DJI Mavic 3T Enterprise Thermal review

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DJI Mavic 3T in flight blue sky and clouds behind
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Digital Camera World Verdict

DJI's Mavic 3 Enterprise drones are superbly built, quick to the sky and packed with features that just work. The only disappointment with the 3T is the electronic shutter – meaning the 3E is best for mapping. Otherwise, this drone will undoubtedly get the job done. And faster.


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    Better battery life than predecessor

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    Great high-frequency thermal camera

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    Side-by-side thermal easy to operate

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    Powerful feature set including thermal maps

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    Pro controller offers user-defined buttons


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    Potential for feature confusion

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    Battery life good, but overstated

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    Some US government agencies can't buy DJI

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    A slightly larger screen would help

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As an experienced drone pilot with plenty of commercial missions under my belt, I have plenty of admiration for the Mavic line. I've been on video jobs where the client was most excited by the biggest and heaviest drone I had, but the shot that ended up in the final edit came from a trusty Mavic 2.

The demands on the newer commercial drones are much higher, however, which is why DJI has split its line between drones with content creation in mind and those with serious tasks like data gathering and the mucky business of search-and-rescue and law enforcement where moments matter.

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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