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DJI unveils Mini 3 Pro drone and controller with screen

DJI unveils Mini 3 Pro drone and controller with screen
DJI unveils Mini 3 Pro drone and controller with screen

Drone maker DJI has unveiled the Mini 3 Pro, a small drone with many of the features of the brand’s larger drones.

The DJI Mini 2 Pro is a drone of 249 grams: pilots do not need a pilot’s license, but the drone must be registered. This new drone succeeds the DJI Mini 2, but has many features of the twice as heavy Mavic Air 2. As a result, the Mini 3 Pro is aimed at the prosumer: the consumer who places just a little more demands on his drone.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro has a 48 megapixel camera with a 1/1.3-inch sensor and can capture images in up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second or in HDR at 30 frames per second. Photos are up to 48MP and can be shot in RAW format. The camera of the Mini 3 Pro is therefore very close to that of the larger Mavic Air 2.

Auto-follow

The drone also has more automatic functions than ever. The Mini 3 Pro has DJI’s FocusTrack Suite, which allows the drone to automatically follow someone. That Suite has several options: automatically keeping the subject in view during manual flight, or automatically circling a subject. But the drone can also fully automatically follow the subject at a fixed distance, or fly parallel to it.

The Mini 3 Pro can transmit live images to the pilot up to a distance of 12 kilometers. The drone lasts 34 minutes on a full battery. Full charging takes 101 minutes via the DJI 30W USB-C charger.

The new RC controller has a 5.5-inch touchscreen.

New controller with screen

DJI also has a new controller with its own screen: the DJI RC. This is in between the screenless RC-N1 and the larger RC Pro. The DJI RC has a built-in 5.5-inch touchscreen. This allows users to easily control their drone without having to click their phone on a controller. The Pro controller costs 999 euros and is really aimed at professional use.

The most expensive version of the Mini 3 Pro, with RC controller.

Versatile gimbal

DJI has improved the design of the Mini 3 Pro by saying that the propeller arms have been made more aerodynamic for a longer flight time. The front and rear vision sensors now have a wider viewing angle to allow the drone to avoid obstacles. This is done in collaboration with the APAS flight system: the Mini 3 Pro is equipped with the latest 4.0 version. The drone can withstand winds of up to 10.7 meters per second.

Furthermore, the gimbal has been adjusted: the stabilized camera suspension can now be set in more angles. The gimbal can take tilt shots and also rotate a quarter turn for upright videos without loss of quality. Previous DJI Minis would cut the sides of a landscape video, with the Mini 3 Pro that is no longer necessary.

Prices

The DJI Mini 3 Pro is available from 739 euros without a controller. A version with the RC-N1 controller costs 829 euros and a package including the new DJI RC controller with its own screen costs 999 euros. The new drone will be delivered from 17 May. US dollar prices to follow.

8.5 Total Score
Editor's thoughts

The DJI Mini 3 Pro is a serious upgrade for the Mini range. It is one of the best compact drones you can buy right now. The large sensor, built-in obstacle avoidance, and intelligence flight modes make it a versatile device. You get the performance of a full-fledged drone in a handy package. The Mini 3 Pro is very suitable for beginners, but its price tag does not reflect that.

PROS
  • Good low light performance
  • Helpful Obstacle Avoidance
  • Great 4K camera
  • Convenient automatic flight modes
  • Foldable and lightweight
CONS
  • More expensive than older models
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