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Should I Buy A DJI Mavic 3?

The very first DJI Mavic Pro was announced in September 2016 and launched in the latter half of 2016. The compact size and folding design have made me enjoy it. I had Mavic Pro for two years. Mavic Pro for 2 years and was impressed by its capabilities. I also was awarded the architectural photography competition in Hungary by capturing an image with the drone.

The moment Mavic 2 Pro was released Mavic 2 Pro was released it was such a huge upgrade that I could not resist. I purchased it immediately! More sensors, a longer flight time and 1″ CMOS sensor was the perfect fit to my kit bag. I flew with it for more than 100 hours, and came up with some of my top aerial photographs. I have never received a complaint from my customers. If the lighting is great, you can produce stunning photos and video clips with this device, which is what a lot of you are.

DJI Mavic 3. Specifications and initial impressions

There are three major upgrades that got me thinking about DJI’s latest drone to shoot with – Mavic 3. Mavic 3:
1. larger sensor
2. Secondary, telephoto lens
3. larger battery and greater flight time

1. A bigger sensor will provide more ISO capabilities. When using this camera, the Mavic 2 Pro for photos I’d stick to ISO100 nearly all the time. I would use ISO400 only in the blue hour.

The Mavic 3, I am capable of boosting up to ISO800 with extremely usable results.

One issue I noticed during my first nighttime photoshoot using the Mavic 3: the larger sensor can produce blurry images faster when exposed for longer durations. Mavic 2 Pro Mavic 2 Pro had no problems with exposures of 2 seconds however it’s Mavic 3 has to stay at a minimum of one second to capture sharp images. But, I felt at ease using Mavic 3. Mavic 3 about 10-15 minutes later into my evening time than using Mavic 2 Pro. Mavic 2 Pro.

2. I noticed that the telephoto lens on the first two flights that it was not usable. It simply wasn’t sharp enough. Following DJI’s software upgrade earlier in the season (FIRMWARE v01.00.0500) The Mavic 3’s telephoto camera became dramatically sharper. This lens was among the primary reasons I was so excited about the brand new drone. The perspective that 162mm lenses can offer when flying is something that could have been had only with larger and larger and more expensive equipment prior to. I absolutely love the photos when I see the images on a smaller screen. And in my view, you can only add three images to the series of a structure. If you examine them in a single row on a huge display, they look just like your smartphone images. Why? Why? Mavic 3 only shoots images created using the telephoto lens JPEG. This is something I would like to see DJI will alter in the near future.

3. It’s battery replacement is massive! I’d like to purchase the drone in order to upgrade mine Mavic 2 for the battery only. The duration of flight has increased, however, it offers much more flexibility in the air than you think initially. Imagine you require three minutes to reach the ideal position for taking the first photos and then return the drone in the final. Mavic 2 Mavic 2 can spend about 20 minutes in the air. I generally fly with the battery for about 18 minutes, so you can calculate using that figure, and then subtracting when we subtract six minutes of positioning time and return time, we have 12 minutes for the actual task. When using the Mavic 3, I’ve spent between 27-30 hours in air using an uncharged battery to date (it could last longer however, I’ve used the Mavic 2’s battery empty, and they get bigger after 70-80 times which is why I’m trying to avoid this issue with the Mavic 3). So, even though we’re only getting 1.5 times the flight time, we have about 2x the time for creativity that is noticeable. In terms of hobby use, I prefer to shoot top-down panoramic images (Mavic 2 images below) and in this instance, it usually takes about five minutes to be in a location, and I usually do that time before I can bring the drone back home. The actual time of shooting to around 8-10 minutes. By allowing for a flight time of 30 minutes that gives us 20 minutes of time for creativity that I haven’t yet tried yet but I’m looking ahead to the experience.

Apart from the battery upgrade we also have more sensors along with the sensor on the sides. They are operational in the normal flight mode, and not just when in tripod mode, as they did with Mavic 2. Mavic 2. The drone is more steady in the air. It is able to deal with wind better and ascends quicker.

Mavic 3 video

The team I work with has been working on numerous short films recently which is why that the capabilities for video on Mavic 3 are just as important to me as its photographic capabilities. I’m convinced that Mavic 2 Pro was a great camera. Mavic 2 Pro made amazing high-quality videos, excluding the late-blue hour footage in most instances. However, with Mavic 3, this is no longer an issue. It can be used in the event that it’s absolutely necessary. If it becomes dark, we won’t even create video.

One of the most significant changes to the video specifications is the framerates. While I could fly at a slower speed prior to it, I was too fast for an even final result. Now , I can shoot at 50fps. In post, we can reduce it to 50%, and still get the 25fps we require. It’s not a game changer however it is a helpful tool to use. You can also capture slow-motion videos but I feel it’s not as important for us.

The only issue I could find is that Mavic 3 has no optical zoom. Mavic 3 only has digital zoom. Its Mavic 2 Pro had an option known as “HQ” that allowed us to record 4K video simply by taking the sensor’s center 1:1. This gave us the equivalent focal length of 38-40mm which we utilized frequently. By using this method we were able to get a much better and more high-quality images over the wide-angle images. The Mavic 3, if we require a more narrow viewing angle we have only digital zoom, until we switch cameras. Telephoto lenses are equivalent to a 7x zoom, and allows us to use the parallel effect with great success. The video on this camera is only used in 4k with 30fps at 60fps as well as fully automatic mode which limits its use However, the angle of view is so unique that the sacrifice is worthwhile when utilized in the right lighting and for the correct “task”.


In this test, I’m not trying to convince anyone to go out and purchase a brand Mavic 3. Mavic 3. My aim was to provide a little piece of information that can assist you in deciding whether you really need this or don’t. There are many distinct advantages that we can enjoy with this latest drone, however there are some problems. I’m hoping it is possible that Mavic 3’s problems are resolved by software updates in the future like they have so to date.

As the Mavic 2 Pro had been on the air for over 120 hours, I decided it was the right time to get a new one. For me I felt that choosing the DJI Mavic 3 was a simple purchase. Since I’ve included it in my kit it’s now the Mavic 2 Pro has retired from my cabinet. In all honesty it is essential to consider your personal preferences. If you own an Mavic 2 Pro or the new DJI Air 2S and you make use of it to obtain general views it is not necessary to upgrade. However, for me I think I think the Mavic 3 was worth the cost!