In-Depth Assessment DJI Mini 3 Professional

DJI Mini 3 Professional – Transfer Over Everybody – A Skilled Drone for Underneath $1,000

by Paul Rossi, DRONELIFE Contributor and Chief Operations Officer and Chief Pilot at 9 Ten Drones.

All costs are estimates as of time of publication and topic to vary.

Earlier this 12 months we noticed producers downsize their sUAS whereas additionally improve efficiency capabilities by introducing “upgraded” variations of already out there fashions.

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In Might of 2022 DJI launched the Mini 3 Professional which began displaying up within the wild all through June and into July. The Mini 3 Professional with DJI RC is a big improve to the Mini 2 which had no impediment detection and required a cellphone or the costly DJI Good Controller to fly.

For therefore many of us the primary drone they may ever fly is that this miniature “ship” that weighs lower than .55 kilos (Sure, this drone weighs simply over half a pound and I did name a drone a ship, shoutout to the good Jon McBride). 28 years in the past I performed EA sports activities video games on my brothers model new Ps and 26 years years after releasing the PS1, Sony launched the ps 5 in 2020. DJI launched the Phantom in January 2013 and in slightly over 9 years the corporate has reached its “Ps 5” second, with the discharge of the Mini 3 Professional.

For my part, when in comparison with Sony’s Ps gaming console, DJI has developed its drone know-how and merchandise at a price thrice quicker. Bringing this introduction again to the drone overview; in case your first flight is with the Mini 3 Professional, that’s like beginning your online game journey with a ps 5, you’ll have little perspective on the place it began. Regardless of which drone you started your flying with, you’ll actually benefit from the expertise of flying the Mini 3 Professional.

Mini 3 Professional

Review DJI Mini 3 ProThe Mini 3 Professional is compact, but highly effective, requiring a small footprint for launch and restoration which is perfect for hobbyists and professionals performing work in environments with restricted area. All through this overview I might be diving into among the particulars that make the Mini 3 Professional, pound for pound, one of the best prosumer drone presently out there for buy. DJI has taken the Mini 2 and made it considerably higher with the addition of impediment sensors, improved digicam specs, a redesigned physique, prolonged flight time and integration with the DJI RC sensible distant.

Mini 3 Professional Battery Choices

DJI is once more elevating the bar, retaining pilots within the air longer by engineering a drone that flies for over 40 minutes with the upgraded “Plus” battery, promoting as much as 47 minutes of flight time and 40 minutes of hover time, in no wind. Necessary to notice that the Mini 3 Professional is offered with a normal battery that gives roughly 32 minutes flight time. 

Chances are you’ll be asking your self this query proper now “How can a drone have two totally different flight occasions if the payload doesn’t change?”. The straightforward reply is the battery casing for each the “commonplace” and the plus is similar nonetheless the Li-ion cells they’re placing contained in the instances are totally different. The plus battery contains cells which might be bigger (heavier by 40.5 grams) which in flip present an elevated capability for prolonged flight time.

When put in for flight, the “plus” mannequin batteries will put your drone over 250 grams and outdoors the “Class 1” class which affords the pilot the choice to function over human beings and shifting automobiles in a transient nature, by no means hovering and/or loitering over an individuals over shifting automobiles (See 14 CFR 107.39 FAR for laws concerning operations over human beings). When flying the Mini 3 Professional to conduct “Class 1” operations all the time be sure to have your “commonplace” battery and prop guards put in.

If max endurance is the aim and the flight operations received’t be performed over human beings it would be best to have your “plus” battery put in to maintain you airborne longer. It’s actually thrilling to be speaking a few drone with “adjustable” battery choices which might be tailor-made towards particular flight operations. The time period “max endurance” is one thing the FAA is testing distant pilots on through the written examination nonetheless it not often comes up in operational dialog since battery cost share has zero influence on the burden of a battery.

Mini 3 Professional Clever Flight Battery “Normal”

– 80.5g weight (sub 249 gram drone weight when put in)

– 2453mAh capability

– 32 minutes flight time

– 70 minute recharge (30w USB-C)

Mini 3 Professional Clever Flight Battery Plus

– 121g weight (drone exceeds 250 grams when put in)

– 3850mAh capability

– 43 minutes flight time

– 110 minute recharge (30w USB-C)

After a number of check flights on the 9 Ten Drones coaching facility in Holly Springs, NC we averaged a max flight time simply over 42 minutes whereas flying and 37 minutes hovering in little to no wind circumstances with the Mini 3 Professional “Plus” battery. (Security Be aware: In every of our check flights we flew the Mini 3 Professional battery down to five% or much less which we don’t advocate anybody do regularly.)

Presently, there aren’t many commercial-off-the-shelf drones that present flight occasions in extra of 40 minutes. Whether or not you might be utilizing the Mini 3 Professional for actual property images or sending it indoors to clear a construction you’ll most actually recognize the prolonged flight time it supplies.

Extra batteries for the Mini 3 Professional will value $95 for the plus mannequin and $65 for the usual mannequin.

Mini 3 Professional Distant Choices

The Mini 3 Professional will be bought 3 ways; with the DJI RC, RC N1 or and not using a distant.

The DJI RC is the most recent distant controller to be launched by DJI which works with the Mini 3 Professional and the Mavic 3 drones. The DJI RC leverages the most recent OccuSync 3.0 know-how that gives transmission ranges as much as 7.5 miles in keeping with DJI advertising and marketing. In testing we discovered the vary of the DJI RC paired with the Mini 3 Professional to be slightly below 1 mile whereas flying at 400 AGL in a suburban surroundings. We discovered the battery life to exceed 3 hours, a number of business tasks, earlier than we determined to recharge the DJI RC battery which took simply over 90 minutes. The 700 nit display brightness on the DJI RC allowed us to see particulars simply even when holding the distant in direct daylight. The DJI RC is an outstanding distant controller that we extremely advocate buying together with the Mini 3 Professional.

The RC N1 requires the pilot to make use of their cellphone as a display with a purpose to leverage the drones FPV digicam whereas additionally permitting for the seize of picture/video information. The N1 distant is ergonomic and appropriate for hobbyists pilots. Anybody seeking to function commercially ought to think about buying the Mini 3 Professional with the DJI RC.

Possibly you already personal a DJI Mavic 3, Air 2 or Air 2S which got here with the RC N1. On this case you can go forward and buy the Mini 3 Professional and not using a distant controller because the RC N1 can be utilized with multiple drone at totally different occasions, by no means pairing to or controlling multiple drone at a time. 

Mini 3 Professional Digital camera Specs

  • 1/1.3” CMOS Picture Sensor
  • Efficient Pixels: 48MP
  • Fastened Aperture: f/1.7
  • 4K HDR Video @ 30FPS
  • 4k @ 60FPS
  • 1080p @ 120FPS
  • True Vertical Capturing
  • Gimbal Tilt: -135* to 80*
  • D-Cinelike Colour mode

DJI brings again the vertical picture and video seize choice that we noticed within the unique Mavic plane, with “true vertical capturing” permitting your digital content material to be immediately share worthy. Gone are the times of cropping and/or rotating your panorama video with a purpose to share it throughout the assorted social platforms.

Review DJI Mini 3 ProFlying the Mini 3 Professional

Each time I fly a brand new DJI plane or maintain a newly launched distant, I’m tempted to get entangled with design/manufacturing however then I bear in mind how I don’t have a large enough bag of money to fund even one of the best of concepts. Unboxing the Mini 3 Professional ignited that “Grasp Builder” hearth in a method no different drone has prior to now.

In only a few years DJI has taken the “Mavic Mini” from hobbyist to skilled with only a few enhancements to the plane and distant. The very first thing I did was fly the Mini 3 Professional straight at some obstacles to check the performance of the newly built-in impediment detection and avoidance system. Holy wow, I used to be impressed instantly, with the plane set to “bypass” mode it was effortlessly navigating tight areas and avoiding obstacles with ease. The spatial consciousness and avoidance offered by the six(6) visible sensors is second to none.

(Security Be aware: The ahead impediment detection solely works at speeds of 23 MPH or much less, with the rearward impediment detection working at speeds lower than 18 MPH.)

The Mini 3 Professional detects and avoids obstacles in handbook flight utilizing its Superior Pilot Help Techniques (APAS 4.0) know-how. Flying below the concrete bleachers was an incredible demonstration of how this car can be utilized to help in confined area asset inspections.

The stay feed offered on the DJI RC is crisp. The colours are clear, daring and positive to make you consider you can be filming for the following large blockbuster film in Hollywood. The “sensible distant” for the Mini drone is a big improve and makes the flying expertise all of the extra satisfying. Much less fumbling with a cellphone means much less time establishing and a zero % likelihood {that a} cellphone name interrupts your subsequent flight.

DJI has taken cheap to the skilled degree with the Mini 3 Professional. This very reasonably priced drone is able to capturing each picture and video that can be utilized for advertising and marketing in any respect ranges in addition to assist decrease price range video productions. 9 Ten Drones is presently leveraging the Mini 3 Professional to offer business actual property companies and to assist the creation of our personal advertising and marketing/social media content material. Here’s a hyperlink to a video produced for a number one business actual property agency within the Sandhills, North Carolina area:

Clever Flight Modes

The Mini 3 Professional has varied flight modes that can enable for clever automated flight making your job of capturing the scene and topic simpler than earlier than. These flight modes embrace;

– MasterShots is a gaggle of automated flight maneuvers the Mini 3 Professional will carry out whereas additionally capturing video on the identical time. As soon as the flight maneuver is accomplished you can be left with a enjoyable cinematic video to share and combine into your tasks. This collection of flight modes is nice for folk simply studying methods to fly.

– FocusTrack goes to assist you to observe and observe topics flawlessly with little or no person enter. The three choices for flight when piloting within the FocusTrack flight mode embrace ActiveTrack 4.0, Highlight 2.0 and Level of Curiosity 3.0. Take a look at this video to see how the drone performs in FocusTrack:

– Hyperlapse will assist you to seize these stunning rolling clouds and shifting automobiles with a drama induced ‘excessive pace” impact that beforehand required a excessive degree of piloting and video modifying expertise. With very restricted enter you now get the proper hyper lapse video straight from the Mini 3 Professional.

– Digital Zoom is offering skilled customers with the improved payload capabilities to keep up a protected standoff distance whereas nonetheless inspecting and capturing the asset or focal point.

Mapping & 3D Modeling

The images you seize with the Mini 3 Professional will be was excessive decision 2D maps and 3D fashions utilizing photogrammetry software program you presently use, nonetheless you’ll need to seize the photographs manually at the moment because the Mini 3 doesn’t combine with any present autonomous picture seize softwares. SkyeBrowse, DroneDeploy and/or Pix4D will most definitely not be integrating the Mini 3 Professional into their software program.

The Mini 3 Professional will produce a excessive decision map and/or mannequin at an altitude at or under 200ft above floor degree(AGL) because of the 1/1.3” CMOS sensor. 9 Ten Drones did manually seize a collection of photos which we processed right into a map and 3D mannequin.

You will need to word that the Mini 3 Professional digicam has an digital (“rolling”) shutter, so when the CMOS sensor is turned “On”, the sensor scans line by line sequentially which is able to lead to a rolling shutter distortion which will influence the standard of map/mannequin. My take from years of mapping with each mechanical and digital shutters, the influence is negligible until you might be mapping and modeling  for prime precision surveying functions.

Here’s a hyperlink to a 3D mannequin created utilizing images captured with the DJI Mini 3 Professional and processed with DroneDeploy by 9 Ten Drones –

Mini 3 Professional Pricing Breakdown

Mini 3 Professional  – $759.00

  • Mini 3 Plane
  • Distant Controller N1
  • Clever Flight Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Spare Propeller Pair
  • Charging/System Cables

Mini 3 Professional (DJI RC) – $909.00

  • Mini 3 Plane
  • Distant Controller DJI RC
  • Clever Flight Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Spare Propeller Pair
  • Charging/System Cables

Mini 3 Professional (No RC) – $669.00

  • Mini 3 Plane
  • Clever Flight Battery
  • Spare Propeller Pair
  • Charging/System Cables

Mini 3 Professional Fly Extra Equipment Plus – $249.00

  • Clever Flight Battery Plus x2
  • Two-Manner Charging Hub
  • Spare Propeller Pair x2
  • Screws x12
  • Shoulder Bag
  • USB 3.0 Sort-C Knowledge Cable

Mini 3 Professional Fly Extra Equipment Plus – $189.00

  • Clever Flight Battery x2
  • Two-Manner Charging Hub
  • Spare Propeller Pair x2
  • Screws x12
  • Shoulder Bag
  • USB 3.0 Sort-C Knowledge Cable

DJI RC – $309.00

Mini 3 Professional Clever Flight Battery Plus – $95.00

Mini 3 Professional Clever Flight Battery – $65.00

Mini 3 Professional ND Filter Set (16/64256) – $55.00

Mini 3 Professional Abstract

Buy the Mini 3 Professional if you’re searching for a leisure drone, so as to add aerial images to your actual property companies, to conduct room clearing for regulation enforcement functions, to examine infrastructure/development tasks and a lot extra. At a price ticket below $1,500 you might be selecting up a completely loaded Mini 3 Professional drone with all of the extras that can make sure to present you a worthwhile return in your preliminary buy while you apply it appropriately. 

I extremely advocate selecting up the DJI RC Professional which comes with inbuilt display that forestalls you from having to fumble along with your cellphone which is required when flying with the N1 distant controller. Buy the fly extra equipment or extra batteries with a purpose to keep within the air longer, permitting you to seize extra of the household moments/recollections or present a superior business service to perspective shoppers. 

For those who began flying drones with the Phantom 1 or are simply selecting up the distant controller as we speak, I can assure you will see that the worth packed contained in the highly effective little DJI Mini 3 Professional. I’m excited to see how a lot additional the business will develop over the following 8 years. The place do you suppose the united statesindustry could be within the 12 months 2030?

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nine ten dronesPaul Rossi is the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Pilot at9 Ten Drones, a N. C.-based drone companies firm, coaching heart, and reseller.  Rossi can be the Outreach Coordinator for the North Carolina Chapter of AUVSI.  A graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical College and the U.S. Military Aviation Logistics Faculty, Rossi is passionate concerning the aviation business.  He holds each a non-public pilot’s license for manned plane and a Half 107 Distant Pilot’s Certificates.  You possibly can see extra movies and product data on the 9 Ten Drones YouTube channel.


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