DJI Mini 3: A Cheaper Alternative to the Mini 3 Pro with Unique Features and Limitations

Drone manufacturer DJI has announced the release of the DJI Mini 3, a cheaper version of the Mini 3 Pro that was released earlier this year.

The Mini 3 weighs 249 grams and has a 1/1,3″-sensor, just like the Pro version. It can shoot 4k-hdr video at a maximum of 30fps or fullhd at a maximum of 60fps, and can take 12-megapixel photos. It also has the True Vertical Shooting feature from the Mini 3 Pro, allowing the gimbal to rotate 90 degrees for social media content.

The Mini 3 does not support ActiveTrack or Hyperlapse, both of which are available on the Mini 3 Pro. It also lacks the O3 Air Unit present in the Mini 3 Pro, and the DJI O2 video transmission can only provide a 720p/30fps live feed at a maximum distance of 10km.

The Mini 3 has a maximum flight time of 38 minutes, which can be increased to 51 minutes with an Intelligent Flight Battery Plus. However, this battery is only available outside of Europe. The Mini 2 had a maximum flight time of 31 minutes, and the Mini 3 Pro’s battery can last for a maximum of 34 minutes.

The DJI Mini 3 has an advised retail price of 489 euros for the drone only, intended for users who already have a compatible controller. The Mini 3 and DJI RC-N1 controller can be purchased together for 579 euros, and a Fly More combo including the RC controller, spare propellers, two extra batteries, and other accessories is available for 938 euros.