DJI is at it again, taking technology from its larger, more costly devices 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 folks who are new to the sport or who want an ultraportable drone that can perform acrobatics that was previously only possible with much larger drones.
The DJI Mini 3 Pro is a significant advance to the Mini-series, and it is now the finest mini drone available. It combines the performance of larger drones into a tiny, practical package with its larger sensor, built-in obstacle avoidance, and intelligent flying modes; yet, although the Mini 3 Pro is excellent for novices, its price tag elevates it to a more serious and exclusive heights.
Because the Mini 3 Pro is just 249 grams, it does not need to be registered with the FAA in the United States and is consistent with drone rules in many nations, in addition to being safe due to its low weight.
The Mini 3 Pro is lightweight and foldable like other DJI drones, making it perfect for travel because it fits into a tiny backpack. The Mini 3 Pro, according to DJI, features a redesigned structural design with modified arms and propellers for a more aerodynamic flight and longer flight duration. It also has dual-vision sensors for forwarding and backward flying.
Mini 3 Pro is the successor to the Mini 2, and it includes functions that were previously only available on DJI’s higher-end Mavic and Air drones. It now boasts greater flying performance, a better camera, longer battery life, and enhanced AI capabilities. It includes a new gimbal for more camera angles including tilt-up photos and real vertical shooting for photographs in portrait mode, and it can shoot 4K 60fps video.
DJI Mini 3 Pro – Specs:
DJI Mini 3’s extended flying time
- Mavic 3: 895 g
Mavic 3 Cine: 899 g
Max Ascent Speed
- 1 m/s (C mode)
6 m/s (N mode)
8 m/s (S mode)
The regular battery for the Mini 3 can keep the drone aloft for almost a half-hour if you need to remain under the 249g restriction (34 mins officially).
DJI now sells a long-range battery that can keep the drone flying for 47 minutes (!!).
In testing, the 34-minute battery provided excellent flying durations, even while performing follow stunts and filming a 4K video, confirming DJI’s 34-minute flight time. It’s hard to believe how long these little batteries can keep this thing flying.
Camera system DJI Mini 3
- 4/3 CMOS, Effective pixels: 20 MP
- FOV: 84°
Format Equivalent: 24 mm
Aperture: f/2.8 to f/11
Focus: 1 m to ∞ (with autofocus)
The camera on the Mini 3 Pro is perhaps the largest upgrade, with 4K 60fps (30fps in HDR) and up to 48mp stills. The footage produced by the camera was far superior to that of the Mini and Mini 2, although it was still nowhere near that of the more costly Mavic 3. However, the image quality is nearing that of the DJI Air 2S, which may pose a problem for DJI’s product plan.
- 1/2-inch CMOS
- Video: 100-6400
Still Image: 100-6400
Max Image Size
It was much easier to fly the DJI Mini than it was to attach a phone to a controller and use the software. On the other hand, getting the photographs and videos of the drone into social media or other areas where a smartphone shines is more effort. For this reason, many drone pilots will opt to use a fully functional smartphone or tablet as their control device. Nonetheless, the RC is a terrific “set it and forget it” gadget that is reasonably priced. Another disadvantage is that, rather than folding sticks, DJI chose to use its tried-and-true screw-in control stick, which is kept in the rear. If these are saved in the controller before the flight, add a minute or two to your setup time.
Design and controller for the DJI Mini 3 Pro
The Mini 3 Pro boasts the typical DJI Mavic family appearance with its folding form and light gray color. The Mini 3 Pro, on the other hand, is noticeably more rounded than the DJI Mini 2, which has sleek, Lamborghini Countach-Esque lines like previous Mavic models.
The incorporation of obstacle sensors and rounded gimbal mounts adds to the more curvy appearance, while other design modifications include more aerodynamic propeller arms and propellers that are bigger than those used by the Mini 2 to aid enhanced flying durations.
The camera and its bigger 1/1.3-inch sensor are supported by the gimbal, which is attached to the drone on both sides of the airframe. This camera can be turned 90 degrees to take stills and video in portrait and landscape format, which is convenient. It’s a feature that was most likely added for the purpose of creating social media content, thanks to the popularity of TikTok and Instagram Stories, but it’s a fantastic feature for photographers of all types.
Availability and price
Pre-orders for the DJI Mini 3 Pro are now available through store.dji.com and most authorized retail partners in a variety of configurations. For those who already own a compatible model, the DJI Mini 3 Pro (no remote controller) costs $669 USD and includes the DJI Mini 3 Pro but not the remote controller. The DJI Mini 3 Pro, on the other hand, costs $759 USD and includes the DJI RC-N1. DJI Mini 3 Pro (DJI RC) is priced at $909 USD and includes DJI RC.
DJI Mini 3 Pro is now available for pre-order.
Two Intelligent Flight Batteries, one two-way charging hub, two sets of propellers, and one shoulder bag are included in the DJI Mini 3 Pro Fly More Kit, which costs $189 USD. Two Intelligent Flight Batteries Plus, one two-way charging hub, two sets of propellers, and one shoulder bag are included in the DJI Mini 3 Pro Fly More Kit Plus, which costs $249 USD. All additional accessories will be available for purchase individually.
For whom is the Mini 3 Pro designed? Beginners? Professionals?
This is a difficult question to answer. The original Mavic Mini and the Mini 2 have long been aimed at the entry-level drone market. However, both in terms of features and pricing, the Mini 3 Pro appears to diverge from that course. However, social media-focused material, it has the unique characteristic of vertical video and images. You might even argue that obstacle avoidance is ideal for beginning drone pilots learning to fly. So, who is the target market?
I believe that with the Mini 3 Pro and N1 controller’s price hike to $759, a large portion of the entry-level market will migrate to the Mini SE (maybe a Mini SE 2 in the future). However, for those of us who had to pick between the Air 2 and the Air 2S, the Mini 3 Pro may have found a comfortable place in the market.
The Mini 3 Pro is ideal for social media influencers who want to capture uncropped vertical footage of the latest dance from the skies. It’s compact and light enough for explorers to snap a few short shots of their most recent walk or a tracking shot of a bike along a route. Where this drone might thrive is in filling in some of the gaps for folks searching for paid work. DJI anticipated it would eat into Air 2 sales, which is why it has been on sale for the past few weeks, and it may even eat into Air 2S sales if consumers value sub-250 grams above a 1-inch sensor, Air Sense, or 5.4K video.
Today, three variants of the Mini 3 Pro are available for pre-order on DJI’s website and authorized retail partners. The drone alone costs $669, with the RC-N1 controller costing $759, and DJI’s RC costing $909. You may also purchase Fly More Kits, which are identical to Fly More Combos but are sold separately and do not include a drone or controller.
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