DJI Mavic 3 Cine | The $5000 Toy Drone?
I started back in the day when we were flying radio control helicopters with a camera bolted to the front now, obviously, over the past decade, or so, the drone industry has absolutely exploded and to me, since i primarily fly large heavy lift industrial platforms. These small compact single operator drones have always been more of a toy, but this is the mavic 3 cine its. What i would have considered a toy drone, but this thing costs five thousand dollars: Music, Applause, okay, so obviously the mavic 3, and actually none of the mavic line would really be a toy. But for a long time at least to me, theyve lived in the realm of the market. That is the more entry level kind of beginner drones that are used for a lot of the kind of lower end work in the industry being like wedding videos, real estate work or creating content for something like youtube, but having something with the price like this. It makes me wonder where does it fit in the industry? Basically, when is the mavic 3 and especially the cine version worth its price? So if youre, someone that was considering the mavic 3 or looking at buying either your first drone or upgrading one that you already have but youre kind of wondering, should i spend the money? Is it worth the extra well thats? What this video is about now, im, not meaning for this – to be an actual detailed review, video there are plenty of those online, but before i get into where i think this thing fits in the industry and where i think the price might be justified, i do Want to give you guys my quick thoughts on it and honestly.
My overall opinion is that this things good its really good Applause, Music Applause, Applause, Music, now right away from the first flight on this thing, when i pulled in the footage and dropped in just a basic input, lut to bring the log footage back to a rec 709, i was immediately impressed the image off of it is really good. Its got a lot of latitude and the color representation, at least through the hasselblad chip, is really nice. It reminded me of the mavic 2 pro, which i loved the color profile on, but i didnt love the data rate or the bitrate behind it, wasnt as high as something like the air 2s, which is what ive been using for the past year or so for Youtube content – and one thing i was really excited for on this thing – was the telephoto camera, the second camera on the gimbal, which is a, i believe, a seven times zoom compared to the field of view of the main camera, but im gon na be honest, at Least, in its current state that telephoto camera to me is pretty much useless. You can only shoot in 4k 30 and its in a really compressed format. You cannot utilize the prores codec, you have no ability to shoot and log and the image overall just looks soft. So it might be something that could be of use to someone thats say in the surveying or inspection industry or even like first responders, but if youre thinking about this drone and hoping youll get some awesome long lens shots off of that second camera.
Unfortunately, that has not been my experience. The main camera, though, is very nice. The four thirds inch hasselblad chip is really pretty, and the encoding on the back end does a really good job of writing it to file now again im not doing any sort of technical review here, but i have compared this footage to that of both the dji Air 2s, which would be the next step down price, wise and quality wise and obviously the image that comes directly off the cameras are slightly different, but after a little tweaking to get as close of a comparison as i can get, what i can say is that The hasselblad chip does truly have a better color science, its just something about it, its more of a feel than something i can truly describe, but especially when you bring into account the amount of latitude that this camera has. As far as highlights to shadows, the mavic 3 is a pretty healthy step up from the air 2s. Now i also took some comparison: shots from both the mavic 3 cine, as well as the inspire 2, with the x7 camera on it, which is currently djis highest and professional cinema drone. Now the x7 on the inspire has a super 35 millimeter sensor, which is a fair bit bigger than the micro four thirds on the mavic 3., and that camera is able to shoot 6k raw. So obviously, when youre, just looking at specs, the inspire has a larger sensor with a higher resolution and interchangeable lenses.
So it should have a much nicer image. But honestly, i dont know that i feel like thats the case. The inspire does have a nicer lens flare, but at the same time theres a couple of the colors in that flare. That kind of feel cheap to me and at some points that flare is overwhelming. The mavic 3, though, has a much more reserved flare, which i think is actually a little bit more tasteful, most of the time latitude wise though theyre actually closer than i thought they would be, and while the inspire does, i think, have a little bit better in Its highlight roll offs than what the mavic does. I still kind of like the image of the mavic, almost a little bit more and now. What really surprised me was. I went out and shot both at night, and now neither of these drones are going to be. What i would consider like a vampire camera like something like the a7 s3, which has like crazy, high iso and you can shoot and basically pitch black both of these are fairly restricted when it comes to low light. Now i dont know if its just because my x7 camera is fairly old at this point and its been used a lot, but i was getting a lot more noise through the x7 than i got through the mavic and honestly, the sensitivity of the mavic seemed to Be quite a bit higher than that of the x7.
So again i dont know maybe my x7 is blown out, but this thing uh to me shot better low light than the inspire with the x7 on it. Now, with all of that in mind, the tests that ive done its time for me to figure out who this thing is for now, basically to me its for anyone that is actively using their drone as part of something that theyre making money from. So if youre flying your drone and shooting video for hire, then i think the mavic 3 is a worthwhile upgrade from the dji air 2s. However, if youre someone thats just starting or youre, not quite to the point where youre able to charge for the work that youre doing and youre still working on building up a reel or a resume, the air 2s is a great drone. The image off of it is actually higher resolution being that its 5.4 k versus the 5.1 k out of this, its still a 10 bit file, with a pretty good bit rate behind it and at 1300 bucks its pretty hard to beat now lets get on to The cine version, which costs 2 000 more than the standard mavic 3 fly more combo with that you get the dji rc pro as well as a built in one terabyte ssd and the prores recording codec. Now the cine combo is the one thats a little bit harder to justify because im going to be honest when ive compared the h.
265, which is a higher compression codec to the prores 422 hq its been very hard for me to distinguish any real difference. If i zoom in really far – and i look specifically at the detail in the shadows, i do see an improvement with the prores 422. That said, will your viewers ever notice the difference? Probably not so here are my thoughts on the cine combo. The rc pro is awesome. This thing is a huge improvement over having to pull your phone out and plug it in every single time. So this is definitely worth something whether its worth twelve hundred dollars thats going to be up to you. As far as the prores goes and the internal solid state drive, i dont think that they are a necessity for most people. If you are handling the post production on what youre shooting on your drone, then i think youre gon na be just fine with the standard mavic 3.. However, if you are working for a production solely as the drone pilot and handing off footage, the prores files to me are a much more robust and professional product to be handing over to your client. Hopefully youre, getting a little rental on your gear. Then you can probably justify going for the cine version. Now. One downside to the built in one terabyte ssd is that you would have to hand off the entire drone to the media manager from your shooter, the dit, meaning that you cant just hand off a memory card and continue shooting.
On top of that, you have to have the battery in the drone and the drone powered on for it to register with the computer, meaning that, if you were for some reason to crash one into a lake and recover the drone, if it wont power on you, Cant get the footage off of it. So thats kind of a weird caveat that i cant say: im super thrilled about oh and one other time. The cine version might be worth it. Even if you are handling the post production yourself on your projects is, if youre going to upload any footage for stock content. To me, the higher quality that the stock content is that youre uploading right now just makes it more future proof, meaning that if you do take the time to upload those clips to a stock website that theyre not going to become obsolete as fast as other codecs Out there so then, hopefully allowing you to make a little bit more passive income for future years, see thats one more time. I would probably go for the cine version so anyway, guys that ended up being a lot longer worded than i expected, but thats. My overall rundown on this thing – it is a nice drum. One thing i forgot to mention is that its got a little gimbal, lock on it, a digitally or electronic lock that locks the gimbal when its powered off, which is pretty cool, and there are a bunch of other little features in this thing.
That are cool, and i do think that the price, while it was a bit of a sticker shock, i do think its justified, given the amount of technology and how nice the image is coming off this. But one thing i want to remind you guys is that the gear at the end of the day is not that important. All too often, i see people stretch beyond their means to buy a piece of gear that they think is going to make them better at what they do when, at the end of the day, they just needed to work on building their skill sets, which is easy To do thanks to the sponsor of this video skillshare skillshare is an online learning community for creative and curious people. Theyve got thousands of online courses for everything from photo and video to graphics. Illustration and more. Each class includes a video lesson as well as a class project, and most courses are less than an hour and theyre broken up into small pieces, so you can fit them into any schedule and skillshare does have courses specifically on drones and two in particular that i, Like to recommend are from my friends over at wild rabbit production theyve got courses that are both entry level as well as advanced to help you build your skills, so you can go out and shoot better with your drone. Now skillshare was nice enough to offer a free one month, premium membership to the first 1000 of you guys to click the link below.
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