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In-Depth Evaluation DJI Mini 3 Professional

DJI Mini 3 Professional – Transfer Over Everybody – A Skilled Drone for Beneath $1,000

by Paul Rossi, DRONELIFE Contributor and Chief Operations Officer and Chief Pilot at 9 Ten Drones.

All costs are estimates as of time of publication and topic to alter.

Earlier this 12 months we noticed producers downsize their sUAS whereas additionally improve efficiency capabilities by introducing “upgraded” variations of already obtainable fashions.

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In Could of 2022 DJI launched the Mini 3 Professional which began exhibiting up within the wild all through June and into July. The Mini 3 Professional with DJI RC is a big improve to the Mini 2 which had no impediment detection and required a cellular phone or the costly DJI Sensible Controller to fly.

For therefore many people the primary drone they may ever fly is that this miniature “ship” that weighs lower than .55 kilos (Sure, this drone weighs simply over half a pound and I did name a drone a ship, shoutout to the good Jon McBride). 28 years in the past I performed EA sports activities video games on my brothers model new Ps and 26 years years after releasing the PS1, Sony launched the ps 5 in 2020. DJI launched the Phantom in January 2013 and in somewhat over 9 years the corporate has reached its “Ps 5” second, with the discharge of the Mini 3 Professional.

In my view, when in comparison with Sony’s Ps gaming console, DJI has developed its drone expertise and merchandise at a charge 3 times quicker. Bringing this introduction again to the drone overview; in case your first flight is with the Mini 3 Professional, that’s like beginning your online game journey with a ps 5, you’ll have little perspective on the place it began. Irrespective of which drone you started your flying with, you’ll definitely benefit from the expertise of flying the Mini 3 Professional.

Mini 3 Professional

Review DJI Mini 3 ProThe Mini 3 Professional is compact, but highly effective, requiring a small footprint for launch and restoration which is perfect for hobbyists and professionals performing work in environments with restricted area. All through this overview I might be diving into among the particulars that make the Mini 3 Professional, pound for pound, one of the best prosumer drone at the moment obtainable for buy. DJI has taken the Mini 2 and made it considerably higher with the addition of impediment sensors, improved digital camera specs, a redesigned physique, prolonged flight time and integration with the DJI RC good distant.

Mini 3 Professional Battery Choices

DJI is once more elevating the bar, preserving pilots within the air longer by engineering a drone that flies for over 40 minutes with the upgraded “Plus” battery, promoting as much as 47 minutes of flight time and 40 minutes of hover time, in no wind. Necessary to notice that the Mini 3 Professional is bought with an ordinary battery that gives roughly 32 minutes flight time. 

You might be asking your self this query proper now “How can a drone have two completely different flight instances if the payload doesn’t change?”. The easy reply is the battery casing for each the “commonplace” and the plus is similar nevertheless the Li-ion cells they’re placing contained in the circumstances are completely different. The plus battery consists of cells which are bigger (heavier by 40.5 grams) which in flip present an elevated capability for prolonged flight time.

When put in for flight, the “plus” mannequin batteries will put your drone over 250 grams and outdoors the “Class 1” class which affords the pilot the choice to function over human beings and shifting automobiles in a transient nature, by no means hovering and/or loitering over an individuals over shifting automobiles (See 14 CFR 107.39 FAR for rules concerning operations over human beings). When flying the Mini 3 Professional to conduct “Class 1” operations all the time make certain to have your “commonplace” battery and prop guards put in.

If max endurance is the purpose and the flight operations received’t be carried out over human beings it would be best to have your “plus” battery put in to maintain you airborne longer. It’s actually thrilling to be speaking a couple of drone with “adjustable” battery choices which are tailor-made towards particular flight operations. The time period “max endurance” is one thing the FAA is testing distant pilots on throughout the written examination nevertheless it hardly ever comes up in operational dialog since battery cost proportion has zero affect on the load of a battery.

Mini 3 Professional Clever Flight Battery “Normal”

– 80.5g weight (sub 249 gram drone weight when put in)

– 2453mAh capability

– 32 minutes flight time

– 70 minute recharge (30w USB-C)

Mini 3 Professional Clever Flight Battery Plus

– 121g weight (drone exceeds 250 grams when put in)

– 3850mAh capability

– 43 minutes flight time

– 110 minute recharge (30w USB-C)

After a number of take a look at flights on the 9 Ten Drones coaching facility in Holly Springs, NC we averaged a max flight time simply over 42 minutes whereas flying and 37 minutes hovering in little to no wind situations with the Mini 3 Professional “Plus” battery. (Security Notice: In every of our take a look at flights we flew the Mini 3 Professional battery down to five% or much less which we don’t suggest anybody do frequently.)

At present, there aren’t many commercial-off-the-shelf drones that present flight instances in extra of 40 minutes. Whether or not you might be utilizing the Mini 3 Professional for actual property images or sending it indoors to clear a construction you’ll most definitely admire the prolonged flight time it supplies.

Further batteries for the Mini 3 Professional will price $95 for the plus mannequin and $65 for the usual mannequin.

Mini 3 Professional Distant Choices

The Mini 3 Professional might be bought 3 ways; with the DJI RC, RC N1 or and not using a distant.

The DJI RC is the newest distant controller to be launched by DJI which works with the Mini 3 Professional and the Mavic 3 drones. The DJI RC leverages the most recent OccuSync 3.0 expertise that gives transmission ranges as much as 7.5 miles based on DJI advertising. In testing we discovered the vary of the DJI RC paired with the Mini 3 Professional to be just below 1 mile whereas flying at 400 AGL in a suburban atmosphere. We discovered the battery life to exceed 3 hours, a number of industrial initiatives, earlier than we determined to recharge the DJI RC battery which took simply over 90 minutes. The 700 nit display brightness on the DJI RC allowed us to see particulars simply even when holding the distant in direct daylight. The DJI RC is an outstanding distant controller that we extremely suggest buying together with the Mini 3 Professional.

The RC N1 requires the pilot to make use of their cellular phone as a display so as to leverage the drones FPV digital camera whereas additionally permitting for the seize of photograph/video knowledge. The N1 distant is ergonomic and appropriate for hobbyists pilots. Anybody trying to function commercially ought to think about buying the Mini 3 Professional with the DJI RC.

Perhaps you already personal a DJI Mavic 3, Air 2 or Air 2S which got here with the RC N1. On this case you possibly can go forward and buy the Mini 3 Professional and not using a distant controller for the reason that RC N1 can be utilized with a couple of drone at completely different instances, by no means pairing to or controlling a couple of drone at a time. 

Mini 3 Professional Digital camera Specs

  • 1/1.3” CMOS Picture Sensor
  • Efficient Pixels: 48MP
  • Mounted Aperture: f/1.7
  • 4K HDR Video @ 30FPS
  • 4k @ 60FPS
  • 1080p @ 120FPS
  • True Vertical Capturing
  • Gimbal Tilt: -135* to 80*
  • D-Cinelike Coloration mode

DJI brings again the vertical photograph and video seize choice that we noticed within the authentic Mavic plane, with “true vertical taking pictures” permitting your digital content material to be immediately share worthy. Gone are the times of cropping and/or rotating your panorama video so as to share it throughout the varied social platforms.

Review DJI Mini 3 ProFlying the Mini 3 Professional

Each time I fly a brand new DJI plane or maintain a newly launched distant, I’m tempted to get entangled with design/manufacturing however then I bear in mind how I don’t have a sufficiently big bag of money to fund even one of the best of concepts. Unboxing the Mini 3 Professional ignited that “Grasp Builder” hearth in a method no different drone has prior to now.

In only a few years DJI has taken the “Mavic Mini” from hobbyist to skilled with only a few enhancements to the plane and distant. The very first thing I did was fly the Mini 3 Professional straight at some obstacles to check the performance of the newly built-in impediment detection and avoidance system. Holy wow, I used to be impressed instantly, with the plane set to “bypass” mode it was effortlessly navigating tight areas and avoiding obstacles with ease. The spatial consciousness and avoidance supplied by the six(6) visible sensors is second to none.

(Security Notice: The ahead impediment detection solely works at speeds of 23 MPH or much less, with the rearward impediment detection working at speeds lower than 18 MPH.)

The Mini 3 Professional detects and avoids obstacles in handbook flight utilizing its Superior Pilot Help Methods (APAS 4.0) expertise. Flying beneath the concrete bleachers was an incredible demonstration of how this car can be utilized to help in confined area asset inspections.

The stay feed offered on the DJI RC is crisp. The colours are clear, daring and positive to make you consider you possibly can be filming for the following large blockbuster film in Hollywood. The “good distant” for the Mini drone is a big improve and makes the flying expertise all of the extra pleasant. Much less fumbling with a cellphone means much less time organising and a zero p.c probability {that a} cellphone name interrupts your subsequent flight.

DJI has taken cheap to the skilled stage with the Mini 3 Professional. This very inexpensive drone is able to capturing each photograph and video that can be utilized for advertising in any respect ranges in addition to assist decrease funds video productions. 9 Ten Drones is at the moment leveraging the Mini 3 Professional to supply industrial actual property companies and to assist the creation of our personal advertising/social media content material. Here’s a hyperlink to a video produced for a number one industrial actual property agency within the Sandhills, North Carolina area:

Clever Flight Modes

The Mini 3 Professional has numerous flight modes that may permit for clever automated flight making your job of capturing the scene and topic simpler than earlier than. These flight modes embody;

– MasterShots is a bunch of automated flight maneuvers the Mini 3 Professional will carry out whereas additionally capturing video on the identical time. As soon as the flight maneuver is accomplished you may be left with a enjoyable cinematic video to share and combine into your initiatives. This collection of flight modes is nice for people simply studying find out how to fly.

– FocusTrack goes to let you observe and comply with topics flawlessly with little or no person enter. The three choices for flight when piloting within the FocusTrack flight mode embody ActiveTrack 4.0, Highlight 2.0 and Level of Curiosity 3.0. Take a look at this video to see how the drone performs in FocusTrack:

– Hyperlapse will let you seize these lovely rolling clouds and shifting vehicles with a drama induced ‘excessive velocity” impact that beforehand required a excessive stage of piloting and video enhancing expertise. With very restricted enter you now get the right hyper lapse video straight from the Mini 3 Professional.

– Digital Zoom is offering skilled customers with the improved payload capabilities to keep up a protected standoff distance whereas nonetheless inspecting and capturing the asset or focal point.

Mapping & 3D Modeling

The pictures you seize with the Mini 3 Professional might be changed into excessive decision 2D maps and 3D fashions utilizing photogrammetry software program you at the moment use, nevertheless you will have to seize the pictures manually presently for the reason that Mini 3 doesn’t combine with any present autonomous photograph seize softwares. SkyeBrowse, DroneDeploy and/or Pix4D will most certainly not be integrating the Mini 3 Professional into their software program.

The Mini 3 Professional will produce a excessive decision map and/or mannequin at an altitude at or beneath 200ft above floor stage(AGL) because of the 1/1.3” CMOS sensor. 9 Ten Drones did manually seize a collection of photographs which we processed right into a map and 3D mannequin.

It is very important notice that the Mini 3 Professional digital camera has an digital (“rolling”) shutter, so when the CMOS sensor is turned “On”, the sensor scans line by line sequentially which is able to lead to a rolling shutter distortion that will affect the standard of map/mannequin. My take from years of mapping with each mechanical and digital shutters, the affect is negligible until you might be mapping and modeling  for top precision surveying functions.

Here’s a hyperlink to a 3D mannequin created utilizing pictures captured with the DJI Mini 3 Professional and processed with DroneDeploy by 9 Ten Drones –

Mini 3 Professional Pricing Breakdown

Mini 3 Professional  – $759.00

  • Mini 3 Plane
  • Distant Controller N1
  • Clever Flight Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Spare Propeller Pair
  • Charging/Gadget Cables

Mini 3 Professional (DJI RC) – $909.00

  • Mini 3 Plane
  • Distant Controller DJI RC
  • Clever Flight Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Spare Propeller Pair
  • Charging/Gadget Cables

Mini 3 Professional (No RC) – $669.00

  • Mini 3 Plane
  • Clever Flight Battery
  • Spare Propeller Pair
  • Charging/Gadget Cables

Mini 3 Professional Fly Extra Equipment Plus – $249.00

  • Clever Flight Battery Plus x2
  • Two-Manner Charging Hub
  • Spare Propeller Pair x2
  • Screws x12
  • Shoulder Bag
  • USB 3.0 Kind-C Information Cable

Mini 3 Professional Fly Extra Equipment Plus – $189.00

  • Clever Flight Battery x2
  • Two-Manner Charging Hub
  • Spare Propeller Pair x2
  • Screws x12
  • Shoulder Bag
  • USB 3.0 Kind-C Information Cable

DJI RC – $309.00

Mini 3 Professional Clever Flight Battery Plus – $95.00

Mini 3 Professional Clever Flight Battery – $65.00

Mini 3 Professional ND Filter Set (16/64256) – $55.00

Mini 3 Professional Abstract

Buy the Mini 3 Professional in case you are in search of a leisure drone, so as to add aerial images to your actual property companies, to conduct room clearing for legislation enforcement functions, to examine infrastructure/development initiatives and a lot extra. At a price ticket beneath $1,500 you might be choosing up a completely loaded Mini 3 Professional drone with all of the extras that may make sure you present you a worthwhile return in your preliminary buy while you apply it appropriately. 

I extremely suggest choosing up the DJI RC Professional which comes with in-built display that forestalls you from having to fumble together with your cellular phone which is required when flying with the N1 distant controller. Buy the fly extra equipment or extra batteries so as to keep within the air longer, permitting you to seize extra of the household moments/reminiscences or present a superior industrial service to perspective purchasers. 

When you began flying drones with the Phantom 1 or are simply choosing up the distant controller at the moment, I can assure you will discover the worth packed contained in the highly effective little DJI Mini 3 Professional. I’m excited to see how a lot additional the business will develop over the following 8 years. The place do you suppose the usindustry may be within the 12 months 2030?

Learn extra about DJI:

nine ten dronesPaul Rossi is the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Pilot at9 Ten Drones, a N. C.-based drone companies firm, coaching heart, and reseller.  Rossi can also be the Outreach Coordinator for the North Carolina Chapter of AUVSI.  A graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical College and the U.S. Military Aviation Logistics Faculty, Rossi is passionate concerning the aviation business.  He holds each a non-public pilot’s license for manned plane and a Half 107 Distant Pilot’s Certificates.  You may see extra movies and product info on the 9 Ten Drones YouTube channel.




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