DJI Mini 3: Release date, Price, Specs, and Features
The DJI Mini 3 is projected to be the drone king’s popular entry-level drone. While no new model was leaked last year, rumors heated up in 2022, and we’ve now seen what could be the DJI Mini 3 Pro. The authenticity of a leak for the latter, which occurred in early March 2022, is debated. A closer look at the Mini 3 Pro’s packaging suggests that DJI may be considering a little change in direction for its smallest and most affordable drone.
Last year, the DJI Mini SE, a cheaper model based on the previous DJI Mavic Mini, arrived. With new competitors like the Autel Evo Nano, DJI may be creating a new high-end, ultra-light drone. As for the Mini 3 (or Mini 3 Pro), we believe increases in processing power and camera sensor technology should allow for better frame rate video capture. With the reported addition of obstacle-avoidance sensors, the combination might be quite popular.
In this DJI Mini 3 round-up, we’ll look at the latest leaks and rumors concerning the mini drone to help paint a picture of what to expect. Then we’ll dig into some of the features we’d like to see in the DJI Mini 3.
DJI Mini 3 release date and price
DealsDrone claimed to have a DJI release calendar in December 2021, indicating the Mini 3 would be announced in April 2022. 18 months after the DJI Mini 2, which is reasonable and slightly longer than the 13-month gap between the first and second Mini.
The chip shortage and global shipping backlogs are causing many slightly longer generational gaps. A little brake pumping has never made sense for tech companies. Pricing is difficult to forecast due to speculations of a DJI Mini 3 Pro with the controller. If DJI launches a standard Mini 3 model, we expect it to cost between $499 and $549/£479-499/AU$699AU. This would set it apart from the $299 DJI Mini SE, $799 Mavic Air 2, and $999 Air 2S.
Costing much more, though, is the newly designed Mini 3 Pro. In that case, the drone would effectively replace DJI’s mid-range consumer offering, the Mavic Air 2.
DJI Mini 3: rumored specs and features
On March 1, a snapshot of what looks to be the DJI Mini 3’s retail package surfaced. The photograph was provided by DJI leaker @OsitaLV with the accompanying note that they “regard this shot as kidding”. A DJI Mini 3 Pro with a new RC controller would be an odd departure for the series. DJI’s Mini series is not a ‘Pro’ series, and its controls are reserved for higher-end models like the latest DJI Mavic 3.
A DJI Mini 3 Pro idea would fit well with the company’s previous launches and current lineup. The DJI Air 2S, for example, reused the sensor and components from the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. At this point in time, it seems likely that DJI would do the same thing to provide a higher-end Mini alternative. Now the DJI Mini SE is available as a cheap variant.
Because the DJI Mini 2 lacks obstacle avoidance sensors, this new design could address that issue as well. The leaked image shows a mini-drone with two front-facing sensors, like the Mavic Air 2. This would be a great addition to the Miniseries, as new pilots need the extra safety net of obstacle avoidance.
All of these suggestions reflect @OsitaLV’s prior post about the DJI Mini 3, which speculated about the upcoming model’s modifications. Stronger aerodynamics, larger propellers, a single-chip SoC processor, larger camera sensor, longer battery life, and better obstacle detection sensors are all predicted. All of these appear plausible, but they are nothing more than a set of notes on what one drone user expects to happen.
We can almost certainly say that the DJI Mini 3 will weigh under 250g. That means the drone’s size won’t vary much, even if it gets new features like obstacle avoidance. If the rotor arms are slanted, as OsitaLV suggested on Twitter, the low weight and fold-up portability remain defining features. In some jurisdictions, drones over 250g fall into a different legal category.
Drones under 250g don’t need to be registered with the FAA in the US. Then follow the same regulations as any other drone pilot. The DJI Mini 3 is not a mid-sized drone, resting between the Mini SE and the bigger Air 2S models. Like the DJI Mini SE in this regard, but not in price.
Still, this new drone will likely be utilized to highlight one of the most interesting upgrades to the DJI drone ecosystem. DJI has updated its SDK to allow third-party developers access to more basic hardware functionality. This will allow developers to add software modes to the drone’s capabilities. The Mini 2 will benefit from this as well, but it may be promoted as a “feature” when the Mini 3 launches. Here are some features we hope to see.