As someone who loves watching the release cycle for new cameras, lenses and drones, I was excited when the new DJI Mavic 3 was released. But after seeing that it comes with a price tag of $4,600 USD, I decided to hold off on upgrading for now.
Would it be nice to have that extra dynamic range, runtime, battery life and ProRes 10-bit 4:2:2 colour science? Sure.
But the reality is that most consumer drones from DJI that are on the market, even the entry-level drones, are going to produce fantastic results for most people (as long as you learn how to use them properly).
Here's a quick demo compilation of footage we captured at Kinsol Trestle on Vancouver Island using the light-weight DJI Mavic Mini II. This little drone fits in your pocket, doesn't require a drone license and is only $700 to buy new.
For most people, especially those viewing on mobile, this drone is plenty powerful enough and can produce beautiful cinematic footage, with a little tweaking in post.
Sometimes, bigger and more expensive isn't always better. And I think this little drone proves it.