When we published our review of DJI’s sub-250g Mini 3 Pro drone, on May 10th, a few readers noted there wasn’t any mention of 10-bit color in the video profile. The fact is, it wasn’t yet available. One week later, on May 17th, DJI quietly announced a new firmware update but failed to mention that users can now record 10-bit color video in the D-Cinelike video profile. Now it’s possible.
Having the ability to shoot 10-bit color allows videographers to get more detail in their imagery, and post-process clips that can better match up with the footage captured on similar cameras. Color grading is much easier as banding, which is more common with 8-bit recording, is a less likely side effect in post-processing.
Skyscope’s Winfried Halberstadt, a German drone pilot, created a before-and-after comparison of how the 8-bit Mini 3 Pro and updated 10-bit D-Cinelike picture profiles appear during post-processing. Creator Philip Bloom also goes into great detail about this latest Mini 3 Pro video upgrade in the video, below:
This latest color profile upgrade makes the Mini 3 Pro more of a ‘pro’ drone than it was before. Here are the notes from DJI’s official forum:
Aircraft Firmware: v01.00.0100
DJI RC-N1 Remote Controller Firmware: v04.14.0117
DJI RC Remote Controller Firmware: v01.00.0100
DJI Fly App iOS and Android: v1.6.1
– Added True Vertical Shooting.
– Added FocusTrack.
– Added APAS 4.0 (Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems).
– Added Hyperlapse.
– Added MasterShots.
– Added QuickShots.
– Added QuickTransfer.
– Added Panorama.
– Added 4K/48fps, 4K/50fps, and 4K/60fps.
– Added 1080p/120fps to Slow Motion.
– Greatly improved image quality.
– Optimized flight stability.
With the latest DJI Fly app update, the RC-N1 remote controller is also compatible with the Air 2S, Mavic 3, Mini 2, and Mavic Air 2 drones. Tripod mode is not yet available on the Mini 3 Pro.