There are a good number of drones from possibly one of the biggest producers of consumer drones in the world, so picking the best DJI drone is no mean feat.
Here we have picked our two favourite DJI drones. We would class the Mini as an entry level drone, but it is very far from being a toy, in both features and pricing.
DJI Mavic 3
The Mavic series of DJI drones has set the bar for the higher-end enthusiast through to an almost-entry-pro drone.
Now in its third iteration the Mavic 3 comes in three flavours, the standard, the Fly More and the Cine.
The standard drone comes with the features you would now expect from a DJI drone, Mavic 3 can fly to a designated altitude and then find a safe and efficient route back to its home point. This return-to-home feature is very useful and setup allows the operator to choose the best option according to their environment.
Best of all, if you are like me and a bit clumsy, the drone has inbuilt omnidirectional object sensing, so no more reversing into a tree.
Video transmission range is 15km, though check out your local regulations before allowing the drone to venture that far, and a 46 minute battery, giving loads of flight time per charge.
The camera is where it gets really interesting. A 20MP still camera and a 4k video mean that this is a professional choice. The Cine version has the same core photo specs, but where as the standard comes with a rather measly 8GB internal storage the Cine comes with a 1TB SSD. Further to this the Cine upgrades the Standard RC to a DJI RC Pro controller and also supports Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422, and Apple ProRes 422 LT.
DJI Mini 3 Pro
If you are looking for something a little lighter on the pocket, and indeed under the 250g rule* try the DJI Mini 3 Pro, this weighs in at 249g and is under half the cost of the Mavic 3.
With 4k video and over 30 minutes of flight time, the price difference makes it a really attractive alternative to the Mavic 3.
It doesn’t have the omnidirectional object sensing that the above has, but it does have a multitude of directions covered, so you will probably have to be really creative to get it to reverse into a tree!
It is able to use ActiveTrack 4.0 to follow objects (ideal for off-road biking, runners etc). With the low weight and the fact (like most drones) it folds up it is possible to slip into pocket before it is deployed.