DJI Mini 3 Pro: Complete on-field REVIEW after using it for a month ! + comparison with Air2S
This thing is tiny. As you can see, it is super super small here. Compared to my hand, this is tiny. Now in the box we have a brand new controller as well, but i will talk about the controller a little bit later so lets just kick it off like straight away and talk about the camera, because i think this is always like the most important thing about A drone because its all about making images so yeah lets just start off with the camera, so the camera has a one over 1.3 inch sensor and its capturing 4k at up to 60 frames per second, as well as 1080p, at up to 120 frames per second And the images straight off the drone are looking really good uh, as you can see like all of these shots were captured on this new dji mini pro all the drone shots that you saw in my release. Video are obviously captured on the dji mini 3 pro, and the quality is amazing for such a tiny little drone regarding photos, its capturing 48 megapixels, its capturing raw photos, of course, and the photos are absolutely crisp. I dont have much to say about the photos to me: they are just as good as the dji r2s, for example. Now talking about the lens, the lens, the field of view is equivalent with 24 millimeters and the aperture is a fixed f, 1.7 aperture. So this is very bright and you cannot change it, meaning that you will have to have a lot of nd filters, for example, for the shoot i did for the the release video i had in the 8.
16. 32. 64 up to 256, for example, when we were shooting the skiing scenes, it was complete bright daylight. It was in the mountains with the snow being white. Everything was super bright, so i used the 256 nd on the drone to capture these scenes. So, just keep in mind that you will need a lot of nd filters and some very strong ones to have a correct exposure, because, for example, for the release video, i did all of the shots. I did were captured at 25 frames per second meaning that my shutter speed has to be one on 50 and then, since im at f 1.7. The nd filter has to be very strong so for the nd filters, its super easy to change them its exactly. The same as on all the other dji drones, you have a really good grip on this one. I feel like its even easier to change it on this one and yeah just takes a second still talking about the lens. A very important thing that i really like in my video is when i shoot towards the sun i like to have some really nice flares. Uh, to be honest on this one uh, there is no miracle like the the lens is so small there isnt much glass in it, so the lens flares arent, looking really amazing, as you can see, on the footage heres like some situation, where i could have some Really nice lens flares.
This is not really the case. Is it important for some people? Yes, but when were talking about a drone, i dont think this is the most important thing, but i just wanted to talk about it. Real quick, another very, very important thing. The dynamic range once again very impressed with the dynamic range of this drone. It has a 12.6 stops dynamic range, which is exactly the same as the dji air 2s, but only when youre shooting below 30 frames per second. So i talked with the engineers at dgi. They explained me that when youre shooting less like 30 frames per seconds or less, you have the best dynamic range, which is 12.6 stops same as the dji r2s, and this is once again really impressive for such a little drone. Now talking about a very important topic, the colors, so this dji mini 3 pro is capturing 8 bit colors, while the color depth on the dji air 2s was 42 to 10 bit, meaning that the air 2s is capturing more colors than the mini 3 pro, which Will have an impact on your post production, color grading workflow? Basically, you will be able to push your color grading more with a camera that is recording more colors, such as 40 10 bit, while on 8 bit, you will be able to push it a little bit. Less for beginners or for people that are like not professionals or not, really pushing the color grading, it doesnt have much of an impact but yeah.
This is something important to know. This one is capturing 8 bit colors, also its shooting log, but this is not like the same d log as we have on the mavic 3 or on the r2s. This one is capturing dc, like which i think is the same as the thing we have on the dji pocket 2, for example. I cannot show you any dc like footage, because when i was shooting um the release video the dc like wasnt available, yet i mean they were still working on it and everything. So i cannot show you any footage, so everything i shot was like normal. No lug footage, so i couldnt like push the color grading that much, but still, as you can see, like ive, been able to color grade it uh still based on like a normal footage, which is not a log footage. So yeah you can still like have a little look at the color grading ive been able to do on this uh. 4K. 25. 8 bit normal footage all right. So now that weve been through, like all the main specs regarding the camera uh lets talk about like two new things: new innovations that we have um on this drone. First of all, the tracking. Now the tracking is very easy to do its a bit the same as we have on the dji pocket too. So when youre flying you can just you, dont have to go through any menu or whatever.
When youre flying you have your subject, you can just select it with your finger and its going to recognize what it is like, for example, here on the shots, i was at the lake quickly testing the tracking and there was just a boat passing by so i Just selected it with my thumb and then it recognized that it was a boat straight away and then i could just turn around the boat and it was keeping the boat in the center of the image. All right so now lets talk about the last thing uh. Regarding the camera, but the thing that is making this drone uh different from all the other dji drones is the gimbal. There are two new features on this gimbal that we dont have on the other dji drones. First, one is the fact that you can actually aim upwards with the camera, so here, as you can see, i can go all the way and really aiming upwards with the camera, which allows you to create some really creative shots. I havent used it that much um in the edit. I used it for two different shots, one. When my athlete was like on the edge of the cliff, i was down and aiming up and then going upwards and at the same time, going down with the gimbal and the other one is when uh the skier was about to drop on this very steep uh. Steep line uh, i was below him and same.
I was like aiming upwards towards him, who was on top, and then i was just rotating and at the same time i was going down with the camera like this. So this is a very cool thing and now the other thing that everyone is excited about is that now we can again like we had on the first mavic, we can shoot vertical footage, so basically theres just a button on the on the on the controller and You can just rotate the camera, allowing you to shoot a 9×16 footage which is optimized for social medias so and same you can still like use the gimbal. Normally you can aim upwards as well while being vertical. So this is a really cool feature for uh social media same for photos since, like almost all the photos we post on social medias are vertical. This is something really really cool so now that weve talked pretty much about all the camera. The images and everything lets talk about another thing that is making this drone unique is its body. So, as you can see, and as you know, this drone is really really tiny. So when you fold it checks just so small you literally like dont, even dont even need a backpack. You can just put it in your pocket, put it in your jackets pocket, its so tiny and then talking about the weight it only weights 249 grams. With the battery on so this is the same weight as your smartphone same size, now, even a little bit smaller than your smartphone and same weight.
This is just amazing. So now, if we compare all three drones regarding the size here, we have the mini 3 pro. Here we have the r2s in here the mavic 3, so uh. Obviously the mini 3 pro is already a lot smaller than the r2s. I would say there is like one quarter of the size of the r2s less and then, of course, as i said, it doesnt make sense to compare them, but its almost half the size of the mavic 3.. So then, if we put them on top of each other to see like the size difference, we can clearly see that the mini 3 pro is a lot smaller than the mic 3 and smaller than the r2s, and also the weight. The weight is like its: the weight is even more of a difference. I think you can just check the numbers but uh yeah. The weight is a huge, huge difference, even more than the size when you compare the mini three to uh the r2s, so uh yeah thats. The thing that is making this drone very interesting is how small it is. You can fly through like very narrow spaces, with it, its so small, its going through everything and uh, and also the fact that its only 249 grams im not going to talk too much about it, because it it depends on all the countries and everything but depending On the countries it has a real impact on the regulations for some countries.
You dont need a license and stuff like this, so this is something you will have to study by yourself, but this is definitely something to consider regarding this drone, and this is what makes it like very, very interesting and very different from all the other one, but Also, since were talking about its small size, its also having an impact on how its flying so, first of all, regarding the speed uh, this drone is not going as fast as the other drones ive been using mavic 3 air 2s. This mini 3 pro is going at 57 kilometers per hour. Sometimes i was having a hard time just keeping up with the pace of the of the skater uh, because it was just not going fast enough. I was in sports mode going full speed, so i had to ask the skateboarder to go a little bit slower and stuff like this. So once again, this is something to have in mind: uh, yes, its small, yes, its tiny, yes, its very light, but uh its. Not going as fast as the r2s, for example, im not going to really compare it once again to the mavic 3 pro, because it doesnt really make sense, but compare it to your 2s. I think, makes sense and its not going quite as fast as the r2s. So this is also going to have an impact on how its flying in the wind, when were at the spot, with the cliff it was a little bit windy.
It was doing fine, but once again the wind was making it slower sometime. It was like a little bit wobbly. I had some people commenting on my video asking how it was doing in the wind because they had the mini too, and they were too scared to fly in the mountains because of the wind and stuff like this. I didnt test it in any extreme conditions, because we didnt have any extreme conditions regarding wind but um its. I think its doing fine as long as its not like too extreme. I cannot really say because i havent tested it in extreme conditions, but uh. It was windy at the cliffs, it was doing totally fine it. It impacted the speed obviously, but it didnt impact like the way was really flying. So you can definitely fly in the wind, but i would say be careful when it gets too windy, especially in the mountains or places like this. So still talking about extreme conditions. I didnt test the drone in any like super warm conditions or super cold conditions, but yes, i tested it in cold conditions when we were shooting the skiing part in the mountains. We started very early uh at around sunrise and it was minus five degrees celsius. I think so it was below zero degrees celsius for sure and uh. The drone was doing just fine. I didnt see anything that was impacting the drone, really maybe the battery life a little bit, but other than that i didnt uh notice anything special regarding the cold.
Once again, it wasnt like extremely cold, but still it was below zero, so so yeah. I still wanted to like talk about it and yeah it did. It did totally fine, so now last thing about how it flies lets talk real, quick about the sensors, so there are three uh different kind of sensors. Here there are two sensors in the front two that are in the front of the drone as well, but aiming backwards. Looking at the back of the drone – and there are two more sensors in the back uh personally regarding sensors, they do their jobs uh. They work totally fine, but still i dont 100 rely on them because, even if, like youre going towards the tree uh, the sensors are going to see the tree, but maybe theyre not going to see like a little branch that is sticking out and that might end Up in your propeller, so uh remain careful, even if the, if the sensors are working, i always rely on my own feeling and on my own flying skills, i would say to not crush it and if i want to go through tight spaces and stuff like this, I always turn the sensors off because sometimes its like, going to stop the drone or making go right or left, and i prefer just being free and making sure that its going where i want and completely relying on my flying ability, uh yeah. So now. Next very important thing, obviously uh is the battery uh.
So before talking about how long they last, i will show you how they look. So they come here at the back of the drone whoop they come out and, as you can see once again, they are very, very small and tiny, meaning that you can carry lots of them in your backpack uh. I dont remember exactly, but i think, while we were shooting the release video, i had probably around eight of them in my backpack and they they just weighed nothing. So you can just carry them around like nothing and there are actually two versions of these uh. These batteries, one the ones i have are the normal version and the other one is like the i dont know the pro version, whatever like they last longer, but they are not available in europe and the other one on the paper they last for 47 minutes. I cannot talk about these because i didnt test them, but this one on the paper they last for 34 minutes according to dji, they made their test in windlass conditions and the drone was flying at 21.6 kilometers per hour, so in real life uh they never lasted. For me, they never lasted 34 minutes uh. To me to my experience for the last last month, shooting with the drone they last more around 20 minutes, i would say i think they last less than the r2s and the meaning that you have to change more often. Obviously uh, but then you can carry more because they are so small, so theyre flying less long, but you can carry more so yeah thats the thats the thing about the batteries.
Maybe the fact that they dont last as long as the as the other drones, can have an impact on your shots like if you have to go like, for example, for the the skiing part i was flying from like very far away. So i was like on the hill here and in between. There was like almost two kilometers, so i had to go so it was already like using the battery just to go to the spot, and then i had to wait for them to like start going down and uh, and then i had the first gear going down. I was filming him and then sometimes i had to like come back to where i was to change the battery to make sure i had enough battery for the second skier. But once again the distance in between me and my subject was very big. Like i mean very long, so there was like almost two kilometers, i think – maybe even more. I dont remember exactly, but it was very far so uh yeah thats that can have an impact on your ability to make the shots as well. When your subject is very far away, all right and now last thing to talk about uh regarding this drone im gon na clean it a little bit is the controller. This is a brand new controller uh and it has a built in screen, which i really like. To be honest. I hate uh having to take my phone put my phone on the controller, my phones battery.
My phone is pretty old, so the phone battery is not lasting, very long. So if then, im somewhere and then my phone is running out of battery, it means that i always have to have like a power bank in my backpack to make sure the phone is always charged to be able to fly the drone. Now this is not going to happen with this one because the the screen is built in you. Just take it out. You dont have to deal with any cable. You just turn off turn it on turn the drone on and boom. You fly, uh thats, really good. The downsize of it and ive seen people commenting on my videos that they are not happy about it is that makes the controller pretty big, so the controller compared to the drone, so the controller is bigger and yeah. The controller is heavier than the drone as well. This is one thing to have in mind. I think you can buy it with other controllers. I also saw that you can buy the drone on its own, so you can even use like maybe older controllers, but uh yeah. To be honest, i really like personally, i really like the fact that the screen is built in now. Another thing to talk about regarding the controller is the transmission. To be honest, i think the transmission is a little bit less good than on the r2s or on the big mavic, 3. uh.
Sometimes when im i was like very far away with the drone. I didnt have any obstacles between myself and the drone. There was a straight line: yes, the drone was very very far like almost two kilometers, sometimes maybe even more, and sometimes i was kind of losing connection despite having like no obstacles in between, but it shouldnt have an impact on getting the drone back, because if you Make sure that before flying you have all the gps, it has the return to home point and stuff like this. If you lose connection, the drone is just gon na come home. I didnt have any issue with it so before flying just really make sure that you have all the gps. The drone has the return to home location, and also one thing that happened to me once is that i was flying below trees. So basically i was in the forest. There was like a hole right in front of me, so i took off and then i had to go straight to get out of the forest through the hole, but above my head was were trees. So then i lost connection it wasnt with this one. It was with the r2s. Then i lost connection, so the drone had to come back and then he was like okay, im home, so im just gon na go down and then he saw the top of the trees and he was like okay im home and then he landed in the trees.
So this was my fault. I should have thought about it earlier, but this is something to think about so make sure to have only sky above your head and also make sure you have the gps. That way in case you lose connection, you make sure its uh, its gon na come home and you wont lose your drone. Obviously. So now that we have a good overall view of this new uh little beast of a drone lets jump onto the conclusion, and i will give you guys my personal opinion ive been using it for more than a month and ive been using all the other dji Drones as well so, first of all, it doesnt make sense to compare this drone to the mic 3. For obvious reasons i mean this is not the same budget. This one is so small. The mavic 3 is a lot bigger. The camera is so different and everything, so i dont think it really makes sense to compare it because its just obvious, but comparing it to the r2s, i think, really makes sense um. First of all, the way you will carry it the weight and everything it makes sense. This one uh is easier to carry its much smaller. You can carry even more batteries. I was carrying a lot of batteries on the r2s in my backpack, but with this one you can carry even more uh. You can even just put it in your pocket or whatever.
So when it comes to carrying it and like the size and everything, this one is obviously the winner. But then, when it comes to um to creating videos, i would still go for the air2s um. If youre, a professional, filmmaker uh image quality is critical, and i think this one this one is offering dont get me wrong. This one is offering insane image quality for the size, but i think the r2s is still one step uh better than this. One dynamic range, as i said, is pretty similar, but deer 2s is capturing 5.4 k, while this one is capturing 4k. So on the r2s, you will be able to crop and stuff like this play with the dolly zoom, without losing any resolution. If your timeline is in 4k, and also the big difference for me is that r2s, it is capturing four to two 10 bit colors. While this one is capturing 8 bit colors, so this is having an impact once again, im talking about professional filmmakers, really pushing the color, grading and and stuff like this. Now, if youre a beginner or if youre a filmmaker but not really looking for the colors and stuff like this, this is definitely a drone to use for sure. Also, if youre like on a super, long shoot – and you have to go like super – far – carry everything for i dont know for a week in the mountains, and you already have like some big other cameras and everything uh.
This could be the drone to go for as well. I really like the r2s im still using it on a lot of projects because uh when i have to carry a lot of stuff in my backpack, i prefer taking the r2s rather than the mavic 3, because the mavic 3 is is a lot bigger. But then, if you need even less weight, maybe this could be the way to go uh now, if were talking about photographers, i would definitely go through the mini 3 because its cool you can like rotate the camera, so you can get shots that are ready for Your instagram for your stories like straight away and same for the photos, you can also shoot vertical and the photo quality of this one to me is similar to the photo quality of the r2s, its so small. It feels like nothing in your backpack, so this is something to really consider, especially for outdoor filmmakers, but uh yeah, so thats kind of my conclusion on it. I hope you enjoyed this video. I try to be quick all the time, because i hate reviews and tutorials that are like too long, but at the same time i have to talk a little bit about everything. So if you have any questions stuff like this, let me know in the comments im always happy to answer and and try to help as much as i can. If you want to support uh make sure to subscribe, i will keep doing more reviews more tutorials, more behind the scenes as well uh, so yeah.
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