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DJI Mavic 3 drone review: Cinematic power at a price


DJI's Mavic 3 created early buzz when a leak suggested it would have a large 4/3 sensor and dual camera system, along with an incredible 46 minutes of range. However, potential buyers were also shocked to learn that it has a $2,200 starting price, compared to $1,449 for the Mavic 2 Pro. And that goes way up to $5,000 if you want advanced features like ProRes HQ video. Early footage shows that the camera is indeed impressive and the 50 percent extra flight time is extremely useful. Buyers have also complained, though, about the price, overly basic Fly app and features like ActiveTrack 5 that won't be available until a January 2022 update.

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This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. After 45 hours of research and test flying 14 models, we think the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the best drone for aspiring aerial photographers and videographers thanks to its high-end camera, autonomous obstacle avoidance, long battery life, and portability. Pilots of all skill levels will find it to be exceptionally reliable and easy to fly. The Mavic 2 Pro features a Hasselblad-branded camera (DJI bought a majority stake in the camera brand in 2017), which captures 20-megapixel photographs and 4K videos that look more colorful than those captured by the competition. Its ability to sense and avoid obstacles in all directions and steadily hold its position even in moderate winds lets you focus on your cinematography instead of worrying about keeping the drone steady. It also features DJI's smart-flight modes like ActiveTrack, which directs the drone to autonomously follow and film a subject while still avoiding obstacles. Its 31-minute battery life means you don't have to land for a battery swap as often as other drones, and at 8.4 by 3.6 by 3.3 inches folded and 2 pounds, you can take the Mavic 2 Pro almost anywhere--it fits exceptionally well in our top pick for drone backpacks. It's also compatible with the DJI Goggles FPV headset we recommend.

DJI Mavic 3: The iPhone of drones


So, the Mavic 3 is DJI's latest prosumer drone that builds on the company's long heritage of building drones. The Mavic 3 is a follow-on to the widely successful and highly acclaimed Mavic 2 Pro. It brings a raft of new features to the platform, including all-round obstacle detection and a dual-camera array. Now I have a few hours under my belt; I'm able to share my thoughts and feelings on this drone and, more importantly, whether I think it's worth the eye-watering price tag that DJI has put on this drone. See also: DJI Mavic 3 unboxing and first impressions. The model I've been using is the Mavic 3 and not the Cine version.

DJI gets serious about aerial video with Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom drones


DJI has gone drone crazy. The leading drone maker announced not one, but two new powerful, foldable consumer drones -- the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom -- at a special event at the Brooklyn Navy Yards in New York City. Unlike the Mavic Air, released earlier this year, which touted its ultra-compact design, the two new Mavic 2 drones are all about performance: They're faster, quieter, smarter, safer, fly longer, and capture more impressive aerial footage than the original Mavic Pro. SEE ALSO: Here's why the feds are freaked out about a drone attack First and foremost, the new drones have improved cameras. The Mavic 2 Pro has a 1-inch CMOS sensor made by renowned camera company Hasselblad.

DJI Mavic Air 2 Review: The Best Drone for Taking Photos and Videos


DJI's new Mavic Air 2 folding-style drone is a huge improvement over the previous model--so much so that for most people, this is the perfect drone. The Mavic Air 2 is the middle child in DJI's consumer drone lineup, sitting between the smaller, lighter, but less capable Mavic Mini, and the more powerful, more capable, but also more expensive, Mavic 2. If you're just getting started with drones, the less expensive Mavic Mini (8/10 WIRED Recommends)--my previous top pick for most people--might be a better buy. That said, the Air 2 offers better collision avoidance systems, higher quality photos and video, and a wide assortment of automated flight features that newcomers and seasoned vets alike can appreciate. The Mavic Air 2 is slightly bigger than its predecessor, at least on paper. The folding design remains compact, and at 1.3 pounds, the drone is plenty portable.