You have to mount a camera on a flying platform if you want mirrorless camera quality video from a drone. Its 4/3 CMOS sensor makes DJI Mavic 3 one of the best drones for videographers, and its 28X digital zoom lens and 46 minutes of battery life.
There are essentially two Mavics inside the Mavic 3: a Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro. Mavic 3s cost much more than the Mavic 2s, whose starting price is $2,199 compared to $1,500 for the Mavic 2. We’ll look at everything the DJI Mavic 3 can do and determine if it’s the right drone for you.
- Excellent camera quality
- The digital zoom is 28X
- Flight time is very long
- It’s quite expensive compared to its predecessor
DJI’s Mavic 3 is identical to its previous Mavic models, only bigger. Unlike the Mavic 2, the Mavic 3 comes with four foldable arms, making it a lot easier to handle.
Under the drone’s beak sits a gimbal with a camera mounted on top, and the battery attaches to the rear. A microSD card slot is located above the battery compartment. Although the Mavic 3 has 8GB of internal storage, you may wish to supplement that with your own.
Despite not being our favorite color, the gray paint job on the Mavic 3 works. Due to its darker color, it becomes more difficult to see when it’s up in the air. To prevent the drone from hitting objects, it has sensors on the front, back, top, bottom, and sides.
Image And Video Quality
There are two cameras on the Mavic 3: a CMOS sensor with a 20MP resolution from Hasselblad and a CMOS sensor with a 12MP resolution used to operate the digital zoom. Having an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/11, the primary camera has a field of view of 4 degrees and is equivalent to a 24mm lens; this allows you to adjust the aperture to a greater extent than on most other drones.
With this camera, you can shoot video at resolutions of up to 5.1K and 4K. There was a Mavic 2 Pro that reached maximum frame rates of 4K/30fps, so this is a real improvement. Even in 4K, the footage captured was quite impressive.
The main camera on the Mavic 3 is quite good, with 28x digital zoom. When it is at its maximum, you do lose some detail, but you can still get up close from a great distance.
Since the Mavic 3 was released, DJI’s drones have become significantly more powerful and stable; the Mavic 3 is capable of staying in the air for an impressive 46 minutes. It may take a few fewer minutes in practice than in reality, but that’s about 10 minutes longer than the Mavic Air 2. It really makes a difference to have a longer flight time so that you can get the shot you want. You should still pick up an extra battery or two anyway.
Specifications And Performance
The Mavic 3’s flight modes are the same as those found in the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic Air 2. Mavic 3 can maintain the object in the center of the frame as it flies multiple pre-set patterns, like its predecessors.
According to the manufacturer, DJI’s algorithms are also able to respond more quickly to the movement of subjects thanks to improved object-tracking capabilities: the Mavic 3 is better at tracking objects no matter what their motion is and can follow them more reliably. It is also really clever how the drone can track you even if you walk behind a tree, for example, which makes it possible for it to keep track of you.
There are three flight modes on the Mavic 3 (Cinematic, Normal, and Sport); Sport mode throttles things up as fast as 43 miles per hour, while Cinematic slows things down to a relaxed 11 miles per hour. Regardless of the mode, the Mavic 3 was just as easy to fly as its predecessors, and its camera’s 3-axis gimbal ensured rock-solid stability.
DJI has become the leading manufacturer of drones for consumers; each year, it releases a drone that sets the bar high. With over 50 minutes of flight time, you can keep this drone in the air for a long time. The $2,199 Mavic 3 is more expensive than its predecessors. In terms of video quality and flight time, the Mavic 3 is the best compact drone.