DJI Mavic 3 Classic vs DJI Mavic 3: What has changed? Well not so much to be honest. The latest Classic version is now cheaper and to achieve that, the company tuned down some of the specs. For example, the 162mm telephoto lens had to be sacrificed for affordability’s sake.
For someone who has always looked forward to getting one of these drones but has had pricing issues in the past, the latest Mavic 3 Classic (costs $1,479) is about $500 cheaper than the original Mavic 3 ($2,049) launched sometime last year.
Another similarity between the DJI Mavic 3 Classic vs DJI Mavic 3 is the primary sensor. Both drones are using 20MP 24mm wide-angle shooter in front of a Micro Four Thirds Hasselblad sensor with a variable aperture of f/2.8 to f/11. However, only the original Mavic 3 drone has a 12MP telephoto lens as a secondary camera.
We simply could say the major difference between both drones is the secondary lens lacking in the newest Classic version. Now let’s see other similarities below.
The battery life, flight time, and flight distance are the same. The DJI Mavic 3 Classic vs DJI Mavic 3 can fly for up to 46 minutes, and the flight distance is up to 30km (18.6mi). These two drones are also compatible with existing DJI RC-N1, RC, and RC Pro controllers. More so, you can transfer HD video at up to 15km.
Additionally, both can as well take photos in 12-bit RAW and videos in 10-bit D-Log. It can record 5.1K video at 24-50fps, DCI 4K at up to 120fps, and 1080p at up to 200fps. There’s an 8GB of storage which can also be expanded through a microSD card. They support H.264 and H.265 codecs with a 200Mbps bitrate.
DJI Mavic 3 Classic vs DJI Mavic 3: Conclusion
To be precise, both drones are good. It depends on your budget and purposes. For someone more versatile and cash loaded, the original Mavic 3 is more expensive but does everything. However, for someone who is on a budget lower than $1,500, the Mavic 3 Classic is better for you and you won’t be missing much except the telephoto secondary lens.