After countless leaks, the world’s largest drone maker officially launches the new DJI Mavic 3. However, at this point, I don’t think there is anything left to share that you wouldn’t already know. The usual leakers did their job with the DJI Mavic 3. But I do want to mention fellow Dutchman, Jasper Ellens who singlehandedly exposed the most important information about DJI’s latest drone the DJI Mavic 3. Let’s go into the official press release from DJI and see if all the leaks are accurate.
You can download sample video and photo files in various formats here.
DJI Mavic 3 officially launched after countless leaks
Typically in these announcements, we end with the pricing information. However, this time I think we should start with that. The New DJI Mavic 3 is expensive. Significantly more expensive than the outgoing DJI Mavic 2 Pro.
DJI Mavic 3 pricing
As of tonight the DJI Mavic 3 will be available for purchase at the store.dji.com and other partners. the drone is available in the following configurations.
The Mavic 3 Standard version retails for $2199 USD and includes Mavic 3 drone × 1, Intelligent Flight Battery × 1, RC-N1 Remote Controller × 1, RC-N1 Cable × 3, Battery Charger × 1, Storage Cover × 1, Propellers (pair) × 3, and other essential items.
The DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Combo retails for $2999 USD and includes Mavic 3 drone × 1, Intelligent Flight Battery × 3, RC-N1 Remote Controller × 1, RC -N1 Cable × 3, Battery Charger × 1, Battery Charging Hub × 1, Storage Cover × 1, Propellers (pair) × 6, ND Filters Set (ND4\8\16\32), Convertible Carrying Bag × 1, and other essential items.
The DJI Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo retails for $4999 USD and includes a built-in 1TB SSD, and supports Apple ProRes 422 HQ video recording. The Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo also has more extensive contents, including Mavic 3 Cine drone × 1, Intelligent Flight Battery × 3, DJI RC Pro × 1, Battery Charger × 1, Battery Charging Hub × 1, Storage Cover × 1, Propellers (pair) × 6, ND Filters Set (ND4\8\16\32), ND Filters Set (ND64\128\256\512), Convertible Carrying Bag, DJI 10Gbps Lightspeed Data Cable, and other essential items.
Aerial photo- and videography with the DJI Mavic 3
I have been fortunate enough to have been flying the DJI Mavic 3 for the last week or so, and while that is too short for a detailed review I can tell you that my first impressions of DJI’s latest drone are really good. The DJI Mavic 3 flies as any DJI drone you’ve ever flown. It is simple and intuitive to use with the excellent and improved O3+ video transmission system.
The 46 minutes flight time per battery is amazing and allows you to carefully craft your shots and retake aerial videos until you get it just right. Love it.
To capture the aerial photos and videos the DJI Mavic 3 uses a 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera and 28x hybrid zoom camera, that takes 20MP and 12MP still respectively. The M3 can record video up to 5.1K at 50 FPS and DCI 4K at up to 120 FPS, however, this will become available at a later point in time through a Firmware Update.
The main Hasselblad camera features a 24mm wide-angle prime lens with an 84-degree field of view and variable aperture that ranges from f/2.8 to f/11. The second camera features a 162mm telephoto lens. Combined these two lenses offer a 28 digital zoom capability.
“Creating the Mavic 3 was an arduous journey for our engineers who tackled complex technical problems to serve the goal that the Mavic series has always met – build professional-quality imaging and flight technology into a compact consumer drone,” said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director, DJI Europe. “The result is incredible. Mavic 3 enables users to effortlessly make epic shots without compromising on small size, stunning performance, pervasive flight safety, and dazzling image quality. We are confident that this drone will astonish videography and photography enthusiasts, as well as professional production houses and media workers around the globe.”
The DJI Mavic 3 has support for Apple ProRes 422 HQ and H.264/H.265 with video capabilities up to 5.1k@50fps, DCI 4k@120fps, 4k@120fps. Videos can be recorded in a 10-bit D-Log color profile.
As a result of its partnership with Hasselblad and its Natural Color Solution (HNCS), DJI claims that the Mavic 3 series can deliver extremely accurate color straight out of the camera. The Natural Color Solution (HNCS), according to DJI, is based on decades of photographic experience and was first introduced to DJI cameras with the Mavic 2 Pro.
The photos and videos that I have been able to shoot with the DJI Mavic 3 show a wide dynamic range that provides detail in the shadows and prevents blown-out highlights. Both the photos and video is beautiful, sharp and a step beyond what we’d get out of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. I will include a link to downloadable, and unedited original photo and video files in various formats.
Temporarily missing features on the DJI Mavic 3
Some features such as auto-exposure bracketing, 120 FPS 4K video recording and APAS 5.0, ActiveTrack 5.0, and the 4G Network-Powered Transmission dongle are still missing on the DJI Mavic 3, but will be made available at a later point in time through firmware updates or otherwise. Think January 2022.
Obstacle avoidance on the DJI Mavic 3
The DJI Mavic 3 has omnidirectional, obstacle avoidance and while features such as APAS 5.0 and ActiveTrack 5.0 weren’t available to test, I can say that the drone confidentially flies through forests and avoids all trees and branches. I have found it to be very impressive and beyond what we have come to expect from any previous DJI drone. Well done, DJI!
Range on the DJI Mavic 3
DJI lists the video transmission range of the DJI Mavic 3 to around 10 miles, which is more than you are legally allowed to fly in most countries as far as I know. However, the range is not important for the actual maximum distance but much more so for the quality of the signal and its ability to deal with interference. the DJI Mavic 3 does better than any other DJI drone I have ever tested. the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom were already really good with their OcuSync 2.0 systems, but the DJI Mavic 3 with O3+ takes the connection to a whole new level. the drone provides a live feed to the remote controller of 1080p at 60 FPS.
Weight of the DJI Mavic 3
According to DJI the DJI Mavic 3 Cine Premium Edition with the 1TB internal memory weighs 899 grams and the regular DJI Mavic 3 comes in at 895 grams. This is lighter than the outgoing DJI Mavic 2 Pro and less than 900 grams which will excite drone pilots in Europe.
The DJI Mavic 3 looks and feels even more aerodynamic and more purposeful than before. I remember that I was impressed with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro when it first came out. The M3 again improves on the weight, look, and feel. hands down.
Intelligent Modes for Unlimited Possibilities
Mavic 3 offers a new array of Intelligent modes for creating and editing compelling photos and
videos by controlling the flight path and camera movements in compelling new ways. These
features, such as MasterShots, Panorama mode, and QuickTransfer, allow users to make the most
out of their drone.
MasterShots lets users create high-quality content more easily and quickly. After automatic editing and dubbing in the app, videos can be created in minutes and directly shared with friends.
Panorama Mode in Mavic 3 allows pictures to be directly stitched and processed by the drone, without the DJI Fly App or any post-production, allowing users to capture breathtaking landscapes with sweeping breadth and rich detail.
QuickTransfer lets users store and process materials on their mobile devices without
linking with the remote controller. Mavic 3 can now transmit materials from the drone to
the mobile device more quickly through the Wi-Fi 6 protocol.
New, Advanced Accessories for the Mavic 3
Along with a suite of new features and performance innovations, DJI introduces new ways to control, capture with, and carry DJI Mavic 3.
- The new smart controller DJI RC Pro offers a smoother control experience, upgraded with enhanced antenna power for an extended transmission distance of up to 15 km.  Its 1000- nit high-bright screen allows better vision and control for outdoor flights. Its battery system offers an extended operating time of up to three hours and charges as fast as 90 minutes.
- The DJI 65W Portable Charger allows a fast-charging option with a charging time of approximately 96 minutes and is compatible with current notebooks and smartphones thanks to its USB Type-C output.
- The DJI Convertible Carrying Bag features an entirely new design with a backpack and shoulder bag configuration for taking Mavic 3, accessories, a laptop, and even clothes and other personal items for a weekend trip in style.
- The DJI Mavic 3 Wide-Angle Lens offers a FOV of up to 108° for a more immersive FPV- style flight experience.
- The DJI Mavic 3 Storage Cover uses a lightweight, minimalist design to protect the camera, gimbal, and propellers when folding and transporting Mavic 3.
- The DJI ND Filters Set comes in two ranges – ND4/8/16/32 and ND64/128/256/512 – and lets the camera excel in any bright lighting condition.
- The DJI 10Gbps Lightspeed Data Cable enables users to download materials from the drone to their computer at high speed. Material backup is available on-site, thanks to high-speed transmission.
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