DJI officially announces the Mini 3 Pro

DJI’s smallest and lightest drone gets a significant upgrade, both in features and price. The recently announced Mini 3 Pro comes with a new design, 4K60 video, larger image sensor, larger aperture, obstacle avoidance sensors and even an option for a bigger battery. But don’t expect it to be as affordable as its predecessor. The Mini 3 Pro costs $669 to start, and that’s the price without a controller. With a controller, you’ll pay $759 or more, a $300 premium over last year’s Mini 2.

What hasn’t changed is that the Mini 3 Pro still weighs less than 250 grams, which means you won’t need to register it with the FAA (with one important exception depending on the battery you you choose). There’s also a welcome return from the original Mavic Pro: you can rotate the Mini 3 Pro’s gimbal 90 degrees to shoot vertical video and photos. Even Snap’s drone can’t do that without significant cropping.

The Mini 3 Pro features a new 1/1.3-inch sensor that’s slightly larger than the Mini 2’s 1/2.3-inch sensor, capable of shooting 4K video at up to 60 fps and HDR at 4K up to at 30 fps. Unlike the Mini 2, the Mini 3 Pro can also shoot in a flat color profile to give videographers some extra coloring options in post-production. The Mini 3 Pro is also capable of capturing photos up to 48MP. All of this footage is captured on a new camera with an f/1.7 aperture, which is great news for anyone who enjoys low-light drone photography and videography.

The Mini 3 Pro can shoot videos and vertical photos thanks to its new gimbal design.
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Obstacle avoidance sensors mean the Mini 3 can do so much more with autonomous flight modes – like Spotlight 2.0, which helps you keep the subject in frame while you concentrate on flying, or Point of Interest 3.0, which orbits people or buildings within a defined radius and speed. ActiveTrack 4.0 helps to autonomously track subjects, either from behind or while flying parallel to the side. However, pilots should be aware that the Mini 3 Pro does not have sensors on the back of the drone, which means you need to be very careful when flying backwards.

The Mini 3 Pro is also capable of other intelligent flight modes, like MasterShots, which was introduced in the DJI Air 2S and sends your drone to autonomously create a short edit based on pre-programmed flights. The Mini can also shoot hyperlapse videos and other legacy pre-determined flight routes, such as drone, propeller, rocket, circle, boomerang and asteroid.

The Mini 3 Pro has obstacle avoidance sensors on the front and bottom of the drone but none on the back.
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The Mini 3 Pro comes with two battery options this year. There’s the standard battery, which gives you a maximum flight time of 34 minutes on a single charge – a slight increase over the Mini 2’s 31 minutes. But there’s also an option to buy an “Intelligent Flight Battery Plus”. “, which allows an impressive maximum flight time of 47 minutes. The hover time for each is 30 and 40 minutes, respectively. However, using the larger battery means your drone will weigh over 250 grams, so remember to register your drone with the FAA if you plan to spend more on the “Fly More Kit Plus” that comes with it. this battery. . It will cost you $909.

In addition to the drone, DJI is also releasing a new remote control: the DJI RC. This is a much lighter and stripped down version of the $1199 DJI RC Pro. It has a bright 700 nit 5.5-inch built-in display that eliminates the need for a phone. Normally, DJI drones require you to insert a phone into the controller, and that remains true for this drone, unless you pay an extra $340 to bundle the new DJI RC. The DJI RC will only be available with the Mini 3 Pro at launch. DJI says, “There is potential to be compatible with other drones in the future.”

You can pre-order the Mini 3 Pro starting today, and there are plenty of bundles to choose from. If you already have a compatible remote, like the RC-N1 that comes with the Mini 2, Air 2, and Air 2S, you can buy just the drone itself for $669. If you need the controller, you can buy the drone and the standard RC-N1 for $759. And if you want that new screen-equipped DJI controller with the drone, you’re looking at $909.

DJI’s RC is the smaller and lighter version of the RC Pro, but it won’t be available as a standalone product at launch.
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However, DJI does not have a firm shipping date to confirm at this time. In North America, the DJI Mini 3 Pro will ship this summer, but that’s as accurate as DJI could get.

On top of all that, you can add the Fly More Kit bundle for an additional $189, which includes two additional Intelligent Flight batteries (the standard batteries that always keep your drone under 250g), a charging hub, two sets of propellers and a shoulder bag. There’s also the Fly More Kit Plus bundle, which includes everything listed above but replaces the standard batteries with the larger 47-minute batteries for $249. All of this means you could spend between $669 and $1,158 on this drone, and that’s before you consider adding an extended warranty.

As is the case with most current DJI drones, the Mini 3 Pro uses OcuSync 3.0 technology for its connection, which promises connectivity up to 18.6 miles – not that you should ever fly it that far. Please don’t.

The “Pro” suffix in the name suggests there might be a non-pro version of the Mini 3 on the horizon. But, for the moment, DJI will not confirm that such a drone is in the works.

Abdul J. Gaspar