DJI Mini 3 Pro leak shows chunky drone has traded looks for features

Another massive DJI Mini 3 Pro photo leak has revealed the incoming drone’s design from almost every angle – and the snaps show its new features have come at the expense of a sleek look.

The Mini 3 Pro is expected to be a more advanced sequel to the DJI Mini 2, which is currently DJI’s smallest model and, in our book, the best beginner drone you can buy. But its successor had to incorporate new features, like obstacle avoidance sensors, without increasing its footprint – and that apparently resulted in a somewhat bulbous design.

The leaked photos of @DealsDrone (above) confirm that the drone will have the design we saw on leaked packaging in March, which includes two large forward-facing obstacle sensors. If the new photos are genuine, it looks like these bumps will also include rear-facing sensors.

It’s the side shot of the Mini 3 Pro that really shows off its round girth, especially when its arms are unfolded. But a drone’s looks aren’t high on many pilots’ priority lists and there are likely good reasons for its design, with previous leaks pointing to the inclusion of a larger battery and a larger camera sensor on the drone.

Above all, it looks like the Mini 3 Pro will always, like its predecessor, dip below the crucial 250g weight barrier. In many territories, drones weighing less than 250g are exempt from the registration requirement, and these photos again show a marking on the underside of the Mini 3 Pro that says “ultra light, 249g”.

What’s not yet clear is whether the Mini 3 Pro has extra wiggle room in that weight to add accessories like ND filters and prop guards, while still keeping it under the bar. 250g. This could be important for some pilots, such as those in the United States, whose “Category 1” drones must have “no exposed rotating parts” when flying over people.

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Another of the leaked photos, showing a close-up of the camera, appears to confirm rumors that the DJI Mini 3 Pro will be able to shoot videos in portrait mode, which will be popular among those looking to create aerial videos. for Instagram or TikTok. Given the size of this leak, it seems likely that DJI’s next drone will launch soon, with a full liftoff likely later this month.

Analysis: some questions remain

A hand holding a prototype of the DJI Mini 3 Pro

Earlier leaks showed a DJI Mini 3 Pro with the same round design and camera. (Image credit: @DealsDrone)

The design of the DJI Mini 3 Pro has apparently been revealed in full, but a few questions remain about the drone.

First, we still don’t know how big its sensor will be. Previous rumors pointed to a 1/1.3-inch CMOS sensor, which is said to be larger than the DJI Mini 2’s 1/2.3-inch chip, but that’s an important detail that we may not hear about. before the official launch.

There’s also the question of exactly how many versions of the Mini 3 Pro we’ll get. So far, there have been no leaks or rumors of a standard DJI Mini 3 drone, other than some possible prices from Chinese social media.

This means that we may not see a DJI Mini 3 Pro land until later this month, with various bundles offering different price points. The priciest bundle is expected to include the new DJI RC controller that we’ve also seen leaked recently, which could bump the price above the DJI Air 2S – a versatile drone that we consider to be the best drone you can buy.

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But it’s likely we’ll also see a cheaper DJI Mini 3 Pro without that controller, with a more affordable bundle including a standard controller that works with your smartphone. For those on a tighter budget, an even bigger question is what might happen to the price of the DJI Mini 2 after the Mini 3 Pro arrives – while there’s no guarantee of a discount, this definitely worth knowing.

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