DJI released the Mavic 3 to rave reviews in 2021, with its Hasselblad dual-camera system, 20-megapixel 4/3 CMOS sensor, 5.1K video, and decent 46-minute flight time marking it as DJI’s flagship consumer drone.
Its $2,049 starting price is, however, prohibitive for many people, while those looking for the Combo option have to drop an even heavier wad of bills totaling $2,849.
Well, a year after the release of the Mavic 3, DJI has introduced the Mavic 3 Classic in a bid to win over customers who are interested in the original model but don’t want to spend that much.
Available now, the new Mavic 3 Classic is virtually identical to the Mavic 3, except for one big difference: it doesn’t have a telephoto camera, leaving you with a single 24mm prime lens.
This design change gives it a drone-only price of $1,469, though you’ll need to have your own compatible controller for that.
The Classic option that includes DJI’s RC-N1 remote controller retails for $1,599, making it $450 cheaper than the Mavic 3 that comes with the same controller.
The Fly More Kit, which includes two batteries, a 100W battery charging hub, a 65W car charger, a carry bag, and propellers, comes as a separate package and costs an additional $649, pushing the Mavic 3 Classic to $2,248, while the Mavic 3 Fly More Combo as a complete kit (ie with the drone) is $2,849. That’s $601 more than the equivalent Mavic 3 Classic, though the difference is even bigger if you buy the Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo, which includes a 1TB SSD and support for the Apple ProRES 422 codec, for $4,999.
Like the Mavic 3, the new Mavic 3 Classic captures up to 5.1K/50 frames per second (fps), 4K/60fps, and 1080p/60fps using H.264 and H.265 encoders. In slow motion applications, the Mavic 3 Classic captures video at 4K/120fps and 1080p/200fps.
Here’s the direct price from DJI, with the cost of the original telephoto-equipped Mavic 3 shown in parentheses:
Mavic 3 Classic (drones only) does not include a remote controller or charger and is “ideal for existing DJI drone owners who are ready to upgrade to the Mavic 3’s top-of-the-line camera performance.” Compatible with any existing DJI RC-N1, DJI RC or DJI RC Pro controller. Price: $1,469.
Mavic 3 Classic (DJI RC-N1) includes a charger and the remote control DJI RC-N1. Price: $1,599.
Mavic 3 Classic (DJI RC) includes a charger and the DJI RC Remote Controller with a built-in 5.5-inch HD screen. Price: $1,749.