DJI MINI 3 PRO – The Best Drone For Creators?
So in this video i want to go through 10 different things that you need to know about: the dji mini 3 pro and im going to show you why. I think this is going to be the go to drone for a lot of creators. So im sure some of you are wondering where this sits in djis lineup. Is it like a mini 2 or is it more like an air 2 or air 2s? Well, i see it sitting somewhere in the middle because its tiny, its super small, its the same size as the mini 2, completely redesigned but the same weight class. But it has all the features of the air 2 plus some extra features. So i wouldnt say that this is a complete replacement for the mini 2. But if you had limitations working with the mini 2, then this is going to be the drone that youre going to want to get number one lets talk about frame rates and resolutions. So i shoot a lot of video content and this drone has 4k 60 frames per second, and the big thing for me is that the drone doesnt crop in on the footage when you switch it to 4k 60. on this drone, you get the same width. No matter which frame rate or resolution that you work with now, the majority of what ive been flying in has been 4k, 60 and 4k30, and in this drone in 4k, 30, 25 or 24.
You have a high quality mode, so your footage is going to look even better when you shoot in those frame rates. Number two is active track, and this is a huge one for me because i like to go out and film myself and im, usually solo. So i want to have good tracking in a drone now the drone that ive been using up until this point has been the mavic 3 and that one has awesome tracking and in the mini 2 you never had access to real tracking. You could do it from a third party app, but it never really worked that good. I found some solutions that could work with the mini 2, but the mini 3 pro actually has good tracking built in, and what i found is that when you maintain a clear line of sight between the drone and you, the drone will stay locked on and its Going to continue to track, and it has all the same tracking features that you can find in other dji drones. You can move the drone around in the sky while its tracking you and be able to reframe, and also you could track from the front from behind. You could do a full orbit around yourself, while youre tracking, and you could also use the parallel mode set it in any direction and its going to continually track you with the drone facing in that one direction. Now, because of the new controller, i havent mounted this to my bike.
Yet, but most of my tracking has been hiking or walking, and the tracking has worked great. One of the things that im going to do is play around with this tracking on faster moving objects and really test it. But from my experience, working with other dji drones and working with the mini 3 for the last couple weeks, the tracking works great and it works just like the other drones now. One thing ive noticed theyve added in the menu is a way for it to auto. Select a person so, as you can see here on the screen, it knows that theres a person and then you can click the plus icon and its going to lock onto that subject and its easier to lock onto your subject than dragging corner to corner number. Three is obstacle avoidance with active track. You need some sort of obstacle avoidance because a lot of times your drone is going to be moving itself in the sky and also when youre flying. You want to have this sense of security so that you dont hit an object. When i first got this drone, none of the obstacle avoidance was working because i was using beta firmware and i i crashed it a few times, but now that the obstacle avoidance is working, i havent run into anything, and this has been a huge help when its Locked on and its tracking me and im doing like a walk and talk walking forward, while the mini 3 pro is able to sense the trees and the ground moving up and down and ive found that its worked really well in being able to avoid any obstacles.
Now one thing with this drone is that it only has obstacle avoidance in the front in the back and on the bottom, so you dont have those side to side sensors. Now this comes into play if youre flying the drone, sideways or youre doing something like an orbit around yourself. So you can track a subject and spin in a 360. However, it might run into something when you do that you just have to pay attention that youre not going to run into something on the side. The obstacle avoidance will work well if its front to back or the ground moving up or down, but its not going to work side to side, because theres no sensors number four is the pro controller. This thing is pretty amazing, because it has everything that you need to control the drone and its in a small lightweight package. Its got a screen on the bottom, its got your joysticks, you have custom buttons on the back and you have zoom and gimbal controls on the top, along with your shutter button for your video and your photo everything you need to fly. Your drone is here and if you go into the menu you can set the two custom buttons in the back to do some extra functions so that you never have to like dig into the menus when youre actually out flying. I found this controller is lightweight its easy to hold and its just thought out like this works super well, your thumb sticks go right in the back of the controller, nothing sticks out so its easy to pack into a backpack and its just super clean.
Now you have a micro sd card slot on the controller, so you can download your footage from the drone directly to your card in the controller and you dont have to take the card out of the drone. You could also do screen records if youre making videos where you want to show your screen. Now. This controller has four hours of battery life, so you can run through multiple batteries with your drone and you dont have to worry about charging your controller. It just makes the whole process super easy working with this pro controller number five lets talk about photography, so in this drone you have the ability to shoot a 48 megapixel photo so theres two different modes. You could either do regular photos or 48 megapixel photos which are much bigger. You could also shoot in jpeg or raw. So if youre someone who shoots more photography, you get a lot of resolution out of this little camera, and also one of the big features is now you can do vertical. Shooting so dji has redesigned the gimbal to make it much more stable. So you dont have the horizon shift, but with this redesign the camera can also flip vertically. So if you want to shoot more vertical photos well now you can do it with this drone and you dont have to crop in on a horizontal photo. Now number six lets talk about the controls you have over your camera, so you have access to auto or pro settings which allow you to basically control everything.
Iso shutter speed, white balance. You can do it all easily on the screen now. A huge advantage over the mini 2 is that you now have access to d centi like, and this is a mode that flattens out your image pulls out the saturation. So you have more ability to do. Color grading in your editing software with the mini 2. You basically have one look. You have the standard look now you could shoot that way in this drone and ive shot a lot of footage with the standard look and it looks great. But if you are someone who wants to process your footage even more well, you can set it in d city like its going to flatten out your image, which gives you a little bit more room for your dynamic range. So you dont blow out your highlights and then you could create a look for your footage when you bring it through your editing software. Now this drone has a fixed aperture at 1.7, but you can get nd filters. I dont have a set of nd filters for this drone. Yet so i cant speak on working with them with this drone, but the lens itself is very easy to pop off. So once theyre available thats going to be one thing that im going to get so that i can bring down my shutter speed when im out flying now. One of the other things thats coming out is a wide lens for this.
So if you want an even wider field of view, youll be able to put it on the front of this lens and be able to get a wider field of view. Once i have access to those filters and the lens ill do a follow up video to show how they work. Number seven lets talk about the flight time, so dji states in ideal conditions. This drone will last 34 minutes and i found that when im out flying, it definitely feels longer than other drones that ive worked with. So it does push more towards 30 minutes of flight time. Now i need to go. Do some side by side tests with the mavic 3, the mini 3, the air 2s, and really see how they all perform, but one thing that ive noticed is when im out flying, i havent needed to rush the drone back every time i look down at the Controller itll have plenty of battery and ill be able to stay up there and get a lot more shots. I was flying out in the desert and i only had to switch the battery once to get a ton of footage from this valley that i was filming in number. Eight is the 60 degree upward angle. With the redesigned of this front end of the drone. You could actually tell theres a notch cut out on the top and that allows the camera to rotate up, and you dont see the propellers.
So you could get these shots where youre looking straight up at a building or straight up at a tree, because you could go 60 degrees up its pretty wild to be able to have this ability to look straight down and then basically look straight up. You have a ton of flexibility with this gimbal. I think theres going to be a lot of creative potential with this ability to point your camera 60 degrees up. Number nine is zoom features so, depending on the mode that youre in you have access to different zoom features in 4k, you could zoom up to two times in hd. You can zoom up to four times, and this gives you more creative potential, because you can zoom in and do some different shots with a little bit more parallax. In the background now this isnt an optical zoom, so its not the lens actually zooming in its a digital zoom, but it doesnt look as good as if you just shot the wide lens with a 1x zoom and, as i said earlier, on the new controller, you Now have access to zooming on the controller itself, so you have a gimbal wheel and a zoom wheel, and this makes it a lot easier to use your zooming when youre out filming number 10 is the redesign of the drone with this drone. It looks completely different. You have these two big sensors, but then, like i said you have this horseshoe cut out, so you can point the gimbal up and then also on the bottom.
You have your landing gear right here on the body itself, so that your arms can be a little bit further off the ground when you take off and then for the battery its just the whole back end, and you have this release on either side of the Drone, where you have to press in to pull out so theres, really no chance of the battery accidentally popping out of this drone. I think overall, this redesign makes it a much more functional drone. So who is this drone for? I think theres a lot of creators who are gon na love. The features that this has – and it just gives you more creative potential, especially having the obstacle avoidance, the active track, the d cine like and, of course, the ability to shoot, high res photos and vertical shooting, i think, for creators who do a lot of short form Content, this vertical feature is going to be super useful. I know. For me this is probably going to be the drone. I keep with me wherever i go. It packs super small in a backpack, and it gives me all the features that i need when im out making videos now.