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DJI’s Mavic 3 Classic is Cheaper But Loses the Telephoto Lens

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DJI Mavic 3 Classic drone flying against the background of mountains.

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of DJI Mavic 3 arrived a year ago, An impressive 46 minutes of flight time and Telephoto lens camera that can shoot close-up images from a distanceIt also came with a hefty price tag, a drawback that DJI is trying to address with a new addition to its Mavic 3 lineup called the Classic. Back to one of the Mavic 3’s best features.

On the surface, tThe DJI Mavic 3 Classic is almost indistinguishable from the original two options: 8GB standard model and Mavic 3 Cine (Added 1TB SSD drive and Support for capturing video to Apple ProRES 422 codec)The extra 15 minutes of flight time was a welcome upgrade The Mavic 3 drone has It was better than the Mavic 2, but its biggest selling point was the inclusion of two cameras, one with a 24mm prime lens and one with a telephoto lens.Unfortunately it is What the new Mavic 3 Classic sacrificed for a price cut.

The DJI Mavic 3 Cine pictured sitting next to the DJI Mavic 3 Classic.

The only way to tell the DJI Mavic 3 Cine (left) from the new DJI Mavic 3 Classic (right) is by looking at the front or lens.
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The new entry-level option includes just one Hasselblad camera with a 20MP, 4/3 CMOS sensor. 24mm equivalent lens capable of shooting 5.1K video at 50fps Or 4K and 1080P at 60fps. also has Slow motion mode that can boost 4K capture to 120fps and 1080P to 200fps. Photos are captured as 12-bit RAW files for increased dynamic range, while video is recorded in 10-bit D-Log for flexibility in grading and color correction.

A second photo of a user pressing the screen of the DJI RC remote controller and a user operating the DJI RC-N1 remote controller.

The DJI Mavic 3 Classic is compatible with both the DJI RC remote controller (left) and the DJI RC-N1 remote controller (right).
image: DJI

The DJI Mavic 3 Classic is also compatible with both the DJI RC remote controller, with its built-in touch screen, and the cheaper DJI RC-N1 remote controller, which requires the user to pair it with a smartphone and the DJI app for live camera previews.

The DJI Mavic 3 Classic in flight in front of some thick foliage.

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The DJI Mavic 3 Classic is available for sale starting today. On its own, with some basic accessories, the Classic starts at $1,469, but you’ll need to bring your own compatible controller. For those new to DJI’s drones, the Mavic 3 Classic can also be purchased bundled with the DJI RC-N1 remote controller for $1,599, or the more advanced DJI RC remote controller for $1,749.

For comparison, the standard DJI Mavic 3 model, which includes the DJI RC-N1 remote controller, is Currently on DJI’s online store $2,049, so you can save about $450 by opting for the new Classic option instead. If you’re a drone videographer who actually makes a living with it, the added creative flexibility of that extra camera seems worth it. $450 premium.

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