Mavic 3 drone from DJI in the test: spectacular photos with superzoom

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Gnicely lifted off. We are traveling in the country, only forest and meadows all around. There is a village at a greater distance. Now we are sending the new professional drone from DJI into the sky, where it quickly stabilizes in spite of the strong winds. We want to know how good the Mavic 3’s camera is. For the first time, like the smartphone, a double lens is used. The main camera with a focal length of 24 mm and a 4/3-inch CMOS sensor is supplemented by a telephoto camera with 162 mm, which offers a 28x hybrid zoom.

The latter arouses our interest. We are a few hundred meters away from the next town and can now zoom in as closely with our flying eye as if we were only a few meters away from the object we are aiming for. It’s more than just spectacular, it’s almost unsettling. We take a closer look at the photos on the computer: Admittedly, the quality suffers at maximum zoom. But you can see, for example, a craftsman on the construction site or which car is where in front of the house. All of this without the people being photographed being able to hear or see the drone. In the cross-check we fly towards a meadow with cows. The animals are easy to see, they cannot hear the drone either.

What is all this for? Photographing or filming animals in the wild is an application scenario. You can also control entire areas from the air, such as power lines, without approaching them dangerously. So there are new opportunities for photography and film.

In the second attempt we test the Hasselblad optics of the main camera with normal zoom. Once again, the results are astonishing. What the large sensor detects, especially when there is little light and a cloudy autumn mood, is spectacular. The image noise remains minimal, contrasts and dynamics are convincing. With just a tiny amount of tonal correction in Photoshop, 20.8 megapixel images of overwhelming beauty can be created. Not only the sensor is based on the compact system cameras from Panasonic and Olympus, the image quality also keeps up.

Folded: This is how the drone goes on its journey.

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In the test

Mavic 3 drone from DJI

Videos succeed with 5.1K and 50 frames per second or 4K and 120 recordings per second. Once again you go into raptures, and if you want to increase the video quality further, take the special version Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo, which supports Apple’s ProRes format. Then so large amounts of data accumulate that conventional memory cards are overwhelmed. This is why the Cine model variant has a 1 terabyte SSD built in.


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