Ever since alina and i started this youtube channel, formerly called drone film guide, our ethos has been to show you how to do more, with less how to make the most of the gear youve already got, and not obsessed about the latest and greatest kit. Now on the table, i have the latest and greatest the mavic 3, but i also have the second latest and second greatest, the mavic air 2s, and this more than meets the minimum standard required to get outstanding aerial footage. So, as i say, im biased im going to need some serious convincing that this is worth the extra cash over this lets get into it now. Music, stuart carroll here from drone film guy, the channel where we learn to fly like filmmakers one for old times sake. Now the reality is its irrelevant. What my opinions are on this subject at the end of the day, we all have different needs and wants and we have different amounts of money in our pocket, so your priorities could be completely different from mine and thats fine. So what im going to do here is give you some facts to help. You inform your purchasing decisions, speaking of which grab yourself a copy of our drone comparison. Chart itll give you all the information that you need laid out in a nice chart format and if you do have money burning a hole in your pocket grab yourself a copy of our eight hour.

Drone cinematography master class. A little bit of investment in your education. Will pay off a hundred times more than buying the latest and greatest gear? I can promise you that we cant have this conversation without considering the price of these little beauties. Now the air 2s costs 999. The mavic 3 costs 2199. If you go for the fly more combos, the air 2s costs 1 299 and the mavic 3 costs and ninety 2999 dollars in both cases, the fly more combo brings the same benefits in the form of two extra batteries: a charging hub, some nd filters and a Nice bag all ill say on the subject of price and im, jumping ahead a little bit here. But if you look at the traditional camera market every time you take a step up in terms of sensor size, things get a lot more expensive and thats. What we have on the table here, a one inch sensor and a four thirds of an inch sensor – things get a lot more expensive. This is nothing new weve got a detailed camera analysis and picture comparison coming up so well, come to that in a second, but since weve got all the gear on the table. Lets compare the hardware for a second now. Certainly, the offering from the mavic 3 is much bigger. As you can see, the drone itself is physically bigger, its 895 grams versus 595 grams and the package in its entirety is far more substantial.

The fact that the mavic 3 is bigger means it can have a much bigger battery, giving a 46 minute flight time compared with the 31 minutes flight time from the air to s here in the european union. The top speed of these drones is the same. Its restricted to 68.4 kilometers per hour to comply with regulations now out with the european union. You can fly the mavic 3 up to 75.6 kilometers per hour, its not a huge difference. Now. What i will say is that the mavic 3 does have better characteristics in extremely windy conditions, but this is a relative concept. At the end of the day, the air 2s is extremely robust. Nonetheless, but in extreme conditions the mavic 3 will see you better off. In terms of transmission and range, both of these drones use the same rc n1 controller. We have ocusync or o3 on the air 2s and we have o3 plus on the mavic 3.. Now theoretical range is 12 kilometers on the air 2s and 15 kilometers on the mavic 3. im not going to be the one to test that i dont care about that. What i care about is an indestructible signal when im 4 or 500 meters away – and both of these drones provide that the mavic 3 definitely takes the win when it comes to obstacle avoidance. We have full omnidirectional obstacle avoidance here, unlike on the air 2s, where we have forwards and backward sensors and upwards and downwards collision avoidance sensors.

Both these drones have eight gigabytes of internal storage, so that ones a draw before we talk about the four thirds of an inch sensor, primary camera on this drone theres a secondary camera on this drone, the r2s only has one camera now, of course, the important question Is is it worthwhile and is it valuable and on that one? I just want you to understand exactly what youre getting with this seven times. Zoom camera just to be clear: theres no overlap between the two cameras here they dont share a sensor, so the secondary camera has a half inch sensor at its widest field of view. Its a 24 millimeter equivalent, essentially, but the main functionality we have here is the seven times optical zoom, which is 162 millimeters equivalent, now its really cool and its a really nice image, actually because it is an optical zoom, albeit on that half inch sensor platform. So weve got this really fun seven times optical zoom explorer mode as dji calls it. The only thing is, it has restricted functionality at the moment that im hoping will change with firmware updates. First, up theres, no manual exposure controls only automatic now. The mavic 3 is a high end professional grade drone. At the end of the day, no one operating at that level wants to use automatic exposure, so i dont know what that one is all about. Second of all, in terms of resolution and frame rates were limited to 4k, which is fine, but at 30 frames per second now, theres, no 24 or 25 frames per second.

Finally, you need to understand how the zoom function works on this lens, because the notion of a seven times zoom would make you think that you have a smooth optical zoom from one times all the way through to seven times. But you dont, you have your one times: optical zoom, so no zoom, essentially, and then you have a seven times optical zoom, everything in between your two times and your four times are digital zooms and they dont really look that great, because its on a half inch Sensor with an f 4.4 aperture, so in a nutshell, the only true optical zoom functionality of this lens is the seven times zoom. So last but not least, the main reason – the mavic 3 is so much more expensive than the air 2s. The four thirds of an inch cmos sensor in that primary camera we start from a fairly level playing field, because both these cameras shoot 10 bit d. Log video. Here we have a 22 millimeter field of view, which is slightly wider than the more typical 24 millimeter field of view on the mavic 3.. The air 2s has a fixed aperture of f 2.8, whereas the mavic 3 continues where the mavic 2 pro left off. With a variable aperture of f 2.8, all the way up to f 11., the mavic 3 takes the win when it comes to resolution and frame rates. Now the maximum resolution here is 5.12 k by 2.

7 k, its a slightly odd aspect ratio, its not a true 16 by 9 aspect ratio. So you will get little black bars at the top and bottom that you can either conceal by way of a letterbox or just punch in slightly, but we do get frame rates all the way up to 50 frames per. Second. By contrast, the air2s actually gives us a little bit extra resolution with 5472 pixels across the top and 3078 down the side, which is a true 16×9 aspect ratio. However, the frame rates only go up to 30 frames per second for your super slow motion needs. The mavic 3 gives us 4k up to 120 frames per second, and the air 2s gives us 4k up to 60 frames per second. Both of these drones take 20 megapixel raw photographs. Pouring over specifications is one thing, but do we get any real world benefits from the mavic 3s bigger sensor versus the air? 2S? Look at these two identical images: the mavic air 2s on the left and the mavic 3 on the right both are shot in 10 bit d log for maximum performance. From the cameras. You can see straight away that the mavic 3 is a flatter, more washed out picture, and indeed, when you look at the waveforms, it confirms what our eye sees. Everything is a little bit more squashed in the middle of the waveform. The whites are not as bright and the blacks are not as crushed theyre pulled up more into the grays.

This comparison shows the same results. Look at the black bag on the table on the air 2s shot on the left, its fairly black, whereas on the right hand, side for the mavic 3 footage its a kind of gray color. One thing you need to be aware of is that, just because one picture has less contrast and is flatter than the next picture, it doesnt automatically mean that it has more dynamic range captured as a consequence, look at the shot of a sky with the sun in It for the mavic air 2s on the left here, as we would expect the sun is depicted on the waveform as this little flat line on 100 ire everythings blown out theres no extra detail to be retained in those pixels theres, nothing. We can do with that and thats what youd expect to see white is white and it sits at 100 on the waveform. Now, by comparison with the mavic 3, you can see that the sun is sitting down there on 85, give or take, but theres no extra detail retained. If there was extra detail, wed see something of a parabola instead of some kind of flat line, its just the same blown out sun its just. It comes up a little bit gray when we color correct that were still going to have to shove. Those highlights up to 100 and its going to be exactly the same result as the air 2s. If we jump to the other end of the waveform and talk about shadows, then look at this comparison here.

The mavic 3 shadows on the right hand, side are kind of gray compared with the darker blacker shadows of the air 2s. On the left hand, side, the only thing is by giving us more washed out shadows at the time of capture. We can see a little bit more noise in those shadows. Now the reality is. We need to color correct this footage anyway, to bring those blacks closer down to black thats, going to consolidate a lot of that noise, hide it in the shadows, essentially and ultimately were going to end up with a very similar outcome to the air 2s. In terms of contrast, so in terms of dynamic range, i do think you need to squint a little bit to see any difference in terms of performance between these two drones, but the performance is outstanding in the original review we did of this mavic 3. We compared the image with the panasonic gh5 thats filming me now, theres about 2000 pounds worth of camera filming me now. This is better than that and the camera on this is this size. Absolutely outstanding, theres, two areas where the mavic 3 camera outshines the air 2s. The first is in terms of low light performance, and the second is in terms of color rendition. Bigger sensors are able to gather more light its as simple as that, and you can see in this example here that to get a similar ish exposure, the mavic 3 was shooting on f5, whereas the mavic air 2s was shooting on 2.

8. As i said in the intro, when it comes to traditional cameras, people will pay a lot of money for improved low light performance. Thanks to a bigger sensor. The mavic 3 camera was co engineered with hasselblad, so we have hasselblad natural color solutions, a very strict criteria that the colors must meet. Now it does sound a little bit like marketing waffle, im not going to lie, but if we do look at these two side by side examples staged here in the studio they both look pretty horrid straight out the camera. But if we grade them look at the difference there, i was definitely able to get a more natural look on the mavic 3 footage there. On the right hand, side you can see that my t shirt is a little bit less zingy. The same can be said for my my right cheek or the left hand side of my face as you look at it, the cheekbone there is a little bit blown out and a little bit shiny there on the air. 2S footage its not on the mavic 3 footage. That was quite a lot of information folks. What did you make of it all? I had to grab yourself a copy of our drone comparison chart, so you can see all the information laid out check out our it. Our drone cinematography master class and do engage in the comments below share your thoughts.