The New DJI Mavic 3 Classic Drone: First Impressions

DJI has just released the Mavic 3 Classic. Very similar to the standard Mavic 3, the new DJI Mavic 3 Classic has one major difference that brings the price down significantly. Does that change compromise its performance or make it less attractive? Take a look at this pilot's first impressions.

Talking about drones is an exciting topic for me right now because I literally picked up my first drone less than a week ago: the relatively new DJI Mini 3 Pro. I'd long toyed with the idea of getting a drone because of the spectacular landscapes surrounding me here in the far south of Japan, and the reviews on the Mini 3 Pro were so overwhelmingly positive that I felt $1,150 (with RC remote and Fly More Kit Plus) was a relative bargain for what it could potentially add to my photography. I'm still learning to fly it, but I've taken it out a couple times and had an absolute blast. It's really thrilling seeing your own world from such a new perspective, and the Mini 3 Pro has so many cool features I really wonder what more drones can have.

And that brings us to this great video by Billy Kyle, in which he gets his hands on the newly released DJI Mavic 3 Classic. Nearly identical to the standard DJI Mavic 3, the DJI Mavic 3 Classic version has many of the same features such as the advanced 20-megapixel 4/3" CMOS sensor designed by legendary camera maker Hasselblad. Designed specifically for the Mavic 3 and meeting Hasselblad's rigorous hardware and software standards, the 3-axis gimbal camera is capable of 4K video at 60 fps, a maximum of 5.1K at 50 fps, and 4K slow-motion footage at 120 fps. The 12.8 stops of dynamic range and the f/2.8 to f/11 adjustable aperture also let pilots account for nearly any lighting conditions. It all sounds well and good, so what's different? The DJI Mavic 3 Classic doesn't have the 12-megapixel telephoto with 28x Hybrid Zoom, which makes it almost $600 cheaper. So, how does Kyle feel about it after his first full flight with this new release? Take a look, and let me know your thoughts.

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Iain Stanley is an Associate Professor teaching photography and composition in Japan. He has presented at conferences globally and written for numerous international publications. To learn more about his work, his life in Japan, or how he plans to semi-retire at 64, check out his writing on Medium by clicking the website link above.

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