If you’re thinking of buying the DJI Mavic 3, here’s some good news, at least for our European readers. From now on, you can fly this drone in fly in the new A1 Open Category. In other words, you no longer need to pass the piloting license exam, which will save you both time and money.
Although the Sony AirPeak is no longer a big secret, there still isn’t really a massive amount of information out there on how it actually performs in the real world. This isn’t really all that surprising, as $12,000 drones (plus camera and lens) aren’t exactly all that popular or common amongst most drone pilots. But in this video, Jeven Dovey gets together with Sony creator Craig Coker to talk about the Sony AirPeak drone’s capabilities.
But just talking about things like this doesn’t really do much good unless you can compare it to the types of drones that mere mortals like most of us might use. So, he puts it up against the DJI Mavic 3, which by many people’s standards is a pretty advanced and expensive drone, to see how the two compare. Looking at it side-by-side with the AirPeak, though, it’s kind of a toy. An impressive toy, but a toy nonetheless.
After the success of the DJI Mavic 2 and the “collaboration” (pretty much an acquisition) with Hasselblad, many folks were excited to see what would come in updated Mavic 3 models. And when it was officially announced in November, many jumped on that pre-order bandwagon. But upon receiving their drones, a few were disappointed stating that many of the features promised in DJI’s marketing weren’t there.
DJI did say that they’d be releasing an update in January, but the consumer market has learned to not count its chickens in the electronics world when it comes to firmware updates. DJI has made good on their promise, though with a new v01.00.0500 firmware update, available to both Android and iOS devices as well as desktop users.
With the recent announcement of the new DJI Mavic 3, one of the big selling points was that new dual-camera system. The main camera is a 20-megapixel 4/3 CMOS sensor with a variable f/2.8-11 aperture and a 24mm equivalent focal length. The secondary camera is a 12-megapixel 1/2″ CMOS sensor with a 162mm equivalent lens and a fixed f/4.4 aperture.
DJI combines these two cameras allowing for a hybrid zoom system. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Especially when that second camera only shoots jpg and not RAW or DNG? Well, the folks at DroneXL posted a video that shows how it really looks to zoom on the DJI Mavic 3. And, it’s not amazing, but it’s pretty impressive.
DJI has now officially launched the new DJI Mavic 3 boasting better sensors, a dual-camera system, omnidirectional obstacle avoidance, smarter flight modes and longer flight times over the Mavic 2. DJI says that the Mavic 3 has been “redesigned from tip to tail” to take things up to the next level.
And it sure seems to have done that. It shoots 5.1K video at up to 50 frames per second with a large 4/3″ CMOS Hasselblad camera, 4K 120fps for high-quality slow-mo and features redesigned batteries that let you stay up in the air for a very impressive 46 minutes. Omnidirectional obstacle avoidance also sees potential issues from up to 200 metres away.
If it’s not retailers jumping the gun or the manufacturers themselves, it’s YouTubers and this time it’s the DJI Mavic 3 again. There’s been a lot of hype over the DJI Ronin 4D and the new DJI Action 2, but DJI Mavic 3 chatter has been pretty mild until lately. Sure, there was rumour of an announcement two years ago, and there’s been a couple of leaks, including the complete specs, but other than that, it’s not been spoken about anywhere near as much as past DJI drone releases.
Well, now the first review has popped up a little early on YouTube (since removed), spotted by serial DJI leaker OsitaLV. Naturally, the video didn’t last online very long but a number of people, including Kanzhaji managed to grab some screenshots and even clips that have been reshared via social media. It also appears that DJI has now scheduled an announcement for November 4th at 10pm Eastern.
This one’s been rumoured for a long time, but the most recent leak at the end of August suggested an announcement date for either October 2021 or January 2021. I think from a business standpoint, October is more likely, given that nobody will be buying them up as Christmas presents in January, but now the entire specs appear to have leaked, suggesting that an official announcement may be imminent.
The leaks come via Twitter user @JasperEllens and the website DroneDJ, showing the complete specifications for two new upcoming DJI Mavic 3 drones. It looks like DJI’s dropped the “Pro” and “Zoom” monikers. One of the new models will simply be the “Mavic 3” and the other will be labelled “Cine” and features a built-in SSD.
Brazilian YouTube channel Dronemodelismo has leaked what they say are some specs for the upcoming DJI Mavic 3 drone. Dronemodelismo says they had access to exclusive information that came from a reliable source and while they weren’t allowed to show real photos of the drone, they did share some illustrations of what it will look like.
So, the big things first. According to the leak, it’ll contain a pair of Hasselblad cameras, including one with a 7x zoom and another below it capable of shooting 5.7K video with a 24mm equivalent f/2.8 lens. It will feature Apple ProRes raw support and contain 1TB of internal storage to save it all to, with over 40 minutes of flight time.
Looks like Canon isn’t the only one on fire when it comes to announcing new gear in 2020 (at least judging from the rumors). After a long break, it seems that we’ll see as many as three new drones from DJI this year. And according to the reports, the first one could hit the market in February.
It’s being rumoured that DJI is getting ready to announce the Mavic 3 drone in January 2020. Drone DJ reports that they’ve received several rumours that all seem to back each other up in the last week or so. They also say that the recently reported Mavic Mini may be officially announced as soon as the end of this month.