The first DJI Mavic 3 review has leaked on YouTube – announcement expected November 4th
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.
From the previous leak, it appears that there will be two models of Mavic 3 – one being a “Cine” version, with prices ranging from $1,699 up to $2,500. According to more recent leaks, though, the price could be closer to between $2,299 for the basic model, $2,799 for the Fly More combo and $5,199 for the Cine version. This puts it well out of the pricing territory of previous Mavic drones. By comparison, the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and Pro came out at $1,249 and $1,449 (which was bumped up to $1,499 a month later) respectively.
I haven’t seen the video and the repost of it on YouTube has been taken down, but the screenshots do provide us with the first clear look at that new dual-camera setup, as well as what appears to be an array of Hasselblad filters. Of course, the Mavic 3 was going to get a Hasselblad camera again. It’s silly for DJI to buy the company and then not keep using their cameras.
Shorter clips from the video have also popped up on Twitter.
Thanks @KANZHAJI for uploading this first #Mavic3 review. My mandarin is a bit rusty but I believe he is positive about it.
At the end you see his #DJIFLYAPP … can you spot the icon? Where did we see that before?@DroneXL1 @techdronemedia @geeksvana @OsitaLV pic.twitter.com/OsvzOoJlu3
— Jasper Ellens | DJI Flight Club (@JasperEllens) November 1, 2021
It looks like we don’t have long to wait, though, as DJI seemed to respond to this latest leak by putting up an announcement event for November 4th at 10pm EDT, which is 7pm PDT or 2am on November 5th in the UK. Obviously, DJI wanted to schedule this announcement for when much of the world wasn’t eating dinner, about to get into bed or already been in bed for three or four hours. It’s not surprising, though. Given the recent proposal to put DJI on the block list and some fairly tight regulations around drones in the EU, it makes sense that they’d favour an announcement for more Asia-friendly times.
The rest of us will just have to read about it on Friday morning, I guess.
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.