Mavic 3 Pro: DJI takes off its best drone and we tested it (without crashing)

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VIDEO“20 Minutes” took advantage of the summer to get high with the Mavic 3 Pro, arguably DJI's best consumer drone Our test of the amazing DJI Mavic 3 Pro drone — 20 Minutes

  • Yesterday toys for thrill seekers, drones have now become essential allies for lovers of beautiful images.
  • With its Mavic 3 Pro, DJI is aimed at enthusiasts, fans of exploration and video capture.
  • Bet succeeded for this quadricopter weighted with three lenses, which, sold from even, has no equal to dazzle us.

Alone in the world. DJI, the maker of drones and video accessories, has few competitors left in the market. small aircraft dedicated to aerial shots. His latest Mavic 3 Pro that 20 Minutes was able to handle, testifies to this.

This drone, rather dedicated to both enthusiasts and simple amateurs (but which remains a consumer device), stands out as the ultimate tool for immortalizing sublime videos seen from above.

Mavic 3 Pro: DJI takes off its best drone and we tested it (without crashing)

The DJI Mavic 3 Pro drone allows you to immortalize images of a quality incomparable. – Christophe Séfrin/20 Minutes

For the price of a good camera…

Let's get rid of the question of price. The Mavic 3 Pro is expensive (starting at 2,099 euros, with its on-screen remote control). Certainly, but at the time when content creation has become an international sport, it was important to us; heart to seize it. And to see what differences the device offered compared to a small drone for pure leisure, like the DJI Mini 3 (from 629 euros, with the same remote control) that we had tested. a few months ago.

At the price of a nice camera, a large TV, even some iMacs, the beast is beautiful and robust. Weighing 958 g (compared to 249 g for her frail eldest)*, she reassures, even, as for its resistance.

Three cameras to track better images

But what catches the eye at first glance is its nacelle. Severe; where the Mavic 3 Classic only has one sensor; severe; where the Mavic 3 offers two; the Mavic 3 Pro adds a third.

This time, place à; a compound hitch 24 mm (Hasseblad), 70 mm and 166 mm cameras. As on a smartphone which multiplies its objectives in order to ward off; all types of shots (from macro to ultra wide-angle), the Mavic 3 Pro wants to offer us expanded filming possibilities, thanks to his new 70 mm camera. The equivalent of an average telephoto lens. Thus, the versatility of the Mavic 3 Pro is enhanced.

Mavic 3 Pro: DJI takes off its best drone and we tested it (without crash us)

The DJI Mavic 3 Pro, now equipped with of three cameras. – Christophe Séfrin/20 Minutes

As we have seen, this contribution makes it possible to go even further in the search for perfect images, in particular by enhancing a subject, by getting closer to a person or animals while keeping a distance and remaining discreet, but also playing on the perspective. Images gain in relief when several subjects are aligned behind each other (such as a person, a monument and natural scenery), with more impressive backgrounds.

Regret though: the different size of the three pickups** will not necessarily deliver the same tone. imagery, with colors that may need to be touched up in post-production.

Automated flights and safety

Only’” The test and after some preliminary adjustments, the Mavic 3 Pro remains quite easy to use. take in charge. We find the simple controls offered by the radio control and its two joysticks and the possibilities of automated flights.

The ActiveTrack thus allows the drone to follow a defined target in its movements (such as an athlete in full action or a moving vehicle). Spotlight directs the camera to a specific point regardless of the movements made by the drone. Finally, the POI mode (for Point of Interest) puts him the drone in orbit around a subject, with a rotational trajectory automatically managed by the quadcopter. Not better for filming with the required precautions the steeple of a church, a rocky outcrop, etc.

Mavic 3 Pro: DJI takes off its best drone and we tested it (without crashing)

The radio control of the DJI Mavic 3 Pro allows you to perfectly maneuver the drone. – Sandrine Guilloux

A doubt? The countless tutorials from DJI and its community present online respond instantly to all questions. They helped us a lot, not to say reassured us in our tests.

Just like the obstacle detection present on the Mavic 3 Pro equipped with of eight specific sensors, which avoided us any crash during our five to two days; six flights, there where we had miserably planted the Mini 3 (which does not have this detection) in a tree, during our tests! explore

Shooting up to 5.1K at 50 frames per second (but also in 4K up to 60 fps and 1080p at 60 fps) and taking photos in 20 megapixels; can zoom up to 7x in optics, the Mavic 3 Pro therefore produces dazzling images. Comparing them with those shot with a Mini 3, there’s not… picture! Still, it’ll take more than a handful of flights to tame the machine.

While it’s easy to use, this quadcopter has innumerable resources that it’ we will have to explore as we go; measurement of our outings. Its battery, at flight range up to 43 minutes, plenty of time.

* In France, the legislation requires in particular the registration of the drone, of more than 800 g, on the platform < em>AlphaTango.

** Format 4/3, equivalent to 24 mm (f/2.8 – f/11) ; 1/1.3 inch CMOS, 70 mm (f/2.8) and 1/2 inch, 166 mm (f/3.4).