DJI Mini 3 Professional has simply been introduced – the most recent sub-250g drone from DJI. It brings a brand new physique with multi-directional collision sensors and an improved 90° rotatable digicam that’s able to 48MP pictures and as much as 4K60 video. The Mini 3 Professional is offered now beginning at $669 / €739 (together with VAT).
Right now, DJI introduced the most recent addition to its giant drone portfolio. The brand new DJI Mini 3 Professional weighs lower than 250g together with the battery and media. So, why is that this vital?
Why are ultra-lightweight drones so well-liked? Nicely, in some nations, UAVs beneath 250g fall beneath the “toys” class and subsequently are rather a lot simpler to legally fly. That is sadly not the case in Europe at the moment (the place I’m positioned), however I nonetheless obtained tempted by the shape issue and total measurement of the DJI Mavic Mini when DJI entered the sub-250g class again in 2019 (not counting the tiny DJI Tello) and I purchased the primary “Mini”.
The magic of the sub-250g Mini collection
One yr later, DJI launched the Mini 2 with nearly the identical physique, an improved digicam that might now shoot 4K30, barely improved flight time, and a significantly better communication protocol with the brand new distant controller with OccuSync. I absolutely upgraded to the Mini 2 which I nonetheless have as much as at the present time.
Right now’s DJI Mini 3 Professional announcement appears to be a a lot bigger leap ahead than what the earlier technology improve was. On high of the brand new “Professional” in its identify, the specs and options of the brand new drone sound thrilling. Let’s check out the main points of the brand new DJI Mini 3 Professional.
DJI Mini 3 Professional – 48MP rotatable digicam
Initially, the DJI Mini 3 Professional encompasses a new 1/1.3-inch 48MP CMOS digicam sensor with twin native ISO. The lens has a focal size of 24mm (full-frame equal, 82.1° FOV) and an aperture of f/1.7. The distinctive characteristic of the DJI Mini 3 Professional 3-axis stabilized digicam module is that it will probably rotate 90° to higher seize vertical content material. Moreover, the digicam can now search for as a result of it’s positioned on the very entrance. Images can be found in both JPEG or DNG uncooked format in 4:3 8064×6048 (48 MP) or 4032×3024 (12 MP).
Though the sensor has a better decision of 48MP in stills mode, evidently DJI bins the pixels to 12MP (4032 x 2268) in video mode which leads to 2.4μm pixels for higher efficiency in low mild.
Video as much as 4K60 with D-Cinelike
In terms of accessible resolutions and framerates, the Mini 3 Professional delivers the next video modes:
The utmost bitrate is now 150Mbps (Mini 2 solely maxed out at 100Mbps) in both MP4 or MOV (H.264 or H.265 compression). HDR video recording can be accessible at body charges as much as 30fps. DJI additionally presents a digital video zoom at as much as 2x in 4K, 3x in 2.7K, and 4x in Full HD.
The excellent news is that the Mini 3 Professional now additionally presents the flat colour profile referred to as D-Cinelike (along with the Regular colour profile). All of the video modes are, nonetheless, 8-bit solely.
First Mini with multi-directional sensors
For the primary time in DJI’s Mini collection of drones, the Mini 3 Professional encompasses a tri-directional impediment sensing offered by ahead, backward, and downward-facing visible sensors. Earlier generations from the Mini collection solely had downward-facing sensors.
In response to DJI, these sensors allow Superior Pilot Help Programs (APAS) 4.0, which routinely detects and finds a safer path round obstacles throughout flight (not accessible whereas recording 4K/48, 50, or 60fps, 2.7K/50, or 60fps, or 1080p/120fps video). The sensors additionally allow the whole FocusTrack suite, which permits customers to pick a topic that the drone routinely retains inside the middle of the body throughout flight whereas routinely planning a secure flight route.
Automated taking pictures modes
As with each new DJI drone, there’s quite a lot of computerized modes accessible with the Mini 3 Professional as properly:
- FocusTrack Suite (solely accessible as much as 30fps):
- Highlight 2.0 retains the topic in body whilst you fly manually.
- Level of Curiosity 3.0 circles the topic in a set flight radius and velocity.
- ActiveTrack 4.0 follows the topic in two selectable methods:
- Hint: The plane tracks the topic at a continuing distance
- Parallel: The plane tracks the topic whereas flying beside it at a continuing angle and distance
- Dronie: The plane flies again and up with the digicam locked on the topic.
- Helix: The plane flies up and spirals across the topic.
- Rocket: The plane flies up with the digicam dealing with down.
- Circle: The plane circles across the topic.
- Boomerang: The plane flies across the topic in an oval path, ascending because it flies away and descending because it returns.
- Asteroid: The plane creates a shot that begins as a sphere panorama excessive above the topic and ends with a standard shot hovering close to the topic.
- MasterShots: Retains the topic within the middle of the body whereas executing completely different maneuvers in sequence to generate a brief video.
- Hyperlapse: Creates a dynamic timelapse the place the plane flies on set paths throughout seize.
Two completely different batteries
Apparently, DJI has determined to supply two varieties of battery packs for the Mini 3 Professional. The common battery (2,453 mAh) included with the drone presents a most flight time of 34 minutes and it retains the drone’s weight at 249g. The general take-off weight can be written on the battery itself to keep away from confusion.
The second sort of battery pack (referred to as the Clever Flight Battery Plus) presents as much as 47 minutes of flight time (3,850 mAh capability), however the drone will then exceed the 250g take-off weight by round 40g.
As optionally available equipment, DJI will supply a two-way charging hub that fees Mini 3 Professional Clever Flight Batteries in sequence, in addition to a 30W USB-C charger that fees an Clever Flight Battery to 0-100% in 64 minutes and an Clever Flight Battery Plus in 101 minutes.
O3 transmission, DJI RC controller, equipment
As DJI claims, the Mini 3 Professional options the O3 transmission system, which delivers a 1080p dwell view from a distance so far as 12 km (with FCC customary).
The DJI RC is a brand new sort of distant controller from DJI that encompasses a 5.5-inch built-in touchscreen with the DJI Fly app prepared. The drone will, nonetheless, be accessible with the common controller (or with none controller) as properly.
Worth and availability
With the Mini 3 Professional, DJI appears to have barely modified the accessible packages. Initially, there shall be an choice to purchase the drone with none controller for $669 / round €739 (together with VAT) for many who have already got a controller.
DJI Mini 3 Professional with the common controller (DJI RC-N1) will retail for $759 / round €829 (together with VAT) and the DJI Mini 3 Professional with the DJI RC controller will retail for $909 / round €999 (together with VAT). The delivery is deliberate to start out on Could 17, 2022.
The second change is that the Fly Extra Package will now be accessible individually, and never solely as a part of the drone package deal. This will retail for $189 / round €189 (together with VAT) and it’ll embrace two clever flight batteries, a two-way charging hub, two units of propellers, and one shoulder bag. All different equipment shall be bought individually.
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