After just a few weeks of rising rumors, it now appears to be like very doubtless that we’ll see the DJI Mavic 3 Professional – the most recent mannequin within the drone large’s flagship client sequence – land on April 25.
DJI has launched a teaser for an occasion on that date, with the principle picture displaying a triple-lens digital camera array that we have seen crop up in all of the Mavic 3 Professional leaks up to now. However what else do we all know in regards to the incoming drone and why is it an thrilling launch?
Whereas it took some time for the DJI Mavic 3 to seek out its ft after a barely rushed launch on the finish of 2021, it is now undoubtedly probably the greatest drones you should purchase. It combines a 4 Thirds cameras, adjustable aperture, a telephoto lens and improved impediment avoidance into a fairly compact, folding design.
Primarily based on the leaks up to now, the DJI Mavic 3 Professional will supply related flying energy, solely with the advantage of three cameras – with the most recent rumors predicting that there shall be a 70mm lens (successfully providing 3x zoom) to supply a center floor between its wide-angle and telephoto choices.
However how a lot would possibly this versatile flying digital camera price and can it nonetheless handle to take care of the identical picture high quality as its Mavic 3 friends? Here is all the things we all know up to now, and what we might prefer to see from the seemingly-imminent Mavic 3 Professional.
Minimize to the chase
- What’s it? DJI’s first drone with a triple-lens digital camera
- When is it out? DJI has a launch occasion on April 25, so in all probability then.
- How a lot will it price? It is not but clear, however doubtless greater than the DJI Mavic 3, which launched for $2,199 / £1,879 / AU$3,099.
DJI Mavic 3 Professional launch date and value predictions
The DJI Mavic 3 Professional will now virtually definitely be introduced at DJI’s occasion on April 25, which kicks off at 9am EDT / 2pm BST / 11pm AEST.
DJI’s teaser for the occasion reveals a triple-lens Hasselblad digital camera setup, which is identical because the one we have seen in leaked images for the DJI Mavic 3 Professional.
Just a little tougher to foretell is the Mavic 3 Professional’s value. There have not been any main leaks on that entrance but, so all we’ve got to go on are estimates based mostly on current fashions within the sequence.
|Mannequin||DJI Mavic 3 Basic||DJI Mavic 3||DJI Mavic 3 Professional|
|Worth (drone solely)||$1,469 / £1,309 / AU$2,299||N/A||TBC|
|Worth (with DJI RC / RC-N1)||$1,749 / £1,529 / AU$2,599||$2,049 / £1,729 / AU$2,899||TBC|
|Worth (Cine model)||N/A||$4,999 / £4,279 / AU$7,199||TBC|
Primarily based on the desk above, it appears doubtless that the DJI Mavic 3 Professional with a DJI RC controller will price greater than $2,100 / £1,800 / AU$3,000, given it is the ‘Professional’ mannequin within the lineup. Although it will rely on its digital camera setup and different specs.
One potential value trace we’ve got seen was noticed by DroneXL (opens in new tab) on the drone’s Google Search outcomes web page, which confirmed the retailer Vertigo Drones itemizing a DJI Mavic 3 Professional with a DJI RC Professional controller for $3,628 within the US.
Given the DJI RC Professional controller is pricier than the usual DJI RC controller by $890 / £624 / AU$1,130, that means we could possibly be taking a look at a value for the Mavic 3 Professional with a DJI RC controller of round $2,700 / £2,300 / AU$3,900, as a really tough ballpark.
In fact, there is no assure that the Mavic 3 Professional shall be that can be purchased on launch day, with some rumors suggesting pre-orders forward of transport in Could. However we’ll know for certain in only a few days.
DJI Mavic 3 Professional information and leaks
The DJI Mavic 3 Professional leaks have been rising since early April – and whereas there’s nonetheless so much we do not know in regards to the drone, we’ve got a great general image of what to anticipate.
On April 5 the dependable DJI leaker @DealsDrone shared the one of many first photos of the Mavic 3 Professional’s packaging, which revealed each its triple-lens digital camera and its DJI RC Professional Fly Extra Combo bundle.
Mavic 3 Professional combo with RC Professional pic.twitter.com/fTfIMwk4e6April 5, 2023
This leak instructed the DJI Mavic 3 Professional’s third digital camera would “help 3x zoom”. And that is one thing we have seen in additional leaks, like one shared by fellow DJI leaker @JasperEllens (opens in new tab), which present the drone will supply 3x and 7x zoom choices, alongside the principle wide-angle digital camera.
This versatility is more likely to be the Mavic 3 Professional’s important differentiator from the present DJI Mavic 3 (which has two cameras) and the Mavic 3 Basic (which has one 20MP 4 Thirds digital camera).
like Mavic 3 Professional the extra you take a look at it? pic.twitter.com/SDsHxRn0hlApril 20, 2023
What we do not but know for certain are the focal lengths and sensor sizes of these three cameras. The focal lengths are slightly simpler to discern, based mostly on the present DJI Mavic 3 – if it follows that drone, the Mavic 3 Professional may supply a 24mm lens, a 70mm mid-telephoto, and a 162mm telephoto providing.
In response to hypothesis from @Quadro_News (opens in new tab) on April 20, although, the Mavic 3 Professional’s important digital camera could possibly be fairly totally different from its two siblings. Each the DJI Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Basic have a 20MP 4 Thirds digital camera, whose giant sensor has set a excessive benchmark for compact drones. This makes each of these fashions two of the perfect drones you should purchase.
These images present the DJI Mavic 3 Professional Cine, a wide-angle lens possibility, and several other different variations of the DJI Mavic 3 Professional drone. Now that the DJI Mavic 3 Cine and Mavic 3 Commonplace have already reached their end-of-life, it is smart… @djiglobal https://t.co/GrTOEEzWhzApril 21, 2023
However that Quadro_News leak means that the Mavic 3 Professional’s important digital camera will as a substitute be a 48MP 1/1.3in affair, which has the identical specs because the one we have seen on the DJI Mini 3 Professional. That will be a slight shock contemplating Professional fashions are historically DJI’s flagships, however maybe the flexibility of three lenses is the premium expertise that can justify that billing.
These leaks do additionally recommend that the 70mm digital camera will shoot 4K/60p video and timelapses, whereas the 7x telephoto (taken from the Mavic 3) will apparently see its aperture brightened barely from f/4.4 to f/3.4.
Thus far, these are all of the leaked specs we have seen up to now for DJI’s newest Mavic drone. Given its physique is intently associated to the DJI Mavic 3, it appears doubtless that it will take the identical LiPo 4S batteries as that drone, which promise a beneficiant 46-minute flight time.
We would additionally count on to see the identical O3+ connectivity, which guarantees a most transmission distance of 15km (within the US) and 8km in different areas.
DJI Mavic 3 Professional: What we need to see
1. A greater battery life
It appears doubtless that the DJI Mavic 3 Professional will use the identical LiPo 4S batteries because the Mavic 3 – and whereas they’re completely enough, we’ve got discovered that the Mavic 3 falls wanting its marketed battery life in real-world use.
Whereas the drone’s headline battery life determine is 46 minutes of flight time, we have usually discovered real-world occasions to be nearer to half-hour. Hopefully some optimizations and improved energy administration will get this a bit increased on the Mavic 3 Professional.
2. A sub-900g weight
For drone followers in Europe, the 900g weight barrier is a crucial one as a result of that is the utmost takeoff weight for drones to qualify for a ‘C1’ class label. These labels decide the place a drone could be flown – for instance, solely C0 and C1 class drones can fly over folks (if not over ‘assemblies of individuals’).
Final 12 months, the DJI Mavic 3 turned the primary drone to be given a ‘C1’ certificates for flying within the EU. After a firmware replace, this meant homeowners may fly the drone within the ‘A1 Open Class’. Hopefully, the DJI Mavic 3 Professional shall be in the identical boat – and given its similarities to the Mavic 3, it would be a shock the brand new drone missed that mark.
3. A greater telephoto lens
The DJI Mavic 3’s 162mm telephoto digital camera is a considerable step down in high quality in comparison with its 24mm important digital camera, primarily attributable to its 1/2in sensor measurement (which is seven occasions smaller than its 4 Thirds chip).
Mix that with the gorgeous darkish f/4.4 aperture and you’ve got a tricky job in your fingers getting any top quality footage out of it. Whereas it in all probability will not be potential to extend this digital camera’s sensor measurement on the Mavic 3 Professional, some tweaks like a brighter aperture and handbook publicity settings would give it a lift in high quality.
4. Extra built-in storage
It appears to be like doubtless that the DJI Mavic 3 Professional Cine model will once more supply 1TB inside storage, identical to its equal model on the Mavic 3. However we might prefer to see the non-Cine model get a bump up from the 8GB storage we noticed on that commonplace Mavic 3.
Sure, you’ll be able to prime that up with the microSD card slot, however the recordsdata the Mavic 3 data are enormous and you will quickly refill that inside area. A lift to 16GB could be very welcome, so long as it does not inflate the value an excessive amount of.
5. A mid-telephoto lens that is not a novelty
The distinction between the DJI Mavic 3’s important digital camera and its telephoto one is so huge that many homeowners barely use its 162mm lens. The latter has a 1/2-inch sensor and it is troublesome to match its video high quality to the footage shot by its important digital camera, making it troublesome to attain consistency for a single shoot.
Whereas restricted area on the Mavic 3 Professional’s gimbal will make it troublesome for its rumored 70mm digital camera to supply an enormous increase in high quality, we hope it has a bigger sensor that the Mavic 3’s telephoto lens and helps higher-end options like D-log recording, 4K/60p video and even perhaps Apple ProRes.