DJI Mini 3 Pro Leaks Signal Launch Could Be Just Around the Corner
DJI’s popular Mini-series appears to be expanding into new territory as rumors continue to swirl about an all-new DJI Mini 3 Pro. Adding professional-level sensors and capabilities will be a first for the Mini line.
Many of DJI’s latest innovations have been fully revealed on Twitter by credible leaks in past years. The interesting aspect of this release is it’s still unclear if there will be a consumer version to accompany the Mini 3 Pro.
In 2021, it was speculated that DJI would launch the Mini 3 in April of 2022. However, DJI investigator @JasperEllens, claims we will not see the drone until early May. With April coming to a close, it’s probably safe to assume this estimate is not far off.
This recent Tweet from @DealsDrone released the first video of the new drone:
More recently, @DealsDrone leaked four photos of the Mini 3 Pro that seem to confirm the idea that it will be hitting stores very soon.
As you can see, the new drone continues DJI’s streamlined architecture with round, aerodynamic features.
The placement of the gimbal also seems to confirm rumors that the camera is capable of switching between landscape and portrait orientations. This feature would be an absolute game-changer for content creators utilizing YouTube Shorts, Instagram Reels, and everyone’s favorite, TikTok.
But we don’t just have photos of the Mini 3 Pro—an accidental listing by a Dutch drone website called TopRC has revealed all the specs for the forthcoming drone. Keep reading to find out everything we know.
A leaked mockup of the Mini 3 Pro’s box
DJI Mini 3 Pro Specs and Features
Here’s everything we know so far about the Mini 3 Pro.
Flight Time: The Mini 3 is equipped with a 2453 mAh battery bringing flight time to 34 minutes. For reference, the Mini 2 has a 2,250 mAh battery and 31 minutes of battery life. DJI will also offer a “Plus” version of the Intelligent Flight Battery, which has 47 minutes of flight time.
Camera: A 1/1.3” CMOS sensor will allow users to record stunning 4K video at 60 FPS and capture 48 MP RAW images. The larger F/1.7 aperture will allow more light to hit the sensor, which improves recording in low-light environments. The camera also comes with 4x digital zoom, allowing it to even potentially be used for inspections of cell towers or other scenarios that require flying at a distance.
Weight: Leaked images show the Mini 3 bearing the phrase “Ultra Light 249g.” Even with pro-level specs, the drone is still under 250 grams, so no FAA registration is required for recreational operations. If you use the Plus battery, the weight will exceed 250 grams.
Transmission & Transfer System: The DJI Mini 3 Pro is equipped with DJI Ocusync 3, which features live 1080p at 30 fps at distances up to 12km (7.5 miles). WiFi transfers are lightning quick at download speeds up to 30 Mbps.
Obstacle Avoidance: The latest Mini will come with DJI’s Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS 4.0). The drone will use two new ground and front-facing sensors to avoid objects throughout the flight. For comparison, the Mini 2 only has two downward sensors.
Intelligent Flight Modes & Tracking: Become a master of angles with DJI’s FocusTrack software, including ActiveTrack 4.0, Spotlight 2.0, and Point of Interest 3.0.
Master Shots: Create a cinematic masterpiece by simply selecting your subject and allowing the drone to conduct professional flight maneuvers automatically.
Panorama: Capture wide-angle shots, including sphere panoramas.
Timelapse: Avoid hours in post-production and record a time-lapse or hyper-lapse of moving objects to create a fantastic video.
How Much Does the DJI Mini 3 Cost?
DJI’s vision to create an ultra-light professional drone will undoubtedly set itself apart from its predecessors in price. The DJI Mini 2 retails for $449, where it sits comfortably in the entry-level market.
Based on an accidental listing from a Dutch website called TopRC, the Mini 3 Pro will sell for $882 (standard controller included). If you want to add the new RC controller, that package will set you back an additional $181.
TopRC’s website shows pricing and “Expected Soon” for the Mini 3 Pro
In typical DJI fashion, there will also be bundles to choose from:
DJI Mini 3 Pro Fly More Kit ($987)
DJI Mini 3 Pro with New RC Controller ($1,063)
Who Is the DJI Mini 3 Pro For?
Given the higher price point and the higher quality of its camera and other technology, like its obstacle avoidance capabilities, the Mini 3 Pro seems aimed at the prosumer who is already somewhat established and willing to spend a little more.
DJI is a master of filling out all the pricing brackets on the market.
Starting with its cheapest drone—the Tello—then going up to the Mini SE, and then all the way up to its higher-end professional models like the new Matrice 30, which was made to support public safety and heavy-duty maintenance work, the company offers drones at a huge range of price points. And this is just one of the ways it dominates the market.
It’s a smart strategy. While the Mini SE may meet the needs of newbies, the Mini 3 Pro will be a great option for those looking to level up their content creation and make it more professional.
And the new M30, on the other hand—which is the first drone-in-a-box DJI has ever made—lies much higher up on the spectrum, presenting an industrial solution that can be used for professional work like bridge inspections or arson investigations.