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DJI Mini 3 Pro review

Its DJI Mini 3 Pro is an upgrade to the Mini series, and is the most compact drone you could buy today. With its bigger sensor, integrated obstacle avoidance and smart flight modes it packs the capabilities of larger drones in an easy-to-use, compact package Although it’s the Mini 3 Pro is suitable for novices but its price elevates it to higher and premium levels.

Pros

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Amazing performance in low-light conditions
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Useful obstacle avoidance
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Flexible flight modes that are automated and easy to use

Cons



The Mini is more expensive than the earlier Mini models

Two-minute overview

The compact and lightweight DJI Mini 3 Pro is a compact and lightweight drone that takes DJI’s wildly popular Mini drone range to unprecedented dimensions. The first DJI Mavic Mini arrived in 2019 and was then followed at the end of 2020 with the Mini 2 that increased the resolution of video to 2.7K to 4K, along with other enhancements. However, this is the Mini Pro 3 which truly gives the WOW quality to the Mini series. It weighs less than 250g. Mini series.

The most striking thing about this drone for beginners is the fact that DJI is able to integrate the tri-directional obstacle avoidance technology within a drone that is so small however that’s not the only enhancement over the previous model.

Its camera has become larger – it’s now an 1/1.3-inch CMOS chip; its aperture has been raised to a large f/1.7 and its camera’s video features have been greatly upgraded and the camera can be turned 90 degrees, allowing users to record stills and videos in landscape and portrait formats.

The list of upgrades is endless, which justifies the popular ‘Pro’ designation. What you receive with Mini 3 Pro Mini 3 Pro is many of the features and capabilities found in more expensive drones, like that of the DJI Mavic Air 2, and yet it is still in the sub-250g weight class and does not require registration in all regions. This is an amazing achievement that has only been achieved through this model, the Autel Evo Nano that we’re currently currently in the process of review.

The new features, in addition to the brand-new DJI RC Smart Controller that’s available in the most expensive of the three drones and make Mini 3 Pro Mini 3 Pro a tempting option to aerial creators. A major drawback however, is the substantial increase in price compared to DJI Mini 2. DJI Mini 2.

It’s to be expected when you look at all the new features. However, the drone that was priced at a price that was affordable enough for newbies is now priced close that its counterpart, the DJI Air 2S, a drone with a one-inch sensor, and is currently at the top on our list of top drones available. It’s difficult to choose between them, but it’s the DJI Mini 3 Pro is an excellent choice for anyone who’s primary concern is portability or a small drone that can fit into their camera kit.

DJI Mini 3 Pro release date and price

Today’s price starts at $669 , PS639 or AU$989
Three kits are available that include a the brand new RC Controller
Fly More Bundle is also available with additional accessories

You can purchase the DJI Mini 3 Pro now in three different configurations through the DJI Store and authorized retailers. The simplest option can be that of the Mini Pro 3 with no controller, priced at $669, PS639 or 989 dollars. Naturally, this model is designed for those who already have an appropriate controller.

The second option, which is most likely to be the loved bundle, includes the base kit ($759 (US$1,119 / PS709 / AU$759) that includes an DJI the RC-N1 controller. If you’re looking for the latest DJI RC Smart Controller, however, you’ll need select the third and highest-priced bundle, which is $909, PS859 or EUR829.

The the three DJI Mini 3 Pro bundles are higher priced than DJI Mini 2, which was released for $449 / PS419 (AU$749) in November 2020.

All kits include the Intelligent Flight Battery, two propellers as well as a screwdriver, Gimbal Guard, and an USB-C cable to charge and transfer of data. The basic kit includes cables to connect both the control unit and your phone however they aren’t available in any of the two other bundles.

Like always the Fly More Kit is available and provides excellent value-for-money in comparison to the separate cost of the accessories. It comes with 2 Intelligent Flying Batteries as well as a 3-battery Charging Hub and 2 sets of propellers as well as a Shoulder Bag. This Fly More Kit costs $189 $ / PS159 $ / AU$259 and the additional accessories are also available for purchase separately.

If you live in both the US and Australia In the US and Australia, you can purchase the DJI Mini 3 Pro Fly More Kit Plus for $249 or $359 in Australia. It comes with The Intelligent Flight Battery Plus for a longer duration of 47 minutes.
DJI Mini 3 Pro: Design and Controller

The brand new DJI RC Smart Controller available in the most expensive bundle
Familiar Mavic folding design
Provides portrait and landscape formats for shooting

With its fold-down design and light-gray surface The Mini 3 Pro has the characteristic DJI Mavic family looks. While Mini 2 DJI Mini 2 has sleek lines, reminiscent of Lamborghini Countach, like other Mavic models The Mini 3 Pro is decidedly more round.

The addition of obstacles sensors and the Gimbal mounts that are rounded enhance this curvaceous appearance. Other modifications to the design include propellor arms designed to be more aerodynamic and propellers that are bigger than the ones used by Mini 2. Mini 2 to help to improve flight time.

The gimbal is attached to the drone each side of the frame that helps support the camera as well as its bigger 1/1.3-inch sensor. It can be rotated 90 ° to shoot video and still images in landscape and portrait format. It’s a feature that’s certainly been added for social media content creation due to the success and popularity of TikTok along with Instagram Stories however it’s a very beneficial option for photography of every kind.

DJI Mini 3 Pro key specs

Sensor 12.1MP 1/1.3in CMOS
Video/max frame-rate: 4K/60p, 2.7K/60p, 1080/120p
Maximum bit-rate 150Mbps
Stabilization: 3-axis gimbal
Transmission: Ocusync 3
Max flight time: 34 mins
Weight: 249g
Dimensions (folded) Dimensions (folded) 90 * 60mm
Dimensions (unfolded) Dimensions (unfolded): 171x245x62mm

For controllers, the standard kit includes the DJI RC-1, which is the same controller comes in Mavic 3, Air 2S, Mavic 3, Air 2S, Mavic Air 2 and Mini 2. The controller comes with an elongated phone holder that can be telescopic and none of the screens.

A major, however more expensive upgraded version of the RC-N1 controller is the DJI RC Smart Controller which we tested for this review. It comes with a big transparent 5.5-inch screen with 700-nit brightness and weighs 390 grams. It weighs just 5 grams more than the combo of an RC-1 Controller and smartphones, and it provides faster set-up time because you need to insert the thumbsticks and begin flying.
DJI Mini 3 Pro features and flight

Tri-directional obstacle detection
Subject-tracking powers
Battery life is extended by the Mini 2

In terms of flying it is the Mini 3 Pro offers three options that include Cine Normal, Sport, and Cine that is a common feature in the majority of prosumer and consumer models.

Cine, with an maximum speed of 13.4mph and offers the fastest flight speed, with more sensitive controls that produce more cinematic footage that is smoother. The Normal mode, which has the 22.3mph maximum speed is the most frequently used mode as is Sport. Sport will be the fastest setting that allows the drone to go up to 35.7mph even when collision avoidance is off.

Despite its compact dimensions and light weight even with its light weight and small size, the Mini 3 Pro has a wind resistance that is less than 24mph and it performs well under these conditions, especially when you’re in the more robust Sport mode. Overall We found that the control system was responsive, and connectivity between controller and drone was stable.

With each new DJI drone from the current series, there is an increase in battery capacity and flight performance. The Mini 3 Pro is no exception. The latest 2,453mAh Intelligent flight Battery weighs only 80.5g and is said to offer a flight duration of up to 34 mins.

When you take into account the charge required for returning home along with the fluctuating temperature and wind your flights will be more realistically within the 20-25 minute range although it’s still a good improvement over the endurance of the first DJI Mavic Mini.

A Intelligent Flight Battery Plus, with a capacity of 3,850mAh, will also work with Mini 3 Pro. Mini 3 Pro. The battery increases the flight time to 47 minutes however, it increases its weight over 250g, which puts it into the next weight class in all regions. It’s important to remember that the battery with the larger capacity won’t be available in certain regions, such as the EU.

The primary area for improvement is the inclusion of tri-directional obstacle avoidance, which utilizes wide-angle backward, forward as well as downward-facing sensors. This, along with Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems 4.0 (APAS 4.0), provides obstacles avoidance that can be shut off whenever needed. It is also possible to make it stop the drone or even autonomously navigate around obstacles when it is the obstacle is detected. This is a major step for Mini series and also opens the way to several useful autonomous features.

QuickShots are flight patterns that are automated which allow you to capture motion-packed video easily and for Mini 3 Pro, they’re now available. Mini 3 Pro it’s now available on Mini-series drone, for the first time. Plus, there’s now subject-tracking with the help of the FocusTrack Suite, which gives you the possibility of following moving subjects, independently flying around static subjects or keeping a subject within the frame as you manually pilot the drone. Each of these modes works well, and are welcomed improvements.
The DJI Mini 3 Pro is a great camera and Video quality

1/1.3-inch sensor is bigger than Mini 2’s
12.1MP raw, 48MP raw and JPEG options
Video recording up to 4K/60p

Thanks to the latest 12.1MP 1/1.3-inch sensor that can capture 48MP images, image quality is exceptional for such a tiny and light drone.

There is a slight loss of sharpness toward sharp edges while shooting stills. This is typical of drones that are used for consumer use, along with lateral chromatic aberrations that could be seen along high-contrast subject edges, but it’s not an issue that is major.

Mini 3 Pro’s ISO handling is, without doubt, outstanding. There’s practically no additional noise that is visible in raw images at any of the settings that go above ISO 100, all the way to ISO 6400. The natural color rendering is maintained, which means that you can shoot with confidence with every ISO setting.

The camera of the Mini 3 Pro makes use of dual native ISO capture technology The move has definitely paid off. If it comes to ISO handling is paired with the speedy f/1.7 aperture that this Mini 3 Pro is a high-performance camera with low-light capabilities.

When you’re in stills, it is possible to record raw files and JPEGs with two resolutions. Although Mini 3 Mini 3 is advertised as having a resolution of 50MP the standard raw files have a resolution of 12.1MP. To obtain larger files, you must shoot in the 48MP mode which can capture files with that resolution. But, when compared with the normal 12.1MP images, photos taken in the 48MP mode look less crisp, but it could be an illusion since details naturally appear sharper in smaller photos.

The 48MP camera is an exciting feature that broadens the capabilities for the camera but when you shoot in this mode, you’re not able to utilize the AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing), Timed Shot or Burst modes. If you choose to use these modes settings, your resolution will be set at standard 12.1MP however you can utilize Adobe’s Super Resolution in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw to increase the size of the raw files, if you wish to.

Overall, the quality of video captured with Mini 3 Pro is excellent. Mini 3 Pro is excellent. The videos we used in our tests were taken with no the ND (neutral densities) filters as they were not available in the moment. This means that the 4K footage can be a bit choppy because of the rapid shutter speeds needed to maintain exposure in conjunction with the speedy f/1.7 shutter speed. Fixed aperture.

Sharpness and detail over the entire frame is but they are excellent for videography, and using ND filters can produce fluid footage when shooting at the speed that is optimal to match your frame rates of the footage that is being recorded. A ND filter set can be purchased separately from DJI, and is an essential purchase for anyone who plans to film video.

Video is recorded at three resolutions: 4K (at up to 60p), 2.7K (at up to 60p) and FHD with all times up to 120p. The latter is for slow-motion videos when recorded at 120 frames per second. The maximum bitrate for video is 150Mbps. Moreover, with Color profiles Normal and D-Cinelike available Mini 3 Pro is a great choice for video capture. Mini 3 Pro is suitable for both professional and amateur video recording.

There’s an option for digital zoom that offers two times the zoom in 4K resolution and three times zoom for 2.7K or 4x zoom when FHD is used. It is recommended to use it sparingly due to the loss of quality, though FHD is the most effective for results with up at 2x zoom.