DJI recently launched the brand-new Mavic 3 Series, boasting 2 powerful yet portable quadcopters, built to help you meet the demands of your environment.
Leading on from the progress made with the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, the Mavic 3 Thermal continues to pave the way for compact, quick response drones for public safety and inspection operations.
In this blog, we will look at the defining features of both the M3T and M2EA, and establish whether you should considering upgrading your existing kit to best fit your operations going forward.
Disclaimer: if you are looking for a survey-grade drone, be sure to check out the DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise.
The table below shows some of the drones' key specifications:
Imaging quality had been drastically improved in the strides made between the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual and the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, most notably the thermal sensor that was 17x stronger.
The DJI Mavic 3 maintains the same sensor quality for both the wide (1/2” CMOS 48MP) and thermal sensors (640 x 512px @ 30Hz radiometric). However, major advancements have been made with the zoom of the M3T which now boasts a 56x hybrid zoom. It also boasts a 28x continuous thermal zoom, which can be viewed simultaneously alongside the RGB camera, compared to the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced 16x thermal zoom capability.
The Mavic 3 Thermal is equipped with wide, tele, and thermal sensors. In contrast, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced has Wide and Thermal sensors.
Both drones shoot video at a 4k30p.
The following table summarises the key sensor specifications:
Performance And Redundancy
The DJI Mavic 3 Thermal has seen notable improvements in flight time, now operational for up to 45-minutes compared to the M2EA’s 31-minutes. Increased uptime brings benefits in both productivity and effectivity, allowing pilots to collect data faster and relay that data to stakeholders on the ground.
Small advancements from the M2EA to the M3T:
- Max speed increased from 20m/s to 21m/s
- Max Ascent speed increased from 6m/s to 8m/s
- Max wind resistance increased from 12m/s to 10m/s
New O3 Enterprise allows the M3T to travel up to 8km (CE) compared to the M2EA’s 6km (CE), and new APAS 5.0 and advanced return to home will bring you safely and efficiently back to where you took off, detecting and avoiding obstacles on the way.
Overall performance upgrades can be seen in the table below:
As expected, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced and Mavic 3 Thermal share many of their characteristics, both being lightweight, small, and easily portable tools that are launchable in under 60-seconds.
While both drones have fixed sensors on the underside of the body, they are equally compatible with DJI’s slew of top-mounted payloads. These include the speaker, spotlight and RTK module.
Upgrades can be seen with the M3T now integrating the beacon attachment onto the back of the shell, whereas the M2EA previously required a beacon attachment in order to use this functionality. This now frees up the slot for other payloads to be used for your operations while you still benefit from the aid of the beacon for visual line of sight.
It is worth noting that top-mounted modules for your Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced will not be compatible with your Mavic 3 Series drone, so you will need to purchase these accessories separately.
Full break down of build specs can be seen here:
Prior to the introduction of the Mavic Series, minor tasks required huge equipment and lengthy setup times. The introduction of the M2EA, or even the M2ED, has revolutionised the drone industry, making routine inspections, mapping, and perimeter search more accessible and efficient than ever before.
The new Mavic 3 Series, which includes the Mavic 3 Enterprise and Mavic 3 Thermal, has more builds of the strides made from their predecessors, bringing you more sophisticated features and on a drone that can be set up in 60 seconds. This accelerates operations and reduces downtime, resulting in speedier client deliverables and more data with which to analyse your environment.
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