DJI Air 3 review

DJI's beloved mid-range consumer drone gains a dual-camera system, but drops image resolution. For better or for worse?

DJI Air 3 in flight
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The DJI Air 3 is certainly a step up from the DJI Mini 3 Pro – in fact so much so that many will rightly question whether they need to spend any more. The dual camera system could be improved on the software side with full hybrid, but the power and flexibility beats anything at this price.


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    Dual 48-megapixel cameras (no compromise at zoom)

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    All-round (omnidirectional) collision sensors

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    Waypoint missions join AI features

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    All-round collision sensors

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    New DJI RC 2 has fold-out antennas

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    Fly more kit boasts 3-battery charger


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    No more 5.4K (as found on the Air 2S)

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    Can't switch cameras while shooting

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    D-Log M, not D-Log

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    Fixed aperture

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DJI's consumer line has a lot of choices in the ultralight category – drones at around 250g – and then two distinct airframes above that before things start getting car-like in their costing. They are the Air 3 (now) and the the Mavic 3. These two drones eschew the lowest weight limit in favor of the advantages a heftier aircraft can offer, not least sturdier performance against wind but also enough power to lift a better camera.

Given that the DJI Air 2S competed as much with the Mavic 3 as any other drone, DJI offered surprisingly little compromise on that front. The 20 megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor captured video at up to 5.4K (at 30fps). That's not too bad at all.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook