DJI Launch Live: We’re Counting Down To Take Off For Its Rumored New Mavic Drone

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How much could the rumored DJI Mavic 3 Classic cost? That’s something the rumors and leaks weren’t too clear about until earlier this week.

The tweet above from regular DJI leaker @JasperEllens on Twitter sounds pretty confident that prices will start at €1,499 (for the drone only), with a bundle including new DJI RC controller costing €1,749.

Based on current DJI prices, that would work out to around $1,499 / £1,349 / AU$2,399 for the drone alone, or around $1,749 / £1,599 / AU$2,799 for the DJI RC controller bundle. Not cheap, but a decent saving over the DJI Mavic 3’s launch price of US$2,199 / £1,879 / AU$3,099 (including the old RC-N1 remote).

(Image credit: Future)

As someone who bought the DJI Mini 3 Pro earlier this year, I recently wrote about why I might regret that decision if the rumors about the DJI Mavic 3 Classic are true.

Not that I’m at all unhappy with the Mini 3 Pro – it’s a brilliant little drone that proved to be a great companion on a recent visit to the Lake District in the UK (where I took the photo above).

But the Mavic 3’s larger body is more stable in windy conditions, and getting that Four Thirds sensor for less than the current model makes it a tempting alternative, especially if you often fly in gloomy conditions.

The DJI Mavic 3 drone in flight for some trees

(Image credit: Future)

If you’re new to DJI drones, here’s a quick introduction to the current lineup. Despite some new competition from the likes of Autel, DJI is still by far the largest maker of flying consumer cameras – and the range is now split into four sub-brands.

DJI’s entry-level small drones are the ‘Mini’ series, led by the DJI Mini 3 Pro. Just above that is the mid-range ‘Air’ series, which despite the name is slightly larger and has cameras with bigger sensors (like the 1-inch DJI Air 2S, which previously topped our guide to the best drones you can buy). to buy ).

But above both is the ‘Mavic’ series, which started in 2016 with the DJI Mavic Pro. Packing a large Four Thirds sensor into its foldable housing, the DJI Mavic 3 is the spiritual successor to that original model. But with a price tag of US$2,199 / £1,879 / AU$3,099 it’s not exactly cheap – hence the rumors of a DJI Mavic 3 Classic launching today.

Parallel to these three main types of DJI drone, a new FPV model called the DJI Avata is buzzing. It’s a super fun introduction to FPV flying, but a bit more niche than what we expect to see today.

How can you tune in to today’s DJI launch? There is now a placeholder on DJI’s official YouTube channel above, where the announcement will be made today at 9am EDT / 1pm GMT. If you’re in Australia, that equates to 12 noon AEDT on November 3.

That means we’re now less than five hours away from the official launch, which gives us plenty of time to dig into those Mavic 3 Classic rumours, and find out if this all makes for an attractive potential Christmas present. As someone who bought a DJI Mini 3 Pro earlier this year, I have some reservations about that.

Hi, I’m Mark (BingoTingo’s camera editor) and I’ll be your co-pilot for today’s big DJI launch. I’ve covered and tested DJI drones for years, all the way back to the original DJI Spark in 2017, so I’m looking forward to seeing exactly what lands today.

The event’s ‘Explore Vivid’ doesn’t give much away, but that Hasselblad camera in the teaser poster does point to a new drone, like the rumored DJI Mavic 3 Classic. So if you’re in the market for a new flying camera (or just interested in where they’re gliding), sit down and join us as we count down to take off.

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