactivate the “Auto” mode and set a value for one, or for the other. The lower the ISO value, the lower the sensitivity of the sensor, and the lower the image noise (digital grain). Therefore, under good lighting conditions, such as sunny daylight outside shots, low ISO values (100 or 200) should always be selected. The sensitivity of the sensor increases as the ISO value goes up: 3200 ISO can be used to capture low light interior scenes, or exterior shots at dusk or dawn, for example.
By default, in Auto mode, ANAFI constantly adapts its ISO and shutter speed values to the scene it is filming. Setting an ISO value for a whole shot or series of shot, however, is very useful to professional filming.
Tap the ISO box to open the shutter slider.
Select a value to exit the Auto mode for ISO and shutter speed. This action also deactivates the EV slider.
Set the ISO value you require, then tap the “s” box to select a shutter value. Experiment! The display of the HUD reflects your settings. If you get lost, tap Auto either on the “s” or the “ISO” slider to get back to auto exposure and reactivate the EV slider.
White balance (WB)
White balance deals with the color temperature of the light. Cold lights make the whites look blue. Warm lights make the whites look yellow. By default, in Auto WB mode, ANAFI keeps the whites white, at all times: it adapts its WB value in real time.
However, setting a WB value for an entire shot is especially useful for professional filming: stable WB facilitates the grading (color treatment) of videos.
Tap the WB box to open the white balance options.
Select the WB option that is best suited for your shooting conditions, your subject, or both. The display of the HUD reflects your settings and helps you make the best choice.
HDR (high dynamic range) is another great way to enhance a video. The HDR option is only available for Standard video mode 4K formats (regardless of framerate values).
To activate the HDR option, select the Standard video mode and 4K filming from the relevant boxes of the bottom bar of the HUD. A white and round HDR icon appears on the screen of your device, to the left of the photo/video trigger.
Tap this icon: it turns green and a HDR notice appears in black inside a yellow box, on the right side of the screen. Press the hard shutter button on your Parrot Skycontroller 3 (or the soft shutter button of the HUD) to start filming in HDR.
Tap the round HDR icon again to deactivate HDR. The yellow HDR box disappears from the screen.
Note that activating (or deactivating) HDR stops any ongoing recording.
An alternative Style to Natural looking images (default value) can be selected for ANAFI both in the video mode, and in the photo mode. This alternative Style is called “P-LOG”. It makes images a little less contrasted: P-LOG style is ideal for videos you want to edit and process using professional grading tools and filters.
Activate the “P-LOG” Style from the “Style” box of the Video/Photo settings menu.
To revert your selection back to Natural, select “Natural”. Try shooting the same scene with both settings to find out which one works best for you.