DJI has introduced the Mini 3 Pro, a pocket-size, pro-grade, sub 249g camera drone that can capture 4K/60 fps video for over 30 minutes, redefining what is possible in the field of ultra-portable drones.
While the new Mini is the smallest of DJI’s range, the Pro name doesn’t leave any margin for discounts in quality and capabilities. It features advanced pilot assistance (APAS 4.0) and automatic obstacle sensing, subject following, numerous shooting modes, cinematic video maneuvers, true vertical shooting, 180-degree panorama, and a flagship-level video transmission system that sends 1080p/30 fps at an ultra-low latency to up to 12 km away.
On the imaging system, the Mini 3 Pro features a 1/1.3-inch CMOS sensor with dual native ISO and 2.4μm pixels. The aperture is f/1.7, and the shooting can reach qualities of up to 48MP for photos and 4K/60 fps for video. HDR is also available, although the frame rate is limited to 30 fps with that mode on. In terms of digital zoom, the Mini 3 drone supports 2x in 4K or 4x in 1080p.
The battery, which is inevitably the most challenging aspect of developing a pocket-sized drone with powerful features today, allows for flight times of up to 34 minutes or up to 47 minutes when using the “Battery Plus” module. The charging hub replenishes energy in the cells in sequence, so you can bring the first battery to 100% and use it right away without waiting for the second to fill up. Charging times from empty to full are at 64 minutes per cell, or 101 minutes for the “Battery Plus” unit.
Finally, the price is set to $759, which might be a little salty for regular drone imaging enthusiasts, but this particular product is geared towards professionals. Considering its build quality and shooting capabilities, the price is fair for this unique, ultra-portable drone.