Originally, rumours had pegged it for a January announcement, but that didn’t happen. According to DroneDJ, a couple of significant rivals - the Autel EVO II 8K ($1495) and the Skydio 2 ($999) - have taken DJI by surprise and it may have delayed releasing the Mavic 3 in order to make it more competitive.
The Skydio 2 has impressive auto-follow capabilities, while the EVO II (above) has brilliant obstacle avoidance and can shoot 8K video. It also has a 40-minute flight time.
Obviously, it was only rumoured that DJI would reveal the Mavic 3 in January, not confirmed by the company, so we’ll never know if it backed out at the last minute.
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When is the DJI Mavic 3 release date?
Even if the above is correct, the current global pandemic puts even the latest rumours of a summer 2020 launch in doubt.
The latest news is that there are no new coronavirus cases in Wuhan - the city where it was first reported. The knock-on effect of the disease has meant supply chains have been hit and this in turn means many companies have been forced to delay the launch of new products.
Bottom line: we don’t know when the Mavic 3 will be released. But it could still be this year
What new features will the Mavic 3 have?
Before getting to the rumours, it’s worth remembering that there are two editions of the Mavic 2: the Pro and Zoom.
It’s unknown if both will get a successor in the Mavic 3 range, but the smart money is on a Mavic 3 Pro.
Here are the rumoured upgrades:
- Hasselblad camera shooting 4K60 (HDR)
- ActiveTrack 3.0
- OccuSync 3.0
- VisionSync 3.0
- ADS-B communication
- 10 sensors in the visual system for better obstacle avoidance
Some of these spec - well, most of them - come from a concept by Twitter leaker @OsitaLV which was posted just a day after the Skydio 2 was announced.
Mavic 3, they need to do better than this. pic.twitter.com/1BYMUf27D5— OsitaLV (@OsitaLV) October 2, 2019
The only one that’s certain is ADS-B, as DJI has already said that its new models will have this tech - the same as used by air traffic control - in 2020.
What is the Mavic 3 price?
That’s a question which simply cannot be answered yet. With no real specification leaks and rumours that DJI is re-working the new drone to beat rivals, it’s impossible to say how much it will cost.
As a general guide, we can of course use those rivals to gauge what it could cost. And that’s a starting price of between $999 and $1500. Which is likely to be the same in the UK, so £999 to £1500.
The Mavic 2 Pro costs £1349, so you can safely assume its replacement won’t be any cheaper, especially if it has significant upgrades.
As and when any new rumours come to light, we’ll update this article.