DJI Mavic 3 Drone Arrives with Triple-Camera System
After lots of expectation and speculation, DJI has finally announced the arrival of its new Mavic 3 Pro flagship drone.
Aside from being loaded with specs, the new UAV also features the world’s first triple-camera system in a consumer drone.
Here are a few other things you can look forward to with this agile little beast if you decide to get your hands on one.
In general, DJI’s Mavic drones are among the most popular in the world with their combination of compact folding bodies, lots of power, superb features and mostly excellent recording capabilities.
The Mavic 3 Pro takes most of these good qualities to new levels with its specs and also comes with several wholly new features.
First and foremost among these are its three cameras, all of which are either excellent or at least pretty damn good. The shooting devices on this UAV consist of the following:
A 24mm Hasselblad wide angle 20MP camera with adjustable aperture from f/2.8 to f/11, a 4/3 CMOS sensor, 5.1K video at up to 50fps and exceptionally realistic color rendering thanks to Hasselblad’s Natural Color Solution technology.
Next up is a 70mm medium telephoto lens with an even bigger 40-megapixel photo resolution an aperture of f/2.8 and a 1/1.3 CMOS sensor.
This camera ups the photo chops by only delivering 4K resolution for video, albeit at 60fps instead of just 50. The camera also includes a 3x optical zoom.
Finally, in case the first two cameras aren’t by themselves already wonderfully useful enough, there’s a 166mm telephoto camera with a simple 12MP photo resolution, an f/3.4 aperture and a 1/2 CMOS sensor. This camera however also outputs 4K at 60fps and offers a 7x optical zoom.
In other words, all three cameras offer their own specific benefits that the others lack and all three are robust.
With the Mavic 3 Pro, DJI definitely didn’t skimp much on the photo or at least video technology across any of its optics, despite offering three cameras.
DJI has also announced a Pro “Cine” version of the Mavic 3 Pro. With this edition, further technologies are designed to optimize aerial recording. These include a built-in 1TB SSD and a 10Gbps “lightspeed” data cable.
The regular Mavic 3 Pro only includes 8GB of internal storage, drastically limiting its 4K and 5K shooting time.
It’s also worth noting that the drone in both its Pro and Pro Cine editions shoots video that supports Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422, and Apple ProRes 422 LT encoding
The recording technology packed into the Mavic 3 Pro is by itself exceptionally impressive, but DJI didn’t stop there. This drone comes with other features too.
One of these is an Omnidirectional obstacle sensing and avoidance system that includes Advanced Pilot Assistance System technology. The video below nicely covers how well this works.
Then there are the drone’s intelligent flight modes, which let you navigate this electronic bird easily while focusing on taking good shots. These include:
- Waypoint Flight
- Cruise Control
All of the intelligent flight modes mentioned above offer their own specific benefits with the Mavic 3 Pro’s triple camera system.
For example, FocusTrack lets users select and track a subject across several different directions automatically, and Panorama lets you shoot a 100-megapixel panoramic shot with just a tap of the controls.
What’s more, the DJI Mavic 3 Pro drone supports DJI Goggles 2, Goggles Integra, and RC Motion 2 devices, all of which are sold separately.
In flying along one of the above trajectories or during manual piloting, the drone can also handle some very decent flight time; its battery lets it stay aloft for up to 43 minutes.
This flight time is also great in that it lets you take advantage of the drone’s maximum video transmission range of 9.3 miles or 15 kilometers.
This is possible thanks to DJI 03+ transmission tech, which lets the drone end live 1080/60fps video to your controller screen while it flies those miles.
Finally, the Mavic 3 Pro and Pro Cine models can fly along their routes at up to 47mph/75kph or 21 meters per second, ascend at 8 meters per second and descend at up to 13.4 meters per second.
The drone’s wind resistance up to 26.8 mph or 43kph is also pretty good despite its compact build and the avoidance technologies mentioned above let the drone recover quickly even if it does get jostled by stronger wind gusts occasionally.
You can preorder the Mavic 3 Pro for a surprisingly reasonable price of $2,199 with an included RC remote.
As for the DJI Mavic 3 Pro Cine, it comes with more features and more hardware, giving it a higher cost of $4,799 at its preorder price.