DJI Mini 3 Pro – Camera Drone

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DJI Mini 3 Pro – Lightweight and Foldable Camera Drone with 4K/60fps Video, 48 MP Photo, 34-min Flight Time, Tri-Directional Obstacle Sensing, Ideal for Aerial Photography and Social Media

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DJI Mini 3 Pro Quadcopter

DJI recently pleased its fans with another novelty. A new model of the Mini series has hit the market: the DJI Mini 3 Pro . Compared to the Mini 2, the third generation of the family represents the most extensive upgrade of all flying camera components. Many have noticed the “Pro” in the name of the new model, which should hint at more advanced features of the device. And this is in line with expectations.

First observations and test flights show that the drone has the high performance of larger models, but all this is in a compact, foldable body. We are talking about a larger camera matrix, and the built-in obstacle avoidance system, and intelligent flight modes, and much more. Mini 3 Pro is perfect for both experienced pilots and beginners. However, there is one “BUT” – the price, which turned out to be higher than many thought. However, in the current situation, this is more than understandable.

The main differences between Mini 3 and Mini 2

What is added in the new version?

  • obstacle avoidance sensors
  • rotating gimbal for vertical shooting of photos and videos,
  • Active Track 4.0 mode for capturing moving subjects
  • shooting modes in 4K/60 and HDR for 4K/30 and below,
  • video format 1080p/120fps,
  • shooting photos in 48 megapixel resolution (including photos in RAW format),
  • gimbal tilt range increased to 60° up (for shooting above the drone),
  • FocusShots mode (including POI and SpotLight functions),
  • mastershot mode,
  • QuickShot Asteroid mode (before that there was another version of QuickShots),
  • as an option D-Cinelike,
  • OcuSync 3.0 technology with a claimed transmission range of up to 12 km in 1080p
  • wind resistance,
  • flight time up to 34 minutes (or up to 47 minutes with Plus battery),
  • new control panel with built-in display

Something interesting about batteries

Before talking about the main characteristics of the new model, it is worth discussing one important detail in the construction of the Mini 3 Pro. This drone is designed to use 2 different batteries:

  • DJI Intelligent Flight Battery: 34 minutes flight time
  • DJI Intelligent Flight Battery Plus: 47 minutes flight time

The first battery is standard. The second one is more advanced in its characteristics and allows, as we can see, to increase the flight time up to 47 minutes. For such a copter, this is a unique indicator at the moment.

How do they differ from each other besides different flight characteristics? If we judge the shape, size and form factor, then in general, nothing. But the second battery is heavier. Its installation in a quadrocopter immediately increases the total weight of the device to 289 grams. It seems to be a little – only 40 grams – but they immediately transfer the quadcopter into the category of models that will have to be registered in many countries.

DJI European distributors are unable to offer their customers the purchase of a more advanced battery for the Mini 3 Pro. They claim that DJI simply refuses to sell such batteries in Europe due to weight restrictions. Whether this is true, no one knows for sure. We will assume that the unofficial position of DJI reflects the true state of affairs. Perhaps over time the situation will change for the better.

General characteristics and some features

Interestingly, although the dimensions of the Mini 3 Pro are slightly larger than other Mini models, the weight of the new product remains the same – 249 grams (with a standard battery). The Mini 3 has an improved wide-angle camera with improved aperture, lossless digital zoom, tilt-up gimbal (for low-angle shots), and a 9:16 aspect ratio (portrait) option especially for Instagram Stories. , TikTok and other vertical photo and video platforms. In addition, for safe flights at low altitudes with a large number of obstacles, sensors were built in three planes.

In terms of features and price, the ultralight Mini 3 is much closer to the Mavic 2 Air, but differs from the second in greater portability. And this makes it as convenient as possible for those who like to travel and capture local attractions or their own adventures. However, the Mini 3 Pro lacks some of the features that the Mavic 2 has, including the lack of sensors on the fourth plane and the ADS-B AirSense transponder. This makes it dangerous to fly in areas with heavy air traffic. However, the latter is already a rarity in the practice of most pilots.

The internal storage of the Mini 3 Pro is pretty modest considering the capabilities of its camera. It has only 1.2 GB of internal memory, so if you forget your memory card, you can take a few photos and record videos. However, 4K video files can quickly fill up the internal storage space. Therefore, do not forget to install a microSD card of 32 or 64 GB before shooting.

Remote control

DJI offers 3 options for purchasing the Mini 3 Pro (excluding combo kits): no remote, with the RC-N1 remote, and with the new DJI RC remote.

The latter is lightweight and can work up to 4 hours. The display is built into the console. The DJI Fly app is also preinstalled. The remote control helps the pilot to focus on the flight, and the power system helps to conserve the battery of the smartphone.

An alternative option involves using the DJI RC-N1 remote controller, which is now compatible with the DJI Mini 3 Pro , as it was previously compatible with a number of other drone models: Mini 2, Mavic Air 2 , and Air 2S. This remote control does not have a built-in display, so its operation will not be as convenient, because you will have to connect a smartphone to it.

Both controllers included with the respective Mini 3 Pro bundles provide smooth flight and responsive controls, as well as a maximum video rate of 18Mbps with ultra-low latency of 120ms.

Camera DJI Mini 3 Pro.  Pay attention to the design of the suspension with a rotation mechanism.
Camera DJI Mini 3 Pro . Pay attention to the design of the suspension with a rotation mechanism.

Camera

The new DJI Mini 3 Pro quadcopter was created primarily for fans of aerial photography, including those who wish to create content for their blogs and social networks. Actually, mainly because of the camera, manufacturers added a remarkable piece of “Pro” to the name of the quadrocopter. Therefore, it will not be superfluous to take a closer look at the capabilities of the new Mini’s filming system.

A notable feature of the novelty is a larger CMOS-matrix of the camera: 1/1.3 inches. In addition, one of the notable technologies is dual native ISO, as well as direct video output in HDR. This means that each frame will be processed with a wider dynamic range to show more detail in both the highlights and shadows.

It is important to note that HDR video does not support recording at more than 30 frames per second. Content quality is further improved with a large 2.4µm pixel size and f/1.7 aperture. This allows you to make images more realistic even when you shoot in poor lighting conditions.

An example of night shooting on the DJI Mini 3 Pro camera
An example of night shooting on the DJI Mini 3 Pro camera

The Mini 3 Pro camera has a zoom function that offers up to 4x zoom in FHD or 2x zoom in 4K.

These qualities set the Mini 3 apart from other amateur-class drones that are cheaper due to manufacturers’ compromises on the on-board camera. Usually in such cases, the cheap models of the matrices were made smaller. The matrix in the Mini 3 Pro, though not the largest, but its size was still larger than many expected. In practice, this solution helps to create photos and videos that pleasantly surprise with their clarity and detail. It also means more editing flexibility.

DJI Mini 3 Pro Quadcopter Review

You can capture 48MP RAW photos with the Mini 3 Pro, as well as record 4K video at up to 60fps and create 1080p/120fps slow motion video. Thanks to the availability of the D-Cinelike color mode, you can now process video and get more interesting frames in terms of color solutions.

While the image quality is truly impressive, the range of motion of the drone’s camera is even more impressive. It is capable of shooting vertical photos and videos, as well as looking straight up (shooting from a low angle). These are unique characteristics for a drone, and even more so for an amateur class. DJI has never offered anything like this in this class before.

Intelligent Shooting Modes in DJI Mini 3 Pro

The gimbal, camera and related technologies are ideal for capturing impressive content from the air. And for content lovers, the Mini 3 Pro’s range of intelligent shooting modes helps. Although some of them have already been mentioned, it would be logical to say a little more about them.

The first smart shooting mode worth noting on the Mini 3 Pro is the true vertical shooting mode, which is made much more possible thanks to the expanded gimbal rotation and tilt ranges.

It is also worth noting the MasterShots mode. And while this is far from a new smart mode on DJI flying cameras, it is definitely a must-have in models like the Mini 3 Pro, which experts consider to be the ideal drone for beginners. The MasterShots mode is great for any novice photographer or videographer: its “trick” is the use of an automatic method of capturing the scene you need. The pilot in this mode has the opportunity to select an object that will be in focus of the Mini 3 Pro camera. The same, in turn, will do all the necessary work for you. The flying camera will take several consecutive maneuvers and record a short high quality video.

At first glance, it seems that the video quality of the Mini 2 and Mini 3 Pro is the same. But this is if you do not look closely at the characteristics. The Mini 2, at its maximum resolution of 4K, did not exceed 30 frames per second. Yes, it was not bad at all, but worse than more expensive and heavier models like the Mavic Air 2 . Now the Mini 3 Pro can also shoot up to 4K, but at 60fps. And also allows you to use other tools, including slow motion and HDR shooting, if the frame rate is 24, 25 or 30 frames per second in any resolution.

It has already been noted that the new drone is able to rotate the camera to a portrait (“vertical”) position. And this, of course, is complemented by the function of quickly switching from landscape to portrait mode and vice versa. Such an innovation will please not only those who want to take portraits, but also those who actively post their photos and videos on social networks like Instagram, TikTok or others that require uploading in a similar format. Finally, this will allow for such cases not to engage in special cropping of images and lose a lot of interesting visual information.

The Mini 3 Pro’s gentlemanly set of smart shooting features also includes a set of QuickShot modes: Dronie, Helix, Rocket, Circle, Boomerang and Asteroid. Regarding the latter, it is worth noting that the Mini 2 did not have this mode. Meanwhile, it has some pretty fun video shooting capabilities. The algorithm makes the drone start shooting from a spherical panorama at a high altitude. Then the device descends and completes the maneuver so that the desired object is in the center.

Many owners of older Mini series models complained that their flying cameras couldn’t track the subject. And this is while the same DJI Spark (which is no longer produced by the company) was quite capable of doing this. DJI has never officially explained the reason for this decision, perhaps there were hardware and software limitations, or maybe economic considerations.

But now owners of the Mini 3 Pro will not have such problems, as the drone has received the new ActiveTrack 4.0 feature. In this case, the pilot will have the opportunity to choose one of two tracking modes Trace or Parallel. When you turn on the first one, the drone will track the object of interest to you at the same distance. Well, in the second mode, you guessed it, the drone will fly near the object at a certain distance and at a certain stable angle.

But this is not all. In fact, the ActiveTrack feature has become part of the FocusTrack mode. And it, in turn, includes features: Spotlight 2.0 and Point of Interest 3.0. The former keeps the subject in the frame while you manually control the drone, while POI causes the drone to automatically fly around the subject and capture it.

Flight performance and safety

DJI Mini 3 Pro has very decent flight characteristics: time in the air, stability in flight and speed, as well as signal transmission range parameters up to 8 km. Thanks to the O3 transmission system, operators can receive crisp 1080p real-time images from up to 8 km away.

The table below summarizes the main performance specifications

Max. flight time 34 min.
(with Intelligent Flight Battery and flying at 21.6 km/h in zero wind conditions)
47 min.
(with Intelligent Flight Battery Plus and flying at 21.6 km/h in calm conditions)
Max. speed (above sea level, no wind) 16 m/s (S mode)
10 m/s (N mode)
6 m/s (C mode)
Max. rate of climb 5 m/s (S mode)
3 m/s (N mode)
2 m/s (C mode)
Max. sink rate 5 m/s (S mode)
3 m/s (N mode)
1.5 m/s (C mode)
Max. ceiling above sea level With Intelligent Flight Battery: 4000 m
With Intelligent Flight Battery Plus: 3000 m
Max. soaring time (in calm weather) 30 minutes. (with Intelligent Flight Battery in no wind conditions)
40 min. (with Intelligent Flight Battery Plus in no wind conditions)
Max. allowable wind speed 8.5–10.5 m/h (level 5)
Max. tilt angle Front:
40°,
Rear:
35° (S mode)
25° (N mode)
25° (C mode)
Operating temperature range 0° to 40°C

Basically, as you can see from the table, most of the Mini 3 Pro’s specs are the same as the latest hobby quads from DJI. Also retained are the three flight modes Cine, Normal and Sport, which are typical of most consumer and semi-professional DJI models. It makes no sense to dwell on them in detail, since their parameters and features are well known to all owners of DJI drones.

DJI Mini 3 Pro Sensor Layout System
DJI Mini 3 Pro Sensor Layout System

In terms of security systems, the Mini 3 Pro has a clear advantage over its predecessors by integrating a 3-way obstacle detection system into it. It is based on visual sensors with dual vision in front, behind and below. Newly designed hull planes provide a wider view of obstacles.
In addition, the Mini 3 Pro is also equipped with APAS 4.0 (Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems), which improves the safety of piloting. True, it does not work in all resolutions.

Design and construction

Even the appearance shows that DJI has put a lot of work into their new drone to make it high quality and sought after by aerial photography fans. The company itself and many experts rightly emphasize that the engineers managed to pack a huge amount of advanced technologies in a very compact case. For those unfamiliar with the Mini series, it will be amazing to see just how tiny this drone really is.

Along with the size, the fact that everything was able to fit within 249 grams (except for the weight of the Plus battery) is also amazing. In fact, the number 249 is critical for many pilots, as it saves them, as already mentioned, from having to register a drone (although not everywhere). And the well-proven folding mechanism allows you to make the drone extremely convenient for transportation. You can simply put it in a small bag or backpack and send it to shoot new media content.

The Mini 3 Pro’s portability and ease of deployment make it ideal for beginner pilots, as well as vloggers and even commercial pilots doing custom visual checks, marketing tasks or taking wedding photography assignments.

People familiar with the DJI Mini series may also notice that the Mini 3 Pro is very different from its predecessors (at least from its series). The hull design is thought out so well that it allows you to simultaneously improve aerodynamic qualities, improve the operation of many modules (for example, visual sensors of the obstacle avoidance system) and stabilize the flight of the device.

The new body also allowed for larger propellers to be fitted to the drone. And this also affected a noticeable improvement in flight performance and piloting safety. The speed characteristics and the life of the power supplies have become much better.

Finally, an important innovation, which has been mentioned more than once, concerns the design and operation of the suspension. Now it is installed differently in the body, which allows you to better control the camera, achieve interesting shooting angles (for example, from below), and also conduct real vertical shooting, which has also been already mentioned. In general, it is surprising that the 3-axis gimbal on such a small drone is able to rotate and has greater tilt angles, as well as the ability to switch from horizontal to vertical shooting.

Fewer gimbal restrictions mean more shooting angles and more creative freedom. During high-speed flight, the angle of the drone also has less restrictions on gimbal and shooting angle.

Why you should buy a new DJI Mini 3 Pro Drone

The recently launched DJI Mini 3 Pro is more than just a mini drone. Lightweight body supports powerful functionality. At the same time, a set of intelligent modes, combined with a high level of safety, makes the Mini 3 Pro an excellent tool for mastering piloting and aerial photography by beginners or those who decide to upgrade their drone fleet.

Is the DJI Mini 3 Pro just for entry-level aerial photography?

No, it is designed for more complex tasks!

As the name suggests, quadrocopter Mini 3 Pro is the most advanced model of the Mini series to date. Its weight (with standard battery and propellers) without accessories is less than 249 grams. This is important not only from the point of view of ease of transportation, but also from the point of view of legislation (often the lower threshold for weight is 250 grams).

To provide even more (compared to its predecessors) safety in flight, the drone was equipped with obstacle detection sensors that work in three directions (forward, behind and below). Built-in HDR technology allows you to create the highest quality footage that does not require post-processing. At the same time, a wide range of intelligent functions is available to the owner of the copter for their tasks.

The standard battery provides up to 34 minutes of flight time. This is quite enough to solve most amateur-level aerial photography tasks. Operators also now have access to the all-new True Vertical Shooting mode, which rotates the camera to shoot in Portrait mode. This will help you get the perfect shots for social media. And like all Mini drones, it’s easy to use and intuitive to operate. Do I need to say more?

What is the point of 249 g other than the actual light weight?

This makes the drone stand out from others!

For many travel enthusiasts, the ease of use of a flying camera (and a simple video camera) is always a top priority. But unlike conventional cameras, flying cameras on drones are subject to different restrictions and operating rules in different countries. And here it is worth paying attention to the fact that in the vast majority of countries it is necessary to register only those drones whose weight starts from 250 grams. Often this becomes a headache for many tourists and residents of these countries who own copters. With the Mini 3 Pro, its standard weight of 249g complies with the laws and regulations of most countries and regions, so no registration or exam is required. This means you can travel without too much hassle and with more confidence that you won’t be penalized for bringing in your light and compact Mini.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro has the weight of an average apple, but is about the size of the palm of your hand when folded. Just put it in your bag and get creative as soon as inspiration strikes.

Compact and convenient DJI Mini 3 Pro is always at your fingertips
Compact and convenient DJI Mini 3 Pro is always at your fingertips

How will 3-way Obstacle Detection affect my flight?

You can safely count on her.

Tri-Directional Obstacle Sensing has been specifically designed for beginner pilots. Previous Mini series did not have this technology, which caused complaints from users. And now the new model of the Mini series boasts an additional level of protection. The new drone has two sensors on three planes: front, rear and bottom. Finally, you can say goodbye to worrying while flying and enjoy the operation of a flying camera.

And to improve the safety of piloting, DJI has equipped its new drone with advanced fourth-generation pilot assistance systems (Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS 4.0)). They should help the drone detect obstacles along the flight path. Thanks to this solution, you can fly safely even in difficult flight conditions, such as among tall buildings.

What is Native HDR? How will this affect the quality of photos and videos?

This will make them stand out from the rest!

Built-in HDR allows you to directly output high-quality images. The technology guarantees the desired result every time you press the shutter button. Be ready to share your adventures immediately and don’t miss out on the perfect shots due to overexposure or poor lighting. Native HDR automatically processes the original images with great color effects, as well as detailed light and shadow play. Your work will be at the highest level without editing or color correction.

MasterShots mode - ideal for beginners
MasterShots mode – ideal for beginners

How can smart features help me?

They will open up a world of creative possibilities for you.

DJI Mini 3 Pro is all about intuitive controls.

Want to automatically shoot and track your subject? FocusTrack will help you. Take a selfie, track people in motion, or follow moving cars, trains or boats with just a few simple taps in the control menu.

Timelapse Mode on the DJI Mini 3 Pro
Timelapse Mode on the DJI Mini 3 Pro

Do you want to capture multiple moments with your friends with a high level of quality? MasterShots is here to help you with this. Especially for you, the function automatically determines the flight path, camera movements, and even processes music and transitions. As if by magic, after that, a unique video is created, ready for publication.

Want to capture moving clouds and traffic like the pros do? Shooting with hyperlapse and time lapse will speed up time right before your eyes. Add an element of drama to any video and show the grandeur of nature or the hustle and bustle of the city in a short clip.

And that’s not all. The DJI Mini 3 Pro offers even more smart features like QuickShots, Digital Zoom and Panorama.

What if 34 minutes of flight isn’t enough?

Refresh and fly further!

Thirty-four minutes of battery life should be more than enough for your creative needs. However, if you want to make the most of every flight and want to feel more relaxed, DJI has created the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus. Install this high-capacity battery that lasts up to 47 minutes. Keep in mind that the weight of the copter will be more than 250 grams.

Intelligent Flight Batteries for DJI Mini 3 Pro: Standard and Plus
Intelligent Flight Batteries for DJI Mini 3 Pro: Standard and Plus

More time in the air means more time to shoot and less worry about low battery. Play another MasterShots video or explore the area. And rest assured that you can return home safely.

Why is true vertical shooting important?

You will receive media content already optimized for social networks.

DJI Mini 3 Pro supports True Vertical Shooting, which allows you to take pictures with a full-size sensor without the need for horizontal digital cropping. The camera rotates 90° so you get the perfect portrait mode for social media. No need to compromise on quality, be ready to share with everyone as soon as you land.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro goes beyond what is expected from any small drone. It combines top-notch features in a compact and portable package, providing the perfect balance between high-quality media content and convenient operation. It’s the perfect all-around drone for those just getting started with flying and those looking to get their hands on a new flying camera.

Additional information

Specification: DJI Mini 3 Pro – Camera Drone

Package dimensions

‎18 x 15 x 13.4 centimetres

Package Weight

‎0.99 Kilograms

Max Focal Length

‎1

Min Focal Length

‎1

Part number

‎CP.MA.00000488.01

Style

‎Mini 3 Pro

Item Weight

‎249 Grams

Remote control included

‎Yes

Battery cell composition

‎Lithium Ion

Rechargeable battery included

‎Yes

Item dimensions L x W x H

‎17.1 x 24.5 x 6.2 centimetres

Product dimensions

‎24.5L x 17.1W x 6.2H centimetres

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Price History

Price history for DJI Mini 3 Pro (DJI RC) – Lightweight and Foldable Camera Drone with 4K/60fps Video, 48MP Photo, 34-min Flight Time, Tri-Directional Obstacle Sensing, Ideal for Aerial Photography and Social Media
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  • $729.00 - February 18, 2024
  • $566.59 - November 19, 2023
Since: November 19, 2023
  • Highest Price: $729.00 - February 18, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $566.59 - November 19, 2023

World News

DJI Mini 3 Pro Accessories Tested: New Bike Mount for ActiveTrack - DC Rainmaker
August 30, 2022 - DC Rainmaker
DJI Mini 3 Pro unable to take off or fly after Assistant 2.1.11 update - PiunikaWeb
September 7, 2022 - PiunikaWeb
DJI Mini 3 Pro review: Gamechanger for drones under 250 grams - Input
August 18, 2022 - Input
Dji mini 3 pro review: This pocket-sized drone packs a 4K punch - The Independent
July 28, 2022 - The Independent
DJI Mini 3 Pro Review - Amateur Photographer
June 16, 2022 - Amateur Photographer
DJI Mini 3 Pro review: A tiny drone packed with huge power - BBC Science Focus Magazine
June 29, 2022 - BBC Science Focus Magazine

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  1. Phill

    Had the mini 2 before which was great but liked the sound of the updates..

    Drone itself is similar but better shapes but wished they still did the rubber strap to hold the blades when not in use.

    Camera features of rotation is very good update as is follow me..

    The controller is spot on, big screen for viewing is great so no more mobile on the top..

    It’s definitely an upgrade over the 2 and I’d recommend to anyone who’s looking for the less than 250g weight..

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  2. TruckerT

    Had this drone 11 days and I must say I was impressed with its handling and picture quality, I used he drone for the first few day just short flights as I was getting used to the camera etc.
    on the 11th day I got the drone out as I had bought a set of ND filters for the camera and unfortunately the drone wouldn’t fly it actually said (Unable to take off code:30064), Recalibrated compass and IMU as per the handbook and looked for any further updates.
    Still wouldn’t fly so spoke to DJI Tech support and they advised me to get an exchange from Amazon but unfortunately I couldn’t get a exchange so have returned it for a refund and shall buy another once refunded.
    Since returning the drone I have seen that a few people have had this error and it has been caused by a software problem which I have no doubt DJI will resolve in a timely manner.
    I think I was just unlucky because on the whole DJI make excellent drones I just happened to get one at a time when there is an issue.
    Overall I highly recommend this drone to anyone that is interested in aerial photography and or flying drones in general.
    I know they are expensive but you get what you pay for and I have previously tried the cheaper drones by other manufacturers and they don’t come close to this drone so even though I had an issue I highly recommend it because even if you have an issue DJI are very responsive and help to resolve the issue.

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  3. Jimmy87

    I previously had a Mini 2 and sold it for this.What a step-up in quality. I know this is called Mini 3 “Pro” but I did think the Pro bit was pure marketing…but it really is a huge step up in performance (granted it’s more expensive than the Mini2 but still cheaper than the other DJI ‘Pro’ drones).The picture quality (video + stills) is remarkable, for such a small drone which still houses a fairly small sensor. The addition of more quickshot/follow me modes is a big plus.But by far, for me, the two biggest wins for this are:- The new controller is a vast improvement on the Mini 2 controller and not having to connect your phone makes it so much easier to just get up and going. Sometimes I’d miss out on shots because I just couldn’t be bothered with the Mini 2 set up- Vertical shots. Especially if your audiences is on social, this is a game chanrger as you no longer have to crop your shots (on a small sensor, too) and you can actually compose your shots properly rather than guessing what it will look likeI could go on and on but Youtube is full of longer reviews. Just buy it, you won’t regret it

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  4. amazonbuyer

    For context this is my first drone, and am amazed.

    Hard to believe so much is packed into the tiny package.

    Haven’t really used it properly yet – been absorbing YouTube’s and just hovering and sorting out settings. Going to be perfect for travel and maybe more.

    If I were being picky – a few things would have been useful in the box :
    – Spare controller sticks – I just know I’ll lose one while travelling. Ordered in eBay.
    – a simple settings guide. But there’s so much out there from drone experts. Would be nice to have a Dji one with it.
    -48mp photo isn’t just a still frame size setting, it’s a whole ‘special mode’. That means other photo options like bracketed images aren’t available as they’re in the same list as 48mp photo so it’s either/or. Hopefully that changes.
    -side sensors. Seems like a big omission to leave them off. Maybe they just couldn’t do it with the weight but even so you can still crash it easily flying sideways. Again, just seems a shame.

    Other than that I need to use it properly to find out.

    The fly more kit is also useful. I purchased it, but the bag is a tad small with the RC and charger. It’s not well thought out and detract from the kit.

    And don’t forget firmware updates have to be applied to all batteries. So once you get the fly more or additional, you have to run the updates multiple times.

    Safe flying.

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  5. Jimmy87

    I previously had a Mini 2 and sold it for this.

    What a step-up in quality. I know this is called Mini 3 “Pro” but I did think the Pro bit was pure marketing…but it really is a huge step up in performance (granted it’s more expensive than the Mini2 but still cheaper than the other DJI ‘Pro’ drones).

    The picture quality (video + stills) is remarkable, for such a small drone which still houses a fairly small sensor. The addition of more quickshot/follow me modes is a big plus.

    But by far, for me, the two biggest wins for this are:
    – The new controller is a vast improvement on the Mini 2 controller and not having to connect your phone makes it so much easier to just get up and going. Sometimes I’d miss out on shots because I just couldn’t be bothered with the Mini 2 set up
    – Vertical shots. Especially if your audiences is on social, this is a game chanrger as you no longer have to crop your shots (on a small sensor, too) and you can actually compose your shots properly rather than guessing what it will look like

    I could go on and on but Youtube is full of longer reviews. Just buy it, you won’t regret it

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  6. C. Hand

    I’ve had a couple really cheap drones. They are very hard to fly – they leave all the work to you. This does a lot of the stabilization for you. The camera is amazing, the tech is amazing.I was hesitant to spend this money on a drone when I have so little experience. I assume – and still do – that it is just a matter of time before I crash it. If you take your time and be cautious, you will be able to avoid that for awhile.Things you should know:1) While you are waiting for it to arrive, get your part 107 exception. It’s easy, it’s free2) You should get the fly more kit. Otherwise, you can only charge the battery when it’s in the drone.3) If you get the fly more get, you need to register the drone. It’s worth doing anyway, and it only costs $54) Watch the YouTube videos to get ideas of things you should practice for flying and controlling your drone.5) When you need to replace the props, they go in specific places. Read the manual before you do it. The manual will also tell you how to make sure they are in the right spot after you replace them without reading the manual first. Not that I have any experience with that.6) Look for Facebook (or reddit?) drone groups for your area that will help you find places you can fly. I was disappointed when I started looking and realized federal / state parks aren’t allowed :(.7) When you do go fly, be as considerate as possible of others around you.

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  7. Zoidy

    The media could not be loaded.  What an excellent little drone. As my 1st ever drone. It’s does what I need with all the pro functions.I do use two drone apps to check for restrictions and no fly zones. Just because it’s a 249g drone and you don’t need to be Registered or qualified doesn’t mean flying irresponsible.Nothing basic about it. If your use to a much larger drone , then probably not for you unless you want to fly through windows and use a first person manoeuvres where it’s size would be of benefit.I fly in 0-20 mph winds which is stable enough. Can take higher gusts but the importance is really returning up wind in constant high wind. It’s having the battery power and drone power to over come high winds other wise it’ll get blown down wind and not return.The camera and video quality are great.It has front , back, up and down obstacles sensors. Could do with side sensors. Caution when flying sideways. It has cinema , normal and sport mode to slow the flight controls or turn of sensors for close proximity flying. I got the RC controller which is better than using your mobile.. It does track quite well with some hick ups. Small objects are normally harder and you can’t go to fast , it will loose you. I Love the return to home feature. Great features are setting pre flight parameters. Altitude, distance and return to home altitude . As it’s so small , can loose sight of it easy.

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  8. TeeHeCee

    I have been waiting for DJI to create a Mini drone that included obstacle avoidance since the first Mini drone was released. This review is based on my experience with the drone after a total flight time of 24 hours. I have provided a quick pros and cons list followed by an expanded discussion. I recommend you reference the headers that are most relevant to you, given the length of this review.*A Quick Summary*Pros:-Weight-Geo-restrictions Built-in-Camera-Battery Life-Personalize Controller SetupCons:-Binding of the Fly-away Refresh coverage-Sound of the controller-Durability of Propellers-Return to home (“RTH”) Inconsistency-Obstacle avoidance-Runs Hot on Idle When Transferring Recordings-Inconsistent Transfer SpeedConclusion:But despite my four-star review given the outweighing con factors, the Mini Pro 3 is a great drone for beginners to learn how to fly while capturing breathtaking images that include a decent number of safety features. I recommend that new users purchase DJI’s 2-year Refresh warranty that includes fly-away coverage for $125. When writing this review, this can be bought within 48 hours of turning on your drone through DJI’s website.*Detailed Review of Features*Weight:The weight of DJI’s Mini series can easily avoid registration in most jurisdictions and comes ready to fly out of the box. This is why I wanted my first drone to be under the 250g weight threshold to avoid registration and avoid obtaining a certification/license while I am still learning. You will see that opting for DJI’s Fly More Kit Plus (extended range batteries) pushes you over this limit and may subject the user to the registration process. I suspect the DJI app would know that you have inserted the heavier-extended range batteries and would require you to enter your certification/clearance permit before taking flight. I truly am impressed by the weight of this drone. Even the controller is heavier than the drone itself!Geo-restrictions Built-in:From what I can tell, the DJI Fly app is robust and includes local geo-restrictions that may prevent you from taking off in a restricted area. I still use apps such as the B4UFly app to ensure that there are no local or temporary ordinances I may violate before taking off. But having geo-restrictions built into the app helps beginners who don’t understand the hazards a drone may cause to not fly in an area until it is safe. I am also certain this feature has something to do with DJI’s eventual remote ID to comply with any future FAA drone registration requirements.Camera:The camera on this drone is a BEAST! It takes breathtaking videos and pictures. You would expect the standard night shooting results on a camera when taking a video (though a word of caution when flying in low-light environments). However, night pictures using the 48mp camera easily capture the hidden scenery. The various pano settings also generate beautiful views regardless of time and makes you wish you were actually in the area observing everything below.Battery Life:Can I just say WOW! The battery life is very impressive. Even though I would like to purchase the Fly More Kit Plus to utilize the longer-flight time batteries, the extra weight would kick this drone out of the 249g range. Fortunately, DJI has done a fantastic job with its sub-250g batteries. The flight time always depends on conditions (e.g., wind), but I have averaged anywhere from 25-30 minutes in a single flight. Given how fast these batteries charge, having a few extra spares charging while you fly would give you unlimited flight time! Of course, ignoring the standard longevity of lithium batteries when discharged fully between cycles, haha.Personalize Controller Setup:The controller has on function button that can quickly change two settings that would normally take several clicks in the app to reach. Pressing this button once or twice in quick succession would trigger two different functions of your choice. In addition, the app has allowed me to flip the flight control of the joysticks. Growing up, I played many games where flying a plane was required. The default flight settings were inverted to what I am used two. I was very surprised that DJI included this feature which has made me learn to fly a drone easily.Binding of the Fly-away Refresh coverage:I purchased DJI’s 2-year Refresh Plan that includes fly-away coverage. But for some reason, the setup has always been confusing. The app appears to know that I have an active subscription because I needed to include my drone’s serial number when purchasing the plan. However, I am randomly stopped from taking off because my plan has unbounded from my drone, and I would have to restart the system before it would bind properly. I am sure this is an easy software fix, but I do not understand why the plan does not simply remain bound in-between some flights.Sound of the controller:The speakers on the controller are loud and grabs your attention. This is great when you are so caught up in the breathtaking views that you may miss important warnings like your drone is low on battery. However, there have been multiple occasions where I simply turn on my controller, which beeps continuously, even after the drone is connected. I have no idea why but it gets annoying very fast. There is no hard switch on the controller to silence this beeping, and restarting everything does not help. Eventually, it will go away unless there is something wrong with the drone. When you finally connect to the drone, you may finally see notifications that need your attention.The Durability of Propellers:Extremely poor! Be very careful when flying with imperfect props. The slightest divot may send your drone rolling during take-off. These props do not withstand even the slightest impact at all. I strongly recommend having extra spares on hand if you are a new pilot because you don’t want to run into another supply crunch. Having extra good props on hand will get you back in the air quicker, rather than waiting for days after ordering.Return to home (“RTH”) Inconsistency:The GPS feature on these drones is great. You can visually see on the app how many drones are currently connected to your drone. However, if you use the RTH feature, BE VERY CAREFUL and watch it closely. You can still maneuver the drone after enabling RTH. So when your drone begins to descend on your neighbor’s roof instead of your driveway, gain some altitude and cancel RTH. Then manually land where you need. Simply put, DO NOT TRUST RTH.Obstacle avoidance:Unfortunately, the must-have feature I waited for before buying my first drone also falls under the con portion of my review. Recognizing the need to stay below 249 g, it would be difficult to include omnidirectional sensors. The Mini Pro 3 only has forward, backward, and down-facing obstacle avoidance sensors. This means flying it sideways or in orbit would expose a new user to the hazards of hitting an object if they are not watching the drone in the air as they should. Remember, there are NO side sensors for obstacle avoidance!Runs Hot on Idle When Transferring Recordings:DJI should implement sensors in the drone to turn off certain flight features, like the gimbal, when the drone’s props are folded in. While transferring footage to my phone, the drone can run extremely hot because it is not air-cooled as it would when flying. Even when my props are folded, the power-hungry flight components are still being used. I normally stick my drone in front of a fan when I am transferring to cool it down. This method works, but I shouldn’t need to do it in the first place.Inconsistent Transfer Speed:The app offers a quick-transfer feature by allowing your phone to connect to the drone directly via WiFi. You can turn off the controller in this mode and get a theoretical transfer speed of 25 mb/s. But for some unknown reason, the transfer speed can get stuck at five mb/s or bounce between 5-10 mb/s. I am not sure what is causing this difference. When I get the advertised 25 mb/s, it is under the same conditions as the 5-10 mb/s transfer rate. Just be mindful of your drone running too hot with slower transfers and reference the header above.

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  9. S. Mcintosh

    Let me start by saying I’ve had a bunch of “toy” drones that have all left me very frustrated. But this was a joy to fly from the very first try. It’s very stable for it’s size, even if a breeze, and the gamble makes the video even more stable. Rock solid.The controller is big and bright and the sticks are very comfortable to use. The buttons are well laid out too (both the ones on top and on back). The controller range seems very good and the video streaming from the drone is fantastic – no lag at all that I can detect.Over time I have gotten to know the features – yes, you should really study the manual or you’ll miss a lot of stuff – and I’ve tested the collision avoidance, quick shots, master shots, etc. All work as advertised.Oh, and I’ve had several people who have drones comment on how quiet it is. That’s the first thing they say. I guess whatever they fly attracts a lot of attention, and this really doesn’t.Do I wish is had side collision sensors? Sure. It is pretty pricy? With the nice controller and the fly more package it’s definitely a pretty penny. Would I buy it again? In a heart beat.

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  10. Zoidy

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     What an excellent little drone. As my 1st ever drone. It’s does what I need with all the pro functions.
    I do use two drone apps to check for restrictions and no fly zones. Just because it’s a 249g drone and you don’t need to be Registered or qualified doesn’t mean flying irresponsible.
    Nothing basic about it. If your use to a much larger drone , then probably not for you unless you want to fly through windows and use a first person manoeuvres where it’s size would be of benefit.
    I fly in 0-20 mph winds which is stable enough. Can take higher gusts but the importance is really returning up wind in constant high wind. It’s having the battery power and drone power to over come high winds other wise it’ll get blown down wind and not return.
    The camera and video quality are great.
    It has front , back, up and down obstacles sensors. Could do with side sensors. Caution when flying sideways. It has cinema , normal and sport mode to slow the flight controls or turn of sensors for close proximity flying. I got the RC controller which is better than using your mobile.. It does track quite well with some hick ups. Small objects are normally harder and you can’t go to fast , it will loose you. I Love the return to home feature. Great features are setting pre flight parameters. Altitude, distance and return to home altitude . As it’s so small , can loose sight of it easy.

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  11. yuey wong

    I’ve have several drones including phantom 4 pro and inspire 2. This mini 3 pro however fits into the glove compartment of my SUV and is huge spec given its size, great image and video quality and stable in winds. I’m a die hard photographer and this will be with me at all times

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  12. TruckerT

    Had this drone 11 days and I must say I was impressed with its handling and picture quality, I used he drone for the first few day just short flights as I was getting used to the camera etc.on the 11th day I got the drone out as I had bought a set of ND filters for the camera and unfortunately the drone wouldn’t fly it actually said (Unable to take off code:30064), Recalibrated compass and IMU as per the handbook and looked for any further updates.Still wouldn’t fly so spoke to DJI Tech support and they advised me to get an exchange from Amazon but unfortunately I couldn’t get a exchange so have returned it for a refund and shall buy another once refunded.Since returning the drone I have seen that a few people have had this error and it has been caused by a software problem which I have no doubt DJI will resolve in a timely manner.I think I was just unlucky because on the whole DJI make excellent drones I just happened to get one at a time when there is an issue.Overall I highly recommend this drone to anyone that is interested in aerial photography and or flying drones in general.I know they are expensive but you get what you pay for and I have previously tried the cheaper drones by other manufacturers and they don’t come close to this drone so even though I had an issue I highly recommend it because even if you have an issue DJI are very responsive and help to resolve the issue.

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