DJI on Wednesday announced the Mavic 3 Classic drone as a more affordable version of its flagship Mavic 3 that was launched last year. Drones are used for a variety of purposes globally, including deliveries, aerial surveys, photography, law enforcement, and even warfare. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), however, often draws criticism from privacy advocates, even if it is used for something as innocuous as grocery deliveries by companies like Wing and Walmart.
DJI is the world’s leading civilian drone manufacturer, producing some of the best and highest-selling models. The company also offers options at all price points, meaning buyers don’t necessarily have to have a deep pocket to buy the company’s popular offerings. Among the affordable models are the drones from the DJI Mini series that offer reliable and easy-to-use quadcopters for beginners. However, DJI is known globally for its industrial-grade drones that are used for professional video production and aerial surveys.
The USP of the DJI Mavic 3 Classic is its price tag, which starts at $1,469 for the standalone base model, making it more than $500 cheaper than the base Mavic 3. However, despite the lower price, the new quadcopter retains most of the Mavic 3’s best features, including the Hasselblad 20MP 4/3 sensor. However, it skips the dedicated telephoto camera found on the Mavic 3. It is the only major difference between the Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Classic, as the rest of the features of the two drones are almost identical.
The DJI Mavic 3 Classic Is Here
The Mavic 3 Classic comes with the same omnidirectional obstacle-sensing feature as the Mavic 3 and has a maximum flight time of up to 46 minutes. DJI also claims a max flight distance of 30 km, with live video feed transmission of up to 15 km. The Classic also has 8GB internal storage capacity and the same batteries as the Mavic 3 series.
As for the 4/3 Hasselblad camera, it can record videos at up to 5.1K/50 fps, but users also get the option to record 4K videos at up to 60 fps and 1080p at up to 240fps. The Classic supports H.264 and H.265 encoders, as well as 12-bit RAW images and 10-bit D-Log for video. It also comes with the ActiveTrack 5.0 technology that the company says “uses multiple vision sensors to recognize subjects, lock them in frame, and move the drone and camera in concert to create professional-quality videos.”
Tea Mavic 3 Classic will be available in multiple configurations, including the $1,469 drone-only retail pack that does not include a remote controller or charger. The drone is compatible with any existing DJI RC-N1, DJI RC, or DJI RC Pro controller, meaning it is ideal for existing DJI drone users. Next, there’s the $1,599 pack with a charger and the DJI RC-N1 remote controller. Finally, there’s the $1,749 DJI RC pack that includes a charger and the DJI RC remote controller. DJI is also offering a ‘Fly More Kit’ that costs $649 and includes two Intelligent Flight Batteries, a Battery Charging Hub (100W), a 65W Car Charger, three pairs of Low-Noise Propellers, and a DJI Convertible Carrying Bag.
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