When DJI’s long-awaited Mavic 3 series drone was released last November, there were quite a few missing features. Most notably the 162mm, 28X hybrid zoom tele lens on the dual-camera system only captured JPEG imagery. Updates have been added in over the past six months, but there were still some noticeable shortcomings. DJI recently released a firmware update for the aircraft, RC-N1 remote that powers the regular Mavic 3, and the RC Pro remote that controls the Cine.
The latest firmware update for the aircraft, v01.00.0700, allows users to take full advantage of the tele camera by adding a switch in Photo mode that allows you to shoot in single, burst, AEB and timed shots. RAW, and JPEG + RAW image formats are finally supported and ISO plus shutter speed can be manually adjusted.
|Up until now DJI’s 162mm, F4.4 28X zoom tele lens (on top) was extremely limited in features and functionality.|
An added switch to the tele camera in video mode now also supports up to 4K/50p and 1080p/50p recording. Focus performance has been optimized. Digital zoom reaches up to 3X in normal video mode when using the main Hasselblad camera. HLG (hybrid log–gamma) was added to the bottom camera and can be used, along with D-Log, to record MasterShots.
A ‘Nifty’ option for APAS (Advanced Pilot Assistance System) 5.0 has been included as well. This means that you can bypass obstacles at a much closer range with a smoother trajectory. For the Mavic 3 Cine, a 1s (one second) interval has been added in hyperlapse mode on the Cine along with the ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT format for its Hasselblad camera.
A full list of updates can be found in the DJI Mavic 3 Release Notes document. In order to activate them, you’ll need to upgrade to v1.6.4 of the DJI Fly app for iOS and Android, v04.13.0600 of the firmware for the RC-N1 remote, and firmware v03.01.0700 for the DJI RC Pro remote on the Cine.
While DJI claims GPS connectivity issues have been resolved with this latest firmware update, there seems to be a mixed consensus. Online users, including the author in the featured video above, claim it can still take as long as 6 or 7 minutes to receive a strong GPS signal.