DJI Mavic 3 Review
It features the largest ever consumer drone camera sensor and it records with 10 bit color depth, shoots video in crystal clear 5.1 k and is supposed to stay airborne for full 46 minutes, and that is only a few of the major highlights. My name is tom, david frey and i took the dji mavic 3 to the test today. Ill share all major highlights, but also its weaknesses with you dont forget to subscribe to my channel, because otherwise youll surely regret it at some point. Youll find a product link in the description below the video. In case you feel like robbing a bank and getting yourself the all new mavic 3 drone stay tuned and fly safe, Music Music. We had to wait for a long time, but finally, the all new dji mavic 3 has arrived. Like its predecessors, the portable drone is made from high quality materials like industrial, plastic and metal alloy. Some components are made of carbon and glass fiber, and the drone weighs slightly less than 900 grams. The durable housing that can withstand a few bumps makes the mavic 3 a great travel companion. The drone is not only robust but also well thought out. The few visible cables are well protected, Music and all ventilation. Openings are covered against dust and dirt and nicely keep the drone safe. Music plenty of leds, ensure in flight visibility, always Music. The foldable quick release propellers noticeably reduce the volume of the drone which is not irrelevant nowadays that many people are falsely scared of drones.
In case one propeller should ever break replacing it luckily takes seconds. Only no tools are required. The design in general looks iconic, but also genuinely dull, thats, because pretty much all mavic models look somewhat alike seriously. It must be hard for beginners to keep a clear view come on dji. Why not be a bit more creative? Thank you. What counts for humans also counts for technology, inner values beat exterior, looks, and the flight time goes. First, though, plenty of models promise to stay airborne for longer than half an hour. There is not a single model that does it regularly and under normal circumstances, the mavic 3 from dji does the job. It stays airborne for around about half an hour thats a great flight time, though noticeably less than 46 minutes that the manufacturer advertises once attached to the charger. It takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes to fully charge an empty battery. The multiple charging dock does a fine job. It neatly charges one battery after another, no need to get up and replace them by hand. Even now, when the maximum distances beat, the legal ranges by far im always happy when the manufacturers work on even stronger transmission systems. That is because, even when flying in line of sight, interferences from, for example, other devices can disrupt the transmission, also flying behind trees or other obstacles can cause the signal to interrupt. Unexpectedly, the dji mavic 3 got an upgrade and now beats even the best consumer models.
On the market, with a maximum distance of up to 15 kilometers, roughly 9 miles in the u.s in europe, due to the weaker ce standard, you get around about 12 kilometers 7.5 miles maximum range, though keep in mind. That is only the values that the manufacturer provides. The mavic 3 signal is absolutely solid when flying in line of sight. I had no connection issues whatsoever, and that is just the way it should be, though i must admit that i did not notice the difference to most other current dji models. Under these circumstances, theyre all actually doing pretty good. I also must admit that im missing a 4g transmission backup that would have been great news, because a 4g transmission system has the advantage that the signal would not care and not interrupt, no matter what obstacle could be in between the pilot and the drone. Now a 4g transmission also has disadvantages. Of course, the signal transmission, for example, is much slower, but nevertheless, 4g would make an excellent backup in future dji drone models. A quick word on my behalf having a great drone that records high quality imagery doesnt mean that you will necessarily end up with professional aerials. That is why i created an online course that teaches you how to shoot aerials like a pro more than 5 hours of video lessons tons of quizzes and downloadable cheat sheets, make learning a breeze enroll today and combine advanced gear with expert knowledge.
Www.Tomstechtime.Comcourses youll not regret your decision. Music lets now talk about the camera or rather about the cameras, because what looks like a single camera only on first view, actually is two two gimbal stabilized and very different cameras in one body. First lets take a closer look at the primary camera manufactured by the swedish luxury camera brand. Hasselblad. Keep in mind that a true hasselblad camera can easily set you back 30 thousand or more dollars. The 24 millimeters wide angle. Camera comes with an adjustable aperture that you can manually change from f, 2.8 to f 11.. That way, you have complete creative control over your recordings. When taking a closer look at the imagery, you can see that the camera creates absolutely crisp videos. That is partly because the camera records with up to 5.1 k and to understand how high this resolution truly is. You need to compare it to other well known resolutions i mean: can you believe that most tv channels started broadcasting in hd in the mid 2000s only and were now calmly and easily recording 5.1k video with the mavic 3 thats? What i call significant steps in technology? Hashtag future proof having so many pixels available, is not only great for shooting super high res videos, but is also an advantage when working on a regular, 4k or full hd project without a quality loss. You can zoom into the footage, creating a digital, zoom effect or simply adjust the perspective.
That is a significant advantage of all resolutions higher than 4k Music. Besides the overall sharpness, its striking, how minimal the distortion of the mavic 3s primary lens is even in the corners all lines look perfectly straight, but, on the other hand, side its not like it comes at a surprise. I didnt expect less from a hasselblad made. Camera 12.8 stops of dynamic range, ensure that the camera captures even the smallest details in the shadows and highlights that would otherwise be lost, especially when filming during difficult times of the day like during sunrise or sunset. Having 12.8 stops of dynamic range comes in handy dji. Also increased the bitrate drastically. That is good news for the overall look of the recordings when using the h.264 codec, you can record with up to 200 ambit per second that doubles the predecessors capabilities. The dji mavic 3 records with 10 bit color depth compared to 8 bit that most other consumer drones still feature right behind the high quality lens. The manufacturer hides the primary reason why this camera does such a fine job adieu, tiny and bye bye one inch sensors. What makes this a true hasselblad camera is its massive four thirds cmos sensor. Such a massive sensor is usually something you only find in professional and much larger drone models. The sensor, the center piece of any camera, affects almost all aspects of the recording from the general sharpness over the color accuracy to the low light capabilities.
This is fantastic news Music. By the way on www.tomstectime.com drone footage, you can download original videos and photos that are recorded using the all new dji mavic 3 drone. If you like to further inspect the footage, then feel free to download the files and give them a quick test, edit www.tomstektime.com dronefootage its free and, of course, you dont even have to register, go and check it out now. The second camera has a smaller but typical half inch sized sensor aboard. Unfortunately, it doesnt record in 5.1 k, but instead is limited to standard 4k. It has a fixed f, 4.4 aperture, but the camera might nevertheless could cause filmmakers to hyperventilate the hard way so sit back tight. It has a super high focal length, 50 millimeters, no 85 millimeters or 100 millimeters no. Instead. The second camera has a focal length of 162 millimeters. That is major news and something we havent ever seen in a consumer drone. Take a look at these two clips that are recorded from the same position once using the wide angled hasselblad and once using the tele camera Music higher focal lengths are fantastic for creating professional grade aerial videos, its not that youre visually closer to an object only instead, The main effect is the narrowed view, the shrinking of the background that at the same time makes the foreground appear just so much more drastic and dramatic motion seems faster Music, but the new camera also has a disadvantage to use the tele camera.
You need to first tap on the binocular symbol on the display immediately, the camera jumps from 5.1 k to standard 4k resolution. Only but dont be fooled. You still see the image of the primary camera. Suppose you now start to zoom in using the small wheel on the controller. What do you think will happen instead of switching from one to the other camera? The system first applies a digital zoom only you can zoom in all the way up to a 4 fold. Magnification, but when you now keep on zooming in the camera, will jump straight to a 7 fold magnification and only now do the camera switch. The next bit of trouble follows swiftly. Why does it have to take so much fine feeling to adjust the magnification factor properly? The system constantly jumps back and forth its a bit. Annoying setting things up might take a second, but why you might ask, does the system have to be set up to a precisely 7 volt magnification and why would a value of lets say 7.2 or 7.6 or even 8.2, be unfavorable thats, because only with the 7.04 Magnification, do you get an actual 4k image if you use a higher value? Let me for demonstration purposes zoom. In all the way you will lose precious video quality again. That is because the tele lens is a fixed focal length lens. It is not a zoom lens, hopefully, with the next firmware update. Dji will add a simple button to the main screen to natively switch from one to the other camera back and forth, because it could be that simple.
It is worth mentioning that the hasselblad color profile is installed to the mavic 3 drone. It has an unmatched, color accuracy and im super glad that it is available adjusting the colors and the contrast is a flawless process. Besides the hasselblad color profile, you also get d log, which you might already know from previous drone models. Its super flat and grayish look preserves many details in the shadows and highlights that you can then recover in post production. I prefer to use hasselblads color profile because i believe its a bit more natural looking, but finally, i believe its a matter of taste, Music. The mavic 3 comes in two variants standard and sinner. Actually, there are only two differences between them. Instead of a regular remote controller, where you would have to connect your phone to use it as a monitor with the cine edition, you get djis latest version of the smart controller. It comes with an inbuilt super bright display using it is so much more comfortable than using the standard controller, no more, using cables, no more losing cables, no more trouble in bright sunlight. Now, if youre purchasing the more expensive cine edition, you do not only get the smart controller, but your drone will also have an inbuilt ssd with a capacity of one terabyte and youll need the extra space for using apples, prores, 422hq codec. Now? What does that mean? The professional codec records at a much higher bit rate than most standard codecs would and the extra information benefits the recordings that are much more detailed.
The cine edition of the mavic 3 sets a new and pretty high standard and is made for filmmakers, photographers and content creators that want to capture the best possible results: Music, but video isnt everything the mavic 3 can do on a professional level also it plays in The first league, when it comes to taking photos, though it still didnt, get a pixel upgrade 20 megapixels is good, though i would have expected a bit more in this new drone model anyways because of the large four thirds sensor. The photos taken with the mavic 3. Look pretty good super sharp, actually from the middle to the corners and if youre photographing in raw mode youll be able to get a nice amount of detail. Out of your photos, of course, the mavic 3 comes with various modes from aeb to time shots. You wont, miss any modes that you know from other dji drones. The dji mavic 3 is equipped with the latest safety features. It has a built in obstacle avoidance system. Also downward facing landing lights and precision tracking cameras that way, the drone has superb indoor and night flying capabilities. Of course, the drones return to home function makes sure the drone always automatically flies back to its takeoff position in case of a signal loss. Also, the drone features an adsb receiver that can detect nearby airplanes and worn in time. The system does a good job with larger, like passenger airplanes, but as many smaller ones like those right behind my back dont have an adsb system installed.
You still need to pay extra attention to air traffic and, as always, the old rule applies dont. You ever fly near an airport Music, the new flagship drone, the mavic 3. Convinced me, it is a great drone with an exciting pro level. Hybrid camera still compact enough to become a dear travel companion, its made for ambitious filmmakers, photographers and content creators, who are only satisfied with the best possible quality. Of course, the drone is easy and safe to fly and no expert skills are required. Now everyone can create pro level aerials aside from the camera. The drone also performed great around about 30 minutes of flight. Time are good, just as the long transmission range now. The major disadvantages probably are the boring design and the missed chance to increase the photo resolution that is still stuck at 20 megapixels. Only without the large sensor. The drone wouldnt really be an upgrade from the predecessor for photographers, also its a bummer that the tele camera can only record in 4k and not at 5.1 k. Let me sum it all up in one sentence: the mavic 3 is the best in class drone, but still not perfect and very, very pricey. Okay. That was two sentences check out the product link in the description below the video. Also dont forget to enroll in my course filming with drones, where you will learn how to shoot professional aerials with almost any drone, because skills matter much more than using the latest technology.
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