DJI Mavic 3: Review

About the product

Mavic 3 is an unparalleled, completely redesigned top-of-the-line consumer solution, a unique continuation of the third-generation cult hobby Mavic series, created by engineers from two of the best photo / video companies Victor Hasselblad AB and DJI Innovations, the potential of which once again raised the bar of technology to a whole new level , allowing the professional to achieve more with less, and the amateur to finally move to the professional level.

Developer about Mavic 3

Ferdinand Wolf, pilot and member of the DJI development team: “When we talk about top quality, we mean the highest quality possible from a drone that fits easily into a small bag. We are talking about a truly professional camera system that meets requirements at all levels. We are talking about an intuitive and secure interface that allows you to focus on creating an image. In the end, we worked to change the approach to aerial photography again. All this is our Mavic 3! And to get there, we had to change – no more, no less – everything.”

Further, according to tradition, we will start with the key features of the unique machine.

Peculiarities

  • Available in two versions: Mavic 3/Mavic 3 Cine
  • Flight weight (M3/M3 Cine): 895/899 grams
  • Diagonal Size: 380mm (Mavic 2 Diagonal Size: 354mm)
  • New low noise propellers
  • satellite positioning
  • New all-round (Front/Rear/Top/Down) binocular obstacle detection and avoidance sensor system powered by high performance computer vision engine
  • Next Generation Advanced Pilot Assistance System APAS 5.0
  • New Nifty option (Works in tandem with APAS 5.0. This option comes into play if dynamic footage is your priority. This will allow the drone to avoid obstacles much closer than just supporting APAS 5.0 Pilot Assistance while offering a smooth trajectory)
  • FocusTrack Intelligent Follower Set (Spotlight 2.0/ActiveTrack 5.0/Point of interest 3.0)
  • Improved automatic return to the take-off point Advanced RTH
  • Intelligent auto-flight and MasterShots based on three performance scenarios (Portrait/Proximity/Landscape)
  • Intelligent auto-flight and QuickShot modes
  • time-lapse features
  • 16-bit Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) Automatic Color Correction System
  • panorama mode
  • DJI O3+ Advanced Digital Video Transmission Technology (OcuSync 3.0+)
  • Support for 4G connection via external module “4G Cellular Transmission Dongle” for piloting in difficult environmental conditions (the function will appear no earlier than January 2022)
  • DJI AirSense security system (built-in ADS-B transponder)
  • Max. FPV removal 15km
  • Max. video streaming quality: 1080P at 60 fps
  • Max. flight time 46 min
  • Max. ceiling above sea level 6,000 m
  • Max. level flight speed 68.4 km/h (in Sport mode)
  • Operating range 2.4GHz / 5.8GHz frequencies with the ability to automatically switch in real time to the channel with the least interference
  • Unique cinematic dual camera built on two sensors
  • Lower Hasselblad L2D-20c: 20MP 5.1K camera built on 4/3 CMOS sensor with electronic shutter, adjustable aperture f/2.8 – f/11, equiv. 24mm focal length (expandable to 15.5mm via detachable wide converter), 12.8 stops dynamic range and 84° FOV.
  • Top Tele Camera: 12MP 4K 1/2-inch CMOS electronic shutter camera with 28x hybrid zoom, f/4.4 aperture, equiv. 162mm focal length and 15° FOV.
  • The camera is installed in a new more accurate 3-axis mechanical gimbal
  • Max. Movie recording mode Hasselblad L2D-20c: 5.1K: 5120 × 2700 at 50 fps
  • Max. Tele Camera Video Recording Mode: 4K: 3840×2160@30fps
  • Max. Hasselblad L2D-20c photo resolution: 5280 × 3956
  • Max. Tele Camera photo resolution: 4000 × 3000
  • Support for Apple ProRes 422 HQ codec (Mavic 3 Cine version only)
  • H.264/H.265 video codecs
  • Max. video bitrate: 200Mbps
  • 10-bit D-Log color profile
  • ND filter kit (available for advanced kits)
  • Built-in Memory: 8GB (Mavic 3 version); 1TB (Mavic 3 Cine version)
  • MicroSD card slot up to 2TB
  • WiFi 6 QuickTransfer function
  • New DJI RC Pro Remote Controller
  • New DJI RC controller
  • DJI Fly Mobile App

Equipment

The developer offers the drone in three trim levels:

DJI Mavic 3

DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Combo

DJI Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo

Additional accessories

  • DJI RC Pro is a professional controller with a built-in ultra-bright display, built on a high-performance processor, which allows you to quickly take the drone into the air without the need to pair the remote control with a smartphone.
  • DJI RC is an affordable alternative to the more expensive and advanced DJI RC Pro. It features a 390g lightweight body, 5.5-inch FHD display, 4-hour run time, and supports top-end DJI O3+ video streaming technology.
  • The DJI Convertible Carrying Bag is a newly designed soft carry bag that allows you to fit the drone and all the necessary related components (batteries, remote control, spare propellers, charger, cables, etc.).
  • The DJI 10Gbps Lightspeed Data Cable is a 10Gbps cable for connecting your aircraft to your computer, allowing you to quickly download data from the Mavic 3 SSD.
  • The DJI 65W Portable Charger is a battery charger for simultaneously charging the drone battery and remote controller. Includes USB-C ⇔ USB-A cable.
  • DJI Mavic 3 ND Filters Set – Two sets of ND filters: ND4/8/16/32 and ND64/128/256/512.
  • The DJI Mavic 3 Storage Cover is a portable gimbal and propeller cover for convenient and easy drone transportation.

Specification

drone

Takeoff Weight (Mavic 3/Mavic Cine):

895/899gr

Dimensions (folded L×W×H):

221×96.3×90.3mm

Dimensions (in flight L×W×H):

347.5×283×107.7mm

Diagonal size:

380.1mm

Max. climb rate:

3.6 km/h (C mode)
21.6 km/h (N mode)
28.8 km/h (S mode))

Max. sink rate:

3.6 km/h (C mode)
21.6 km/h (N mode)
21.6 km/h (S mode)

Max. horizontal flight speed:

68.4 km/h (S mode)
54 km/h (N mode)
18 km/h (C mode)

Max. ceiling above sea level:

6000 m

Max. flight time (calm):

46 minutes

Max. hovering time (calm):

40 minutes

Max. flight distance (calm):

30 km

Max. maximum wind speed:

12m/s

Max. tilt angle:

35º (S mode)
30º (N mode)
25º (C mode)

Max. angular velocity:

200º/s

operating temperature range:

-10º to +40ºC

satellite positioning:

GPS + Galileo + BeiDou

Hover Accuracy:

Vertical:
± 0.1 m (with visual positioning system on)
± 0.5 m (positioning by satellites)

Horizontal:
± 0.3 m (visual positioning system enabled)
± 0.5 m (satellite positioning)

Built-in memory:

Mavic 3: 8GB (Available space is approx. 7.2GB)

Mavic 3 Cine: 1TB (Available space is approx. 934.8GB)

Hasselblad Camera

Model:

L2D-20c

matrix:

4/3 CMOS, Effective pixels: 20MP

lenses:

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

ISO range:

Video: 100-6400
Photo: 100-6400

Shutter speed:

Electronic Shutter: 8-1/8000s

Max. picture size:

Main camera: 5280×3956

Photo modes:

Single Frame: 20MP stills
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 20MP, 3/5 frames bracketed at 0.7EV
Delay: 20MP, 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60s

Video Resolution:

Apple ProRes 422 HQ
5.1K: 5120×2700 @ 24/25/30/48/50 fps

DCI 4K: 4096×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60/120fps

H.264/H.265
5.1K: 5120×2700@24/25/30/48/50fps

DCI 4K: 4096×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60/120fps

4K: 3840×2160 @ 24/25/30/48/50/60/120 fps

FHD: 1920×1080p@24/25/30/48/50/60/120/200fps

Max. bitrate:

H.264/H.265: 200Mbps

Supported file formats:

exFAT

Supported photo formats:

JPEG/DNG (RAW)

Supported 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

matrix:

1/2″ CMOS

Shutter speed:

Electronic shutter: 2-1/8000s

lenses:

FOV: 15°
Format equivalent: 162mm
Aperture: f/4.4
Focus: 3m to ∞

ISO range:

Video: 100-6400
Photo: 100-6400

Max. picture size:

4000×3000

Photo Format:

JPEG

Video Format:

MP4/MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)

Photo modes:

Single frame: 12MP photo

Video Resolution:

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

zoom:

Hybrid 28x

suspension

stabilization:

3-axis motorized (Tilt, Roll, Pan)

mechanical range:

Tilt: -135° to 100°
Roll: -45° to 45°
Pan: -27° to 27°

Controlled Range:

Tilt: -90° to 35°
Pan: -5° to 5°

Max. control speed (Tilt):

100°/s

Angular Vibration Range:

± 0.007°

sensory system

Type of:

Omnidirectional binocular vision system, complemented by an infrared sensor at the bottom of the drone

front sensors:

Measuring range: 0.5-20m Detection
range: 0.5-200m
Effective detection speed: flying speed ≤ 54km/h
FOV: horizontal 90°, vertical 103°

rear sensors:

Measuring range: 0.5-16m
Effective detection speed: flying speed ≤ 50.4km/h
FOV: horizontal 90°, vertical 103°

side sensors:

Measuring range: 0.5-25m
Effective detection speed: flying speed ≤ 54km/h
FOV: horizontal 90°, vertical 85°

upper sensors:

Measuring range: 0.2-10 m
Effective detection speed: flight speed ≤ 21.6 km/h
Viewing angle: front and rear 100°, left and right 90°

lower sensors:

Measuring range: 0.3-18 m
Effective detection speed: flying speed ≤ 21.6 km/h
Viewing angle: front and rear 130°, left and right 160°

Working environment:

Forward, backward, left, right, and up: well-lit and well-patterned surface (lux >15)
Down: well-patterned and well-lit surface (lux >15).
Diffuse reflective surface with diffuse reflectance >20% (eg wall, tree, person)

Safety

Advanced Pilot Assistance System:

APAS 5.0

video link

Video transmission system:

O3+

Video stream quality:

Remote Control: 1080p@30fps; 1080p@60fps

slave. frequency range:

2.400-2.4835 GHz
5.725-5.850 GHz

Max. transmission distance:

2.400-2.4835GHz/5.725-5.850GHz

FCC: 15 km
CE: 12 km
SRRC: 8 km
MIC: 8 km

Max. SDR download bitrate:

5.5 Mbps (with RC-N1)
15 Mbps (with DJI RC Pro)
Wi-Fi 6: 80 Mbps

Latency (depends on environmental conditions and mobile device):

130ms (with RC-N1)
120ms (with DJI RC Pro)

Antennas:

4 antennas, 2T4R

Transmitter power (EIRP):

2.4GHz:
FCC : ≤
1995mW CE/SRRC/MIC: ≤ 100mW

5.8GHz :
FCC: ≤
1995mW SRRC: ≤ 1000mW
CE: ≤ 25mW

battery

Type of:

LiPo 4S

Capacity:

5000 mAh

Voltage:

15.4v

power:

77Wh

Charging voltage limit:

17.6V

The weight:

335.5g

Charging temperature range:

5°C to 40°C

Charger

Entrance:

100 – 240V AC, 47-63Hz, 2.0A

USB-C output:

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

USB-A output:

USB-A: 5V ⎓ 2A

Rated power:

65W

charging hub

Entrance:

USB-C: 5 – 20V ± 5.0A max.

exit:

Battery: 12 – 17.6V ± 5.0A max.

Rated power:

65W

charging type:

Sequential charge up to three batteries

Charging temperature range:

5°C to 40°C

car memory

Entrance:

Vehicle power input: 12.7V – 16V ⎓ 6.5A
Nominal voltage: 14V DC

exit:

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

USB-A: 5V ⎓ 2A

Rated power:

65W

charging time:

about 96 minutes

Charging temperature range:

5°C to 40°C

microSD

Recommended 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 Specifications:

Capacity: 1TB
Max. read speed: 700 Mbps
Max. write speed: 471 Mbps

* Data refers to read and write speed within the drone. The actual read and write speed of the computer and other external devices may affect the actual speed.

Remote Control DJI RC-N1

transmission system:

OcuSync 2.0

Max. smartphone size (L×W×H):

180×86×10mm

slave. temperature range:

0°C to 40°C

Transmitter power (EIRP):

2.4GHz: ≤ 398mW (FCC), ≤ 100mW (CE/SRRC/MIC)

5.8GHz: ≤ 398mW (FCC/SRRC), ≤ 25mW (CE)

Max. operating time on charge:

Without recharging a smartphone: 6 hours

With smartphone charging: 4 hours

Supported USB ports:

Lightning, Micro USB, USB-C

DJI RC controller

Model:

RM330

Video transmission system:

DJI O3+ (DJI OcuSync 3.0+)

Transmitter power (EIRP):

2.400 – 2.4835GHz:

5.725-5.850 GHz: <398mW (FCC), <200mW (SRRC), <25mW (CE)

storage capacity:

The storage capacity of the DJI RC can be expanded using a microSD card. Users can store images and videos on the card and export them to a computer or other devices.

Supported memory cards:

MicroSD; UHS-I Speed ​​Class 3 or higher

Recommended microSD cards:

SanDisk Extreme 64GB V30 A1 microSDXC
SanDisk Extreme 128GB V30 A2 microSDXC
SanDisk Extreme 256GB V30 A2 microSDXC
SanDisk Extreme 512GB V30 A2 microSDXC
SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB V30 A2 microSDXC
SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB V30 A2 microSDXC
SanDisk Extreme Pro 400GB V30 microSDXCance
SanDisk4
SanDisk High Endurance 256GB V30 microSDXC
Kingston Canvas Go!Plus 64GB V30 A2 microSDXC
Kingston Canvas Go!Plus 256GB V30 A2 microSDXC
Lexar High Endurance 64GB V30 microSDXC
Lexar High Endurance 128GB V30 microSDXC
Lexar 633x 256 GB A2 V30 A1 microSDX6
Lexar 6C3
Samsung EVO Plus 512GB microSDXC

video output:

n/a

Max. autonomy:

approx. 4 h

WiFi protocol:

802.11a/b/g/n

WiFi transmitter power (EIRP):

2.400-2.4835 GHz:

5.150-5.250GHz: <200mW (FCC/CE/SRRC/MIC)

5.725-5.850GHz: <200mW (FCC/SRRC), <25mW (CE)

bluetooth protocol:

Bluetooth 4.2

Bluetooth transmitter power (EIRP):

2.400 – 2.4835GHz: <10mW

operating temperature range:

-10°C to +40°C

DJI RC Pro Controller

video stream

transmission system:

O3+

Max. signal transmission distance:

FCC: 15km
CE/SRRC/MIC: 8km

slave. frequency range:

2.400-2.4835GHz/5.725-5.850GHz

Antennas:

4 antennas, 2T4R

Transmitter power (EIRP):

2.4 GHz:
FCC: ≤ 1995 mW
CE/SRRC/MIC: ≤ 100 mW

5.8GHz:
FCC: ≤ 1995mW
CE: ≤
25mW SRRC: ≤ 200mW

WiFi

Protocol:

802.11a/g/n/ac/ax with 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi support

slave. frequency range:

2.400-2.4835GHz/5.725-5.850GHz

Transmitter power (EIRP):

2.4GHz:
FCC: ≤
398mW CE/SRRC/MIC: ≤ 100mW

5.8 GHz:
FCC/SRRC: ≤ 398 mW
CE: ≤ 25 mW

Bluetooth

Protocol:

Bluetooth 5.1

slave. frequency range:

2.400-2.4835 GHz

Transmitter power (EIRP):

6.3mW

Screen

permission:

1920×1080

Diagonal size:

5.5 inches

frame frequency:

60 fps

Brightness:

1000 nits

touch control:

10-point multi-touch

main characteristics

Model:

RM510

The weight:

about 680gr

Dimensions:

183.27 × 137.41 × 47.6 mm (antennas retracted, sticks not installed)

183.27 × 203.35 × 59.84 mm (antennas unfolded, sticks installed)

Supported UAV Models:

DJI Mavic 3, DJI AIR 2S, DJI Mini 3 Pro (this list will be expanded in the future)

GNSS:

GPS + Galileo + GLONASS

battery:

Li-ion (5000mAh at 7.2V)

Working hours:

3 h

charging type:

Recommended to charge with 12V or 15V USB charger

Rated power:

12W

charging time:

2 hours (with USB 12V)
1.5 hours (with USB 15V)

memory size:

32 GB internal + expandable via microSD card

outputport:

Mini-HDMI

operating temperature range :

-10° to 40°C

Below you will find the key information of the DJI Mavic 3 (Cine), which will allow you to learn more about the flagship drone model.

Appearance

Mavic 3

Mavic 3 Cinema

Briefly about the creation of Mavic 3

To get the best shots, you need to take dozens of images from different angles. And in order to realize this, we simply need time. So in order to get more flight time, DJI had to completely change the structure of the new drone. Inspired by nature and the principles of flight, they increased the efficiency of the propulsion system, redesigned the gimbal, arms and main body to ultimately improve the way the M3 moves in the air. As a result, they were able to reduce the drag coefficient by 35% compared to the previous generation of UAVs. That is why Mavic 3 turned out to be more accurate and more mobile than its predecessors.

The developer notes that it took a lot of effort to redesign every millimeter of the M3 in order to achieve a smoother flight from it. However, this is only a small part of what is inside the new drone. The drone has become not just more powerful, but an order of magnitude more powerful. A lot of work has been done with mass, volume and power consumption. The space for the battery has been increased, thanks to which the drone is now able to fly up to 30 kilometers on a single charge.And its maximum flight time has increased to a record 46 minutes among household UAVs, which is 15 minutes longer than the flight time of the Mavic 2. By the way, the battery now does not need to be pulled out of the drone to charge, but simply connect the cable from the charger directly to the drone.

The system for detecting and flying around obstacles has been greatly redesigned, which has now completely got rid of blind spots, and the sensor recognition range has increased from 20 to 200 meters, which allows the car to change the route trajectory much earlier and safely move among obstacles. The APAS pilot assistance system was improved to the fifth generation, which allowed the drone system to see and recognize obstacles in all directions (forward, backward, to the sides, down), providing a 360-degree visualization of the surrounding world at the output .

DJI engineers have also worked on the Active Track object tracking function, updating its performance to the fifth generation. Now it provides more natural tracking of objects. For example, when a drone temporarily loses sight of a pursued object, it does not stop, but continues following until it finds it again.

Improving the visualization system of the surrounding world has improved the operation of the automatic return home mode. If earlier the drone had to rise to a predetermined altitude and return to the take-off point when the connection was lost, now the mode uses more intelligent and efficient routes with reduced power consumption, scanning the environment in real time during the flight. After activating the new Smart RTH mode, the aircraft will measure the current wind speed and calculate the required power based on the wind speed and distance, thus ensuring the most economical residual charge consumption.

Despite the ideality of DJI O3 (OcuSync 3.0) top-end digital video transmission technology, the engineers decided to add reliability to it and finalized it to the DJI O3 + level, raising the bar for maximum range to an incredible 15 kilometers for household UAVs . But that’s not all. To operate the drone in the most difficult environment, it can be equipped with a 4G Cellular Transmission Dongle, which allows you to safely fly the drone outside the line of sight.

The icing on the cake was a camera designed from scratch by Hasselblad engineers, built simultaneously on two matrices, where one of which received a full-fledged cinematic format.

Below, we’ll take a closer look at each of the key features that make the Mavic 3 the best consumer cinematic drone.

Hasselblad L2D-20c Camera

As noted above, the task of developing a new camera for the Mavic 3, DJI once again entrusted to the best of the best – the company Victor Hasselblad AB. The renowned Swedish developer has designed and built the Hasselblad L2D-20c 5K aerial camera specifically for the new M3, integrating a professional 4/3 format CMOS sensor into an incredibly compact space. Thanks to Hasselblad’s strict standards in both hardware performance and software algorithms, the output has taken the image quality of the new machine to a whole new level.

4/3 CMOS

The larger sensor not only provides the Mavic 3 with higher resolution and dynamic range, but also reduces noise more effectively in low light conditions.

12.8-Stop Dynamic Range

The 4/3 CMOS sensor has a high dynamic range of 12.8 stops to preserve more detail in highlights and shadows.

adjustable diaphragm

The aperture is adjustable according to the needs of different scenes. In low light, the f/2.8 aperture lets in more light; under sufficient light, the aperture can be adjusted to slow down the shutter speed to record smoother and more natural footage.

Wider FOV

Weighing less than 13 grams, the 24mm equivalent focal length lens not only supports autofocus, but also has an 84-degree field of view, allowing you to capture so much more in every frame.

Fast VDAF focusing

The L2D-20c is equipped with Vision Detection Auto Focus (VDAF) technology, which works with multiple onboard environmental imaging sensors to use distance data and optimize focus speed.

Hasselblad Natural Color Solution

The L2D-20c features Hasselblad’s Natural Color Solution technology, the culmination of decades of photographic experience, delivering vibrant, natural colors with a simple press of the shutter button.

Dolphins (2021), by Paul Nicklen. Shot on Mavic 3

  • Excellence Without Presets: Sophisticated color presets were never a part of Hasselblad’s philosophy, nor are they on Mavic 3. Starting at the pixel level of sensors, Hasselblad developed the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS), a new perspective for working with diverse scenes by easily reproducing accurate and natural colors.
  • Pixel Calibration for Maximum Image Quality: To ensure Mavic 3 reproduces true-to-life colors just like other Hasselblad cameras, the L2D-20c lens uses the same exacting standards, and each sensor pixel is calibrated using the built-in HNCS.
  • Accurate color reproduction: During shooting, the RGB color data captured by the sensor is converted using Hasselblad’s unique image processing algorithm and color processing mode, which allows you to accurately reproduce natural colors in various scenes without any presets.

Wide Angel Lens

Especially for expanding the standard focal length and viewing angle, the developer offers a new detachable wide-angle converter that allows you to increase the focal length of the camera to an impressive 15.5 mm, and FOV to 108 °.

10-bit D-Log

Mavic 3 not only records aerial video at high resolution and frame rate, but also captures up to 1 billion colors with 10-bit D-Log color profile. This provides more natural gradations in the color of the sky while retaining more detail for more flexibility in post-production.

Apple ProRes 422 HQ

The Mavic 3 Cine supports the industry standard for cinematic-quality video production, the Apple ProRes 422 HQ codec, with a maximum bit rate of 3772 Mbps. For this reason, this version of the drone has been specially built with a 1TB SSD, which complements the included 10 Gigabit data cable to further simplify professional filming and filmmaking.

shooting quality

User videos

A photo

Final works and comments to them from professionals who had a chance to work with the new Mavic 3:

Creative Video Group, New York City Drone Film Festival winners. Cappadocia (2021), Timelab Pro:

“In dark, high-contrast scenes, it’s important to preserve detail in both highlights and shadows. With the new Mavic 3, it just got a lot easier.”

“Great photography consists of sufficient lighting and a good location. Mavic 3’s 4/3 CMOS sensor captures incredible detail in highlights and shadows. We found a good spot and Mavic 3 was able to turn those two factors into exceptional content.”

“As a group of artists, our goal is to make the viewer feel the atmosphere of the place and feel it through color. The Mavic 3 captures rich colors, allowing us to edit the way we like, even moving a little away from reality to show all the colors the drone was able to capture.”

“Light disappears very quickly. Sometimes we only have 15-20 minutes to take the picture we want. The Mavic 3 has such a long flight time that it allows us to find the right composition in the air whenever we are flying.”

Jorge de la Torriente (Hasselblad Master 2018). Florida (2021) Jorge de la Torriente:

“The Mavic 3 provides an incredible flight duration that allows you to scout a place, find the right position, and wait for the right moment to shoot. I spend a lot of time waiting for the right light when shooting on the ground. Mavic 3 provides the luxury of being able to wait for the right moment in the air.”

“The freedom the Mavic 3 offers to the photographer is truly unmatched. Being able to concentrate on capturing the shot and letting the Mavic 3 take care of everything else makes the most of the process.”

“I can say that Hasselblad has done an amazing job developing the camera system. Lens resolution, dynamic range, variable iris and Hasselblad Natural Color Solution all combine to create amazing images that I didn’t expect from a system like this.”

“Being able to look straight down from an aerial perspective is something I just love to do. The boats at the dock is an image I’ve wanted to create for a long time but haven’t been able to until now. Mavic 3 was the perfect tool for this.”

Benjamin Everett (Hasselblad Master 2018):

“The extended battery life has made a huge difference in my approach to flying. I can be more patient and thoughtful in the air.”

“The Mavic 3’s low light performance is impressive. I was able to capture alpenhauses on snow-capped peaks at dusk.”

“In addition to the unique aerial view and access to inaccessible places, it’s amazing how quickly drones help us experiment.”

tele camera

The Tele Camera is a second/secondary 4K zoom camera built into the same body as the main Hasselblad L2D-20c, with 28x hybrid zoom capability. The developer positions it as an auxiliary and recommends using it to study the area for subsequent shooting and as a tool for creating new creative possibilities. The camera is built on a 1/2-inch CMOS sensor, has an aperture of f/4.4 and an equivalent focal length of 162mm. The second camera is activated when you turn on the Explore mode.

Explore Mode

When scenes or subjects are far away, use the TV camera to zoom in and save time, or record from a distance without disturbing the subject. To start working with the Mavic 3’s second camera, you need to activate the Explore mode in the DJI Fly app (Explore Mode/binoculars icon in the DJI Fly app).

Shooting/zoom quality

Video from users.

AI flight and shooting modes

The list of top intelligent flight and shooting modes traditionally includes: a set of intelligent object tracking modes – FockusTrack, MasterShots, and of course a full-fledged package of QuickShots flight and shooting modes, which together turn the M3 into a portable flying film studio .

FocusTrack

The DJI M3 received a revised set of pre-installed FocusTrack intelligent object tracking modes, in particular, the developer updated the ActiveTrack mode to the fifth generation, which no DJI drone can currently boast of. The set still includes three smart object tracking scenarios:

Active Track 5.0

Spotlight 2.0

Point of Interest 3.0

Master Shots

This is the next evolution of QuickShots, which is an advanced intelligent function, which, unlike QS, allows you to shoot in automatic mode not one of the six possible flight and shooting scenarios, but ten different scenarios at once, keeping the subject for shooting in the center of the frame, but When the function ends, a short cinematic video will be created.

MasterShots includes three themed presets:

Portrait

Proximity

Landscape

Quickshots

The hallmark of almost every DJI drone is the QuickShots modes. With these modes, you can realize a complex aerial route for shooting a short film of cinematic quality in just a few taps. After shooting, the result can also be easily edited by overlaying music, applying all kinds of effects and filters through pre-installed intuitive templates, in order to ultimately share the cinematic masterpiece with the whole world.

For the top drone Mavic 3 (Cine), a complete QuickShot package is available consisting of 6 performance scenarios:

Dronie

Circle

helix

Rocket

Boomerang

Asteroid

Safety

Omnidirectional Obstacle Detection

The Mavic 3 will help the user enjoy collision-free flight so they can focus on capturing the best shots. Several wide-angle environmental imaging sensors work closely with a high-performance computing engine to accurately detect obstacles in all directions and plan a safe flight route while avoiding them.

Advanced RTH

The updated auto return feature allows the Mavic 3 to automatically determine the best route to return to the starting point and complete it quickly. Whether the function is activated by the user or triggered by signal loss, the Mavic 3 can easily and safely return to its starting point provided there is sufficient light.

APAS 5.0

Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems 5.0 (APAS 5.0), the top fifth generation advanced pilot assistance system, uses improved algorithms and omnidirectional visualization of the surrounding world, allowing the Mavic 3 to quickly and smoothly avoid obstacles in more complex scenarios.

ADS-B transponder

The DJI Mavic 3, like its predecessors, provides an extra layer of airspace security as standard with the industry-leading DJI AirSense ADS-B transponder-based security system. Thanks to this technology, the drone is able to exchange information about the current location and direction of flight with other air traffic participants (airplanes, helicopters, UAVs) equipped with a similar system. If such aircraft are in the flight zone, the drone system through the DJI Fly app will display them on the map and notify them with audio and visual messages to help the pilot avoid collisions.

DJI O3+

The Mavic 3 is equipped with DJI O3+ (OcuSync 3.0+) 3rd generation video streaming technology, which provides ultra-smooth, clear and reliable FHD video link at a record distance of 15/8 km (FCC/CE) for consumer UAVs. Like previous generations of OcuSync, the O3+ is dual-band 2.4/5.8GHz and is able to automatically switch between channels based on their congestion. The developer notes the following advantages of the updated system:

improved call quality

O3+ not only gives the Mavic 3 a maximum transmission range of 15 km, but also guarantees higher transmission stability and lower video latency, resulting in more peace of mind during flight:

  • Strong interference: city centers (about 1.5 – 3 km)
  • Medium interference: suburban areas (about 3 – 9 km)
  • Low interference: open landscapes (about 9 – 15 km)

High speed FHD transmission

Thanks to the updated O3+ transmission system, Mavic 3 is the first drone in DJI history to be able to transmit live video in 1080p at 60 fps. This means that the camera image is displayed with specifications close to what the camera actually records, which also makes the Mavic 3 more responsive to control.

4G Cellular Transmission Dongle

For the safe operation of the Mavic 3 in difficult environmental conditions, the developer has provided for the retrofitting of the 4G drone with the “4G Cellular Transmission Dongle” module, which allows, in the event of a deterioration in communication, to automatically switch from a standard O3 + connection to a cellular 4G connection, thereby revealing complete freedom of safe movement outside the direct line. visibility.

*This feature will be available no later than January 2022 with the arrival of a new firmware!

food

The M3’s power supply has also been completely redesigned. The battery has become larger and therefore more productive, which has significantly increased the autonomy of the machine. According to the declared specifications, the drone is equipped with a 4S (15.4V) 5000 mAh, 77 Wh lithium-polymer battery (predecessor battery: 4S 15.4V 3850 mAh 59.29 Wh LiPo), which provides a record maximum flight time for a consumer UAV model – 46 minutes. By the way, to charge the battery, it is no longer necessary to remove it from the drone.

The Mavic 3 was tested for maximum flight time in calm weather above sea level, at a constant level flight speed of 32.4 km/h, until the battery level reached 0%.

control

To control the Mavic 3, the developer offers two options for control equipment:

DJI RC-N1

Standard remote control, interchangeable analogue of the AIR 2S drone remote control. Works in tandem with a smartphone via mob. DJI fly app. Max. operating time on a single charge is 6 hours. In tandem with this remote, the O3+ system delivers 130ms latency and 5.5Mbps bitrate.) This remote control is included in the standard and Fly More Combo configurations.

*Smartphone not included.

DJI RC RM330

Multifunction control equipment with built-in full-size 5.5-inch FHD display with 700 nits brightness. Acts as an alternative to the expensive and more advanced DJI RC Pro remote control. It does not require additional pairing with a smartphone, which significantly reduces the time it takes to launch the drone. Max. operating time on a single charge is 4 hours. It has a built-in MicroSD port for expanding the built-in memory, which can be used for storing photos and videos, among other things. Provides, in tandem with the DJI O3+ video system, max. delay 120 ms and max. bitrate 18 Mbps). Sold separately as an optional accessory.

DJI RC Pro

The second generation of advanced control hardware Smart Controller with built-in ultra-bright 5.5-inch display (max. brightness: 1000 nits). Equipped with the latest generation processor for higher performance and lower power consumption. Compared to its predecessor, CPU performance has increased by 4 times, GPU performance by 7 times, and power consumption has decreased by 20%. Max. operating time on a single charge is 3 hours. In tandem with this remote, the O3+ system delivers a minimum latency of 120ms and a max. bitrate 15 Mbps. Included in the top package Cine Premium Combo.

Mob. Appendix

For maximum convenience of interaction with the Mavic 3, the developer abandoned the further use of the DJI GO4 application and adapted the simplest and most intuitive mobile application for use – DJI Fly, thanks to which, in addition to controlling the drone and camera settings, the software allows you to edit and share with everyone in a few taps the world of filmed content. To download the DJI Fly app, visit the official DJI Mavic 3 download page at: https://www.dji.com/ca/mavic-3/downloads.

ND filters

The developer has equipped the advanced kits Fly More Combo and Cine Premium Combo with sets of ND filters: neutral ND filters (ND 4/8/16/32), which allow you to get bright saturated images even at low ISO values, and High -Stop ND filters (ND 64 /128/256/512) for optimum shutter speed control under excessive lighting conditions. Fly More Combo comes with ND filters only. Cine Premium Combo comes with both sets.

price

The DJI Mavic 3 drone is available for purchase in standard and advanced configurations. The developer has set the following prices for each kit:

  1. DJI Mavic 3 – $2,049
  2. DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Combo – $2,799
  3. DJI Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo – $4,649

Add. Accessories

Conclusion

DJI Mavic 3 from $2049

DJI Mavic 3

functionality

10/10

flight time

10/10

flight qualities

10/10

compactness

9/10

Equipment

10/10

Reliability

10/10

price quality

10/10

PROS

  • Portable
  • Availability of security systems (APAS 5.0/AirSense)
  • Automatic flight and shooting modes
  • 5.1K video system from Victor Hasselblad AB built on a Micro 4/3 matrix
  • Video stream quality (1080p at 60 fps)
  • Flight range up to 15 km
  • Support connect to 4G connection
  • Flight duration up to 46 min
  • Built-in 1TB SSD (Cine version)
  • WiFi 6 QuickTransfer function

CONS

  • No support for the first version of DJI Smart Controller
  • DJI RC Pro does not support other drone models (but this may be temporary)
  • Given the potential of the drone, buttons like 5D / C1 and C2 are missing on standard equipment
  • No dual-equipment control mode (pilot/camera operator)
  • Max. 15km range only available with DJI RC Pro
  • When recording in ProRes format, video is recorded only on the built-in SSD
  • No possibility to change SSD
  • Given the cinematic potential of the drone, 8GB of internal memory is very small (for the Mavic 3 version)
  • No Tripod Mode

Only the lack of the ability to change lenses does not allow this machine to fully compete with the legendary professional Inspire 2, otherwise the Mavic 3 is the ceiling in terms of manufacturability and cinematic potential in the UAV consumer niche, which is unlikely to be answered in the near future. Traditionally, we have two versions of the Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine to choose from, the differences between which are minimal, but they clearly meet the needs of the enthusiast and professional, providing each of them with their own package of options to achieve the best result.

Which means that if you are an advanced hobbyist looking to move from amateur to semi-professional solutions, then your choice is the Mavic 3 version. If you are a professional looking for a portable solution with the potential of professional cameras and better flight times, then your choice is the Mavic 3 Cine version, there are simply no other offers that meet these requirements on the market. And finally, if you are the owner of the best all-round drone DJI AIR 2S and drones are a hobby for you, then you have nothing to worry about, since you already own the best of the best.

FAQ

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Q. What are the major improvements to the Mavic 3 over the Mavic 2?

A. The Mavic 3 is DJI’s latest flagship consumer drone. Compared to the Mavic 2, the Mavic 3 has vastly improved camera features, including an integrated 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera and a lightweight 24mm-equivalent telephoto camera. The Mavic 3 is capable of shooting 5.1K/50fps and 4K/120fps video, and the Mavic 3 Cine even supports Apple ProRes 422 HQ encoding, providing higher image quality and more flexibility in post-processing. In addition to the camera system, Mavic 3 also provides comprehensively enhanced flight experiences. The flight time has been increased to 46 minutes, and the new O3+ video transmission system increases the flight range to a maximum distance of 15 km. The obstacle detection system has become truly omnidirectional, and the more powerful APAS 5.

Q. What mob. is the app required to use the Mavic 3?

A. DJI Fly app.

Q. How many versions does the Mavic 3 have and what are the differences between them?

A. DJI Mavic 3 comes in two versions: Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine. Compared to Mavic 3, Mavic 3 Cine supports Apple ProRes 422 HQ encoding and comes with a built-in 1TB SSD for high-speed data storage and sharing.

Q. Does the Mavic 3 (Cine) support the standard DJI RC-N1 remote controller?

Oh yeah.

Q. Does the Mavic 3 (Cine) support DJI’s first generation Advanced Smart Controller?

Oh no.

Q. Does Mavic 3 FPV support DJI Goggles or DJI Motion Controller?

Oh no.

Camera

Q. What should I pay attention to when using the built-in gimbal lock on Mavic 3?

A. The Mavic 3 features a built-in gimbal lock that prevents the 3-axis gimbal and camera from shaking, providing an extra layer of security during transport and storage.

Precautions for use:

1. The normal operating temperature of the gimbal lock is -10° to 40° C. If the temperature is outside this range, the lock may not lock or may not fully unlock. The DJI Fly app will prompt you to use it within the temperature range. For emergency use in special situations, you can manually rotate the three axes without damaging the gimbal itself, however this measure is not recommended.

2. The built-in gimbal lock can be unlocked due to external impact. In this case, turn on the power of the aircraft and then turn off the power to lock it again.

3. After locking the gimbal, vibrations may occur on each axis.

Q. What is the most efficient way to export files from the Mavic 3 Cine’s built-in SSD?

A. Use the included DJI 10Gbps Lightspeed Data Cable to connect the aircraft to a computer via the USB-C port. Make sure your storage device’s write speed is over 700 Mbps. Other data cables are not recommended as file transfer may take longer because high speed transfer may not be supported.

Q. How can I turn on the Mavic 3 Auxiliary Camera?

A. The camera is only available when using the Explore mode. Also, if Explore mode is enabled and the camera zoom exceeds 7x, the Mavic 3 will automatically switch to the tele camera.

Q. Does Explore mode support Pro mode?

Oh no.

Q. Can I take RAW photos in Explore mode?

Oh no.

Q. Does Explore mode support Apple ProRes encoded video recording?

Oh no.

Remote Control and Video Stream

Q. What is the transmission range of the Mavic 3?

A. When using the DJI RC Pro or DJI RC-N1 remote controller, the maximum transmission range is 15 km.

Q. How can I set the video bit rate to 48/50/60 fps?

A. If the video recording is set to 30 fps or higher at any resolution, the frame rate of live video transmission will automatically switch to 48/50/60 fps depending on the decoding capabilities of the mobile phone and bandwidth.

Q. Does any version of Mavic 3 support multiple remote controllers at the same time?

Oh no.

flight characteristics

Q. Have the propellers used on the Mavic 3 been upgraded?

A. The propeller has a new design with softer edges. This not only reduces noise during flight, but also causes less damage to people or objects in the event of an accident.

Q. What should I pay attention to when using Mavic 3 propellers?

A. Replace propellers promptly to ensure safety, especially if any propeller is damaged or deformed.

Q. How do I properly install propellers on Mavic 3?

A. Install the gray marked propellers on the same marked motors, and the other two non-grey marked propellers on the non-grey marked motors. If the propellers are incorrectly installed, the DJI Fly app will notify the pilot prior to takeoff.

Q. How was the maximum flight time of the Mavic 3 measured?

A. The maximum level flight time was measured in a controlled test environment. The test conditions are as follows: No wind, above sea level, constant airspeed of 32.4 km/h, APAS off, AirSense off, camera settings set to 1080p/24fps, video mode off. The flight was carried out from 100% of the battery value to the value of 0%.

Safety

Q. What improvements does the Mavic 3 Omnidirectional Obstacle Detection have over the previous generation?

A. Mavic 3 can detect obstacles in all directions with high accuracy. Multiple sensor cameras with a wider detection range help Mavic 3 react to obstacles earlier. In a well-lit environment, Mavic 3 can avoid obstacles faster and more smoothly, safely capturing stable footage even when flying sideways or backwards (flying backwards).

Q. What improvements does ActiveTrack 5.0 have over the previous generation?

A. ActiveTrack 5.0 tracks objects whether the aircraft is moving forward, backward, left or right. Built-in the latest ActiveTrack 5.0 object recognition technology uses multiple environmental imaging sensors simultaneously to recognize an object, distinguish it from other objects and capture it in the frame. The Mavic 3 is able to track motion in all directions and seamlessly adjust tracking angles for more natural results. With new environment and object recognition algorithms, Mavic 3 reacts to object movements and environmental information earlier, and plans the best tracking path in advance to record smooth and stable footage.

Q. What improvements does the Advanced RTH feature have over the previous version?

A. Compared to its predecessor’s 20 meters front view, the Mavic 3 has a maximum range of 200 meters. During flight, the Mavic 3 uses advanced environmental sensing technology to determine the safest and most energy-efficient flight route to return the aircraft to its home point.

Intelligent Features

Q. Are there any improvements to Mavic 3’s QuickTransfer feature compared to the previous version?

A. Thanks to the new Wi-Fi 6 protocol, data transfer has become even faster, download speeds can reach up to 80 Mbps. In addition, compared to the Mini 2, Mavic 3 automatically selects the fastest data transfer mode based on the wireless environment without manually switching to Wi-Fi mode, making it more convenient to use.

Accessories

Q. How can I use the DJI 65W Portable Charger?

A. The DJI 65W Portable Charger comes with a 65W USB-C cable to charge the Mavic 3’s battery. Thanks to the optional USB-A port and the included USB-C data cable, it can also charge the remote control at the same time. remote control. It is recommended that you use a standard USB-C cable to charge the Mavic 3 Smart Battery.

Q. How long does it take to fully charge the Mavic 3 battery?

A. Approximately 96 minutes when using the DJI 65W 65W Portable Charger.

Q. What are the main benefits of the DJI Convertible Carrying Bag?

A. The DJI Convertible Carrying Bag can be converted from a shoulder bag to a backpack to meet users’ carrying needs:

  1. The shoulder bag has enough space for the Mavic 3 and its accessories, and is more conveniently shaped for easy access to the drone and its components.
  2. The backpack has enough room for the Mavic 3 and accessories, as well as a 16″ laptop and other small items for daily use, making it perfect for short trips.

Q. Can I use other chargers with USB-C ports to charge the Mavic 3 battery?

Oh yeah. However, to ensure efficient charging, the developer recommends using the DJI 65W Portable Charger. It is also recommended to use other 60W or higher chargers that support the PPS/PD protocol.

Q. Can the Mavic 3 be charged directly through the drone’s built-in USB-C port?

Oh yeah.

video

Video from the developer

Mavic 3 Unboxing and First Use Guide.

Mavic 3 Cine Unboxing and First Use Guide.

device pairing.

firmware update.

An overview of the new camera features.

Top User Videos

Comparative flight test in automatic pursuit mode DJI Mavic 3 vs Skydio 2.

An overview of the new firmware and the ActiveTrack feature.

Spotlight object tracking mode test.

POI (Point of Interest) mode test.

MasterShots smart function test.

Details about the functions and settings that will be added to the drone only in January 2022.

Mavic 3 Review (Unboxing, Introduction, Software Update, Pros and Cons).

Extreme flight test for range with 0% battery discharge (with return to takeoff point). total max. distance: 14.5 km. Tot. mileage: 29 km. Flight time: 34.5 min.

Flight test in one direction for the maximum distance in a metropolis.

The quality of shooting Mavic 3 at night.

Mavic 3 extreme wind resistance test.

Review of the Mavic 3 Cine by a professional photographer.

Mavic 3 review from a professional photographer.

First look at the Mavic 3 Cine.

Mavic 3 Cinema review.

Comparative review of Mavic 3 vs Mavic 2 Pro.

Comparative review of Autel Evo 2 Pro vs Mavic 3.

Comparative review of Mavic 3 vs AIR 2S.

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