DJI Mavic 3 – The Best Drone Just Got Better
. I cant think of a more anticipated drone, since probably the release of the second version of the mavic pro, and even though this drone doesnt have the word pro in its name, its still one of the most professional level drones that ive flown to date, dji, has Really raised the bar this year for what a foldable drone can be now there is a lot to unpack about this drone as its been completely redesigned its got a brand new camera and adds a ton of features now im going to do my best to cover Everything that the mavic 3 has to offer here in this video, but i cant possibly cover every single subject in depth. So if you want to learn a little bit more about a specific subject of the mavic 3 feel free to subscribe here to the channel, as over the coming days, im going to be uploading a lot of in depth, content surrounding certain aspects of the mavic 3. That, i think, are the most important alright, so the general design of the mavic 3 is largely unchanged from the previous mavic drones. The front legs fold outwards while the back legs fold under the drone. The brand new camera is mounted here on the front and its loaded up with sensors to aid you during flight, which are much improved this year, to highlight all the design upgrades that this drone received. The airframe itself is a touch bigger than the mavic 2, but surprisingly is a few grams lighter, which makes the mavic 3 a very portable drone that can easily fit into your backpack the battery.
Now, instead of being a part of the aircraft body slides into the back of the drone like a tube, which makes for a cleaner, exterior design and an overall more secure fit just above, the battery is a small flap that hides the microsd card slot for storing Files and the usbc port for charging the drone and offloading media. Yes, you heard that right. You can now charge the mavic 3 using the usbc port on the drone itself, so underneath of the flap we plug in the usbc cable and now the battery inside of the aircraft is charging. Now, if you choose to purchase the cine bundle or the fly more combo, you also get a battery charging hub, which has a usbc port on the side you just plug in the cable, and now it charges the batteries one at a time it starts with the Battery with the most amount of charge and then works its way down to the battery with the least amount of charge, and the good thing about this system is, it is no longer proprietary, unlike the mavic 2 pro the air 2s, the mavic air 2, where you Need it the charger for that drone, you can use any usb c cable that you find. The one thing i would just say is make sure you find a power adapter that matches what the output wattage of the one that comes in the boxes, which is 65 watts. So you need a power source that supplies 65 watts or higher to get the full speed to charge these batteries up now, the mavic 3 is filled up on all sides with sensors.
We have two obstacle wooden sensors on the front two on the back two up on top and two on the bottom, which are accompanied by two vision: positioning sensors to help the drone hover in place, as well as an auxiliary led that emits a bright light to Help you see the drone as youre flying through the air at night time, as well as to help the drone see the ground when landing at night now lets take a closer look at the sensors all around the drone. The hardware has been massively improved to help the mavic 3 detect obstacles sooner and more accurately. They have a wider field of view, a further measurement range so that they can see objects further away and they work at higher speeds. I mean look at the new front: sensors compared to the mavic 2s front sensors. They look like actual cameras rather than little beady dots. Another interesting thing to note is that there are no sensors on the side of the mavic 3, but the four sensors on the front and back are angled in a way that allow them to see on the left and right side of the drone, giving the mavic 3, true omnidirectional obstacle avoidance. This means that when flying in the normal flight mode, all of these sensors are enabled to detect and help you avoid obstacles. Now, one of my favorite design elements about the mavic 3 are the front arms that are sort of angled downwards.
Not only giving the mavic 3 an absolute badass look when in the air, but also resulting in a more aerodynamic design and more clearance for that massive camera on the front. Speaking of that camera, it is by far the biggest upgrade that the mavic 3 received, and forgive me because i already know that this section of the video about the camera is going to be the longest. But i think that it deserves it, because it is what keeps me coming back and wanting to fly the mavic 3, its not the cool new features, all the upgraded specs in the airframe, its not the cool new design, its the camera and the images that come From it, because theyre seriously incredible so to cover the specs to help, you understand what to expect this go around dji doubled down with a dual camera system, so there are two different sensors, two different lenses. The main camera is the real highlight here with a four third cmos sensor that shoots 20 megapixel photos is a 24 millimeter equivalent, has an electronic shutter and has an adjustable aperture from f 2.8 to f 11.. There are a few different video resolutions to choose from with 5.1 k being the highest resolution available and frame rates, ranging from 120 fps in 4k to 200 fps in 1080p. Along with the increase in sensor size, i would say that the largest upgrade, though, is in the video codec department, with a higher bitrate when shooting h.
264 or h.265 video, and even with the ability to capture prores 422 hq video, which has an outstanding bit rate of 3760., so i think that right now is a good time to jump in here and explain the differences between the two different versions of the mavic 3, because, yes, there are two different versions that you can buy and if you looked at both of them side by Side, you probably wouldnt, be able to tell the difference and thats, because both versions of the mavic 3 are basically identically the same except for two differences, so both mavic 3s have the same camera, the same obstacle avoidance, sensors, the same flight time, the same specs. The same speed, the same design, the same everything all the way across the board, but the one difference about the cine version here is, of course, that it says cine on the drone, but it can shoot prores video and it has a built in one terabyte ssd. If you buy just the mavic 3, it does not have the built in one terabyte ssd and therefore cannot shoot prores video, but other than that they are both exactly the same drone now over the course of the next few minutes. I want to take things a little bit slower and just share some of the footage that ive gathered from various places that ive taken this drone. Some were just captured in the regular normal color profile. Some were shot in hlg and others were captured in d log, but all of them no matter the color profile were shot in prores and color graded.
After the fact in some way, some are touched up a little bit more than others. Now, im going to leave a link down in the description so that you can download some of the raw video for yourself, but just be warned that they are pretty massive file sizes because they were captured in that prores 422 hq codec and to fill up that. One terabyte ssd on board: it only holds about an hour and a half of video. So again, the video files are pretty big. Now, regarding my thoughts on image quality, i have to say that it is by far some of the best looking aerial video that i have ever captured. I know that there is going to be that one comment that one argument that djis air 2s is somehow better, because it can capture 5.4k video compared to the 5.1 k video of the mavic 3, but putting those numbers on paper aside. Everything about the video that comes out of the mavic 3s camera has totally blown me away. The colors are on point. The dynamic range provides you with an evenly exposed image that is really easy to color grade and also looks great right out of the camera. If you shoot in the normal color profile and the overall feel of the image is professional, i just got wrapped up shooting images for my comparison between the mavic 2 pro and the mavic 3, as well as the air 2s and ill reserve.
My direct comparison of these drones for another, more detailed video, but the footage that was captured on the mavic 3 just has this cinema feel that really any other mavic drone couldnt compete with now, while we havent touched on the performance of the drone, yet a big Reason as to why i also really enjoyed capturing video with the mavic 3 is because of how fast and nimble the drone is. The max vertical speed is upwards of 17 miles, an hour which allowed for some dynamic, reveal shots and the overall flight characteristics of the drone make it. The smoothest experience that ive had in the air. Somehow dji continues to improve their flight software, making it even better with every release. Now, with the bigger sensor in the mavic 3s camera youve got to expect that it does better at capturing video in low light. The answer is yes, yes, it does with previous drones. I was never fond of shooting video at night time because, even with the one inch sensor being like the largest sensor, you could find in a consumer level. Foldable drone, i still felt like it was lacking, like maybe the footage was dull or a little bit muddy, but this go around with the mavic 3. With the bigger sensor, it has opened the door to shooting some of my favorite drone videos that ive, probably ever captured now in this reel of clips that youre watching these shots will vary from 800 iso to 3200 iso ill.
Try to mark the clips in the bottom corner. Just so, you guys understand what level of iso youre looking at and when you get past 1600 the noise definitely becomes more noticeable. Now i ran a little bit of noise reduction with final cut pro and it really cleaned up these images beautifully, especially when going all the way up to 3200 iso heres an example side by side. So you can see the difference between both clips. So i really wouldnt worry about the noise as much because its a relatively easy fix, especially if you plan on shooting with the cine version of the mavic 3 using prores whats great about the image as a whole, though, is the depth and detail. There is a clear difference between footage, shot on the mavic 3 and say shot on the mavic 2 pro or air 2s at night, because you can see like each individual car each individual person each individual window, the mavic 3s camera is just flat out better than Most that you would find on this caliber of drone by the way these files will also be available to download in the description, if you want to check them out for yourself, download them and play around with them. So now lets move on to photos. But let me preface this by saying that the mavic 3, both versions of it, the regular mavic 3 and the cine version of the mavic 3, are definitely more video centric.
They definitely have more upgrades in the video department, whereas with photos were still shooting. 20 megapixel photos inside of the mavic 3s camera just like we were in the air 2s and the mavic 2 pro, but the biggest upgrade that we have id say in the photo department is the larger sensor now heres the one issue that i have right off Of the bat, all the photos are captured in a 4×3 aspect: ratio natively, my workflow pretty much depends on capturing and delivering photos with a 3×2 aspect ratio and even though the dji fly app gives you the option to crop down to capture 16×9 photos. Theres no option to crop down to three by two now is this a deal breaker? No, it definitely is not, and the photos coming out of this camera look fantastic. Much like the video. The colors are on point and the dynamic range is great. These images that youre looking at have been edited, but if you want to play around with some of the raw files on your own ill leave the download link in the description for you to check them out now to quickly focus in on the second camera. Here. It has a half inch sensor like we saw in the mavic air 2, but it has an extremely narrow field of view with a 162 millimeter equivalent lens, so it offers a seven time zoom compared to what you get from the main camera with a four third Sensor, the rest of the specs are fairly average, with a 4.
4 aperture, the ability to shoot 20 megapixel photos and 4k video and no raw support or no manual exposure control. The dual camera system inside of the mavic 3 kind of, has me on the fence like at first. I thought it was a gimmick, and, quite frankly, i still kind of do think that its a gimmick, but at least its a fun gimmick with a purpose and ive, had a lot of fun. Trying it out over the past couple of weeks and experimenting with the different types of shots, i could get with that crazy. Seven time. Zoom now i say seven times zoom, but with the digital zoom included, you can get a full 28 times of zoom, which really gets you close to whatever it is that youre trying to look at the image is pretty blurry when you punch all the way in To 28 times, but again, this lets you zoom in to see things that are impossibly far away. The way that you can make use of this zoom is through whats called explorer mode and can be activated by tapping on the binoculars icon. Just next to the record and shutter button once youre in this explorer mode, though, a lot of the camera functions are disabled and capped to meet the max specs of the secondary camera. Now there are two different ways that you can make use of the zoom in the explorer mode, so theres two different ways that you can actually zoom, the first of which is with djis rc pro, which dont worry well touch on remotes.
Here soon, you can use the back right dial to actually fluidly zoom in the one gripe that i have is that at 7x it seems to kind of jump from the main camera to the other camera, the secondary camera and, while ive been told that it is Going to be fixed with firmware and theyre going to smooth it out, it is a very jarring jump at the moment now. Another way that youre able to zoom in is right within the dji fly app and you can actually zoom in to certain numbers. So you can go to 2x, 4x, 7x, 14 and then 28x, just by tapping on the side. So that gives you some even numbers when youre zooming in now. The way that i make use of the secondary camera is to go right into 7x and go no further because im using the full readout of the secondary half inch sensor with no digital zoom added to degrade the quality ive had a ton of fun playing with This focal length – and this clip right here – is by far my favorite, revealing the philly skyline up over this hill. Just inside of fairmount park now is the footage beautiful? Is it cinema quality? Is it going to be used in a high budget film? No, probably not, but that doesnt take away from the fact that the results are cool and the function is a ton of fun to use just for laughs.
Here is the same shot taken from the same exact spot using the main camera, not zoomed in at all. You can see just how much of a difference that the 7x zoom makes it compresses the image down and gives you an amazing parallax effect. I will say, though, that even when zoomed in at 7x, using the full sensor of the secondary camera, im a little bit disappointed with the image quality, its noisy its not as sharp, and even though its not the cameras fault its a little bit shaky. Because of how tight the focal length is its tough to stabilize that on a flying camera now, the final thing that i want to mention about the camera and then well move on is that the gimbal is self locking internally. So when you turn the drone off it locks in place on both the roll and pitch axis now it doesnt beat a gimbal guard, because you can still use your hands to unlock the camera, which is good if you want to mount a nd filter. But for storing it in your bag, dji has included what i am calling the drone bra as it covers not only the camera but also the propellers, so that when you put this in your bag, they dont flop all around. I know that this looks like it would be really difficult to use at first, but ive really gotten used to it and actually prefer it over the little plastic gimbal guards because of how much protection it offers okay, so the camera was definitely a lot to cover.
I probably spent what like eight or nine minutes just talking about the camera and i still feel like i didnt mention everything that i wanted to, but regardless i am working on a separate video kind of like a maybe a short film or, like a short cinematic Video reel of footage captured with the mavic 3 and the city i live in in philadelphia, so look out for that im, really not gon na rush. It im gon na put all of my time into it and give you guys a really cool video to watch. Thats also very rewarding of myself, because i really do enjoy the footage coming from this drone. But moving on here now lets talk about the remote controllers. Yes, controllers theres, two that ship with the mavic uh one is the rc pro and the other is just the stock standard, remote controller. Now most of you are probably already pretty familiar with this style of remote controller. That was first shipped with the mavic air 2. Then came with the mini 2 and was also included with the air 2s and now is included with the mavic 3. now with all of the different bundles. If you choose to purchase the fly more combo or just the drone itself, you get the stock remote controller, which again is also the same remote that comes with the mini 2 and the air 2 and the air 2s. If you instead opt to purchase the cine bundle, the premium bundle the top of the line.
Then this is the remote that you will get, which is called the dji rc pro or as i like to call it the smart controller v2. It obviously shares the same design as that first smart controller, but introduces a lot of great upgrades like upwards facing antennas, more room to grip the sides next to the screen for a more comfortable flying experience and newly designed control sticks. That are a lot more precise. In my opinion, the smart controllers sticks feel a little bit off now. In my opinion, djis smart controller was one of the most premium products that they put out across the board the fit and finish the build quality. The materials used the tactile buttons, the precision of the sticks, everything made the flying experience so much better and somehow they made it better. The smart controller, through their rc pro again very nice materials used in the remote controller very little, bending and bowing its a very solid build and the buttons are incredibly precise and so tactile. So, in my opinion, the rc pro is the best way to fly the mavic 3, but lets talk about the stock remote controller. I mean look. I understand that djis entire lineup is coherent now right, theyre all using the same stock, remote controller, but for a premium level. Drone couldnt, you give us a few premium level features in the remote controller, like maybe an oled screen at the bottom, or maybe like another wheel on the back to use the zoom right in the secondary camera, maybe even match the color so that its gray on Gray, i mean look the stock rc.
There is nothing to complain about it, in my opinion, its one of my favorite drone, remote controllers, but any time im flying my mavic 3 im using my rc pro now. Moving on here lets talk about the internals and specs of the airframe itself. This is probably the final major thing that we have to cover the flight time and transmission system are by far the biggest upgrades here, with a whopping 46 minutes of advertised flight time and with o3 plus we have up to 15 kilometers of range to work with Now dji first introduced their new generation of transmission system called o3 in their air 2s, and this go around with the mavic 3. They just upgraded it again, with 03 plus giving us a little bit more range like three extra kilometers. So it goes from 12 kilometers to 15 kilometers and if you use the rc pro, the transmission system is overall enhanced and you get a much better signal because of the upgraded antenna hardware. Now, what makes o3 as a whole so powerful. Is that just like the air 2s, the mavic 3 has four antennas inside, so while it gives you further range, the signal is also going to be stronger at closer distances, resulting in an overall, better flight experience. Now the horizontal speed is just slightly upgraded from what we have in the older mavic 2, but where we really see a bump is in the vertical speed at 18 miles per hour, thats almost double what the mavic 2 pro could do.
If youve been watching my videos now for some time, you know that i love to make use of the ascent and descent speed to capture dynamic video, and when you send this drone up, it takes off like a rocket ship. It really makes any other drone that i fly feel slow now continuing on here with some of the more miscellaneous points that are important to know. The mavic 3 has a higher wind resistance rating than its previous version at 27 miles per hour. It has eight gigabytes of internal flash storage not to be confused with the one terabyte ssd that comes in the cine version. It can charge over usbc, like we mentioned, and in a future firmware update, itll, be capable of download speeds from your drone to the remote controller of up to 80 megabits per second with wi fi 6, so that you can get your files off of your drone. Faster if thats part of your workflow now i want to quickly touch on the speed of the mavic. 3 ive got a little script here written, but i am not going to read off of it because this is just a complete guess: a complete shot in the dark right. Some people might be upset that, with the mavic 3, its only two miles an hour faster than the mavic 2 pro, but i have a theory. I think that, with this form factor with a foldable drone, we have almost reached peak speed like we are not going to be able to get any more speed out of these foldable camera drones, because if we increase the max pitch angle, any further were then going To get in the way of the camera – and this is a big issue i experienced with the mavic 2 pro and its honestly, one of the reasons why i didnt use it for video as much as i probably would have, because when flying in sport mode, the Gimbal would like shoot downwards to compensate for the max pitch angle of the drone as flying in sport mode.
So the best way that i can explain it is maybe just to show it to you. Uh, so well move actually this front arm out of the way. So, as the drone continues to fly forwards, it is going to eventually cover the camera. So if we go any further, if we pitch it any further to go any faster, i mean look sure it could go like this, but then the entire camera would be covered. So thats, something that you need to balance is the max pitch angle to blocking the camera, and you can only get so much speed out of that now. The final thing that i want to touch on in this video is autonomy right with every brand new drone from dji. We see improvements in their flight software in terms of like their intelligent flight modes as they used to be called so weve got improvements this year to apas 5.0, smart return home as well as active track 5.0. Now, before i go any further, i need to preface this by saying that this feature technically isnt out yet active track. 5.0 is not available in the mavic 3 and wont be available in the mavic 3 until january. In a firmware update – and i understand that that could be a big deal breaker to some people – they feel like theyre buying an unfinished drone, but luckily ive been working closely with dji. I have a beta version of the final firmware here installed on the mavic 3.
. So right now what youre watching is activetrack 5.0 in action. Following me, as i rip around on my onewheel and i was blown away, i was shocked at what the drone was able to do in terms of dodging obstacles. Following me, picking me up as a subject flying by itself in general, i mean really. I havent had all that much faith in previous drones with active track, the previous versions of active track, but this go around with the mavic 3. I feel like its finally something id actually use. Okay, so right there is. Where im going to cut off the talk about the intelligent flight modes, because this is kind of like my initial review, video and i dont – want to review beta firmware again its kind of a shame that they arent going to be available right from the jump. We are going to have to wait for a um firmware update in january, but keep it locked here to my channel because over the next couple of days, im gon na do some first look videos at like active track and do a full flight with it and Share with you guys how the drone behaves, so you guys can understand just how powerful the feature is so that theres something to look forward to when you pick up your mavic 3. If you plan on doing so, okay, so i think thats pretty much everything i wanted to cover in this video.
Let me take a guess at how long the video is 23 minutes. 23 minutes is my guess as to how long that this video is um, but look my overall impression of the mavic 3 is that its all the drone i expected and probably a little bit more like i didnt, expect a full 46 minutes of advertised flight time. I knew that we were gon na get a bigger sensor, but i didnt expect the beautiful images that this drone was going to capture. So look all in all the mavic 3 is my new daily driver. It is going to be in my bag im, going to apply it each and every single day for work for client projects for fun for youtube videos. I mean this now is my main workhorse, and i cannot wait to share with you some more videos over the next coming days so again feel free to subscribe.