DJI MAVIC 3 // AN HONEST SPONSORED DRONE REVIEW…HONESTLY…
Oh folks, youre still there sorry, i dozed off how very rude of me right since weve got the gear on the table. I suppose we should talk about it. This here is a mavic 3.. It comes with the rc n1 controller that weve already seen with the air 2s, and the mini 2. here are the principal components of the fly more combo, some nd filters, 2 extra batteries a charging hub, and we also get this jazzy convertible bag. That turns into a backpack pretty nice, so i dont actually know the price of the mavic. 3 fly more combo. It costs this much. Is it good? I think it might be expensive. Uh you dont have to get the fly more combo. If you dont get the fly more combo, so you dont get some of these accessories. It costs this much right, theres. Also a second version of the mavic 3, the mavic 3 cine, pretty much. Everything is the same, except we get a different controller, but the main functionality that we get is the ability to shoot prores raw 422 ridiculously high bitrate codec, which might be of interest to some of you that working at a really high level theres also a one Terabyte internal storage in there, so those big ass files can be written fast enough into the internal memory and that costs this much now were going to focus on the normal standard, mavic 3, essentially – and some of the fly more components today, because i think thats, where Most peoples interest will be by far.
The main talking point on this drone is the new dual camera system. On there, the primary camera has a micro four thirds sensor. I didnt think they were going to be able to do that and look at that. Its tiny micro, four thirds camera very exciting indeed, and it is good, well show you that in a second now the secondary camera. I want you to understand at the outset. These cameras dont share a sensor. The secondary camera has a half inch sensor, uh much more restricted functionality. Shall we say you need to stick around to see our comments on that later in the video, because i dont want there to be any confusion. First things. First, however, it has been over three years since the mavic 2 pro came out, so we do have some hardware developments to talk about lets get into that now. I must admit i dont really care what a drone looks like, but this mavic 3 is quite attractive. I find it quite stylish, a nice dark gray. The arms are much sleeker than before. Now more important than appearance. Dji says that the mavic 3 has reduced the wind resistance by 35 compared with its predecessor, combined with an enormous 5 000 milliamp battery. We get a stated flight time of 46 minutes. Obviously, youve got to take those numbers with a pinch of salt, but it does feel like an absolute lifetime when youre flying the drone, both the mavic 3 standard and the mavic 3 cine are sub 900 gram.
Drones. Im not going to get into eu drone regulation here but being on the right side of 900 grams is certainly helpful. We have an upgraded transmission system between the controller and the drone o3 plus giving us a stated range of 15 kilometers now, obviously thats completely illegal youll never see that drone 15 kilometers away im not interested in that. But what i am interested in is an indestructible signal between the controller and the drone, and without doubt we have that the mavic 3 uses the dji fly app its much more streamlined than the original dji go 4 app, so very welcome development in that respect. With a top speed of 47 miles per hour, this is djis fastest and most wind resistant drone. It really is solid when its in the air we have incremental increases in terms of ascent, speed and descent speed. Also, what i can tell you anecdotally, though, having flown the drone is that it handles very similarly to the mavic 2 pro, so i wouldnt expect any night and day difference there in terms of speed power, wind stability, all that kind of stuff, both of them solid. As a rock, when it comes to flight characteristics, we have full omnidirectional obstacle avoidance now so forwards facing sensors backwards up down and sideways extremely beneficial obstacle. Avoidance has saved my bacon many many times and theres a couple of knock on implications. There. We have an upgrade to a pass 5.
0 thats, your advanced pilot assistance system, autonomous flight, essentially that takes advantage of the omnidirectional obstacle avoidance, as does active track 5.0. Now i wasnt able to test that, but its supposed to have some added benefits, thanks to the omnidirectional obstacle avoidance, well need to test that at some point in the future and in terms of your advanced return to home. The forward facing sensors now have a detection range of 200 meters only when using advanced return to home. That is so. It allows the drone to plot a safer and better route back to your landing spot. Lets get on to the bit thats really going to make people decide whether or not to buy this drone, and that is the camera. Well talk about the primary camera first and then well talk about the secondary zoom camera. Please stick around for the comments about the secondary zoom camera. It might not be quite what youre expecting right. The primary camera micro four thirds inch sensor tremendous achievement to get that big low light sensor in that camera. I mean theres two cameras in there im really genuinely impressed with this. I didnt think it was going to happen 24 millimeter field of view, with a variable aperture of f 2.8 to f 11. variable aperture is very useful when youre using your nd filters allows you to tweak your exposure when youve got the drone up in the sky. 10 bit d log m, giving us a stated: 12.
8 stops of dynamic range, the camera shoots, 20 megapixel photographs and in video mode. Our resolution goes all the way up to 5.12 k at 50 frames per second 4k frame rates. Go all the way up to 120 frames per second much like the mavic 2 pro the primary camera was co developed with hasselblad, giving us hasselblad natural color solutions. Now, if there was marketing speak, that was it. So how does it perform? Does it live up to expectations? Is it any good and is it worth the money based on our tests? The principal micro four thirds camera in there does live up to expectations. We compared it with the industry, standard micro, four thirds camera thats filming me right now. Panasonic lumix gh5 and in many ways this camera was better than that dedicated camera. That is filming me right now. Checking the detail and sharpness of the mavic 3 footage. You can see the benefit of that extra resolution in the palm trees. The image is sharp, but it doesnt have that digitally sharpened. Look that we sometimes see with dji drones, where ive been even more impressed, however, is on the subject of shadow recovery is something we do all the time with our aerial work. Now ive got a slightly extreme example here, where weve boosted the shadows in post, but you can see the nice smooth way that the mavic 3 deals with that shadow recovery compared with the more typical result.
You see on the gh5 where the noise in the shadows is dancing around like static on the screen. Bigger sensor cameras should perform better in low light scenarios. Now here is pretty dark. It doesnt look it because weve boosted, the iso to 1600, but you can see the lights are on in the vehicles. Theres a bit of grain in the image, but its certainly a very respectable picture. Incremental dynamic range benefits only really play a role in high contrast. Scenes so sunrises or sunsets, or very often in drone work, weve got a sun behind some white clouds and it blows out the sky, and it looks a little bit ugly youll see benefits here, having a better quality camera for sure. This is where knowing how to use your gear comes into play, definitely check out our 8 hour drone cinematography master class world famous and world renowned. It really is very good, if i may say so, myself, link in the description below and well teach you everything you need to know to learn how to actually use your drone, be it a mini 2 or a mavic 3.. Speaking of knowing how to use your drone one beef that i have with dji on these higher end drones, is they dont give us a decent alike picture profile? They give us a normal picture profile which you should not be using if youre buying a mavic 3, or they give us a d log picture profile with all benefits that comes from that, but its a tremendously involved process.
Color grading that footage. You need a fair bit of experience to do and its time consuming. Even if you have the experience you might not want to bother, i really wish they would give us a decent like picture profile on these higher end drones, im very pleased, theres no barrel distortion, like we got with the mavic 2 pro now. I know that was a clean read from the sensor and all that kind of stuff, but it was an extra step that we had to do in post here. All our lines are straight lovely, rectilinear, lens, a little observation thats, not that important, but worth knowing anyway, is that if youre shooting on 5.12k and the pixels are 5120 across the top 2700 down the side, now thats, not a 16×9 aspect ratio. So if you are going for 16×9, youll actually need to crop in a little bit to get rid of the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. Now at present, we dont have the two times digital zoom option. On the primary camera there im told that it is coming with a future firmware update. I think it will be appreciated, because we have this nice 5.1 k resolution. We can two times zoom in that and still get a super sharp high quality image and get some parallax effects using the principal camera. Now speaking of principal cameras and zooms lets talk about the zoom lens. The zoom lens on the mavic 3 is a completely different camera that doesnt share any of the characteristics of the main lens that sits underneath.
So we get a 24 millimeter field of view capable of taking 20 megapixel photos, but its a one half inch sensor now. Im hoping some of these things that im about to say, will change with future firmware updates, because the zoom lens has so much potential. But at the moment it feels a little bit unfinished. If im honest, the aperture is f 4.4, which i suppose is probably fixed and cant be changed, but in terms of shooting modes were restricted to 30 frames per second at 4k, so no option at 25 and option 24.. This to me seems a little bit strange and quite limiting im told by dji might change going forwards, theres no manual exposure controls, and why would you want manual exposure controls? I mean if the one thing that we learned from the original mavic mini was that people want manual exposure controls, uh yeah, i dont know why theyve done that in terms of photographs, it only takes jpegs and now, if we talk about the zoom functionality itself, its A little bit strange, we have one time zoom, so thats your 24 millimeter field of view, thats fine, but youre never going to use that because we have the far superior micro, four thirds camera sitting underneath. So we can then tap the zoom icon and it gives us two and four times: zoom options: theyre digital zooms, so an artificial digital crop. Essentially that takes place in camera of that so so picture quality that were getting from the full wide angle.
You can tell the deterioration in the picture quality the second we punch into two and four times digital zooms. I wouldnt recommend you use them, but we get a seven times: optical zoom and its dead, nice sharp picture quality and this cool perspective zoomed. In seven times its quite a novelty for a drone user to get that focal length from that seven times, we can then punch into 14 times and 28 times, digital zoom on that seven times, optical zoom, essentially, and obviously the quality then deteriorates again. The only thing i would say is that, because we have this novel field of view being cropped in so much id be prepared to overlook that loss of picture quality for the fun and interesting creative opportunities that come with that additional field of view anyway. In a nutshell, the only real true zoom capability on this zoom lens is the seven times optical zoom. The zoom camera is really more of a mode than a separate camera system. Dji even calls it explore mode. You cant at the moment at least use active track in explore mode, its, not really a fully functioning zoom camera, which i think is a shame. I ran it by dji and they said the moment the seven times optical zoom is really the only way of using it properly for content creation, the rest of its maybe just for location scouting. So you can then see from a distance where you might want to fly to it has so much potential im.
I love zoom lenses on drones. We did videos about creating parallax effects that you can get with that. So i think theres a lot more to get out of this zoom lens, but at the moment i just want you to understand where its functionality lies. I dont want there to be any confusion there. I hope that that zoom lens doesnt kind of detract from the overall offering it feels doesnt feel like an afterthought, but it feels like it was originally intended to be something far better. To be honest with you and for whatever reason, they havent quite managed to do. That so its been kind of just kind of migrated into more of an explore mode than a full secondary camera system, but anyway well see what the future holds there. I think its very exciting. I think, if youre in the market for the best quality picture for your aerial work, then unquestionably the mavic 3 is the one for eu. But weve got a lot of good options. Im very interested to hear your thoughts mini 2 air 2s mavic 3 yeah.