Nearly three months old, DJI’s Mini 3 Pro has quickly become a popular aircraft with many pilots. Building on the success of the Mini 2, the newest iteration increases flight and camera performance — improvements that all weigh under 250 g. The continual improvement of the Mini line opens doors of opportunity for new pilots and expands its versatility for specialized operators.
In this article, we have highlighted three areas in which the DJI Mini 3 Pro has seen enormous improvements making it a capable drone.
The most significant improvement introduced with the new model was the larger sensor. Boasting a brand-new 1/1.3-inch sensor and an aperture of f/1.7, the unofficially-titled Mavic Mini 3 (Mini 3 Pro) closes the gap between entry-level aircraft and the mid-range Mavic Air series.
A larger sensor and aperture have clear advantages. First, they allow a camera to perform well in low-light conditions, common at dawn, dusk, or on overcast days. As a result, images and videos are sharper, without the graininess typical of smaller sensors. Second, it enables a greater depth of field, a cinematic element used to separate the subject from the background.
Moreover, the new sensor also supports HDR capture, using software to capture detail in the highlights and shadows. This feature creates photos and videos that are balanced and true-to-life in a variety of conditions.
Flying a drone requires considerable multitasking. A pilot has to focus on the subject and remain aware of any obstacles, hazards, or conditions that could damage the drone.
To ease this burden for beginning pilots, DJI integrated its mature obstacle avoidance system into the Mini 3 Pro. Borrowed from their flagship Mavic 3, this system covers the front, rear, and bottom of the aircraft. It also allows the drone to dodge an obstacle and resume its course with the help of APAS 4.0. While obstacle avoidance doesn’t replace pilot vigilance, it’s an added measure of safety when flying in busy environments.
DJI has spent time with recent models developing the software side of the flight experience. This includes the introduction of automatic flight modes that make it easy to capture dynamic content. However, these modes were typically reserved for their more advanced aircraft — until now.
A major selling point of the Mini 3 Pro has been the introduction of FocusTrack and MasterShots to the Mini lineup.
FocusTrack is what DJI calls the feature suite that includes ActiveTrack 4.0, Spotlight 2.0, and Point of Interest 3.0. All three lock onto a subject and keep it in frame while the pilot flies.
MasterShots is a collection of automated movements around a selected subject. Circling, helix, and ‘dronie’ are among the movements, with additional pans and zooms that make for dramatic videos. Once initiated, the MasterShots function automatically runs through all of the movements, observing the height, distance, and speed parameters set by the pilot.
The precision of FocusTrack and MasterShots turns the most inexperienced of pilots into cinematographers.
While the standard Mini 3 DJI Pro battery is only a marginal improvement over Mini 2, the optional Intelligent Flight Battery Plus extends flight time from 34 minutes to a whopping 47 minutes. This provides pilots with ample time to capture content before landing.
The Mini 3 Pro brings promising features to the front lines and where duty calls. To explore the DJI Mini 3 specs and to obtain a quote for your organization, please contact a FLYMOTION representative or visit our website. We look forward to ‘Supporting Those Who Serve’ with the latest unmanned systems and technology available!
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