First images leak of upcoming non-Pro DJI Mini 3 drone show no obstacle avoidance sensors

Dec 2, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

First images leak of upcoming non-Pro DJI Mini 3 drone show no obstacle avoidance sensors

Dec 2, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Just over a week ago, word came that DJI had registered an upcoming cut-down DJI Mini 3 non-Pro version with the FCC. Now, we’re getting our first proper look at the drone according to reliable DJI leaker, DealsDrone, on Twitter.

From looking at the images, the design looks like a bit of a cross between the DJI Mini 2 and the more recent DJI Mini 3 Pro. But it’s pretty clear that the obstacle avoidance sensors are gone, bringing it more in line with the Mini 2, but with the Mini 2 and Mini 3 Pro having similar capabilities already, aside from the obstacle avoidance, how is this not just a slightly redesigned Mini 2?

Other than the obstacle avoidance, the Mini 3 Pro does beat out the Mini 2. It offers 4K 60fps at 150Mbps vs 100Mbps on the Mini 2. The Mini 3 also features a larger, dual-ISO sensor capable of shooting HDR video at up to 4K 30fps. Vertically oriented video is another advantage that the Mini 3 Pro has over the Mini 2. So, even without the obstacle avoidance, a non-Pro Mini 3 would still potentially be a decent upgrade over the Mini 2 for many users.

There’s no word on a cost, although a UK retailer appears to have posted the product page a little early, with a price of £827.97 – Once you remove the 20% VAT and convert it into US dollars, that equates to around $845 + tax in the USA for the Fly More Combo kit. For reference, the Mini 2 Fly More Combo Kit is $599 and the Mini 3 Pro Fly More Combo Kit is $1,158.

The leaked listing screenshot also confirms that the Mini 3 retains the 4K HDR video feature of the Mini 3 Pro, as well as vertical shooting mode for the socially inclined. And it shows a delivery date from Friday 9th of December. So, we’re probably going to see an official announcement any day now!

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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