This year, creatives saw the release of the DJI Avata and DJI Mini 3 Pro. Both drones fit growing niches and allow creatives to achieve aerial cinematography without needing to build custom FPV rigs or get licensed.

Today, the DJI Mavic 3 Classic arrives, giving filmmakers and pilots an affordable opportunity to own a Mavic 3 drone.

But how does it differ? Does the price cut mean that certain critical features are missing? Surprisingly, you get a whole lot of bang for your buck. 

DJI Mavic 3 Classic

Like Beethoven or a painting at the Met, the Mavic 3 is officially a classic. What that means from a marketing standpoint is unclear, but what creatives are getting is most of the original Mavic 3 drone, at an affordable and enticing entry price. 

DJI Mavic 3 Classic FeaturesCredit: DJI

The Classic does away with the additional telephoto lens from the original release but keeps the 20MP 4/3 sensor made by Hasselblad.

Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) is also included, which is a nice benefit of the partnership. The lens is equivalent to a 24mm lens and has an f/2.8 aperture, giving you an 84° field of view and 12.8 stops of dynamic range. Creatives will still get the O3+ Transmission system with a 1080p/60fps live feed that DJI claims will work up to 15 km. 

DJI Mavic 3 Classic Hasselblad CameraA Hasselblad camera that shouldn't be underestimated.Credit: DJI

The 895g drone will get a 46-minute flight time, which can be extended with additional batteries. The Fly More Kits for the original Mavic 3 are all compatible with the Classic, which is a nice touch. 

For video and stills, the DJI Mavic 3 Classic will do 5K still in either JPEG or DNG, and give you H.264/H.265 video up to 5.2K/50p in Normal, HLG, or D-Log. If you want a higher frame rate, you can get 200fps if you bump down to FHD resolution. All in all, the Mavic 3 Classic is still an impressive drone. 

DJI Mavic 3 Classic BatteryBackwards compatible batteriesCredit: DJI

Classic or Clearance?

The jaded among you could look at this release and think that DJI is trying to get rid of old Mavic 3 stock with a quick rebrand. Even so, it doesn't change the fact that the DJI Mavic 3 Classic is still a robust drone that can give creatives stunning videos for their digital content projects and even narrative films. 

DJI Mavic 3 Classic

New Release!
  • Remote Control Not Included
  • 20MP 5.1K Wide-Angle 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad
  • 4K Slow Motion at 120 fps
  • 10-Bit D-Log Color Profile & HNCS
  • f/2.8 to f/11 Adjustable Aperture
  • Omnidirectional Obstacle Avoidance
  • Up to 9.3-Mile HD Transmission Range
  • Advanced Return-to-Home Function
  • Automated Shooting Modes
  • Up to 46 Minutes of Flight Time
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Whatever your thoughts are, at the very least, you'll want to keep this drone on your shortlist. The Hasselblad camera, long flight time, and backward compatibility make the Classic a worthwhile investment for drone shooters looking to level up a bit.

What do you think of this release from DJI? Did you get the Mini 3 Pro and now regret it? Let us know in the comments!

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