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DJI Air 3 review | Space

Key specs:

Weight: 25.4 oz/720 g

Dimensions: Folded 8.1×3.9×3.6 in/207×100.5×91.1 mm/Unfolded 10.2×12.8×4.2 in/258.8×326×105.8 mm

Battery: 4241 mAh Li-ion/up to 46 minutes

Charger type: USB-C cable/AC Mains with chargers and hub (available separately)

Modes: Cine, Normal, Sport

Video transmission range: Up to 12.4 miles/20 km (FCC)/up to 6.2 miles/10 km (CE)

Video resolution: 4K, 1080p (FHD), 2.7K Vertical Shooting, FHD Vertical Shooting

Frame rates: 4K up to 100 fps, 1080p up to 200 fps, 2.7K Vertical Shooting up to 60 fps, FHD Vertical Shooting up to 60 fps

After what feels like a rather long wait, the DJI Air 3 is finally here and brings with it a couple of surprises alongside better-than-anticipated features and functionality. DJI Air models traditionally sit between the Mini and Mavic drones, and the Air 3 is an exciting blend of the two making it one of the best drones available alongside being one of the best camera drones.

The Air 2S featured a 1-inch sensor with a fixed aperture, setting it apart from the Mavic 2 Pro which was available at the time of launch; the Mavic 2 Pro featured a 1-inch sensor with an adjustable aperture in the camera. The Air 3, however, has taken a step back in sensor size, using the same excellent 1/1.3-inch sensor as the DJI Mini 3 Pro, with two of these sensors in the dual camera offering 24 mm and 70 mm equivalent focal lengths.

The only downside of the cameras for video capture overall is that the apertures are fixed. But with the same sensor image quality, features and functionality are consistent across the two. The list of features on offer is impressive beyond the dual cameras with omnidirectional obstacle avoidance, vertical 2.7K video capture, 4K slow motion video and 48MP photo capture to name but a few.

The DJI Air 3 drone opened up. (Image credit: James Abbott)

Considering the impressive features on offer, more of which we’ll cover later, the Air 3 comes in at a fairly reasonable cost of $1,099/£962 for the DJI Air 3 (DJI RC-N2) kit, $1,349/£1,199 for the DJI Air 3 Fly More Combo (DJI RC-N2) kit and $1,549/£1,379 for the DJI Air 3 Fly More Combo (DJI RC 2) kit. The latter two kits include a smart controller, additional batteries, a carry bag and additional accessories.

DJI Air 3 review: Design

  • Medium size drone with folding design
  • Long battery life
  • Three controller options
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