DJI may be about to turn the world of aerial photography upside down once again – introducing a drone with dramatically improved battery life and two cameras instead of one. DroneDJ and leaker Jasper Ellens both independently report that the Mavic 3 Pro is real, coming in November, and it sounds like it will 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 drones are usually in the air for only half an hour before needing to change or recharge the battery, DroneDJThe source says we are now looking at up to 46 minutes of flight time. And that despite the extra hardware on board: a whole second camera (with its own sensor and lens) so that you can have telephoto and wide-angle capabilities in the same drone.
In 2018 you had to choose 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 has a even bigger Four Thirds sensor behind its 24mm f/2.8-f/11 camera, and second, the telephoto lens for its new 1/2” secondary sensor extends to 160mm for a 15-degree field of view. (The telephoto lens doesn’t zoom in and out on its own, but we’re actually talking about a 6x zoom when you switch between the two cameras.)
The sensors are 20 megapixels and 12 megapixels respectively, if you’re talking about photos, and appear to offer 5.2K video.
It also looks like the drone can charge directly via USB-C cable, like DJI’s Mini Drones, instead of having to take out the battery first. In terms of weight, we are apparently only looking at a slight increase from 907g (Mavic 2 Pro) to 920g for the new Mavic 3 models.
Yes, models, because like the 2018 Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom, it looks like there will be two more of them – a Mavic 3 that currently also appears to be named Mavic 3 Pro, and a “Cine” – model that will reportedly feature a built-in SSD and will ship with both a “1Gbps Lightspeed Data Cable” (presumably to get those images from the internal drive) and a new version of DJI’s Smart Controller (the one with the integrated display) with improved OcuSync video transmission for 15 km (over 9 miles) maximum range – from 10 km on the Mavic 2 Pro and 12 km 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 alone.
Ellens says these drones will arrive on November 15.