May 22, 2022

The DJI Mini 3 rumours are starting to appear as expected announcement date draws closer

Were just 16 months out from the release of the DJI Mini 2 but individuals seem to currently be anticipating the statement of a DJI Mini 3 eventually during April 22. There are no hard realities to back this up yet and theres clearly been no word from DJI– not even a teaser or mention of an approaching occasion– however currently were starting to see rumoured specification lists.

DJI Mini 3 Spec Guess. 1/1.3″ CMOS, F1.7 big apertureThe gimbal is tilted at a big angle, and you can shoot upwardsCamera supports vertical mode3 instructions barrier avoidanceActive TrackO3 transmissionNew remote control with screen pic.twitter.com/daruvJDx6Q
— 航拍世家 打手 (@DealsDrone) March 6, 2022

I visualize was published to Twitter by serial DJI leaker OsitaLV which was then followed up by some dissection, combination with previous rumours and a little uncertainty by DealsDrone, resulting in a specs list that might be close to the fact or it might be a work of absolute fiction. Even DealsDrone says that the specs are a guess but it looks like it may be possible, especially with competition like the Autel Evo Nano and Evo Nano+ now on the market.

Like the Autel Nano and Nano+, the DJI Mini series beings in that sub-250g classification, which allows operation in many parts of the world without the normal licensing requirements and constraints of regular-sized drones. 250g doesnt enable a lot of tech to be packed into them, however as that technology has advanced, manufacturers have actually been able to fit more inside them. Things like challenge avoidance (which the Evo Nano drones can do and the Mini 2 cant), which is something that the existing specification rumour recommends is being added to the Mini 3, among other things:

Im sure well learn DJIs plans at some time when theyre all set to officially reveal them. And even though rumours are suggesting a possible announcement next month, an actual declaration from DJI might be a very long method off. It wouldnt be the very first time the rumour mill was incorrect about statement dates from DJI.

A 1/1.3- inch CMOS sensor
f/1.7 big aperture
A gimbal slanted at a big angle, allowing you to shoot upwards
A camera supporting vertical mode
3-directional challenge avoidance
ActiveTrack Mode
O3 transmission system
A new remote controller with a built-in screen

Barrier avoidance has been sorely lacking from this class of drone from DJI. Considered that Autel included it to theirs, it makes sense that DJI will now be wanting to bring the feature to the next generation fo Mini. Taking a look at the original image posted by OsitaLV, however, on which the above diagram is based, even he appears to believe that its a little a joke and that this isnt how the DJI Mini 3 and its controller are going to look.

But, with the release of the DJI Mini SE, maybe theyre branching out the Mini series into 2 different lines, as Autel has done with the Evo Nano and Evo Nano+. Possibly well see the Mini SE line continued as the basic entry-level and the Mini as an advanced (but not quite as advanced as the DJI Air series) product line?

Whether the drone will appear like this, though, remains to be seen. It does provide a rather extreme style modification over previous Mini models, but if theyre going to start incorporating things like barrier avoidance, it makes sense to switch things up a bit. Something that I cant see DJI doing on a drone in this class– unless theyre planning to significantly bump up the rate, is alter the controller to look like that with a massive integrated display.

Prior to further verification, Ill concern this pic as joking. pic.twitter.com/En7LIBv1jf
— OsitaLV (@OsitaLV) March 1, 2022

What theoretical specifications would make you purchase a DJI Mini 3?

And even though rumours are recommending a possible statement next month, an actual statement from DJI could be an extremely long way off.

[via DroneDJ]

Like the Autel Nano and Nano+, the DJI Mini series sits in that sub-250g category, which allows operation in lots of parts of the world without the usual licensing requirements and constraints of regular-sized drones. Offered that Autel included it to theirs, it makes sense that DJI will now be looking to bring the function to the next generation fo Mini. Looking at the initial image published by OsitaLV, though, on which the above diagram is based, even he seems to think that its a bit of a joke and that this isnt how the DJI Mini 3 and its controller are going to look.

One thing that I cant see DJI doing on a drone in this class– unless theyre planning to drastically bump up the cost, is change the controller to look like that with an enormous integrated display screen.