There's no SDK and the Mavic 3 won't be a mapping drone until that's released and the mapping app developers can modify their apps to use the Mavic 3.
I'm hearing from my sources that DJI will not release SDK for the Mavic 3, only the upcoming Mavic 3 Enterprise.
The Enterprise machine will probably use a more fully-featured app and have the ability to fly waypoint missions ?
That involves you doing the flying and somehow managing the side overlap with the drone capturing at 2 second intervals while flying slowly.Heard confirmations that an SDK will be out sometime in December around Christmas time.
Until an SDK comes out, here is a site I just found when I was searching how to manually map with a Mavic 3. Looks like it could work well! I'm definitely going to try it.
I can’t think of any reason to do this in a professional setting. I know it’s doable but only for small areas or subjects—and when accuracy is not as critical. 40 acres at 1 cm per pixel? I’m not waiting for an SDK or painstakingly trying to fly that manually. What about camera calibration? That’s not really covered in the article.It's not for everybody but it's an option until an SDK comes out. Doesn't look that hard or inconvenient, to be honest. Fly in Cine mode, which the drone flies slow enough, and the drone automatically taking photos every 2 seconds seems like a good alternative if you really need to get by for now.
No. What they’re doing is ensuring those of us that have our MP2’s mean they’ll still be relevant and working.
Agreed, If so, this is a mistake on DJI's part IMHO. The value in using something like a M2P/P4P without RTK to map was it's low cost ratio-to-quality for those who have access to survey equipment. Pushing those customers to "Enterprise" prices with what most likely will be proprietary automated flight software definitely cuts me out as continued customer. As if the whole 'US made only' wasn't a warning sign. No, I don't want a "1-inch" sensor either for photogrammetry just to have waypoint missions and extended battery times. I'm guessing the M3 Enterprise won't have a mechanical shutter either, yet will flaunt a built-in RTK. I have no need for thermal, but I wish there was a Lidar option for close/detailed flights. Without that, I'll just use my iPad for detailed scanning at close range lol.
Yes! Finally a new mavic with a mechanical shutter, and even better, not just a RTK option, but looks like optional module and ground station (so can be purchased separate later)!!
Ah, this is great news, except all that bitter M3 taste in my mouth. Will be surprised if it's ready out the box. Also an annoyance or even deal breaker if it can't run DroneHarmony/DroneDeploy/MapPilotPro within a couple months after release.