June 2, 2022

DJI Mini 2 vs Mini 3 Pro

Of Course, The DJI Mini 3 Pro Is Better Than The Mini 2 But How Much Better is it? 

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The DJI Mini 2 was a highly popular drone due to its sub 250g weight coupled with high quality 4K video and high resolution stills photography. How could DJI improve on this without jeopardizing sales of their next tier line up such as the DJI Air 2s or even the Mavic 3?

What upgrades has the DJI Mini 3 had over the Mini 2?

Well, they could add things like obstacle avoidance, 4k 60, 10-bit, CinelikeD. Take a look at just how many upgrades the DJI Mini 3 has had:

DJI Mini 2

Product Details

4 / 5

DJI Mini 2
DJI Mini 2

Take Off Weight

249g

Obstacle Sensors

noNE

Speed (Horizontal)

16m/s

Descent Speed

3.5M/S

Battery Life

31m

Max Range

10km

Live View Resolution

720P/30FPS

Stills Resolution

12mp

Sensor Size

1 / 2.3 (0.435) inch

ISO

100-3200

Photo Formats

JPEG / DNG (RAW)

Aperture

f/2.8

4K Video Resolution

4K/30fps

1080p Resolution

1080P/60fps

Bitrate

8-bit, 100 Mbps

D-Cinelike?

NO

Digital Zoom 4k

2x

Digital Zoom 1080p

4x

DJI Mini 3

Product Details

5 / 5

DJI Mini 3 Pro
DJI Mini 3 Pro

Take Off Weight

249g

Obstacle Sensors

Front / Back / Down

Speed (Horizontal)

16M/S

Descent Speed

5M/S

Battery Life

34m/47M

Max Range

12km

Live View Resolution

1080p/30fps

Stills Resolution

48mp

Sensor Size

1 / 1.3 (0.769) inch

ISO

100-6400

Photo Formats

JPEG / DNG (RAW)

Aperture

f/1.7

4K Video Resolution

4K/60fps

1080p Resolution

1080P/120fps

Bitrate

10-bit, 150 Mbps

D-Cinelike?

YES

Digital Zoom 4k

2x

Digital Zoom 1080p

4x

On average, you are looking at paying double for the DJI Mini 3 over the Mini 2 (full review of Mini 2) but is it worth it? In my opinion, a resounding yes!

Take all of the above upgrades into account and then add the superb DJI RC (controller) into the mix and you have a completely different drone. One that is possibly closer to the DJI Mavic 3 than the Mini 2.

My opinion on this upgrade

DJI Mini 2 Next to DJI Mini 3

I have only had this review copy for a few days and I love it! The DJI Mavic 3 had a couple of things that bothered me such as the quality of the second camera, unreleased features on launch and the price. The DJI Mini 3 on the other hand has got pretty much everything, and more, right on launch. 

I can honestly say that there is nothing right now that I don't like about this drone in this price range. It is quick to set up and connect to satellites, good in strong winds, the images quality all round is superb and it's priced well.

The best features of the DJI Mini 3 (for me)

DJI RC Controller
  1. 1
    The DJI RC (controller to the right above)
  2. 2
    Obstacle avoidance
  3. 3
    Stills resolution
  4. 4
    4k 60fps video
  5. 5
    D-Cinelike
  6. 6
    10-bit, 150mbps video
  7. 7
    Low light photography and video

All of the above make this a no-brainer if you are in the market for a sub 249g drone. The image quality in both stills and video is sublime and in relatively low light up to 1600 ISO, I was massively impressed!

The DJI RC is super light, bright, great connectivity, easy to use and smart. My only gripe is that DJI really should be using DJI GO 4 with these drones.

Property Photo (Click for larger image)

DJI Mini 3 Property Photo Small

Low Light Photography

DJI Mini 3 Low Light Night Photo Small

Caveats/Beware

If there was one thing I had to alert buyers to, it is the autofocus. Don't get me wrong, it isn't bad, in fact it is superb. It's just that unlike the DJI Mini 2 which is simply constant focus on EVERYTHING, the Mini 3 has "touch to focus". This is where you tap the screen to focus on a specific subject/object.

This is important because the DJI Mini 3 gives images with a shallower depth of field meaning less will be in focus. This is due to the slightly larger sensor and wider aperture of f1.7 compared to f2.8 on the Mini 2.

See the image below which shows the difference between the two levels of focus and depth of field (click image for a larger, clearer version).

Tap To Autofocus on Drones

This is similar to drones in higher price brackets. The camera will also slowly autofocus once you move away from the subject but it is perhaps a little slow and unreliable. Therefore, remember to hit the screen again when starting to record video or take stills at a different location.

What is the Best Memory Card for the DJI Mini 3

In my opinion, the SanDisk Extreme Pro MicroSD is by far the best card I have used in drones as well as my DSLR's/Mirrorless cameras. 

In fact I recently bought a ton of them including 64gb, 128gb and 256gb capacities. They were used to film a Guinness World Record using my Panasonic GH5 and Panasonic S1H. For something that important, I needed cards that I had tried, tested and that I could rely on 100%.

The 256gb SanDisk Extreme Pro cards ran flawlessly for 34 hours NON STOP! One 256gb card recorded 28 hours of continuous 1080p footage.

HIGHLY recommended! Check them out on Amazon for the best prices.

Best Memory Card for the DJI Mini 3 Drone

Conclusion

If you are in the market for a sub 249g drone and have the budget, buy the DJI Mini 3 today, you won't regret it! Stocks are limited right now due to very high demand.

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