Monday, July 22, 2024

DJI Mini 3: the 248-gram drone that records portrait videos


The DJI Mini 3 weighs just 248 grams, but it should still shoot good photos and videos: the 1/1.3 sensor creates 4K HDR videos and 12-megapixel photos. However, videos with 60 frames per second are only possible with 2.7K, in 4K the device records 24, 25 or 30 fps. There is an HDR mode in both photo and video modes. Unusually with drones: The Mini 3 also shoots portrait video on demand, in which case the camera is physically rotated 90 degrees.

The differences to the more expensive 250 euro DJI Mini 3 Pro (heise+ test) are manageable: the Pro version has a slightly higher sink rate (5m/s instead of 3.5m/s) and a higher sensitivity. at slightly higher sensor light (ISO 6400 instead of ISO 3200). Also, the Pro drone can handle 60 fps in 4K and photos with 48 megapixels. While the Mini 3 only sees the environment below, the Mini Pro also has front and rear vision sensors.

Due to the low weight, the DJI mini 3 drone regulations in many countries, where drones under 250 grams can fly without registration or testing. In the EU, however, registration, license plate and insurance are also required for the DJI Mini 3.

According to the manufacturer, the maximum speed of the new DJI drone is 16 meters per second and the wind resistance is 10.7 m/s (wind force 5). According to DJI, the maximum hover time is 33 minutes, after which the battery must be changed. The Mini 3 Pro only manages 30 minutes here.

The DJI Mini 3 “Fly More Combo” kit with RC-N1 remote control (without screen), shoulder strap, charging station and three batteries is now available for 768 euros. With the DJI RC remote control (with screen), the package costs 938 euros. If you just want a drone and the simplest remote you pay €579, if you already have a DJI remote you can get the pure drone for €489. As of now, only “Fly More” packs are available, according to DJI, all other dosage forms won’t arrive until early 2023.


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Ebenezer Robbins
Ebenezer Robbins
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