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DJI Mavic 3 Classic: price, specs, release date revealed

DJI Mavic 3 Class announced, price, spec, availability confirmed
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The DJI Mavic 3 Classic has arrived as a more affordable version of the outstanding DJI Mavic 3. The Mavic 3 Classic, like the Mavic 3 Cine, isn’t so much a new drone but rather one with a slightly different camera system. Aside from a big price drop, there is really only one small difference, as both drones feature the same 20MP Four Thirds type CMOS camera and 46-minute maximum flight time. The new drone is also fully compatible with the O3+ transmission system and the DJI RC Pro, DJI RC and DJI RD-N1 controllers. 

The difference only becomes apparent when you look at the gimbal-mounted Hasselblad camera and see that the DJI Mavic 3 Classic doesn’t feature a telephoto lens. Considering the £500 price difference between the Classic and standard Mavic 3 and controller, that’s an incredible saving for a feature that many people don’t use and so makes this new release extremely exciting.

“The Mavic 3 series has always set the standard for what a drone can do, from the original Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine that transformed aerial photography and cinematography through the Mavic 3 Enterprise and Mavic 3 Thermal platforms for professional work,” said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director at DJI. “Now, DJI is moving forward to give more creators access to the photographic excellence and operational reliability that are the hallmarks of the Mavic 3 Series. With the launch of Mavic 3 Classic, we hope to see even more creators putting our top-of-the-line tools to work and pushing their creativity past their old limits.”

Specification

  • Weight : 895g
  • Dimensions folded: 212×96.3×90.3mm
  • Dimensions unfolded: 347.5x283x107.7mm
  • Diagonal : 380.1mm
  • Max flight speed: 21m/s
  • Max Flight time: 46 minutes
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Sensor (Main Unit): 4/3 CMOS 20mp (Effective Pixels)
  • FOV (Main Unit): 84º
  • Format equivalent focal length (Main Unit): 24mm
  • Aperture (Main Unit): f/2.8 – f/11
  • Video resolution (Standard/Combo): H264/H.265 – 5.1K: 5120×2700@24/25/30/48/50p DCI 4K: 4096×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*fps 4K: 3840×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*fps FHD: 1920×1080@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*/200*fps
  • Max bit rate: H.264/H.265 Bitrate: H.264 Max 200Mbps, H.265 Max 140Mbps

Great value

The launch of the DJI Mavic 3 marked something of a milestone in drone quality and technology, and now the Classic version introduces a lower-cost option. The Mavic 3 Classic delivers the same image quality as the original Mavic 3’s Four Thirds type CMOS Hasselblad camera with video resolution up to 5.1K at 50fps, 4K at 60fps and 1080p at 60fps using H.264 or H.265 codecs.

As well as the standard video frame rates, the Mavic 3 Classic offers plenty of creative potential with the ability to capture 4K video at 120fps and 1080p at 200fps.

The camera fronted by a 24mm equivalent focal length lens with an adjustable aperture spanning f/2.8 to f/11. The size and quality of the sensor also means that it’s capable of filming in tricky lighting and low-light situations with 12.8 stops of native dynamic range. 

As with the Mavic 3, the Mavic 3 Classic sensor can processes image data in 12-bit RAW for stills and 10-bit D-Log for video, enabling plenty of flexibility when it comes to post-processing.

One of the big features of the Hasselblad camera is that it incorporates the results of years of imaging research and development. The camera has been designed to capture scenes with true-to-life detail. The camera also utilises Hasselblad’s Natural Colour Solution, enabling the output of stills and video with true, accurate colour, and the HLG system boosts the dynamic range.  

Simple interface and control

The Mavic 3 Classic features cutting-edge flight technology that gives pilots precise control in flight so they navigate and position it with ease. The on-screen controls of the DJI RC also enable the fast setting selection for video and stills and it’s easy to download and share footage for editing and post-production. 

DJI Mavic 3 Class announced, price, spec, availability confirmed

One of the big boosts in performance that we saw with the original Mavic 3 was the 46-minute flight time. The Classic uses the same battery, which enables plenty of flight time.

The O3+ flight control and video transmission system can transmit 1080P video at 60fps up to a range of 9.3 miles – although in the UK and Europe, you must have visual sight of the drone in flight at all times. 

There are also algorithms that can track subjects and frame images automatically to capture cinematic sequences through different flight patterns. The updated ActiveTrack 5.0 now uses multiple vision sensors to recognise and track subjects enabling them to be locked into the frame. 

MasterShots, a feature that became popular with the Air series of DJI Drones, also makes an appearance in the Mavic 3 Classic, enabling automated shooting and editing sequences. An ideal tool for those new to flying. 

Automation continues with the QuickShots shooting modes and support for time-lapse, hyperlapse and panorama shooting styles. A new cruise control feature enables the pilot to set a constant pace for flight which can be handy in all filming situations. 

Another new feature is the quick transfer option. This activates once the drone is back on the ground and enables images and videos to transfer directly from the drone to a mobile phone over Wi-Fi 6 at speeds of up to 80MB/s

DJI Mavic 3 Classic safety and certification

As usual with a DJI drone, the Mavic 3 Classic has features built into it to help ensure that flight is safe. There are eight visual sensors, for example, to detect obstacles in all directions. Information about any detected obstacles is fed into the APAS 5.0 system so the drone can independently plan routes around anything in the flight path. The advanced return to the home system also enables the drone to scan the environment from up to 200m away and then plot the best route back to its launch point. 

The AirSense ADS-B receiver is also designed to give instant awareness of any helicopters or planes nearby and transmission an ADS-B signal. DJI’s GEO 2.0 geofencing system is also in place and gives information about the restricted zone and potential flight hazards; for more information, check out dji.com/flysafe.

In a first for the entire Mavic 3 series is that the drone has been issued with the C1 certificate under the European Drone Regulations. This enables pilots to fly in the new A1 Open Category without taking a costly remote piloting licensing exam.

DJI Mavic 3 Classic price and availability

The DJI Mavic 3 Classic is available for purchase today from store.dji.com and authorised partners in three purchase configurations:

Mavic 3 Classic (Drone Only) does not include a remote controller or charger and is ideal for existing DJI drones ready to move up to the top-of-the-line camera performance of Mavic 3. It is compatible with any existing DJI RC-N1, DJI RC or DJI RC Pro controller. It is available for the retail price of 1,309 GBP/from 1,499 EUR.

Mavic 3 Classic includes a charger and the DJI RC-N1 remote controller. It is available for the retail price of 1,399 GBP/from 1,599 EUR.  

Mavic 3 Classic (DJI RC) includes a charger and the DJI RC remote controller. It is available for the retail price of 1,529 GBP/from 1,749 EUR.

Mavic 3 Fly More Kit includes two Intelligent Flight Batteries, a Battery Charging Hub (100W), a 65W Car Charger, three pairs of Low-Noise Propellers, and a DJI Convertible Carrying Bag. It is available for the retail price of 599 GBP/from 529 EUR.

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Count Leppe
Count Leppe
1 month ago

DJI SPARK 2017 You Reviewed Years Ago I Still Have (No Mark 2.) Mavic 3 Classic For 2022/ 2023 Using Later Technology Has at Last Gone into The Next Real Level. Longer Battery Life Improved Slow Mode Under 900 Gram Weight C1 Class Marking Now Can Be Used A1 Subcategory No Certificate required. Controller That Has Built in Screen for DJI FLY APP. Spark I Will Not Sell but This New Drone Is Great for New Purchase or Upgrade for Future Years Ahead. DJI is Back on the Right Track. It Proves Old DJI Drones Were Ahead of Their Time. Thanks.