DJI Air 3 with dual 48MP 1/1.3-inch sensors, 4K slow motion at 100fps, and 48% longer battery life

DJI has unveiled the Air 3 drone (DJI RC-N2), featuring several upgrades, such as a 48-megapixel dual camera, a new controller with OcuSync 4 support, and an extended battery life of 46 minutes.

DJI Air 3, DJI RC-N2

Positioned as a more affordable alternative to the DJI Mavic 3, the Air 3 sacrifices some premium features, like the Hasselblad branding and the large FourThirds sensor found in the Mavic 3’s main camera, to keep costs down. Nonetheless, the design of the Air 3 closely resembles that of the Mavic 3, and it shares many of the same functions.

The Air 3 comes equipped with a 48 MP f/2.8 telephoto camera featuring a 1/1.3-inch sensor and triple zoom, which is identical to the one found in the Mavic 3 Pro. Additionally, it boasts a 48 MP f/1.7 main camera with the same sensor as the telephoto camera, but with a lens offering a 35 mm equivalent focal length of 24 mm. Both cameras are capable of capturing photos with shutter speeds ranging from 2 seconds to 1/16,000s, as well as shooting 4K videos at up to 100 frames per second.

The drone also supports recording portrait videos in 2.7K resolution, and it offers a range of automated tracking features, including ActiveTrack 5.0, Spotlight 2.0, Point of Interest 3.0, and QuickShots. Additionally, a new addition to the Air series is the waypoint function, which enables users to plan a flight route for the drone to automatically follow, resulting in smoother tracking shots.

DJI Air 3, DJI RC-N2

Thanks to OcuSync 4, the drone can transmit 1,080p videos at 60 frames per second to the remote control, with a maximum range of 10 kilometers in Europe. The standard package includes the new RC-N2 remote control, which lacks a display. DJI claims that the Air 3’s battery life is 48 percent longer than its direct predecessor, allowing the drone to stay airborne for up to 46 minutes before requiring a battery change.

DJI Air 3 release date and price

The DJI Air 3 is available for purchase on Amazon.com, Bhphotovideo.com, and Amazon.co.uk. Customers can opt for a bundle with the DJI RC-N2 remote control for $1,099, or choose the Fly More Combo, which includes two additional batteries and spare propellers, priced at $1,349. Another option is the $1,549 package, which includes the DJI RC 2 remote control with a touchscreen. Batteries can also be purchased individually for $149.

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