DJI Mini 3 Pro Review : The “Eye in the Sky” Sees Better at Night | Tech Reviews
I have never flown a drone for such a long time, and I have to say that having a DJI one to test made things easier for me. It is true that it is not the only brand on the market that launches several models, but it is the current reference in this segment, in addition to its stabilization devices. With the third generation of “Mini” (after the Mavic Mini and Mini 2), this third model is close to the name PRO that stamps on the packaging, but is it worth buying it? This is the opinion of FADVICES.
DJI Mini 3 Pro: Technical Specifications
DJI MINI 3 PRO
|DIMENSIONS||145×90×62mm folded | 171×245×62mm unfolded | 249 grams without battery|
|CAMERA||48MP 1/1.3″ sensor CMOS|
|SPEED | RANGE||Up to 58 km/h in sport mode | up to 12km|
|STORAGE||1.2 GB internal | microSDXC expansion up to 1TB|
|BATTERY||Up to 34 minutes of flight | Battery weight: additional 41 grams|
|VIDEO||MP4, MOV | 4K (3840×2160) @ 24/25/30/48/50/60fps, or 1080p @ 120fps|
DJI Mini 3 Pro: This is what you should know
Less is more. This is a version that is closer to the FPV saga than to the MAVIC, with a really small footprint and a propeller retraction system that allows it to be carried in your pocket, almost like a cell phone.
Regarding the chassis, the team adds six vision sensors (two in front, two pointing downwards and two rear-facing) that allow the team to read the environment in combination with the infrared detection system. On the front, the gimbal with the 48 MP lens stands out and has enough space to maneuver in portrait and landscape format.
On the back, we have the power button under the LED battery level lights, just above the micro SDXC slot and USB-C port and removable battery tray.
Just one detail, and it focuses on the propellers. Unlike other models, changing the game requires unscrewing the base and not just snapping them on. That, however, adds security to the system.
Better control for flight. I had the chance to test this drone with a DJI RC, a controller with an integrated 5.5-inch IPS panel in FullHD resolution and handy flight modes. This joystick, unlike other flight systems, no longer requires the use of a smartphone and adds its own SD storage tray along with the USB-C charging port and the host port for the cellular signal dongle.
In this case, DJI adds several additional and custom controls on this controller, such as one-touch vertical position or in-flight pan and zoom. We find buttons dedicated to video recording and photo recording, while the direction sticks have a dedicated space without taking up so much space.
A familiar software. This command adds a personalized version of Android that allows access to personalization and functions of the device remotely. For navigation and registration, we will have access to weather options, time, brightness, contrast, drone location and other tools.
The other suite comprises DJI Fly, the flight assistance for the drone. From this section we will connect the vehicle and guide the camera to record video and photos. In addition, we can customize the flight mode and the use of each joystick by moving them horizontally or vertically.
Well, let’s fly. First we must extend the arms of the drone to place it on a stable base and have free sky, as far as possible. Now with this, we can turn on the equipment with A SHORT TOUCH AND THEN A LONG TOUCH of the on button – I write it like this to realize how simple it was and never forget – to start the drone and the screen. Note that the drone does not move the propellers with the first ignition, but the gimbal does. In that case, remember to remove the plastic cover so that the camera can move freely.
Then, we must open DJI Fly and press the “take off” access. With this the propellers will begin to move quickly and the drone will rise a short distance from the ground. With that we can start operating it. A switch is located in the control to change the flight modes from CINEMA to SPORT, and each one has its advantages. With C we can go slow and the damping systems against obstacles work better for aerial shots, but we go slower. Sport mode turns the drone into an unreachable mosquito, but the braking process is slower and we could hit it with a bad calculation.
How about remote connectivity? In the case of drones, we can regulate the maximum flight distance to avoid losing sight of it. In my case, I was able to fly a maximum distance of two kilometers without problems. However, flying close to the RPP antenna caused the stability not to be the best due to interference with other signals.
I usually kept it flying up to 120 meters high and was able to try C and S mode both day and night. In no case did I have problems maneuvering in real time, and the automatic return process is IMPECCABLE. Just press the “return” icon and the drone returns to the starting point very precisely.
What’s up? Well, we have the ability to capture JPEG+RAW photos, neutral quality videos for post production, and horizontal or vertical shots. The result is surprising. At night, the camera complies with the ISO and the light entry compensated for the illumination of streets and avenues. It’s actually surprising that we can operate aperture, ISO and shutter settings like a DSLR camera on a rig that might be a couple of miles away.
That I do not like it? Directly, the cancellation of the intelligent modes when recording vertically. Surely we will have a future hardware version to compensate for this situation, as I am not sure if it is software. This limits the videos for networks with user tracking – recording yourself on a scooter, for example – or the effects that the drone achieves automatically. On the other hand, the flight experience becomes difficult between buildings with antennas and cell phones, so remember to stay away from that. In addition, this equipment does not natively integrate the possibility of transmitting images to social networks or video services in real time.
How long can we fly? Depending on the use, we can demand the drone for half an hour. This helps a lot to define the shots in a concrete way and maintain a reserve for the return of the drone to the ground. Specifically, having a couple of batteries ready gives us an hour of recording. The controller does extend its life for a long time, and one hour of flight consumes about 15% of the life of the RC.
DJI Mini 3 Pro Is it worth it?
Yes, and for several reasons. First, we are dealing with a team that is very easy to operate and that obtains stupendous results. The other thing is that it operates at a good distance, although I would encourage myself to achieve it with the RC and ensure maneuverability with that command.
This drone has been quite a find, and I am currently considering purchasing one for personal use. Hopefully the price will be favorable when I finally decide, but I think it is a team that you must have if you dedicate yourself to creating content or, outright, if you want to start seeing the world with different eyes.