Mavic 3 features improved sensor, dual camera system and longer flight times
By Jim Magill
With the long-awaited release of the Mavic 3, DJI, the world leader in the production of civilian drones, offers a drone with an improved sensor, dual camera system, omnidirectional obstacle detection, modes smarter flights and longer flight times.
The release of the new Mavic 3, which represents the most comprehensive improvement in the popular drone series in three years, improves performance in all functions of flight operations and photographic and video capabilities.
“Creating the Mavic 3 was an arduous journey for our engineers who solved complex technical problems to serve the purpose the Mavic series has always achieved – to integrate professional-grade imaging and flight technology into a large drone. compact audience, ”Ferdinand Wolf, creative director of DJI Europe, said in a statement.
The tip-to-tail redesign of the popular Mavic series includes both a Hasselblad 4/3 CMOS camera and a 28x hybrid zoom camera, omnidirectional obstacle sensors with a maximum range of 200 meters and redesigned batteries that provide up to 46 minutes of flight time.
Its upgraded hardware and software allow the drone to process 5.1K video at 50 frames per second (fps) in smooth, nuanced colors with increased sensitivity in low light, and supports 4K / 120fps video for high performance results. better quality for slow motion footage.
DJI also offers an improved Mavic 3 Cine edition, which incorporates Apple ProRes 422 HQ encoding for richer video processing, with an internal 1TB SSD for high-speed data storage.
“Mavic 3 enables users to effortlessly capture epic shots without compromising on small size, stunning performance, ubiquitous flight safety and stunning image quality,” said Wolf.
Superior image quality
With its new Hasselblad dual camera system, the Mavic 3 sets new standards for aerial photography and videography for consumers and professionals.
The DJI Mavic 3 L2D-20c Custom Aerial Camera incorporates a professional grade 4/3 CMOS sensor with a 24mm fixed focal length lens in a sleek and compact form. The camera is capable of shooting 20 MP still images in 12-bit RAW format and 5.1K video at 50 fps and 4K at 120 fps. This higher definition video creates smoother footage and greater possibilities for cropping and editing, while still allowing for the production of moving video at 120fps.
The larger image sensor gives the drone higher video resolution and dynamic range and more effectively suppresses noise in low light environments. With a native dynamic range of 12.8 stops, which helps to retain more detail in highlights and shadows, the camera system can preserve rich visual information with a greater sense of depth. An adjustable aperture of f / 2.8-f / 11 is available to meet the needs of aerial photographers to achieve sharper images in a wide variety of lighting scenarios.
Weighing just 12.5 grams, the equivalent 24mm autofocus lens has an 84 ° field of view (FOV) to capture more detail with sharper clarity. Mavic 3’s second camera features a 162mm telephoto lens with 28x hybrid zoom, a combination of digital and optical zoom, and an f / 4.4 aperture that can freely visually bring distant objects closer. New Vision Detection Auto Focus technology for fast focusing allows the Hasselblad camera to work with multiple on-board vision sensors to capture distance data to optimize focus speed.
The Mavic 3 delivers an extremely accurate color palette straight from its camera thanks to the unique Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS), first introduced in DJI cameras with Mavic 2 Pro. The drone records aerial video at high resolutions and frame rates and captures up to 1 billion colors thanks to the 10-bit D-Log color profile.
Improved flight safety
Mavic 3’s enhanced flight safety features include enhanced obstacle detection and navigation systems. APAS 5.0 combines the inputs of six fisheye vision sensors and two wide-angle sensors, which seamlessly and continuously detect obstacles in all directions and plan safe flight routes to avoid them, even in complicated environments.
The omnidirectional obstacle detection system also enables more intuitive subject tracking with the enhanced ActiveTrack 5.0, allowing users to detect obstacles even in normal flight mode. ActiveTrack 5.0 allows the Mavic 3 to move with the subject as it moves forward, backward, left, right, or diagonally, and to fly alongside or around a moving subject.
Additionally, if the subject moves too fast and temporarily moves out of frame, the aircraft’s visual sensors will continue to intelligently track and frame the subject and retrieve it when it reappears.
The drone comes with a powerful positioning algorithm that improves hovering precision with signals from GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou satellites. This allows the Mavic 3 to lock onto multiple satellite signals faster than ever. The increased positioning accuracy makes Mavic 3 more stable when shooting long exposures and time lapse.
The Mavic 3 also features rugged security systems that have become standard on DJI products, including geolocation to alert drone pilots when flying near sensitive locations, altitude limits to ensure that pilots are aware of altitude restrictions and the AeroScope remote identification system which allows authorities to identify and monitor airborne drones in sensitive locations.
Additionally, the drone’s built-in AirSense system notifies drone pilots of nearby planes and helicopters that transmit ADS-B signals, so they can fly quickly to a safer location.
Extended battery life and improved aerodynamics
When designing the Mavic 3, DJI redesigned every element of the drone’s flight envelope and power management to allow significantly longer flight times than previous versions of Mavic – up to 46 minutes under ideal conditions. The Mavic 3 has more energy-efficient motors and propellers and a larger capacity battery, while its designers have reduced the weight of the structure and components of the drone.
DJI has also streamlined the shape of the Mavic 3’s arms, body, and gimbal to be more aerodynamic than previous drone models. Wind tunnel tests show that Mavic 3 produces 35% less drag than previous generations of Mavic, allowing faster top speeds.
Mavic 3 updates and improves the Return to Home (RTH) system offered on other DJI products by allowing the aircraft to automatically determine the shortest, safest, and most energy-efficient route to land at its point of origin. At the same time, the drone measures the wind speed of its current environment and calculates the power needed to return home based on the wind speed and return path in real time.
The drone is also equipped with DJI O3 +, an improved transmission system that provides stable, smooth and clear video transmission even under difficult conditions, such as flying a drone in an environment with strong signal interference. With a maximum control range of 15 kilometers, O3 + allows the Mavic 3 to fly further and transmit signals with greater stability and less video lag than on previous models.
Mavic 3 is the first DJI drone to offer high frame rate transmission with 1080p / 60fps live stream. This means that the camera view is displayed at a resolution close to what the camera is actually recording. O3 + also makes Mavic 3 more responsive to pilot control.
The drone also offers a new range of smart operating modes to create and edit compelling photos and videos by automatically controlling the flight path and camera movements. These features include MasterShots, Panorama mode and QuickTransfer.
MasterShots allows users to create high quality videos in minutes, which can be directly shared with their friends. Panorama mode allows the drone to stitch and process images directly, without using the DJI Fly app or any post-production. QuickTransfer allows users to store and process materials on their mobile devices unrelated to the remote control.
Mavic 3 can now transmit data from the drone to a mobile device faster over Wi-Fi 6.
Learn more about previous Mavic models, DJI’s partnership with Hasselblad, and the DJI Lives Saved with Drone Technology Map.
Jim Magill is a Houston-based writer with nearly a quarter of a century of experience covering technical and economic developments in the oil and gas industry. After retiring in December 2019 as Editor-in-Chief at S&P Global Platts, Jim began writing about emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robots and drones, and how they are helping our society. In addition to DroneLife, Jim contributes to Forbes.com and his work has appeared in the Houston Chronicle, US News & World Report, and Unmanned Systems, a publication of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
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