How to use the new DJI Mavic 3 camera functions

How to use the new DJI Mavic 3 camera functions

In-depth guide to using the camera functions on the DJI Mavic 3 drone, including focusing, parameter settings and Explore Mode.

Last updated: Dec 09, 2021

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The DJI Mavic 3 features a dual-camera system, providing you with more professional and fun camera functions to effortlessly shoot like a pro.

This in-depth, step-by-step guide will help you utilise these camera functions.


Mavic 3 Camera: Auto/Manual Focusing

DJI Mavic 3 supports Auto Focusing (AF) and Manual Focusing (MF). By default the camera uses AF to automatically adjust focus based on distance from the subject.

  1. When autofocus is not enough to get the shot you want, try manual focus.
  2. Tap the AF icon in the live view of the DJI Fly app and then drag the parameter bar to manually adjust focus.

Parameter Settings

The parameters of DJI Mavic 3 can be adjusted in Auto mode and Pro mode.

Auto Mode

Auto mode only displays certain parameters around the outside of the flight interface.

  1. Tap the parameter to open the setting. 
  2. Change the storage path from internal, SSD and SD card storage.

  3. Change video formats and frame rate.

  4. Change EV (Exposure Value) to adjust image exposure settings.

Pro mode

In Pro mode the camera view displays more detailed parameters.

  1. Tap the parameters at the bottom of the screen to open settings.

  2. Pro mode allows you to also change parameters such as white balance.

  3. Pro mode allows you to also change parameters such as white balance and aperture.

  4. Pro mode also allows you to customise shutter speed and ISO, giving you full control of your Mavic 3 camera.

How to Use AE (Automatic Exposure) on the Mavic 3

  1. Enter Auto mode when DJI Mavic 3 is in Photo or Video mode.
  2. Tap the camera view once and the metering box will appear.
  3. Drag the sun icon next to the box upward or downward to adjust EV.

  4. You can also tap the box and hold to enable AE Lock.
  5. Exit AE Lock either by tapping another area of the camera view or by manually changing the EV value.

Explore Mode

Explore mode enables the tele lens of Mavic 3 providing a safer way to explore and plan shots.

  1. Tap the telescope icon next to the Photo or Video button to enter Explore mode.

  2. In Explore mode you can use Mavic 3’s hybrid zoom in any of the following five ways:
  3. Tap the zoom button under the telescope to switch between a series of zooms including 1x, 2x, 4x, 7x, 14x and 28x.

  4. Tap and hold the zoom button in the flight interface of the DJI Fly app to drag up and down to adjust camera zoom.

  5. Pinch to zoom in and out on the screen with two fingers.

  6. When using the RC-N1 remote controller press the Fn button and hold.

  7. While holding turn the gimbal dial to zoom in or out.

  8. When using the DJI RC Pro use the dial on the right side of the controller to zoom in or out.

60fps Transmission Frame Rate

DJI Mavic 3 supports video transmission at 1080p/60fps. Video is automatically transmitted at 1080p/60fps in Photo mode and when recording at 60fps or 120fps in Video mode the video transmission will automatically switch to 1080p/60fps.
  1. Tap Twice to Change Camera View.
  2. During flight you can tap the target view on the screen and the camera will automatically set it in the centre of the frame.

Coding Format

DJI Mavic 3 supports H.264 and H.265 encoding, and DJI Mavic 3 Cine even offers additional support for Apple ProRes 422 HQ encoding.
  1. Before recording with Apple ProRes 422 don’t forget to set the video resolution to 4K or above and select ProRes D-log Color Mode - D-log allows you to shoot videos with higher dynamic colour range resulting in greater flexibility when post-processing.

    D-log colour mode

    1. When recording videos in D-log colour mode you can enable Color Display Assist where the camera view will switch to a more natural colour contrast and display.

    2. This will display your footage in more natural colours, in real time, which is helpful for composition and focusing.

    1 comment

    • Amy Saunders

      Oh my God! Who would’ve thought that DJI Mavic 3 are well-equipped with both manual and automatic focusing as well, huh? I’m sure once I share this article with my sister, she’d definitely make the right purchase some time later. She’s so into aerial photography at the moment and plans to take some footage of our neighborhood this weekend.

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