After some interesting data on DJI&s new entry-level drone Mini 3 surfaced just recently, it seems that our prediction that the release date would not be long in coming and more info would be leaked before that.
DJI Mini 3 Pro
More and more more indicates that the Mini 3 will be released at the end of April - probably on 4/28 - and the delivery will then start in May. And as we already suspected, there will be a standard model of the new Mini 3 in addition to the Pro model. Not so pleasant, however, are the indications that the price of the new model (and especially the Pro version) of the new Mini generation will be significantly more expensive than that of the current Mini 2 model (459 euros).
There will probably also be a bundle offer of the Mini 3 with the new RC remote control, which is suspected to be a (much) slimmed down version of the optional RC Pro remote control of the new Mavic 3, which costs about 1,000 euros and also has an integrated display (or the old Smart remote control for about 450 euros), which makes the use of a smartphone for control unnecessary. Here is the new remote control on the Mini 3 Pro&s packaging:
DJI Mini 3 box with new RC remote control.
The leaked Chinese prices indicate that the Mini 3 will cost the equivalent of about 475 Euros (the Fly More Combo about 720 Euros and including the new RC remote control about 1,010 Euros) and the Mini 3 Pro 621 Euros (with Fly More Combo and RC remote control even 1,155 Euros) - probably the Mini 3 (Pro) is rather more expensive in this country including import fees and taxes.
Chinese prices of the Mini3 versions
It&s still not clear what the 150 Euro price difference between the Pro version and the standard version of the Mini 3 will be - maybe the rumor that the Pro will use a bigger sensor and thus take better pictures will come true. For comparison, the Air 2S uses a 1" sensor and films at a maximum of 5.4K (5,472×3,078) at 30 fps, while the Air 2 uses a 1/2" sensor and records in 4K Ultra HD (3,840 × 2,160) at 60 fps - the previous Mini 2 model has a 1/2.3" sensor, which can record at a maximum of 4K at 30 fps.
If the rumor is true, the Mini 3 Pro could catch up with the Air 2/Air 2S in terms of camera performance and features (such as the new collision sensors and hopefully the latest version of the APAS automatic obstacle avoidance system) - with the big advantage that, unlike the Air 2S, it falls into drone class C0 (up to 250g takeoff weight) based on its low weight of 249 grams and can therefore be flown in Germany (and many other countries as well) without the need for a license or registration - a big relief not only for hobby pilots.
DJI Mini 3 Pro from below
What&s known so far about the Mini 3 Pro
. What is clear from the leaks so far is that, in addition to an improved 3-axis gimbal, the Mini 3 Pro also features new large obstacle avoidance sensors - and not just on the bottom like the previous model, but on the front and back for the first time This means a significant upgrade to the automatic collision avoidance function, which would make flying much safer - especially for beginners. Also improved seems to be the camera lens, which is now much faster with an aperture of f/1.7 (compared to the f/2.8 of the Mini 2).