A Real World Comparison of the DJI Mavic 3 vs Mavic 2 With Architectural Photographer Alex Nye

A Real World Comparison of the DJI Mavic 3 vs Mavic 2 With Architectural Photographer Alex Nye

Gear Review

With all of the hubbub around DJI’s newest drone release, many folks are wondering if it’s worth upgrading their Mavic 2’s to the new, pricier, Mavic 3. Heck, even we’ve been wondering how it stacks up in a real-world performance test after comparing the stats in our Mavic 3 comparison article last week.

Our friend, architectural photographer Alex Nye, has just put the Mavic 3 through its paces and made a brilliant comparison test between the new iteration of the drone and DJI’s Mavic 2.

Alex compares the Mavic 3 and the Mavic 2 by performing:

  • A speed test
  • Sensor and pixel comparison
  • Aspect ratio change comparison
  • A look into the new “explore mode” second camera, and how it’s a (spoiler) letdown
  • Detail and noise tests
  • A color science comparison
  • A flare test while shooting backlit photos
  • Stability comparison for long exposures

If you’re here for the TL;DR version of Alex’s review, the answer is this:

The DJI Mavic 3 has some new irritating faults, but overall, its increased performance and sensor quality upgrades make it worth the price hike IF you are a professional using a drone for situations with complex lighting, backlit photos, and twilight shots. If you are someone who uses a drone occasionally and only in standard bright lighting conditions, or you are just a hobbyist messing around, the differences between the drones will be nominal.

Alex always has stellar youtube content, gear reviews, and a few quick tutorials for architectural photographers, so check out his Youtube channel here.

About Lexi Taciak
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