DJI AIR 3 FLIGHT TEST REVIEW — Ultimate Drone for 2023?

Today, we delve into DJI's latest drone release, the DJI Air 3, a cutting-edge addition to their product lineup, boasting many new features, intelligent flight modes, and an innovative controller. The aircraft presents a sleek design with foldable legs, reminiscent of previous DJI models.

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The DJI Air 3

The shares striking similarities with its predecessor, the Air 2S, albeit with a touch of refinement and slightly larger dimensions. It sports two front sensors and a new battery design, fitting neatly at the back, akin to the series. The most intriguing additions are the dual cameras—a 1X and a 3X—each offering distinct advantages that will be explored later in this .

The drone's design also includes auxiliary lights and vents on the sides and back, ensuring optimal airflow and performance. Its gimbal allows for a more extensive range of motion, with 90-degree downward and 60-degree upward rotation, a feature sure to delight drone enthusiasts.

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When compared to other DJI models like the , Pro, and DJI Mavic 3 Classic, the DJI Air 3 falls within a reasonable price range, making it a compelling option for users seeking top-notch performance without breaking the bank.

The highly anticipated update to the popular DJI Air 2S has lived up to its expectations, with an impressive flight time that outperforms not only its predecessor but also other drones on the market. The DJI Air 3's flight time results have set a new benchmark, garnering admiration from users and professionals alike.

Moreover, the Air 3's optical zoom capabilities set it apart from other drones in its category. Its a3x optical zoom and a1x regular optical zoom offer a substantial improvement over the purely digital zoom found in other models. Additionally, the sensor size, a 1/1.3-inch sensor, matches that of the Mini 3 Pro, a choice that raises curiosity and demands further investigation into its implications on image quality.

In terms of video resolution, it is noteworthy that the Air 3 has omitted the previous 5.4K resolution feature, limiting users to 4K resolution. The reasons behind this decision remain unclear, and future insights may shed light on the rationale.

The Air 3 impresses with its advanced transmission system, Accessing 4, which ensures a stable connection even in challenging environments, setting it apart as a remarkable upgrade.

Accompanying the Air 3 is the DJI RC 2 controller, offering a seamless and intuitive user experience. The smart video modes and photo capabilities remain consistent with the DJI line of products, maintaining a familiar interface for users.

In conclusion, the Air 3 proves to be a formidable drone, offering outstanding flight time, optical zoom capabilities, and reliable transmission technology. DJI has crafted a remarkable product that caters to drone enthusiasts and professionals seeking top-tier performance.

So I would say if you're going to do this at your own risk tested at home, I'm not sure if it's worth the extra flight time but just know that you can actually get some more flight time by changing the propellers. As far as the noise on this aircraft, very comparable to the Mavic 3 series, but a slightly different sound, a little bit quieter.

We found that about a foot underneath the drone. We were at about 83 decibels, three feet away. We were at about 77 decibels and then eight feet away, which is where we were testing about 70 decibels. It's nowhere near what we found on the Mini 3 series, but still, for the size of the drone, it's actually really good.

When you start ripping in sports mode, you'll hear it. But otherwise, if you're in normal mode, it actually disappears pretty quickly into the wild, into the ambient sound. Now, some pros and cons of things that we've seen so far. The pros, the omnidirectional obstacle avoidance. That was great. Slightly different than what we've seen on the air to us and even on some other drones that are more expensive.

But it works really well. The two lenses, I really love it, and I'll tell you why. We've been testing DJI Drones Mavic 3 with the 1X and then the 7X, and then the 1X, the 3X, and the 7X. Once we got the Mavic 3 Pro and I love the 3X. The reason is because it's right between the 3X and the 1X.

I know it sounds obvious, but that 3X is just the right amount of zoom for most scenarios. Seven x is difficult because you're going to get so close to your object. It kind of makes it a little bit weird. Just too much zoom, right? It's great for some situations where you have a big landscape and you want to really do that.

Parallax effect, but that 3X is a sweet spot. So I'm excited that they said they decided to put this on here rather than put a&X, !X and 3X is the perfect combo. If you want seven x and you're going to get the big drone. But I think most people will love having the 3X. This is pretty much like having a miniature Mavic 3 I just love that they took some of the best features from the Mavic 3 from the Mini 3, and then going to put that all together and created this DJI Air 3.

Just overall a great platform. Some of the cons that I don't really like so much, you still have to open the legs in the right order. That's annoying. They were able to fix it on one of the drones and I can't remember which one at this stage, but all in all, I think the design of the aircraft is great.

All right. Let's talk about the controller. This is the RC 2 controller. How do you know it's the RC 2? Because it has antennas right here that move around the original RC right here. Not the pro, just the RC did not have the antennas up here. So that's how you'll be able to identify them. Also, a slightly different color gray that actually matches the aircraft.

As far as compatibility, I know you guys are going to ask me if this is prerelease, so I don't know yet what it's going to be compatible with. Obviously, we've only been able to make it work with this drone, but I have a feeling it's going to be compatible, backward compatible with older recent DJI drones. Let's put it this way, I wouldn't be surprised if it's compatible with the Mini 3 with the Mavic 3 series.

I don't know about the air to us, but as far as everything else, the same great feel that you used to, it has the same ergonomics and then the sticks are a little bit different I think, on this one. But you still find them hidden in the back right here. And then you still don't have the ability to install any apps, which I think is a big downside.

And then the antennas are going to be able to be adjusted. I mentioned that, but I think that's a big plus if you want to get better coverage. This could be the reason also why we get better performance in areas where we would lose the signal with this. We didn't lose the signal with this one. And as far as some specs in here, we have 1080 resolution at 30 frames per second coming in 2.4 to 5.8 gigahertz.

And then using for I've mentioned this before, and of course, it has a screen right here. Now, when we compare this to the RC Pro, which is the high-end model, there is no 5G button in here. So you can select things. Quite frankly, I don't care about that. It's a touch screen, so you'll be able to just move your finger around.

You don't need an additional thumb button at the top. There are no navigation buttons on the side. I do like that on the RC Pro, but I think this is something that's this is a lot cheaper a block with not having those buttons and paying less money. It's also not as bright. This is 700 nits versus 1000 nits on the RC Pro.

Same thing for the guy. RC The original was also only 700 nits. We fly in the sun in a very bright area. I flew this thing for the last couple of days pretty much nonstop and I never had an issue even on a bright day in the middle of July here in northern , where we have no clouds.

Also a downside. There is no HDMI out. This is also the same that we've seen on the other controllers. And then a little bit of a change in here. Instead of having two USB ports, there is only one. I never quite understood why there were two of them on the original DJI RC, but it is what it is.

This is where you're going to charge and transfer your data. I think it's going to be a lot easier anyway, and that way, you don't get confused between, Well, what does what? All right, let's move on to the camera on the drone. And then we put this thing also through the wringer. We have a chart, a camera that we use in our studio.

We light it up every single time in the same exact way so we can compare drone after drone after drone. And I'm going to give you all that comparative footage in a minute. Now, let's talk about the sensor in here, 1/1.3 CMOS sensor, that's a 0.77-inch sensor on both of these lenses. In here, there's a wide aperture of F 1.7, the zoom is F 2.8, and we have the ability to do 12 megapixels and 48 megapixels, very much like what we saw in the DJI Mini 3 Pro.

The ISO range is going to go from 100 to 6400, although at 48 megapixels you are limited to 3200 only when you take photos and then your shutter speed is going to go from 2 seconds to one over 8000 of a second. Now, a very important note here, the settings in this drone, which is great, can be changed manually on both the 1X and the 3X.

We've seen drones in the past when the Mavic 3, one of them came out, I think the image, the regular Mavic 3 that has two lenses of 7X and the 1X, you could not change anything manually on the 7X and now you can on the 3X on this drone right here. So I like that I was able to take pictures manually with both of them on our camera charts and they worked out really well.

Also, you have the ability to do manual mode in 48 megapixels, which you cannot do in the Air 2S So that's also a great thing. The same intelligent flight modes that your custom works with DJI. And if you're brand new with this, make sure you head over to our A Beginner's Guide. We posted a video for those of you that have never flown a DJI drone, that's probably a great place to start.

We have a quick shot, Master shots, and then also those are available in 3X and I think that's a great plus that we well, we never saw before. I think on DJI drones, you can do bracketing photos, three photos of five photos. You have the panorama with four different modes, and then you can record in JPEG or in raw the DNG mode and or you can do just JPEG or just raw if you want to.

Let's get to the chart. I know you guys are waiting for this because well, this is our chart. We put it on our cyclorama, we light it up with a bunch of different lights that we can control individually. There are four lights in here that we can control individually and change the brightness to make sure we have proper exposure.

We use a histogram to make sure everything is exposed the same from camera to camera. And then what I do in post is I put all these photos in Lightroom, and then I bring the exposure back so that they're all the same all across. It's just a tiny little change of exposure usually. And then I export all of these in TIFF, tiff with no compression.

So you get the maximum quality. It's pretty much as good as it is when it comes from the raw file. And from here, we're going to take a look at five different areas, and you can see those five different areas. Why did I pick these? Because we have something more in the center. We have something more on the edges, on the left side, on the right side, and on the top, we have a different texture with the grass.

We have the torture test. I'll show you the torture test. We have color testing. So now what? You can easily compare and see which of these settings do you think works best for you. Now, I'm going to give you my opinion, but my opinion may vary from your opinion. This is a matter of which one do you like best.

Sometimes you have to give away sharpness so you have noise, and sometimes you give it away. No. So you have sharpness. It's one of these things where it's a matter of preference. So I'm not right. You're not right. I'm not wrong. You're not wrong when you read this. It's whatever works best for you. And this is why we give you this data.

You look at it, and you decide if this is something that works for you. So I'm going to start by comparing the 12-megapixel to the 48-megapixel in the first area on the chart. Now, this is one of the torture tests on the chart. Remember, this is a very small portion of the chart right here. But all of these lines are actually supposed to be diagonal, going from the top left to the bottom right.

You can see the lines of spaced out a little bit more at the bottom of the image. But at the top of the image, it's always a torture test because a lot of sensors create artifacts. When we photograph this section, and I have to say the IRB three in this case, did an amazing job. Whether it's a 12-megapixel or a 48-megapixel, it was able to actually get those lines better than most cameras.

So far, the best camera that we've tested, believe it or not, is actually the DJI Mini 3 Pro. It did the best on all these torture tests that we've seen on the charts. And what you see is at the top, again, 12 megapixels at the bottom, 48 megapixels from ISO 102, ISO 3200 I excluded 6400 because it's only available in the 12-megapixel mode.

But you can see from here it can make your decision. What we'll do is we'll put a link to the full-size images down in a description so you can actually see for yourself without the YouTube compression, because I know that adds a little bit of an extra artifact. But basically looking at the same results that we found with the Mini 3 Pro, which is that 48 megapixel from ISO 100 200 and 48 megapixels usually does better than 12 megapixel, but then after that 12 megapixel does better.

There is less artifact, there is less noise in the image. And that's very to me very obvious in this first part of the chart. So if you have to do images in low light conditions, I would recommend going to 12 megapixels. Otherwise 48-megapixel works pretty well when we move to the next section of the chart, which is where we have different colors, the green, the yellow, the red, and then some of the dark blue.

And you can also see from here that going from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 on the low side of things, 48 megapixels seems to give you a little bit more sharpness, even though here it starts to deteriorate at 48, megapixels at ISO 400 and then after that, pretty much 12 megapixel seems to be doing better. Look at 3200 and look at the difference between the 48 and the 12-megapixel.

I think it's pretty obvious right here what's happening to the image. Then we have another torture test area in this one I love because pretty much every camera that we've put through this, except maybe one has now I'm going to say fail because it's not really a failure, but it's just so difficult to show that little grid pattern, especially right here in the middle that always has artifacts.

It's not supposed to be colored. It's not should be too supposed to be purple or green or whatever it is. When we look at this, information is just supposed to be plain black and white, and it's not. And again, you might say, Oh, well, this sensor is not really good. Well, keep in mind, not a whole lot of cameras can get this.

It's doing a pretty good job in this case. Again, you can see a little bit more noise being added when we get to 30 to 100, especially on the 48-megapixel. But what I've said before about the difference between the two is still true on this portion of the chart. Another section of the chart here. I like this one because it looks at the colors and sharpness of the text and we can see that again.

48 megapixels does pretty well for ISO 102 hundred at 400. It's debatable. I think 12 megapixels does pretty well. A little bit better, maybe than ISO 400. It depends on how sharp you like these things and then how much noise you like to have in your image. But then after this, I think it's pretty obvious that 12 megapixel does a bit of a better job with less noise as we get into the higher ISOs.

And then one more section here. I like this one because this is texture at the top of the charts. This is a three-dimensional texture. We took a patch of fake green grass, and we put it up, so it's got a little bit, it comes out of the charts, and that's always a good torture test as well. And in here, it's pretty obvious.

Look at the difference of 3200 ISO between 12 and 48 megapixels. I think it's it's pretty obvious. Again, I would say the same results as we've seen before. Now you might be wondering how does this compare to other drones that we've tested in the past? Well, let's take a look. We have the air to us, a 12-megapixel.

I'm not going to do a 48-megapixel comparison here, but a 12-megapixel compared to the DJI Air 2 as the DJI Mavic 3 Classic and the Mini 3 Pro at also a 12-megapixel. So you can see the difference. Now look at the Mavic 3 Classic. We were super surprised by this these results and then the air to us as well.

Look at the amount of chromatic aberration that we saw in the air to us and in the Mavic 3, even from bigger sensors, the micro-four-thirds sensor on the Mavic 3 Classic and then a one-inch sensor on the DJI Air 2S and then on both the DJI Air 3 and Mavic 3 Pro, we have fairly similar results, I would say maybe a little bit more blended on the DJI Air 3 side, but I think that's just a sharpness kind of thing.

These images are straight from the cameras. I actually redid the air to test with the latest software at the same time as I did the DJI Air 3. So these images are really fresh right here. When we look at colors alone, you can see a little bit of differences in color between all of them, although fairly similar. But in this case, you can tell me which one you like best.

I have a hard time selecting one. I just think they're just well, it really all depends on what kind of yellow you like best. And then the torture test. Here it is again. Now you can see that the DJI Air 3 and the Mini 3 Pro, both of them did not do so good with that tiny little portion at the bottom of the chart right in the middle.

But the DJI Mavic 3 Classic in the air to us actually did a bit of a better job. I think it's because it's closer to the center. It looks like the air to us from all my testing is fairly sharp in the center, but once we start going to the edges, it loses quite a bit of sharpness. The Air 3 seemed to be pretty consistent as far as sharpness all across, sending with the Mini 3 Pro.

The Mavic 3 Classic just has a good image overall. I think even though you saw on that first torture test, it didn't do so well for all the other images. It was actually really sharp. And this is all at ISO 100, by the way. And then here again at ISO 100, we're going more to the edges. And you notice there is even some a bit of distortion on the image on the air to us.

We've seen this over and over again. That bottom line seems to be tilted a little bit. And even the top line, this is not a mistake on our part. We did the testing several times, and that's just the way that the lens has a little bit of distortion as far as crispness, you can see, the Mavic 3 Classic still has the best of image.

Now granted, it was a 5.6. Why did I pick a 5.6? Because that's where the drone kind of shines. 5.6, 6.3. These RF stops are actually really good and really sharp. Why didn't I use the lowest? Well, because most people are going to be using the maximum they can have the Classic because it has a variable aperture, the DJI Mini 3 Pro, and the DJI Air 3.

To us, the images were very similar. I'm starting to think that either it's the exact same lens or the same sensor, but I'm not quite sure 100%. So I didn't want to I didn't want to make this up. And then, as far as the grass at the top, again, you can see a little bit of difference. This is at the very edge of the lens.

The air to us, I think, is a little bit more fuzzy. The DJI Air 3 and the Mini 3 fairly close to each other, although the Mini 3 was a little bit sharper. And then Mavic 3 Classic just seems to be the sharpest in this case. Once we bump up the iso, I'm going to go through this a little bit quicker, but you can see here the air to us and the Mavic, we still don't do really well.

The DJI Air 3 and the DJI Mini 3 seem to be doing really well as far as the colors. Again, not much of a change, even though the Mavic 3 Classic seems to be showing a little bit more of noise in this case. And then a torture test area here, The DJI Mavic 3 Classic started to show some artifacts in the middle, and the DJI Air 3 and the DJI Mini 3 Pro doing not so well in that specific area. And then the DJI Air 2 as somehow doing a really good job in this case.

The next part of the charts we have, we start to lose quite a bit of sharpness, especially on the DJI Air 2S side of things. The other drone is still doing pretty good, the DJI Mavic 3 Classic's still doing very solid. And then once we get to the grass, then you can see the results right here again; the DJI Air 2S seems to be kind of the softest of all of them.

And then the DJI Air 3, the DJI Mini 3 Pro, and then the Mavic 3 Classic in order of less sharp, two more sharp, and I'll do one more. I pushed it all the way to 1600. I wanted to show you the comparison here. The air to us seems to be doing okay. We still don't have as much of a chromatic aberration as we've seen in the Air.

To us, even at 1600 ISO, it's still doing a really good job. Again, remember, these lines are really, really, really tiny and really spaced out by not a whole lot. The ministry seems to be doing pretty good, although we can start to see some blotches on the image going through the color section, I think. Well, it depends again on what you like.

I think the Mavic 3 Classic has a bit more noise in this case. I like the image on the DJI Air 3 and the DJI Mini 3 Pro. I think the air to us is a bit more dull, but again, that's really up to you to see what you like best. And then the torture test area. The Air 2 is still doing really well.

The other ones, well, it's ISO 1600, so not a whole lot to expect in this case. And as we get to the edge of the chart, the Mavic 3 Classic is doing a great job. The DJI Air 3 seems to be doing a bit better than the Mini 3 Pro and then the air to us, I think. Well, air to us seems to be not as sharp.

Again, it's that section of the lens that's on the left side that doesn't seem to be sharp anyway. And then here's the picture of the grass. You can make your own decision from here. I hope this data helped. Let us know in the comment where you think which one you like best. Again, there's no right or wrong answer.

Chances are, if you own one of these drones, you might say, You know what? This is good enough. Or you might say, Well, this is actually quite a bit of a change. I'd like to upgrade, which case, go and get this drone. Now let's talk about the video modes. We have 4K available up to 60 frames per second, but you can also switch it to slow motion mode at 100 frames per second.

You might be saying, what's the difference between the two? The slow motion mode is going to have the video already in slow motion as you played back in full HD 1080, we're going to have up to 60 frames per second, but you can go as high as 200 from per second using the slow motion mode and something different.

We have a vertical mode which is 1080 in 916 format, up to 60 frames per second or 2.7 at 60 frames per second. Now I said it's different and it's new. Why is it new? Because if you remember on the Mini 3 Pro, if you've ever seen that the lens actually rotates completely to go and do that recording in 916.

Well, in this case, it's not. It actually crops the sensor and rotates the sensor in the image differently. So this lens is going to remain the same. And this is one thing that I didn't care for in the app in itself, you have to go in the app, and you have to go in through the resolution to find the vertical mode.

You have to select that, and then it's going to flip the image, and then you'll do the recording. I liked it a lot better in the DJI Mini 3 Pro because you had a button right here on the home page. You can just push, and in the image, the lens in itself rotates, and in now you can record that way.

It was a lot fewer touches and clicks to get to it. I think it's kind of buried inside of the menu now, and I just didn't care for it. In video mode, we have in normal mode a normal color profile, I should say 8-bit at 4:2:0 if you know what that means. And then in LG or in dialog M, we have 10-bit at 4:2:0.

There's no 4:2:0 available in this drop. There's also a night video mode that allows you to bump up the ISO to 12,800 and up to 4K at 30 frames per second. Now I have to say we haven't been able to tested just yet. We'll be doing a video in the future as far as slow motion 4k at 100 frames per second or 1080 at 200 for emphasis band, and then you can record in MPEG four or in a movie in H264 or H265 for the codec.

If you don't know what that means, head over to our beginner's guide and we'll be talking about that over there. I'm sure you're wondering what the video quality looks like compared to other drones. Well, this is going to be at the very end of this video, we compiled 3 minutes of footage for you that has a comparison between the Mini 3 Pro, the Air 2S, and then the Mavic 3 Classic.

And we also compared the 3X from this drone to the DJI Mavic 3 Pro. And you can see all that footage. I'm going to put it at the very end because I'm going to let the video finish with this, and with that, without talking, you can just watch the footage. So if you want to see that, head over to the end.

But I have more. So stick around for a second. As far as the flight modes, you'll be happy to see that we have all the flight modes that we've seen before. You have the master shots, you have all your quick shots, you have all of the hyperlapse modes and in all the panoramic mode. So right there, you'll be right at home.

You have that vertical wide one ID and then the sphere panorama, and then those quick shots we have the drone, either helix, rockets, circle, boomerang and asteroid and then the hyperlapse you have free where you can just fly wherever can do a circle, a course lock or different waypoints. So again, if you're familiar with DJI drones, this is nothing new.

There are no additional features, in this case, touching up on some of the safety features. This is the first mini slash air series of drones that has omnidirectional obstacle avoidance. We've seen in the past you would have only front and back. You would never have the side obstacle sensors or in some cases, you don't have obstacle sensors at all.

Here we have it all the way around by simply using these two sensors here. And these two sensors, the way that they're oriented, they're going to be able to give you full 360 obstacle avoidance. And it works really well. We've tested it a little bit. We didn't want to break it while we were testing. We'll be doing more of this after we record this video.

Now that we can go and not have to send it back and wait for it to come back from repair. As far as the obstacle avoidance APAS 5.0, which is the same as we've seen in previous versions of the drone. So there is no new APAS, 6.0 or whatever you were expecting. It's still the old one which still works really, really well.

We tested it on the DJI Mavic 3 series, and we were very impressed. We had it follow somebody on a One-Wheel zigzagging between trees, and it did just just an amazing job. We also have our edge returned to home, same as all the other DJI drones. There is no real other specific at this time, but it just works exactly the same.

And then we have air sense, which is a way to find other aircraft that are flying in the airspace. This is standard on all DJI drones going forward. There are over 250 grams, so this will sense ADS-B technology. This is something that many aircraft are going to broadcast when they fly in certain airspace, and that's going to warn you that there's a manned aircraft coming around.

So that's a great thing. That's a great safety feature right here. You'll you'll love having this and making sure it tells you. Now, be careful. It's not foolproof. There are some aircraft that fly in the airspace that do not have ADS-B available. Let's wrap it up with some final thoughts. The opinion on the aircraft. What I really loved about it, the three zoom, that really, really made a big difference.

I loved that great parallax effect. And not having 7X, actually, I think is a great feature. Actually, seven X was cool, but I think 3X is actually a lot more usable. F 1.7 makes the camera very bright. Reminds me of the DJI Mini 3 Pro, which I really love to travel with. We have a cool new controller with some better antennas and better transmission.

It looks like compared to what we've seen before, we also have better flight time on the batteries, even though these batteries are pretty bulky. Right. If you were used to the air to us, you have these big batteries. These are very close to the Mavic 3 series. No, you cannot use the Mavic 3 batteries in this drone at this stage.

Also, all the video modes being available in 1X and 3X, I think that's a big plus. And something that I haven't mentioned just yet is the name convention, the naming convention of the files on here has changed. This is something that we've seen in the Mavic 3 Pro where you have the ability to create your own custom naming convention and by default it came to us as naming the file as DJI underscore.

In the past, you would have just a number after this that started at 0001. Now it actually adds a date in the middle of it and long format date with the year, month day, and then the time at which to record the video was recorded. And then at the end of it, it's going to add also that four-digit number.

What it means is that you will never have two files that are of the same name. One thing I always hated, we test these drones. We take the first video. It's called DJI 0001. You know how many DJI 0001 we have on our server? A million of them. And so now we don't have the same file name. We can easily find a file somewhere on your computer.

I think it's a great addition. It's very minor, but boy, it's going to make a big difference for our team. Another thing that I really like is the that we were sent very high quality from my early testing. We'll be doing more testing, but from my early testing, these are very, very accurate as far as ending darkness.

And they also did not create a tense other than the ND64. The ND64 was definitely very purple, which is typical. We see this in a lot of ND filters. I also like this new charger right here. Now you have to push on the battery button right here to eject the battery. But I think this is really nice and solid and you can quickly see which battery is charged and which one is not.

And these batteries charge very quickly and then the last thing that I'll mention, it comes with a bag. If you get the Fly More Combo in this bag is really well thought of. And why? Because we've seen other bags from DJI that were very bulky, the one that came with the Mavic 3, which is very bulky. It was very high quality, but just very difficult and heavy.

This is very minimalist in a way. It just opens up. It's got something that closes very simply right here. Although some people may want to have a zipper to make it more secure, but to just travel around like this, I think it's it's nice and quick and then just good build quality and then just big enough to put all the gear that you need to bring with you.

And yeah, it's got good padding. And I really was impressed at first sight when we first got it, things that it did not care about. You cannot install the app on the DJI RC 2. Same thing on the RC 1. But you know what? I wish that we could actually add possibly in here. I think there are ways to hack it, but I haven't tried them.

Something that you might want to try at home. There is no HDMI on the output right here. Something that we like to have when we create videos, in this case, we want to have it available. It's only available on the pro version. There's no iPads available in high-resolution modes. That's something that also we've seen on other DJI drones in the past.

I'm not sure why, but it would be nice to have that available. So you are covered. You don't have to think about it. And then the gimbal cover man, I hate this thing. Look, I just cannot tell you how bad these gimbal covers are on all drones. And it's not just a DJI issue, but the Air 2S. Actually, now that I said, as I put this one on the air to us very easily, but boy, every drone after this is just so difficult to put on.

It feels like you have to do the exact thing at the exact right time. You have to put your finger in here to move the camera. And it's just it's just not that easy. So I'm sure we'll get the hang of it eventually. I just don't like it. So that's it? That's my final thoughts. It's a great drone overall.

I think it's if you're looking for like the next big thing, I don't know if this is it. Quite frankly, to be fair, it's a great upgrade from the Air 2S, that's for sure. I think image quality in flight time in pretty much everything, even though it has a smaller sensor. I love the new controller. I love the fact that this is a hybrid of the DJI Mini 3.

You can still rotate the camera and the Mavic 3, where you have good quality. I love the 1X, I love the 3X. I think all of this makes it a great combo, something that definitely, if I travel, it's going to be hard for me to think about, Oh, should I take the DJI Mini 3 or should I take this thing?

Because this has a few more features that are available and in a slightly bigger package, but maybe not big enough that I'm like, It's going to be too heavy. So I think this is going to be a great go-to drone for a lot of people. The price point is sweet, right between the mini series and the Mavic series.

So if you have just enough funds to get over a mini but not enough to get to the Mavic series, I think the DJI Air 3 is going to be a winner. So the way that it flies, too is actually quite stable. Great in high winds, maybe compared to the DJI Mini 3 series. And just I think people are going to love it.

Let us know in the comments if you have any additional questions and then watch the other videos that we put out about this drone. There's quite a bit out there and we'll see you next time.

All right. As promised, here's the footage of all the drones that we've compared now. I had to hand-fly every single one of these. So there's a little bit of a difference between the footage. It's very difficult to replicate the same footage over and over again. We had an issue with the drone that we usually use to do that. So all these are manually done, but this should give you the gist of it for every single one of these locations and try to.

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