The DJI Mini 3 Has a Rotating Camera and Weighs Less Than 249 Grams

DJI Mini 3

DJI has announced a new member of its Mini drone lineup: a sub-249 gram drone with a 1/1.3-inch sensor called the DJI Mini 3.

The DJI Mini 3 — not to be confused with the DJI Mini 3 Pro that was announced earlier this year — can capture 4K HDR video and 12-megapixel photos using the company’s True Vertical Shooting with the drone’s camera, which can rotate 90 degrees to capture content in a vertical aspect ratio just like the Mini 3 Pro can.

DJI says that the sensor’s design, which has pixels “as large as 2.4 μm,” improves low light performance thanks to the Type 1/1.3 CMOS sensor and a fixed f/1.7 aperture lens. The company adds that this design allows for “greater image resolution, sharper depth of field, and lower image noise in even low lighting and high contrast.”

DJI Mini 3

The sensor on the Mini 3 is described as having “4-in1 pixel technology” for images up to 48-megapixels in resolution, which suggests that the DJI Mini 3 features a 48-megapixel sensor, which is being used to gather more light by binning (combining) four pixels together to act as a single pixel for the standard 12-megapixels. This technique is not uncommon in cameras and, depending on how the sensor is manufactured, allows a camera to capture lower-res but higher-sensitivity images or higher-res but lower-sensitivity ones.

DJI Mini 3

The Mini 3 has dual-native ISO (DJI did not indicate those ISOs in its press materials) and on-chip HDR to capture images with wide dynamic ranges. HDR video can be captured at up to 4K/30.

The drone is capable of “large-angle tilt” for a variety of compositions, and there is a 2x digital zoom available in 4K/30, 4x zoom in 1080p, and 2x zoom in 12-megapixel photo mode.

Size and Portability

Designed to operate within global limitations on the operation of recreational drones, the sub-249-gram weight allows the drone to be flown without registration, testing, or license in parts of the world where drones below 250 grams are free of these restrictions.

DJI Mini 3

DJI Mini 3

The exact dimensions of the DJI Mini 3 were not provided in the press materials, though the company did say that the drone could be carried “in your bag or pocket.”

Flight Time, Communication, and Features

DJI claims a maximum flight time of 38 minutes with the standard battery (in windless conditions, moving at a constant 21.6 kph) and can fly up to 51 minutes with the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus, an additional accessory that is not available in all regions.

The Mini 3 is rated to hover steadily and capture steady images at wind speeds up to 10.7 meters per second (nearly 30 miles per hour).

The DJI Mini 3 uses the company’s O2 digital transmission system, which can provide a live 720p/30fps feed from up to 10km. A QuickTransfer system has a max download speed of 25 MB/s.

DJI Mini 3

Like other current DJI drone models, the Mini 3 can capture auto-programmed QuickShots to create many typical helicopter-style cinema shots. Mini 3 can execute Dronie, Helix, Rocket, Circle, and Boomerang.

The DJI Mini 3 also has multiple Return To Home (RTH) modes, including Smart RTH, Low Battery RTH, and Failsafe RTH, which sends the drone home during a signal drop from the controller. For navigation, the Mini 3 uses the GMSS satellite systems and has a downward sensing system for accurate hovering and stability.

Pricing and Availability.

There are five configurations of the DJI Mini, each with a different selection of accessories, that are available starting today.

Probably the most important is the drone alone, which costs $409 and the drone that comes with the RC-N1 remote that retails for $499. The third configuration includes es the top-end DJI RC remote for $639 while the next includes the RC-N1, a shoulder bag, a charging hub, and two extra Intelligent Flight Batteries for $659. Finally, the DJI Mini 3 Fly More Combo has the same accessories as the prior combo but with the DJI RC controller, and it is $798.