My opinions often change after using it for a while, however, ive been using this drone for two months now, flying almost every day and shooting in a ton of different scenarios, so i think id have a pretty thorough understanding of its best and worst qualities. Dji have not asked me to make this video. They hired me for a separate project using these drones, so i asked them permission to make a completely unbiased review video and they said yes, so lets jump right in the biggest features of this drone, in my opinion, are the better image quality, especially for video, the 46 minutes of flight time, which is a total game changer and the 15 kilometers of range, with a much higher signal output on the controller. So now you have a 1080p 60 live feed on your monitor or your phone, which is a significant upgrade from the mavic 2. dji have launched with two different tiers of the mavic 3, the normal version and the cine version. There are a couple differences with these two drones, whether its worth the price difference is up to you. The city can shoot 10 bit d log. It also shoots prores with a bit rate of 3772 megabits per second, which explains the built in one terabyte ssd. To put that into perspective, i shot for about an hour at sunrise one morning: nothing crazy, no super long shots. It was about 500 gigabytes of footage, so get your hard drives ready.

It also comes with one of these big fancy controllers. This guy right here its got some extra batteries. A super fast usbc data transfer, cable, dji, put that on their website as one of the things thats included with it. I guess they want you to know that it also comes with this massive bag that doesnt actually stand up properly. When you load it, the normal version cannot shoot prores, but it can shoot d log. It only writes to microsds and it comes with a regular mavic controller, which is annoyingly bigger than the mavic pro 2, but thats, because its got a lot better range. So this is the same controller as the air 2s. Now that weve got those differences out of the way everything im going to talk about for the rest of the video applies to both drones. So lets talk about the camera. The mavic 3 has a 20 megapixel hasselblad camera with a micro, four thirds cmos sensor. This makes shooting in low light. Surprisingly good, i was able to shoot at around 800 iso and have the shot look actually pretty great without any noise reduction. This combined with shooting in pro res made for some seriously impressive low light. Drone footage. You have manual control over the cameras aperture, so you can. You can change it between f 2.8 to f 11, which is a feature i missed on the air 2s according to dji. The camera also has 12.

8 stops of dynamic range and that can be enhanced for additional stops with algorithm technology. Dont know what that means, but anyways using the main lens, which is a 24 millimeter note. The mavic pro 2 is a 28 millimeter lens, so this ones a little bit wider. You can shoot up to 5.1 k at 50 frames per second and 4k at 120 frames per second and 1080p at 200 frames per second, which is pretty impressive. Now you probably have a ton of questions about the 28 times zoom lens, because its the first time a dual lens system has been put on a dji drone and 28 times. Optical zoom sounds absurd. I think thats the equivalent to around 680 millimeters. So how well does it work? Well, it works. Kind of this is my biggest beef with this drone to switch from the beautiful 24 millimeter to this weird zoom system, you need to click this binoculars icon, which takes you to explore mode. This is where theres so much lost potential while using the zoom lens in explore mode. All the cameras settings are set to auto. You can set the exposure but thats it. It also is stuck to 4k 30 and no flat picture profile. Ive actually found the colors. Look worse than shooting, with no picture profile on the 24 millimeter lens. The next tragedy is the extent of the usable footage from the zoom lens. Basically only the seven times. Zoom is usable, no matter how bright your scene is in explore mode.

The lens goes from two times to four times seven times fourteen times and twenty eight times zoom at the seven times mark is where the camera switches over from using a digital zoom with the 24 millimeter lens to the actual optical zoom lens. So the seven times lens looks good because its optically zoomed in, if you zoom in any farther, however, the footage starts to get super grainy and unusable. That being said, the seven times zoom still gives you around 220 millimeters of zoom, which is actually pretty awesome to have. This lets you film, from over a kilometer away and have your subject take up most of the frame, the image quality of the zoom lens. Definitely isnt on the same level as the 24 millimeter, but its actually usable in most situations. The gimbal is also surprisingly good at tracking and moving really smoothly when youre fully zoomed in the zoom lens is also completely useless in low light of any kind but thats. Okay, because the drone makes up for it with that 24 millimeter lens, the auto focus with the zoom lens isnt, quite as fast as the 24 millimeter, but it still does the job just make sure you keep an eye on it, because ive noticed sometimes it likes To focus on the background, a lot so just watch out for that the zoom lenses where dji could have taken things to another level if they took away this explore mode and just gave a simple lens, switch icon and made it.

So you had full manual control over the settings while zoomed in and the ability to shoot in d log. I think the zoom lens would feel like much less of a gimmick and more like an actual, reliable shooting tool. This is something that i think every tester of this drone said so dji might release an update, allowing manual control of the zoom lens, so keep an eye out for that. But for now this is what you get in terms of photos. The 24 millimeter lens shoots. Awesome raw images and dji is known for their amazing color in their raw files. However, when shooting with the zoom lens, you can only shoot in jpeg, which is another tragedy. The mavic 3 has way better obstacle avoidance, the mavic pro 2.. Basically, they put sensors on all the corners instead of the front, and back so now you dont have any blind spots. You can also sense objects up to 200 meters away compared to the mavic 2, which could only sense objects, 20. Meters away. When i fly, i usually fly with the obstacle avoidance turned off. This is so i can get closer to things when i do a flyby which can make for more interesting shots, but it also means i crash a lot of drones. So lets talk about crashing. This thing, when you first get this drone id strongly recommend sitting down and calibrating it to the exact same control settings as your last drone, because the default settings for the mavic 3 make it really hard to fly precisely im, not sure why thats, just what ive Noticed also always make sure you have a spotter and a visual line of sight when youre doing anything with the zoom lens, because its literally impossible to know, if youre about to hit something when youve zoomed all the way in itd be awesome.

If dji could make it, so you had a little reference image from the 24 millimeter lens in the corner or something so you can get a sense of where youre flying dji have made this drone quieter and more efficient than the previous model. So to do that, theyve had to change a few of the aerodynamic qualities of the drone. For example, the arms are thinner and the props are a bit longer which really contributes to the longer flight time. The drone also has apparently 35 less wind drag than the mavic 2. theyve also had to upgrade the gimbal system to be able to stay steady when youre shooting, with that zoom lens to achieve the smoother image. Theyve upgraded the gimbal a little bit so now. The drone can look side to side without the drone moving all these things work great. However, it also makes the drone a lot more fragile. This means it takes a much lighter crash to break the gimbal, props and arms ive smashed up my mavic 2s and its usually been a matter of dusting it off and flying it again, depending on the crash, obviously its not supposed to happen, but with the mavic 3 ive lightly crashed it and its rendered the drone useless honestly its mostly because the gimbal is more complex and in turn, more fragile. So basically id recommend trying your hardest not to crash this thing, because i think we crashed three during the last two months.

Its not pretty oh, my god, this ones mangled. The last drawback that i want to point out is how big and heavy this drone is when its all packed up. So here it is side by side with the mavic 2 case. This guy is also way heavier when its fully packed up. If you do a lot of traveling thats, that could be a pain in the ass, so you might want to find a different bag. One last thing i want to touch on with this drone is the flight time, so its got a 46 minute battery life and when we were flying that next to the mavic 2, the mavic 2 was making two or three trips back to change out the battery. While this thing stayed in the air that entire time – and it just saved us a ton of time shooting because of that extra long battery life, all that being said, i think this is djis best drone. Its got incredible image, quality micro, four thirds sensor the flexibility of using the zoom lens. If you need it and super long battery life, as with any piece of technology, itll have some quirks, but in this case i think the pros far outweigh the cons. If you want to watch the highlight reel that my friend zach and i shot on these drones, you can click the link here.