DJI’s most user-friendly drone could get an even friendlier refresh in 2022. This update could include longer flight times, better obstacle avoidance and an improved camera.
The new drone is rumored to be called the DJI Mini 3 Pro, which might suggest there will be a “Pro” version and a “Standard” version of the upcoming Mini. I would expect the Pro to offer more features, but they may be software only, like DJI did with the Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Pro. In this case, the Pro version offered more storage and access to additional file codecs.
In the new leaks, the Mini 3 Pro appears to weigh 249g, making it fit to fly without a license in Canada. If you want to fly a drone weighing more than 250g, you are legally required to take an online course.
As a DJI Mini 2 owner, I’m most excited to see what kinds of other camera upgrades the company puts in the drone this time around. According to a tweet from known Leaked DJI Jasper Ellensthe new DJI Mini 3 Pro will feature an improved gimbal and a larger f/1.7 aperture instead of f/2.8, allowing more light to reach the camera.
It’s the new #DJI #Mini3Pro. It has a larger 2453 mAh battery. Upgraded E24 F1.7 3-axis gimbal and camera. Huge front and ground sensors and… new rear sensors. Weight: 249g. It’s time to sell your Mini 2. I expect an announcement in a few weeks. pic.twitter.com/CvW9YfmkRg
— Jasper Ellens — 27 leaks (@JasperEllens) April 2, 2022
The lens is also more recessed, suggesting it might catch less glare and the revamped gimbal position will be able to rotate the camera in new ways.
Other changes spotted in this leak suggest there will be more obstacle avoidance sensors on the front and back of the drone to prevent it from crashing into objects. These sensors could also help the drone track and follow you automatically. This feature has been exclusive to DJI’s high-end drones for a few years, but it would make sense for it to come to the Mini given that it’s become popular with content creators.
Apart from the modified design, the final change is that the battery – at least in the 3 Pro – would be 2,453mAh, instead of the DJI Mini 2’s 2,250mAh.
Ellens predicts that DJI Mini 3 Pro will be announced at some point over the next two weeks.