The upcoming DJI Mavic 3 Pro drone could be a big upgrade over the previous model, according to data from DroneDJ Jasper Ellens seen from the side The Verge. It could have a significantly longer flight time along with not just one, but two cameras, including a telephoto model and one with a larger Four Thirds sensor. If true, the Mavic 3 would be highly desirable for cinemas and aerial photographers when it arrives, reportedly later this year.
Where the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom make you choose between a larger sensor or a 24-48mm equivalent zoom, the new model will offer both on a single drone. It reportedly comes with two separate cameras, including a primary 20-megapixel camera, a 24mm f / 2.8-f / 11 with a Four Thirds sensor, along with a 12-megapixel secondary, 1/2-inch camera with the equivalent of a 160mm telephoto lens.
The Four Thirds sensor would be a great boon for aerial shooters, allowing for additional detail and a generally cinematic look. Currently, shooting in this format requires a large, relatively expensive drone, and in many cases a separate camera such as DJI’s Zenmuse line or Panasonic’s BGH1. At the same time, a second telephoto camera would make it more versatile.
It will also offer direct USB-C charging so you don’t have to remove the battery. All this will increase the weight a bit, from 907 g on the Mavic 2 Pro to 920 g on the Mavic 3 Pro. Despite this camera addition and other new features, the Mavic 3 will be able to fly for 46 minutes, compared to the 31 minutes available on the Mavic 2.
The Mavic 3 will obviously ship in two variants, the Pro and Cine models, with the latter offering a built-in SSD and a “1Gbps Lightspeed Data Cable” option for faster transfer. It will also offer a new version of DJI’s Smart Controller equipped with a screen that allows video transmission over 15 km, compared to 10 km on the Mavic 2 Pro.
The Mavic 3 Pro will cost $ 1,600, both sources say, which is the same price as the current Mavic 2 Pro. Prices for the Cine model are less clear, but could cost as much as $ 1,000 – which is still a relative bargain for such a high-tech drone. Both are expected to arrive on November 15.
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