After the latest MINI 3 Pro leaks which confirmed the official release, many DJI fans decided to cancel their MINI 2 order and wait for the new edition. Let’s find out from this in-depth comparison guide if it’s worth waiting for the new MINI 3 Pro.
DJI has completely redesigned the new Mini 3 Pro. It has a new look optimized to get more out of every flight. From the larger propellers, aerodynamic body tilt, and upgraded motors we can expect an improved flight performance.
The biggest improvement of the MINI 3 Pro over its older brother the MINI 2, is the 3D-obstacle avoidance sensor. The M3P comes with Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS 4.0) which detects objects in the flight path of the aircraft in real-time. Another great feature of the Mini 3, is the visual object tracking enhanced by ActiveTrack 4.0, Spotlight 2.0, and Point of Interest 3.0, three powerful storytelling tools.
While the new DJI MINI 3 Pro features a 4K@60fps camera with a 48MP (1/1.3″) sensor, the older MINI 2 has a 4K@30fps camera with a 12MP (1/2.3″) one. Usually, a larger sensor means better low-light capabilities.
Both mini DJI drones are equipped with a 3-axis gimbal. The Mini 3 Pro’s gimbal offers a wider range of rotation for low-angle shooting as well as vertical shooting, opening up endless creative possibilities for TikTokers.
Thanks to the 2250 mAh battery, the MINI 2 has a decent of 31 minutes flight time. By comparison, the MINI 3 Pro with a 2453mAh pack has a 34 minutes battery life. Furthermore, with the high-capacity ‘Plus’ battery, it has an outstanding 47minutes of flight time. Of course, these flight times can be achieved only in optimal flight conditions.
While the MINI 2 features second-generation OcuSync transmission that provides a range of up to 10KM, the MINI 3 comes with the third-generation DJI O3 that allows up to 12KM flight distances (in FCC mode). The MINI 2 is compatible only with the standard RC-N1 transmitter and the MINI 3 with both RC-N1 and RC Pro remote controllers. Another significant difference is that the MINI 2 has 720P FPV and the MINI 3 1080P.
DJI Mini 3 Pro versus DJI Mini 2
The table below will try to compare the most important specs of both 250g-class DJI drones. I highlighted with green where the upcoming MINI 3 excels and red where the older Mini 2 is still better.
|MINI 3 Pro||MINI 2|
|Size||Folded: 145×90×62 mm
Unfolded: 171×245×62 mm
|Folded: 138×81×58 mm
Unfolded: 159×203×56 mm
|Weight||249 grams||249 grams|
|Sensor||1/1.3″ – 48MP||1/2.3” – 12MP|
|Max bit rate||150Mbps||100Mbps|
|Photo mode||RAW + JPG||RAW + JPG|
|Communication||OcuSync 3.0||OcuSync 2.0|
|Range||12KM for FCC||10KM for FCC|
|Wind resistance||Level 5||Level 5|
|Intelligent flight modes||QuikShots (Circle, Dronie, Helix, and Rocket)||Panorama, One Tap, and QuikShots (Circle, Dronie, Helix, Rocket, and Boomerang)|
|Obstacle avoidance||Yes, 3D – APAS 4.0||No|
|Active tracking||Yes, ActiveTrack 4.0||No|
|GPS Follow me||No||No|
|Optical flow sensor||Yes||Yes|
|Remote controller||RC-N1 and RC Pro||RC-N1|
|Flight time||34/47 minutes||31 minutes|
|Release date||May 2022||November 2020|
|Price at DJI||$759||$449|
The answer is straightforward if you are looking for the most capable 250g-class drone, the new MINI 3 Pro is your best option right now. It has a better camera, longer range, and extended battery life compared to the older MINI 2.
On the other hand, if you are on a tight budget looking for a nice beginner 4K drone, the MINI 2 is still a great choice.