10 REASONS THE DJI MINI 3 PRO MIGHT NOT BE THE DRONE FOR YOU!

10 REASONS THE DJI MINI 3 PRO MIGHT NOT BE THE DRONE FOR YOU!

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0:00 – Introduction
1:56 – Power in windy conditions
3:11 – Obstacle avoidance
3:53 – DJI RC brightness
5:00 – Does 250g matter to you?
5:55 – Fixed aperture
7:14 – Colour depth and profiles
8:28 – Maximum resolution
9:24 – One fixed focal length
10:13 – Focus Track and Active Track
10:59 – You’ve already got a drone!

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50 Comments

  1. Colin Dobson on May 22, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    As soon as one comes available here in Australia I’ll be buying one for sure ticks all boxes for me 👍

  2. Michael on May 22, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Scott Manley

  3. Beylin FF on May 22, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    ,give away a drone to your subs

  4. Michael Andersen on May 22, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    It has failed my two requirement, GPS Follow and not being able to fit legal strobe light to extend Vlos, and keep it under 250g. There seems to be no interest in testing this drone for Vlos, flying the drone under trees to break LOS. As I record and view everything in 1080P, limit of my eyesight, my computer can handle 1080P with no problems. As you say, it’s not what what you have got, but how you use it.

  5. Phil Vaughan Pritchard on May 22, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Very simple, if you are a commercial drone operator in the uk and want to fly with much less restrictions and paperwork. Then this is the best option to have either as a Jack of all trades or when you can’t fly in close range with the mavic 3

  6. Grigor Digor on May 22, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Added with firmware 10 bit video (D-Cinelike) now it’s even BETTER! The price is great!

  7. Greg K on May 22, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Great video! I am a hobbyist, but I agree, the “pro” label is too strong for this drone 🙂 I was thinking of going up to a more pro drone from the mini 2, but air2s has issues and mini 3 is not enough for me given the shortcomings that you pointed out for the price tag that it comes with. The controller has 700 nits, which is less than the 800 on the iPhone 12 and 1000-1200 on the 13, which makes it actually inferior to the iPhone in terms of brightness, so that’s a pass for me 🙂 regulations can definitely be a concern especially when traveling to the EU, so it might make sense to have it in your back pocket in addition to a real pro drone, but for now, I am sticking to the mini 2 🙂

  8. Ethan Plays on May 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    I think they did not add side obstacle sensing as it might exceed the 249g limit so I think after such reviews like this they will find a way to do it..

  9. BlairAir on May 22, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    DJI knew how to bake the perfect sub-250 gram cake after every drone maker from Autel to Zino (Hubsan) came gunning for this market. Hubsan came closest, with the kitchensink Zino Mini Pro; showing just how difficult "having it all" without compromise is. DJI even hedged their bet with a Plus Battery, thar breaks character by going over the weight spec. Still the irony of this looking like their crowning achievement, and not the trouble plagued Mavic 3? 🙄

  10. JESSE WANG on May 22, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    very objective review, thanks. liked & subscribed.

  11. Miemo Penttinen on May 22, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Fair and balanced analysis! For me, the sub-250g category and what that allows is worth all the compromises mentioned (while we wait for the properly C-classified drones to come out at some point eventually)

  12. G C on May 22, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Would you recommend it for a beginner drone flyer to start out with or a better suggestion for a new person flying drones ? I do like the rc console that using phone .

  13. rakhun productions on May 22, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Another great video Stewart, I recognise a few of your locations from when I was back in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 I’m a huge fan of the mini 2 but have definitely found it’s limitations in lower light and the upward tilt on the gimbal.

  14. Liam O'Reilly on May 22, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Living in Ireland it’s hard to go back to a 250g drone …struggled so much with wind an the air 2s changed all that

  15. Chris Barker on May 22, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Good points, particularly the last. I’m still tempted to upgrade from my Mavic Air, though. I’m purely a still photographer.

  16. Ty Alderdice on May 22, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    I just sold my P4P advance for the mini 3. For me it was the size and portability. Having just come from a vacation and traveling with my drone it was awesome and a nuance at the same time. Also in Canada getting your license is a pain in the butt. Again size matters lol. Also I found the picture of my drone to that of a mini 2 was quite good so the better camera on the mini 3 was good for me. Although I don’t have it yet, I know I’ll be happy with it. Thanks for your review

  17. Dundeeclan Travels on May 22, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Stewart and Alina. Thanks for the reply. Not sure how to ‘inbox’ you? A prize eh? Exciting 😀 Thanks Paul

  18. Aussie Adventurer on May 22, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Valuable information thanks

  19. Chitranshu & Molly on May 22, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Loved watching the reviews and video. Can you please suggest as a beginning should my first drone be mini 3 pro or air2s ?

  20. Mike on May 22, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Still on the original Mavic Pro and not planning to change anytime soon. Regardless, appreciate the new tech that DJI rolls out from time to time.

  21. Paul Edwards on May 22, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I’m on the fence with the Mini 3. I have an Air 2S and a Mini 2, but having an improved camera (compared to the Mini 2) and still under 250g does have an appeal. I’m in the UK so the restrictions on the Air2S mean I’m flying the Mini2 more. Thank you for the video.

  22. Stuart James Photography on May 22, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    deffo for me im a fair weather flyer. so now i have the mini 3 is perfect

  23. Stephen Cooper on May 22, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I’m not taking advice from someone who climbs mountains in jeans lmao

    What a whopper

  24. Demetris Christodoulides on May 22, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Great and informative video thanks

  25. DRON3 STUDIO on May 22, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Excellent Video, you really tell the truth and you are the only one not sponsored, all the other sponsored reviewers just talk about the good stuff of this new drone. Thanks for being honest!!!

  26. wargor on May 22, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    The places I go are only getting windier these days. Like this drone but I will be sticking with the Mavic 3

  27. thane v on May 22, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    The ability to fly this little beast where I cannot with over 249gm RPAS ,such as my Mavic 2Pro, is a game changer !

  28. Q2 Japan on May 22, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Awesome info 👍 cheers!

  29. Samuel Okaula on May 22, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    You can’t compare the mini 3 pro to the mavic 3 pro. Different leagues, you know what to expect when you choose either

  30. Stephen Doggett on May 22, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Always terrific and sound advice, thank you for your video Stewart.

  31. Jodok Cello on May 22, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Do i need filters if i have a variable aperture?

  32. Frozn Fire on May 22, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    I saw a wind test video with extreme winds where it had no problems at all… So I would say most dont need to worry
    And these are very nitpicky points and comparing it to a mavic 3 which is a whole different weight and price league doesnt really make sense. It has advantages over an Air2S and the weight alone makes it very interesting

  33. Joseph on May 22, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Can someone tell me if I should continue making drone videos ! Thanks 🙏🏽

  34. Jeff Hamilton on May 22, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    The company I work for has a Phantom Pro+. I’m looking to upgrade, but not sure between mini Pro 3, Air 2s, or mavic 3. I mainly use the drone on travel trips, and usually have a very short window to capture footage between locations. The Phantom is a pain in the butt because it’s so big, costs extra baggage fees, have to remove props every time I pack it up, and just feels out dated. I need to get “pro” video and photos, but need something easy to travel with, capable of getting great footage without a lot of time spent dialing it in, and I’m getting a lot of requests for vertical footage too. I’m thinking the mini pro 3 will meet all those criteria. Just concerned about the fixed aperture, as I won’t have time to swap out nd filters. I have my license, so the weight is not an issue, other than traveling with it. What would you recommend?

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  36. Bill Howie on May 22, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Good video again Stewart thank you

  37. Rush Rucker on May 22, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Awesome review! I think it’s very important for people to remember the "wind" factor. A lot of creators show wind videos with leaf blowers and such, but if your drone is 300 feet in the air and can’t make it back or gets blown 5 miles downwind, then you realize it’s still just a mini drone. I upgraded from the original mini to the Air 2S for this reason alone. Then watch, DJI will probably come out with the Mini 3s Pro in about 6 months and the influencers will tell us how much better it is than the Mini 3 Pro. lol

  38. Tim O'Ryan on May 22, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Excellent video and very considered opinions too.

  39. Doug Cooper on May 22, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Excellent Review Video, and Excellent Points To Take Into Consideration. Thank You For Your Honesty.

  40. Vincent Galera on May 22, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    How about a full review of the autel evo nano plus and a comparison to the mini 3 sir?

  41. Scott Annunziata on May 22, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    I’m just a hobbiest so cost is a consideration. An Air2s is a bit above my budget amd is probably more drone than I need. However, I see I can purchase an Air2 in US for $300.00 less. Is it worth it to go for older tech and save some money given my needs?? I do like the integrated nature of the RC1 on the mini pro 3 though. Thanks.

  42. Armando Ferreira on May 22, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Hi Stewart

    The Mini3 Pro is a drone for advanced hobbyist that want to remain sub250gr or for profissionals that what a small back up drone to complement a heavier drone like the M2P or the M3.

    The A2s is the best drone for an advanced hobbyist but it comes with regulatory constraints that may hinder its utilization by a hobbyist. When the A2s has the C class marking, possibly a C1 class, it can avoid the existing regulatory constraints and fly in Subcategory A1.

    For me the ideal drone would be a sub250gr drone with the A2s specs because I also want to use my drone as a travel drone and many countries restrict foreigners to fly only sub250gr drones.

    The Mini3 Pro comes close to my ideal drone and that’s why I bought it with the DJI RC plus the FMK.

    I still have my 2,5 yo Mini1, I flew it regulary and I intent to keep it with the Mini3 Pro.

  43. John Pack on May 22, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Greetings Stewart nice review! Like you I’m fascinated with the smaller tech, however, I am still waiting on the Inspire 3 release. I have 2 Inspire 2 drones that I am struggling to find good usable batteries for. I don’t want to buy the Inspire 2 just to find out that Dji is no longer making batteries for it too. Keep up with the great content thanks!

  44. Lee Christie on May 22, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you for the really informative video. Mavic 2 Zoom owner here. Novice pilot. Was seriously considering selling my M2ZOOM and replacing it with the Mini3Pro. I’m a cyclist so the Mini3Pro is more portable and if I can source the extended battery from Asia (I’m in SW France) it’ll open up new possibilities with longer flight times. There’s often lots of wind here so about concerned about Mini3Pro ability to handle/fly in the wind

  45. elzo stubbe on May 22, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    when only for holidays, a drone license is a waste of your money so 250g. is important for lots and lots of people

  46. Akuma on May 22, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Can you override dji height restriction? Reason disability, can no longer climb but want to fly the drone up hills I used ascend easily.

  47. Jeff W on May 22, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you Stewart for the great analysis. I have the Air 2s, and it works great for me. The only reason for a Mini 3 would be if I ever travel again, but I’d just lose it in a tree or the ocean.

  48. agremlin77 on May 22, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Nice video 👍 , liked & subscribed, thanks for sharing ‼️

  49. TeapotOne on May 22, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Nice vid Stewart, very balanced and honest as usual.

    I impulse bought the Mini 3 as soon as the promo ad from DJI appeared in my inbox and I’ve been withering about it ever since.

    Luckily it’s not yet been shipped, so after watching your vid I’ve cancelled the order. Already own the Air 2 and it was purely because of the Mini 3’s size that I went for it – I’m a motorcycle travel channel so portability is key – but with the fly more combo bag and all the bits, it’s not that much smaller than the air 2 anyway 🤷‍♂️

    Appreciate your common sense approach bud 👍

  50. Julian McLean on May 22, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Love your videos however you have an "issue" with your sound recording volume? I have to crank everything up on my latest Laptop set up however your volume is very low???? Cheers

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