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Dji Mini 3 Pro Complete Review - Is it Worth Buying in 2023?

Updated in 2023 by Paul Posea
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The DJI Mini 2 was once called the king of sub-250g drones… with the release of the DJI Mini 3 Pro however, I think many will agree that that’s no longer the case.

Hear me out…

While the DJI Mini 2 is a marvel of drone technology, the DJI Mini 3 Pro takes that further. Sure, it’s not a massive jump in drone tech but it’s still a huge upgrade compared to its predecessor as we’ll see in this article.

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In this article, we’ll review the DJI Mini 3 Pro features, battery life, top speed, firmware upgrades, and, most importantly, price. I’ll also leave a specs table below if you’re the type that hates reading too much. So let’s get to it!

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DJI Mini 3 Pro Specs and Build Quality

In this section we'll cover DJI mini 3 pro Specs and build quality along with its features.

If you’re more into tables and numbers than walls of text, then no need to scroll further – below is a comprehensive table of the DJI Mini 3 Pro specs:

Maximum Flight Time34 Minutes – Standard Battery
47 Minutes – Plus Battery
Operating Temperature14° to 104° F or -10° to 40° C
Obstacle AvoidanceForward, Backward, Bottom
Camera Sensor1/1.3-inch CMOS
Pixels: 48MP
Camera LensFOV (Field of View): 82.1°; 24mm Equivalent
Aperture: f/1.7
Photo FormatJPEG & RAW (DNG)
Max Video Resolution4K 60FPS
Max Video Bitrate150 Mbps
Color ProfilesNormal, D-Cinelike
Supported Memory CardsUHS-I Speed Class 3 or above; up to 512GB
Internal Memory1.2GB

If you’d like an in-depth review however, then keep on reading!

DJI Mini 3 Pro Build Quality

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When I first picked up the DJI Mini 3 Pro, I was surprised at how lightweight it felt. 

I know it’s a sub 250g drone… but hear me out, the fact that they fit this much tech into such a small drone is nothing short of amazing – I’m betting that they had to use some special materials to keep it that way. 

Although I have to admit, I was a little worried that it might feel flimsy or like a toy.

But let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. While the DJI Mini 3 Pro is  incredibly light, it doesn't feel cheap or poorly made. It was the opposite actually! You could clearly see that DJI had put a lot of effort into crafting a sturdy and reliable drone.

So don't let the weight fool you - the Mini 3 Pro may be small, but it's definitely not flimsy. In fact, I think it's an impressive feat of engineering that they were able to make such a lightweight drone that still feels so solid.

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CAMERA, Features and PRICE

In this section, we're going to take a look at all the new features of the camera, battery, and flight performance in the DJI Mini 3 pro.

The DJI Mini 3 pro became one of the best camera drones, besides the fact that it's so cheap and weighs less than 250 grams.

Okay, let's talk about the part of the drone that really matters - the camera. I mean, flying is fun and all, but let's be real - the whole reason we're up there is to capture some epic footage that will make our friends and family go "wow".

So what's the deal with the camera on the DJI Mini 3? Well, let's dive into the technical details for a moment. Here's what you're working with:

Camera Sensor1/1.3-inch CMOS
Pixels: 48MP
Camera LensFOV (Field of View): 82.1°; 24mm Equivalent
Aperture: f/1.7
Photo FormatJPEG & RAW (DNG)
Max Video Resolution4K 60FPS
Max Video Bitrate150 Mbps

You know what I love about the DJI Mini 3? They brought back a feature that I really missed - the ability to take photos and videos in portrait mode. They used to have this on the original Mavic drone, and now it's back in the Mini 3 Pro.

They're calling it "true vertical shooting" - which means your photos and videos will be instantly shareable on all your favorite social media platforms without any cropping or rotating needed. No more awkwardly cropping out parts of your shot just to make it fit in a square frame!

So whether you're posting to Instagram, Snapchat, or TikTok, your content will look slick and polished right out of the camera. It's a small thing, but it really makes a big difference in the overall user experience.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro is an excellent pick for hobbyist photographers and travelers. Its camera and video capabilities are top-notch, giving you the ability to capture stunning aerial footage or just your memories on the go. 

Whether you're looking for a complete imaging and video recording package that you can shoot professional footage with, or just want to capture special memories, the DJI Mini 3 Pro is a perfect choice.

Flight Performance and Features of The DJI Mini 3 Pro

3-Axis obstacle sensingSubject-tracking powersIncreased battery life from the Mini 2

You might be surprised at how well the DJI Mini 3 Pro performs in windy conditions, given its small size and lightweight build…

With a wind speed resistance of up to 24 mph, this little drone can handle much more than you might think - especially when you switch over to the powerful Sport mode.

When it comes to flight, the Mini 3 Pro offers three different modes: Cine, Normal, and Sport. 

You'll find these modes on many DJI drones, including the Mini 3 Pro's predecessor Mini 2. 

In Cine mode, you'll get a slower flight speed of up to 13.4mph, with less sensitive controls that are great for smooth, cinematic shots. 

Normal mode is the most commonly used mode, with a top speed of 22.3mph and controls that are a bit more beginner-friendly (which is good news if you're new to flying drones). 

And then there's Sport mode - the fastest mode available, with a top speed of 35.7mph. But be warned - collision avoidance is turned off in this mode, so unless you're a seasoned pro, you might want to stick with Cine or Normal mode.

DJI Mini 3 Pro Battery Life

Let’s talk battery… because chances are it’s one of the most important features on the spec sheet for you and many other pilots (including myself). I said that the DJI Mini 3 Pro has a far better battery than the DJI Mini 2, which is true.

The new 2,453mAh Intelligent Flight Battery weighs just 80.5g and is claimed to provide a flight time of up to 38 minutes.

Just keep in mind, when you factor in the charge needed for Return Home, and varying temperatures of the environment you’re in, your flights are more realistically in the 20-25 minute region. Which is still great.

Intelligent Flight Battery Plus

You can actually allow your DJI Mini 3 Pro to fly for up to  51 minutes which is staggering for such a small drone! The Intelligent Flight Battery Plus, featuring a 3,850mAh capacity, is also available for the Mini 3. This increases the official flight time to 51 minutes, but takes the Mini 3's weight above 250g, moving it into the next weight category in most regions. In which case you’ll be subject to drone laws in the U.S.

Intelligent Flight Modes

Intelligent Flight Modes are finally coming to the DJI Mini-series starting with the Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro. You’ll be able to use most of the known intelligent flight modes that were usually weren’t available.

Quickshots within the Mini 3 allows you to get advanced shots in seconds with just a tap, like Dronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket, and Boomerang. You can send the results to your mobile device for saving or sharing just as quickly with QuickTransfer.

I’ve already done an in-depth article about intelligent flight modes which you can find here.

DJI Mini 3 Transmission & Flight Range

Unlike its predecessor the DJI Mini 2, the Mini 3 Pro uses the Ocusync 3.0 (O3) transmission system which offers up to 10 kilometers of flight range.

Don’t test it though, not only is flying out of visual sight illegal, but the range also will depend on many factors like the environment. If you fly it too far from you, you may never see your Mini 3 again.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro Price

The DJI Mini 3 Pro starts at $750… But, it has many variations and “combos” as DJI calls them.

This means depending on what you end up getting, the price could be as high as $1500. I’ll break down all the different accessories that you can get with your DJI Mini 3 Pro.

Mini 3 Pro  – $759.00

  • Mini 3 Aircraft
  • Remote Controller N1
  • Intelligent Flight Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Spare Propeller Pair
  • Charging/Device Cables

Mini 3 Pro (DJI RC) – $909.00

  • Mini 3 Aircraft
  • Remote Controller DJI RC
  • Intelligent Flight Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Spare Propeller Pair
  • Charging/Device Cables

Mini 3 Pro (No RC) – $669.00

  • Mini 3 Aircraft
  • Intelligent Flight Battery
  • Spare Propeller Pair
  • Charging/Device Cables

Mini 3 Pro Fly More Kit Plus – $249.00

  • Intelligent Flight Battery Plus x2
  • Two-Way Charging Hub
  • Spare Propeller Pair x2
  • Screws x12
  • Shoulder Bag
  • USB 3.0 Type-C Data Cable

Mini 3 Pro Fly More Kit Plus – $189.00

  • Intelligent Flight Battery x2
  • Two-Way Charging Hub
  • Spare Propeller Pair x2
  • Screws x12
  • Shoulder Bag
  • USB 3.0 Type-C Data Cable
  • DJI RC – $309.00

Mini 3 Pro Intelligent Flight Battery Plus – $95.00

Mini 3 Pro Intelligent Flight Battery – $65.00

Mini 3 Pro ND Filter Set (16/64256) – $55.00

Who is the DJI Mini 3 Pro for?

If I had to describe the DJI Mini 3 Pro, I’d say it is a modernized entry-level drone. 

The Mini 3 Pro is suited for people who want a contemporary sub-250g drone that can capture decent photos and video clips. While it’s an entry-level drone, it packs more than enough tech for even pros to find it useful in their day-to-day flights.

Is The DJI Mini 3 Pro Worth it?

We’ve gone over all the features and upgrades of the DJI Mini 3 Pro, as well as its starting price (within the U.S.), so the question remains – is it worth buying, or should you just settle for good ol’ Mini 2?

The DJI Mini 3 Pro is definitely worth it, especially since its price is similar to that of the DJI Mini 2, so it makes more sense to buy the upgrade if you haven’t bought a drone yet.

Also, knowing DJI, the Mini 2 will probably soon be pulled out of the market and you’ll only be able to get it secondhand.

Hi, I'm Paul.
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