Remember when the Phantom models were a big hit with DJI? They were some of the best drones money could buy until everyone else started catching up. Then DJI responded by launching one drone after another, spanning multiple lines and taking on various sections of the industry until it simply had a grip on everything and became one of the hottest names out there.
Although the Phantom still exists, DJI is known for its Mavic line of drones more than anything else. A collection of models that cover everything from the average consumer to a professional videographer looking to take to the sky. These drones are slick, pack a great camera, and are filled with high-end features that know how to raise the eyebrows of a buyer. And now, the line just got better with the new DJI Mavic 3 (which comes in two flavors).
The new Mavic 3 features an upgraded dual-camera design with 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad sensor, 24mm lens, and the ability to shoot video at up to 5.1K at 50fps and 4K up to 120fps. Allowing it to capture incredibly hi-res visuals and stunning slow motion, as well as 20MP pictures (12-bit RAW).
Then you have a hybrid (digital) zoom capable of up to 28x, capable of delivering a (digital) zoom experience comparable to an average DSLR zoom lens (in terms of zoom, not quality, of course) that most everyone starts off with (which may be a bit of a personal opinion).
It offers an omnidirectional object avoidance system (sensors) with a massive 200-meter range. This helps prevent accidental collisions with anything in the vicinity (walls, pillars, trees, people, and the sort) and is far better than just about everything we’ve seen. There is also ActiveTrack 5.0, which is the latest version of DJI’s software that tracks a subject automatically.
All of this is powered by a magnificent battery life of up to 46 minutes. That’s a big deal being that you used to be lucky to get 10-15 minutes out of a battery back in the DJI Phantom days. You get more time spent in the sky and less having to bring it back home for a battery swap.
It is riddled with other software updates that really help deliver a drone that people are going to be scrambling for, including possibly ourselves.
The MSRP for the Mavic 3 is $2,199 with a few additional package options like the popular Fly More combo. There is also an enhanced DJI Mavic 3 Cine combo/model that offers some additional features, including Apple ProRes 422 HQ video recording and a built-in 1TB SSD (that one retails for $4,999).
For additional specs/features or to order one of these for yourself, you can visit one of the links below. It is just making its way into the market so it may take some time before it pops up via other retailers.