DJI’s smallest and lightest drone is getting a significant upgrade, both in features and price. The recently announced Mini 3 Pro comes with a new design, 4K60 video, a larger image sensor, a larger aperture, obstacle avoidance sensors, and even an option for a larger battery. But don’t expect it to be as affordable as its predecessor. The Mini 3 Pro is $669 to start, and that’s the price without one controller. With one controller, you’ll pay $759 or more, a $300 premium over last year’s Mini 2.
What hasn’t changed is that the Mini 3 Pro still weighs less than 250 grams, which means you won’t need to register it with the FAA (with one important exception depending on the battery you choose). There’s also a welcome throwback to the original Mavic Pro: you can rotate the Mini 3 Pro’s gimbal 90 degrees to shoot vertical videos and photos. Even Snap’s drone can’t do that without a big crop.
The Mini 3 Pro has a new and slightly larger 1/1.3-inch sensor compared to the 1/2.3-inch sensor found in the Mini 2, capable of shooting 4K video at up to 60fps and HDR in 4K up to 30fps. Unlike the Mini 2, the Mini 3 Pro can also shoot in a flat color profile to give videographers a few more color options in post-production. The Mini 3 Pro is also capable of capturing up to 48MP photos. All of that footage is captured on a new camera with an f/1.7 aperture, which is great news for anyone who enjoys low-light drone photography and videography.
Obstacle avoidance sensors mean the Mini 3 can do a lot more with autonomous flight modes like Spotlight 2.0, which helps you keep your subject in the frame while you focus in flight, or Point of Interest 3.0, which orbits people or buildings within a certain radius and speed. ActiveTrack 4.0 helps autonomously track subjects, either from behind or while flying parallel to the side.
Mini 3 Pro is also capable of other intelligent flight modes, such as MasterShots, which was introduced in DJI Air 2S and sends your drone to autonomously create a short edit based on pre-programmed flights. The Mini can now also shoot hyperlapse video and other legacy predetermined flight paths such as drones, propellers, rockets, circles, boomerangs, and asteroids.
The Mini 3 Pro comes with two battery options this year. There’s the standard battery, which gives you a maximum flight time of 34 minutes on a single charge, a slight increase compared to the Mini 2’s 31 minutes. But there’s also the option to buy an “Intelligent Flight Battery Plus”, which allows for an impressive maximum flight time of 47 minutes. Travel time for each is 30 and 40 minutes, respectively. However, using the larger battery means your drone will weigh more than 250 grams, so don’t forget to register your drone with the FAA if you plan to spend more on the “Fly More Kit Plus” that comes with that battery. . It will cost you $909.
In addition to the drone, DJI is also launching a new remote controller: the DJI RC. It is a much lighter and stripped down version of the $1199 DJI RC Pro. It features a bright 700 nit 5.5-inch integrated display that eliminates the need for a phone. DJI drones typically require you to attach a phone to the controller, and that’s still true for this drone, unless you pay an extra $340 to include the new DJI RC. The DJI RC will only be available with the Mini 3 Pro at launch. DJI says, “There is potential to be compatible with other drones in the future.”
You can pre-order the Mini 3 Pro starting today and there are plenty of packages to choose from. If you already have a compatible remote controller, like the RC-N1 that came with the Mini 2, Air 2, and Air 2S, you can buy just the drone for $669. If you need the controller, you can buy the drone and the standard RC-N1 for $759. And if you want that new display-equipped DJI controller with the drone, you’re looking at $909.
However, DJI does not have a firm shipping date to confirm at this time. In North America, the DJI Mini 3 Pro will ship this summer, but that’s about as specific as DJI could get.
On top of all that, you can add the Fly More Kit for an extra $189, which includes two extra Intelligent Flight Batteries (the standard ones that still keep your drone under 250g), a charging hub, two sets of propellers, and a shoulder bag. There’s also the Fly More Kit Plus, which includes everything listed above, but replaces the standard batteries with larger 47-minute batteries for $249. All of this means you could spend between $669 and $1,158 for this drone, and that’s before you even consider adding an extended warranty.
As is the case with most current DJI drones, the Mini 3 Pro uses OcuSync 3.0 technology for its connection, which promises connectivity for up to 18.6 miles, not that you need to fly it that far. Please no.
The “Pro” suffix in the name suggests that a non-pro version of the Mini 3 could be on the horizon. But, as of now, DJI will not confirm that any such drone is in the works.
Correction May 10, 11:55 am ET: The article originally said that the Mini 3 Pro does not have reverse sensing capabilities. While it doesn’t have physical sensors on the back, it does have rear sensing with the help of other sensors. We are sorry for the mistake.