If you’re new to DJI drones, here’s a quick introduction to their current lineup. Despite some new competition from the likes of Autel, DJI remains the largest maker of consumer drone cameras – and its range is now divided into four sub-brands.
DJI’s mini entry-level drone is the “Mini” series headed by DJI Mini 3 Pro. Right above them is the mid-range ‘Air’ series, which despite its name is slightly larger and has cameras with larger sensors (like the 1-inch DJI Air 2S, which previously topped our guide to The best drones you can buy).
But above both is the ‘Mavic’ series, which started in 2016 with the DJI Mavic Pro. DJI Mavic 3, which packs a large four-thirds sensor into its foldable body, is the spiritual successor to this archetype. But at $2,199 / £1,879 / AU$3,099, it’s not exactly cheap – hence the rumors of a DJI Mavic 3 Classic launching today.
Roaming parallel to these three main types of DJI drones is a new FPV model called DJI’s Avatar. It’s a very fun introduction to FPV flying, but more realistic than we expect to see today.
2022-11-02T08:27:31.219ZHow do you tune in today’s DJI launch? There is now a placeholder on DJI’s official YouTube channel above, with an announcement to be made today at 9AM ET/1PM GMT. If you’re in Australia, it will be at 12am EST on November 3.
That means we’re now less than five hours away from the official launch, giving us plenty of time to dig into these Mavic 3 Classic rumors and see if it all adds up to a compelling potential Christmas gift. As someone who bought a DJI Mini 3 Pro earlier this year, I have a few thoughts on that.
2022-11-02 T08:19:31.600ZHi, I’m Mark (Editor of TechRadar Cameras) and I’m going to be your assistant on today’s big DJI launch. I’ve been covering and testing DJI drones for years all the way back to the original DJI Spark in 2017, so I look forward to seeing exactly what arrives today.
The event’s ‘Explore Vivid’ doesn’t give much away, but the Hasselblad camera in the teaser points out a new drone, like the rumored DJI Mavic 3 Classic. So if you’re in the market for a new flight camera (or just curious about where they’re going next), pull up a seat and join us as we count down to take off.