DJI is a major drone maker that boasts an overwhelming market share in Japan and overseas. We handle a variety of drones from consumers to industry, but the “DJI Mini” series is one of the most popular entry-level models for shooting drones. This time, we will review the latest model of this series “DJI Mini 3 Pro” and approach its ability.
Weight is increased to about 249g and flight stability is improved.
Compared to the conventional model “DJI Mini 2”, the “DJI Mini 3 Pro” has a slightly larger body when the propeller arm is retracted, but the ease of storing it in a bag or the like is not so different. However, when the propeller arm was expanded to make it into an actual flight state, the size of the propeller was designed to be very noticeable, and I felt that this size would lead to stability.
The weight is about 249g, which is a little heavier than the conventional model “DJI Mini 2” which weighs about 199g. Until the predecessor, it weighed about 199g because it was a specification that conformed to Japanese aviation law. Until now, aircraft weighing less than 200g were treated as toys and were not subject to some aviation law regulations, but after the partial amendment of the aviation law enforcement regulations on June 20, 2022, this weight limit is less than 100g. Will be. Therefore, this model will stop sticking to less than 200g and will be a model designed as an aircraft weighing less than 250g, which is not subject to regulation in many countries such as North America.
It is also a feature that you can now select three set options when purchasing the main unit. Only the main body of the aircraft (92,400 yen, including tax, the same applies below), the one with the conventional transmitter “DJI RC-N1” attached (106,700 yen), and the newly released transmitter “DJI RC” are included. Three sets of things (119,900 yen) are available.
This time, in order to experience all the charm of “DJI Mini 3 Pro”, we conducted a test with the set attached to the new controller “DJI RC”. Until the previous model, a set that included three batteries and a bag and a spare propeller was also sold, but in this model, as additional accessories, a bag, a long-time flight battery x 2, a replacement propeller x 2 , An additional accessory kit “Fly More Kit Plus” (29,480 yen) with a hub for charging multiple batteries is now available as an option.
The new controller “DJI RC” is equipped with a high-brightness 5.5-inch LCD screen, and is not the type that uses your smartphone as a screen like the conventional general controllers
This type has a big merit that it can fly immediately without the trouble of setting after arriving at the flight location. It’s also a nice point to be able to concentrate without worrying about receiving notifications such as incoming calls during the flight.
What I noticed when I actually used it is that even if it is a controller with a built-in display, the network function is essential for convenient use. At the flight location I went to for the first time, the map was downloaded by connecting to my smartphone wirelessly via Bluetooth, which became a useful guide during flight. In addition, updates such as the flight safety database and the firmware of the aircraft will be distributed quite frequently, so it is recommended to prepare the network environment as much as possible when flying outside.
This display-integrated controller is equipped with left and right joysticks at the top of the screen. Therefore, the base of the thumb tends to cover the left and right sides of the screen, but this will become familiar as you use it, such as how to hold it.
When I actually flew the “DJI Mini 3 Pro”, the first thing I felt was the high stability of the aircraft. Generally, the smaller the mass of a drone, the more vulnerable it is to wind, which is an external factor. I’ve been flying the conventional “DJI Mini 2” many times, but the “DJI Mini 2” hesitates to fly on a slightly windy day, and even if it is flown, the controller screen immediately shows “strong wind”. “Caution” alert was displayed and I often gave up flying. This time, I was able to fly to an altitude of 120m without feeling anxiety even under the condition of a wind speed of 5m / s with the meter at hand.
During the flight, in addition to the above-mentioned stability, it was possible to fly with confidence because it was equipped with a three-way sensor. It has front / rear / downward objective sensors that automatically stop or detour when it is about to collide with a grove or a building.
Even if you are flying an aircraft with an objective sensor, it is difficult for the sensor to actually detect it, and swaying twigs etc. cannot be avoided by the sensor and often crash, but the accuracy of the objective sensor of this model is very high. Is excellent.
In this test, the company’s high-end model “Mavic Air 2” was also flown, but the “Mavic Air 2” avoids the “DJI Mini 3 Pro” even in situations where the propeller hits the leaves a little. I often received it.
Equipped with a 1 / 1.3 inch image sensor to improve image quality
In terms of image quality, it features a relatively large image sensor of 1 / 1.3 inches. This is not only larger than the 1 / 2.3 inch image sensor used in the conventional model “DJI Mini 2”, but also superior to the higher-end model “Mavic Air 2” .