The Mavic 3 Classic is the latest affordable drone from DJI

DJI has launched the Mavic 3 Classic, an accessible variant of the original Mavic 3 drone that rocks many of its best features at a more palatable price point.

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So what are you getting for your money? The Mavic 3 Classic drops the additional telephoto lens featured on the original Mavic 3 drone but provides the same 4/3 CMOS 20-megapixel camera, O3 Plus transmission system, and 46-minute maximum flight time. For those who need some additional juice, the Mavic 3 Fly More Kit is also compatible with the Mavic 3 Classic and contains two Intelligent Flight Batteries, a battery charging hub (100W), 65W car charger, three pairs of low-noise propellers, and a DJI convertible carrying case for $649.

The Mavic 3 Fly More Kit on a wooden-topped box, outside in a rocky environment.

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The Mavic 3 Classic’s camera can capture video at 5.1K / 50fps, 4K / 60fps, and 1080p / 60fps using its H.264 and H.265 encoders, while slow-motion video can be captured at 4K / 120fps and 1080p / 200fps. Images and video can be downloaded directly from the drone to a mobile device at speeds up to 80MB per second when using Wi-Fi 6, without connecting to the remote controller.

The Mavic 3 Classic’s camera has a 24mm equivalent focal length lens, with an adjustable aperture spanning f/2.8 to f/11 for 12.8 stops of native dynamic range. The drone also comes with DJI’s automated Quickshots shooting mode and support for timelapse, hyperlapse, and panorama shooting. If you’re not confident with in-flight photography yet, the Mavic 3 Classic comes with a cruise control feature that allows you to set a constant flight speed to focus more on photography than piloting as well as the ActiveTrack 5.0 feature, which can recognize subjects, lock onto them, and sync the drone and camera’s movements for more stable footage.

Someone wearing an orange hat and sweater, flying the DJI Mavic 3 Classic in an open field.

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Speaking of flying, there are plenty of safety features on the Mavic 3 Classic to help pilots avoid hazards in the air. The drone can independently plan routes around hazards thanks to eight visual sensors that feed information to an APAS 5.0 obstacle avoidance system, and its Return To Home system can navigate the best path back to its launch point after scanning its local environment within a 200-meter tidy. If you intend to fly in a congested area, the Mavic 3 Classic comes equipped with an AirSense ADS-B receiver to detect nearby airplanes and helicopters transmitting ADS-B signals, and DJI’s GEO 2.0 geofencing system gives drone pilots a heads-up on potential flight hazards in the area and information about local airspace restrictions.

The DJI Mavic 3 Classic caught in sunlight, against a horizon backdrop.

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The Mavic 3 Classic is available for purchase today and abides by current regulatory requirements. The drone is legal to fly in the US, and DJI expects the Federal Aviation Administration will approve the Mavic 3 Classic’s means of compliance with the incoming Remote ID rules (which will come into effect on September 16th, 2023). Europe-based drone pilots can also fly the Mavic 3 Classic in the new A1 Open Category without a remote piloting license.