DJI Mavic 3 review: flying fortress

Two-minute review

The DJI Mavic 3 is the most powerful folding drone the company has made so far – and in pure performance terms, it’s also the best. But the big improvements over the DJI Mavic 2 Pro come with a cost. This means that for most non-professionals, the smaller and more affordable DJI Air 2S is the better all-round buy.

The highlight of the DJI Mavic 3 is undoubtedly its new dual-camera, which features two individual sensors and lenses. Impressively, the main camera houses a 20MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor with adjustable aperture – and this provides the best image quality in its class. The drone’s second telephoto lens is much more limited, lacking manual controls or raw shooting, but is an occasionally useful alternative for capturing distant subjects. 

The Mavic 3 is available in two versions – the Standard and the Cine. The main difference between the two, price aside, is that Cine features a built-in 1TB SSD rather than 8GB of internal storage, with support for Apple ProRes 422 HQ video recording. We used the Cine Premium Combo for this review, which offers all of the same flight and stills photography features as the standard version, with the exception being the ability to shoot Apple ProRes.

The DJI Mavic 3 drone's front camera on a green background

(Image credit: Future)

The improved video shooting powers of the Mavic 3 make it a significant upgrade on the Mavic 2 series, and pitch it more at professional photographers and videographers. It can shoot 5.1K video up to 50fps, 4K at up to 120fps, FHD up to 120fps when shooting Apple ProRes, and up to 200fps when using the H264/H.265 codecs, which includes D-Log (Raw).

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