DJI Mini 3 – $469 Drone That’s Actually GOOD!
DJI keeps spitting out new drones from their factory, and it's been a very, very busy year for them. And today, I have the brand new DJI Mini 3 in the studio. Letting you know everything you need to know about this drone.
So the Mini 3 is DJI's low-cost, entry-level drone that is made to replace the Mini 2, which was a very, very successful product for DJI.
Now this one also promises very good performance at a lower price. Bringing some new features that we've seen on the Mini 3 Pro right here on the regular DJI Mini 3.
So we have a 1/1.3” CMOS sensor with a dual native ISO and 4K HDR footage. The same weight of 249 grams, which was made popular by DJI with all of their Mini-series drones. This one is no exception still under 250 grams.
This drone also flies for 38 minutes in the air, so it's very very effective in there. It brings up the total flight time to up to 38 minutes which is great coming from such a small package.
And also, just like the DJI Mini 3 Pro, this drone also shoots in vertical mode, meaning that you can shoot all of your videos, all the quick shots.
Everything you want in vertical mode to post it on social media like TikTok, Instagram, and all of the other ones.
The drone shoots up to 4K, 30 frames per second, videos. It shoots RAW photos. It has a level 5 wind resistance, similar to the Mini 3 Pro.
And, also has a maximum flight transmission distance of up to 10 kilometers by using the Ocusync 2 transmission system.
It's not the same as the DJI Mini 3 Pro, which uses the O3 transmission system, which promises up to 12 kilometers of flight distance.
This one is a little bit of a downgrade by only using the Ocusync 2.
So DJI is trying to bring the total cost down on this drone by also shaving off some features that we've seen on the DJI Mini 3 Pro by keeping it at a very competitive price in my opinion.
The Mini 3 Pro is still a great product that has some features that you won't find here, such as obstacle avoidance, 10-bit video, and a flat color profile.
All of these intelligent flight modes like Hyperlapse, and Master Shots. Those are things that, unfortunately, are not present here on this drone.
So here you only have these vents on the front. There's no obstacle avoidance. You only have photo, like a timed photo, and an AEB photo. You have panorama, video, and that's it. And the quick shots of course. You don't have Master shots. You don't have hyperlapse.
You don't have any of these newer modes that are saved up for DJI's more expensive lineup.
This drone doesn't have all the latest bells and whistles that DJI has to offer on their more expensive quads.
However, this is made to create a very low barrier of entering the drone hobby for everyone looking to buy their first drone.
Providing some great, crispy smooth, I would say, very high-quality footage in 4k to everyone looking to fly their very first drone.
So after flying this drone a couple of times in a very, very moody environment where you have a lot of fog. It's almost on the brink of starting to rain. The light is just terrible. Everything looks dark and moody. I actually kind of enjoyed that because there was no sunlight whatsoever; it was just always a diffused light from the clouds.
I could say that this drone feels the same way as the DJI Mini 3 Pro, for example. It's super steady. It has level 5 wind resistance, so you don't really have to worry about the winds too much.
It's very smooth. It provides great footage straight out of the SD card. You almost don't need to do anything to it.
Of course, it's just me that always wants to put a little twist on the image, but you can still use the image as it is straight from the SD card and you will be happy with it because it's very crispy it has a lot of detail.
Yes, it doesn't have a flat color profile, but for some people, that's really not necessary.
So, I had to put myself in the shoes of a beginner and use it in a way that a beginner would use this drone. And I have to say it was a pleasant experience, of course.
It was great. Smooth. No problems with the transmission even though it uses the Ocusync 2 instead of the O3 transmission system.
Still, I had plenty of signal. No problems with any signal loss or any disruption of the signal, or any problems with the remote.
And speaking about the remote, it also comes with the DJI RC.
DJI Mini 3 pricing and options
You have tons of different configurations that you can choose from whether you want to only buy the drone.
If you want to use it with the DJI RC-N1. With the DJI RC with the Fly More Package.
You have all sorts of different packages that you can buy on DJI's website. And I have to say the prices are super, super competitive they have really done, I think, their best, to shave off as much as possible for the price to give everyone the chance to buy this drone and enjoy flying it.
So, I have the price list right here and want to quickly go over all the packages that you can buy in US dollars.
So, the drone itself, just by itself, without any remote, is going to be $469 dollars, which I believe is twenty dollars more than the DJI Mini 2.
If you want to have the drone with the RC-N1 it's going to be $559 dollars.
If it's with the RC, the DJI RC it's $699.
$718 dollars for the Fly More Combo with the RC-N1.
And the Fly More Combo with the DJI RC is $858 dollars.
The Fly More Kit gives you two more batteries, so three in total as usual. You have a shoulder bag and some spare props.
For anyone looking to buy this drone at the lowest cost possible, I would advise you to definitely go for the Fly More Combo as it's going to provide you three batteries in total for up to 38 minutes of flight time per battery, which is insanely good
And get it with this remote right here, the DJI RC-N1.
I'm still a big fan of the DJI RC, however, I think for a beginner who is just starting out with drones this is going to be more cost-effective.
And it will give you a good experience while you use it with your phone and still give you a great experience for flying the drone.
Now, if you're a complete beginner and you've never flown a drone before, and this is your first one, you might want to check out DJI Care Refresh, which is their warranty service.
For anyone looking to have a little bit more peace of mind knowing that even if they crash their camera drone, they can get a replacement from DJI for a small fee.
I will put the prices on the screen. I think it's a great investment for you know just flying freely and flying with a little bit more piece of mind knowing that whatever happens, you can deal with it. And you will have a drone to fly a little bit later again.
Now looking at the DJI Mini 3 Pro and the DJI Mini 3. Comparing them directly, there aren't that many visual differences between the two at a first glance.
Of course, the most important one that you normally would notice straight away is on the front, here, where we have obstacle avoidance on the Mini 3 Pro, and on the Mini 3, you don't have it. You only have those vents which are almost transparent.
And you also have these sensors for the back on the DJI Mini 3 Pro for again obstacle avoidance which you don't have here on the Mini 3.
You also have these two little feet on the DJI Mini 3, and you don't have them on the Mini 3 Pro.
But other than that, from all other angles, they are pretty much the same thing. The same design. Same weight is 249 grams. And the same camera as well. The biggest differences between those two drones are internal mostly.
Talking about their intelligent flight modes, their features, and their performance.
When it comes to Ocusync is a little bit better on the DJI Mini 3 Pro as opposed to the Ocusync 2 on the DJI Mini 3.
However, they are very, very close. I'm going to put a link in the description both for the DJI Mini 3 and also for the Mini 3 Pro
I think both are fantastic choices but are geared toward a little bit different groups of people.
Now this one, the Mini 3 is for complete beginners for people who are new to the drone hobby. Who don't have high requirements of different flight modes and different features because they're still there's, they're still new to all of this flying thing. And they are just looking for ways to capture their favorite moments and share them with family and friends.
The Mini 3 Pro, on the other hand, is still great for beginners. However, if you are not a complete beginner, you have a little bit more experience, or you're just looking for a more portable tool in your backpack, then this will give you 10-bit video. This will give you a flat color profile and more intelligent flight modes to play with.
And, it's still going to be relatively cheap compared to the big drones that DJI has.
So, both are great, but like I said, different groups of people are going to need different drones.
So, I'm happy to see that DJI is continuing its pursuit of trying to find a drone for every possible group of people depending on their needs, their budget, and what they're looking for in general.
With that being said, guys, this is everything I have for you from today's video. Thank you so much for watching!
This is Mike from Drone Supremacy take care, and I'll see you in the next one.
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