DJI Mini 3 Pro: New sub-249g drone introduced from $669 with an improved camera
DJI has introduced the Mini 3 Pro, its latest compact drone. As expected, the Mini 3 Pro weighs less than 249 g and features tri-directional obstacle sensing. Also, DJI has included a new 1/1.3-inch camera sensor that has an f/1.7 aperture and outputs at 48 MP JPEG/DNG (RAW). Additionally, the camera can capture 4K/60 FPS videos or 4K/30 FPS when HDR is enabled.
Moreover, the Mini 3 Pro is capable of shooting at 120 FPS for slow-motion videos, but only in 1080p. Arguably, a big selling point of the Mini 3 Pro is its gimbal, which allows the camera to film at up to 60 degrees upwards and 90 degrees downwards. Incidentally, a YouTuber has already shown what these filming styles look like in hands-on videos.
Furthermore, the Mini 3 Pro offers a 34-minute maximum flight time with its default battery, assuming windless conditions. Likewise, DJI claims that the Mini 3 Pro can stream videos at 1080p/30 FPS from up to 12 km away. Like other DJI drones, the Mini 3 Pro supports several in-house technologies, such as:
- Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems 4.0 (APAS)
- FocusTrack: ActiveTrack 4.0
- FocusTrack: Point of Interest 3.0
- FocusTrack: Spotlight 2.0
The Mini 3 Pro starts at US$669 in the US, which does not include a remote controller. Alternatively, DJI sells the Mini 3 Pro with an RC-N1 remote controller for US$759 and the new DJI RC controller for US$909. Similarly, DJI offers the Fly More Kit and the Fly More Kit Plus for US$189 and US$249, respectively. Currently, shipment dates vary between countries. For example, the Mini 3 Pro will begin shipping from August 2022 in the US but later this month in the Eurozone and the UK.