The most exciting feature of the DJI Mavic 3 Pro that has been reported is its potential ability to spin up video in 8K format . According to a ‘reliable source obtained by DroneDJ , the M avic 3 Pro could become DJI’s first compact drone capable of shooting 8K video. This would surpass the 4K / 30p video capabilities of its predecessor and match the Autel Evo II (which uses a smaller 1/2 inch sensor).
This information appears to be based on prototypes of the Mavic 3 Pro currently being tested by DJI, so it’s not certain if this will be the final version. But given that the mid-range Air 2S with 5.4K video capabilities has recently emerged, the move to 8K for the DJI Pro range certainly makes sense – in theory.
Also, as high-end competitors such as the Autel Evo II Pro already boast 6K video output from a 1-inch sensor, it’s likely that DJI will look to set a new standard in image processing with its high-end drone cameras with the Mavic 3 Pro.
The big question is what size sensor can be used in its Hasselblad camera. Can it be upgraded to a 4/3 sensor, as some DJI fans are hoping? There have been no leaks to suggest that it could be, and it would be almost impossible to fit a Four Thirds camera and stabiliser into a drone the size of the Mavic 2 Pro. So we’ll have to wait for further leaks about the Mavic 3 Pro’s design to see what’s real. leaf on that front.
However, the leaks we’ve already seen have already pointed out some potentially significant design differences between the Mavic 3 Pro and its predecessor. According to leaks of production drones OsitaLV and DroneXL , DJI has patented a new drone with two downward-facing motors and two upward-facing motors.
If this is indeed an accurate reference to the Mavic 3 Pro, it would represent a major departure from the design for the Chinese manufacturer, which usually has all its drones.
At this point it’s hard to say how this setup will affect the Mavic 3 Pro’s camera performance. There are potential drawbacks during landing and takeoff due to less ground clearance, but possible benefits include betterAvoid obstacles thanks to the extra space for forward-facing sensors.
Another potential leak we’ve seen from DroneXL , from what it calls “a proven reliable source. ,” suggests that the Mavic 3 may already be in production.
A blurry photo found on Chinese social media is inconclusive, but the site believes it shows two cooling holes (which DJI didn’t have before) and a new battery mechanism that inserts behind the drone rather than on top. .
The only real leak we’ve seen so far is a set of watermark images found on Twitter of less than convincing drone rumours. Drawn from the site of m.Chinese social media editor WeChat, the images represent the alleged centrepiece of the Mavic 3 Pro, though they don’t offer much new information.
We’re also a bit sceptical about the authenticity of these images, especially because of the bumps around some of the drawings, suggesting that they are not taken from DJI’s own archives.