When it comes to choosing a drone, there are many factors to consider. One important factor is the price. Another is the features. And finally, you have to decide if you want a Pro version or not. In this article, we will be comparing the DJI MINI 3 Pro and the DJI MINI 2. We will be looking at the price, the features, and the pros and cons of each drone.
DJI Mini 3 vs Mini 2
- Both drones are 249g in weight
- Mini 2 measures 138x81x58mm folded
- The Mini 3 Pro measures 145x90x62mm folded
Mini 3 Pro was radically redesigned from Mini 2. This is mainly to accommodate the large obstacle avoidance sensors. Although it has a different appearance than the Mini 2, the additional functionality makes up for the difference.
Mini 3 Pro’s body also sweeps back from its front. This allows the camera tilt to tilt higher without having the drone’s body obstruct the view. The new chassis design is also beneficial in speed flight. It allows for more maneuverability and less risk of drooping in forwarding flight.
Although the Mini 3 Pro is slightly bigger than the Mini 2, it is still smaller when folded. It is significantly larger when unfolded and the propellers also are bigger. This allows for greater efficiency in flying and lower noise levels when it’s in use.
Performance of flight
- Mini 2 max speed: 16 m/s
- Mini 2 wind resistance: 8.5-10.5 m/s (Scale 5)
- Mini 3 Pro max speed: 16 m/s
- Mini 3 Pro wind resistance: 10.7 m/s (Scale 5)
Both the Mini 2 Pro and Mini 3 Pro perform equally well in terms of speed and wind resistance. The drones are of similar weight. They can’t match the Mavic 3’s weight, but they still perform admirably in extreme conditions.
The Mini 3 Pro’s flight time is 34 minutes longer with the standard battery. An extended battery can be purchased separately in certain regions. This will increase that number to 47 minutes. However, it adds a weight of 249g. Mini two is able to fly 31 minutes, but it’s not far behind. Mini 2 has not received an extended battery.
Mini 3 Pro offers a live 1080p video feed with a maximum range of 12 km. Mini 2 offers a 720p video feed that has a maximum range of 10km. Both can go further than most people require and offer strong video signals for monitoring your shots.
The Mini 3 Pro’s obstacle-avoidance sensors make the biggest difference to your flight experience. The Mini 3 Pro’s obstacle avoidance sensors take the stress out flying in tight areas. Additionally, tri-directional sensors ensure that you are protected from every angle.
- Mini 2 max resolution photo: 12MP
- Mini 2 max video resolution: 4K 30fps
- Mini 3 Pro max photo resolution: 48MP
- Mini 3 Pro max video resolution: 4K 60fps
Mini 3 Pro’s main features include a large 1/1.3-inch sensor and a wider f1.7 aperture. It also takes 48MP photos. True vertical shooting is possible. The Mini 2 has a 1/2.3 inch sensor, an f2.8 aperture and 12MP photos. It cannot shoot vertically.
For greater flexibility in color grading, the Mini 3 Pro has a D-cine-like color profile. Both drones are capable of excellent color reproduction, so many people will be happy with the standard profile.
Mini 3 Pro’s obstacle-avoiding sensors enable it to track subjects with ActiveTrack and unlock additional QuickShots or MasterShots. However, the Mini 2 is far less capable of autonomous camera movements.
The drones both produce stunning stabilized video and vibrant photos. However, the Mini 3 Pro wins in image quality.
Camera drones are known for their image quality. The DJI Mini 3 Pro’s sensor is the largest of all three at 1/1.3 inches. Higher image quality is possible when the sensor is larger. Even large screens can still show details clearly.
Both DJI Mini 3 Pro as well as Mavic Air 2 are capable of shooting 48MP photos, 4K/60fps videos, and 4K HDR pictures. This is an upgrade to DJI Mini 2. This is especially evident when shooting in difficult light conditions. Both cameras can capture rich detail and manage brightness day or night. You can instantly create shareable shots without any post-editing. For beginners looking to capture cinematic footage quickly, the best choices are DJI Mini 3 Pro or Mavic Air 2.
DJI Mini 3 Pro is the best for true vertical shooting. Mavic Air 2 can support vertical shooting, but it’s not the same as Mini 3 Pro. Mavic Air 2’s panoramic vertical shooting function can only be used to take photos. This is done by digital cropping multiple images together. The DJI Mini 3 Pro’s new gimbal design allows for a wider rotation range. The camera rotates at 90 degrees so that the full-sized sensor can be used without cropping or compression.
Once you have exported a video, it can be shared directly to Instagram, TikTok or other short video platforms. It is optimized for each platform’s vertical video size, so there is no need to edit. This process is simple and produces better content for social media.
Design and image quality are important, but without flight performance, they don’t mean anything. Let’s find out which drone allows you to fly the most safely and in freedom.
DJI Mini 3 Pro offers two battery options, which is a first for DJI. The standard Intelligent Flight Battery lasts 34 minutes, and the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus  lasts up to 47 minutes. This extra 13 minute allows you to explore more of your surroundings and take longer when creating shots. You can also use more intelligent features. You have a better chance of getting the perfect shot if you fly for longer.
DJI Mini 3 Pro is the best drone for image transmission, flying 12km away and still transmitting high-definition images.
While DJI Mini 3 Pro & DJI Mini 2 are smaller and lighter than the Mavic Air 2, their wind resistance is equal to that of Mavic Air 2. You can record branches, leaves and water in the wind with them flying stably in winds up to 38 km/h.
Features for Beginners
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For added safety, DJI Mini 3 Pro supports Tri-Directional Obstacle Sensing. Mini 3 Pro is the first model in its series to support this feature. The Mini 3 Pro features advanced pilot assistance systems (APAS 4.0) and forward, backward and downward dual vision sensors. DJI Mini 3 Pro will automatically avoid obstacles in your flight path. This greatly reduces flight anxiety and allows you to concentrate on the shot.
Master shots, a favorite fan feature, were previously only available on the very best drones. Master shots allow you to create cinematic videos in just a few clicks. The drone will automatically calculate the flight path and camera movements and handle music and transitions. This capability allows DJI Mini 3 Pro to create amazing masterpieces in just minutes. The intelligent features do not stop there. DJI Mini 3 Pro supports QuickShots and FocusTrack. You can easily add drama to any scene with just a few taps on the app interface.
DJI Mini 3 Pro provides the best experience for first-time pilots. Its intuitive features and improved safety make it ideal for any beginner.
There are two options for the Mini 3 Pro’s battery: the standard Intelligent Flight Battery or the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus. Although the Plus version is larger in capacity, it is heavier. The Mini 3 Pro will weigh 30g more than the 250-gram limit when you upgrade to the Intelligent Flight Batterie Plus. If you choose not to register your drone at the FAA, this could be a problem.
The Mini 3 Pro’s larger battery has a better flight time than the Mini 2. If you upgrade to the Plus version, this advantage will be even more apparent. These numbers are as stated by DJI. However, real-world testing may show that they may be slightly different.
According to our tests, the Mini 2 can hover indoors for approximately 23 minutes and 46 seconds. The Mini 3 Pro can hover indoors for approximately 26 minutes and 50 seconds under the same conditions. This difference in time is almost equal to that between their advertised values.
The Mini 3 Pro’s hover time can be increased to 36 minutes and 48 seconds with the Plus battery. It seems like a small price to pay, considering it claims to give up to 47 minutes of flight time. Most drone pilots will appreciate the extra 10 minutes it takes to get a drone up and running.
DJI also launched the DJI RC remote controller along with the Mini 3 Pro. The DJI RC can be purchased separately, but this is not a requirement. The DJI Mini 3 Pro drone can be purchased without an accompanying controller for the first time. You can use the Mini 2’s older RCN1 controller with the Mini 3 Pro.
There are many good reasons to spend the extra money to purchase the new controller. The DJI RC features an integrated screen, no antennas and a great form factor. It also comes with OcuSync 3.0. The DJI RC is a significant upgrade to the RCN1 in nearly every aspect, including a crisper live video view and a wider transmission range.
The DJI RC controller has one major flaw. It does not have an HDMI output port. You will need a different controller if you want to stream the live feed to an external device. Third-party apps, such as those used for mapping cannot be installed on the DJI RC.
The Mini 3 Pro’s new set of front-facing and backward sensors is one of its most distinctive and noticeable features. This upgrade is huge and makes the drone an obstacle avoidance system. The Mini 2 has a down-facing sensor, which helps it to determine its position while hovering near the ground.
The Mini 3 Pro’s obstacle avoidance system makes it much more user-friendly than its predecessors. The Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS 4.0), which commands the drone to fly over, around, and below obstacles, makes it easier to learn how to avoid them.
A quick glance at the values will show that the Mini 3 Pro’s camera is vastly improved over the Mini 2. These improvements can be seen across the board. The Mini 3 Pro’s camera has a larger sensor and can capture higher resolutions. It also supports a higher bitrate. Professional users have more options.
Mini 3 Pro supports video recording at 4K resolution, 60 fps. It can also do slow-motion videos at 1080p resolution. Mini 3 Pro’s wider aperture and ISO values make it more useful for shooting in low light conditions. This makes flying drones at night much easier.
For challenging lighting, the Mini 3 Pro now has an HDR mode. You can also shoot in AEB mode if you want to be more precise about exposure. Mini 3 Pro extends the AEB function of the Mini 2 and allows you to capture more bracketed frames.
The Mini 3 Pro has a D-Cinelike profile. This is something DJI normally reserved for its high-end drones. This color profile allows for better preservation of shadows and mid-tones. It also allows for greater variety in the final output. As in the Mini 2, the Normal color profile remains.
Intelligent Flight Modes
The Mini 3 Pro retains all of the camera features from the Mini 2 but has a Burst Mode that can be used for still photography. As these modes have been a standard feature of DJI drones, they also include the usual QuickShot options. Asteroid Mode is an excellent model that transforms a scene into a warped sphere.
The Mini 3 Pro’s suite of Intelligent Flight Modes is what really sets it apart. These modes are used to identify and hold a subject in the frame, even if the subject of the drone moves. This small drone is capable of taking action shots, especially if you are a keen runner, runner, or cyclist.
So, which is better? There really isn’t a right answer to this question. It depends on what you need and wants from your drone. The DJI MINI 3 Pro is a great choice for those who want the best possible image quality and video quality. It also has some great features like ActiveTrack 3.0 and QuickShots.
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