Recently, DroneDJ showcased a set of renderings of DJI’s upcoming Mavic 3 drone. As we can see, it would have a unique design style. This drone will still use a foldable design, with a streamlined body similar to the previous generation. The most iconic feature of the product is that the pan-tilt camera will include two lenses, printed with Hasselblad.
As we can see from the pictures, the top camera of this drone is printed with the word 7X. So there is every reason to think it will be a telephoto lens. The lower lens is printed with the word f2.8. So it will be wide-angle main camera.
Prior to this, we heard that the DJI Mavic 3 drone will have a 6000mAh battery and will come with up to 1TB of built-in storage. The main camera of the product ought to shoot up to 5.7K resolution video, equivalent to a focal length of 24mm.
DJI Mavic 3 Features
Much earlier, we got the supposed full specs list of the DJI Mavic 3. They are:
- The wide-angle sensors are now in the corners of the drone providing an upgraded obstacle avoidance
- New camera module will have two lenses, one with a 7x Zoom – another collaboration with Hasselblad
- The other lens is a 24mm with f2.8 aperture (with 16mm adapter ring)
- It should support Apple ProRes and record 5.7K video
- The drone is expected to come with a larger battery, therefore, providing 40-minute flight time
- Same radio as Air 2S
- Battery will be inserted from back, like Mini 2S
- 1TB or 2TB of storage
- Originally intended to launch October 2021.
As you can see, they mainly match with the ones above.
But there have been rumors suggesting that the manufacturer could launch two different models. Perhaps, one will be called the Pro and the another one Zoom (as in the Mavic 2 range). But this sources proves the camera system may not use two separate sensors. Instead, it may have an internal mirror that allows a single sensor to be used for two different lenses. It might support 8K recording.
Also, the DJI Mavic 3 is expected to adopt a new collision avoidance system with improved obstacle detection functions. Various sources reported that DJI had discontinued the production of the Mavic 2 Pro drone, and the new product is expected to be officially released in January 2022. However, a couple of competitors – the Autel EVO II 8K ($1495) and the Skydio 2 ($999) – had taken DJI by surprise. So there is a possibility that our protagonist will go on sale a bit later.