Nearly a year and a half after the launch of DJI’s flagship Mavic 3 drone, the company is now releasing a new refreshed “Pro” version that’s rocking three cameras instead of two.
The new DJI Mavic 3 Pro — and its slightly more movie-magic-focused Mavic 3 Pro Cine counterpart — arrive next month and come with a new triple-camera system that includes four-thirds of the Hasselblad cameras included in the previous model. That main shooter uses a 24mm lens (like the standard Mavic 3), but it’s now joined by a new 70mm medium-tele camera and 166mm zoom camera for more precise framing.
The Mavic 3 Pro’s Hasselblad camera still shoots up to 50 fps at a maximum resolution of 5.1K, and it can do 120fps slo-mo with DCI 4K mode. The new 3x camera can shoot video at 4K/60fps and take stills at up to 48MP – all on a 1/1.3” CMOS sensor. Finally, the Mavic 3 Pro’s tele camera also gets a slight upgrade: a wider f/3.4 aperture (previously f/4.4) and support for 4K/60fps video.
The extra camera power comes at a small battery performance cost: The Mavic 3 Pro gets a maximum flight time of 43 minutes, compared to 46 minutes on the standard Mavic 3. However, those numbers assume you’re not using DJI’s APAS 5.0 obstacle avoidance. Tech and video are not being shot, which can reduce flight time.
Other features that are still the same in the Mavic 3 Pro include DJI’s “OccuSync” O3+ technology that provides up to 80 MB/s file transfer speeds to your mobile device over Wi-Fi 6 and a 1080p/60 live feed to the DJI RC controller Does You’re also getting DJI’s “intelligent” modes like the company’s stabilized Track Shot Focus Track feature and the ability to automatically shoot and edit video with Master Shots.
The Cine Edition has most of the same features as the Mavic 3 Pro. What’s unique about the Mavic 3 Pro Cine is the support for Apple ProRes encoding (422 HQ, 422, and 422 LT) and it includes 1TB of internal storage to handle all that footage. It’s not quite the ProRes RAW footage that the $16,499 industrial-level DJI Inspire 3 is capable of (and at 8K, no less), but the cine is also less than a third of its cost.
You can order the Mavic Pro 3 now from DJI’s website and other stores, and it will start shipping in May. Like previous versions, the Mavic Pro comes in 3 different packages, including a $2,999 Fly More combo that includes a carry-case, two more sets of propellers, four ND filers, a charging dock with two extra batteries, a protective muzzle , charging cable, and standard RC controller with a built-in screen. The drone is also sold in the basic package with the controller for $2,199, which is $150 more than the standard Mavic 3 (at the time of this writing).