As you might have gathered from my previous articles about the DJI Mini 2 and the DJI Air 2S, I’ve been into drone photography for some time now. Currently, I still own both drones.
The Mini 2 has the advantage of being very small and, due to its weight of only 249g, also more universal. Among other things, it can be flown with restrictions in residential areas and above individual people in accordance with the current EU drone regulations. As a tribute to its light weight, however, it only has a camera with a small 12-megapixel sensor that allows shooting at about the level of current cell phones. That’s certainly not bad, but it doesn’t always meet my requirements.
In contrast, the Air 2S has the much better camera with a 1-inch sensor and 20 megapixels of resolution, as well as sensors for obstacle detection that enable autonomous flights. So it can, for example, automatically follow a person or circle around an object. Video capabilities are also improved. The Air 2S supports videos in 4k 60P and the 10bit D-LOG format. However, due to its higher weight, it is not allowed to be flown inside residential areas according to the actual EU drone regulations. In addition, the small drone license is required.
Now DJI has unveiled a new drone on May 10th, 2022 that apparently combines the advantages of the Mini 2 and Air 2S in one device: the DJI Mini 3 Pro.
It is as small and light (249g) as the Mini 2, so it can be flown inside residential areas. At the same time, it has a much larger (1/1.3″) sensor and fast f/1.7 24mm equivalent optics. The sensor is thus smaller than the one of the Air 2S, but the optics are faster (f/2.8 for the Air 2s). In addition, the resolution of the sensor has been increased to a remarkable 48 megapixels.
In terms of video, it has also almost caught up with the Air 2S, supporting 4k 60P and 10bit D-LOG format just like the latter. Obstacle detection sensors are now also built into the small drone, so it also supports autonomous flying.
After the presentation of the DJI Mini 3 Pro, I therefore did not hesitate for long and immediately ordered the kit with the brand new DJI RC controller. I just got an email from DJI that my drone is on its way. As soon as it arrives, I will immediately test it extensively and post a report here. As a photographer, I’m especially excited to see what image quality the 48Megapixel sensor delivers. The Mini 3 Pro also supports RAW format shooting.
I have already sold my DJI Mini 2. If the DJI Mini 3 Pro should also reach the image quality of the Air 2S, I will probably part with it later.