DJI is at it again, taking technology from its larger, more costly items down to the DJI Mini 3 Pro, a sub-250-gram drone that requires no license to fly in the US and other places.
This makes it an excellent high-end first drone for anyone who is new to the sport or who would like an ultra-portable drone that can perform acrobatics that was previously only possible with much larger drones.
Check out DroneDJ’s DJI Mini 3 Pro review, DJI Mini 3 Pro: Top 10 Facts to Know, and analysis of the new DJI Remote Controller for in-depth coverage of the DJI Mini 3 Pro.
There was no competition at all. After a year, they replaced it with an even better product, the DJI Mini 2, which was a huge hit. Now it’s 2022, and there are whispers of yet another Mini-series improvement. Let’s talk about, as well as what we know about rumored specifications, pricing, and other details.
DJI Mini 3 Pro Review
The original DJI Mini was one of the first drones to weigh less than 250 grams, making it one of the lightest drones available. It also meant that you didn’t have to follow the same laws that applied to drones weighing more than 250 grams.
Despite its diminutive size, the DJI Mini line has already wowed us, first with its rule-breaking weight and then with the second release’s relatively respectable 4K camera.
While the DJI Mini 2 was satisfactory, the DJI Mini 3 Pro represents a significant improvement in terms of its design and usage. Much of the technology and capabilities that make larger drones so appealing to image pros have been squeezed into the smaller drones by DJI
The camera’s top features include the ability to capture 4K at 60 frames per second with ActiveTrack, Try-direction obstacle detecting, and 90o gimbal rotation. It also comes with a lightweight battery that can power the little drone for up to 34 minutes – however, this flight time will be decreased in real-world conditions and with the camera recording.
“When we debuted the Mini drone range in 2019, our goal was to make it as simple as possible for everyone to explore the world for the first time from above,” stated Ferdinand Wolf, DJI’s Creative Director.
“We found how capable a little aerial camera could be through their photographs and tales.” Today, we’re showing how our super-duper aerial camera incorporates exceptional flight performance, intelligence, and imaging variety. The DJI Mini 3 Pro pushes the boundaries of what a small, capable camera drone can do.”
DJI Mini 3 Pro Price
The Mini 3 Pro is available for pre-order starting today, with a variety of packages to pick from. You can get the drone for $669 if you always have a comparable remote controller, such as the RC-N1 that is included with the Mini 2, Air 2, and Air 2S. The drone and the regular RC-N1 controller may be purchased for $759. And if you want the drone with the latest DJI controller with a screen, you’ll have to pay $909.
DJI Mini 3 Specs
This year, the Mini 3 Pro consists of two battery options. The standard battery provides a maximum flight time of 34 minutes on a single charge, which is slightly longer than the Mini 2’s 31 minutes.
However, an “Intelligent Flight Battery Plus” is available for purchase, which enables for a maximum flight length of 47 minutes. Each has a hover time of 30 and 40 minutes, respectively.
However, using the larger battery means your drone will be heavier than 250 grams, so if you’re planning on spending more on the “Fly More Kit Plus” that comes with that battery, don’t forget to register your drone with the FAA. It will set you back $909.
Previously, larger drones such as the $999 Air 2S and $2,000 Mavic 3 were required to acquire some of the features available on the DJI Mini 3.
- While flying manually, Spotlight 2.0 keeps the subject in the frame.
- Point of Interest 3.0 circles the topic with a predetermined speed and radius.
- ActiveTrack 4.0 tracks the subject in one of two methods.
- Trace: The airplane maintains a consistent distance from the subject.
- Parallel: The airplane maintains a constant distance from the subject while tracking it.
- distance and angle
- Dronie: The camera is fixated on the subject as the aircraft glides back and forth.
- Helix: An aircraft rises above the subject and spirals around it.
- The camera is facing down as the rocket takes off.
- The subject is circled by an aircraft.
- Boomerang: An aircraft flies in an elliptical pattern around the subject, climbing as it flies.
- As it returns, it moves away and downward.
- Asteroid: An aircraft shoots a sphere panoramic from a great height.
- the subject and concludes with a standard picture hovering close to the subject.
Master shots: Maintains the subject in the center of the frame while performing various actions.
The sequence of maneuvers to create a brief cinematic video
Hyperlapse: Produces a dynamic timelapse in which the aircraft follows predetermined courses while being captured.
DJI Mini 3 Camera
The current camera on the Mavic Mini 2 is excellent, however, it has a smaller sensor size than the competitors. The Mini has a 1/2.3′′ CMOS sensor that can capture photographs with a resolution of 12MP. The recording device is limited to 2.7K 60 frames per second or 4K 30 frames per second.
The Autel Nano, for example, features a 1/2′′ 48MP sensor, while the Zino Mini Pro has an even larger 1/1.3′′ CMOS sensor. Both are capable of outperforming the Mavic Mini 2 sensor. In low light and during cloudy flight sessions, a bigger sensor provides more stable colors and better photographs. The Autel Nano and the Zino Mini Pro can both capture 4K30 fps footage.
An improved camera sensor is expected in the upcoming Mavic Mini 3. A modern camera system with a 3-axis gamble for further stabilization is shown in a freshly leaked video shared by @dealsdrone.
It’s difficult to tell from the video what the camera’s exact characteristics are, but it’s thought to be a 1/1.3 CMOS sensor with an f/1.7 aperture and a 24mm focal length. If this is accurate, it will be a significant advance over what is now available from competitors.
DJI Mini 3 Release Date
The new drone’s release date has now been announced officially. On May 10, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. EDT, the DJI Mini 3 Pro was released.