Much like new Apple products, new DJI drones are met with much fanfare and anticipation by enthusiasts. Rumours and leaks have been gearing up in the last couple of months that the new DJI Mini 3 release is imminent and with a DJI event slated for tomorrow night (May 10th), will we see the official release of the highly awaited drone? What changes are coming to the DJI Mini platform and will the new DJI Mini 3 be any good for use within agriculture?
Well known DJI leaker @DealsDrone has been sharing sketches and photos for a while now and as per usual some retailers have ‘accidentally’ published the product on their websites. What we have learnt from these leaks is that it will appear to be called the DJI Mini 3 Pro and will be available in several bundles as we are used to for these consumer drones.
So what are some of the upcoming inclusions on the slated DJI Mini 3 Pro?
- Still under 250g
- Obstacle sensors (forward, back & down)
- New controller with built in screen
- Improved camera for stills and video
- Rotating camera for landscape or portrait imagery (looking at you Tik Tok!)
All in all it looks like a very interesting drone, but will it be any good for agricultural use? As always, it depends on how you want to use it, however for just regular flying around and as long as you aren’t expecting any fancy imagery or mapping, then the inclusion of vision sensors should be a welcome addition. I’ve moved cattle with a DJI Mini 2 in a clear paddock, but the major concern for many is operating around trees. This will certainly ease some of those concerns.
As always, we urge anyone flying a drone to have a good understanding of the standard operating procedures put out by CASA.
I’m looking forward to sharing the new drone here on the Fly the Farm Shop once it is released!