While it has not been DJI’s style to extensively trail product launches, DJI seem to have acknowledge the swirling rumors around the Mavic 3 drone with a tweet which reads “Good Things Come in Threes,” followed by three slightly ambiguous icons and dates underneath them. The teaser (above), which was posted on Twitter and Instagram tells us that DJI is launching new products on 20 October, 27 October, and 5 November.
In other words, the company is admitting that one or two of the Mavic 3 leaks (opens in new tab) we’ve reported on recently might not only be true, but are giving us some dates to guess what might be coming on them.
We at DCW think that we’re looking at dates for a new product in the Ronin professional camera stabilizer range which, on 20 October. It is represented by the word ‘REC’ in a red circle, though, and since DJI and recording video are harmonious bedfellows we have to admit we might be wrong here (the only products we’d definitely rule out are the very recent OM 5 (opens in new tab) and Pocket 2 (opens in new tab)).
The eight by two pattern of dots surrounded by a rectangle which forms the second image is immediately reminiscent of a magnetic charging connector. Eight seems a lot of connections though, enough for a data connection like USB.
Since DJI seem to be suggesting three product launches are on their way, we’re going to agree with many of the swirling rumors and agree that this hints of an impending Osmo Action 2 (a successor for the DJI Osmo Action (opens in new tab) action camera) for the 27 October launch date.
For evidence, you can look back to this spot by twitter user Moe K, who appears to have caught out Peter McKinnon breaking a DJI NDA, spotting some unknown DJI products and boxes. It’s interesting because the admittedly blurry box art appears to show a camera and detachable screen section which – if it was a dramatically new update to the Osmo Action – would require a form of connection like the one discussed.
DJI Action 2 @OsitaLV @DroneXL1 @DroneDJ @DJILeaks thanks @petermckinnon latest video 2:45 pic.twitter.com/YocgPQnOqsSeptember 30, 2021
It’s interesting to consider the possibilities here; a camera and a rotatable screen component? A camera with an entirely detachable screen component ending up like a GoPro Session?
Finally, on November 5th, we see four green lights rectangles next to a larger rectangle, which are hard not to interpret as DJI’s classic Smart Battery design which forms the switch on so many of their drones. Since there have been so many instances of the same product design appearing, all of which appear to be a progression of the Mavic design with a larger camera housing, the two tie together neatly and it seems we can now confirm the release date of the Mavic 3.
When you see the #dji #Mavic3 #battery professional photos. You know the marketeers will get their information to set up webshops. The size is 124 X 44 X 42 MM. It has 30% bigger capacity: 46 Minutes.@DroneXL1 @techdronemedia @geeksvana @DronewatchNL @DronefriendlyB pic.twitter.com/2Xn4LJ7NJQOctober 12, 2021
We’re now pretty sure the Mavic 3 will have a Micro Four Thirds camera with 20MP resolution as part of a dual camera system inspired by modern mobile phones, rather than interchangeable mirrorless cameras as some had hoped. The arrangement of lights on the battery in DJI’s rumor image exactly matches a circulating rumor image put out by JasperEllens (opens in new tab).
That suggests that the rumored new flight time of 40-46 mins might well be right, too.