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DJI Mavic 3 28x Hybrid Zoom - What does it look like in reality?

DJI Mavic 3 28x Hybrid Zoom – What does it look like in reality?

One question we received frequently, is what does the DJI Mavic 3 28x Hybrid Zoom look like? In case that is something, you’d like to see as well, be sure to check out this short video.

DJI Mavic 3 28x Hybrid Zoom – What does it look like in reality?

The DJI Mavic 3 comes with a dual-camera setup.

DJI Mavic 3 28x Hybrid Zoom - What does it look like in reality?

The main Hasselblad camera features a 4/3 CMOS sensor that can shoot 20MP photos, has an adjustable aperture of f/2.8 to f/11, a 24 mm lens (equivalent focal length) or 84-degree FOV, and offers 12.8 stops of dynamic range.

The second camera features a 1/2-inch CMOS sensor with a fixed 162 mm lens (15-degree FOV), with a fixed f/4.4 aperture that shoots 12MP photos. This second camera only shoots JPEG photos and not RAW or DNG.

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The DJI Mavic 3 28x Hybrid Zoom works by digitally zooming in using the main camera to about 4x zoom at which point the drone switches over to the second camera to continue until it reaches 28x digital zoom.

Initially zooming with the second camera looks decent until it to about 14x times from which point onwards the footage starts to show a lot of noise. The small sensor size and the fixed aperture of f/4.4 are the main culprits here. Even under the best lighting conditions, the footage will quickly become too grainy for professional use if professional drone pilots will even use the footage at all.

The 28x Hybrid Zoom feature can be activated by a press of a button and is easily accessible. However, a zoom lens that you could magnetically snap onto the camera (just like the wide-angle DJI accessory lens) and that would use the main camera might have been an approach that would result in higher quality footage.

Either way, all DJI Mavic 3 models come with the 28x Hybrid Zoom capability and the short video below shows you what that looks like.

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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews. Haye is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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