The drone manufacturing company DJI has produced yet another small drone within its rank and will be absolutely thrilling and exciting for the ones who want to upgrade their drones and also the for the new beginners who wish to start experiencing, get to know about the drones because this little drone gives almost everything in terms of quality of photos, videos flight time and even on par with superior drones as well.
Back in May 2022, DJI launched Mini3 Pro and has been a hit with the users and pretty much demanding in the market too with its small features including quality of the images, videos and flight durability to name a few.
DJI Mini 3 is a lite version of the Mini 3 Pro and with this new drone, It will be right to acknowledge that the DJI Mini 3 is the ‘Perfect entry level Drone’ and ‘Best Budget easy to fly drone’ as it supports a hosts of features including an improved flight time, increased speed, wind resistance as compared to Mavic Mini, Mini 2 and Mini 3 Pro as well although it has lesser features than Pro version. Also, this drone is quite cheaper and you can save the budget too.
Top Features of the DJI Mini 3
It has a F1.7 aperture, 1/1.3-inch CMOS sensor which can take good quality photos and videos at 4k HD @24/25 and 30FPS, 2.7K @24/25/30/48/50 and 60FPS also 1080P upto @60FPS with a 12 MP Camera. There is also a 2X digital Zoom available in 4K as well.
The photos and footages from this drone are sharp, good quality, stunning and has a lot of dynamic range in almost every part of a day during daytime or night especially in darker low light where you can capture your desired footage at the end of the day.
The F1.7 let a lots of light beam to enter so the low light shots are sharper than the older version of Mini2 or the Mavic Mini.
With the help of HDR, the videos will of really good quality too and will work pretty well. The High Resolution video is also the same as the Mini 3 Pro where the user can change the ISO, the shutter speed and white balance. Also the user can shoot in Auto and Manual mode from the settings available.
The DJI Mini 3 has also supported a vertical shooting capabilities just like the Mini 3 Pro. So, if the user want to change the shooting from a horizontal view to a vertical one, it is quite easy to do from the tip of the fingers which is quiet impossible in Mini 2. The Vertical shooting will be very helpful and exciting for various social media users like Instagram, Tik Tok, Facebook Reels as it offers no more editing, cropping and changing aspect ratio the footage or photos. Thus the image and video remains unchanged without losing the quality and wasting of time.
The Gimbal is very similar to the Mini 3 Pro as well. The tilt range is quiet awesome as it can tilt all way downward with a 90 degree for top quality down shots and also a 60 degree upward. This features can be very useful for taking shots in a climbing positions whether it may be on the side of a mountain, building or apartment by putting the drone in a really low position or higher position. The feature shooting upward however is not available on the either of the Mavic Mini or Mini 2.
The DJI Mini 3 also support 5 quick shots options namely Dronie, Rocket, Circle, Boomerang and Helix which are really good for creating a short video all done automatically for the user in both the horizontal and vertical mode.
This feature is also one of the most important thing to consider when choosing a drone. It has a pretty impressive lifespan of 38 minutes and can even fly further more for about 51 minutes if extra battery is used. This is the same duration as featured on Mini 3 Pro. The user can take a whole lot of photos and videos during these intervals and having the extra battery means there will be no more swapping out the batteries, battery going down too low.
So, the lifespan is quiet impressive and apart from the Mavic seires, no drones comes close. It will allow the user to go different places taking different shots and videos. From the drone user point of view, the mentioned lifetime is mostly meant for perfect flying conditions but can be limited say 28-30 minutes when flying through rough terrain or unpleasant weather.
The size when folded (without propellers): 148×90×62 mm (L×W×H)
The size when unfolded (with propellers): 251×362×72 mm (L×W×H)
The DJI Mini 3 weighs only 249 grams which is also a stand out feature of the drone. This means it will be very handy to carry wherever we go like packing inside a bag or a zip pocket and can sit perfectly right on the palms. The small features also helps in flying this drone in different countries around the world as they have different terms and regulations on flying heavier drones. For that, license and qualifications etc are required, thus making this drone ideal for any region.
The DJI Mini 3 has a top speed of 16 m/sec in sports mode same as the Mini 3 Pro where it is 3 m/sec quicker than Mavic Mini. In this feature, it beats all the previous versions and Mini 3 Pro as well which is quite a fast and decent from a drone’s point of view. This means the drone can fly back to the user very fast in a short span of time.
It has a level 5 wind resistance at 38 km/hr or 10.7 m/sec which is very impressive from such a drone of this size and same as the highly cost Air 2S. It also has the hovering accuracy similar to the Pro 3 and Air 2S as well.
It connects to the new DJI RC controller which looks like more of a gaming console with built in wide screen. The controller looks brilliant and there is no need for attaching to a mobile phone as the wide screen act as the phone display thus, there is also no need to worry about draining out the battery and missing out the photos and videos while managing the connections. The RTH ( Return to home) feature will also make your drone fly back to you when you done filming.
There is also a version of the Mini 3 where the DJI RC-N1 controllers are used instead without the in built screen which cost less than 100 dollars.
It can transmit and connect with the drone for a distance of 10 kilometers with the O2 transmission, meaning there will be good enough signal from the controller to the drone when flying in an unobstructed free space or terrain but the range may be reduced in a build up place like across buildings or mountainous region. It can also fly for a max 18 kilometers flight distance
Features that are missing from the DJI Mini 3
While Mini 3 Pro supports 4K @60 FPS, the Mini 3 supports 4K only @30 FPS.
It has a camera of 12 MP only.
It also do not have the active track or follow me option to follow a particular object
There are no optical sensors present on the front of the drone which sense the nearby objects and preventing the drone from crashing or falling down. Only the downward sensors are present for safe landing. Besides that the hyperlapse is also missing from this drone.
Should i buy the DJI Mini 3?
Well the conclusion part is whether should you buy this drone or not or should i upgrade. This is completely in your hands and taking the right decision is always your choice.
Flying a drone is super exciting. Once you get use to it, it will be fun as it is like riding a bike and this drone offers you a lot of great and top features despite its size .This drone makes you open up a variety of shooting locations and spots where heavier and larger drones can’t fly. Also being a low noise drone it will be ideal to fly when you don’t want to disturb other people too much.
So with all these in mind, on such a low budget, this DJI Mini 3 is well equipped with latest technology worthy of flying at your favourite places, taking shots thus making it ideal for beginners, those who want to get into drones things and to upgrade from previous old models.
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