The DJI Mini 3 Pro is rumored to come with substantial upgrades over its non-Pro predecessor, including obstacle avoidance sensors and a bigger battery, as revealed in leaked images and a video of the new drone (via Tech Radar).
Self-proclaimed DJI investigator Jasper Ellens released the leak pictures and video to Twitter. There are two large sensors on the front of the device to help avoid obstacles, as well as two downward-facing sensors to avoid collisions with the ground. If true, it’s a welcome addition to the beginner-friendly drone series – the DJI Mini 2 only has ground sensing sensors.
It’s the new #DJI #Mini3Pro. It has a larger 2453 mAh battery. Upgraded E24 F1.7 3-axis gimbal and camera. Huge front and ground sensors and… new rear sensors. Weight: 249g. It’s time to sell your Mini 2. I expect an announcement in a few weeks. pic.twitter.com/CvW9YfmkRg
— Jasper Ellens – 27 leaks (@JasperEllens) April 2, 2022
As for its camera, the leak shows a lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.7, which should give a brighter image and better low-light performance compared to the DJI Mini 2’s f/2.8 lens. The camera is mounted to a redesigned three-axis gimbal that sits to one side, potentially allowing users to shoot vertical video suitable for posting to social platforms.
The DJI Mini 3 Pro may have a slightly longer flight time, as the leak points to an upgraded 2,453mAh battery. For comparison, the DJI Mini 2 has a 2250 mAh battery and a flight time of 31 minutes, so we can see a small improvement with the Mini 3 Pro.
Despite the upgrades, the DJI Mini 3 Pro will still maintain its sub-250 gram weight, allowing users to fly it without having to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration. It’s unclear if the DJI Mini 3 Pro will drop its entry-level price for something a bit more expensive to go along with its new label and new “Pro” features, or if DJI also plans to release a non-branded model. -Pro.
Many questions remain about the rumored drone – like its frame rate or Ocusync 3.0 support – but we might not have to wait any longer to find out. Ellens predicts that DJI could announce the drone in the coming weeks.