After being accidentally listed for sale by UK-retailer Argos and a full spec sheet being leaked, DJI has now officially unveiled the latest drone in its Mini range.
Mini 3 Pro is a bit of a departure from its predecessors, and that’s really the reason this a Pro model and not simply the Mini 3.
Two major features missing previously from the series – obstacle avoidance and automatic tracking – are now present, and the camera has received a significant boost with a larger sensor and a faster f/1.7 lens.
Though it doesn’t possess a 1in sensor like the
DJI Air 2S, the Mini 3 Pro retains a takeoff weight of under 250g. That’s important because it means there’s no requirement to register the drone in the US and other countries (not the UK, unfortunately), so buyers can charge it up and fly without training or any other red tape.
The Mini 3 Pro can now shoot video at up to 4K60, though only up to 4K30 if you also want footage to be in HDR.
Significantly, the redesigned gimbal can rotate 90° to record video in portrait mode. That’s primarily for those wanting to post the footage on TikTok and other short-form social media.
Obstacle avoidance is available thanks to forward, downward and backward-facing sensors, and allows the Mini 3 Pro to avoid crashing into objects such as trees. It can also do this while flying automatically in various modes, including while using ActiveTrack. This keeps a subject in the middle of the frame as it moves around.
If you want to buy one, there are a few options. This time around, DJI is selling the drone on its own for those who have a compatible remote controller already. But if you don’t you can go for a more expensive bundle that comes with the RC-N1 remote.
The flagship bundle includes a brand new remote which has a built-in 5.5in touchscreen so doesn’t require you to use your own phone.
There’s also a Fly More bundle but unlike before, this doesn’t include the drone. It’s a separate package of accessories including a shoulder bag, two standard batteries, a three-battery charger and two extra sets of propellers. It costs £159 / US$189.
Here’s how the Mini 3 Pro compares to the Mini 2 and Mavic Air 2 for some key specs: