Following last month’s launch of its smallest and lightest drone, the Mini 3 Pro, DJI has released a new upgrade for its flagship drone Mavic 3, which was released in late 2021.
The new firmware (v01.00.0700) also covers its more expensive, pro-directional Mavic 3 Cine drones.
The upgrade adds lots of new features, including some that should have been included at launch.
The company also dropped firmware updates for its RC-N1 remote control and DJI RC Pro remote control.
There are also updates to both the DJI Fly iOS app (v1.6.4) and the DJI Fly Android app (v1.6.4).
One of the biggest additions for professional users is the ability to now record in ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT on the Mavic 3 Cine.
While the Mavic 3’s telecamera gets a big boost in usability.
The new update means that the telecamera now supports 25p, 30p and 50p when recording in HD or UHD.
There is also the option to shoot at 120/200 fps for ultraslo-mo clips.
And you get manual controls for ISO and shutter speed.
The effect of the improvements means that the 7x optical zoom on the telecamera can now take pictures and videos which is a big step up in quality.
Another great news is the nice mode to bypass objects when using APAS 5.0.
This is supposed to result in smoother images when avoiding objects during flights and it is intended for high speed use.
It also comes with a warning that it is not as safe as normal mode so use it at your own risk.
Mini 3 Pro
Last month, DJI introduced the Mini 3 Pro, the company’s smallest and lightest drone.
The 249g unit received a significant upgrade over its predecessor with a new design, 4K 60fps video, larger image sensor, larger aperture, sensors to avoid obstacles – and the ability to use a larger battery (which pushes it above the 250g threshold).
With the standard battery, the flight time is 34 minutes.
Mini 3 Pro costs from € 879.
DJI also released a new remote control last month, called DJI RC.
It is a much lighter and stripped down version of the DJI RC Pro.
It has a bright 700 rivet 5.5 inch built-in screen that eliminates the need for a phone.
DJI RC is currently only available with Mini 3 Pro but the new Mavic 3 firmware update includes support for DJI RC so it will now work with both drones.
Complete list of new Mavic 3 features
- Added switch to the camera in photo mode, includes single image, AEB, continuous shot and timer image, supports JPEG, RAW, JPEG + RAW photo formats and ISO and shutter speed settings.
- Added switch for camcorder in video mode, supports 4K @ 25/30 / 50fps, 1080p @ 25/30 / 50fps format and ISO and shutter speed settings.
- Added HLG for the Hasselblad camera.
- Added 1080p / 200fps to Slow Motion when using the Hasselblad camera.
- Added HLG and D-Log to shoot MasterShots and QuickShots (excluding Asteroid).
- Digital zoom reaches up to 3x in normal video mode when using the Hasselblad camera.
- Added support for FocusTrack, QuickShots (not including Asteroid), MasterShots and Hyperlapse for the aircraft when the wide-angle lens accessory is fitted.
- Added the ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT formats to the Hasselblad camera in the Mavic 3 Cine.
- Added one-second options for interval time setting when using Hyperlapse on the Mavic 3 Cine.
- Added DJI Mavic 3 D-Log to Rec.709 vivid LUT, which gives a more vibrant color effect. Download LUT here.
- Added a nice bypass option when using APAS 5.0. See Mavic 3 User Manual v1.6 for
- The Reset All Settings and Clear All Data options have been added. See Mavic 3 User Manual v1.6 for details.
- Added support for Japanese RID requirements.
- Increased update frequency for Home Point.
- Optimized focus performance when recording with a telecamera.
- Optimized aircraft stability when recording a Hyperlapse.
- Fixed issue: Hyperlapse cannot be used when flying near a flight altitude limit zone.
DJI RC Pro new features
- Added more custom functions for buttons and knobs. See the tips on the screen for details.
- Fixed some minor bugs.
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