DJI Mavic 3 Classic: everything you need to know

One year after the Mavic 3 declined in two versions standard and Cine, DJI releases, a little against all expectations, a new version of its high-end drone, the Mavic 3 Classic. First observation: the telephoto lens has disappeared, and the price has dropped. So how is this new model different? What is it worth and is it right for you? All the answers in this article.

DJI Mavic 3 Classic: what are the differences with the other Mavic 3?

 DJI Mavic 3 ClassicDJI Mavic 3DJI Mavic 3 Cine
CameraCMOS 4/3 20MP
Equivalent 24 mm Aperture f/2.8 to f/11
CMOS 4/3 20MP
Equivalent 24 mm Aperture f/2.8 to f/11
CMOS 4/3 20MP
24 mm equivalent
Aperture f/2.8 to f/11
Photo resolution20 MP20 MP20 MP
Video resolution5.1K up to 50 fps
4K up to 120 fps
5.1K up to 50 fps
4K up to 120 fps
5.1K up to 50 fps
4K up to 120 fps
Digital Zoom3X4X (main camera)
28X (telephoto lens)
4X (main camera)
28X (telephoto lens)
Video formatsMP4/MOV
(MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)
MP4/MOV
(MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)
MP4/MOV
(MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)
MOV
(Apple ProRes 422 HQ/422/422 LT)
Battery capacity5000mAh5000mAh5000mAh
Maximum flight time46 minutes46 minutes46 minutes
Video transmissionO3+O3+O3+
Maximum transmission distanceFCC : 15 km
CE : 8 km
FCC : 15 km
CE : 8 km
FCC : 15 km
CE : 8 km
Internal storage8 GB8 GB1 TB
Dimensions221 x 96.3 x 90.3 mm (folded)
347.5 x 283 x 107.7 mm (unfolded)
221 x 96.3 x 90.3 mm (folded)
347.5 x 283 x 107.7 mm (unfolded)
221 x 96.3 x 90.3 mm (folded)
347.5 x 283 x 107.7 mm (unfolded)
Weight895g895g899g
Price1499€ (drone only)
1599€ (with DJI RC-N1 remote control)
1749€ (with DJI RC remote control)
1929€ (with DJI RC-N1 radio control)
2629€ (Bundle Fly More)
4799€ (Premium Bundle)

The main difference of the new DJI Mavic 3 Classic is its simplified camera module. Indeed, compared to its predecessors, the Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine, it does not have the telephoto lens located above the main camera and therefore no digital zoom up to 28X.

To summarize, here are the 4 differences between the DJI Mavic 3 Classic and its 2 predecessors:

  • no telephoto lens (and 28X zoom)
  • no support for Apple ProRes codecs (only available on the Mavic 3 Cine)
  • no integrated 1TB hard drive (only available on the Mavic 3 Cine)
  • A more affordable price! 😁

DJI Mavic 3 Classic: the design

dji mavic 3 classic design

Design-wise, it’s not complicated: the DJI Mavic 3 Classic is identical to the Mavic 3, with one exception: there is no second lens above the main camera. The camera block includes only the main camera with its Hasselblad sensor, which is exactly the same as on the Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine models.

Otherwise, the three Mavic 3s (Standard, Cine, and Classic) are identical in every way and feature the same folding design that is now classic of drones produced by DJI, with their four arms that fold against the body for easy storage and transport and unfold to allow the drone to be ready to fly.

The battery still slides into the back of the drone, and above it are still the USB-C port as well as the microSD card slot. The dimensions of the Mavic 3 Classic do not differ from those of its predecessors, and its weight is 895g, as for the standard Mavic 3, while the Mavic 3 Cine weighs 4 small grams more, most likely due to its SSD hard drive.

DJI Mavic 3 Classic: in flight

Features

Naturally, we find all the flight modes and intelligent functions of the standard Mavic 3. These include the famous QuickShots, automated flight modes that make it easy to create professional video effects, Hyperlapse mode for creating time-lapse videos, and subject tracking with ActiveTrack.

However, a new function has been added: the Cruise Control mode, which allows you to lock in a constant flight path and speed. No need to direct the drone and the camera at the same time, you can now focus only on framing the image.

DJI also says it has improved the RTH mode, which allows the drone to return automatically to its starting point. In Advanced RTH mode, the Mavic 3 Classic uses its obstacle sensors to scan the surrounding environment and return more safely and efficiently. However, we did not see any real difference with the RTH mode present on the standard Mavic 3.

Note that these new features appear with the new firmware update released at the same time as the drone, so it is quite possible that they are also found on other versions of the Mavic 3.

Obstacle detection

The Mavic 3 Classic inherits the same omnidirectional obstacle detection system from the standard and Cine Mavic 3. The last born of the DJI factories can thus, thanks to its 8 visual sensors, detect everything that is 360° around it, down, up, forward, backward, left and right.

It also supports the APAS 5.0 obstacle avoidance system, which allows it to avoid any obstacle in its path. As with previous models, you can choose between the safer Normal mode, where the drone will avoid obstacles with a greater margin of safety, and the more fluid and visually pleasing Agile mode, but a little more risky.

Battery and flight time

The battery of the DJI Mavic 3 Classic is identical to that of the standard and Cine Mavic 3, no change on that side. Therefore, the maximum flight time will be the same as in the previous versions, namely 46 minutes in optimal conditions, and more concretely between 30 and 35 minutes depending on factors such as flight speed and wind.

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DJI Mavic 3 Classic : the image

The DJI Mavic 3 Classic is equipped with the same camera with the same Hasselblad CMOS 4/3 sensor than the one present on the standard and Cine Mavic 3 models, so it has nothing to envy them in terms of the quality of the photos and videos it is capable of capturing.

This sensor, the largest present on a consumer drone, can film in 5.1K up to 50 frames/s, in 4K up to 120 frames/s, and in Full HD up to 200 frames/s. There is also a C4K format available which is slightly wider than the traditional 4K format. All this with a maximum video rate of 200 Mb/s. As we already said in our test of the standard Mavic 3, this sensor certainly offers the best image quality on the market for a foldable drone.

The telephoto lens offering a 28X digital zoom has been removed on this new Mavic 3, so you won’t be able to zoom in on your photos and videos as much as with previous models. The main camera still has a digital zoom, but it is limited to 3X.

On the other hand, a small novelty makes its appearance: the night mode. The latter allows you to go up to ISO 12800 (instead of 6400) and thus offers a higher sensitivity than the normal mode, allowing you to capture even more light and detail in low light conditions. Note that this mode is only available with the normal image profile and only in 4K at 30fps, which is still quite interesting.

DJI Mavic 3 Classic: the price

dji mavic 3 classic pack standard

As you can see, the big advantage of this new Mavic 3 Classic is that it gives you access to the vast majority of what a Mavic 3 has to offer, at a much more competitive price, starting at 1499€ for the drone alone, and 1599€ with the DJI RC-N1 radio control. For comparison, that was about the price of the Mavic 2 Pro when it was released.

If we compare what is comparable, i.e. the price of the standard Mavic 3 Classic and standard Mavic 3 packs where both drones are supplied with the same DJI RC-N1 remote control, the Classic version allows a saving of 330€.

The different packs

Here are the different packages available on the DJI website, with their prices at the time of writing this article:

  • the drone alone (1499€): as its name indicates, here the drone is delivered alone without any accessory. This is the ideal plan if you already have a compatible remote control (DJI RC, RC-N1 or RC Pro), we think for example of owners of a Mini 3 Pro or an Air 2S who want to upgrade to a larger sensor.
  • the standard pack (1599€): in this pack, the drone is supplied with the standard DJI RC-N1 remote control and the standard accessories (a battery, 3 pairs of spare propellers, a charger, data cables, 2 spare joysticks and a protective cover).
  • the pack with DJI RC (1749€): here, the drone comes with the superb DJI RC remote control and its integrated 5.5-inch screen, and the same accessories as the previous pack (except for the data cables which are no longer necessary because you no longer have to connect your smartphone).

The accessories

DJI usually offers, with all its drones, a Fly More package that includes more accessories, such as extra batteries and propellers. In the case of the Mavic 3 Classic, this pack is offered separately at a price of 599€, and includes 2 additional batteries, a charging station, a car charger, 3 pairs of propellers, and a carrying bag that can be converted into a backpack.

Regarding the remote controls, you can use the Mavic 3 Classic with the DJI RC-N1 basic (without screen) and the DJI RC (with screen) as explained above, but also with the DJI RC Pro, a more advanced remote control delivered with the Mavic 3 Cine but also available separately.

If you want to know more about the DJI RC, we invite you to read the complete test that we have dedicated to it (click here).

As the Mavic 3 Classic is almost identical to the standard Mavic 3, it is important to note that the accessories of the Mavic 3 are (almost) all compatible with its little brother, except for everything related to the camera module, such as filters or the wide angle lens.

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Conclusion: should you buy the Mavic 3 Classic?

By releasing the Mavic 3 Classic, DJI seems to have listened to users. As the telephoto lens only interests a limited number of pilots, the manufacturer has decided to remove it in order to give access to exceptional image quality to as many people as possible, thanks to a more affordable price. This new drone, complete and safe, is likely to become a reference in the near future.

Mavic 3 Classic: for whom?

If you are the owner of a Mavic 2 Pro and you want a better sensor, the Mavic 3 Classic is clearly made for you. In the same price range as what your drone cost you back then, you’ll be making quite a splash.

If you have a Mini 2a Mini 3 Proa Mavic Air 2 or a Air 2S and you already have a DJI RC-N1 remote control (or even a DJI RC for some Mini 3 Pro owners), the Mavic 3 Classic can allow you to get a larger sensor at a reasonable price, since you will have the option to buy the drone alone.

Finally, whether you already have a drone or not, and whether you are a professional or an avid amateur videographer, if you want to acquire the best possible image quality, the Mavic 3 Classic is the drone for you.

Which Mavic 3 to choose?

If you are already interested in the Mavic 3 and hesitate between its different models, unless you are a professional or you absolutely need an advanced zoom, you can immediately discard the Mavic 3 Cine, whose price is much higher (4799€). What it offers in addition (28X zoom, Apple ProRes and 100TB hard drive) will be of more interest to professionals.

If you need to do some location scouting before filming and the zoom of the standard Mavic 3 can be useful for this, then it may be worth it for you to spend the extra money to get it. But the telephoto lens will clearly be a non-essential comfort option for most users, to whom we will therefore advise to opt for the Mavic 3 Classic, which has the advantage of offering the same image quality.

➡️ To learn more about the Mavic 3’s features, check out our full test of the standard Mavic 3 (click here).

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