DJI Mini 3, the highly anticipated successor to the popular Mini 2 drone, has been dominating the rumor mill as it approaches a supposed release date of April 2022. In the latest development, a DJI leaker has released a list of possible specs the upcoming drone could feature.
According to the new rumored specs list, the DJI Mini 3 drone could sport:
- A 1/1.3-inch CMOS sensor
- F1.7 large aperture
- A gimbal tilted at a large angle allowing you to shoot upwards
- A camera supporting vertical mode
- 3-directional obstacle avoidance
- ActiveTrack Mode
- O3 transmission system
- A new remote controller with built-in screen
For comparison, the Mini 2 comes with a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor to deliver 12MP stills. It uses the less advanced O2 transmission system, and doesn’t feature any obstacle avoidance sensors. The sub-250-gram also doesn’t support subject tracking natively. But with the recent release of Mini 2 SDK, third-party flight apps such as Litchi have begun to offer tracking and “follow me” modes to Mini 2 users.
In any case, the Mini 2, which was released in November 2020, is long due for an overhaul. Previous rumors have indicated that the revamped drone could feature a new aerodynamic design with a carbon-fiber body. Expect to see downward slanted arms, larger propellers, as well as forward, backward, and downward obstacle avoidance sensors. The maximum flight time is also expected to increase with possibly a battery extender. And the drone camera will, no doubt, see an improvement.
It’s worth highlighting that with the recent arrival of Autel Nano and Nano+, DJI finally has some serious competition in the sub-250-gram space. However, with the Nano’s standard package costing at least $200 more than the Mini 2, DJI still has a significant edge in a budget-conscious market. And to retain that edge, the new and improved Mini 3 will also need to come at a competitive price.