The New DJI Mavic 3 Classic Drone: First Impressions

DJI has just released the Mavic 3 Classic. Very similar to the standard Mavic 3, the new DJI Mavic 3 Classic has one major difference that brings the price down significantly. Does that change compromise its performance or make it less attractive? Take a look at this pilot's first impressions.

Talking about drones is an exciting topic for me right now because I literally picked up my first drone less than a week ago: the relatively new DJI Mini 3 Pro. I'd long toyed with the idea of getting a drone because of the spectacular landscapes surrounding me here in the far south of Japan, and the reviews on the Mini 3 Pro were so overwhelmingly positive that I felt $1,150 (with RC remote and Fly More Kit Plus) was a relative bargain for what it could potentially add to my photography. I'm still learning to fly it, but I've taken it out a couple times and had an absolute blast. It's really thrilling seeing your own world from such a new perspective, and the Mini 3 Pro has so many cool features I really wonder what more drones can have.

And that brings us to this great video by Billy Kyle, in which he gets his hands on the newly released DJI Mavic 3 Classic. Nearly identical to the standard DJI Mavic 3, the DJI Mavic 3 Classic version has many of the same features such as the advanced 20-megapixel 4/3" CMOS sensor designed by legendary camera maker Hasselblad. Designed specifically for the Mavic 3 and meeting Hasselblad's rigorous hardware and software standards, the 3-axis gimbal camera is capable of 4K video at 60 fps, a maximum of 5.1K at 50 fps, and 4K slow-motion footage at 120 fps. The 12.8 stops of dynamic range and the f/2.8 to f/11 adjustable aperture also let pilots account for nearly any lighting conditions. It all sounds well and good, so what's different? The DJI Mavic 3 Classic doesn't have the 12-megapixel telephoto with 28x Hybrid Zoom, which makes it almost $600 cheaper. So, how does Kyle feel about it after his first full flight with this new release? Take a look, and let me know your thoughts.

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