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*UPDATED* DJI Mavic 3s Release date prediction, specs, pricing

Everything you need to know about the DJI Mavic 3s rumors

Updated: Sep 12, 2022 8:28 am
DJI Mavic 3s release date

Yes indeed, not long after the release of the original Mavic 3, the rumor mills have already begun churning about a potential DJI Mavic 3s.

This might serve as a mid-level update to the Mavic series. You know how Apple releases a new iPhone, then an ‘S’ version a year later? That sort of thing.

So, we thought we’d round up all the news, leaks, and rumors about the DJI Mavic 3s release date pricing, specs, and anything else we can figure out.

DJI Avata pro view combo

DJI Avata

Weight
0.9lbs/410g
Flight time
18 mins
Top speed
96kph/60mph
Range
11.6km
Camera
48MP 155-degree FOV, 4k @60fps

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DJI Mavic 3s release date expectations

Of course, DJI itself has kept quiet about the DJI Mavic 3s, which makes sense as they are probably still busy fruitlessly trying to contain leaks about the essentially-confirmed Avata.

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However, we can still do a little bit of detective work to look at the previous DJI drone release dates and see if we can identify any trends that we can bet on in the future for the Mavic 3s release date prediction.

  • DJI Mavic Pro release date: September 2016
  • DJI Mavic Air release date: January 2018
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro release date: August 2018
  • DJI Mavic 3 release date: November 2021

So, we can see from the previous release dates that the Mavic series has had a mostly reliable release schedule. With a mainline Mavic drone releasing every 2 years.

So, this means it’s not unlikely that we’ll see the prophesized DJI Mavic 3s release date being 2023. We’re going to assume mid-2023 as that wouldn’t steal any thunder from any other big releases that we know of in the Drone space.

Additionally, this would leave enough of a buffer after the upcoming release of the Avata, meaning that they can generate a fresh hype cycle without stepping on the toes of the current one.

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DJI Drone release roadmap

We’ve also seen a supposed ‘release roadmap’ Showing various DJI-sounding names. Some of it sounds right, and some of it is just abstract as hell, so make of it what you will.

DJI release roadmap

DJI Mavic 3s specs prediction

The current Mavic 3 is a very capable drone in terms of flying performance and photography, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t improve the DJI Mavic 3s specs.

One of the things we want to see here is weight reduction, which isn’t as simple as it seems as weight is largely a result of battery capacity. This means that saving weight might reduce flight time, however, if they can reduce the weight by 50g-ish down from the current 895g, we’ll be happy.

Another change we’d like to see is more file format support. Currently, the DJI Mavic 3 only utilizes the exFAT video format. This works ok, but more options are always good.

DJI Mavic 3s features we’d like to see

More reliable GPS

The original DJI Mavic 3 was famously plagued by GPS issues. Even up until recently there were high numbers of complaints pretty much anywhere you’d go about it.

The problem is that the Mavic 3s would have a massive delay when establishing a GPS connection, something critical for safe flight.

This was doubly annoying as it could only be done after the drone was powered on, and delays ranged up to a full 10 minutes.

Given that the Mavic 3 was rated for a 46-minute flight time, this issue could eat up to a quarter of the battery life before you could even take off.

So, this time round we hope that the DJI Mavic 3s upgraded with a more robust GPS sensor + firmware, so scores of people aren’t forced to wait for an entire epoch for the thing to be allowed to fly.

Increased flight time

Of course, the main issue with drones continues to be the battery life, which is due to an irritating inherent flaw in how batteries work.

Essentially, the larger the battery is, the more charge it can hold. The more charge held, the longer the drone’s flight time will be.

This makes sense right? But when the battery has to be carried, it becomes a larger issue as the heavier a drone is, the harder it has to work to get going, the harder it works, the quicker the battery is drained.

So you end up with this weird example of circular reasoning, where a bigger battery gives more power, while also being the reason for needing more power.

This means that increased battery density, not size is the key. We aren’t scientists here at WePC, in fact, we’re mostly idiots, but even we know that battery engineering is an expensive and difficult responsibility.

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Improved camera

This sort of goes without saying because the Mavic series is already all about capturing imagery, be it analytical, artistic, or professionally cinematic.

So it makes no sense to release a new drone without upping the ante in terms of camera quality and technology.

The main thing that would make the difference here is an enlarged sensor, it’s firmly within the realm of possibility that we’ll see a sensor larger than the current 1/2″ one in the Mavic 3.

DJI Mavic 3s color options

One of the big issues with the current drone market is the lack of alternate colorways. Yes, there are some pretty vivid options when it comes to mining racing drones, but the prosumer market is mired in monochrome.

Our best guess as to why DJI has only offered their drones in bland colors is to make them easier to remove from footage later on.

This might be a good reason and we don’t disagree with it, but at least allow for the consumer to have a choice.

The tech industry as a whole has been slowly moving away from matt black and grey for a couple of years now, so hopefully, DJI follows this trend too, and gives us some pretty drones.

1 thought on “*UPDATED* DJI Mavic 3s Release date prediction, specs, pricing”

  1. Mike Snyder

    The Mavic 3 has a 4/3″ sensor and a 1/2″ sensor. Plus the GPS is vastly improved and even prior to the improvement it took nowhere near 25% of the battery to get into the air.

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