DJI Mavic 3 Update Finally Makes It a Drone I’m Looking to Buy

It’s no secret that the DJI Mavic 3 drone arrived in a pretty undercooked state when it landed last November. Fortunately, a series of firmware updates have turned it into a much tastier proposition since then – and a new update, which makes it compatible with the DJI RC controller, has made it a drone I’m now finally considering buying.

Until now, the DJI Mavic 3 only offered two official control options. The disappointing DJI RC-N1, which uses your smartphone’s screen and isn’t really suited for such a high-end drone, and the painfully expensive DJI RC Pro ($1,199 / £879 / AU$1,529), which you can also buy as part of the Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo.

None of them are ideal and there was a hole between them for a professional controller that doesn’t cost the same as an iPhone 13 Pro. DJI previously had the Smart Controller, which was not compatible with the Mavic 3 when it launched. But now that much-needed sweet spot has been released – the new DJI RC controller, which arrived alongside the DJI Mini 3 Pro in May.

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It was a painful two-month wait, but the DJI RC controller – which comes with a built-in display – is now finally compatible with the DJI Mavic 3, thanks to the controller’s new firmware v01.01.0000. And I think it’s now a much better buy, particularly for interested hobbyists.

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