When DJI launched its Mavic 3 Traditional drone on November 2nd, it got here with a brand new ‘Cruise Management’ function, an replace that is additionally out there to the remainder of the Mavic 3 sequence by way of a firmware replace. Just like the identify suggests, you hit a button if you’re working at a snug velocity and the drone will fly at that actual tempo till it is deactivated. This permits the distant pilot to concentrate on different facets of the flight, equivalent to path and maneuvers, releasing them as much as create smoother and extra dynamic video footage.
Earlier than this launch, the one means you might get your drone to stay to a gradual tempo, whereas nonetheless letting you management altitude, path and gimbal pitch, was when capturing a hyperlapse in ‘Free’ mode. Cruise Management additionally works with Highlight mode, and APAS 5.0 will nonetheless do its job as nicely.
I used to be in a position to take a look at Cruise Management’s stability in windy circumstances. The DJI Mavic 3 sequence can face up to a most wind velocity of 43.2 km/h (26.8 mph). I activated the function in winds that had been a number of km/h slower and located that the drone held its set tempo steadily. I might not suggest attempting to function in circumstances that exceed the utmost wind resistance, with Cruise Management switched on or off.
Activating Cruise Management, which can be out there on the Mavic 3 commonplace and Cine fashions with the most recent v01.00.0900 firmware replace, will not be as simple as accessing different options. Here’s a walk-through of methods to get it up and working:
- Within the DJI Fly app, choose the three-dot icon on the top-right-hand aspect.
- On the highest navigation bar, scroll to the second possibility: ‘Management.’
- Scroll right down to ‘Button Customization.’
- On the highest, you will see scroll-down menus for the customizable ‘C1’ and ‘C2’ buttons that, on this instance utilizing the DJI RC distant, may be discovered on the again of the distant.
- Choose ‘Cruise Management’ and exit the menu.
You are then prepared to make use of the function. As soon as you’ve got reached a desired velocity and are able to document a video clip, merely press the button you designated for Cruise Management on the again of the distant. You may get a notification in your display screen that it has been activated. On the middle-left-hand aspect of the app, you will see a purple ‘x’ icon which you could press to deactivate Cruise Management and return to guide velocity management.
Moreover the Cruise Management function, DJI gave the Mavic 3 sequence a number of different updates on this newest firmware model. Recording within the newly added ‘Evening’ mode now helps as much as 4K/30p footage at ISO 800 to 12800. ISO 1600 is now out there for recording in D-Log. Highlight and POI have been added to the telephoto digicam on the usual and Cine fashions. Coloration points in Uncooked recordsdata have been mounted as nicely.
A brand new ‘Evening Mode’ icon will likely be discovered beneath ‘Regular’ and above ‘Gradual Movement’ within the prolonged Video menu. I examined out ISO 6400 and 12,800 with this new function; choose the outcomes for your self beneath.
As promised within the preliminary DJI Mavic 3 Traditional information announcement, this drone joins the usual and Cine fashions in having help for EU C1 certification throughout most of Europe and Distant ID (RID) in the USA.
Full v01.00.0900 firmware replace info may be present in DJI’s regularly-updated Mavic 3 Launch Notes.