DJI's Mavic drones are the most popular choice for aerial photographers, and the Mavic 3 DJI is improving almost every aspect of its latest high-end drone.
The Mavic 3 will come in two versions, the standard Mavic 3 or the Mavic 3 Cine. Both models support Apple ProRES 422 recording, and include a 1TB SSD bonus for faster data transfer. No matter what version you choose, the Mavic 3 will still come with a huge 4/3 CMOS developed in partnership by Hasselblad as well as a secondary telephoto camera that can offer a 28x hybrid zoom.
The Mavic can record 5.1K video at 50 fps or 4K video at 120 fps. It also supports all DJI's program modes, including MasterShots, a 100-MP Panorama mode, QuickTransfer, which allows you to offload footage via Wi-Fi 6. DJI claims that the Mavic's colors are more vibrant and accurate thanks to Hasselblads Natural Colour Solution. Support for 10-bit DLog color makes it easier to grade your footage in post.
The most striking thing about the Mavic 3? It has almost every feature and spec upgraded. The Mavic 3's two versions can fly up to 46 minutes per charge. This is an improvement on the 32 minute flight time of the Mavic 2. The Mavic 3's enhanced O3+ transmission system by DJI now gives it a range of 15 km, double that of the Mavic 2.
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DJI has created an Advanced RTH protocol to ensure that the Mavic 3 returns home safely and sound. This allows the drone's flight path to be more direct and efficient. It will fly over obstacles rather than weaving around them. DJI claims that Mavic 3 can read the current wind conditions and calculate the best route home.
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T here's also a new APAS 5.0 that makes use of the Mavic 3’s eight vision sensors (8 fish-eye, 2 wide-angle), to provide omnidirectional collision detection. DJI claims its new Active Track 5.0 improves the Mavic 3's ability to follow subjects as they move, even when in a difficult space such as a dense forest.
It wouldn't be a Mavic 3 without some accessories. The new RC Pro controller supports the Mavic 3's 15km transmission range. It has a brighter screen and new ND filters that allow you to control exposure. A 65-watt portable charger, a 10GBps Lightspeed Data Cable to the Cine model, and a new wide-angle lens of 108 degrees are all available. There are also many new carrying options.
The Mavic 3 is not cheap. The standard Mavic 3 starter kit is available today at $2,199. It includes the Mavic 3, an older RC1 controller, three RCN1 cable, a battery charger, storage cover and three extra propellers.
You can also upgrade to the $2999 Mavic 3 Fly More Combo and get a battery charger hub, more replacement propellers and DJIs ND filter set. The $4999 Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo comes with all the accessories, including the upgraded RC Pro controller.