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REVIEW: DJI MAVIC 3 – THE NEXT GENERATION DJI CAMERA DRONE

The DJI Mavic 3 is a next-generation content-creation drone, with 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad Camera, 5.1K/50fps and 4K/120fps video, 46 minutes of flight time and ability to use Apple ProRes 422 HQ.

The Standard package is £1,879 Aprx. Ksh.242,000 at launch, while the Fly More Combo is £2,549 Aprx. Ksh.328,000 and features a few more accessories than the stand-alone package.

  • DJI launch the Mavic 3 – a next-generation content-creation drone;
  • Key features of the Mavic 3 include a dual-sensor system, a 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad Camera, 5.1K/50fps and 4K/120fps video, and 46 minutes of flight time; 
  • Three packages available, with the Cine Premium Combo featuring Apple ProRes 422 HQ, internal 1TB SSD, and new DJI RC Pro smart controller;
  • Mavic 3 is a versatile drone designed for two types of filmmaker – the amateur/semi-pro content-creator with a passion for tech and a desire to raise the bar, as well as professional production houses for incredible cinematic content. 

DJI has launched the Mavic 3: A comprehensive content-creation drone with a dual-camera system, upgraded sensor, longer flight times and omnidirectional object sensing.

Highlights of this new-release drone include a 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera, the ability to shoot 5.1K/50fps and 4K/120fps video, a 28x hybrid zoom camera, a mightily impressive 46 minutes of flight time, Apple ProRes 422 HQ capabilities (Cine Combo only) and new smart controller compatibility.


It’s impressive stuff, and should leave content-creators drooling. Indeed, the Mavic 3 has seemingly been designed for two types of filmmaker: Professional video producers, as well as the amateur/semi-pro who wants to raise the bar and demands the best tech possible. 

The Mavic 3 is available in three different packages and the enhanced Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo – priced £4,279 and suited to professional media and film-production houses – offers Apple ProRes 422 HQ encoding for richer video processing, an internal 1TB SSD onboard for high-speed data storage, and features the DJI RC Pro – a next-generation Smart Controller.

Then there’s the Mavic 3 Fly More Combo and the Standard Mavic 3 drone package, which are more suited to amateur content creators and tech lovers. Neither come with Apple ProRes, the internal 1TB SSD, or the DJI RC Pro – instead featuring the RC-N1 Remote Controller (although the RC Pro will be available as a stand-alone accessory).

 

DJI MAVIC 3 SPECS

  • Takeoff Weight

  • Mavic 3: 895 g
    Mavic 3 Cine: 899 g
  • Dimensions (Folded/Unfolded)

  • Folded (without propellers) 221×96.3×90.3 mm
    (Length×Width×Height)
    Unfolded (without propellers) 347.5×283×107.7 mm
    (Length×Width×Height)
  • Diagonal Length

  • 380.1 mm
  • Max Ascent Speed

  • 1 m/s (C mode)
    6 m/s (N mode)
    8 m/s (S mode)
  • Max Descent Speed

  • 1 m/s (C mode)
    6 m/s (N mode)
    6 m/s (S mode)
  • Max Flight Speed (at sea level, no wind)

  • 5 m/s (C mode)
    15 m/s (N mode)
    19 m/s (S mode)
  • Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level

  • 6000 m
  • Max Flight Time (no wind)

  • 46 minutes
  • Max Hovering Time (no wind)

  • 40 minutes
  • Max Flight Distance

  • 30 km
  • Max Wind Speed Resistance

  • 12 m/s
  • Max Tilt Angle

  • 25° (C mode)
    30° (N mode)
    35° (S mode)
  • Max Angular Velocity

  • 200°/s
  • Operating Temperature

  • -10° to 40° C (14° to 104° F)
  • GNSS

  • GPS + Galileo + BeiDou
  • Hovering Accuracy Range

  • Vertical: ±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning); ±0.5 m
    (with GNSS Positioning)
    Horizontal: ±0.3 m (with Vision Positioning); ±0.5 m
    (with High-Precision Positioning System)
  • Internal Storage

  • Mavic 3: 8 GB (available space is approx. 7.2 GB)
    Mavic 3 Cine: 1TB (available space is approx. 934.8 GB)

Hasselblad Camera

  • Sensor

  • 4/3 CMOS, Effective pixels: 20 MP
  • Lens

  • FOV: 84°
    Format Equivalent: 24 mm
    Aperture: f/2.8 to f/11
    Focus: 1 m to ∞ (with autofocus)
  • ISO Range

  • Video: 100-6400
    Still Image: 100-6400
  • Shutter Speed

  • Electronic Shutter: 8-1/8000 s
  • Max Image Size

  • Main Unit: 5280×3956
  • Still Photography Modes

  • Single shot: 20MP Photos
    Automatic Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 20 MP, 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV
    Timed: 20 MP, 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s
  • Video Resolution

  • Apple ProRes 422 HQ
    5.1K: 5120×2700@24/25/30/48/50fps
    DCI 4K: 4096×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*fps
    4K: 3840×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*fps

    H.264/H.265
    5.1K: 5120×2700@24/25/30/48/50fps
    DCI 4K: 4096×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*fps
    4K: 3840×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*fps
    FHD: 1920×1080p@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*/200*fps

    * Framerates above are recording framerates. Videos will be played as slow-motion videos.

  • Max Video Bitrate

  • H.264/H.265 Bitrate: 200 Mbps
  • Supported File Formats

  • exFAT
  • Photo Format

  • JPEG/DNG (RAW)
  • Video Formats

  • Mavic 3:
    MP4/MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)

    Mavic 3 Cine:
    MP4/MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)
    MOV (Apple ProRes 422 HQ)

Tele Camera

  • Sensor

  • 1/2-inch CMOS
  • Shutter Speed

  • Electronic Shutter: 2-1/8000 s
  • Lens

  • FOV: 15°
    Format Equivalent: 162mm
    Aperture: f/4.4
    Focus: 3 m to ∞
  • ISO Range

  • Video: 100-6400
    Still Image: 100-6400
  • Max Image Size

  • 4000×3000
  • Photo Format

  • JPEG
  • Video Formats

  • MP4/MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)
  • Still Photography Modes

  • Single shot: 12MP Photos
  • Video Resolution

  • H264/H.265
    4K: 3840×2160@30 fps
    FHD: 1920×1080@30 fps
  • Digital Zoom

  • 4x

Gimbal

  • Stabilization

  • 3-axis motorized (tilt, roll, pan)
  • Mechanical Range

  • Tilt: -135° to 100°
    Roll: -45° to 45°
    Pan: -27° to 27°
  • Controllable Range

  • Tilt: -90° to 35°
    Pan: -5° to 5°
  • Max Control Speed (tilt)

  • 100°/s
  • Angular Vibration Range

  • ±0.007°

Sensing

  • Sensing System

  • Omnidirectional binocular vision system, supplemented with an infrared sensor at the bottom of the aircraft
  • Forward

  • Measurement Range: 0.5-20 m
    Detection Range: 0.5-200 m
    Effective Sensing Speed: Flight Speed ≤ 15m/s
    FOV: Horizontal 90°, Vertical 103°
  • Backward

  • Measurement Range: 0.5-16 m
    Effective Sensing Speed: Flight Speed ≤ 14m/s
    FOV: Horizontal 90°, Vertical 103°
  • Lateral

  • Measurement Range: 0.5-25 m
    Effective Sensing Speed: Flight Speed ≤ 15m/s
    FOV: Horizontal 90°, Vertical 85°
  • Upward

  • Measurement Range: 0.2-10 m
    Effective Sensing Speed: Flight Speed ≤ 6m/s
    FOV: Front and Back 100°, Left and Right 90°
  • Downward

  • Measurement Range: 0.3-18 m
    Effective Sensing Speed: Flight Speed ≤ 6m/s
    FOV: Front and Back 130°, Left and Right 160°
  • Operating Environment

  • Forward, Backward, Left, Right, and Upward: Surface with a clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux>15)
    Downward: Surface with a clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux >15). Diffuse reflective surface with diffuse reflectivity>20% (e.g. wall, tree, person)

Video Transmission

  • Video Transmission System

  • O3+
  • Live View Quality

  • Remote Controller: 1080p@30fps/1080p@60fps
  • Operation Frequency

  • 2.400-2.4835 GHz
    5.725-5.850 GHz
  • Max Transmission Distance (unobstructed, free of interference and aligned with controller)

  • 2.400-2.4835 GHz; 5.725-5.850 GHz
    FCC: 15 km
    CE: 12 km
    SRRC: 8 km
    MIC: 8 km
  • Max Download Bitrate

  • SDR:
    5.5MB/s (with RC-N1 remote controller)
    15MB/s (with DJI RC Pro remote controller)
    Wi-Fi 6:
    80MB/s
  • Latency (depending on environmental conditions and mobile device)

  • 130 ms (with RC-N1 remote controller)
    120 ms (with DJI RC Pro remote controller)
  • Antennas

  • 4 antennas, 2T4R
  • Transmitter Power (EIRP)

  • 2.4 GHz: ≤33 dBm (FCC); ≤20 dBm (CE/SRRC/MIC)
    5.8 GHz: ≤33 dBm (FCC), ≤30 dBm(SRRC), ≤14 dBm(CE)

Battery

  • Capacity

  • 5000 mAh
  • Voltage

  • 15.4 V
  • Charging Voltage Limit

  • 17.6 V
  • Battery Type

  • LiPo 4S
  • Energy

  • 77 Wh
  • Weight

  • 335.5 g
  • Charging Temperature

  • 5° to 40° C (41° to 104° F)

Battery Charger

  • Input

  • 100-240 V AC, 47-63 Hz, 2.0 A
  • USB-C Output

  • USB-C: 5.0 V⎓5.0 A/9.0 V⎓5.0 A/12.0 V⎓5.0 A/15.0 V⎓4.3 A/20.0 V⎓3.25 A/5.0~20.0 V⎓3.25 A
  • USB-A output

  • USB-A: 5 V⎓2 A
  • Rated Power

  • 65 W

Charging Hub

  • Input

  • USB-C: 5-20 V⎓5.0 A max
  • Output

  • Battery: 12-17.6 V⎓5.0 A max
  • Rated Power

  • 65 W
  • Charging Type

  • Charges three batteries in sequence.
  • Charging Temperature Range

  • 5° to 40° C (41° to 104° F)

Car Charger

  • Input

  • Car Power Input: 12.7-16 V⎓6.5 A, rated voltage 14 V DC
  • Output

  • USB-C: 5.0 V⎓5.0 A/9.0 V⎓5.0 A/12.0 V⎓5.0 A/15.0 V⎓4.3A/20.0 V⎓3.25 A/5.0~20.0 V⎓3.25 A
    USB-A: 5 V⎓2 A
  • Rated Power

  • 65 W
  • Charging Time

  • Approx. 96 minutes
  • Charging Temperature Range

  • 5° to 40° C (41° to 104° F)

Storage

  • Recommended microSD Cards

  • SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk High Endurance 64GB V30 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme 128GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme 256GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme 512GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Lexar 667x 64GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Lexar High-Endurance 64GB V30 microSDXC
    Lexar High-Endurance 128GB V30 microSDXC
    Lexar 667x 256GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Lexar 512GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Samsung EVO 64GB V30 microSDXC
    Samsung EVO Plus 128GB V30 microSDXC
    Samsung EVO Plus 256GB V30 microSDXC
    Samsung EVO Plus 512GB V30 microSDXC
    Kingston 128GB V30 microSDXC
  • SSD Specs

  • Capacity: 1 TB
    Max Read Speed: 700MB/s*
    Max Write Speed: 471MB/s*

    * Data refers to the read and write speed inside the aircraft. Actual read and write speed of computer and other external devices may affect actual speed.

DJI RC-N1 Remote Controller

  • Remote Controller Transmission System

  • OcuSync 2.0
  • Max Supported Mobile Device Size

  • 180×86×10 mm (Length×Width×Height)
  • Operating Temperature

  • 0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
  • Transmitter Power (EIRP)

  • 2.4 GHz:
    ≤26 dBm (FCC), ≤20 dBm (CE/SRRC/MIC)
    5.8 GHz:
    ≤26 dBm (FCC/SRRC), ≤14 dBm (CE)
  • Battery Life

  • Without charging any mobile device: 6 hr;
    when charging mobile device: 4 hr
  • Supported USB Port Types

  • Lightning, Micro USB, USB-C

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