Born like Mavic Mini, back in late 2019, the Mini was a great choice for everyday drone flying. It’s much more capable than Spark — which, while fun, never hit the mark. Instead of being a super-everyday selfie drone, that’s the kind Snap is currently trying to exploit. pixie is more of a gateway to the world of drone photography.
DJI Dropped “Mavic” from the name with the 2020 Mini 2, which provided longer flight times and 4K on board while retaining the line’s iconic foldable design. After the usual stream of leaks, the company today announced the Mini 3 Pro, which adds 4K/60fps video shooting to the equation, as well as improved obstacle detection and a better flight time of around 34 minutes.
As DJI notes, many governing bodies have set a weight limit for the “safest” drone category at 250 grams (~0.55 pounds). This includes the FAA, which requires amateur pilots to register all drones over this weight. The organization notes: “All drones must be registered, except those that weigh 0.55 pounds or less (less than 250 grams) and fly exclusively under the Flying Passenger Exception.”
The company no doubt went to great lengths to steal the Mini 3 Pro. just now under the wire at 249 grams. This matches the Mini 2’s weight while expanding some of its “professional” features. We’ll share an overview of the system shortly, but DJI has cornered the consumer market in a seemingly irresistible way, building on years of advancement and some innovative developments. The company has made a few mistakes along the way, but the Mavic line has been winning for a long time.
He once again squeezed a lot of drones into a small and light body. Imagination, as always, is the central thesis here. In terms of hardware, this includes a 1/1.3-inch camera CMOS sensor that can capture 48-megapixel images. While there is 60fps for 4K video, HDR can be shot at up to 30fps. It also has a 4x digital zoom, although this will drop the resolution from 4K to HD.
This is combined with the standard Mavic software suite, including the latest version of ActiveTrack, which has two subject tracking options. Meanwhile, QuickShot options include Dronie, Helix, Rock, Circle, Boomerang, and Asteroid. The system can also create hyperlapse-style time-lapse frames.
In addition to the 34-minute battery, the company is adding the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus to the mix, which allows flights up to 47 minutes. DJI is also introducing a new DJI RC remote controller with a 5.5-inch touch screen, allowing users to control it without connecting a smartphone.
The Mini 3 Pro costs $669 without the remote and $909 with it. There are also two kits that include things like the new Intelligent Flight batteries, charging hubs, replacement propellers and the like.
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