DJI unveiled the Mavic Pro in September 2016, a foldable, small drone with a professional-grade camera that also detects obstructions. They followed up with the Mavic 2 series two years later. The Mavic 2 Pro was the smallest drone with a 20MP 1″-type CMOS sensor and the first to utilize Hasselblad’s Natural Color Solution (HNCS) technology at the time of its debut. It was a remarkable achievement, yet there were some flaws.

DJI’s Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine drones feature 4/3″ CMOS sensor, 28x zoom and 46 minutes of flight time.

When capturing 4K video clips, the Mavic 2 Pro’s camera did not use the entire sensor. Given its compact housing, this may have been done to reduce overheating, but the effect was line skipping and pixel binning, which degraded the overall quality of the footage. In addition, if you wanted to zoom in on a topic, you’d need a different drone, such as the Mavic 2 Zoom.

DJI returns with the much anticipated Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine, three years after the Mavic 2 series was debuted. They’re the first prosumer and tiny, foldable drones with a dual-camera configuration, weighing 7 grammes less than previous models. A camera with a 20MP Four Thirds sensor is at the bottom, with a 12MP 1/2″ CMOS telephoto camera above it, co-produced with Hasselblad.

Most of the hardware is same between the normal and Cine models, with the ‘Cine’ version adding 1TB of internal memory and the ability to capture using the ProRes 422 HQ codec. The Cine variant is likewise only available in a bundle, which includes three batteries, two sets of ND filters, and the more advanced DJI RC Pro controller.

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