Sporting excellent optics, features typically found in higher-end models, and weighing less than 249g, the DJI Mini Pro 3 is everything you need in a compact drone. The Pro 3 impressed me, and it's definitely worth getting one for your next holiday trip. Or heck, you can still legally fly it in Singapore without having to register, but only at select locations, of course.
- Up to 4K/60fps, and 4K/30fps HDR video, 48MP RAW/JPEG
- Max speed 16m/s in S mode, 18km max flight distance
- 1/1.3-inch CMOS, f1.7, 24mm
- Requires UHS-1 Speed class 3 or above microSD card
The Mini Pro 3 is a massive upgrade over the Mini 2, with a larger camera sensor, and a rotating gimbal for vertical shots. The 1/1.3-inch sensor takes amazing shots, with up to 4K/60fps video. However, the active track feature — which tracks an objects and follows it around — doesn't work in 60fps. The drone will also take timelapse shots, pre-recorded sequences called Mastershots, Quickshots, photo spheres, panoramas, and ultra wides. I'm honestly impressed with the quality of the shots and video — you can see the samples below.
Flying the drone is easy, especially with the new DJI RC controller. Sold as part of a bundle, the new controller comes with a built-in touchscreen. This means you can get flying quickly, instead of having to plug in your phone and clamp it into place. The display is just slightly visible in bright sunlight, so you're better off finding shade if you can. You can buy a bundle with the normal controller, or the drone as a standalone.
Battery life is around 25 minutes, about nine minutes less than the rated 34 minutes. But I was doing quite a number of shots, trying out the various modes. The obstacle detection is also good enough to avoid stuff in the front, back, and bottom. It won't be able to detect objects at the sides, so be careful if you're using the active track function. The Mini Pro 3 won't be able to see and avoid stuff at the sides when following an object around.
Retailing at S$1,349 (with the DJI RC), the DJI Mini 3 Pro is a massive upgrade over the S$599 DJI Mini 2. The upgrades, however, do bump up the cost significantly. If you want to save, get the DJI Mini 3 Pro with the RC-N1 controller. However, I do recommend spending for the RC bundle, as it really makes the experience smoother and better. Alternatively, check out the DJI Mini SE. Get it from Shopee or Lazada.
Note: Review unit provided by DJI.
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