This week, DJI is rumored to release a cheaper version of its Mavic 3 drone.

November 1, 2022

Tech giant DJI is expected to unveil a brand new drone this week. We hear that it will be known as the DJI Mavic 3 Classic.

DJI has already hinted that this new drone might be a new Mavic by teasing its camera lens ahead of the launch on November 2 at 9am EDT / 1pm GMT (which works out to 12am AEDT on November 3).

Where and when will the DJI Drones be unveiled?

The drone giant has not yet set up a DJI YouTube, waiting area for the live announcement, but interested parties can sign up on the DJI website to be informed when the event is scheduled to take place.

To be expected from the DJI Mavic 3 Classic

The DJI Mavic 3 Classic has been the subject of much speculation, and its exact features remain unknown.

Leaks from WinFuture, @DealsDrone, and @JasperEllen suggest that the Mavic 3 Classic will lack the telephoto camera seen in the DJI Mavic 3 Pro, the company’s current consumer flagship.

Leaked images of the drone also suggested that the Hasselblad collaboration was still present in this lower-spec drone, which is consistent with DJI’s invite, which suggests that it will only offer a single 20MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor for video and photos. This is still worthy for 4K video and able to deliver outstanding ariel photography.

DJI has had success with this type of pricing strategy in the past, first with the DJI Mini 2, and then with the DJI Mini SE, which is a more affordable version of the DJI Mini 2 but lacks some of its features, such as RAW photo capture and 4K video recording.

Since we don’t have any official details, we can only speculate that DJI will reduce the massive 1TB SSD found on the Mavic 3 and replace it with a 256GB / 500GB option on the Mavic 3 Classic in order to bring the price down. This would be a good reduction in price without completely giving up storage freedom to do multiple flights per day.

The second problem would be recording codecs; for example, we might foresee DJI limiting recording codes like Apple’s Pro Res if they reduced internal memory, making the DJI Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine the only viable options for serious areal filmmakers. Alternatively, the optical zoom might be reduced from 28x on the Mavic 3 to 10x, bringing the price down to roughly $1,500 / £1,300, putting it in the sweet spot between the DJI Air 2S and Mavic 3.

Take into note, however, that no official information from DJI has been revealed, and that the above is merely our own speculations, that none of which include a telephoto lens.