But no, this is not sponsored. Videos like this are, however, supported by those of you who join our online program full time filmmaker, and we actually just launched a brand new starter course for those not able to afford our 600 plus video course. We now have an entry level option to help you get started with the basics and immediately see improvements with your videos, so make sure to check that out in the description below, but speaking of entry level. This drone aims to be the perfect blend between small and affordable, with also being high quality professional images so lets dive right into my thoughts on the drone who its for and some pros and cons, to be aware of. First off the pros, this drone is mini, meaning its small lightweight and portable, weighing in at less than 249 grams, making it regulatory friendly. But the pro in the name suggests that, despite its size, it will deliver a high quality image worthy of professionals. And what makes this mini more pro than previous minis is the bigger sensor size. The new gimbal design provides a one over 1.3 inch sensor, a 48 megapixel camera and 4k at 60 frames per second and 1080p at 120 frames per second now, comparing that to the previous model, the mini 2. It has a one over two thirds inch sensor and a 12 megapixel camera and maxes out at 4k at 30 frames per second, so the sensor has almost doubled in size and frame rate capacity is doubled as well now, on the topic of image quality.

This sensor also sports, a dual iso, which allows direct output of hdr footage, basically, meaning you have less blown out, highlights and less crushed shadows which again aids to the overall quality of the footage so sensor, size, increased frame rates and image quality for me are the Top features but another feature that i love is the option to buy this built in screen for the remote control. They do have less expensive options to buy the remote that hooks up to your phone but theres, something about having to whip out my phone and drain. My battery and not having access to use my phone while im operating a drone that deters me from pulling out my drone more often, so i personally think the extra money is worth having the built in screen now, along with this new remote, is the new os Image transmission system – this upgrade includes the move from dual antennas to four antennas: bringing you a full hd live feed from up to 12 kilometers if theres, no interference or obstructions. So this should reduce the frequency that your feed cuts out, which can make or break a shot overall. In my experience, the feed has been solid. I experienced a cut out a little bit when going behind big buildings or when getting about a mile away or about two kilometers. So the 12 kilometer metric really means no obstructions which most flying situations youll have some obstructions. So just be aware that 12 kilometers means you have perfect line of sight with completely no obstructions.

Some other new features include the true vertical shooting mode which allows you to shoot in portrait mode. If you create a lot of vertical videos – and along with that is a feature called quick transfer that allows you to connect the drone to your phone quickly to transfer files and upload directly to social media on the spot. Now i personally wouldnt use either of these features very often, but for those big social media users. This might excite you. I have noticed an increase of video clients asking for portrait orientation content for tick, tock and instagram. So i do think this is a great new feature to include to future proof these new drones. It also has improved battery life, giving you 34 minutes of flight time which matches the mavic air 2, but with the mini 3. You now have the option to buy an extra large battery, which will give you 47 minutes of flight time and allow you to fly farther and longer for scenarios like hyperlapses, for example. Now i havent got my hands on one of these extra large batteries, so i have no opinion on them, but ive personally never been able to get a battery to last as long as advertised and just doing some normal flying. I clocked the mini 3 pro regular battery at around 25 minutes, so definitely not anywhere near 34 minutes, but its still plenty of time to get a couple hyper lapses or plenty of shots.

Now. This drone also, apparently has increased wind resistance with how small these drones are. Wind can pick up and affect the smoothness of your shot. So it is a concern with the size of the minis. Hyperlapse situations are probably the most noticeable times. Youll see a drone shifting around and heres a look at a hyperlapse that i took in heavy wind. You can see it does still move around a lot, so the key for hyperlapses in windy conditions, ive found, is to not be too close to any object so that you cant see that shift in your framing as easily. This drone also sports tri, directional obstacle sensing and the obstacle sensing works great in all the scenarios that i used it. Keeping me safe from hitting anything. Applause must have been jake flying that because ive never ive, never crashed a drone. Hopefully i dont crash into any trees over here on the bright side. We picked this thing up, turned it back on and it worked perfectly so pretty durable as well, and this drone also includes intelligent features like hyperlapses, as i already mentioned, and master shots, which is another one of those features to me. That is a little bit too beginnerish. I prefer to do all my moves manually and edit all that footage in premiere, but again for those who want that feature and dont feel confident getting your own smooth shots. It may be a nice feature for you to have, as for the photo side of things.

Yes, it can take 48 megapixel stills. However, megapixels dont mean much to me personally unless they are in a larger sensor size, so its not going to take photos like my canon r5 for example, but it will, in my opinion, take better photos than my iphone 13 pro. So those are some of the new features, and specifically the ones that i was most excited about now. Lets take a minute to talk about some of the drawbacks to be aware of biggest one. This drone does not have 10 bit color depth. It is 8 bit only. It does give you the option to shoot in a platter profile called d cinelike, but im, not a big fan of shooting in flat profiles without at least 10 bit color depth, as it will give you banding and artifacting. As you try and push the colors back up to a normal level, so i personally recommend just shooting in the normal standard profile on this specific drone. Also, as i already mentioned, the sensor is still on the smaller side, compared to some of djis, more professional models. So image will be more compressed, but, like i mentioned, it is almost double the size of the mini 2 sensor, and i really could tell a difference in compression and overall quality improvement between the two. So, if youre not quite ready to invest in something like the mavic 3 pro, but you want a starter drone thats going to give you an image that can be passable in professional situations, then the mini 3 is going to be a great place to start, and This brings me to the question: can you depend on this drone professionally id say it depends on the level of the project for your local real estate, videos for a couple establishing shots in a wedding, video for a local commercial needing one shot of their building or For a travel, video showing off landscapes, id say yes, this is going to be passable and with the convenience of how small this is.

I could see myself bringing this one on a lot more shoots, because it feels and looks like a toy, so youre not going to be running into as many issues with authorities, but it will still deliver what looks like a very high quality image. I can literally fit this drone in my pocket so being able to stay that low profile will make this usable in more scenarios. However, if were talking about big budget productions, big budget commercials, netflix documentaries, feature films, etc, youre definitely gon na want a drone with a larger sensor and with 10 bit color depth or raw capabilities for that increased image, quality and color flexibility in post. But dji knows that and they didnt make this for big productions. Their goal was to create the ideal first drone for emerging professionals, and i think that this product successfully accomplishes that goal, and so this is now going to be my recommendation for videographers or filmmakers. Looking to buy their first drone on a budget that is still going to deliver an image that is passable for entry level, professional client work, and at this point many of you are probably saying well, okay, this looks great, but it looks awfully close in features to The mavic air 2s, so which is better between those two now this just depends on which features you get more excited about perks of the air 2s. It has a slightly bigger sensor, size at one inch slightly more resolution at 5.

4k, video instead of 4k, though at 60 frames per second, they are both 4k. It also has four direction obstacle: sensing instead of three direction, and the biggest difference in my opinion is that 10 bit d log for more color flexibility in post, now perks of the mini 3 pro it has that extended battery option. It has a higher megapixel photo and the biggest one for me is that its smaller and lighter being below that 250 gram limit, letting you squeeze by regulations and is more practical to bring along and use in more scenarios. So theres just different reasons to go with either one for most debating between these it will most likely come down to price. The air 2s starts at a thousand dollars usd, but if you want the built in screen and other needful accessories like batteries and nd filters, youll need the fly more combo, which is what i would suggest you get and that one comes in at almost eighteen hundred Dollars, whereas the mini three pro starts at seven hundred dollars usd and an equivalent fly more combo is gon na, come in at about six hundred dollars less than your air 2s combo, which is quite the price difference for very similar features. So for the money for those looking to get a small starter drone that can still deliver quality images, the mini 3 pro is going to be a great new option on the market. It definitely has my stamp of approval as an amazing entry level.

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