NEW Mavic 3 Firmware Update (0500) – New Features, Better Zoom Images, & Bug Fixes!
This is the update that dji said would add more features, thus making this drone quote unquote complete. Now they kind of split this update up into two different updates. So we got the first part in december that added features like active track and hyperlapse. I would say that it added more of like the core functions of the drone. A lot of people were waiting on and with this update here in the later portion of january, it adds the rest of those features and the patch notes are pretty promising. They add a couple of really solid features that really make this drone feel complete. So the patch notes, of course, are up on the screen if you want to go ahead and read through them. Ive put in bold some of the more important features that well touch on more in depth here in this video. But if you want to pause it read over those patch notes, go ahead and do that, but now were going to move on and get into this list. So a lot of miscellaneous flight and shooting modes have been added like the quick shots that we all know and love with the mavic 3. We have droney rocket circle, helix, boomerang and asteroid, all of which have been available on drones since i believe the original mavic air that released in 2018., i mean look, they work, so i guess the perfect phrase here is: if it aint broke, dont fix it.
The good thing about using these quick shots, though on higher end dji drones, is that they typically give you more range and flexibility. When choosing the distance that you want the drone to fly than say, the mini 2 would now, along with those quick shots. We also have panorama shooting modes added to the drone, which i actually make good use of when trying to capture structures or landscapes that simply wont fit in the frame. I never typically take full on 360 photos in the air, but using the other options is a good way to kind of shoot. A wider angle photo through stitching multiple photos together for those of you that might be interested. They also added a burst shooting mode here to the mavic 3, and you can also digital zoom in when shooting with the main camera again. This is digital. This is not going to be using that secondary tele camera its using the main camera with the four third sensor. The next big addition in this update is the color display assist feature. So when this is enabled your d log, video will look more saturated with more contrast, its almost like it would, in its final form, after being color graded. This, of course, wont affect your final video, like the video file saved on the sd card, its just going to appear this way through the live feed when youre flying to give you a better understanding of how to properly expose your image, you can toggle this color Display assist feature on and off by tapping on the three dots in the top right corner going to the camera settings and then scrolling down to color display assist.
Now, on this topic of camera settings, i want to mention one more massive change that wasnt incorporated in the list of patch notes, because it wasnt directly associated with the aircraft firmware update, but instead it was a part of the new dji fly app update. If you remember the old exposure settings menu, then you probably remember having plenty of headaches trying to dial in the aperture shutter speed or iso. You may have also gotten annoyed going into that secondary camera settings menu that i just showed you by going to the three dots in the top right corner. Well, now, everything is centralized in that one area in the bottom right corner, so now theres a small divider in the middle splitting up the general camera settings on the left and the exposure settings on the right side. Tapping on the left side opens up a small menu that allows you to change the color through white balance. The resolution, the frame rate, your storage location, you can toggle color display assist when shooting in d log. You can change your codec and finally, you can adjust your video format. Tapping on the exposure side opens up another menu that allows for the adjusting of your exposure settings like iso shutter aperture, and your overall exposure value you can also choose which of these are set to auto or manual, also not associated with these camera settings. In any way, but i figured – i should note that the icons in the top right portion of the dji fly app are now more bold and easier to see.
They have more defined edges and are a little bit larger, making them more prominent that change in the camera settings menu really is aesthetically pleasing. I think that its well laid out its easy to find exactly what youre looking for, and i like that. It doesnt take up the full width of the screen, its just its kind of like a half menu over on the side. But what i think is more important is that its functionally better than what we had before, because we dont need to go digging through two separate menu systems. Instead, everything is right there in the bottom right corner. Okay, moving on the next three bullet points are relatively smaller, but once we get through these, we then get into what i believe is like the meat and potatoes of this update. So weve got the ability to shoot 4k video at 60 frames per second and manually control. Our exposure, when shooting with master shots weve, also got the ability to access the quick transfer feature so thats going to transfer files from our drone to our remote a little bit faster. Also, we can now use digital zoom and we can shoot in d log when using the focus track flight modes, so those are like active track spotlight and the other one is waypoints. Okay, so from there like, i said, moving into the meat and potatoes of our patch notes here, the return to home behavior is something that always really annoyed.
Me like. I think that the technology of advance or charm to home is cool and helpful, but at the same time i would prefer my drone to just fly straight up to a predefined altitude and then straight back to me. This cuts out a lot of variables that the drone would have to try and avoid on its way back, and i just dont think that djis obstacle avoidance system is ready for a task like that with its current center array and software. So now, within the dji fly app, you can tap on the three dots in the top right corner and under this first safety section, you can scroll down and toggle between advanced and straight line rth when using the straight line rth, which is what all previous dj Drones have used for as long as i can remember. You can select that predetermined altitude that the drone will fly up to now. This next change is huge for cine version owners of the mavic 3. Of course, the draw of this more expensive version is the ability to shoot in prores 422 hq its a higher fidelity codec. That, of course, requires the one terabyte ssd built into the drone for the faster write speeds and for the massive amount of storage that can only store like an hour and a half of 5.1 k. Video. Just to give you a sense of how big the files are, but again you need that fast, write speed because of how much data is being written at the time of shooting video and whenever you would plug this drone into your computer to edit off of or To dump the footage, the drone would be on the entire time that its plugged in which was incredibly annoying.
But now, within the camera settings you can toggle usb mode to on which alters how the drone behaves when plugged into a computer through the usb port. So, basically, the way that this works is when you open up your computer and, of course, when you plug your mavic 3 into the uh computer, turn it on its still going to go through its still going to go through, like its buda process. Here. So youll see that the motors kind of twitch it initializes the escs, also the gimbal like kind of turns on, but it stays still uh the lights turn on and everything like that. So it goes through this initial boot up process, but if youve got usb mode turned on, then the drone actually just kind of turns off. So the gimbal goes limp uh, the motors arent engaged whatsoever. The fan is turned off youll see. Now all the lights turned off so now its in usb mode. I still have access to my ssd here inside of the drone and whats great is its not draining a ton of power and also im not like burning out the motors on the gimbal. So, overall, this is a great function to add for mavic 3 cine owners. Now the next bullet point in the patch notes here claims that the accuracy of the colors has been optimized, which i wasnt able to tell any differences just by looking at the footage. But hey any change forward is a step in the right direction.
Now the final major change in this firmware update is something that i think i am most excited for, and that is the increase of image sharpness when shooting with the tele camera, so that secondary seven times zoom lens. I always thought that this lens was gimmicky. I mean yeah its cool, but the settings are severely limited and the images always appeared soft after this update, though i think that this lens is actually very usable. So if we look at the images taken at 7x for tnx and 28x, all from the tele camera before the update, they all really just dont, look good at all. Even the 7x, when using the full sensor with no digital zoom, looks like something straight out of a 2015 camera remember. This is a full half inch sensor that should be capable of shooting a very usable image. After that update, though the images at all focal lengths have improved substantially producing a sharper clearer image, you can tell when digitally zooming in 14 and 28 times, theres some sort of post processing happening within the app, whether its digital sharpening or a mixture of exposure, and Contrast adjustments, but whatever is happening, is definitely better than the images captured before the firmware update. I dont think that i would ever actually share images captured at 28 times. I mean its a cool feature to use when scouting around, which is probably why they call this. The explorer mode, but i could see myself getting some cool parallax shots using the seven times lens, because without any digital zoom, the images look, really nice and really clear.
Now all dji needs to do is give us the ability to capture raw photos and manually adjust our exposure, and this would be even more of a usable camera so from here the rest of the patch notes are fairly minor changes. I think that the one that is worth mentioning is that now the rc pro here is compatible with the air 2s. I hope they continue to open up more compatibility to other older drones. I mean, i think, that this blows away. The original smart controller in terms of quality and what it offers in terms of like the software experience, but its good to see that they made it available for the air 2s, because the r2s is like my second favorite drone. I still fly that drone all the time, so now that i can use my rc pro with the air 2s is definitely a nice addition, and so with that that is our firmware update here. The january update for the mavic 3. ive been flying this drone all day every day, im loving it and it continues to get better with these updates.