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DJI announces Mavic 3 Classic with a 46-minute flight time and only one camera

DJI announces the DJI Mavic 3 Classic with 46-minute flight time and only one Hasselblad camera

DJI Mavic 3 Classic
(Image: © DJI)

DJI, the global giant of drone technology has just announced the DJI Maiv 3 Classic with a 4/3 sensor Hasselblad camera, 5.1K video, and supersampling for 4K 60fps and a massive 46-miniue max flight time.

To learn more about this new drone from DJI, take a look at our DJI Mavic 3 Classic story to get the full low-down on this stunning new drone.


While we wait to see what DJI has up its sleeve for tomorrow's new drone launch, this is the perfect time to remind you all about Black Friday. 

Today's the day DJI is due to launch a new drone scheduled for  9am EDT / 1pm GMT (which works out as 12am AEDT on November 3) and the big clue that it could be a new Mavic is that the camera lens has been teased already by DJI themselves.

The DJI Mavic 3 has been out for just under a year, with its 12MP telephoto lens along with a 28x Hybrid Zoom made in collaboration with Hasselblad. This fancy pro-grade drone is able to capture 20MP photos and 5.1K videos thanks to its Micro-Four-Thirds CMOS sensor and has an impressive flight time of up to 46 minutes. 

Leaked photos and an FCC filing suggest the launch of the Mavic 3 Classic is now imminent. Which can mean great news for those aerial enthusiasts, as the price will most certainly be less than the current DJI Mavic 3.

According to earlier leaks from the reliable DJI leaker @DealsDroneaccount on Twitter, the main difference will be that the Classic version will omit the Mavic 3's telephoto camera and only offer a single 20MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor for video and photos - which to use doesn't seem that much of a downgrade on this already -professional-grade drone - so you could actually get a really good price to performance ratio out of this new drone, which is always nice.

Obviously, the next issue would be recording codecs, if DJI were to slash the internal memory we can also see them limiting recording codes such as Pro Res from Apple to make the DJI Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine the go-to options for truly serious areal cinematographers. Other options could be reducing the optical zoom to 10x rather than the bigger 28x of the Mavic 3, then we could see a decent price drop to around $1,500 / £1,300 - which would fit right in-between the current DJI lineup of the DJI Air 2S and Mavic 3

As you would expect the comment section in the YouTube waiting room is full of suggestions on what this new drone might be with user Dronie commenting:

How to watch the DJI drone launch event

We are now 8 minutes away from finding out what the new DJI drone will be, will it be a cheaper Mavic 3 as rumors suggest, or something completely different, only time will tell!

Incase your just joining us, DJI is set to announce a new drone, rumors suggest a cheaper version of the popular DJI Mavic 3. You can watch the live announcement with us LIVE via the YouTube video below:

DJI Mavic 3 Classic

(Image credit: DJI)

The new Mavic 3 Classic represents DJI’s answer; a cheaper way to access the Hasselblad 4/3 rds CMOS 20-megapixel camera, 46-minute flight time of the original drone without laying down as much cash.

Retaining the original chassis also means the drone takes the same batteries, has the same ADS-B receiver, and sports all-round collision sensing and APAS 5.0. 

What the Classic doesn’t have is the internal storage or ProRes codes of the Mavic 3 Cine, but that remains a significant step up from the Mavic 3 (original) anyway – like that drone users will be expected to provide fast MicroSD storage.

DJI Mavic 3 Classic

(Image credit: DJI)

That concludes the announcement of the DJI Mavic 3 Classic, a quick whirlwind ride of the latest DJI drone which looks to take technology further with a 46-minute flight time.