The rumored DJI Mini 3 has officially taken off, and the compact drone could be the new sweet spot for beginners looking for their first flying camera.

The Mini 3 is a mix of the more expensive DJI Mini 3 Pro and the older DJI Mini 2, which the drone maker says will remain on sale for the time being. And just like those drones, its weight of less than 250g makes it exempt from drone regulations in many regions.

So what's missing from the Mini 3 Pro? The two main features that the Mini 3 lacks compared to this model are obstacle avoidance sensors (to detect objects in front of and behind the drone) and OcuSync 3.0 connectivity.

DJI Mini 3 Specifications

DJI Mini 3 drone on a blue background

(Image credit: DJI)

Sensor: 1/1,3-inch CMOS
Lens:
24 mm f / 1,7
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4K/30p max, 2,7K/60p
Photos: 12 MP (JPEG and raw)
Flight time: 38 minutes per charge
Transmission: OcuSync 2.0
Obstacle avoidance sensors: just down
Maximum Video Bitrate: 100Mbps
Wind resistance: 5 level
Reading: 249g

Instead, the Mini 3 uses DJI's older O2 video feed, which means the drone's maximum range and the reliability of connecting it to its controller will be slightly lower than its pricier sibling. Although the Mini 3 has the same 1/1,3-inch sensor as the Mini 3 Pro, it's also not capable of 4K/60p video recording (up to 4K/30p) and has a slightly lower maximum bitrate at 100Mbps.

Still, for most first-time pilots, these missing features will be minor inconveniences rather than deal breakers. And the DJI Mini 3 is otherwise a big step up from the Mini 2, thanks to its larger sensor, vertical video power, longer 38-minute flight time, and compatibility with DJI's new RC controller. .

DJI Mini 3 drone on a blue background

(Image credit: DJI)

Unfortunately, these upgrades mean that the Mini 3 is also slightly more expensive than the Mini 2.

In terms of price, it sits almost exactly between the Mini 3 Pro and the Mini 2, starting at €469 / €439 / AU$699 (for the controller-less drone) and going up to €699 / €669 / AU$1. 019 for the Pair it with the DJI RC Controller, which has a built-in display, which means you don't need to use your smartphone to get an onboard view of the drone.

DJI Mini 3 price and release date

The DJI Mini 3 isn't quite as affordable as the Mini 2 when it arrived in 2020. For example, the Mini 3 bundle with DJI's RC-N1 controller (the one with a mount for your smartphone) is $100/$100/ AU €80 more than the equivalent Mini 2 package, likely due to a combination of inflation and improved Mini 3 features.

Still, the Mini 2 will remain on sale (for now) if you want an even more affordable drone, and the Mini 3 is still significantly cheaper than the premium Mini 3 Pro - buy both drones with the DJI RC controller (which we'd like I recommend doing it, if you can), and the Mini 3 is £210 / £190 / AU$280 cheaper.

Slide to scroll horizontally Range 0 – Cell 0 DJI Mini 3DJI Mini 3 ProDJI Mini 2Drone only€469 / €439 / AU€699€669 / €639 / AU€989N / AWith DJI RC-N Controller€1559 / €519 / AU €759 / €709 / AU €1,119 €449 / €419 / AU €749 With DJI RC Controller €699 / €669 / AU €1,019 €909 / €859 / AU €1,299N/A

DJI has also brought back its "Fly More Combo" packs for the Mini 3. These packs include handy extras like two Intelligent Flight Batteries, spare propellers, a charging hub, and a shoulder strap. On the Mini 3 Pro, the "Fly More Pro" option was an add-on, but you can buy the Mini 3, controller, and those extra accessories together for less than buying them separately.

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Unlike the DJI Mini 2, the Mini 3 is available as a bundle with the new DJI RC controller (Image credit: DJI)

The Mini 3 Fly More Combo is $718 / £678, and those in Australia get a Fly More Combo Plus package (AU$1,118), which includes a battery that promises up to 51 minutes of flight time. If you're feeling particularly comfortable and want the ultimate Mini 3 bundle, you can also get a Fly More Combo Bundle with the DJI RC Controller for $858 / £828 (or AU$1,378 for the equivalent Fly More Bundle Combo Plus).

Analysis: DJI's new sweet spot?

The thunder of the DJI Mini 3 was somewhat stolen by the arrival of the Mini 3 Pro in May. This drone debuted many of the most impressive features of the Mini 3, including a 1/1,3-inch CMOS sensor and a bright f/1,7 lens, which can rotate 90 degrees to shoot high-quality vertical video.

But despite looking like a stripped down Mini 3 Pro, the Mini 3 is an impressive upgrade over the Mini 2. We were impressed with its camera module in our DJI Mini 3 Pro review, saying that its "ISO management is, without a doubt" . , Excellent".

DJI Mini 3 drone on a blue background

(Image credit: DJI)

In theory, the Mini 3's camera should offer similar performance to its more expensive sibling, though it lacks a 4K/60p mode and a 100 Mbps lower video bitrate compared to the Mini 150 Pro's 3 Mbps. And its 38-minute flight time is actually quite a bit longer than its sibling.

It's a shame that some of DJI's automated shooting modes, such as Timelapse, Asteroid, and MasterShots, are missing from the Mini 3, which creates a slight sense of intentional feature acceleration by DJI to create separation between their product lines. drones. Meanwhile, the lack of OcuSync 3.0 streaming means its maximum range is 10km, instead of 12km.

But overall, the Mini 3 is shaping up to be an excellent drone for its price. And if that's still too expensive for you, we've recently seen some nice discounts on the Mini 2 that make it a good entry-level alternative.

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