DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise Review – Worth upgrading?
Introducing the latest drone to the enterprise fleet – the new DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise. Is it worth upgrading your Phantom 4Pro RTK? What are its key features? What industries is this good for?
It is a small drone but with HUGE features:
Key features of the Mavic 3 Enterprise:
• Small (Foldable)
• Quicker (15mps @80% forward overlap)
• Mechanical Shutter
• 0.7 sec interval shutter
• RTK module
• 45mins flight time
• 56x Zoom capabilities
• Fast charging (100W)
• New fast RC Pro Enterprise controller (CPU & GPU upgrade)
Let’s unpack it! – Watch our first impressions of the DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise here:
We are dealing with two new drones the M3E (Enterprise) and the M3T (Thermal) this review we got our hands on the Enterprise version and conducted a few jobs with it so let’s chat about it.
The first thing we noticed it, looks exactly like the Mavic 3 with some basic cosmetic nip and tucks. They’ve replaced the cover at the front, it doesn’t have the Hasselblad camera, added a PSDK port and we also noticed a beacon light at the rear.
- Beacon strobe light on top
- PSDK port for attachments
- Small form factor foldable drone
- Mavic 3 Enterprise and Mavic 3 Thermal
What’s in the Box?
New controller – RC Pro Enterprise.
Looks the same as the RC Pro however, the internal CPU has 4 times better performance and 7 times better performance on the GPU. Which is better for programming larger flight areas without any lag or risk of the app crashing. This also means reviewing the images will be much quicker.
Same as the Mavic 3 (meaning you don’t need to purchase new batteries if you already own the Mavic 3). The box has space for 6 batteries plus 1 in the drone!
There is space in the box for this. Which could be used search and rescue for first responders.
The charging hub is 100Watts and has 2 USBC ports. Great for also charging other USBC devices such as laptops and phones.
There is also a 100Watt charging tray worth getting for faster charging to get you in the air quicker!
This is designed for surveying/mapping/modelling which gives you a lot more accuracy, especially positioning/altitude and provides stability even in high winds. You can also connect this to the D-RTK 2 base station, or you can connect to servers if you don’t have the base station. In saying this, you can still use the drone without the RTK.
Tele Camera– 1/2 inch cmos 12MP 56x hybrid zoom (162mm focal length equivalent)
Wide Camera– 4/3 inch cmos 20MP 7x digital zoom (24mm focal length equivalent)
But the most exciting news about this drone is that it has a Mechanical Shutter! Anyone doing mapping and modelling knows that when you use a mechanical shutter you’re not going to get blurred images and you can fly quicker instead of having to hold the drone in position to capture the photo.
Interval Shooting – 0.7 seconds! Being able to shoot efficiently with these intervals is incredibly beneficial as you can cover a large area very quickly with enough front overlap!
4k @ 30fps and RAW images! Not bad for basic video and photo work, there are no colour profiles or higher-end codecs such as Prores and CineLog.
It also does have a Panoramic mode for 360 spheres, which are great for virtual site tours or to add to your model.
We think this drone is going to be perfect for 3 main industries: surveying, modelling and Inspections;
Roof inspections, building & facades. It is low profile, quiet and can cover a larger area very quickly. Also, with the 56x hybrid zoom you can use that for visual inspection work without needing to get too close to objects.
This drone is ideal for modelling because you can get as close as one meter away from objects allowing you to get a high level of detail. Also it is very stable, can withstand high winds with the RTK position hold.
Perfect for surveying with the fast flying (15mps ~ 55kph), mechanical shutter and RTK.
For the Enterprise, you are looking at the $6000AUD price point and the thermal just above $8000 dollars.
Don’t forget if you are serious about getting into drone surveys, stockpile measuring, quarries modelling and using high-precision workflows you will need the RTK module which is sold separately at $1000.
If it’s within your budget we also recommend the D-RTK 2 base station and battery kit which includes both the 100W charging hub & 3 extra batteries.
If you are in Australia and looking to buy, check out the D1 store or speak with their enterprise team for more info.
|Drone kit (Case, Controller, charger etc)||$6049AUD / $3894USD||$8249AUD/ $5311USD|
|RTK module||$1160AUD/ $746 USD|
|D-RTK 2 Base station||$6100 AUD / $2927 USD|
|Speaker module||$280 AUD / $180 USD|
|Battery charging hub (100W)||$140 AUD / $90 USD|
|Battery Kit (3x + hub)||$990AUD / $630 USD|
My summary, I definitely would recommend upgrading to this drone if you have an existing P4RTK or if you are thinking of getting into the enterprise space for modelling and mapping.
It’s exciting to have a drone that has all the great features that exist out there and is smaller, quicker, more efficient, RTK capabilities, a mechanical shutter, 56x zoom capabilities, 45 min flight time, faster flying time, 0.7 second interval shooting time.
All these features will allow you to spend less time on site, covering more area, while using a small, low-profile foldable drone!
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