DJI Announces Mavic 3 Drone with 4/3" Hasselblad Camera


DJI just unveiled its latest flagship drone, the highly anticipated Mavic 3. Credited with putting “Imaging Above Everything,” the Mavic 3 features a dual-camera setup that includes a massive 20MP 4/3" Hasselblad sensor capable of shooting up to 5.1K video, as well as a 12MP tele lens that shoots 4K video and offers up to 4x digital zoom. Those impressive camera stats, combined with an overabundance of flight features and modes, hint that DJI’s newest flagship might just be the greatest prosumer drone ever made.

DJI Mavic 3
DJI Mavic 3

One Drone, Two Models

Like its predecessor, the Mavic 2, the new Mavic 3 comes in two different flavors: a base model and a “Cine” version. However, unlike the Mavic 2, which made users choose between two distinct models, the differences between the Mavic 3 variants aren’t nearly as dramatic—no flight FOMO here. In fact, the only conspicuous distinctions between the two models are that the Cine supports an additional video format, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, and comes with 1TB of internal storage, versus the base model’s 8GB.

Imaging Above Everything

Although the Mavic 3 boasts some of the most impressive performance specs we’ve ever seen in a consumer flyer, there’s no question its most eye-catching feature is the camera. Sorry, make that cameras—plural. The Mavic 3 is the first Mavic drone to feature not one, but two cameras. The primary shooter is a 20MP 4/3" Hasselblad sensor, with an adjustable aperture and the ability to capture video up to 5.1K/50 fps. The secondary camera is a 12MP telephoto that shoots in 4K/30 fps and supports up to 4x digital zoom and 28x “hybrid” zoom.

Shot on DJI Mavic 3
Shot on DJI Mavic 3

Now, the fact that the Mavic 3 features two cameras instead of one is a big bombshell. However, what really has us excited is the size of the Mavic 3’s primary sensor. In 2018, when we first tried the Mavic 2 Pro, we were blown away by the footage we captured using its excellent 1" CMOS sensor. The Mavic 3’s 4/3" CMOS is bigger and presumably better—a prospect that has us dying to test it.

The Better You Look, the More You See

Along with the new camera setup, the Mavic 3 also features several software and design enhancements that boost its performance capabilities across the board. Included in those enhancements is the Mavic 3’s omnidirectional sensor array, which allows the Mavic 3 to see its environment better and ensure a collision- and crash-free flight—even in environments with lots of obstacles.

Speaking of improved vision: the Mavic 3 is the first DJI drone to feature a 1080p/60 fps live feed—meaning what you see on your display is nearly identical to what the Mavic 3 records in real time.

And So Much More

The Mavic 3’s long list of flagship-worthy features doesn’t stop with its camera or vision sensor array. Additional standout features, such as an extended 46-minute flight time and nearly 10-mile video transmission range, all but guarantee the Mavic 3 will soon take over as the world’s preëminent RC plane.

You can pre-order the base model and the Cine version of the Mavic 3, along with all of the Mavic 3’s flagship-worthy accessories, at B&H.

Questions or comments about the new Mavic 3? Let us know in the Comments section, below.


Specs from the 2nd camera (color bit depth, bit rate)?

Hi Alfredo - 

Here is what we know so far:

Second Camera

Maximum Image Size
4000 x 3000

Photo Format

Video Formats
MP4/MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)

Photography Modes
Still Shot: 12 MP

Video Resolution
4K: 3840 x 2160 @ 30 FPS, h.264/h.265
FHD: 1920 x 1080 @ 30 FPS, h.264/h.265

Digital Zoom

1/2" CMOS


Equivalent 35mm Focal Length
162 mm


3 m to Infinity

Video: 100 to 6400
Still Image: 100 to 6400

Shutter Speed
2 to 1/8000 per Second

DJI offers a tablet holder that will accommodate various sizes if iPads and others. It's $49, and can be ordered along with your Mavic 3. Mine are on the way!

Could I use my DJI Cendence controller with one of these?

Hi Peter - 

The DJI Cedence Controller is not compatible with the DJI Mavic 3, as far as we know today. There may be an update available soon however.

(In portuguese from Brazil) O controle inteligente com LDC do Mavic Pro 2 é compatível? 

Hi Eduardo - 

The DJI Smart Controller included with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is not compatible with the DJI Mavic 3.

I want to know what come in the box for 5k

I guess I answered my own question:

DJI Mavic 3 

What's In The Box

  • RC Pro Remote Controller

    • 3 x Intelligent Flight Battery
      • ND Filter Set #1 (ND4, ND8, ND16 & ND32)
        • ND Filter Set #2 (ND64, ND128, ND256 & ND512)
          • 6 x Pair of Low-Noise Propellers
            • 65W Portable Charger
              • Battery Charging Hub
                • Storage Cover
                  • Control Sticks for RC Pro Remote Controller
                    • Lightspeed Data Cable (10 Gb/s)
                      • USB Type-C Cable
                        • Convertible Carrying Bag

                        they are in stock but you should alreadt know that by now and you will have it in a few days. Unfortunately you can't but extra battery's separate yet but 40 plus minutes per under good conditions will make that a little easier to bear til they become available. Happy Flying, I just ordered mine From B%$T Bu! and got the 24 month payment plan so i have time to sell of my 2S while i get some hours in with the 3 first and then apply that $ to my BB payoff amount- creative financing at it's finest ;-] !

                        Thank you for your order. While we do not have an ETA we can provide at this time, we can e-mail you as soon as the order has shipped. 

                        What about the Smart Controller that I have with the Mavic Pro 2?  Can it be used with the "3" ?

                        No. The DJI smart controller it cannot be used on the Mavic 3 ; ((  They have another controller selling for $1000+ that is similar for the 3. Sp be prepared to spend more 

                        Hi Karl - 

                        The Mavic 2 Pro's controller is not compatible with the new Mavic 3 series.

                        Will Mavic 2 Pro batteries work on the Mavic 3?  I would like to upgrade but I have a lot of expensive Batteries already. 

                        The battery has been redesigned so thats a no.

                        The fact that it has a 45-minute flight time tells me that it will come with a newly designed battery. I have SIX of the Mavic 2 batteries, so I feel your pain on this one. But FORTY-FIVE MINUTES, are you kidding me?!! That will be killer. 

                        45 minutes on paper is 30 minutes in the field probably. Im sure it's still bad for the batteries to go below 10%, wind, temp, ect always knocks 10 to 20% of what they say.