Our Drones: The DJI Mini 3 Pro

Our Drones: The DJI Mini 3 Pro

The DJI Mini 3 pro is an absolutely fantastic little drone, specifically designed to be lightweight and extremely manoeuvrable pack with features often found in more expensive and larger drones. One of the huge advantages of this little powerhouse is the fact that it is under 250g in weight. This is one of its major selling points and as a result, has made it the market leader here in the UK if not worldwide for similar drones in its class!
DJI Mini 3 Pro
Close Up of the Camera & Gimbal on the MINI 3 Pro
The Mini 3 Pro has a flight time of up to 30 minutes which is more than enough time to get amazing aerial shots. It also comes with a 4K camera and obstacle avoidance technology that helps you capture the best possible images from the air. The range for this drone is also quite impressive as it can fly up to 5 km away, should you wish to do so. However, it is important to note that according to the CAA and “The Drone Code” your drone should always be within line of sight, I’m yet to meet a human who can see over a distance of 5km! The Mini 3 Pro is currently the highest-spec drone in the MINI Series by DJI, they do however also offer the MINI 3 and also the slightly older MINI 2, both are superb but at a lower price point. Even though the DJI Mini 3 Pro drone has only been on the market for just over a year, DJI has started development of the DJI MINI 4 Pro, for further information and potential leaks of the MINI 4 Pro’s features check out the blog post by Dronesgator here.

The Features of the DJI Mini 3 Pro

This little drone is jam-packed and full of features often reserved for higher-priced and much larger drones. Here are some of the key features to look out for when thinking of buying a drone.

Size, Weight, and Design

Even though it has more features than other Mini drones, the Mini 3 Pro remains compact and lightweight, weighing less than 250 grams.

Although it might appear bigger than the Mini 2 when unfolded, the foldable design of this drone makes it compact and great for travelling. It is much smaller than the Air 2S or Mavic 3.

It is lightweight and small enough to carry around, either in your pocket or backpack, without any noticeable weight.

Although, it is worth noting that the Mini 3 Pro is equipped with two sets of batteries. One is standard and keeps the weight of the drone below 250 grams. The other one has a higher capacity and provides longer flight time, but it adds weight and pushes the weight over 250 grams.

The Gimbal & Vertical Shooting

Gimbal & Camera In Vertical Mode

The Mini 3 Pro has a gimbal design that is particularly captivating. It features a pivot system and a notch at the top to ensure that the gimbal remains stable even during fast drone acceleration.

With the Mini 3 Pro, the gimbal keeps the camera balanced even when flying in Sport Mode. But one of the most impressive features is the fact that you can rotate the Gimbal and shoot video and photographs in portrait / vertical orientation.

You may often need to crop out parts of your footage when posting videos and photos on social media, but with this feature, now you can avoid doing so.

Camera Sensor

The DJI Mini 3 Pro has a 1/1.3 sensor that slightly larger than the Mini 2’s but smaller than the Air 2S’s. It has an f/1.7 fixed aperture that produces excellent footage. A larger aperture allows more light to pass through, while larger sensors provide a wider range of tones, more blur, and better performance in low-light conditions. DJI also equipped the Mini 3 Pro with an 82-degree FOV and a 24mm lens to enhance its capabilities.

Colour Profile

The Mini 3 Pro has two different colour profiles – Normal and D-Cinelike. Normal provides standard footage which you can adjust a little in your editing software. On the other hand, D-Cinelike offers a flatter colour profile, giving you more flexibility in editing. The Mini 3 Pro shoots in HDR, unlike other drones where you can switch in and out of HDR; all your videos will be in HDR with the Mini 3 Pro.

Flight Time

DJI is really good at making batteries for drones. The Mini 3 Pro has two different batteries included: one that lasts for 34 minutes and another that lasts for 40 minutes. This is a longer flight time than other mini and Mavic drones, including the Air 2S.

Obstacle Detection and Avoidance

You might be familiar with the Mini drones that had no obstacle avoidance features. Still, the Mini 3 Pro comes with Tri-Directional Obstacle Sensing which is part of the Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS). However, it’s important to note that these sensors only detect obstacles in the front, back, and downward directions, so you should be cautious when flying the drone sideways. It’s not as comprehensive as the obstacle avoidance systems found on more expensive drones, but it works well.

FocusTrack & Obstacle Detection

The Mini 3 Pro has intelligent flight modes such as ActiveTrack built-in, which works exceptionally well when combined with obstacle avoidance. It comes with three modes under FocusTrack, which we have elaborated on. You can activate ActiveTrack while hiking, biking, running, or jogging, allowing the drone to follow you.
ActiveTrack – The drone has a feature called Follow Me mode which allows it to follow either you or an object of your interest. To activate this, simply draw a box around the subject you want the drone to follow.
POI (Point Of Interest) – When using this flight mode the drone automatically “orbits” around a chosen object, simply choose the direction you want to orbit and the speed and the drone does the heavy lifting for you.
Spotlight Mode – This intelligent flight mode allows you to pick a subject and the drone will automatically keep the subject centre frame, allowing you to fly the drone without worrying that your subject gets lost.

Hazard Avoidance

Being mindful of your surroundings when flying a drone is essential for its safe operation, but with the DJI mini 3 Pro, you get the added bonus of “hazard avoidance” sensors minimising any mishaps which may occur. There are three settings for hazard avoidance.
Brake – This setting enables the drone to halt its movement upon detecting an obstacle. However, if you opt for the Brake setting, you will need to take manual control of the drone every time. Keep in mind that this may affect the quality of the footage.
Bypass Mode – When in Bypass Mode, the drone will navigate around obstacles to continue flying. However, it may not detect small obstacles such as electric lines, twigs, or grass. Therefore, it is important to remain aware of your surroundings at all times.
Off – Not recommended for beginners, you have the option to turn off obstacle avoidance. However, this should be avoided specifically when flying in areas that have trees, buildings, or other barriers.
One thing to mention is that the drone has 3 “speed” modes, C (Cinematic), N (Normal) and S (Sport), a word of warning when Sport mode is activated, hazard avoidance is automatically turned off, be careful flying fast!

Flight Range

DJI utilises OcuSync, a contemporary transmission system that allows the drone to switch between frequencies of 5.8 and 2.4 GHz. However certain countries have restrictions on the frequencies you are allowed to use so do your research. Thankfully the software in the remote can automatically detect the GHz and use the correct one for your location.

DJI has stated that the Mini 3 Pro can fly up to 7.4 miles away, however, users in the UK are unlikely to utilise this as according to “The Drone Code” by the CAA you should always keep your drone in sight.

Intelligent Flight Modes

The DJI Mini 3 Pro offers various shooting modes that simplify the creation of cinematic footage. These modes are MasterShots, Hyperlapse, QuickShots, and Panoramas. Here is a breakdown of what each mode can do.
MasterShots – With MasterShots, you can record a subject seamlessly through various movements like circling, pitching up, and flying forward. These modes are especially useful when you need to film yourself, landmarks, buildings, or scenery. Doing these shots manually can be challenging, but MasterShots uses AI to execute them flawlessly. Moreover, you can use the templates available in the DJI app to edit your videos.
Hyper-Lapse – These shots are taken with a drone that flies slowly while capturing footage, which can then be compiled into a shorter video using the hyper-lapse feature. To use this feature, you program the Mini 3 Pro drone to follow a predetermined route. An example of a hyper-lapse video would be one where you see fast-moving vehicles on a highway, with cloud movement and shadow direction indicating that the footage was taken over a longer period and condensed into a shorter video.
  • Course Lock – you can predetermine a course for the drone to follow in a straight line, taking photographs at regular intervals.
  • Circle – Fairly easy to understand, a Hyper-Lapse in a circle!
  • Free – the drone can be flown in any direction
  • Waypoint – You can fly your drone in the flight path you choose, and the software will automatically set way points along the way, then when you’re happy, the drone will then return to the beginning of the flight path and begin the hyper-lapse.

Panoramic Mode

The mode I’m referring to lets you capture multiple images of a single area and merge them into one large photo. This is not possible with a regular drone camera lens. Keep in mind that the DJI Mini 3 pro’s lens has a small 82-degree field of view and a 24mm focal length, which might not be enough for certain shots.


QuickShots is a simpler version of MasterShots. As indicated earlier, MasterShots will simultaneously film the subject in several moves. But if you want to film the subject one move at a time, use QuickShots. Moves like Helix, Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Boomerang, and Asteroid are performed automatically.

Video Resolution

The Mini 3 Pro can record videos in 4K at 60 frames per second, which is the highest resolution available. You can shoot in slow motion by switching to 1080 with 120 fps. Recording at 4K 60fps is recommended if you plan to slow down the video later. It is impressive because most devices and streaming platforms like YouTube support it. Shooting at a higher frame rate can enhance the video’s detail, but lower fps options should still be explored to compare results.

Photo Resolution

The Mini 3 Pro drone has a 12MP camera that can produce high-quality photos. Additionally, with the Quad Bayer technology, you can now get a photo that has four times the original resolution, resulting in 48MP photos.
So, which should you use?
It’s difficult to give a straightforward answer to your question. Sometimes using the 48MP option will enable you to use a low ISO, whereas using the 12MP option may require a higher ISO. However, for certain scenarios, the 48MP option might result in some noise in your footage. It’s important to keep in mind that the 48MP from a Quad Bayer sensor isn’t precisely 48MP; it’s slightly smaller than that. But, it often produces superior images than the 12MP option.


The camera has a zoom feature that allows you to film objects that are far away or add depth to your footage. Depending on the resolution you choose, you can access different levels of zoom. At 4K, you can zoom up to 2X. At 2.7K, you can zoom up to 3X. And at 1080p, you can zoom up to 4X.

Internal Storage

This is one feature which to be honest is a bit of a letdown, you get around 1 GB of storage on the drone itself, which quickly gets used up, a micro SD card is essential to boost the storage capacity of the drone.


The DJI Mini 3 Pro is an absolute gem of a drone, great for beginners and professionals offering drone services alike, the lightweight design helps you to avoid a lot of the red tape associated with flying drones in the UK under the CAA guidelines. With it, you get a 4K camera, various intelligent shooting modes and obstacle avoidance sensors all at an incredible price. The Mini 3 Pro is definitely one to consider if you’re looking for an entry-level drone that still packs some serious punch!

This is the drone we use most often for our drone photography and drone videography services.

DJI Mini 3 Pro