DJI Mavic 3 Pro leaks out with two cameras, 46-minute flights and a Four Thirds sensor

DJI may be about to upend the world of aerial photography yet again — by introducing a drone with drastically improved battery life and two cameras instead of one. DroneDJ and leaker Jasper Ellens are both independently reporting that the Mavic 3 Pro is real, coming this November, and it sounds like it’ll have some significant improvements over the three-year-old Mavic 2 Pro and even the Mavic Air 2S introduced earlier this year.

While DJI’s standard-sized drones have typically topped out at just half an hour in the air before requiring a battery swap or recharge, DroneDJ’s source says we’re now looking at up to 46 minutes of flight time. And that’s despite the additional hardware on board: an entire second camera (with its own sensor and lens) so you can have telephoto and wide angle capabilities in the same drone.

In 2018, you had to pick between the Mavic 2 Pro with its 1-inch sensor and adjustable aperture or the Mavic 2 Zoom with a 24mm-48mm telephoto lens, but the Mavic 3 Pro will apparently be the best of both worlds. First, it’s got an even larger Four Thirds sensor behind its 24mm f/2.8-f/11 camera, and second, the telephoto lens in front of its new 1/2” secondary sensor stretches out to 160mm for a 15-degree field of view. (The telephoto lens doesn’t zoom in and out by itself itself, but we’re effectively talking about a 6x zoom if you switch between the two cameras.)

The sensors are 20-megapixel and 12-megapixel respectively, if you’re talking stills, and appear to offer 5.2K video.

It also seems the drone can charge directly from a USB-C cable, like DJI’s Mini drones, instead of having to pop out the battery first. Weight wise, we’re apparently only looking at a slight increase from 907g (Mavic 2 Pro) to 920g for the new Mavic 3 models.

Yes, models, because like 2018’s Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom, it appears there’ll be two of them again — a Mavic 3 which currently also appears to go by the name Mavic 3 Pro, and a “Cine” model which will reportedly feature a built-in SSD and comes with both a “1Gbps Lightspeed Data Cable” (presumably to get that footage off the internal drive) and a new version of DJI’s Smart Controller (the one with the integrated screen) with upgraded OcuSync video transmission for 15km (over 9 miles) of maximum range — up from 10km on the Mavic 2 Pro and 12km on the Air 2S.

Both sources say the Mavic 3 Pro should start at $1,600, the same price the Mavic 2 Pro costs today, but could easily cost another $1,000 for the Cine package. Today, the existing DJI Smart Controller costs $750 all by itself.

Ellens says these drones are coming on November 15th.

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My issue with the mavic platform is that it doesn’t fly as smooth or handles with as good as the Phantom platform. In winds where the the Mavic 2 Pro could barely move my Phantom 4 Pro+ it’s super steady. I get the folding legs it’s pore practical and I love it but honestly even controller ergonomics are superior with a larger controller where if I just want to go higher without touching pan I can do it.

I so want a drone. And I have zero use for one, and probably wouldn’t even be able to use one legally anywhere near where I live. But they just look like such fun!

Get an FPV drone kit at $1300. Just fly fast. Like 80 mph fast. No need to feel like you have to create stunning photos/video with a drone. Just fly fast.

Even a BNF FPV kit is a lot to worry about and keep track of for somebody who doesn’t have any drones and just wants to fly around for fun. Caring for lipos and dealing with manual controls is unrealistic for the vast, vast majority of consumers. That’s why DJI found so much success with the Phantom line.

Tgggm could have a lot of fun with DJI Mini 2. Cheap, hard to crash, light enough to keep the authorities happy in a lot of places with tight UAV regulations.

That was my thought when I purchased the original Mavic. It was a lot of fun the 10-20 times I’ve flown it (because there are so many damn no-fly zones in my area and I follow the rules).

Wow, looks like DJI is going to maintain its lead (not that anyone was close). Going to be an exciting holiday season for DJI.

Finally!!

You’d better believe I’ll be selling my Mavic 2 Pro in a heartbeat for this.

Have been waiting for the new Mavic Pro ever after my Mavic Pro 1 dead.

I want this, but I live in the DC area, and there are no fly zones every where.

This does not have a m4/3 sensor. Just look at how big a 24mm lens is on a gh5 or the dji x5. It’s not possible that this tiny built in lens can cover that size of sensor.

Sensor sizes are very misleading. You would think that a 1" sensor is close to 4/3, but it’s not. A gizmodo writer called the Air 2s’s 1" sensor "massive". It is not. Please have writers and editors that understand cameras and optics if they will be writing or speculating on them.

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