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From Pro to Pocket: Comparing DJI Mavic 3 Pro, Air 3, and Mini 3 Drones

DJI has remained very popular among the masses throughout the previous years ever since the drone market has exploded. In this post I am going to compare three of their best products that received immense popularity lately. The first one is DJI Mavic 3 Pro, DJI Air 3, and the very popular one among its peers for its uniqueness and ease of use–DJI Mini 3, focusing on their specifications, obstacle avoidance systems, photography capabilities, battery performance, and other key features.

Here is how our post goes. First we will talk about the specification list and then we would go on to define that in detail.

Specifications List

We have have dealt this post in two many sections– One listed its specs and second we have described its features in detailed comparison after that.

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DJI Air 3 Fly More Combo with DJI RC 2, Drone with Camera 4K, Dual Primary...
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(A) – DJI Mavic 3 Pro

We have Mavic 3 Pro’s tops of the line features listed below:

(i) Weight – 958g
(ii) Max Flight Time – 43 minutes
(iii) Max Speed – 75 km/h (Sport mode)
(iv) Camera – Triple camera system (4/3 CMOS Hasselblad, 1/1.3″ CMOS telephoto, 1/2″ (v) CMOS wide-angle)
(vi) Max Video Resolution – 5.1K/50fps, 4K/120fps
(vii) Max Photo Resolution – 20MP
(viii) Obstacle Sensing – Omnidirectional

(B) – DJI Air 3

The DJI Air 3 is top of the line drone in many ways.

(i) Weight – 720g
(ii) Max Flight Time – 46 minutes
(iii) Max Speed – 75 km/h (Sport mode)
(iv) Camera – Dual camera system (1/1.3″ CMOS wide-angle, 1/1.3″ CMOS telephoto)
(v) Max Video Resolution – 4K/60fps
(vi) Max Photo Resolution – 48MP
(vii) Obstacle Sensing – Omnidirectional

(III) – DJI Mini 3

When it was released, DJI’s Mini 3 has come up to the forefront and has beaten many.

(i) Weight – 249g
(ii) Max Flight Time – 38 minutes (51 minutes with Intelligent Flight Battery Plus)
(iii) Max Speed – 57 km/h (Sport mode)
(iv) Camera – 1/1.3″ CMOS sensor
(v) Max Video Resolution – 4K/30fps
(vi) Max Photo Resolution – 12MP
(vii) Obstacle Sensing – Forward, Backward, Downward

Detailed Comparison

#5 Obstacle Avoidance

So the obstacle avoidance is the key here, as we see Mavic 3 Pro and Air 3 both feature omnidirectional obstacle sensing, providing superior safety and autonomy compared to the Mini 3. These advanced systems allow for more confident flying in complex environments, making them suitable for professional use in challenging locations. The Mini 3 by DJI has remained a favorite among the masses, while equipped with forward, backward, and downward sensors, offers less comprehensive protection, which may require more caution when flying in obstacle-rich areas.

The Mavic 3 Pro’s APAS 5.0 (Advanced Pilot Assistance System) is slightly more advanced than the Air 3’s APAS 4.0, potentially offering smoother obstacle avoidance in complex scenarios. The Mini 3’s more basic system is adequate for casual use but may struggle in densely populated or vegetated areas.

#4 Photography & Videography

The Mavic 3 Pro stands out with its triple camera system, including a large 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad main camera. This setup allows for exceptional image quality, especially in low-light conditions, and provides versatility with its telephoto and wide-angle lenses. Its ability to shoot 5.1K video and 20MP photos makes it ideal for professional cinematography and photography.

While not matching the Mavic 3 Pro’s image quality, the Air 3 offers impressive capabilities with its dual-camera system which quite literally revolutionised the world. The 48MP photo resolution is actually higher than the Mavic 3 Pro, potentially providing more detail in well-lit conditions. However, the smaller sensor size may result in lower performance in challenging lighting situations.

The Mini 3, Designed for portability and ease of use the magical mini 3, comes with respectable 4K/30fps video and 12MP photos so that proves the way for great photography; while it can’t compete with its larger siblings in terms of image quality or versatility, it’s more than capable for casual users and hobbyists.

#3 Battery Options & Features

On the top of the like we see, the Air 3 that has been leading above all when it comes to the flight time with up to as many as 46 minutes, closely followed by the Mavic 3 Pro at 43 minutes. That would ultimately extend the allowed flight time for longer shooting sessions and more complex flight patterns without have the need for landing and change batteries.

While we still see the standard battery offer by mini 3 is about 38 minutes for a solid flight time, which is impressive considering its small size. However, with the optional Intelligent Flight Battery Plus, it can achieve up to 51 minutes, surpassing even the Air 3. This flexibility makes the Mini 3 surprisingly capable for extended flights when needed.

#2 Size & Portability

Dji’s popular series Mini has seen some of the best drones lately. Among them, the clear winner in terms of portability, weighing just 249g. So that has made it exceptionally travel-friendly and has been exempted from drone registration requirements in many countries. The Air 3, at 720g, strikes a balance between portability and performance. The Mavic 3 Pro, while the heaviest at 958g, is still considered portable for the level of performance it offers.

#1 Some More Features

(i) Transmission Range – The Mavic 3 Pro and Air 3 both use O3+ transmission, offering a range of up to 15km, while the Mini 3 uses O2, with a more limited range of 10km.

(ii) Intelligent Features – All three drones offer various intelligent flight modes, but the Mavic 3 Pro and Air 3 generally have more advanced options and better tracking capabilities.

(iii) Price – The Mini 3 is significantly more affordable, making it accessible to a wider range of users. The Air 3 sits in the mid-range, while the Mavic 3 Pro commands a premium price reflecting its professional-grade features.

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