The Mavic line, DJI’s flagship foldable camera drone line, just received its first major update in three years: and it’s impressive. On paper, the DJI Mavic 3, with its long battery life, multi-directional obstacle avoidance system, and a dual-camera setup that combines a 12MP zoom module with a 20MP 4/3 module – the latter being the largest sensor, seems to really hit the skies. which can still be seen on one of DJI’s consumer drones. Let’s find out what the Mavic 3 has to offer.
The overall look of the Mavic 3 is not significantly different from its predecessor, as the rotors are on four articulated arms, the battery slides back and the camera is mounted on a triaxial gimbal just below the drone’s nose. Build quality is very solid, as DJI expected.
This time the colors are a little darker and darker, and the camera looks thicker, but there’s nothing really surprising here, except perhaps the protective cover that keeps the propeller, camera and barrier sensors securely hidden when the drone is folded for storage.
The remote comes with some older DJI drones and has a great design: the build quality is solid, the phone holder feels secure, and the controls are well placed. It comes with an internal battery that lasts up to six hours and can be used as a portable charger for any connected mobile device.
With a take-off weight of 895 g (899 g for the Cine version), the Mavic 3 remains very light considering its specs and battery life.
The Mavic 3 remains very lightweight considering its battery life and specs. Its take-off weight is 895g.
Flights and Apps
In terms of flight, the main improvement here is battery life. Depending on the conditions, a completely charged battery will afford you 46 minutes of flight time, which is much longer than anything for today’s DJI users.
In other flight modes, Cinema and Normal, it’s quieter and safer with an omnidirectional sensor system that warns you of a possible collision and prevents the drone from flying into trees, walls, and the like. APAS 5.0 technology even guides it through obstacles while maintaining the same path.
Video and Photo Quality
The camera is the most powerful ever in any foldable drone from DJI.
The main Hasselblad-branded “half” has a much larger 20MP 4/3 CMOS sensor – and therefore absorbs light and captures a wide dynamic range – much better than the 1-inch sensor that was previously the best in the range. It is capable of recording video at resolutions up to 5.1K (5120 x 2700) as well as C4K (4096 x 2160), 4K and 1080p. The frame rate can reach 200 frames per second, depending on the resolution.
Image quality is excellent with a standard color profile showing very sharp detail and fine color gradations that are nice even in difficult twilight conditions, but you can shoot video in 10-bit D-Log if you want to adjust colors and degrees in post-production.
The other half of the camera uses a simpler 12 MP sensor with a diameter of half an inch. It has a zoom lens that uses a hybrid system to provide a magnification of up to 28x.
While the DJI Air 2S is a better value for most consumers, the Mavic 3 is more than a decent flagship model for DJI’s foldable camera lineup. The Mavic 3 drone is a masterpiece and you find it on Banggood for US$2,299.99.