After weeks of leaks, DJI has officially announced the DJI Mini 3, a more affordable version of the original DJI Mini 3 Pro drone aimed at amateurs and novice flyers.
The DJI Mini 3 is on sale today and costs $499 when paired with a DJI RC-N1 controller, or $634 with the DJI RC controller. The DJI Mini 3 Fly More Combo is also available for $658 and includes the Mini 3 drone, a DJI RC-N1 remote controller, a shoulder bag, a two-way charging hub and two extra Intelligent Flight batteries.
The DJI Mini 3 will also be available sometime in early January 2023 for $409 as a drone-only unit (not including controller or charger). For comparison, prices for the Mini 3 Pro start at $759 when paired with a DJI RC-N1 controller.
The DJI Mini 3 weighs 249 grams (about 8.8 ounces), just like the Mini 3 Pro, and is designed to fit easily in a bag or pocket. That low weight also meets the requirements of regulators like the FCC that allow drones less than 250 grams to fly without registration in the US and abroad. Despite its compact size, the Mini 3 can handle a wind resistance of up to 10.7 m/s, which helps to hover and maintain a stable image in windy environments.
The 1/1.3-inch camera sensor of the DJI Mini 3 can record video at 4K / 30 fps in HDR and take photos from 48 MP to 12 MP in size. 180-degree field of view, Wide and Sphere panorama shooting modes are available, and digital zoom can be used with 2x in 4K/30fps, 4x in 1080p and 2x in 12MP footage. The drone also comes with DJI’s automated Quickshots recording mode, a series of pre-programmed flight and movie routes, and the DJI O2 digital video transmission can provide a 720p/30fps live feed from a distance of up to 10 km (about 6 miles).
The DJI Mini 3 can achieve a maximum flight time of up to 38 minutes with the standard Intelligent Flight Battery or 51 minutes with the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus. The Mini 3 is equipped with a number of automated flight functions such as Auto Takeoff and Return to Home (RTH). RTH includes automatic flight settings such as Smart RTH, Low Battery RTH, and Failsafe RTH that instruct the aircraft to return to the starting point when issues such as a broken signal or low battery are detected. The DJI Mini 3 also combines GNSS navigation and positioning with a Downward Vision System and infrared sensing to improve hover stability.
There are some key differences between the Mini 3 and the Mini 3 Pro – for example, the Mini 3 Pro can transmit 1080p/30fps video from up to 12 km away and can record video at 4K/60fps when HDR is turned off (a feature that DJI doesn’t have). listed for the Mini 3). The Pro also has obstacle avoidance sensors on the Mini 3. Still, given the significant price difference, there are plenty of features in the watered-down DJI Mini 3 to entice newcomers.