The very first DJI Mavic Pro was announced in September of 2016 and was released in the latter half of 2016. The compact size and folding design have made me enjoy it. I was using Mavic Pro for two years. Mavic Pro for 2 years and was impressed by its capabilities. I also was awarded the architectural photography competition in Hungary using an image I created by using the drone.

The moment Mavic 2 Pro was released Mavic 2 Pro was released it was such a huge upgrade that I could not resist. I immediately purchased it! More sensors, a longer flight time and one” CMOS sensor was the perfect fit to my bag of gear. I flew with it for more than 100 hours and took some of my top aerial photos. I have never received a complaint from my customers. If the light is strong, you can make stunning images and video clips with this device, which is what a lot of you are doing.

Mavic 3, specs, and initial impressions

There are three major upgrades that have me interested in DJI’s newest drone designed for photography, Mavic 3. Mavic 3:
1. larger sensor
2. 2. Secondary lens, telephoto
3. bigger battery, with greater time to fly

1. A bigger sensor should offer more ISO capabilities. If you use this camera, the Mavic 2 Pro for photos I’d recommend using ISO100 nearly all the time. I would use ISO400 only in the blue hour.

The Mavic 3, I am capable of increasing the ISO to ISO800 with extremely usable results.

One issue I observed during my initial shoot at twilight with Mavic 3 Mavic 3: the larger sensor creates blurry images earlier when exposed for longer durations. It’s true that the Mavic 2 Pro had no problems with exposures of 2 seconds but Mavic 3 Mavic 3 has to stay at a minimum of one second to capture sharp images. But, I felt at ease using Mavic 3. Mavic 3 about 10-15 minutes later into my evening time than using Mavic 2 Pro. Mavic 2 Pro.

2. The telephoto lens I used in the initial couple of flights to be unusable. It simply wasn’t sharp enough. Following DJI’s software upgrade earlier that calendar year (FIRMWARE v01.00.0500) the Mavic 3’s telephoto lens got significantly sharper. This lens was among the primary reasons I was so excited about the Mavic 3’s new model. The perspective that the 162mm lens can offer from the air is something we would have done with larger and more expensive equipment prior to. I am awestruck by the pictures when I view them on a tiny screen. And in my view, you can only add three images to your collection of a structure. Unfortunately, if you view each image on a large screen , they appear like phone pictures. Why? Why? Mavic 3 only shoots images that are made using the telephoto lens JPEG. This is something I’d like to see DJI will modify in the near future.

3. It’s battery replacement is amazing! I’m thinking of buying it to supplement mine Mavic 2 for the battery only. The time to fly has increased, however it allows you to enjoy much more flexibility in the air than you think initially. Imagine you require three minutes to get to the ideal position for taking the first shots and then return the drone in the final. It’s possible that the Mavic 2 can spend about 20 minutes in the air. I typically fly with the battery for about 18 minutes. So, calculate using that figure, and then subtracting when we subtract 6 minutes of positioning time and return time, we’ll have 12 minutes for the actual task. When using the DJI Mavic 3, I’ve spent between 27-30 hours in air without the battery (it could last longer but I’ve used the Mavic 2’s battery empty, and they get bigger after 70-80 times which is why I’m trying to avoid this issue with the latest drone). So, even though we’re only getting 1.5 times the time in the air, we have about 2x the time for creative tasks and this is evident. In terms of recreational use, I like taking top-down panoramas (Mavic 2 images below) In this case, it usually takes about five minutes to find a good place and that’s considerably before I take the drone back home. The shooting time to around 8-10 minutes. In this 30 minute flight time that gives us 20 minutes of creativity that I haven’t yet tried yet however I’m looking forward to the experience.

In addition to the battery upgrade, we also have more sensors as well as the sensors on sides remain operational in the normal flight mode, and not just in tripod mode like on Mavic 2. Mavic 2. The drone is more steady in the air. It handles wind better and is able to ascend quicker.

Mavic 3 video

Our team has been making many short films in recent times and videos on the Mavic 3 are just as important to me as its photography performance. I’m convinced that it’s no surprise that the Mavic 2 Pro made amazing quality videos, with the exception of the late-blue hour footage in the majority of cases. However, with Mavic 3, this is no longer an issue. It can be used in the event that it’s absolutely necessary. If it’s dark, then we won’t even create video.

One of the biggest improvements in the video specifications is the framerates. While I could fly at a slower speed prior to it, I was too fast for an even final result. Now , I can shoot at 50fps. In post, we can reduce it by 50% and still get the 25fps we require. This isn’t a game changer but it’s a handy tool to possess. It is also possible to take slow-motion photos, however I don’t think it’s that important for us.

The only issue I could find to be Mavic 3 has no optical zoom. Mavic 3 only has digital zoom. Its Mavic 2 Pro had an option that was called “HQ” which enabled us to record 4K video simply by scanning the middle of the sensor 1:1. This produced a 38-40mm focal length. We have used it numerous times. This way we were able to get a much better and higher quality images over the wide-angle images. When using the Mavic 3, if we require a smaller viewing angle, we can only use digital zoom, until we switch cameras. The telephoto lens can be equivalent to a 7x zoom, and lets us use the parallel effect in a stunning way. But, the video from this camera is only utilized in 4k at 30fps and fully automatic mode. This further restricts its use, however the angle of view is remarkable enough that the sacrifice is worth it in the right lighting and for the correct “task”.


Through this test, I’m not trying to convince anyone to rush out and purchase a brand Mavic 3. Mavic 3. My aim was to provide a piece of information that can assist you in deciding whether you’re in need of the drone or not. There are many distinct advantages that we can enjoy with this latest drone, however there are some problems. I’m hoping this Mavic 3’s problems are resolved by updates to the software in the future like they have so to date.

As the Mavic 2 Pro had been up in the air for more than 120 hours, I decided it was the right time to get a new one. For me I felt that it was the DJI Mavic 3 was a simple purchase. After I been able to add it into my kit it’s now the Mavic 2 Pro has retired from my cabinet. However you must know your own preferences. I would suggest that if you’re using an Mavic 2 Pro or the new DJI Air 2S and you utilize it for general views then you don’t need to upgrade. For me I think the Mavic 3 was worth the cost!