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DJI Mavic 3 Classic launch recap: the cheaper flagship drone has landed

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It’s the day after the DJI Mavic 3 Classic landed, so I’ve had a little time to gather some early thoughts.

Overall, DJI’s new drone looks like a pretty good new option for those who value image quality over portability. Is the same.

DJI also offers the Mavic 3 Classic in more bundle variations than its flagship drone. First generation Mavic 3.

We think it’s still hard to beat the value and convenience of the DJI Mini 3 Pro (RC Controller) bundle, but the Mavic 3 Classic’s Four Thirds camera is a huge leap from that model and now outperforms the rest. are also available at a much lower price. DJI Mavic 3.

DJI drone price comparison
DJI Mavic 3 Classic DJI Mavic 3 DJI Air 2S DJI Mini 3 Pro
only a main part $1,469 / £1,309 / AU$2,299 none none $699 / £639 / AU$989
With DJI RC-N1 controller $1,599 / £1,399 / AU$2,399 $2,049 / £1,729 / AU$2,899 $999 / £899 / AU$1,699 $759 / £709 / AU$1,119
with DJI RC controller $1,749 / £1,529 / $2,599 none none $909 / £859 / AU$1,299

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Good point @JasperEllens (above) raised for European-based drone fans – the DJI Mavic 3 Classic has the all-important CE C1 label. This means we are ready for the new drone law that will come into force from December 31, 2023.

These CE class certificates are actually part of several new European drone certifications that started in December 2020, but the standards weren’t confirmed until this year. This leaves most new drones in the air. However, in August, his original DJI Mavic 3 was granted the first ‘C1’ certification, obtained through a firmware update. His new Mavic 3 Classic has this mark on his arm.

What does it actually mean? If you are in Europe or the UK and looking to buy a Mavic 3 Classic, after 2024 you will be able to continue flying in the so-called A1 Open category instead of hitting the A3 Open. category. The latter is restricted to flying unmanned and at least 150 meters from the facility.

Not exactly thrilling (especially if you live outside the EU), but worth knowing if you’re a Europe-based drone fan.

DJi Mavic 3 Classic Drone

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And what about prices? You can pre-order the DJI Mavic 3 Classic now for $1,469 / £1,309 / AU$2,299 (drone only) or $1,749 / £1,529 / $2,599. Comes with an excellent DJI RC controller.

At a glance, DJI Store (opens in new tab)it seems to be able to ship within 3-7 days, depending on where you live.

DJi Mavic 3 Classic Drone

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As before, the Mavic 3 Classic’s Four Thirds camera can shoot 5.1K/50p, 4K/60p, and 1080p/60p video. There is also a slow motion mode in the form of 4K/120p and 1080p/200p options. A 24mm equivalent focal length lens that helps you adjust exposure in the air also features an adjustable aperture that can be switched from f/2.8 to f/11.

DJi Mavic 3 Classic Drone

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It’s official. The DJI Mavic 3 Classic has arrived. And as rumors predicted, it features the same 20MP Four Thirds CMOS camera, 46-minute flight time and O3+ transmission system as his original Mavic 3 drone.

just go…

That’s right, if you’re not ready for DJI’s big launch yet, you have about 60 seconds to sneak open the live stream above on your work computer and chill out.

It’s time to find out if the DJI Mavic 3 Classic rumors are accurate, and how much we’ll have to raise from eBay sales next month to buy it…

Front camera of DJI Mavic 3 drone on green background

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20 minutes left…

Based on these DJI Mavic 3 Classic leaks, the big question for most people is how likely they are to miss that telephoto lens. This is a tough question, as it is arguably significantly inferior to the main camera in terms of

Still, the effects you get from that unique zoom (such as the dramatic “parallax effect” where the background appears to move quickly behind the subject) are behind some of the most interesting drone videos I’ve seen on YouTube, Elsewhere.

Still, in these difficult financial times, the extra cost of the standard Mavic 3 is significant, and if the leaked pricing is correct, the Mavic 3 Classic could offer good value. It’s still a flying Micro Four Thirds camera.

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DJI Mavic 3 Classic – Leaks so far

Leak from @JasperEllens (above) and win future (opens in new tab)the chances of seeing the DJI Mavic 3 Classic drone land in just over an hour seem pretty high. But what specs could it have?

WinFuture claims that “the DJI Mavic 3 Classic is basically nearly 100% identical to the regular DJI Mavic 3,” but misses one major detail: the current drone’s telephoto camera has been removed. Excludes.

This was apparently done for cost reasons, allowing DJI to sell the Mavic 3 Classic at a lower price (see “Is this pricing?” post below) ). If true, this is how DJI’s drones are shaped in terms of specs:

camera: 20MP Four Thirds sensor
Video quality: 5.1K up to 50fps / 4K up to 120fps / FHD up to 200fps
Video transmission range: Up to 9 miles
Storage: 8GB, expandable with microSD card
battery: Up to 46 minutes flight time
weight: 895g
Dimensions (unfolded): 347.5×283×107.7mm
Dimensions (folded): 221×96.3×90.3mm

View from Mavic 3

Looking for a taste of the video quality you can expect from the rumored DJI Mavic 3 Classic? Above is a compilation of some of our test shots for our DJI Mavic 3 review.

If the Mavic 3 Classic actually carries the same sensor (only without that drone’s telephoto lens), that could give us a good idea of ​​what to expect.

Our review states that “picture quality from the main camera for stills and video is excellent overall,” and no drone has yet matched the Mavic 3’s 20MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor in its weight class.

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Is this pricing?

What is the price of the rumored DJI Mavic 3 Classic? This is one of the things that the rumors and leaks didn’t quite clarify until earlier this week.

A tweet from regular DJI leaker @JasperEllens on Twitter above seems to confirm that the price will start at €1,499 (drone only), with the bundle including the new DJI RC controller priced at €1,749.

Based on current DJI pricing, the drone alone will be around $1,499 / £1,349 / AU$2,399, and the DJI RC controller bundle around $1,749 / £1,599 / AU$2,799. It’s not cheap, but it saves quite a bit on the DJI Mavic 3’s US$2,199 / £1,879 / AUD$3,099 launch price (including the old RC-N1 remote controller).

lake district hilltop house

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decision, decision…

As someone who purchased the DJI Mini 3 Pro earlier this year, I recently wrote about: Why am I going to regret that decision Whether the DJI Mavic 3 Classic rumors are true.

I’m not at all dissatisfied with the Mini 3 Pro. A great little drone that proved to be a great companion during our recent visit to the English Lake District (where the shot above was taken).

But the Mavic 3’s larger body makes it more stable in windy conditions, and you can get a Four Thirds sensor for less than current models, especially if you fly frequently in low-light conditions.

DJI Mavic 3 drone in flight in front of some trees

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DJI Drones: A Primer

If you’re new to DJI drones, here’s a quick rundown on the current lineup. Despite new competition from the likes of Autel, DJI is still the largest manufacturer of consumer Flying He cameras, and its range is now split into four sub-brands.

DJI’s small entry-level drone is the ‘Mini’ series, DJI Mini 3 ProRight above them is the mid-range ‘Air’ series, which, despite the name, is slightly larger and features a camera with a larger sensor (like the 1-inch DJI Air 2S, It was at the top of the previous guide). best drone you can buy it).

But above both of these is the “Mavic” series, which began in 2016 with the DJI Mavic Pro.of DJI Mavic 3With a large Four Thirds sensor in a foldable body, the is the spiritual successor to its original model. But with a price tag of USD 2,199 / GBP 1,879 / AUD 3,099, it doesn’t come cheap. That’s why rumors are circulating that the DJI Mavic 3 Classic is launching today.

Talking alongside these three major DJI drones is the DJI avatarIt’s a very fun introduction to FPV flying, but it’s a bit more niche than what we might expect today.

How to watch the DJI launch

How can I tune in to DJI’s announcement today? Currently, there is a placeholder on DJI’s official YouTube channel above, and the announcement will be made today at 9am EDT / 1pm GMT. If you are in Australia, it will be midnight (AEDT) on November 3rd.

That means we’re less than five hours away from the official launch, giving us plenty of time to dig into the Mavic 3 Classic rumors and determine if it’s a compelling potential Christmas gift. As someone who bought a DJI Mini 3 Pro earlier this year, I have some thoughts on it.

Hi, I’m Mark (camera editor at TechRadar). Copilot for today’s big DJI launch. Over the years he’s covered and tested DJI drones all the way back to his original DJI Spark in 2017, so I’m looking forward to seeing exactly how the landing goes today. increase.

The event’s ‘Explore Vivid’ isn’t a big deal, but Hasselblad cameras in the teaser poster point to new drones like the rumored DJI Mavic 3 Classic. If you’re thinking of buying a new flying camera (or just curious about where it’s going next), pull up your seat and join us in the countdown to takeoff.

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