DJI Mini 3 Pro first impressions and sample images of DJI’s latest mini drone

We’ve been fortunate enough to fly the newly released DJI Mini 3 Pro drone for some time now, and I have to say that we are very impressed by DJI’s latest mini drone.

Here are our Pro first impressions and sample photos and videos of DJI’s latest mini drone for you to download.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro is small and light

When you first pick up the DJI Mini 3 Pro, you will notice immediately how small and lightweight it is. If it weren’t for the somewhat large remote controller, you could easily fit the drone into your pocket and take it with you anywhere.

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The best drone is the one you have with you. The DJI Mini 3 Pro makes it easy to bring a drone along.

However, while being such a small and lightweight drone, it doesn’t mean that the DJI Mini 3 Pro isn’t packed with features. This drone is able to deliver photo and video quality that previously was reserved for much more expensive and larger drones.

With the DJI Mini 3 Pro, DJI has released a drone that will compete directly with some of their own higher-priced products such as the DJI Air 2S and even the DJI Mavic 3.

In this post on our DJI Mini 3 Pro first impressions, I will skip talking about all the specs and features of the DJI Mini 3 Pro as you can get that information directly from the DJI website. Instead, this article will discuss our first impressions of flying the DJI Mini 3 Pro in low-light, and high wind conditions here along the Hudson River.

The good

Let’s start with the good, if not great, features of the DJI Mini 3 Pro! We love the simplicity of this small and lightweight drone. If there ever was a drone that is easy to take with you, this is it.

We got the DJI Mini 3 Pro on loan from DJI with both the DJI RC-N1 and the new DJI RC with a built-in 5.5″ display. We think this remote controller is the way to go as you no longer need to use your smartphone, and the display is sufficiently bright to use in sunny conditions.

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The new DJI RC for the DJI Mini 3 Pro.

When starting up the DJI Mini 3 Pro you will also immediately notice how quiet it is. Greg from the Pilot Institute recently measured the noise levels of various DJI drones and confirmed that this one is by far the quietest DJI drone that the world’s largest drone maker has on offer. Small, quiet, and nimble, the DJI Mini 3 Pro is a drone you can take anywhere and everywhere.

While we have never been fans of portrait mode it is hard to deny that vertical images and video have been come increasingly important because of social media sites like TikTok and Instagram. The DJI Mini 3 Pro allows you to record in portrait mode directly from the drone, making it much easier and faster to share your aerial footage on social media.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro has double native ISO and a ‘large’ sensor that is almost twice the size of its predecessor the . DJI says that the sensor in the DJI Mini 3 Pro almost performs as if it was a 1-inch sensor. This means that you can shoot and record in low-light conditions and get much better results with lower levels of noise.

Lastly, we love the flight time we get out of the DJI Mini 3 Pro. The standard battery gives us well over 30 minutes of flying, while the optional extended flight batteries prolong the flight time to about 47 minutes in ideal conditions.

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The DJI Mini 3 Pro has a standard (34 minutes) and an optional extended flight battery for 47 minutes of flight time in ideal conditions. Only the standard battery will say 249 grams, as the extended flight battery pushed the weight of the DJI Mini 3 Pro over the 250-gram limit.

The bad

Here are some of the things we don’t like about the DJI Mini 3 Pro.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro handles well in strong wind conditions but the ultra light-weight drone gets pushed around quite a bit in gusts. This can lead to shaky drone footage. This doesn’t really come as a surprise, when you make a drone this light, of course, there’s going to be a downside to it. And one of them is, that strong and gusty wind conditions can move the drone so much that the gimbal simply can’t keep up.

When we were flying the DJI mini yesterday over the Hudson River in strong wind conditions, we noticed that some of the footage had jerky moments, as a drone and gimbal can only compensate for so much.

However more concerning than the shaky drone footage was the fact that the drone had to work so hard to overcome the gusty wind conditions, that we received overheating warnings on our remote controller. While this created some concern, we were at least initially able to continue flying the DJI Mini 3 Pro without any real issues. However, at some point, it seemed that the overheating of the drone started to impact the O3 video transmission signal. The signal cut out a number of times and at one point we were worried that we were going to lose the DJI mini drone. Luckily the auto Return-to-Home feature had kicked in and the DJI Mini 3 Pro was making its way back to the parking lot from which we had taken off. The drone was flying at an altitude of about 100 feet and was less than a quarter mile away from us when we experienced the loss of our transmission signal.

As you may have seen in other review videos the overheating issue has been experienced by other reviewers as well. I guess when you’re making such a small and lightweight drone with near pro-level video recording capabilities there is going to be a trade-off somewhere. The overheating of the DJI Mini 3 Pro seems to be its Achilles and is something to keep in mind when flying.

The ugly

Many of you have commented that the DJI Mini 3 Pro isn’t particularly beautiful. Some of you even have said that it’s straight up the ugliest drone you’ve ever seen. And while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we can only say that in this case, function triumphs over form.

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A drone so ugly only a mother could love it? Not everybody is in love with the looks of the DJI Mini 3 Pro.

To get the best image recording capabilities and keep the weight below 250 grams, a number of sacrifices needed to be made by DJI. This likely extended to the design of the drone. Beauty cannot have been very high on the list of requirements for the DJI Mini 3 Pro to meet. And honestly, as long as the drone delivers beautiful photos and videos, why would you care about the aircraft’s design. I know, we don’t.

And the beautiful

This is the best part of our DJI Mini 3 Pro first impressions. The aerial images and video footage simply look stunning, when you keep in mind how small and light this drone truly is.

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An HDR photo that was created in post with five vertically-shot jpeg images from the DJI Mini 3 Pro.

Of course, DJI Mavic 3 with its larger sensor, will perform better, but among the small and more affordable consumer drones, the DJI Mini 3 Pro punches well above its weight. This little drone even competes head-on with some of the more expensive DJI drones such as the DJI Air 2S, which has a 1-inch sensor.

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The camera tilts upward at a maximum angle of 60 degrees for creative aerial photos. HDR merge of five JPEGs from the DJI Mini 3 Pro.

Take a look at the images and video footage. The noise level is surprisingly low considering the low light conditions and the small sensor. The colors and contrast are really impressive. As Peter Walbeck pointed out, switching to D-Cinelike for aerial video is almost pointless as you will likely see banding when you try to color-grade the 8-bit footage.

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HDR merge in Lightroom was used to create this image out of five JPEGs from the DJI Mini 3 Pro.
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HDR merge of bracketed images in Lightroom. As you can see, Lightroom had some trouble with the color of the water on the left side of the bridge as it was merging the photos. Photos were taken with the DJI Mini 3 Pro.

Our DJI Mini 3 Pro first impressions

So, what do we think of the new DJI Mini 3 Pro? Well, for the money, we do not think there currently is a better drone you could buy. While not quite meeting pro standards, this is as close as you can get to pro levels of performance in a drone that weighs less than 250 grams. We applaud DJI for making such as a small and lightweight drone that can deliver in spades and is ‘policy friendly’.

We also love the DJI RC with the 5.5″ built-in display. It is light, easy to take with you, especially without the antennas, and doesn’t require you to use your smartphone. A win in our book and easily our favorite remote controller.

Lastly, we love flying the small and zippy DJI Mini 3 Pro. It is a fun drone to operate and it can still deliver beautiful aerial photos and videos that you can share with your family and friends on social media. Did we already mention that its gimbal rotates 90 degrees? 😉

DJI Mini 3 Pro sample photos and video for you to download

You can download the sample images and video files here. Please keep in mind that these images are protected by copyright and are on meant to be used for your personal viewing. Reproduction or other use of these images is not allowed.

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This is an aerial photo straight out of the DJI Mini 3 Pro. No editing at all. JPEG format. Download the original file here. Copyright DroneXL.co
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This is an aerial photo straight out of the DJI Mini 3 Pro. No editing at all. JPEG format. Download the original file here. Copyright DroneXL.co
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This is an HDR photo merge in Lightroom consisting of five bracketed jpeg images from the DJI Mini 3 Pro. The airplane was removed in Lightroom as well. Download the hi-res file here. Copyright DroneXL.co
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48MP aerial photo of the Tappan Zee Bridge in low-light conditions. No editing. You can download the original JPEG and DNG files here. Copyright DroneXL.co
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This aerial photo was taken with the DJI Mini 3 Pro right after the sunset over the Tappan Zee bridge. You can download the JPEG and DNG files here. No editing was done to these images. Copyright DroneXL.co
Download this file here. Copyright DroneXL.co
Download this video file from the DJI Mini 3 Pro here. Copyright DroneXL.co
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Haye Kesteloo
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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, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He 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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3 Comments

  1. The reason why it’s so quiet on startup is because it doesn’t have active cooling like all other DJI drones (i.e., no fan). This can lead to overheating when not in flight, like sitting on a desk and performing a firmware update.

    The RC has the same problem. Unlike the RC Pro and previous Smart Controller, the RC lacks a fan so it can much more easily overheat and you’ll end up with the same screen dimming issue that smartphones suffer.

    I feel like these issues are consistently overlooked by reviewers and sadly might be due to influence from DJI.

  2. Thanks for doing this!

    One thing I’ve noticed with Lightroom HDR merge is that sometimes I get better results when turning off Deghosting. I often see banding and other errors when it’s on.

    Also, it’s a little difficult to tell, but you have two still shots; one at 12MP and one at 48MP. Both have quite a bit of noise in the image that appears as though they’re high ISO shots, but they appear to be 100 and 530 ISO…

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