Mavic 3 new features [Everything you need to know]

DJI comes out with new features with each drone release. As the company slowly refines its technology and aligns that to what consumers want, they push the boundaries of what is capable with a drone. The recent release of the DJI Mavic 3 is no different.

The Mavic 3 new features include a dual camera with a telescopic zoom lens, 360 omnidirectional sensing with an advanced return to home feature with auto-piloting system 5.0.

There is no doubt that the new DJI Mavic three is so expensive because it combines incredible technology in both the software and hardware it carries.

At the time of writing, the DJI Mavic 3 costs anywhere from US$2050 for the drone to US$4999 for the DJI Mavic 3 Cine Premium combo.

You can check out the current prices using the links below.

DJI Mavic 3 Drone only$2,049.00
DJI Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo$4,999.99
DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Combo$2849.00

In this article, we will look at the new Mavic 3 features that DJI have released with this new drone.

Awesome dual camera

The tagline for the Mavic 3 is “Imaging above Everything”, and they delivered on that by providing one of the most advanced dual camera setups in any drone.

So many people buy a drone for its camera capabilities that DJI has doubled down on the quality of the camera. They are offering something well above other consumer-grade drones from other manufacturers.

The DJI Mavic 2 houses two cameras which adds to its expense significantly.

  1. Swedish brand Hasselblad aerial camera specifically designed for the DJI Mavic 3.
  2. A tele camera capable of 28 times hybrid zoom

The technology in these cameras alone is outstanding. The collaboration with Hasselblad means that you are getting a professional quality aerial camera with a professional 3/4 CMOS sensor which is housed in an incredibly small form factor.

Main camera

The main camera is a Hasselblad camera with a 4/3 CMOS sensor. The Swedish brand has designed and built the aerial camera just for the DJI Mavic 3.

They have been able to embed a professional grade sensor in a compact space for a drone.

Here are the main features of the main camera and how they make the Mavic three perfect for photos:

FeatureBenefit
4/3 CMOS sensorA larger sensor gives the camera a much higher resolution and dynamic range. It also helps to suppress noise in low-light environments effectively
12.8 stop dynamic rangeA high dynamic range retains more details in the highlights and shadows. This is one of the easiest ways to make your photos more professional.
Adjustable apertureThe aperture can be set to ensure that the photo or video can be adjusted to the light. You can adjust to a lower shutter speed for more natural footage while recording
Wider field of viewThe 24 mm equivalent lens supports autofocus and has an 84° field of view which is more than enough for most photographers.
Vision detection autofocusUtilising data from multiple vision sensors and distance data, the camera can quickly optimise focus even when flying at high speeds.

The CMOS sensor is very important. It stands for Complementary metal-oxide semiconductor. Includes solid-state circuitry at every photosite and can manipulate the data for each pixel right in the sensor. The CMOS sensor can respond to lighting conditions in ways others can’t.

Most new cameras have a CMOS sensor as they have better imaging processing capability.

The camera has a natural colour solution, so you can easily capture vivid natural colours.

Tele Camera

The Tele camera has a 28 times hybrid zoom which allows you to effortlessly plan your shots and zoom in to a subject without having to get close and disturbing them – perfect for wildlife photography.

The Tele camera also supports raw photos, which means that you can make your footage and photos much more expressive and dynamic in post-processing.

Professional video specifications

Normally the high-end professional video specifications are reserved for professional level drones.

The DJI Mavic 3 comes in a Cine option which allows you to record with its built-in 1 TB solid-state hard drive and 10 GB per second lightspeed day a cable to facilitate professional filming and creation at the higher ends of the hardware specification.

Mavic 3records aerial videos at high resolutions and framerates, it also captures up to 1 billion colors with a 10-bit D-Log color profile. This delivers more natural gradations of sky coloring with more details retained for greater flexibility in post-production.
Mavic 3 Cineprovides extensive options for professional creators. It supports Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422, and Apple ProRes 422 LT encoding with a maximum data rate of 3,772Mbps. It also has a built-in 1TB SSD and a 10Gbps lightspeed data cable to facilitate professional filming and creation further.

Omnidirectional sensing

Another great feature of the DJI Mavic 3 is omnidirectional obstacle sensing.

Here is what the DJI Mavic 3 is equipped with:

It enjoys the help of multiple wide-angle vision sensors that use an ocular vision to sense obstacles in all directions and plan a safe flight around them. It provides a 360° bubble of safety around the drone.

Advanced obstacle sensing means navigating complex environments and returning home even in the most challenging situations.

Omnidirectional sensing means you can enjoy a collision-free flight whenever you are flying and focus on framing and capturing awesome footage rather than avoiding overhanging collisions.

The drone has multiple wide-angle vision sensors to help warn you of things nearby and plan a safe route to avoid them.

Advanced return to home (APAS 5.0)

Another new feature of this drone is its advanced piloting systems 5.0. The Mavic 3 will continually map its surroundings and fly around them quickly and smoothly.

It will fly safely in very complex environments and will allow you to record smooth footage even when it is trying to avoid obstacles.

Here is a rundown of the obstacle avoidance test by DM Productions:

Accessories

DJI is known for producing great accessories for their drones. The DJI Mavic 3 is no different. Here are a few things that are different about this drone release:

RC pro

You are able to connect your drone to a high-performance display with 15 km video transmission and a 1000 nit high brightness display.

10 GB per second lightspeed data cable

transfer the data quickly from the drone to your laptop.

Neutral density filter set

DJI do not often provide officially supported filter sets for their drones. However, because this one is a very particular lens configuration with two cameras they have provided officially supported neutral density filters.

DJI cellular dongle

DJI has provided you the opportunity to place a 4G network connection onto your drone. This is perfect for environments for strong signal interference.

DJI Mavic 3 wide-angle lens

this is compatible with your Hasselblad main camera to deliver a 108° ultrawide view angle to capture more of the scenery in one shot.

Storage cover

Suppose you are looking for a way to protect your gimbal and store the propellers for safe and easy transportation. In that case, this official accessory will enable you to transport your drone securely.

Wrapping Up

This article has been through everything you need to know about the latest drone release from DJI – the Mavic 3.

We have been through all of the new features of this drone as well as the officially released accessories that are worthy of a flagship drone.

I’m excited to see what DJI brings out next in its drones as they are continually pushing the boundaries.

The Author

Dr Andrew Stapleton is a writer and YouTuber with a PhD in science. His drone footage has been featured on TV and he has written and/or produced videos for Science Alert, COSMOS magazine, and Australia's Science Channel among others. He has been a drone pilot for many years and has flown many types of drones. His favourite is still the DJI Mavic Air for the portability and functionality packed into a small and portable drone!