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Martyr_67

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Hey all. New pilot here
I have the DJI Mini 3 (not the pro) for about 4 weeks now
I know it isn't a Mavic. I am here to learn and will ultimately supplement my kit with a Mavic 3 or similar
Working my way through regulations, where to fly etc and improve my flying skills
My main motivation is photography since I have been a still photographer for 40 years+

regards


Marty
DJI Mini 3
 
Hello from the Crossroads of America Martyr_67

Nice to meet you Marty. 🤝

Welcome to the Forum. :cool:
 
Welcome aboard Marty,

This is certainly the right forum for the Mini 3, lumped in with Mavic labelled drones.
Starting with the Mini 2, the Mavic name was dropped from most of the new models such as the Mini SE and the Air 2S.
The continuation here on MavicPilots made sense as these models were already present under original Mavic labelling.

You probably won't find a noticeable difference in the 12mp on the Mini 3 and the 48mp on the M3P (part time quad sensor), it'll still take great photos.

Enjoy the forum, the drone learning curve, and the new aspects of photography this is no doubt providing you.
 
Hey all. New pilot here
I have the DJI Mini 3 (not the pro) for about 4 weeks now
I know it isn't a Mavic. I am here to learn and will ultimately supplement my kit with a Mavic 3 or similar
Working my way through regulations, where to fly etc and improve my flying skills
My main motivation is photography since I have been a still photographer for 40 years+

regards


Marty
DJI Mini 3
I still think it's a Mavic... even. though they dropped the name Mavic off of some of their new drones... air2s mini 3 pro...etc... it's still a Mavic. You are at the right forum.
 
Welcome to Mavic Pilots! :) Enjoy the forum!Thumbswayup
 
I have the DJI Mini 3 (not the pro) for about 4 weeks now

Welcome from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA. We have a Member's Map in the Upper Right of the Title Bar. Click on "Members" and then Click on "Member's Map…" Check it out and you might find some new flying friends.


Since you live Down Under, there are specific laws and rules for you to follow, please check to ensure these are current.


Even if you may have flown Drones before, here is some Good Old Fashion Advice…

You paid a lot of money for that Drone, put your phone number on it. If your drone gets lost or stuck in a tree and it finally comes down when you are not around, give the finders an opportunity to contact you so it can be returned.

Now, for the Fun Part, But do not let the excitement of the moment get the best of you. When you are going out to fly, do it slowly and deliberately. Get used to a set procedure and even practice it.

There are so many things I could write but these are the highlights that I feel need mentioning.

Plug in your phone/tablet into your controller; turn on the Controller and DJI Fly App (if it does not start on its own…). On the Drone, open the front legs, then open the back legs, then remove the Gimbal Cover.

The Gimbal is the most delicate item on the Drone and banging or bumping can damage it. I also fastened a short "Remove Before Flight" ribbon to the cover so it's more noticeable and I do not forget to remove it…

Turn on the drone and watch it come to "life." Watching the Gimbal go through its self-check is almost like watching a kitten or puppy opening its eyes for the first time…

Place the drone down (preferably on a Landing Pad) while it finishes its self-test (collecting satellites, etc…).

Check your battery status (Phone, Drone, and Controller), check the Signal Strength, by now the Controller should have reported it updated the Home Point.

Lift off, 4-5 feet (1-1/2 meters) or so, hover a bit, check the controls (move the drone a bit forward, back, left, right, yaw left and right). By now, your Controller will probably report again, Home point Updated.

If you go out in a rush and race thru your start up and take off before the drone has finished it prep, it may update its Home Point over that pond or that old tree you are flying over and in your excitement, you'll fly the drone long past it Low Battery point and when it engages Return to Home and lands in the pond or in a tree; it will be all on you…

Now go have fun, learn to fly the drone by sight before you try to fly it out a distance depending on the video feed, FPV.

I would also advise you to use YouTube and watch a lot of the Videos on flying and setting up the Drone. When it is too dark, too cold, or too wet, you can "fly it vicariously" through YouTube. Also watch some of the Blooper Drone Videos and learn how not to fly your "New Baby."

Below is the link to all of the downloads offered by DJI for the Mini 3, including the User Manual.

After you read the Manual, read it again, you will be surprised what you missed the first time and you will be better prepared for that first "scary moment…"


Fly On and Fly Safe…
 
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Hey all. New pilot here
I have the DJI Mini 3 (not the pro) for about 4 weeks now
I know it isn't a Mavic. I am here to learn and will ultimately supplement my kit with a Mavic 3 or similar
Working my way through regulations, where to fly etc and improve my flying skills
My main motivation is photography since I have been a still photographer for 40 years+

regards


Marty
DJI Mini 3
Welcome! I'm new here as well and still learning a lot from the experienced folk here onsite. I'm also a long time photographer and wanted to expand my photo capabilities. After seeing drone videos and checking on the specs, I was pleasantly surprised at all the built in safety features, the range and the flight times - and now, the fantastic smooth 4K video and still shots.
Your drone should provide plenty of new challenges and views no new lens can get - looking forward to seeing some of your "sights" from your part of the world.
 
Greetings, Marty, and welcome to our forum from the friendly skies of North Texas!
We are happy to have you with us. We have over 150,000 members worldwide (including many of your fellow Aussies) who enjoy helping each other learn and grow as pilots and photographers. Anytime you have a question, just ask!

Rich R (alias Hauptmann)
 
Welcome to the forum! :)
 
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