DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise brings survey, thermal tools to small drone

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Not long after DJI released its Mavic 2 drone, the company introduced a few enterprise versions of the drone. So it’s not surprising that the DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise is now available — bringing features designed for some high-level commercial applications.

The DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise essentially takes the shell and many of the internal parts of the existing Mavic 3 which launched back in September 2021, and basically puts it on commercial-grade drone steroids. Among the standout features of the Mavic 3 Enterprise:

  • 56× zoom camera
  • RTK module for centimeter-level precision
  • 45 minute flight time
  • 100W fast charging and a three-battery 100W charging station

The DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise is actually two sister drones: the DJI Mavic 3E and DJI Mavic 3T. The DJI Mavic 3E focuses on mapping and surveying missions. The DJI Mavic 3T, which has a thermal camera, was designed for the special needs of aerial operations in firefighting, search and rescue, inspections and night missions. Of course, they won’t come cheap, with starting prices at nearly $5,000. But while that’s pricey compared to the roughly $2,000 Mavic 3, the specs are comparable to some $10,000+ drones, meaning the DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise will likely be well-received (and it already has been).

“The new Mavic 3 Enterprise series brings the best of advanced commercial drones to organizations that are beginning to transition to UAV operations,” said Jeremy Schneiderman, CEO of Drone Nerds, a DJI-authorized service center. “Because the M3E drones are smaller than traditional commercial platforms, organizations can easily adopt this solution.”

Here’s what you need to know about each of the two new drones:

DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise

DJI Mavic 3E: designed for mapping and surveying

The DJI Mavic 3E is designed to make mapping and surveying missions more efficient, without the need for Ground Control Points. Its biggest improvement over competitors is better performance in dim conditions. Among its top features:

  • A 20 MP wide-angle camera
  • 4/3 CMOS sensor with large 3.3μm pixels
  • Rapid 0.7-second interval shooting
  • Intelligent Low-Light Mode
  • Up-to-56x hybrid zoom camera (with an equivalent focal length of 162mm for 12MP images).
  • Mechanical shutter (prevents motion blur and supports rapid 0.7-second interval shooting).

It works with DJI Terra, which is DJI’s full-featured mapping software for all stages of work, from mission planning to processing of 2D and 3D models. DJI says the Mavic 3E is capable of surveying up to 2 square kilometers in a single flight. 

Price: $3,299 (DJI Mavic 3E Standard version)

DJI Mavic 3T: designed for thermal imaging

The DJI Mavic 3E is designed to serve the special needs of aerial operations in firefighting, search and rescue, inspections and night missions. With it, you’ll find the same tele camera as with the aforementioned Mavic 3E. Then there’s also another camera and a thermal camera.

Among its top features:

  • A 48 MP camera with a 1/2” CMOS sensor.
  • Thermal camera with a Display Field of View (DFOV) of 61° and an equivalent focal length of 40mm with 640 × 512 px resolution.
  • Up-to-56x hybrid zoom camera (with an equivalent focal length of 162mm for 12MP images).
  • Simultaneous split-screen zoom

Of course, the standout feature of this drone is that thermal camera, which supports point and area temperature measurement, high temperature alerts, color palettes, and isotherms to help professionals find hot spots and make quick decisions. With the multiple cameras comes a helpful split-screen zoom, to support 28× continuous side-by-side digital zoom.

It’s designed to work with DJI Thermal Analysis Tool 3.0 software, which helps professionals analyze, annotate and process images captured by the Mavic 3T using DTAT 3.0 to detect temperature abnormalities in their inspections.

Price: $4,999 (DJI Mavic 3T Standard version)

Everything else to know about the DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise

DJI O3 Enterprise Transmission: So how far can it fly? With the DJI O3 Enterprise Transmission system, it has a maximum control range of 15 km. As far as the live feed, view a high frame rate live feed at 1080p/30fps.

AirSense: Both of the Mavic 3 Enterprise series drones include DJI AirSense, which receives ADS-B signals from traditional aircraft in the area to warn drone pilots of other air traffic nearby.

Obstacle avoidance: This drone is basically crash-proof given its new, improved DJI APAS system 5.0, which is crucial for obstacle sensing. It promises zero blind spots, supported by six omnidirectional fish-eye sensors.

DJI RC Pro Enterprise: Just as the Mavic 3 drone got turned up a notch, so did the RC Pro. This professional controller, dubbed the DJI RC Pro Enterprise, has a 1,000-nit high-brightness screen for clear visibility in direct sunlight. There’s also a built-in microphone.

RTK: For all the folks out there looking for RTK for their Mavic 3s, this is where it’s at. The RTK Module is crucial for achieving centimeter-level accuracy during surveys. It has support for network RTK, custom network RTK services, and D-RTK 2 Mobile Station (that’s DJI’s upgraded high-precision GNSS receiver that supports all major global satellite navigation systems, providing real-time differential corrections).

Local data mode: When activated, Local Data Mode will stop the DJI Pilot 2 flight control app from sending or receiving any data over the internet. The radio link between the aircraft and remote controller features AES-256 encryption.

Rumor has it that the M3 Enterprise Series will be live on display at AirWorks, DJI’s annual drone conference. Expect demos to experience firsthand the M3E, M30, DJI Dock, and other enterprise products during this year’s conference, set for Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas. And yes, I’ll be there! Come meet me, and maybe even come to my talk if you have time!

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