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DJI Mavic 3S Release Date & Specs

The DJI flagship Mavic 3 was released less than a year ago and there are already rumors circulating in the market about the next upgrade i-e the DJI Mavic 3S release date and specs.

The rumors first surfaced when long-time DJI insider @Dealsdrone posted about it last November. Here is what he revealed.

DJI Mavic 3S Release Date

As per the leaked conversation, the upgraded Mavic 3s will hit the market in the first half of 2023.

Although it’s almost a year away, people have started talking about possible improvements they would expect in the upgrade.

If you have been paying attention to the user market, people have been complaining about the Mavic 3 GPS delay issue for quite some time.

DJI promised a firmware fix but it hasn’t come yet and a lot of people believe it’s rather a hardware issue stemming from faulty GPS chips.

DJI Mavic 3S Release Date & Specs

Whatever the reason is, the Mavic 3 with its hefty price tag was not a smooth launch and it only makes sense if DJI can go back to the drawing board, fix the issues, and release an upgraded version with some feature improvements.

DJI Mavic 3s Features (rumored)

Right now, anything we are going to discuss is strictly speculative and based on rumors and leaks.

It’s too early to predict anything with certainty but if you have been into tech, you would know that leakers are usually right about a lot of things.

The “s” continuation is not a complete overhaul to any flagship line but a slight improvement over the previous release. For a completely new drone, we will have to wait for the Mavic 4 to arrive.

The Mavic 3s will mostly fix things that were overlooked and makes the new iteration a more attractive option for those who haven’t yet upgraded to Mavic 3 for some reason.

Having said that, let’s have a speculative look at what the Mavic 3s would have.

Bigge Telephoto Lense

Without an update to the camera capabilities, is it even an update?

DJI Mavic 3s camera improvements

We can expect some changes to the camera system mainly to the Telephoto lens. The current Mavic 3 has a 1/2″ CMOS sensor for its secondary Telephoto camera. With the Mavic 3s we can expect a bigger 1″ sensor.

The main camera would most probably remain the same if the cost is to be kept in check.

Better Battery life

As a pilot, the first thing I see in any new consumer drone is how much it can stay in the air. A better battery life overshadows any other improvement (except maybe the camera).

The new Mavic 3s version will bump up the battery capacity by 15% to give it a better flight time. The current Mavic 3 can fly for 46 minutes in ideal lab conditions.

The new Mavic 3s might be able to go over the 50 minutes mark and will be the first consumer drone to fly that long.

DJI Mavic 3s better battery


One of the problems Mavic 3 faced was a buggy GPS. The Mavic 3 is notoriously slow to get a fix on GPS satellite. For some users, it takes up to 10 minutes to get a home point lock and take off.

For a drone that you paid upwards of $2000, this is not only annoying but utterly unacceptable to users. Forums are filled with angry users complaining about the issue.

The faulty GPS not only annoys users but also eats into 10 minutes of your 46 minutes battery life. Flight time is something pilots deeply care about and every minute in the air matters.

So a slow GPS means you cannot take off for up to 10 minutes and your battery is discharging away on the ground.

If this is indeed a hardware issue, DJI will definitely fix this in the next version.

Multiple Colors

DJI has shied away from releasing products in multiple colors and has usually restricted itself to silver or dark grey color only.

the reason behind this is complicated logistics. More color option means more inventory types in warehouses around the world. This will eventually add up in the cost of production.

However, things are changing in the tech industry. With Apple releasing its iMac line in 7 vibrant colors, people are more receptive to bright colors now. Even Autel is offering bright colors on its different drones.

DJI might jump on the color bandwagon and release the Mavic 3s flagship in different colors. So, fingers crossed.

DJI Mavic 3s release date

As I said, nothing is official or final yet. The leaks suggest that DJI is working on the Mavic 3s line and we might have a release date in Q1 of 2023.

Some people have suggested an early date in fall 2022 but I personally think that to be farfetched. 2022 is already jam-packed with different product releases like the DJI Mini 3, Inspire 3, and DJI Pocket 3.

It will be quite difficult to release another product and that too a flagship.

I will keep this page updated with new information as and when it becomes available. If you are waiting for the new Mavic 3s, be sure to bookmark this page and check it periodically.

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