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DJI’s Mini 3 Pro is here with a big sensor, three-way obstacle avoidance

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This year, DJI’s mini drone is going pro. Still just under that all-important 249g weight, which means you don’t have to register the drone with most authorities, the DJI Mini 3 Pro is a higher-end drone than its predecessor. .

For starters, it gets a new 1/1.3-inch sensor with a bright f/1.7 aperture that should perform better in all sorts of light. The sensor is a 48MP unit and can take 48MP full resolution photos or 12MP binned mode. The lens itself measures 24mm – the same width as the mini 2, but narrower than the Air 2S’ 20mm lens.

In terms of video, the DJI Mini 3 Pro ups the ante compared to its predecessor. It can record 4K video at up to 60 fps and 4K HDR video at up to 30 fps. In addition to the normal color profile, there is the flatter D-Cinelike. However, this is 8-bit video, not 10-bit like on the Air 2S.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro’s three-axis gimbal can pivot vertically to produce that portrait-style video (and photo) worthy of TikTok and Reels.

Another huge improvement over the DJI Mini 2 is obstacle avoidance. While this drone only had downward sensors, the Mini 3 Pro has forward, backward, and downward sensors. They allow the DJI Mini 3 Pro to support autonomous flight modes such as Spotlight 2.0, Point of Interest 3.0, Active Track 4.0 and MasterShots. There is also Hyperlapse.

Flight time has been increased slightly from the Mini 2’s 31 minutes to 34 minutes with the standard Intelligent Flight Battery. An optional Smart Flight Battery Plus comes with the Fly More Combo, increasing flight time to 47 minutes, although this cell requires the faster DJI 30W charger and moves the drone beyond the non-regulation weight of 249g.

DJI's Mini 3 Pro is here with a large sensor, three-way obstacle avoidance

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The DJI Mini 3 Pro can capture H.264 and H.265 video at up to 150 Mbps (compared to 100 Mbps on the mini 2). There is a zoom mode in video – 2x in 4K and 4x in 1080p. Slow motion capture is performed in 4K @ 60fps or 1080 @ 120fps.

DJI's Mini 3 Pro is here with a large sensor, three-way obstacle avoidance

Looking at the specs, the DJI Mini 3 Pro is closer to the Air 2S than the Mini 2. The bigger drone avoids obstacles better, is a bit faster, and uses a bigger sensor, but the new Mini 3 Pro is close to everything. of these fronts.

DJI introduces a new DJI RC controller with a built-in 5.5-inch 700 nit display. It is lighter and cheaper than the previous RJI RC Pro.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro is on sale starting today. There are three tiers to choose from – the DJI Mini 3 Pro with the standard RC-N1 controller for €829, the DJI Mini 3 Pro with the new RC controller for €999, and just the drone without a controller, for €739.

DJI's Mini 3 Pro is here with a large sensor, three-way obstacle avoidance

You can order the DJI Mini 3 Pro today, and deliveries are expected to begin May 17.

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