DJI Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine

DJI Mavic 3 CINE

20MP, Four Thirds CMOS sensor | 5.1K/50p video | 46-minute flight time

What we like:

  • Dual-camera design
  • Best-in-class flight time
  • ProRes recording on Cine model

What we don't:

  • Advertised zoom is mostly digital
  • No mechanical shutter
The DJI Mavic 3 is a compact prosumer drone aimed at enthusiasts and professionals. It’s available in two versions: the standard Mavic 3 and the Mavic 3 Cine. The latter adds the ability to record video using Apple’s ProRes 422HQ codec—a format preferred by professional video editors—a more advanced controller, and 1TB of internal storage.
The drone can travel at 68.4 km/h (42.5 mph) in Sport mode, and its impressive 46-minute flight time will keep you in the air longer than any other drone in its class. Six fisheye vision sensors and two wide angle sensors placed on the top, bottom, front and rear sides support a 360º omnidirectional obstacle avoidance system.
If you’re a professional photographer or cinematographer looking for the best compact drone available, it’s tough to beat the Mavic 3.
The Mavic 3 features a dual-camera system. DJI’s L2D-20c camera, developed with Hasselblad, has a large 20MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor with a 24mm (equiv.) lens, 84º FOV, and a variable F2.8-11 aperture. It incorporates Hasselblad’s Natural Color Solution (HNCS) to deliver pleasing colors. The secondary camera, placed just above the main one, features a 12MP, 1/2” CMOS sensor with 28X digital zoom (162mm equiv.) and has a fixed aperture of F4.4. Both cameras are mounted on a 3-axis gimbal.
Both Mavic 3 models capture video at resolutions up to 5.1K/50p, 4K/120p, and 1080/200p, include DJI’s D-Log gamma curve, and support bit rates up to 200 Mbps in H.265. The Cine version can also record in ProRes 422HQ at an impressive 3772 Mbps. On the stills side, both models can capture Raw photos in DNG format.
The standard Mavic 3 comes paired with the RC-N1 remote controller, the same used on DJI's consumer models like the Air 2S. In contrast, the Cine version ships with DJI’s new RC Pro remote which features a 1,000-nit, 5.5” high brightness screen. Both models feature the usual intelligent flight modes like Dronie, Helix, Orbit and Spiral, as well as DJI’s MasterShots feature that automatically captures a series of clips and edits them together for you. Other updates include APAS 5.0 (Advanced Pilot Assistance System) for mapping and flying around objects and ActiveTrack 5.0 for improved subject tracking.
If you’re a professional photographer or cinematographer looking for the best compact drone available, it’s tough to beat the Mavic 3. You’ll be able to fly further, have a larger camera, and stay in the air longer than on typical consumer models. The choice between the standard and Cine version essentially comes down to whether or not you need to record in ProRes. Hobbyists and even professionals on a budget may want to consider less expensive models with a 1”-type camera sensor.