DJI has announced its latest drone the DJI Mini 3 Pro. This new release blends the lightweight design and style of the past two DJI Mini releases with the high quality design and resolutions of the DJI Air 2s and Mavic 3.
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Read our full DJI Mini 3 Pro review
The original DJI Mini broke ground as one of the first drones to come in at under 250g, this not only made it one of the smallest and lightest drones around but also meant that you didn’t have to adhere to the same rules that applied for flying drone above the 250g weight limit.
Despite the small size the DJI Mini range has impressed us in the past, firstly with the rule bending weight and then with the relatively decent 4K camera of the second release. While the DJI Mini 2 was good the DJI Mini 3 Pro is a huge leap forward in terms of design and usability. DJI has effectively crammed in much of the technology and features that make the larger drones so desirable to imaging professionals.
Top of the features set for the camera is the ability to shoot 4K at 60fps with ActiveTrack, Try-direction obstacle sensing and 90º gimbal rotation. It also comes equipped with a lightweight battery that’s capable of powering the small drone for up to 34 minutes – although in real world conditions and with the camera recording this flight time will be reduced.
“When we launched the Mini drone series in 2019, our goal was to give everyone the easiest way to see the world from above for the first time,” said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director at DJI. “Through their images and stories, we discovered how capable a small aerial camera could be. Today, we share the integration of excellent flight capability, intelligence, and imaging versatility into our ultra-lightweight aerial camera. DJI Mini 3 Pro raises the bar on what a portable, powerful camera drone can achieve.”
Fly the DJI Mini 3 Pro with limited restrictions
In the UK and an increasing amount of countries there are laws that prohibit the flight of drones in certain areas without permissions and a licence. As the DJI Mini 3 Pro has a take-off weight of less than 250g it has been placed in the safest drone category. This means that it can be flown in more ways than many other drones on the market and will help you to expand your image taking potential.
Mini drones are no longer small on features
DJI has already radically reduced the size of imaging drones, from the go to Phantom to the Mavic series and now the Mini. While the old DJI Mini releases could give you a taste of the potential of drone imaging the DJI Mini 3 Pro with it’s enhanced flight features and all new camera now offers a realistic and quality imaging option.
Everything about the design and style of the new DJI Mini has been updated to enhance the strength, performance and imaging quality. From the arms and propellers that have been altered to enhance the aerodynamic flight performance and airtime to the forward and reward vision sensors that are used for object avoidance. DJI has also redesigned the gimbal to increase the cameras rotation for tilt and vertical shooting.
Enhanced object avoidence
The DJI Mini 3 Pro is the first of the Mini series to feature twi-directional object sensors, with front back and bottom. The forward and downward sensors have a wide field of view while the rear are narrower. These sensors enable the Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS) 4.0 which automatically detects clear paths to help avoid crashes. The new sensing system means that the Mini 3 Pro is the first of the Mini series to feature APAS and FocusTrack.
High quality imaging
The big feature of the DJI Mini 3 Pro is the all new imaging system with the 1/1.3-inch CMOS camera sensor with dual native ISO, something that was previously only seen in cinema and some micro single cameras. The new camera has an aperture of f/1.7 and shoots stills at 48MP and video at up to 4K/60fps. To make sure that you capture the shots that you want the Mini 3 Pro is capable of transmitting back a live stream video feed to the Smart controller of a Smartphone connected the Remote Control at 1080p 30fps.
What’s impressive is that despite the size many of these imaging features have filtered down from the larger drones, so as with the Air 2S and the Mavic 3 you have the choice of filming at 4K, 2.7 or 1080p in either standard or D-Cinelike colour profiles.
Enhanced battery life and transmission distance
One of the big issues for such as small drone is packing in enough power to keep the craft in the air and powering the small camera. Now the new battery has been designed to be as light as possible while able to provide a staggering 34 minutes of flight time. DJI are also releasing a plus version of the battery which will extend the flight to 47 minutes, however, as that battery weighs in at more this will push the weight limit above the 250g point.
Alongside the new battery is the upgrade video transmission system that will send a live feed from the camera back to the base unit. This feed is delivered at 1080p and can be transmitted over a distance of 12km, however, as that is well over the legal limit when it comes to distance in the UK you won’t be able to test that out.
Professional Intelligent flight Features
Many of the flight features have been enhanced to enable the easy capture of images. The new drone offers a full suite of image capture modes that will offer you plenty of flexibility when it comes to getting the pictures you want.
Spotlight 2.0 keeps the subject in frame while you fly manually.
Point of Interest 3.0 circles the subject in a set flight radius and speed.
ActiveTrack 4.0 follows the subject in two selectable ways:
Trace: The aircraft tracks the subject at a constant distance
Parallel: The aircraft tracks the subject while flying beside it at a constant angle and distance
Dronie: Aircraft flies back and up with the camera locked on the subject.
Helix: Aircraft flies up and spirals around the subject.
Rocket: Aircraft flies up with the camera facing down.
Circle: Aircraft circles around the subject.
Boomerang: Aircraft flies around the subject in an oval path, ascending as it flies away and descending as it returns.
Asteroid: Aircraft creates a shot that begins as a sphere panorama high above the subject and ends with a normal shot hovering near the subject.
MasterShots: Keeps the subject in the center of the frame while executing different maneuvers in sequence to generate a short cinematic video.
Hyperlapse: Creates a dynamic timelapse where the aircraft flies on set paths during capture.
All new remote control the DJI RC
Along with the new DJI Mini 3 Pro, DJI is also releasing the DJI RC. A lightweight remote that features a large built-in 5.5-inch LCD touchscreen with integrated DJI Fly app.
This is just one of the new accessories that will be available with the DJI Mini 3 Pro, others include:
DJI Mini 3 Pro Intelligent Flight Battery has a maximum flight time of 34 mins
DJI Mini 3 Pro Intelligent Flight Battery Plus has a maximum flight time of 47 mins 
DJI Mini 3 Pro Two-Way Charging Hub charges Mini 3 Pro Intelligent Flight Batteries in sequence
DJI Mini 3 Pro ND Filters Set (ND 16/64/256) lets Mini 3 Pro capture more detail in the brightest of conditions
DJI Mini 3 Pro Propellers are essential to help ensure reliable flight every time
DJI 30W USB-C Charger charges an Intelligent Flight Battery to 0-100% in just 64 minutes and an Intelligent Flight Battery Plus in 101 minutes
Price and Availability of the DJI Mini 3 Pro
DJI Mini 3 Pro is available for pre-order today from store.dji.com and most authorised retail partners in several configurations with shipping starting 17th May.
DJI Mini 3 Pro (no remote controller) retails from 739 EUR (subject to local taxes)/ for £639 GBP and includes DJI Mini 3 Pro, and excludes any remote controller for those who already have a compatible model to control the drone.
DJI Mini 3 Pro retails from 829 EUR (subject to local taxes)/for £709 GBP and includes DJI RC-N1. DJI Mini 3 Pro (DJI RC) retails from 999 EUR (subject to local taxes)/for £859 GBP and includes DJI RC.
In addition, accessory kits made for DJI Mini 3 Pro are available for pre-order today. The DJI Mini 3 Pro Fly More Kit retails from 189 EUR (subject to local taxes)/for 159 GBP and includes 2 Intelligent Flight Batteries, 1 Two-Way Charging Hub, 2 sets of propellers, and one shoulder bag.