After a swathe of new releases, including the groundbreaking Ronin 4D, DJI has finally revealed the drone we’ve been waiting for, the DJI Mavic 3.
The new drone is a complete re-working of the design and features compared with its predecessor the Mavic 2 Pro, and while the drone is a Mavic, it takes a huge leap forward with its imaging potential.
The Mavic 3 has had a pretty hefty overhaul, and that’s reflected in the price that now starts from a cool £1879/2,099 EU for the Mavic 3 Standard version and rises to £4,279/4,799 EU for the DJI Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo.
Sat in the middle of the two is the DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Combo that we’ve taken a look at in our full DJI Mavic 3 review.
Being part of the Mavic range means that this new drone features the popular folding arm design, this enables the drone to be packed away small so it fits neatly into a backpack or bag.
The Combo and Cine kits feature a transformable shoulder come backpack that fits everything you need to fly and charge the drone in the shoulder mode or adds space for a jacket and more as a backpack.
The bag itself shows that the Mavic 3 is in another league from the previous Mavic drones when it comes to quality of design and function.
The new Mavic 3 looks slightly more robust than the Mavic 2 Pro but actually weighs in at 895g, just a touch lighter than the Mavic 2 Pro. The Cine version comes in 4g more at 899g.
Size-wise packed down and with the props removed, the Mavic 3 measures 212x96x90.3mm and unfolded 347.5x283x107.7mm.
Dual Camera system
Fronted by the Hasselblad camera, you can’t help but notice there are two lenses. The new stacked or dual-camera system is an interesting feature and not all that you would at first think.
The primary Hasselblad branded L2D-20c aerial camera features a 4/3 sensor that will capture 20mp images. Fronting this is a 24mm lens with an 84º FOV and an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/11.
The sensor is capable of capturing 12-bit raw images with a 12.8 stop dynamic range. As with previous DJI drones, the Mavic 3 will capture RAW (DNG) or JPEG images.
Another feature that will interest photographers is the inclusion of the Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution (HNC) that was introduced with the Mavic 2 Pro.
When it comes to video, this is where things get really exciting with the camera recording in either H.264 (max 200Mbps) or H.265 (140Mbps) and either MP4 or MOV. The Mavic Cine 3 adds Apple ProRes 422 HQ into the mix for an additional couple of thousand pounds.
Video resolutions are 5.1K at 60 down to 24fps, DCI 4K at 60 down to 24pfs, 4K at 60 down to 24fps and 1080p 60 to 24fps. Framerates for DCI 4K, 4K and 1080p can be pushed to 120fps; we’ll bring you more on that soon. As well as the standard profile for filmmakers, there’s a 10-bit D-Log colour profile.
Video and stills for the standard and Combo kits are captured either on the internal 8GB storage or onto a compatible SD card.
The DJI Mavic 3 Cine has a few further features, including Apple ProRes 422, which I’ve already mentioned and an internal 1TB SSD with a maximum data rate of 3772Mbps. DJI has also incorporated their 10Gbps Lightspeed Data Cable to assist with the speed of file transfers.
Mavic 3 telephoto lens
As well as the main Hasselblad camera, there’s the telephoto unit. This utilises a different system to the main camera but can quickly be swapped through the Fly app when in flight.
Tap the binoculars icon in the FLY app and the telephoto lens takes over the drone’s imaging. Behind the 162mm, f/4.4 lens is a 1/2-inch CMOS sensor. This camera will only shoot JPEG images and capture video at 4k 30fps.
It does feature a 28x zoom that will enable you to zoom in on subjects from a distance. DJI has called this a hybrid zoom camera and utilises both optical and digital zoom.
Fly safe with the DJI Mavic 3
Safety is a big feature for the new DJI drone, and every surface features sensors that feed data back to APAS 5.0 that drives the object avoidance and ActiveTracking. In total, there are six fish-eye and two ultra-wide angled sensors on the body giving the Mavic 3 the most advanced detection and avoidance coverage yet.
The Omnidirectional sensors cover a huge 200m range and can be set to help track subjects through tricky terrain. For example, filming a mountain biker cycling through trees.
As we’ve seen with previous Mavic drones, there are three flight modes, CINE for filmmaking, Normal for everyday use and a Sports mode. Sports mode sees the drone accelerate with a maximum speed of 21m/s although in this mode all sensors switch off.
Alongside the powerful onboard data sensors, the Mavic 3 features three satellite communication options; GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou. This means that anywhere you are in the world, this small drone will be able to pick up and connect to a satellite system for accurate positioning.
The connection to satellites also enables robust Geofencing that will alert the pilot as soon as they fly near sensitive locations, reach altitude limits or try to take off in a restricted zone. The Mavic 3 is also fitted with AeroScope Remote ID, which means that once registered, all your data and position is available to the authorities.
Another safety feature worth mentioning is the AirSense system’s inclusion; this was first introduced in the DJI Air2S and warned you when a plane or helicopter fitted with an ADS-B signal is close by.
RTH (Return to Home) was a huge feature when it first arrived and enabled drones to fly back to their launch site automatically. The technology has come a long way since it was initially launched, and with the Mavic 3, RTH now makes full use of the sensors to bring the drone back to the launch site using the quickest and safest route it can find.
One of the biggest upgrades in flight is the improved aerodynamics that sees the edges and shape of the Mavic 3 updated from the Mavic 2 series. This refinement in design means that flight times have been boosted to 46 minutes, and the drone itself creates 33% less drag in the air.
The new 5000mAh 15.4v LiPo 4s battery is a major upgrade and makes up for a large part of the weight coming in at 335.5g. This battery is charged through a USB charging dock.
As ever, video transmission is a major feature of the DJI drone, and the company has worked to create a system that can transmit a clear, crisp video signal over 15km. In the past, while the system may have been able to cover huge distances, the battery power was not, now with the 46minutes of flight time that opens up a whole world of possibility.
In the UK, of course, you need to keep the line of sight, so we can’t make use of this feature when it comes to distance. However, the robustness of the signal is impressive and backed with the upgrade to 1080p 60fps, the quality of the transmission should be exceptional.
DJI Mavic 3 Intelligent Modes
Intelligent flight modes have become an increasing feature of the Mavic drones and enable novice users to capture professional-looking footage and share it.
MasterShots have proven incredibly popular with Air 2S pilots and is a feature that essentially hands over the video editing and flight to the drone in order to create a ready-made movie for you to upload.
100MP Panorama Mode is essential for all photographers. Using the rock steady positioning system and internal processing, the drone takes a series of pictures and stitches them together to create a huge 100mp image.
Trimmed Download looks to enable you to quickly download sections of footage from the drone without needing to download the entire video file before editing.
QuickTransfer has been designed so that users can download footage directly from the Mavic 3 without having to connect to the Smart Controller first.
DJI Mavic 3 price and availability
DJI Mavic 3 is available now
- The Mavic 3 Standard version retails for 1,879 GBP/from 2,099 EUR (subject to local taxes). It includes Mavic 3 drone × 1, Intelligent Flight Battery × 1, RC-N1 Remote Controller × 1, RC-N1 Cable × 3, Battery Charger × 1, Storage Cover × 1, Propellers (pair) × 3, and other essential items.
- The DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Combo retails for 2,549 GBP/from 2,799 EUR (subject to local taxes) and includes Mavic 3 drone × 1, Intelligent Flight Battery × 3, RC-N1 Remote Controller × 1, RC -N1 Cable × 3, Battery Charger × 1, Battery Charging Hub × 1, Storage Cover × 1, Propellers (pair) × 6, ND Filters Set (ND4\8\16\32), Convertible Carrying Bag × 1, and other essential items.
- The DJI Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo retails for 4,279 GBP/ from 4,799 EUR (subject to local taxes), includes a built-in 1TB SSD, and supports Apple ProRes 422 HQ video recording. The Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo also has more extensive contents, including Mavic 3 Cine drone × 1, Intelligent Flight Battery × 3, DJI RC Pro × 1, Battery Charger × 1, Battery Charging Hub × 1, Storage Cover × 1, Propellers (pair) × 6, ND Filters Set (ND4\8\16\32), ND Filters Set (ND64\128\256\512), Convertible Carrying Bag, DJI 10Gbps Lightspeed Data Cable, and other essential items.