Drone pilots operating in highly humid regions often encounter a well-known issue: condensation accumulating on the lens. Intriguingly, for DJI's Mini 3 series, this lens fogging appears to transpire from within. Could the introduction of a heating element be the ingenious answer?
DJI user forums frequently reveal interesting challenges when pilots fly drones in different climates, exposing the machines to various stress conditions. Recently, a new issue seems to be clouding the lens of the DJI Mini 3 series, leading to blurry images reported by affected pilots.
Foggy Lens Problem with DJI Mini 3?
In the Chinese BBS Community Forum by DJI, a considerable number of users share a common issue: internal fogging of their Mini 3 drone lens. This isn't an isolated case, as several pilots describe similar experiences, even after returning and receiving replacements of the drone.
It is still unclear how the condensation develops inside the camera, which settles on the lens, rendering the image unusable. The website KANZHAJI has even collected numerous examples of Mini 3 cameras with evident condensation.
Heating Element to Combat DJI Mini 3 Lens Fogging?
Preliminary images display an opened Mini 3 camera, revealing a new small ring on the inner side of the lens connected with two wires to the rest of the camera.
Whether this is an updated version of the drone already being distributed, or an experimental setup shown in the image, is unclear.
Heating the lens theoretically could prevent condensation from air moisture on the glass lens. However, it remains a mystery why the camera is susceptible to water droplets, allowing for the formation of an internal fog layer.
Please let us know in the comments below if you have experienced similar lens fogging issues with your DJI mini 3 Pro drone.
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