Aerial videographers now have a wider range of options to choose from with the availablity of three 70-millimeter cameras. It provides more flexibility in capturing shots. The DJI Mavic 3 came out towards the end of 2021. And a year later, the Mavic 3 Classic came out, which was $450 cheaper. But it had only one camera instead of dual cameras.
However, with the Mavic 3 Pro, DJI has taken a different approach by adding a third camera. This has helped aerial videographers to have more creative freedom in framing their shots from above. The Mavic 3 Pro maintains the 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera of the other Mavic 3 models. It also has a non-zooming 24mm equivalent prime lens. This is perfect for capturing the stunning wide-angle vistas that drone videography is popular for.
Additionally, it has the same video capabilities as the original Mavic 3. In other words, it is capable of shooting 5.1K footage at 50fps or 4K footage at 120fps. However, if you require an 8K resolution, you must purchase the recently released DJI Inspire 3. It costs $16,499.
The Mavic 3 Pro brings back the 28x hybrid zoom (or 7x optical zoom) camera found in the original model. But it is not in the more affordable Mavic 3 Classic. However, DJI upgraded the lens from 162mm to 166mm, and the aperture from f4.4 to f3.4. This enables pilots to capture shots at a closer range while keeping the drone its spinning propellers, and the associated noise farther away.
The Mavic 3 Pro also adds another 70mm medium telephoto camera with a 1/1.3-inch CMOS sensor. Additionally, it has 3x optical zoom to the existing 166mm telephoto camera. Although both the Mavic 3 Classic and the Mavic 3 Pro provide greater creative control for framing shots, there are some drawbacks. Both models are restricted to capturing 4K video at 60fps instead of 120fps.
Additionally, the Mavic 3 Pro’s additional camera adds extra weight. This results in a minor decrease in flight time – 43 minutes compared to the original and Classic models’ 46 minutes under ideal conditions. Nonetheless, the drone still incorporates “eight wide-angle vision sensors” to detect potential obstacles and autonomously navigate around them.
The Mavic 3 Pro is equipped with the DJI O3+ transmission system. This allows the drone to be controlled from a distance of up to 15km while still providing a 1080P/60fps live video feed on the controller or goggles.
It also retains all of the automated features of the previous models. These include subject tracking for automated focus and framing, the ability to follow custom waypoints and repeat a flight path with precision, and “Advanced RTH,” which plans a safe and efficient return flight to its takeoff point when the battery level drops.
The DJI Mavic 3 Pro will start shipping in May. It will cost $2,199 for a basic kit that includes a battery and the DJI remote control. Customers can opt for the Fly More Combo kit, which includes additional batteries, a multi-charger, custom ND filters, and extra props, for $2,999.
A pricier $3,889 combo package is also available. This includes the Mavic 3 Pro and the newer DJI RC Pro controller with a brighter screen that is ideal for outdoor use. DJI has announced the Cine version of the Mavic 3 Pro, priced at $4,799.
Despite its high cost, it comes with several useful features, including support for Apple’s ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, and ProRes 422 LT codecs on all three cameras for improved video quality. Additionally, the drone has a 1TB SSD drive built-in and a high-speed 10Gbps cable connection that allows for fast media transfer.