It’s been about five years since SZ DJI Technology Co., better known in the United States as DJI, unveiled the Mavic consumer drone series as a more portable means of flight.
On Friday morning Shenzhen time, DJI unveiled the latest version of the portable series, the Mavic 3, in the same foldable design, now with a dual camera system, faster motors, a 50% increase in superior flight time and detection capabilities. .
An alternate version, the Mavic 3 Cine Edition, features Apple ProRes 422 HQ encoding for richer video processing and a 1 terabyte solid-state hard drive.
The device is on sale now on the DJI website.
DJI has slightly refined the Mavic in this new version. Takeoff weight for the standard version is 895 grams, or 1.97 lbs, and 899 grams in the Cine version. This compares to 907 grams, or 2 pounds, in the predecessor, the Mavic 2 Pro.
Interestingly, DJI produced a slimmer profile for the device when folded up, although its dimensions are larger when unfolded. The wheelbase has been reduced from 353 millimeters to 380 millimeters. The folded-up Mavic 3 is still the size of a 1.8 oz water bottle.
Several functions have been improved. The maximum ascent rate has been increased to 8 meters per second in “S” mode, double the Mavic 2. The flight speed is now 21 meters per second, one more than the Mavic 2.
The flight time is now 46 minutes, 50% more than the 31 minutes of the Mavic 2. The hover time is now 40 minutes, again, 50% more.
The main camera, a micro-4/3 CMOS sensor, measures 20 pixels like that of the Mavic 2, but now has an expanded field of view of 84 degrees, up from 77 degrees. Video resolution now goes beyond 4K in the Mavic 2, at 5.1K (5120 × 2700 resolution at 24, 25, 30, 48, 50 fps) and DCI 4K (4096 × 2160 resolution at 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60 fps, with a future firmware upgrade to 120 fps.)
The second camera, the telephoto, uses a 1/2-inch CMOS sensor, with a 15-degree field of view, a focal length of 162 millimeters, and an aperture of up to f / 4.4. The tele camera is more limited in resolution. For still images, it produces 12 megapixel images in JPEG format and videos in H.264 / H.265 resolution.
Many improvements have been made to the front vision sensors, gimbal and other devices. SD memory storage capacity now exceeds the Mavic 2’s 128 gigabyte limit, accommodating up to 2 terabytes, using SDXC or microSD UHS-I format.
The Mavic 3 in the standard version starts at $ 2,199 compared to the entry price of the Mavic 2 at $ 1,599. A Fly More Combo with three batteries, a battery charging hub, filters, and a nifty carry bag, comes in at $ 2,999.
A “Cine Premium Combo” bundle includes the Mavic 3 Cine, more filters, and a DJI 10 gigabit per second data cable, for $ 4,999.