On Thursday, DJI tweeted a teaser for an announcement on May 10, stating it’s about to reveal “a twist in the plot.” It seems likely that the company plans to release a new drone, especially given that a YouTube video shows a DJI Mini 3 Pro and the controller being unpacked was uploaded on the same day as DJI’s teaser (through DroneDJ†
In their video, YouTuber DM Productions says they got footage of someone unpacking who received the unannounced DJI Mini 3 Pro drone early. The video gives us a good idea of the drone itself, with its plethora of obstacle avoidance sensors and its controller.
As DM Productions points out, the controller is similar to DJI’s current RC Pro, with a few buttons and ports removed. The Mini 3 Pro’s controller also doesn’t have antennas sticking out on top, and I’ll bet the screen isn’t as bright or sharp as that on the $1,100 RC Pro.
At this time, we got a lot of details about this drone. Last month, a leak revealed that it would still weigh less than 250 grams (meaning Americans don’t have to legally register it) and that it would add forward-facing collision avoidance sensors. That leak also included information about the drone’s battery (which will apparently be around 2,453 mAh) and camera, which we got more details about later thanks to two retailers who put it up for sale early.
According to DroneDJ, the Mini 3 Pro will cost somewhere around $1,000, and the camera system will be a huge improvement over the Mini 2. (Although you’d hope it would, given the Mini 2 currently retails for $449. .) The Pro is rumored to have a larger sensor, a lens with a wider aperture that lets in more light, and the ability to record at 4K 60 fps, rather than the 30 fps the Mini 2 comes out of. Oh, and it should be able to do that in HDR, hopefully so you don’t have to choose between too bright a sky or too dark ground.
As for the “twist in the plot” DJI promises, both the retail leaks and the unboxing video mention that you can easily switch between shooting portrait video and landscape video with the drone. That’s an interesting feature for those creating content for phones — and there’s some humor in that DJI’s next drone can record vertical content when a drone made by Snapchat doesn’t.
It seems unlikely that there will be much to leak about this drone, especially in the short time before it is officially unveiled. DJI’s website states that the announcement is scheduled for the 10th at 9AM ET.