DJI Launches New Mini 3 Pro Drone

DJI today announced the Mini 3 Pro, the newest drone in its Mini series. The Mini 3 Pro weighs in at 249 grams, which means that in the United States, it does not need to be registered with the FAA, and it is compliant with drone policies in many countries in addition to being safe because of its low weight.

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The Mini 3 Pro is portable and it is able to fold down like other DJI drones, which means it is ideal for taking on trips because it packs down into a small bag. DJI says that the Mini 3 Pro has a new structural design with arms and propellers that have been adjusted for a more aerodynamic flight, resulting in longer flying time. It also features forward and backward dual-vision sensors for safer flight.

A successor to the Mini 2, the Mini 3 Pro has features that were previously limited to DJI's higher-end Mavic and Air drones. It has improved flight performance, a better camera, improved battery life, and upgraded AI capabilities. It can shoot 4K 60fps video and it has a redesigned gimbal for more camera angles like tilt-up shots and true vertical shooting for images in portrait mode.

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The Mini 3 Pro is the first drone in the Mini series to offer Tri-Directional Obstacle sensing with forward, backward, and downward visual sensors. The sensors enable Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems that are able to detect safer paths around obstacles during flight, plus they work with FocusTrack for selecting a subject that the drone keeps in the center of the frame while in flight.

There's a 1/1.3-inch camera with an f/1.7 aperture that can shoot up to 48-megapixel images. In addition to 4K 60fps video, it can capture HDR video at 30fps, and there's up to 4x digital zoom depending on resolution. Low light performance has been improved compared to the Mini 2.

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DJI's Mini 3 Pro offers 34 minutes of flight time per charge, and there is an extended flight battery option that allows for a maximum flight time of 47 minutes. It can be used with the DJI RC, a lightweight remote controller that has a 5.5-inch touchscreen and integration with the DJI Fly app.

With no remote, the DJI Mini 3 is priced at $669. The DJI Mini 3 Pro with RC-N1 remote is priced at $759, and the DJI Mini 3 Pro with DJI RC is priced at $909. There are also upgrade kits that include additional batteries, propellers, and other accessories. The DJI Mini 3 Pro can be pre-ordered from the DJI website starting today.

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ZzapDK Avatar
2 weeks ago
What kind of munitions can this carry? asking for a friend...
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ryan0751 Avatar
2 weeks ago
The advertising about "no need to register with the FAA!", while truthful, also misleads people into thinking they can just buy one of these and fly it in the USA with no regulations.

If you are flying in the USA, you need to go to "faadronezone.faa.gov" and learn about about the regulations before you buy one of these things.

- Unless you have a Part 107 drone license, you can only fly for non-commercial purposes. If you say, use your drone footage on a YouTube channel that's monetized, then THAT is commercial purposes and you need your Part 107 - And YES, the FAA does go after people. I've seen a few travel channels where the flyers got in some hot water.
- If you truly ARE flying for non-commercial purposes, you are allowed to fly under the recreational exception. However, you still need to take a quick drone safety course (called TRUST) and carry around proof you took the test whenever you fly your drone.
- Regardless of the weight of the drone, you MUST follow all of same the FAA guidelines: No flying over 400 feet AGL, drone must remain in line of site, no flying over people, no flying at night, etc. You need to know your airspace, and if flying in an area of restricted airspace you need to obtain clearance (it's easy, via an app and LAANC).
- You still can't fly where drones are restricted, even if the drone is under 250g (no national parks, etc.).

Registering a drone over 250g is a 2-minute process. You create an account at FAA Drone Zone, put in the serial number and model of your drone, pay $5, and that's it. You then need to put the FAA number on your drone (sticker, etc).

Having a 249g drone definitely makes it safer. But you still have to follow the rules, and if you choose not to, the penalties are incredibly steep.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
giggles Avatar
2 weeks ago
Now give us an Apple VR headset to control this in first person view.
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spicynujac Avatar
2 weeks ago

you still need to take a quick drone safety course (called TRUST) and carry around proof you took the test whenever you fly your drone.
I have been flying for a couple of years and never heard of this. I looked it up and indeed it's true: A new requirement as of a few months ago. I bet most drone pilots are unaware of this.

My take on drones for anyone curious: The majority of people buy them, use them a lot for 6 months, then they sit on a shelf. So be sure you really want one before spending $1,000 on a toy. You could buy a used one to try it out, but you should buy a new battery. The batteries deteriorate with each use (the drone pilot class I took said you take about a $2 hit every time you fly) and it could be unsafe to fly with a used battery that you don't know the history of.

DJI and Autel make the best drones. There may be others, but the software controlling the autopilot is a bit difficult to make so the larger companies are safer bets.

A good first drone would be this one. You could buy a cheap $100 one--that will actually make you a better pilot. The more advanced drones like this one will hover perfectly still in the air, and have GPS radios which can return them home automatically if signal or battery power is weak. The cheaper ones are fully manual and are a challenge just to hover in place, much less fly.

There is a drone pilot's license, but most will not need it. The biggest complaint with the license is it has an expiration date, so I haven't gotten one. It does allow you to fly at night but otherwise practically speaking it has never prevented me from flying anywhere I wanted to.

Yes you are not supposed to fly over 400 feet, but if you go way out in the country and fly super high, you will discover the ground looks incredibly similar from 200-800 feet, so this is not really a limitation. It's kind of like SCUBA diving -- the biggest differences by far are within the first 50 feet.

I am a photographer, so need a minimum 1" sensor (What the heck does a 1 / 1.3" sensor even mean? What is this bizarre combination of fractions with decimals?? Give us the size in mm please!) and I went with the Autel Evo Pro II but this is an expensive machine. Autel and DJI are very similar, though Autel doesn't restrict where you can fly with software-enforced "no fly zones" or height limits, though they are being pressured to do so.

The era of the drones has already peaked in my opinion. The early adopters misused them, which led to things like their universal banning in national parks. It's sort of a catch-22 that now that we have gotten advanced drones with really nice cameras, you can no longer take them many of the places you would like to. I packed mine on a cross country trip last year and did not use it a single time, since every location I was motivated to use it was in a prohibited area.

There are a lot of misconceptions with the rules and it's a shame this wasn't handled better, but now we ended up with this system of restrictions and having to register a drone above 250 grams, and prohibited areas.

By the way, no one owns airspace above their property; it is a public good administered by the FAA. So when your drone use is 'prohibited' somewhere, that refers to taking off and landing from their property. You can even legally fly your drone over a national park, as long as you are not piloting from inside the national park (my drone instructor was a bit weird, and did this in front of a park ranger just to show off he knew the rules).

I guess it's good people are being required to learn the rules now, but it's a bit late to the party. As I said, drones have already peaked in their adoption and usefulness, but hey, they are still a fun toy, even just for playing around with at home or the park.

The best thing to do is to take a drone pilots training class--mine was a 2 day class which let us fly a variety of drones from many manufacturers and price ranges, you can see and compare the features of each, and get some basic hands on practice flying, as well as going over the rules. They are probably tied in with that new training certificate now, I would guess, but if not, I strongly recommend the pilot class anyway.

My plan was always to use them abroad in some foreign countries with fewer restrictions (picture flying down a remote beach in southern Brazil) and hopefully the covid restrictions on international travel will be lifted soon...
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treyjustice Avatar
2 weeks ago
I love my mini 2
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deevey Avatar
2 weeks ago

A friend and colleague has had some pretty major reliability issues with his DJI kit over the past couple of years, and I know for certain he's the kind of person who looks after his stuff and isn't a heavy user. His drone pretty much fell out of the sky (after returning to DJI, was "repaired" and returned), the controller screen has since failed, and his gimbal thumb-stick stopped working.

He's said he won't buy DJI again.
Sounds like he got a lemon.

With almost 54+% of consumer drones sold being DJI's, another 20% being "kids drones" and the remaining 25% a mix of every other reputable manufacturer, there IS going to be more perceived failures and flyaways.

DJI take their warranty seriously though and assuming it's an aircraft failure (based on flight logs), they will most of the time replace it.

My Mini Mk1 decided to decend over the ocean, unfortunately it's dead and was way out of warranty due to the pandemic. But I'd still buy a DJI drone again in a heartbeat.


What is a good first drone for somebody? I have a 4 acres and have been thinking about getting one for awhile now.
The Mini 2 is awesome.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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