Handson: DJI Mavic 3 CINE First footage and review [VIDEO]

DJI has released the third iteration of the Mavic line – the Mavic 3. I was lucky enough to take the high-end (high price!) Cine version for a few flights. So, what’s new this year – specs!? Watch our hands-on video as we take DJI’s feature-packed new drone for a spin…

Familiar design, high-end specs

DJI has been upping their Mavic line over the years, it was a huge shift to go from the Phantom down to the compact Mavic design. This time around, the Mavic 3 has grown slightly in size and has a number of features professional film crews used to have to look to Inspire or other options for. 

The Mavic 3 has a 4/3 CMOS sensor, a good step up in size, and you can immediately tell from the imagery that’s produced. It’s made in partnership with Hasselblad and features a 24mm, 2.8-11 aperture controllable camera. Resolution-wise it can capture up to 5.1K @ 50 FPS, and 4K 120 FPS. Both of those can be captured in Apple’s ProRes codec. ProRes capture is only available in the higher-end Cine version, but those resolutions and frame rates can be captured in H.264 on both the models.

Video: Hands-on with the DJI Mavic 3 Cine!

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Another Cine exclusive: the internal 1TB SSD, in addition to the usual SD card slot. Those ProRes files do eat up storage, and it’s nice to have that option when you forget the cards at home (happens to the best of us!)

Improvements to battery life are substantial, with max flight time now at 46 minutes, up from 31 minutes of the Mavic Pro 2. In testing it didn’t last quite that long, but I was certainly not swapping batteries as often. It weighs just 899 grams (the standard Mavic 3 is 895 grams).

There’s a new remote, similar to the previous options DJI had with a built in screen, this one runs Android and delivers a really solid 1080 60p feed. It’s got an HDMI out, another cinematography friendly feature.


There are some improvements on features we’ve come to expect in these kinds of drones. Omni-directional obstacle avoidance has been improved, as has Active-Track. The latter, along with Slow-Mo, Mastershot, and Panorama modes were unavailable prior to launch so we’ll have to test DJI’s claims that they have sent out that firmware update.