DJI Mini 3 Pro – Lightweight and Foldable Camera...

DJI Mavic Mini 3

OUTSTANDING FLIGHT TIME AN EXPERIENCE

Completely outshining the predecessor's overall stability, duration, flight range, and even the quality of the video resolution, the Mini 3 offers numerous upgrades and additions over its predecessor, exceptional for a drone priced under $800.

DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro Review

Are you tired of old-school drones that can’t support today’s standards of modern drones? Are you interested in buying a foldable drone capable of capturing excellent diagonal shots? Well, you are in a stroke of luck today.

The DJI manufacturer has done it again! Despite all odds, they have released the newest edition to the Mavic line of drones - the Mavic Mini 3 Pro.

Not so long ago, the DJI Mavic Mini 2 made its official aerial entrance back on the 11th of November 2019 and has been unrivaled among other foldable, under 250g drones.

But, a new competitor has swept the title of the best - the Mavic Mini 3 Pro.


Key Specs

Camera

4K WiFi FPV HDR Camera

Battery

Li-ion 7.38V 3850 mAh

Charging Time

78 minutes

Flight Time

47 minutes

Control Range

4000 meters

DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro At A Glance

DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro 6

As with all drones that fall under the category of under 250g - the need for its official registration is bypassed, unless you wish to use it for professional purposes.

As long as you plan on capturing and filming light pictures of your family and friends, you won’t need to register the Mini 3.

Most drones will require special transport needs, due to their size. But, with an undemanding and compact design, you can carry it leisurely in a backpack. Just remember to fold it first!

With a current entry price tag of $759 - let’s find out what the Mavic Mini 3 Pro offers, starting with its:

Flight Time

Straight to the point - the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus can pull off an incredible maximum flight time of 47 minutes. Even the entry-level battery outshines the Mavic Mini 2, with a 34-minute maximum flight time!

You’ll soon realize that there’s a difference between the Intelligent Flight Battery and the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus - a rather big one if you ask us!

The most notable difference is the weight of the battery - the regular one has approximately 80.5 grams, whereas the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus weighs around 121 grams. It might seem like a downside, but hear us out:

DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro Battery

As we mentioned before, the flight time isn’t slowed whatsoever. On the contrary, if you decide to power your quadcopter with the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus, you’ll have an additional 13 minutes of flight time per battery charge.

Just bear in mind that the charging time will jump to approximately 101 minutes if you charge the battery mounted to the aircraft.

So, if you wish to fully charge your battery in the previously mentioned 78 minutes, you’ll need to do the following:

Plug the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus in the DJI 30W USB-C charger and insert the battery into the DJI Mini 3 Pro Two-Way charging hub. By doing so, you can fully enjoy the 47 minutes of flight time by simply charging the battery for 78 minutes!

Control Range

With the Mavic’s Mini 3 Pro Intelligent Flight Battery, you can effortlessly travel and control the drone a maximum of 18km distance.

But, if you decide to upgrade your drone with an Intelligent Flight Battery Plus - you can extend the range to 25km, as long as the conditions are optimal.

Even the maximum hovering time is not something to joke around! With the entry-level battery, you’ll have up to 30 minutes of hovering time. 

DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro Range

On the other hand, the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus pushes that further to approximately 40 minutes of hovering time.

Now, when it comes to the maximum service ceiling above sea level, you are guaranteed a 4000-meter control range. On the other hand, powering the Mavic Mini 3 Pro with the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus, the overall control range lowers to 3000 meters.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as we previously mentioned that the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus weighs a whooping 40.5 grams more than the entry-level battery. As such, the control range needed to be lowered so that no malfunctions wouldn’t ever occur.

DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro Range 2

Also, you should bear in mind that the maximum wind speed resistance is capped at 10.7 m/s (level 5).

The return home feature is also integrated into this quadcopter, so you won’t have to worry about losing your drone during the flight. As soon as the battery drops to a certain level, the quadcopter will immediately initiate the feature and start returning.

Even if your battery isn’t running low, this function will get triggered if the Mavic Mini 3 Pro goes too far from you, resulting in the immediate returning process.

To top things off, with forwarding, downward, and backward dual-vision sensors - the Mini 3 Pro is by far the safest Mini on the market. With the all-new aircraft design, it provides enhanced safety and a border sensing range.

This feature is provided by the Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS 4.0), as it detects all objects in its flight path.

Camera

The bread and butter of this drone is its camera performance. It can smoothly capture pictures at a 4K HD resolution with a 48MP, 1/1.3” CMOS sensor, resting on a three-axis mechanical gimbal that rotates to portrait orientation - the first time on a DJI drone.

The camera uses a 24mm F1.7 fixed-aperture lens that can deliver an 82.1° FOV. 

DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro Camera

With the portrait orientation, you can capture social media-friendly vertical images without worrying about sacrificing quality from cropping, as there won’t be any!

All of this might seem intimidating at first, but I can assure you that it isn’t! Mavic Mini 3 Pro doesn’t burden you with complicated tasks and unreasonable features.

Everything is plain and simple, which most new and up-and-coming photographers will enjoy.

One of the fan-favorite features is the Slow Motion video recording. The Mavic Mini 3 Pro comes with this feature, capable of Slow Motion recording videos at 1080p 120fps.

DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro Camera 2

Furthermore, the Mavic Mini 3 Pro offers Timed Shots, Burst Mode, and D-Cinelike Color mode that provides you with more flexibility and color possibilities when editing.

Keep in mind that 48MP images can only be shot as a single image.

So, to trigger stuff like Timed Shots, Burst Mode, or AEB - you’ll need to switch to 12MP shooting. 

Don’t worry - even if you forget to do so, the camera will automatically register that anomaly and switch the quality immediately.

Flight Experience

When all things are considered, the Mavic Mini 3 Pro feels phenomenal once you start using it.

As soon as you decide to fly it, you’ll find out that locking the GPS signal takes less than a minute.

From there on, the flight is secured. Upon take-off, there aren’t any shrill sounds, and the quadcopter proceeds to fly effortlessly as it should.

When comparing the Mavic Mini 3 Pro to its predecessors, the noise it produces is hardly there, whereas all other Mavics struggled to achieve this feat.

DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro Tracking

Furthermore, there are features such as MasterShots - an integrated system that helps out all-new beginners seeking to become aerial photographers. Just by selecting a subject, the Mavic Mini 3 Pro will carry out a series of pro maneuvers, which leads to a short cinematic video afterward.

What Do We Like?

Where do we even start?

When it comes to the safety features of this quadcopter, you won’t have to worry about losing this drone at any point of the flight. The Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS 4.0) will detect any incoming terrain with special sensors.

Moreover, as soon as the battery drops low, the return-home feature will kick in, resulting in the return of your quadcopter in no time.

The Mavic Mini 3 Pro can be used by all people, both amateurs and professional photographers, as the intuitive UI allows both parties to fully enjoy the camera’s capabilities.

This quadcopter doesn’t require any special carrying requirements - you can just place it in your average backpack - as long as you fold it first!

PROS

  • Advanced camera systems
  • Exceptional flight range and control
  • Great transmission range, 4K 120FPS
  • Foldable design
  • MasterShot feature

What Don’t We Like?

As soon as you try out the Mavic Mini 3 Pro quadcopter, you’ll soon realize that finding flaws in it is virtually impossible. If we absolutely needed to point out something, then that would be the drone’s capabilities during windy conditions.

CONS

  • Slightly sensitive to windy conditions

Advice To Buyers

Make sure to remember that there’s a huge difference between the Intelligent Flight Battery and the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus, both in weight and price.

If you decide to mount the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus, then you’ll have yourself a quadcopter that weighs more than 250 grams.

Anything above that threshold will force you to officially register the quadcopter!

DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro 5

Conclusion

When all things are considered, this is one of the best “mini” drones currently available on the market. It’s safe and compact, and it boasts countless features that are new on the quadcopter market. 

The current entry price tag might seem intimidating, but if you are looking for a capable small drone under 250 grams, this is the one.


Last update on 2022-08-07 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API This article contains affiliate links which for which the owner of the site may receive a commision.

About the Author
 Ruan Nelio

When I'm not geeking out over the newest drones, I'm busy flying my DJI Mavic 2 Pro all over Oslo. The coolest part about this job is I get to keep some of the drones I review, which happens to be how I got my Mavic 2!

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