5-star air cruiser with cool features
KoA 27.12.2021 – The DJI Mavic 3 is the new top model from DJI. The ambitious user gets a bunch of concentrated technology in his hand or in the air, with which nice things can be done. Who may need this and what there is to consider, we look at in the following lines.
First of all, the obstacle detection is good, but still not perfect. The DJI Mavic 3 also occasionally overlooks a branch or wire. Since obstacle detection is an extremely important gadget in many flight modes, no all-clear can be given here. It is also necessary to keep a close eye on the drone near trees and cables and wires to avoid collisions and crashes.
The new 20MP camera takes good pictures and beautiful 5.1K videos. The difference to the predecessor model DJI Mavic 2 is noticeable but probably not as big as the technical data might suggest. The integrated optical zoom camera is a nice gadget, but qualitatively not very convincing. For inspections or search & rescue, the zoom function can be useful, for photographers or filmmakers the resulting image quality is not sufficient.
A plus is the flight time of nominally 46 minutes. In practice, this is about 35 minutes, i.e. about 8 minutes longer than the previous model. The battery can also be charged directly via a USB cable without having to take it out of the drone.
The remote control fits well in the hand and holds the mobile phone securely in position. If you want to avoid the fiddling with your smartphone: a remote control with screen is available as an option. The Fly app is as easy to use as usual and offers good assistance in communication with the drone.
On the part of data protection, there is no news: The recorded data ends up in one or the other form on Chinese servers. If you don’t want that, you can’t do much about it, because sooner or later the drone will have to be connected to the network to install updates.
The DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Package accessory package comes as usual with additional parts that you can often use well: bag, 2 batteries, charging bench, filter, cable and propeller. The Cine package also comes with a remote control with screen, Apple ProRes and an integrated 1 TB SSD card.
The device can be repaired reasonably well. The components are all redesigned but can be found in the usual place. Only gimbal/camera is still difficult to open and hardly repairable. Thus, even with this drone, major gimbal damage often ends in a total loss.
Conclusion: The DJI Mavic 3 is a fantastic drone and highly recommended for the ambitious user. If you want to save some money, buy the predecessor DJI Mavic 2, which does not fall far off.