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DJI Mini 3 Pro: sub-250g drone gives pro features

If you’re looking a small travel drone – less than 250 grams – to pull off some epic shots then the DJI Mini 3 Pro is the one for you. I used the original mini for a TV job and no one knew. It was limited to 30p but I got away with it. The Mini 3 Pro is a far better machine than the original. Weighing less than 249 grams means it can fly where other drones can’t over 250 grams without qualifications. Here’s an example of the CASA rules re: flying near Australian airports.

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If you’re looking a small travel drone – less than 250 grams – to pull off some epic shots then the DJI Mini 3 Pro is the one for you. I used the original mini for a TV job and no one knew. It was limited to 30p but I got away with it. The Mini 3 Pro is a far better machine than the original. Weighing less than 249 grams means it can fly where other drones can’t over 250 grams without qualifications. Here’s an example of the CASA rules re: flying near Australian airports.

Flying near airports CASA

A controlled airport generally has an air traffic control tower. At a controlled airport, there’s a lot of air traffic and strict rules about where you can and can’t fly.

If your drone weighs more than 250 g, you must not fly:

  • over a departure or approach path

  • over a movement area (areas where aircraft can taxi, take off or land on the ground)

  • within 5.5 km (3 NM) from a point along a runway centreline (the measurement point) of a controlled airport.

If your drone weighs 250 g or less, you can fly within 5.5 km (3 NM) from a point along a runway centreline (the measurement point). You must not:

  • fly over the movement area

  • fly over or in the departure or approach path

  • create a collision hazard to other aircraft taking off or landing.

A non-controlled airport does not have an air traffic control tower. Many airports in Australia are non-controlled.

You can fly your drone within 5.5 km (3 NM) from a point along a runway centreline (the measurement point) of a non-controlled aerodrome or the departure and approach paths. Any time you become aware of an aircraft, you must:

  • not launch your drone

  • manoeuvre your drone away from the path of the aircraft and land as soon as safely possible.

Remember: If you are using the Mini 3 Pro for work – you must register it with CASA.

So what does it do?

It has a 4K/60fps video, ActiveTrack, tri-directional obstacle sensing, and 90° gimbal rotation to shoot high-quality vertical imaging for social media, fight time of 30 minutes, Tri-Directional Obstacle Sensing, consisting of forward, backward, and downward visual sensors. The forward and downward sensors have a wider field of view, providing seamless coverage for better route planning and environmental awareness. These sensors also enable Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS) 4.0, which automatically detects and finds a safer path around obstacles during flight. In addition, these sensors also enable the entire FocusTrack suite, which allows users to select a subject that the drone automatically keeps within the centre of the frame during flight while automatically planning a safe flight route. Thanks to its upgraded sensing system, DJI Mini 3 Pro is the first of the Mini lineup to integrate APAS and FocusTrack. 

Camera

A 1/1.3-inch CMOS camera sensor with 2.4μm pixels, dual native ISO and aperture of f/1.7. It shoots images at up to 48MP and video at up to 4K/60fps. The camera rotates 90 degrees for True Vertical Shooting – so no more cropping for Instagram Reels. HDR video recording is available at frame rates up to 30fps. A Normal colour profile is available for quick in-app editing, while D-Cinelike allows for more post-editing possibilities.

  • FocusTrack Suite

    • Spotlight 2.0 keeps the subject in frame while you fly manually.

    • Point of Interest 3.0 circles the subject in a set flight radius and speed.

    • ActiveTrack 4.0 follows the subject in two selectable ways:

      • Trace: The aircraft tracks the subject at a constant distance

      • Parallel: The aircraft tracks the subject while flying beside it at a constant angle and distance

  • QuickShots

    • Dronie: Aircraft flies back and up with the camera locked on the subject.

    • Helix: Aircraft flies up and spirals around the subject.

    • Rocket: Aircraft flies up with the camera facing down.

    • Circle: Aircraft circles around the subject.

    • Boomerang: Aircraft flies around the subject in an oval path, ascending as it flies away and descending as it returns.

    • Asteroid: Aircraft creates a shot that begins as a sphere panorama high above the subject and ends with a normal shot hovering near the subject.

  • MasterShots: Keeps the subject in the centre of the frame while executing different manoeuvres in sequence to generate a short cinematic video.

  • Hyperlapse: Creates a dynamic time lapse where the aircraft flies on set paths during capture.

 

DJI RC is best thing about the deal

DJI RC is a lightweight remote controller with a 5.5-inch built-in touchscreen. The DJI Fly app already integrated, users don’t need to mount their smartphone to their controller, freeing their personal device during the flying experience.

Accessories

  • DJI Mini 3 Pro Intelligent Flight Battery has a maximum flight time of 34 mins

  • DJI Mini 3 Pro Intelligent Flight Battery Plus has a maximum flight time of 47 mins [2]

  • DJI Mini 3 Pro Two-Way Charging Hub charges Mini 3 Pro Intelligent Flight Batteries in sequence

  • DJI Mini 3 Pro ND Filters Set (ND 16/64/256) lets Mini 3 Pro capture more detail in the brightest of conditions

  • DJI Mini 3 Pro Propellers are essential to help ensure reliable flight every time

  • DJI 30W USB-C Charger charges an Intelligent Flight Battery to 0-100% in just 64 minutes and an Intelligent Flight Battery Plus in 101 minutes

Price and Availability

DJI Mini 3 Pro is available for pre-order now from store.dji.com and usual stores. Shipping starts May 17. DJI Mini 3 Pro retails for $1,119 AUD and includes DJI RC-N1. DJI Mini 3 Pro (DJI RC) retails for $1,299 AUD and includes DJI RC.

FULL SPECS:

Takeoff Weight

  • <249 g (minimum)

  • Dimensions (L×W×H)

  • Folded: 145×90×62 mm
    Unfolded: 171×245×62 mm
    Unfolded (with propellers): 251×362×70 mm

  • Diagonal Length

  • 247 mm

  • Max Ascent Speed

  • 5 m/s (S Mode)
    3 m/s (N Mode)
    2 m/s (C Mode)

  • Max Descent Speed

  • 5 m/s (S Mode)
    3 m/s (N Mode)
    1.5 m/s (C Mode)

  • Max Speed
    (at sea level, no wind) [2]

  • 16 m/s (S Mode)
    10 m/s (N Mode)
    6 m/s (C Mode)

  • Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level

  • With Intelligent Flight Battery: 4000 m
    With Intelligent Flight Battery Plus [7]: 3000 m [3]

  • Max Flight Time

  • 34 mins (with Intelligent Flight Battery and measured while flying at 21.6 kph in windless conditions)
    47 mins (with Intelligent Flight Battery Plus [7] and measured while flying at 21.6 kph in windless conditions). Only available in select countries.

  • Max Hovering Time

  • 30 mins (with Intelligent Flight Battery, no wind)
    40 mins (with Intelligent Flight Battery Plus [7], no wind)

  • Max Flight Distance

  • 18 km (with Intelligent Flight Battery and measured while flying at 43.2 kph in windless conditions)
    25 km (with Intelligent Flight Battery Plus [7] and measured while flying at 43.2 kph in windless conditions)

  • Max Wind Speed Resistance

  • 10.7 m/s (Level 5)

  • Max Tilt Angle

  • Forward: 40°, Backward: 35° (S Mode)
    25° (N Mode)
    25° (C Mode)

  • Max Angular Velocity (by default)*

  • 130°/s (S Mode)
    * Can be adjusted between 20°/s and 250°/s in the app

    75°/s (N Mode)
    * Can be adjusted between 20°/s and 120°/s in the app

    30°/s (C Mode)
    * Can be adjusted between 20°/s and 60°/s in the app

  • Operating Temperature

  • -10° to 40° C

  • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

  • GPS + Galileo + BeiDou

  • Operation Frequency

  • 2.400-2.4835 GHz
    5.725-5.850 GHz [4]

  • Transmitter Power (EIRP)

  • 2.4 GHz: <26 dBm (FCC), <20 dBm (CE/SRRC/MIC)
    5.8 GHz: <26 dBm (FCC/SRRC), <14 dBm (CE)

  • Hovering Accuracy Range

  • Vertical:
    ±0.1 m (with vision positioning)
    ±0.5 m (with GNSS positioning)

    Horizontal:
    ±0.3 m (with vision positioning)
    ±0.5 m (with high-precision positioning system)

Sensing System

  • Forward

  • Precision Measurement Range: 0.39-25 m
    Effective Sensing Speed: Flight speed <10 m/s
    FOV: Horizontal 106°, Vertical 90°

  • Backward

  • Precision Measurement Range: 0.36-23.4 m
    Effective Sensing Speed: Flight speed <10 m/s
    FOV: Horizontal 58°, Vertical 73°

  • Downward

  • Precision Measurement Range: 0.15-9 m
    Precise Hovering Range: 0.5-12 m
    Vision Sensor Hovering Range: 0.5-30 m
    Effective Sensing Speed: Flight speed <3 m/s
    FOV: Forward/Backward 104.8°, Left/Right 87.6°

  • Auxiliary Bottom Light

  • N/A

  • Operating Environment

  • Diffuse reflective surface with a clear pattern and reflectivity >20% (such as cement pavement)
    Adequate lighting (lux >15, e.g. , normal exposure environment with indoor fluorescent lamp)

Gimbal

  • Mechanical Range

  • Tilt: -135° to 80°
    Roll: -135° to 45°
    Pan: -30° to 30°

  • Controllable Range

  • Tilt: -90° to 60°
    Roll: -90° or 0°

  • Stabilization

  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal (tilt, roll, and pan)

  • Max Control Speed (tilt)

  • 100°/s

  • Angular Vibration Range

  • ±0.01°

Camera

  • Sensor

  • 1/1.3-inch CMOS
    Effective Pixels: 48 MP

  • Lens

  • FOV: 82.1°
    Format Equivalent: 24 mm
    Aperture: f/1.7
    Focus Range: 1 m to ∞

  • ISO Range

  • Video: 100-6400 (Auto), 100-6400 (Manual)
    Photo: 100-6400 (Auto), 100-6400 (Manual)

  • Shutter Speed

  • Electronic Shutter: 2-1/8000 s

  • Max Image Size

  • 4:3: 8064×6048 (48 MP), 4032×3024 (12 MP)
    16:9: 4032×2268 (12 MP)

  • Still Photography Modes

  • Single Shot

    Interval:
    JPEG: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s
    JPEG + RAW: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s

    Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 2/3 EV Bias

    Panorama: Sphere, 180°, Wide-angle, and Vertical

  • Photo Format

  • JPEG/DNG (RAW)

  • Video Resolution

  • 4K: 3840×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60fps
    2.7K: 2720×1530@24/25/30/48/50/60fps
    FHD: 1920×1080@24/25/30/48/50/60fps
    Slow Motion: 1920×1080@120fps

  • HDR Mode

  • Photo: HDR supported in Single Shot mode
    Video: HDR supported when shooting at 24/25/30fps

  • Video Format

  • MP4/MOV (H.264/H.265)

  • Max Video Bitrate

  • 150 Mbps

  • Zoom Range

  • 4K: 2x
    2.7K: 3x
    FHD: 4x

  • QuickShot Modes

  • Dronie, Helix, Rocket, Circle, Boomerang, and Asteroid

  • Color Profiles

  • Normal
    D-Cinelike

  • Supported File System

  • FAT32 (≤32 GB)
    exFAT (>32 GB)

Video Transmission

  • Video Transmission System

  • DJI O3

  • Live View Quality

  • 1080p/30fps

  • Operation Frequency

  • 2.400-2.4835 GHz
    5.725-5.850 GHz [4]

  • Transmitter Power (EIRP)

  • 2.4 GHz: <26 dBm (FCC), <20 dBm (CE/SRRC/MIC)
    5.8 GHz: <26 dBm (FCC/SRRC), <14 dBm (CE)

  • Communication Bandwidth

  • 1.4MHz/3MHz/10MHz/20MHz/40MHz

  • Latency (depending on environmental conditions and mobile device)

  • Aircraft + Remote Controller: Approx. 120 ms

  • Max Video Bitrate

  • Aircraft + Remote Controller: 18 Mbps

  • Max Download Bitrate [5]

  • DJI O3:
    RC-N1 Remote Controller and DJI RC: 5.5 MB/s

    Wi-Fi 5: Max 30 MB/s

  • Signal Transmission Ranges
    (FCC) [6]

  • Strong Interference (urban landscape): Approx. 1.5-3 km
    Medium Interference (suburban landscape): Approx. 3-7 km
    Low Interference (suburb/seaside): Approx. 7-12 km

  • Antennas

  • 4 antennas, 1T2R

  • Audio Transmission

  • N/A

Wi-Fi

  • Protocol

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

  • Transmitter Power (EIRP)

  • 2.400-2.4835 GHz: <19 dBm (FCC/CE/SRRC/MIC)
    5.725-5.850 GHz: <20 dBm (FCC/SRRC), <14 dBm (CE)

Bluetooth

  • Protocol

  • Bluetooth 5.2

  • Transmitter Power (EIRP)

  • 2.400-2.4835 GHz: <8 dBm

Intelligent Flight Battery

  • Capacity

  • 2453 mAh

  • Weight

  • Approx. 80.5 g

  • Voltage

  • 7.38 V

  • Charging Voltage Limit

  • 8.5 V

  • Battery Type

  • Li-ion

  • Energy

  • 18.1 Wh

  • Max Charging Power

  • 37 W

  • Charging Time

  • 64 mins (with DJI 30W USB-C Charger)

  • Charging Temperature Range

  • 5° to 40° C (41° to 104° F)

  • Recommended Charger

  • DJI 30W USB-C Charger
    or other USB Power Delivery chargers

Intelligent Flight Battery Plus

  • Capacity

  • 3850 mAh

  • Weight

  • Approx. 121 g

  • Voltage

  • 7.38 V

  • Charging Voltage Limit

  • 8.5 V

  • Battery Type

  • Li-ion

  • Energy

  • 28.4 Wh

  • Max Charging Power

  • 58 W

  • Charging Time

  • 101 mins (with DJI 30W USB-C Charger)

  • Charging Temperature Range

  • 5° to 40° C (41° to 104° F)

  • Recommended Charger

  • DJI 30W USB-C Charger
    or other USB Power Delivery chargers

Memory Cards

  • Supported Memory Cards

  • UHS-I Speed Class 3 or above is required.
    A list of recommended microSD cards can be found below.

  • Recommended microSD Cards

  • SanDisk Extreme 64GB V30 A1 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme 128GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme 256GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme 512GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme Pro 400GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk High Endurance 64GB V30 microSDXC
    SanDisk High Endurance 256GB V30 microSDXC
    SanDisk Max Endurance 32GB V30 microSDHC
    SanDisk Max Endurance 128GB V30 microSDXC
    SanDisk Max Endurance 256GB V30 microSDXC
    Kingston Canvas Go!Plus 64GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Kingston Canvas Go!Plus 256GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Lexar High Endurance 64GB V30 microSDXC
    Lexar High Endurance 128GB V30 microSDXC
    Lexar 667x 64GB V30 A1 microSDXC
    Lexar 633x 256GB V30 A1 microSDXC
    Lexar 1066x 64GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Lexar 1066x 128GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Lexar 1066x 256GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Samsung Pro Plus 128GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Samsung EVO Plus 512GB microSDXC

DJI RC-N1 Remote Controller

  • Transmitter Power (EIRP)

  • 2.400-2.4835 GHz: <26 dBm (FCC), <20 dBm (CE/SRRC/MIC)
    5.725-5.850 GHz: <26 dBm (FCC), <23 dBm (SRRC), <14 dBm (CE)

  • Max Supported Mobile Device Size

  • Length: 180 mm, Width: 86 mm, Height: 10 mm

  • Supported Port Types

  • Lightning, Micro-USB (Type-B), USB-C

  • Video Transmission System

  • DJI O3

  • Max Battery Time

  • 6 hrs (without charging any mobile device)
    4 hrs (when charging a mobile device)

  • Operating Temperature

  • -10° to 40° C (14° to 104° F)

DJI RC

  • Model

  • RM330

  • Video Transmission System

  • DJI O3

  • Transmitter Power (EIRP)

  • 2.400-2.4835 GHz: <26 dBm (FCC); <20 dBm (CE/SRRC/MIC)
    5.725-5.850 GHz: <26 dBm (FCC), <23 dBm (SRRC), <14 dBm (CE)

  • Storage Capacity

  • DJI RC’s storage capacity can be increased by using a microSD card. Users can store images and videos on the card and export them to a computer or other devices.

  • Video Output Port

  • N/A

  • Max Battery Life

  • Approx. 4 hours

  • Operating Temperature

  • -10° to 40° C (14° to 104° F)

  • Supported SD Cards

  • UHS-I Speed Class 3 or above is required.
    A list of recommended microSD cards can be found below.

  • Recommended microSD Cards

  • SanDisk Extreme 64GB V30 A1 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme 128GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme 256GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme 512GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk Extreme Pro 400GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    SanDisk High Endurance 64GB V30 microSDXC
    SanDisk High Endurance 256GB V30 microSDXC
    Kingston Canvas Go!Plus 64GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Kingston Canvas Go!Plus 256GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Lexar High Endurance 64GB V30 microSDXC
    Lexar High Endurance 128GB V30 microSDXC
    Lexar 633x 256GB V30 A1 microSDXC
    Lexar 1066x 64GB V30 A2 microSDXC
    Samsung EVO Plus 512GB microSDXC

  • Wi-Fi Protocol

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n

  • Wi-Fi Transmitter Power (EIRP)

  • 2.400-2.4835 GHz: <23 dBm (FCC), <20 dBm (CE/SRRC/MIC)
    5.150-5.250 GHz: <23 dBm (FCC/CE/SRRC/MIC)
    5.725-5.850 GHz: <23 dBm (FCC/SRRC), <14 dBm (CE)

  • Bluetooth Protocol

  • Bluetooth 4.2

  • Bluetooth Transmitter Power (EIRP)

  • 2.400-2.4835 GHz: <10 dBm

Charging Hub

  • Compatible DJI Charger

  • DJI 30W USB-C Charger
    or other USB Power Delivery chargers

  • Compatible DJI Batteries

  • DJI Mini 3 Pro Intelligent Flight Battery, DJI Mini 3 Pro Intelligent Flight Battery Plus [7]

  • Input

  • 5 V, 3 A
    9 V, 3 A
    12 V, 3 A

  • Output (USB)

  • Max Voltage: 5 V, Max Current: 2 A

  • Charging Type

  • Three batteries being charged in sequence

App

  • Mobile Device App

  • DJI Fly

  • Required Operating System

  • iOS v11.0 or later
    Android v6.0 or later

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