DJI Mavic 3: Unboxing and first look
DJI Mavic 3 has landed
It's a hefty box for sure.
For more information on the Mavic 3, along with tech specs and pricing, click here.
A very Apple touch.
Inside the box is a bag
A very nice bag. This converts into a backpack. I've owned a number of DJI drones and this is the nicest bag so far.
The fasteners are metal. A premium touch, but I'll be carrying this weight with me when I take the drone out.
A space for everything, and everything in its place
This bag doesn't feel too crowded, like other bags. and inside it lined with soft fleecy material. Nice touch.
Batteries, the charger, and the controller
A space for everything... nice touch, DJI.
Same as the one for the Mavic Air 2, Mini 2, and Air 2S.
These batteries feel huge.
USB-C charger for charging the batteries.
Instructions and battery holder
Everything oozes quality.
Props, cables, and ND filters
Spectacles for the Mavic 3, useful for keeping to the 180-degree rule when taking video.
The batteries are massive
These are chunky!
- 5000 mAh, 15.4 V, LiPo 4S, 77 Wh
- 5° to 40° C (41° to 104° F) operating temp
I can't get over how big these batteries are
DJI rates then capable of 46 minutes of flight time in no wind. We will see.
Switch and indicator built into battery
A very nice, robust, sleek design.
Connectors on the other end
This is a very nice design, reminding me of the Mini 2.
Batteries in the charger
Far better than the charger for the Air 2/Air 2S, where the batteries would fall off the charger regulalry.
And here it is
Mavic 3, wearing the gimbal/prop guard.
Weighing in at 895 g, this is a lot heftier than the Air 2S, and a Godzilla next to the Mini 2
The gimbal guard is very nice
Much better, and easier to get off and on, than the plastic guard on earlier drones.
And here we have the camera array
Smartphones have multiple cameras these days, so why not drones.
Hasselblad 4/3-inch CMOS, 84°/24 mm f/2.8 to f/11, 20-megapixel camera
1/2-inch CMOS Tele camera, 15°/162 mm f/4.4, 12-megapixel camera
Yes, it's massive, bigger than the Mavic 2 Pro
Everything oozes quality. This feels a premium built -- and for the price, it should!
Forward avoidance sensors and camera array
This isn't a drone, this is an aerial camera platform.
Upwards and rear/lateral avoidance sensors
This thing is bristling with sensors.
One of the motors
Four of these can propel the Mavic 3 at up to 19 m/s (42 mph).
For reduced noise, according to DJI.
The battery fits like a glove. Very positive, secure connection.
USB-C and microSD card slot
Hidden under a rubber cover.
DJI Mavic 3 with controller
According to DJI, the drone and controller can maintain a connection up to 15 km (unobstructed). I won't be testing that.
DJI Mavic 3 with controller
The new design offers improved wind resistance.
Huge camera array
It's hard to believe that there's a 4/3-inch sensor AND a 1/2-inch sensor in that package.
The upgraded camera is capable of recording 5.1K 5120×2700 video at 24/25/30/48/50fps.
The gimbal is a 3-axis motorized platform (tilt, roll, pan)
- Tilt: -135° to 100°
- Roll: -45° to 45°
- Pan: -27° to 27°
- Tilt: -90° to 35°
- Pan: -5° to 5°
First power up.
Very sleek, industrial design
It's a look that means business.
Mavic 3 in the middle, flanked by the Mini 2 (left) and Air 2S (right)
Another look at the fleet
DJI drones have come a long way in the last year.
The Mavic 3 comes with 8GB of built-in storage, but that's not going to go far.
Vision and infrared sensors.
The battery compartment
I like this design a lot better tha the Mavic Air 2/Air 2S design with the battery on the top.
Sensors and cooling
DJI have built a lot of cooling fins into the Mavic 3.
Overall, a very nice design
The Mavic 3 feels a lot more robust and substantial than the other foldable drones from DJI.