DJI Mavic 3 review the Mavic 3 has seen a suite of upgrades over its predecessor allowing it to take a better video shoot better photos and stay in the air for longer every single little element has been updated so it really feels like a big step-up so let's start with this camera because let's face it.
That's the thing that we all really care about how it's actually packing two sensors and two lenses inside this stabilized unit here now the main camera has a four-thirds size image sensor which is the biggest sensor size that we've seen in the Mavic range and it's a big step up from the one-inch size sensor seen on the previous Mavic 2 pro now a bigger sensor means.
It can capture more light and offer a better dynamic range so that should mean that when you're doing those lovely videos of sunsets you don't have a completely blown out sky and I have been impressed with the footage that I've captured with this so far the exposure is excellent as is the detail when you shoot at the maximum of 5.1 k resolution colors and contrast look good thanks to that Hasselblad color science but you can also shoot in d-log if you want to do some more grading in post-production later it'll shoot 4k video at up to 120 frames a second for some slow motion and it's got a manually adjustable aperture from f 2.8 through to f 11.
20 Megapixels Image Camera
Its still images are 20 megapixels in size and it can shoot in dng raw which is great for applying more edits over the top in software like adobe lightroom the second camera provides a telephoto zoom with an equivalent focal length of about 162 millimeters now I was really excited about having this zoom option when I first heard about the drone but in use.
It is only okay you can't shoot dng raw format images with this, it's jpeg only, and the video tops out at 4k 30 frames a second but it's the image quality that takes a real noticeable dive when you switch to that telephoto lens particularly if you're using the digital zoom as well things start to get very very blurry very very quickly it is a useful tool for location scouting from the air as it does allow you to get close up on those details but the footage does not look good enough that you'd actually want to use it in production.
46 Minutes of Flight Time
The version is basically the same drone but it can shoot in apple prores which allows for a lot more scope for post-processing later on that drone also features a built-in one terabyte ssd drive for saving those massive files while up in the air and surprisingly it comes with a much higher price DJI Mavic 3 review.
The drone itself is aesthetically similar to others in the range and of course, it does fall down as you can see into a much more compact size, it's about the size of a large zoom lens so it will fit quite comfortably in a photography backpack which makes it great for chucking in a bag and going out on a hike with various efficiency improvements for the motors and more dense batteries DJI reckons you can get up to 46 minutes of flight time from this in reality.
I found that was closer to about 35 minutes in mixed conditions but that's still a big step up over the last model if you buy the fly more combo that comes with two extra batteries and you can easily be looking at over an hour of footage every time you go out it's just as easy to fly as others in the range with the same basic controller that connects to your iPhone or Android phone anyone that's familiar with DJI's existing drones will have no trouble flying this at all and even beginners will not struggle to get up to speed DJI Mavic 3 review.
I love the automated flight paths and object tracking of the previous drones and while that is coming to this drone it won't arrive until the end of January now that is disappointing that such an important feature isn't already on board at launch particularly considering the quite a high price so of course if being able to have the drone follow you while you're out hiking is crucial to your filming then it's probably worth waiting until next year to buy one it's got improved sensors all around giving it better object avoidance in all directions that meant.
Mavic 3 Actually Worth Buying
I had no worries at all about flying it close to trees because that improved object detection should hopefully mean that it won't go and crash into the branches and indeed it's still here so it didn't it also makes the automated return to home a lot safer as it is better at avoiding obstacles on the way all of which will hopefully make it less likely that you're going to lose it in the middle of a forest so is the Mavic 3 actually worth buying well if your priority is just something compact and nippy to get some decent shots from the sky then you should probably look towards smaller drones such as the DJI mini 2. similarly if you want decent all-round footage and you don't want to spend quite as much money than last year's air 2s is a great drone to consider.
Mavic 3 is maybe for people who want to take their aerial filming.
A little more seriously its great image quality and its bigger sensor size put it more in line with DJI's pro-level inspire models except this is a lot smaller and also quite a lot cheaper so what the Mavic 3 really offers is a compact and relatively affordable way of getting.
Beautiful footage from the sky but what do you think the Mavic 3 is it the
drone for you or have you got your eyes set on something a little bit smaller and lighter do let us know in the comments below and make sure to keep it.