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This concludes the announcement of the DJI Mavic 3 Classic, a fast whirlwind ride of DJI’s latest drone, which aims to further advance the technology with a flight time of 46 minutes.

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What the Classic doesn’t have is the Mavic 3 Cine’s internal storage or ProRes codes, but that still remains a notable step up over the Mavic 3 (Original) – so drone users are expected to provide fast MicroSD storage.

Keeping the original chassis also means the drone uses the same batteries, has the same ADS-B receiver, and has full collision detection and APAS 5.0.

The new Mavic 3 Classic is DJI’s answer; a cheaper way to access the Hasselblad 4/3 rds CMOS 20 megapixel camera, 46 minutes flight time of the original drone without spending as much money.

DJI Mavic 3 Classic

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Here is the DJI Mavic 3 Classic!

In case you’re at it, DJI is set to announce a new drone, with rumors pointing to a cheaper version of the popular DJI Mavic 3. You can watch the live announcement with us LIVE via the YouTube video below:

We are now 8 minutes away from finding out what the new DJI drone will be, will it be a cheaper Mavic 3 as rumors suggest or something else entirely, only time will tell!

How to watch DJI’s drone launch event

You can watch the official announcement on DJI’s YouTube channel and sign up through the DJI official website to be notified when the announcement will take place. But if that’s all too much hassle, we’ve included the YouTube link below so you can watch the live announcement LIVE with us!

As you would expect, the comments section in the YouTube waiting room is full of suggestions as to what this new drone could be, with user Dronie commenting:

“Maybe they’ll take the camera design from the Mavic 3 to make the Inspire 3” – I don’t think DJI is really doing that to create a new drone, especially one as cinema-centric as the Inspire- Series.

While others really want a DJI Pocket 3 to be announced with comments like “Pocket 3, Pocket 3, please start it” by Amusement And Adventure or “No Pocket 3 this year? Sigh…”.

While it’s sadly very doubtful that DJI will be announcing a new pocket camera in today’s announcement, I personally think it’s due to an upgrade and think DJI should definitely consider a predecessor to the handheld vlogging camera.

Obviously the next problem would be the inclusion of codecs. If DJI were to cut back on internal storage, we could also see them restrict recording codes like Apple’s Pro Res to make the DJI Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine the options for really serious local cameramen. Other options could be dropping the optical zoom down to 10x instead of the Mavic 3’s larger 28x, then we could see a decent drop in price to around $1,500/£1,300 – which is right in between the current DJI range would fit the DJI Air 2S and Mavic3

All of this combined with the lack of a telephoto lens makes a compelling case for the new DJI Mavic Classic – but please keep in mind that no official information has been announced by DJI and that the above is our own personal speculation.

According to previous leaks from the reliable DJI leaker @DealsDroneaccount on Twitter, the main difference will be that the Classic version ditches the Mavic 3’s telephoto camera and offers just a single 20MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor for video and photos – using which already doesn’t seem like such a big downgrade -pro- Drone – So you could actually get really good value for money out of this new drone, which is always nice.

Leaked photos and an FCC filing suggest the launch of the Mavic 3 Classic is now imminent. This can mean great news for flight enthusiasts as the price will definitely be lower than the current DJI Mavic 3.

The DJI Mavic 3 has been out for just under a year, with its 12MP telephoto lens and 28x hybrid zoom made in collaboration with Hasselblad. Capable of capturing 20MP photos and 5.1K videos thanks to its Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor, this sleek professional drone has an impressive flight time of up to 46 minutes.

If you want our full thoughts on this drone, take a look at our DJI Mavic 3 review.

You might say this sounds like an amazing drone, and you’re right, but all of these features come at a price, and that price is currently a whopping $2,049 / £1,729 – so it’s a hefty price tag to swallow. But that could all change today, as recent rumors suggest the flagship will soon be getting a cheaper little brother called the DJI Mavic 3 Classic – that could be the drone DJI will announce today at 9am EDT / 1pm GMT ( what works releases November 3 at 00:00 AEDT)

Today is the day that DJI is scheduled to launch a new drone, scheduled for 9am EDT / 1pm GMT (which is considered 12pm AEDT on November 3rd), and the big hint that it’s a new one Mavic could trade is that the camera lens has already been teased by DJI itself.

We’ve included the YouTube video below that will demonstrate this new drone live – is anyone else excited? were excited!

While we wait and see what DJI has in store for tomorrow’s new drone launch, this is the perfect time to remind you all of Black Friday.

This year is Black Friday on November 25th and most of the best camera deals won’t be live by then, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some pretty good deals out there. Whether you shoot with a mirrorless camera or a DSLR camera, there have been price cuts for all types of cameras and photography accessories in the last year. Any action camera, instant camera or drone enthusiast could snag a bargain in this year’s sale, such as the DJI FPV Combo – this was the star of the show at last year’s event with a whopping discount of just $999 / £899.

Check out our Black Friday hubs and grab a bargain for the year before the holiday sale begins:

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DJI Mavic 3 Classic: What we expect

Rumors about the DJI Mavic 3 Classic have been circulating for a while, and the specs of this new drone have been in the air for a while.

According to leaks from WinFuture (opens in new tab), @DealsDrone (opens in new tab)and @JasperEllen (opens in new tab)the Mavic 3 Classic will likely omit the telephoto camera seen on DJI’s current consumer flagship, the DJI Mavic 3 (opens in new tab). This means that, as DJI’s invitation suggests, DJI will only offer a single 20-megapixel Four Thirds CMOS sensor for both video and photos – which is still capable of 4K video and capable of excellent aerial photography, while Leaked images of the drone also suggested that the Hasselblad collaboration is still present in this lower-spec drone.

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This type of strategy has worked well for DJI in the past, originally offering the DJI Mini 2 (opens in new tab)and then offers the DJI Mini SE (opens in new tab) as a cheaper alternative by removing RAW photo capture and only offering 2.7K video capture over the pricier DJI Mini 2’s 4K video capture.

In order to bring the price down, DJI needs to make some cuts somewhere, and without knowing official information it’s hard to speculate what might come of it. If we were to guess, we’d say a stripdown on the massive 1TB SSD found on the Mavic 3, with DJI opting for a 256GB/500GB option for the Mavic 3 Classic, this would be one good price reduction without completely giving up storage freedom to make multiple flights in one day.

Obviously the next problem would be the inclusion of codecs. If DJI were to cut back on internal storage, we could also see them restrict recording codes like Apple’s Pro Res to make the DJI Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine the options for really serious local cameramen. Other options could be dropping the optical zoom down to 10x instead of the Mavic 3’s larger 28x, then we could see a decent drop in price to around $1,500/£1,300 – which is right in between the current DJI range would fit the DJI Air 2S and Mavic3

All of this combined with the lack of a telephoto lens makes a compelling case for the new DJI Mavic Classic – but please keep in mind that no official information has been announced by DJI and that the above is our own personal speculation.

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