DJI is back with a new DJI Mavic 3 drone. DJI has been at the forefront of drone innovation and technology for years, and this latest iteration of the Mavic line is no exception. The DJI Mavic 3 drone is the most advanced, capable, and foldable drone on the market. The new DJI Mavic 3 stands out from its competition with its real-time obstacle avoidance and built-in camera.
In this blog, we will review the new DJI Mavic 3 drone to see how it holds up.
DJI Mavic 3 Review
- 20MP, Four Thirds CMO sensor + 12MP 1/2″ CMOS Sensor
- 24mm (Equiv.) 24mm (Equiv.)
- 162mm (Equiv.) 162mm (Equiv.)
- Hasselblad HNCS
- 5.1K/50p DCI/UHD 4K/120p or 1080/200p video
- H.264 and H.265 recordings at 200 Mbps and 140 Mbps, respectively
- Apple ProRes 422 HD codec on Cine model
- HDR and 10-bit D-Log video capture
- Capture raw and JPEG images
- OcuSync 3.0 (O3) image transmission (15 km range)
- Omnidirectional obstacle avoidance
- APAS (Advanced Pilot Assistance System), and ActiveTrack 5.0 (coming in the January 2022 firmware update)
- Master shots is a cinematic capture mode.
- Flight time: 46 minutes
- 895/899 total weight
- Four-Thirds camera with Hasselblad color
- Zoom lens with 7x optical zoom and 28x digital zoom
- Video: 5.1K50 and 4K120
- Raw 20MP or JPG stills
- All-around prevention of obstacles
- Long flight times
- Safety features that are strong
- Telephoto lens a handy backup
- The base model has only 8GB of storage
- Falls below 46-minute battery estimation
- Some features are not available at launch
What Is The DJI Mavic 3 And How Does It Work?
As the DJI Mavic 2 Pro was the first to redefine drone imaging, the DJI Mavic 3 will have a difficult task. The 1-inch sensor in Hasselblad’s camera was the most impressive feature of the 2 Pro. It produced incredible images. The drone’s size and advanced flight features are just a few of its many advantages. There was nothing to dislike.
Three years later, I still haven’t bought one. I wasn’t as eager to buy a DJI Mavic 2 Pro, but I also had other kits that I needed to prioritize. Now that DJI has released the successor, I need to save even more.
The DJI Mavic 3 is a better choice than the DJI Mavic2 Pro, which was helmed by Hasselblad.
Why? The answer is simple: the DJI Mavic 3 is the best imaging drone you can buy. The 4/3 sensor behind the Hasselblad label allows you to take high-quality aerial photos like never before.
The second camera, which has a 162mm focal length as well as a hybrid zoom, is the only disappointment. First, there are two cameras. If you look closely at the front of your cameras, you will see both lenses. These were my first encounter with them. I was excited because I thought DJI had created the DJI Mavic 3 from the DJI Mavic 2 Pro + Zoom. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
While the zoom lens is useful, it’s more used for finding locations and shooting shots than as a creative cinematic tool.
DJI also increased flight times from 30-ish to 46-ish mins, depending on the conditions.
A host of sensors are also installed to stop the drone from flying into objects. The data collected from these sensors can also be used for subject tracking and other features.
The DJI Mavic 3 is a stunning drone and you can choose from three options Standard, Combo, or Cine.
DJI Mavic 3 Combos: What’s the Difference?
DJI Mavic 3 is available in three versions: Fly More, Standard, and Cine Premium.
The Cine Premium has the added Apple ProRes 422 HQ encoding and internal 1TB SSD. It also includes the DJI RC Pro.
Below is a table that shows the major differences in the box between the three.
Design and Handling
As we have seen before, this DJI is of good quality. I have checked the upgrade thoroughly, and it is solid. The design and aesthetics of the upgraded Mavic 2 Pro have been modified to accommodate additional cooling and sensors.
The Mavic 3 is, as the DJI Mavic2 Pro is, a beautiful drone. It is also very portable.
Folding arms are as confusing as ever for first-time users. My main drone does not have folding arms. I’ve flown every DJI Mavic, but I still prefer to unfold the sequence one in five times.
Tops arms fold first, and bottom arms turn around. Props are already attached. It is worth checking that they are properly attached. Again, the props fold down and allow the drone to be compacted.
The drone harness, which comes with the DJI Mavic 3 or the Fly More Combo, is a nice addition. It fits over the DJI Mavic 3’s nose and wraps around the back. When packed away, it holds everything together neatly. It helps to protect props during transit.
The Combo option is one thing I am focusing on in this review. It comes with four batteries, three filters, multi-chargers, filters, multi-filters, a controller, and a carry case.
These filters are simply clips that attach to ND’s at ND4, ND8, ND16, and ND32. They help control light levels, which should not be an issue in November in the UK.
This bag/case is worth mentioning as it not only holds the drone and all its batteries, filters, and charge but it’s also one the most beautiful bags I’ve seen.
A Closer Look At This Drone
There are three sensors on the DJI Mavic’s body: two at the front, two below, and two at its rear. Additional sensors are located on the Mavic’s body, with two each at the front and two underneath. There are eight total sensors.
The propellers are the same style as the previous DJI Mavic drones. They can be folded and twisted to fit. They are easy to swap out and change without any tools.
You can see the many changes DJI made to the drone’s chassis. Lines have been smoothed and cooling vents and cooling have been increased.
These design changes give the DJI Mavic 3 a very stylish look. While the DJI Mavic 2 Pro felt solid, the new model feels and looks professional.
The battery, which fits directly into the drone’s back and secures with a satisfying click, is another big change. It’s secured once it is in place. To release it, just press the buttons on either end.
The USB charging dock charges the battery or batteries included in the Combo Kit. It uses DJI’s 65W USB Type-C plug, which allows for fast charging. The design allows you to charge your batteries with any standard USB Type C plug or laptop using the USB Type C plug. However, charging times can be significantly longer.
The Mavic 3’s remote control will be a big plus if you are upgrading from a DJI Mavic 2. It has a more modern design that can accommodate larger smartphones. The remote control is the same as the DJI Mini 2, DJI Mavic Air 2, and Air 2S DJI drones.
It is a gray slab that looks and functions just like a videogame controller but is a little more rectangular. For slimline storage, the flight control can be unscrewed and stored in the bottom. The clamp at the top holds your smartphone, while the clamp covers the connection cable. It’s a smart design.
The left flight stick adjusts altitude and yaw. The right moves the drone forward and backward left and right.
For anyone who has ever piloted a drone, the controls are simple. There are two control sticks that move the drone around in space. A shoulder control wheel tilts the cameras. The front has buttons for return-to-home and power. A shoulder control allows you to control recording.
The toggle at the middle lets you switch between Cine and Normal flight modes. For slower shots, the Cine mode slows down the drone. Normal mode provides a reasonable speed of around 22mph, with avoidance of impediments disabled. Sport mode disables obstacle detection so that the drone can fly high, away from trees and buildings, and it can reach speeds of up to 45 mph.
The remote can be charged via USB-C by storing the control sticks at its bottom.
Although the remote can be used to control basic camera functions, the App offers more options. You can adjust your resolution and video frame rate, turn Raw photography off or on, view fight logs, and make other adjustments. You will also find basic video editing tools as well as ready-made templates to make casual edits.
Edit the 1080p video that Mavic streams to your phone instantly, or copy the full-resolution recording to your device. It supports quick Wi-Fi 6 transfer rates for compatible phones. It’d be nice to see more DJI Mavic 3 owners edit on a desktop or laptop. I used Final Cut Pro to create the sample recordings.
- You can check How to connect the drone with controller to learn more information.
DJI Fly App
DJI Fly App shows you the view from your camera. You can also switch between the various flight modes and automatic camera moves.
This app allows you to view your camera and control the drone, as well as update firmware. This drone is not recommended for those who don’t own a smartphone. This app is compatible with iOS and Android. The box also includes Lightning, micro USB 2.0, and USB-C cables. If you have a smartphone that is aging, the remote can charge via USB-C and provide power to connected devices.
The FLY app is very well designed and covers all the basics. There’s also a good flight training program for beginners. A complete beginner can fly the DJI Mavic 3 without any difficulty, despite its price and complexity. As with all drone pilots, flight hours are essential. It’s worth spending a few minutes on the simulator to practice your skills.
The App also gives you direct access to all the parameters and options for your drones. It can take some time to navigate the many options and parameters. It’s usually only when you need to adjust a parameter that it becomes apparent that you don’t know where it is.
As an example, you could switch between the cameras or adjust the settings. You used to tap the options on the side. Then a nice graphic overlay with options would appear. These options are still available, but you will need to tap on different icons or delve deeper into the menus to find what you need.
However, it will take some time before you know which functions and features are important to you and where they are.
The App’s rest is well designed and many of its new features are well-considered. The drone will not take off if it tries to fly where you don’t want to.
You can check out the list of other drone apps to learn more: Best Drone App 2022: Top Full Guide For You.
It’s All About Cameras
The DJI Mavic 3 is very good, and the flight features like object detection are great, but the main draw is the camera.
As previously mentioned, DJI and Hasselblad developed a dual camera. One has a high resolution to capture stunning wide-angle shots, and the other is a zoom that’s both optical and digital. They are mounted in one very compact unit.
The two cameras can be used together, just like your smartphone’s camera. The Hasselblad has a 24mm focal length, and the second lens, 162mm, comes with 28x zoom. The zoom lens was added to locate subjects and find paths rather than to improve its imaging capabilities. However, the quality of the images is still quite good even before digital zoom.
The zoom camera is fascinating, but the true interest of videographers and photographers lies in the single Hasselblad camera with all it has to offer.
Before we get into the Hasselblad camera, it is worth examining how the camera units are connected to the drone. The combination cameras are attached to one unit, which is then attached to a drone. This gimbal, like previous Mavic drones, is small and fits into the nose of the craft. It also offers 3-axis stabilization.
The drone handles stabilization via the gimbal automatically. You can still control the tilt of the camera using the remote control’s wheel, just as you did with previous DJI releases.
The DJI Mavic 3’s video transmission is unparalleled. Smooth and crisp. There is virtually no latency between the live view and the camera.
It is also evident that the changes in frame rate are visible on your smartphone’s screen when you adjust the camera settings. The difference between drone footage at 30fps or 60fps can be quite dramatic. The 30fps footage looks jerky compared to the 60fps footage.
The phone is responsible for the feed. You need to make sure that your screen displays the correct color and brightness depending on the lighting conditions.
One situation was that I had to review the footage and adjust for exposure. Later, however, it was clear that the uncorrected footage was correct while the compensated footage was too dark. The camera was aware of what it was doing.
One of the features I wanted to test in the air was the 28x zoom feature and the second camera. You can activate this feature by simply tapping the binoculars icon, then clicking the magnification icon. Zooming in on the image will show that the zoom works well, but the image quality does not improve. This means that there is no way to believe the DJI Mavic 3 was a combination of the DJI Mavic2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom.
Although the zoom function of the second camera works well, it doesn’t have the same quality video and stills as the main Hasselblad camera. It would have been better if they didn’t include this camera on the drone. To be honest, I don’t think so.
Photos And Video
DJI teamed up with Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad in order to create an L2D-20c custom camera for the DJI Mavic 3 series. The main camera is located at the bottom and features a 20MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor with a 24mm equivalent. The lens with an 84o FOV, variable F2.8-11 aperture. The camera can capture still images in raw format (12-bit). The entire dual-camera system can be mounted on a 3-axis mechanical platform.
Like the Mavic2 Pro, it has an adjustable aperture of f/2.8 to 11 with manual and autofocus, from 1m to infinite. The second camera has a 1/2-inch CMOS sensor, an equivalent focal length (162mm), a fixed f/4.4 aperture, and a 28x Hybrid Zoom.
Before the Mavic 3 series, a Four Thirds CMOS sensor camera was only available on a DJI Inspire. A Zenmuse X5 camera could also be mounted on the drone’s gimbal. The Mavic 3’s camera also features Hasselblad HCNS technology, which provides enhanced color accuracy.
Standard Mavic 3 can record video at resolutions of 5.1K/50p, UHD 4K/120p, or 1080/200p at 140 Mbps using H.265 codec and 200 Mbps using H.264. We tested the Cine version, which includes Apple’s ProRes422 HQ codec. It can also record 4K/120p at 3772Mbps, which is a significant upgrade from the specifications previously mentioned. Unfortunately, this resolution has yet to be tested. These specs are an upgrade to the Mavic 2 Pro’s 4K/30p video at 100 Mbps and Air 2S’ 5.4K/30p video at 150 Mbps.
Basic DJI Mavic 3 has 8GB internal storage. It can also capture 1 billion colors in 10-bit DLog color profiles. Cine’s version has a 1TB SSD. This is because it can also store larger files with Apple’s ProRes422 HQ codec. Both versions can use their full width 5.1K sensors. This dual-camera system’s housing is lighter and better suited to its size. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro was plagued by pixel binning issues and line skipping. This problem is not present with the DJI Mavic 3 drones.
Clicking through the various flight modes (Cine, Normal, and Sport) will change the characteristics of your drone in flight.
Cine mode allows the Mavic 3 to be precise and smooth in its motion and rotation. Normal can be switched to enable the drone to react faster, which allows for more dynamic shots. It’s also useful when choosing start and endpoints before you switch to Cine mode.
Normal and Cine modes make full use of object avoidance sensors. They give you safety and security while flying, but they can be annoying.
The drone’s characteristics will change when you switch the controller to Sport. The Mavic 3 is more like a drifter than the DJI Phantom 4 and FPV, which can transform into solid Airbourne race drones. Although it’s great fun, the Mavic 3 doesn’t offer the same high-speed control as other DJI drones. Although Sport mode is available, it is not what the drone is all about. However, it is well worth a try for some fun.
Overall, the Mavic 3’s flight and balance are excellent. It feels solid and stable in the air and is easy to control.
The Mavic 3 lacks the high-speed flight control you get with the smaller Phantom series or small FPV. But then again, why would it?
Intelligent Shooting Modes
DJI Mavic 3 has a variety of intelligent modes that help content creators create compelling videos and photos.
- Master Shots allows users to create top-quality content faster and easier. Videos can be made in minutes using the App’s automatic editing and dubbing. They can also be shared directly with friends.
- Panorama Mode: DJI Mavic 3 allows photos to be stitched directly and processed by drone without DJIFly App. This allows users to capture stunning landscapes with great breadth and rich detail.
- QuickTransfer allows users to store and process materials directly on their mobile devices without having to link with the remote controller. DJI Mavic 3 now has the ability to transmit materials faster from the drone onto the mobile device via Wi-Fi 6.
Enhanced Flight Safety
Mavic 3’s improved obstacle detection and navigation systems provide drone pilots with the guidance they need in order to remain safe.
APAS 5.0 combines inputs of six fish-eye vision sensors with two wide-angle sensors. These sensors continuously and seamlessly sense obstacles in all directions and plan safe flight routes to avoid them – even in complex environments.
ActiveTrack 5.0 is an upgrade to the DJI Mavic 3 (coming in the January 2022 firmware update), which will be available in January 2022. This allows users to detect obstacles even in Normal mode.
ActiveTrack was previously able to track a subject’s movements towards and away from the drones while also remaining mostly stationary. It could also fly alongside a moving subject.
ActiveTrack 5.0, however, allows Mavic 3’s movement with the subject to be tracked. It can move forward, backward, left, right, and diagonally and it can fly alongside and around moving subjects.
Additionally, if the subject moves fast or temporarily out of frame, the aircraft’s visual sensors will continue to track it and frame it intelligently, picking it up when it returns.
ActiveTrack now allows for more fluid, diverse camera and drone movement thanks to these new directions.
Advanced Return To Home has been relaunched on the drone. This new feature allows the drone to determine the most efficient, safest, and cost-effective route to return to its home point.
The drone also measures wind speed in the environment and calculates the power needed to return home. This is done in real-time based on wind speed and return path. This allows users to fly more safely and trigger the RTH action.
Mavic 3 features a powerful positioning algorithm that enhances hovering precision using signals from GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou satellites.
This allows DJI Mavic 3 to connect faster with multiple satellite signals.
Mavic 3’s increased positioning precision makes it less likely for DJI Mavic 3 to drift in the air and also makes Mavic 3 more stable when taking long exposures or timelapse.
Other safety features include:
- Geofencing and altitude limitations: To warn drone pilots when they fly in sensitive areas and raise awareness about altitude restrictions.
- AeroScope Remote Identification: Allows authorities to identify and monitor drones flying in sensitive areas.
- DJI AirSense: Notifies drone pilots when nearby aircraft and helicopters transmit ADS-B signals. This allows them to fly to safer locations quickly.
Enhanced Transmission System
Mavic 3 includes DJI O3+, an upgraded transmission system that provides stable, smooth, and clear video transmission even in challenging conditions.
O3+ allows Mavic 3 to fly further with a maximum control range between 15km (FCC) and 12km (CE). It also transmits signals with greater stability and lower video lag.
DJI’s Mavic 3 is the first to offer a high frame-rate transmission
With a live feed of 1080p/60fps. The camera view is displayed at the same resolution as the actual recording.
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Mavic 3 Accessories
The Mavic 3 comes with an entire ecosystem of accessories in true DJI fashion.
- The DJI 65W portable charger: Fast charging and a quick option that takes approximately 96 minutes to charge. Its USB Type-C output allows it to be compatible with smartphones and notebooks.
- The DJI Convertible Carrying bag: This new design features a backpack-shoulder bag combination that can hold the Mavic 3 accessories and other personal items.
- DJI Mavic 3 Wide Angle Lens: Provides a FOV of up 108 degrees for an immersive FPV-style flight experience.
- DJI Mavic 3 Storage Cover – The Storage Cover is lightweight and minimalist and protects the camera and gimbal as well as propellers during the folding and transportation of the Mavic 3.
- The DJI ND Filters Set includes two types of filters: ND4/8/16/32 or ND64/128/256/512. These ND filters allow the camera to excel in bright lighting conditions.
- DJI 10Gbps Lightspeed Data cable: This allows users to transfer materials from their drone to their computers at high speeds. High-speed transmission makes it possible to back up material on-site.
The Mavic 3 and Cine are superior to all previous Mavic models in terms of camera sensor size, video resolution, and zooming capabilities, as well as flight time. These are Fly More Combos since the standard model is the only one available (without the two extra batteries and accessories), and the Cine is the only Combo. The Standard Mavic 3 is available for purchase at $2199.
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when you are in the market looking for a drone with one of the best cameras, DJI Mavic 3 is your answer. It is the perfect drone for travelers who are looking for something light, compact, and easy to use.
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