DJI Mavic 3 Review

The DJI Mavic 3 is an impressive feat of engineering. DJI has long been one of the foremost names in the drone world with its Mavic lineup. The cutting-edge technology set into its drones makes them the primary choice among enthusiasts.

The company has now revealed the Mavic 3, the latest and (so far) most excellent drone in its lineup.

Featuring a more suitable sensor, dual-camera system, omnidirectional obstacle sensing, more brilliant flight modes, and longer flight times, the DJI Mavic 3 is one of the most acceptable consumer drones yet.

Features : DJI Mavic 3

The Mavic 3 keeps the folding body that DJI is known for but contains a dual-camera system into its build that permits for higher-quality photographs than ever before. The L2D-20c aerial camera includes a professional-grade 4/3 CMOS sensor with a 24mm prime lens in an innovative and compact form. It can shoot 20 megapixel still pictures in 12-bit RAW and videos in 5.1K at 50 frames per second or 4K at 120 fps. In addition, it can handle slow-mo video at 120 fps.

Thanks to a larger image sensor, these visual standards apply in almost any lighting situation. In addition, the Mavic 3 has a native dynamic range of 12.8 stops and can retain more detail in brightly lit and dim environments. The adjustable aperture ranges from f/2.8 to 4/11.

Despite all of this technology, the lens considers just 12.5 grams. It holds an 84-degree field of view. The second camera contains a 162mm tele lens with a 28x Hybrid Zoom that integrates digital and optical zoom and an aperture of f/4.4. Combined with the new Vision Detection Auto Focus technology, the Mavic 3 can fast focus on its shots without surrendering quality.

The camera isn’t the only faction of the drone to see an upgrade, either. Its navigation operates six fish-eye vision and two wide-angle sensors to notice obstacles in all directions and design safe flight routes, even in chaotic and complex environments. These sensors also produce the drone’s ability to track subjects even more effectively.

DJI Mavic 3 Review

The upgraded ActiveTrack 5.0 allows users to maintain a lock on a matter even in Normal mode. The drone will proceed with the issue, even if it moves out of the camera frame. Secondary sensors on the Mavic 3 will kick in and resume tracking the object until the camera can focus on it.

The Mavic 3 can latch onto GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou satellite alerts for more accurate positioning. In addition, it uses geofencing to warn pilots if they fly too near sensitive areas and has altitude boundaries to keep pilots conscious of altitude restrictions.

Previous maximums for flight times hovered around half an hour, but the Mavic 3 utilizes new designs to maximize its power for flight times up to 46 minutes in ideal conditions. The streamlined shape and outline of the Mavic 3 reduces drag by as much as 35% for faster top speeds.

The Mavic 3 also operates a new Return to Home (RTH) system that permits it to calculate the fastest, most direct route back to its home base should the battery begin to run low or if it loses connection.

In addition to advancements across virtually all aspects of the drone, the Mavic 3 also wears several recent usage modes:

Master Shots: Users can make high-quality content fast and efficiently through automated editing and dubbing in-app.

Panorama Mode: The drone stitched and processed images, allowing for quick capture of landscapes without sacrificing details.

Quick Transfer: Users can transfer materials on their mobile devices without using the remote controller.

The Mavic 3 Cine is an upgraded variant of the Mavic 3 that utilizes Apple ProRes 422 HQ encoding for the highest data rate of 3,772Mbps. This version of the drone is designed for professional use. It’s competent in handling large amounts of data from the ProRes codec and more increased video frame rates and also comes with a built-in 1TB SSD. It also utilizes the new DJI 10Gbps Lightspeed Data Cable to quickly transfer larger data files.

The Mavic 3 standard version will retail for $2,200 and include:

  • The Mavic 3 drone.
  • One Intelligent Flight Battery.
  • One RC-N1 remote controller.
  • Three RC-n1 cables.
  • One battery charger.
  • One storage cover.
  • Three pairs of propellers.
  • Other essential items.

The DJI Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo will retail for $5,000. It includes the SSD, the Mavic 3 Cine drone, three Intelligent Flight Batteries, six pairs of propellers, an ND filter set (ND4/8/16/32), an NDS filter set (ND64/128/256/512), one DJI RC Pro, one battery charger, one battery charging hub, one storage cover, one convertible carrying bag, the DJI 10 Gbps Lightspeed Data cable, and other necessary items.

App Trouble

Surprisingly, the Mavic 3 employs DJI’s Fly app. It is a drone aimed at pros, and the company’s Go 4 app has plenty of settings pros would love—white balance controls and Aperture Priority mode, to name a few—that aren’t in the Fly app. It’s not that the Fly app is terrible; it just gets aimed at a much more agreeable user than the Mavic 3 is likely to attract. Still, the variable aperture controls are comfortable to use, and you can customize the settings to fit your workflow.

As it stands, though, the Mavic 3 is a great drone. The Cine model especially, with the power to shoot ProRes video, will welcome professionals who need high-quality imagery. But, unfortunately, the Cine starts at $5,000, well beyond what more casual users will spend.

The base model is not just cheap at $2,200, but it’s more approachable, and it still delivers the best quality video footage from a consumer drone. In addition, the long flight time, tremendous obstacle avoidance features, and (in theory) ActiveTrack 5 make the Mavic 3 stand well beyond anything else on the market.