DJI Mini 3 Pro – why I ordered the mini drone directly…

DJI Mini 3 Pro photo

This article is about the DJI Mini 3 Pro, which was presented by DJI yesterday on May 10.5.2022, XNUMX. In this article you will find out why I am already enthusiastic about it and why I stayed away from drones for a long time.

I've been involved with drones for quite a long time and have also flown wild models. My first photo drone was an 8-rotor microcopter, which was extremely large, but unfortunately vibrated so much that it was impossible to record a movie with it. Even the photos were blurry at times, although the camera was a Sony Alpha NEX 7, which certainly had good autofocus.

Update 20.05.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX: DJI Mini News Group

If you would like to exchange ideas with other DJI Mini users (without sending your data to Facebook), you are welcome to join my group. I use the Apple Messages app. If you would like to join the group, please send me your Apple ID (email or phone number). info@sir-apfelot.de and write “DJI Mini Group” in the subject. Then I put him in the group.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro is a small drone that weighs less than 250 grams and therefore has hardly any restrictions when flying. I ordered it straight away because it combines fascinating features in the smallest of spaces (photos: DJI).
The DJI Mini 3 Pro is a small drone that weighs less than 250 grams and therefore has hardly any restrictions when flying. I ordered it straight away because it combines fascinating features in the smallest of spaces (photos: DJI).

My former drone fleet

Then came various other models, such as the Asctec Falcon 8, DJI Mavic, DJI Phantom, DJI Spark and the DJI Mavic Air. So I've been through a lot and in the end I have to say that DJI drones offer the best bundles of good technology and a good app from my point of view.

With the Mini 3 Pro you can either take the controller on the left, which requires a smartphone. I also ordered the new controller (right), which has an integrated 5,5 inch display and is basically an Android system with the pre-installed DJI app.
With the Mini 3 Pro you can either take the controller on the left, which requires a smartphone. I also ordered the new controller (right), which has an integrated 5,5 inch display and is basically an Android system with the pre-installed DJI app.

Drones weren't fun anymore...

However, I haven't bothered about drones seriously in the last few years, because the constant legal changes and the introduction of the drone license have spoiled the fun of flying for me. And overall, there is a negative attitude towards drones among the population, which is often not unfounded when you see some YouTubers simply flying in cities, highways or near people and animals without regard to any laws, thereby endangering them .

But despite all these negative points, in the last two or three years I haven't had the opportunity to take a little sightseeing flight or take a few photos from a bird's eye view when I've been out in nature. The only drone I currently have is the DJI Mavic (the first Mavic) and it's too heavy to take with me on every hike. So basically I would still have the will to do something with a drone, but I don't have the right model.

The DJI Mini is really pocket-sized, but don't forget that you also have a controller with you. So you need at least two jacket pockets.
The DJI Mini is really pocket-sized, but don't forget that you also have a controller with you. So you need at least two jacket pockets.

DJI Mini 3 Pro - insane technology in the palm of your hand

The DJI Mini model series is the solution to my problem and with the DJI Mini 2 I could have bought a decent mini drone last year. No question, the DJI Mini 2 is also impressive for its size (I'm saying that without ever having flown it and just based on the reviews I've seen), but it just doesn't have a LOG profile for filming, which one does would enable a high dynamic range and proper post-processing for videos.

I wasn't entirely convinced of the picture quality I've seen so far either. Photos in sunlight are of course good and the RAW format also helps to get more out of post-processing, but the darker areas are often noisy and the dynamic range is not that great either.

For these reasons I have not bought a DJI Mini before, but that has changed with the DJI Mini 3 Pro.

With a flight time of 34 minutes, the flight duration is another 3 minutes longer than with the Mini 2.
With a flight time of 34 minutes, the flight duration is another 3 minutes longer than with the Mini 2.

DJI Mini 2 vs. DJI Mini 3 Pro - the improvements

The DJI Mini 3 Pro seems to be the advancement that all DJI Mini 2 owners have been waiting for. Well, it is slightly larger than the DJI Mini 2 when unfolded, but only slightly larger in pack size and the same weight.

What has been improved are the following points:

  • Resolution: 48MP compared to 12MP on the Mini 2
  • Sensor: 1/1.3 inch CMOS instead of 1/2.3 inch CMOS (larger sensor)
  • Video: 4K/60 fps compared to 4K/30 fps on the Mini 2
  • Bit rate: 150 Mbps instead of 100 Mbps
  • Flight time: 34 minutes instead of 31 minutes for the Mini 2
  • Video transmission: 8km, 1080p/30fps instead of 6km, 720p/30fps
  • Sensors: forward, backward and down instead of just down on the Mini 2
  • Aperture: f/1.7 aperture instead of f/2.8 on the Mini 2
  • Camera orientation: horizontal AND vertical (true vertical!)
  • Gimbal tilt: Up to 60° (significantly less with the DJI Mini 2, but don't have a value at hand)
  • Slow Motion Video: 120 fps (not available on DJI Mini 2)
  • Video format: MP4/MOV (H.264/H.265) instead of MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC) for Mini 2
  • MasterShots: only available on the DJI Mini 3 Pro (a sequence of different video recordings and photos that the drone takes at the push of a button)
  • DJI RC Controller (with 5,5 inch display): only for the DJI Mini 3 Pro

You can already see that the DJI Mini 3 Pro is technically quite a leap forward. A small, unpleasant side effect is that the price is also noticeably more expensive.

So if you are looking for a cheap entry-level drone, the DJI Mini 2 might be the best choice. If you want the latest technology at a still good price, you can access the DJI Mini 3 Pro without hesitation.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro has another special feature: it can actually turn the camera into the vertical format and thus create high-resolution photos in portrait format.
The DJI Mini 3 Pro has another special feature: it can actually turn the camera into the vertical format and thus create high-resolution photos in portrait format.

Why I ordered the DJI Mini 3 Pro...

My DJI Mavic is actually quite a passable drone. There are only three things that bothered me a bit:

  1. When I pack the drone with 3 batteries and controller, my backpack is almost full.
  2. She only has down sensors.
  3. Fumbling with the controller and iPhone has always horrified me. The mount couldn't hold my cased iPhone and it was always annoying to take the iPhone out of the case, put it in the controller and then launch the app.
  4. The DJI Mavic weighs well over 250 grams and thus falls into the "Open Category A1 C1", where you are not allowed to fly over uninvolved people. This means flying over a ski slope or over a beach where people are walking is not allowed. With the DJI Mini 3 Pro, on the other hand, it does, since it weighs less than 250 grams and thus falls into the "Open Category A1 C0".

In principle, I want to have a drone that is as harmless as possible, that is nice and small, maybe also makes less noise than a large one and still delivers usable photos and videos. The DJI Mini 3 Pro should meet these requirements.

If you want to take a look at them, you can go directly to DJI or Amazon. The relevant links are here:

140,00 EUR
DJI Mini 3 Pro – Lightweight and foldable camera drone with 4K/60fps videos, 48 ​​MP photos, 34 minutes...
  • Worry-free flying - With a weight of <249 g, the Mini 3 Pro does not require any ...
  • Professional Recording - Record your world in stunning detail with 4K/60fps video and 48MP photos. That...
  • Perfect portrait shots - The new DJI Mini 3 Pro offers true vertical shots for portraits, ideal for ...

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25 Responses to "DJI Mini 3 Pro - why I ordered the mini drone directly..."

  1. Peter William

    Thanks! Same drone career as you, with almost the same copters. break for the same reasons. DJI Mini 3 now on the slip.
    Really now.

    1. Jen Kleinholz

      Hi Peter! Haha, that makes me happy! We should have a chat. 😊 From what I've heard, the DJI Mini 3 Pro is also nice and quiet compared to the other wasp nest audio imitations. I'm excited for the first flight!

  2. Hello, Jens!
    I'm interested in the same model. But I still got my pilot's license. A lot of basic knowledge is imparted. The yes! Less than 250 grams. A lot is possible, but not everything and there is still a lot to consider. For example, data protection, geofences, nature conservation laws, etc. All of this and more must also be observed with the u 250 G.
    gruß
    Volker

    1. Jen Kleinholz

      Yes, there are a few things to consider, that's right. I also did the A1/C0. I still lack the muse for the other note. 😂

  3. Hello!
    Another tip. I fly with the Dronique app. Excellent for preparing and post-flight.
    Nice WE still
    LG
    Volker

    1. Jen Kleinholz

      Hello Volker! Yes, it's also been on my iPhone for about a week. But at first I was a bit confused by the nationwide warnings about the Ukraine war. At first I couldn't see why I had two warnings here. But after clicking the expand arrow it was clear to me that it was related to the war.

  4. Men!

    Unfortunately I'm not quite there yet. I'm still waiting for some comparison tests with the Autel Nano+. which has similar performance characteristics. The camera in particular is also very good. The message group would be a good idea 👍.

    1. Jen Kleinholz

      Hi Volker! I also briefly considered taking the Autel Nano, but after watching the Autel app for a few videos, the decision was made quickly. Autel's app is somehow not very intuitive and looks like it's still in the beta stage. While the specs of the drone are good, the app is essential and DJI is years ahead.

      Regarding the DJI Mini news group: I'd like to create one in Apple's news app and if you like it, please let me know. It is best to enter the Apple ID info@sir-apfelot.de Send and write in the subject "DJI Mini Group". I won't record you directly because I'd rather wait for your OK. There's nothing worse than just being accepted into a group without wanting to. 😂

      1. Peter William

        When I'm "forced" into a group, I always start a drawn-out conversation with a non-existent Heike. Everyone else sometimes believes for weeks that something went wrong when setting up the group because they can never see Heike's answers...

        By the way, Heike is in Munich today. But she left her bike at the train station in Darmstadt.

        1. Jen Kleinholz

          Good tactic! All you would need is a chatbot that takes over the conversation itself, otherwise you have to keep typing something. 😂 Oh, and greetings to Heike! :-P

          1. Peter William

            It's nice of you to talk to me, Hans.
            What would you like to talk to me about?
            May I help you? I am here to help you.

  5. Peter William

    Folks, when you buy drones, believe an old man who has been flying around with these things for ages - also professionally.
    I have never had a need for a large commercial drone. That's why I've always bought good consumer drones. I tried all sorts of other drones for my YouTube videos.

    Bottom line: DJI has managed to set the standards in all areas and always be significantly better than other manufacturers.

    My opinion based on years of experience: If you use a drone, then it's from DJI.

  6. Thanks for the article.

    What I'm interested in:
    Is the new controller compatible with other drones? I have the Mavic 2 Pro and the handling with the smartphone annoys me. That's why I'm currently considering buying the remote control.

    1. Jen Kleinholz

      I don't think this will work. The Mavic 2 uses Ocusync 2 (as far as I know) and the Mini 3 Pro uses Ocusync 3. What you probably need is the DJI Smart Controller, which supports OcuSync 2 but unfortunately is no longer manufactured. But maybe you can find it cheap used.

  7. Hi!
    Unfortunately, the new controller is currently not compatible. DJI is probably planning that for the future. However, there is no date for that.

    LG Volker

    1. Jen Kleinholz

      Yes, it would be great if they planned something like that. At some point it becomes confusing as to what is compatible with which equipment. 😂

  8. Hallo,

    I have a question about the DJI Mini 3 Pro: the fixed aperture of f1/7. When the weather is nice, aren't the pictures blurry with such an open aperture? With normal photography at this aperture, one point would be sharp and the rest blurry. And how to adjust the brightness if the aperture is fixed? Thanks for the information. Greetings, Tim

    1. Hello Tim! So far I haven't had any blurry pictures - not even when the weather is nice. I can't tell you why this isn't technically the case. And the brightness is controlled by the exposure time. With videos, however, it makes more sense to work with ND filters here so that you get “softer” recordings. Regards Jens

    2. Hi Tim,

      a) as Jens wrote, you control the exposure over time (2 seconds to 1/8000), alternatively over the sensitivity (up to 6.400). With video recordings, if you film faster / shorter than 1/125, you have the shutter effect, i.e. the pictures do not run evenly in the movements because the shutter closes more often. Therefore film with 1/30 or 1/50 second. To achieve this, ND (Neutral Density / Gray Filter) filters are used, which increase the exposure time. You can set the exposure time / sensitivity via the app or remote control while you fly. Or you are on automatic and just enter whether it should be slightly over- or underexposed.

      b)If sharpness no. That would now go beyond the scope. The camera has a
      1/1,3″ CMOS with Effective Pixels: 48 MP at 8064×6048. And the focal length is equivalent to 24mm. So wide angle. With wide-angle you don't have to stop down so much - depending on the subject. The pictures are sharp even with a large aperture (small number). And you don't want to have a sharp image from 1 centimeter to infinity, you want it to be a little deeper. Now there is also the fact that a drone has enough distance to its subjects. If you want to photograph a house, a church or a forest, you are easily ten meters or more away. If you use the app to set the focus and then calculate how big the distance is and how deep the sharpness is, you will find that it is enough for a house and a church. And in the video, an open aperture is simply much better.

      1. Hello Tim! Thank you for your professional comment. 😊 I can't help with that much background knowledge, so I'm always happy when readers speak up. Thanks!

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