DJI entered a new era with the release of two flagship Mavic 3 drones considered the best models for shooting quality videos. The Mavic 3 line now incorporates a vast number of autonomous and top notch features. DJI has now introduced dual cameras with hybrid zoom lenses and built-in SSDs. SSDs cannot be replaced by users. The new features are exceptional over and above the previous DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone. The following 2 two models, the Mavic 3 and the Mavic 3 Cine have been released as flagship models.
This design beautifully combines pro-photo and video features into an extraordinary drone. They are easy to fly and transport but a bit pricey. They have the ability to shoot Apple ProRes 422 high quality videos. The main difference between the two is that only the Mavic 3 Cine has the ProRes and the 1 TB built-in SSD. All indications suggest this is the best trending consumer drone for videos and photography at the present time.
The Mavic 3 drones appear, at first glance, about the same size as the Mavic 2 Pro when folded. However, it is a bit heavier, same height but albeit slightly longer to accommodate the wingspan. It accommodates its longer propellers for quieter flights in the air. The drone is noticeably larger when unfolded.
The drone’s new camera module is big and houses the 24mm lens and the 28x hybrid zoom lens directly above it. The camera sticks out and allows for almost 30 degrees tilting for angled shooting. By sticking out it is susceptible to damage should it accidentally crash. The gimbal locks itself in place after flights so that it does not dangle when being transported. This is a cool feature.
Noticeably, the camera houses two sensors and has an aspect ratio of 4:3. The increase in sensor size gives better noise handling among its other features. This effectively means better image quality shooting all around.
The hybrid lens is a novelty and may be fun to use in capturing some incredible photos and videos.
Mavic 3 Drones Superb 46 Minutes’ Flight Time
The specifications and features for the Mavic 3 and the Mavic 3 Cine are identical except for the differences mentioned above. The DJI Mavic 3 Drone shoots high quality videos in three rate modes of 1080p up to 200fps and 4K videos up to 120fps. And in the low range shoots 5.1K videos up to 20 frames per second. All these shoots heavily rely upon the high-capacity battery life that can last up to a superb 46 minutes. It enjoys one of the longest consumer drone flight times up 15km in range. Naturally, it uses the DJI’s latest advance OcuSync 3+ Technology. The 5000mah battery charges in about 2 hours and uses a battery hub that significantly supports USB-C. This means that one can use any device that supports USB-C to charge the battery.
The drone’s new obstacle sensors are omni-directional but not being as sensitive equally does a fine job. It nonetheless offers safe and confident flying. However, the function warns pilots precisely in numerical figures how close they are to objects in feet or metres for evasive actions. A drawback is that they only work well in adequate light.
Mavic 3 Cine Drone
The Mavic 3 Cine is a significant upgrade on the DJI Mavic 3 Drones Standard. And because of these two features, the Apple ProRes 422 HD video and the 1 TB built-in SSD. These two features make it the best trending consumer drone for videos and photography.
The Mavic 3 Cine drone gives the professional an exemplary tool for exploring and capturing ultra remarkable shoots. The drone offers a mouth watering up to 15 km maximum transmission range. And enables flying farther afield to explore and capture more exhilarating scenes. The built-in OcuSync 3+ Transmission system transmits in real-time and live-streams are smooth and stable.
Noise Reduction At Higher ISO Levels
It is also very impressive in how it handles noise at higher ISO levels. It therefore, gives clarity in objects further in the frame with the overall noise grain a lot smaller. These significant improvements enable filming at such higher ISO 3200 and ISO 6400 levels for the professionals.
The Mavic 3 Cine has 1TB SSD storage for 4K shoots and onward transmission to social media servers. Unfortunately, the SSD is not user-replaceable but a very welcome high capacity storage for the drone and professionals.
Innovative Hybrid Lens
It is worth pointing out that the hybrid lens is an entirely separate camera mounted above the main camera with its own lens and CMOS sensor. It zooms at 28x or focal length of 162mm at a reasonable aperture of f/4.4. The hybrid lens cannot shoot in ProRes and one is locked into 1080p at 30fps or 4K. This is a drawback considering that it is also restricted to 12MP jpegs and does not even shoot RAW photos. It is very canny how the hybrid operates by first starting in a decent 2x zoom. But the hybrid lens kicks in when it reaches 7x zoom with fantastic photos.
The Mavic 3’s sensors and new features are capable of tracking objects about 200m away by helping predict its way out of obstacles and automatically outlining its pathway avoiding objects
All in all, the Mavic 3 models are a step up into real quality videography and photography. It is no secret that all the core features work spectacularly and extremely well. The DJI Mavic 3 Drones’ advanced features may be overwhelming for beginners and notwithstanding its pricey offering.