DJI’s newest drone, the Mavic 3, introduces a big advance in image quality for serious photographers and filmmakers. The imaging system is designed and built by Hasselblad, and the drone includes two cameras. The primary camera features a large (for a drone) 4/3 CMOS sensor and a 24mm equivalent lens with adjustable apertures from ƒ/2.8 to ƒ/11. The camera can record 20-megapixel stills and 5.1K video with Apple ProRes. The second camera is a telephoto (162mm equivalent) for scouting or shots from a distance to avoid disturbing your subject.
Pro nature photographer Stefan Forster was among the photographers who got to beta test the Mavic 3, and he captured some stunning scenes from the skies above Iceland in this video.
Though the Mavic 3 isn’t inexpensive if you’re only casually interested in working with drones, this video may inspire you to want to give it a try. You can rent the Mavic 3 instead of buying—something to consider if you have a photography trip planned to an epic location.