Justo cuando pensabas que tu billetera estaba a salvo de una nueva compra de tecnología peligrosamente tentadora, DJI casualmente lanza un nuevo adelanto (se abre en una nueva pestaña) para lo que parece ser su próximo dron, y los rumores sugieren que su evento ‘Explore Vivid’ verá la llegada de una versión más económica de su buque insignia DJI Mavic 3. (¿Desea seguir el lanzamiento en vivo? Consulte nuestro blog en vivo de DJI ‘Explore Vivid’, que ya está operativo).

The launch of the so-called DJI Mavic 3 Classic is scheduled for November 2 at 9 am EDT / 1 pm GMT (which is equivalent to 12 am AEDT on November 3). And the big clue that it could be a new Mavic is the camera lens in the teaser.

Se ve idéntica a la cámara Hasselblad del DJI Mavic 3, pero sin el teleobjetivo ni la marca. Y eso se alinea con algunas filtraciones de fotos recientes de WinFuture (se abre en una nueva pestaña), así como con una presentación anterior de la FCC, que sugiere que un DJI Mavic 3 Classic está en camino para brindarles a los fanáticos de los drones una manera más económica de tener un avión volador. Cámara Micro Cuatro Tercios.

As the owner of a DJI Mini 3 Pro, this concerns me. Not because my compact drone and a DJI Mavic 3 Classic are direct rivals by any means: the Mavic series is now DJI's top line, while the Mini series offers a taste of its power in a package that weighs less than 250g than fits perfectly in a small camera bag.

But if the Mavic 3 Classic is priced competitively, it could make it to the top of our guide to the best drones. After arriving in somewhat rough form when it was released almost exactly a year ago, a series of firmware updates have seen the DJI Mavic 3 live up to its early promise as an aerial powerhouse with few peers.

The DJI Mavic 3 drone in flight on a blue background

The DJI Mavic 3 (above) has a similar camera to DJI's new launch teaser. (Image credit: DJI)

Its 20 MP Four Thirds camera is excellent and much larger than the 1/1,3-inch CMOS sensor in my Mini 3 Pro. This means it handles noise very well at higher ISO settings, making it ideal for shoot in dark conditions (here in the UK, that's our default weather). The Mavic 3's camera also has an adjustable aperture, so you can easily change the exposure in the air.

Despite all this, I never really considered the DJI Mavic 3 when it first landed, due to its high price. Its standard version costs US$2,199 / £1,879 / AU$3,099, while at the time the Fly More Combo was US$2,999 / £2,549 / AU$4,199, more than the cost of the full Sony A7 IV frame. Not prohibitive for a professional aerial videographer, but a bit steep for a hobbyist in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis.

There's no word yet on how much the DJI Mavic 3 Classic will cost, but rumors like DroneXL (opens in a new tab) have suggested it could be as high as €1400 (around £1200 / AU$2150) or even less. Considering the DJI Mini 3 Pro's RC Smart Controller Bundle, which means you don't need to use your phone to fly the drone, costs $909/€859/€829, that might give some buyers pause.

On the other hand, the reason why the DJI Mavic 3 Classic should get this lower price is that it probably lacks one of the most interesting features of its sibling…

Zoom and darkness

Según las filtraciones de WinFuture (se abre en una pestaña nueva), @DealsDrone (se abre en una pestaña nueva) y @JasperEllens (se abre en una pestaña nueva), el Mavic 3 Classic probablemente no tendrá la cámara de teleobjetivo que se ve en el buque insignia actual de DJI. Esto significa que, como sugiere la invitación de DJI, solo ofrecerá un único sensor CMOS de cuatro tercios de 20MP para video y fotografías.

That's hardly a disaster considering our DJI Mavic 3 review found this camera's performance to be "nothing short of excellent." But the Mavic 162's 3mm telephoto zoom, while significantly smaller than the main camera, now lets you take raw photos. And this lens's ability to compress your image, introducing a dramatic "parallax effect" background, has created some of the most interesting drone videos I've seen this year.

Hello #Mavic3classic. Removing the Telelens made it 4 grams lighter. And thanks to my friend @rquandt for digging up these photos. pic.twitter.com/dMaTiB6yg227October 2022, XNUMX

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So while a DJI Mavic 3 Classic, if that's what DJI is announcing next week, it would definitely be an upgrade to my Mini 3 Pro, it may not be a game changer in terms of the types of aerial photos and videos that I could drink. But if you're still torn between a Mavic 3 and an Air 2S, it'll definitely be worth waiting until next week to see what new ship is added to DJI's fleet.

Of course, it's possible that DJI's launch is for another product entirely, like a DJI Pocket 3 with a Four Thirds camera. This is another product that I would love to see in the DJI lineup. But so far we haven't seen any leaks of a new Pocket, and all signs point to a new drone.

Lo que aún no está claro es por qué el teaser de lanzamiento de DJI lleva el lema «Explore Vivid». ¿Podría ser una referencia a la versátil actualización Hybrid Log Gamma del Mavic 3, que le dio al dron un formato HDR que también es compatible con la mayoría de las pantallas? Potencialmente, pero afortunadamente, tenemos menos de una semana para descubrir cuál es (seguramente) el lanzamiento final del año de DJI.

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