DJI, the renowned global leader in drone technology, has once again pushed the boundaries of innovation with the launch of their latest drone, the DJI Air 3. As the semi-flagship model in their lineup, the DJI Air 3 sets itself apart from its predecessors, particularly the Air 2S, with its cutting-edge features and advanced capabilities.
Best Features for DJI Air 3 Drone
One of the standout features of the DJI Air 3 is its dual 4K camera system, which takes aerial photography and videography to new heights. The drone is equipped with a wide-angle lens boasting a 24mm equivalent focal length and an impressive f/1.7 aperture, as well as a medium telephoto lens with a 70mm equivalent focal length and an f/2.8 aperture. These lenses, both sized at 1/1.3-inch, also support dual native ISO, providing exceptional image quality in various lighting conditions.
The DJI Air 3 features a medium telephoto lens with a versatile 3-9x zoom range, complemented by a wide-angle lens offering a 1-3x zoom range. This is a significant improvement compared to its predecessor, the Air 2S, which featured a single 22mm lens with an f/2.8 aperture and a 1-inch CMOS sensor.
Moreover, the DJI Air 3 outshines the Air 2S in terms of video capabilities as well. It can shoot uncropped, high-frame-rate 4K videos at 100fps and 60fps with HDR, offering users a more vibrant and immersive visual experience. On the other hand, the Air 2S is limited to shooting 5.4K at 30fps or 4K at 60fps. Additionally, the Air 3 supports dual 2.7K vertical shooting in a 4:3 aspect ratio, eliminating the need for post-cropping and ensuring compatibility with most smartphones’ display limits.
Safety is always a top priority for DJI, and the Air 3 comes equipped with an advanced omnidirectional vision sensing system. This cutting-edge feature enables the drone to detect obstacles in all directions, and the integrated APAS 5.0 allows for smooth navigation around detected obstacles, ensuring a safe flight experience for users.
The DJI Air 3 also shines when it comes to color modes, providing 10-bit D-Log M and 10-bit HLG support across all lenses. The 10-bit D-Log M mode retains greater highlight and shadow details, empowering users with enhanced flexibility during post-processing. Conversely, the 10-bit HLG mode delivers a higher dynamic range directly on HDR-supporting devices, eliminating the need for extensive post-color grading.
Intelligence is another hallmark of DJI drones, and the Air 3 certainly does not disappoint in this regard. It features focus follow for capturing stunning shots with precise focus, and Waypoint Flight for creating precise flight routes and missions both day and night. Additionally, the Night Scene mode allows for impressive 4K@30fps low-light captures with reduced noise, while the slow-motion recording feature supports 4x slow-motion videos in either 4K at 100fps or 1080p at 100fps.
The DJI Air 3 comes with a new O4 HD image transmission system, boasting an impressive range of up to 20 kilometers and improved stability. It also supports 1080p at 60fps image transmission. Furthermore, the drone showcases enhanced wind resistance, capable of withstanding winds of up to 12 m/s, compared to the Air 2S’s 10.7 m/s.
Despite a slight increase in weight to 720g, as opposed to the Air 2S’s 595g, the DJI Air 3 compensates with an array of features and higher wind resistance. The drone also boasts an extended battery life, providing users with a maximum flight time of 46 minutes thanks to its 4241mAh battery, a 48% improvement over the previous generation. Additionally, the new charging hub allows for power collection, enabling the transfer of remaining power from multiple batteries to the one with the highest capacity.
You can now purchase the DJI Air 3 on store.dji.com and through authorized retail partners. It comes in three configurations to cater to different user needs:
1. DJI Air 3 (DJI RC-N2) priced at $1,099
2. DJI Air 3 Fly More Combo (DJI RC-N2) priced at $1,349
3. DJI Air 3 Fly More Combo (DJI RC 2) priced at $1,549
With its impressive dual camera system, enhanced video capabilities, advanced safety features, and intelligent flight modes, the DJI Air 3 is set to revolutionize the drone industry and provide enthusiasts and professionals alike with an unparalleled aerial photography and videography experience.