7 Must-Have Accessories for the DJI Mini 3 Pro
Get the Most Out of Your New Drone
When DJI announced the new DJI Mini 3 Pro – which added key features missing from previous models – I finally took the plunge. The Fly-More kit with the snazzy new RC controller, 2 spare batteries, and spare parts set me back about $1200. It didn’t take long to discover that despite the not-insignificant investment, some extra accessories for my new drone were definitely in order.
After a few flights, I’ve built a list of accessories for the DJI Mini 3 Pro (and probably most drones) to get the most out of this tiny-but-mighty piece of tech. It’s perfect for adding drone photography to my travels, weighing in at 249 grams and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
- Drone Landing Pad
- LED Light or Reflective/Neon Tape
- CPL and ND Filter Set for DJI Mini 3 Pro
- Hood & Lanyard for the DJI RC Controller
These drone accessories solve problems and make operation easier without breaking the bank or adding bulk. The Mini 3 Pro is an excellent drone for travel photography and video. And while less is more when taking your photography on the road, the right drone accessories will make life easier.
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Accessories for the DJI Mini 3 Pro – Protect Your Drone
Since the Mini 3 Pro is a popular choice as a travel drone, protecting it during travel near and far is important. It would be terribly disappointing to arrive at a flying location only to discover it’s been damaged before you’re even off the ground. And once you’ve launched, having a few safety measures in place is a good idea especially if (like me) this is your first drone.
A Better DJI Mini 3 Pro Case
Honestly the bag that comes with the DJI Mini 3 Pro sucks. It looks nice enough and technically holds everything but the design is bad. It’s hard to access things quickly, and there’s no room for useful extras. Being able to keep the whole drone setup in one bag simplifies things, making it grab-and-go. I’ll also be adding a different gimbal protector for the Mini 3 Pro, as the included one is super fiddly.
This Skyreat case isn’t much bigger than DJI’s but makes for easier access. The larger zipper pocket also allows the addition of one or two small accessories, like a folding landing pad.
For something more heavy duty, this hard-sided waterproof (not submergible!) case from STARTRC protects your drone from harsh or extreme conditions.
If you want even more space (and an included landing pad) this configurable rugged hard case from Symik is the way to go.
This ultra minimalist clamshell style case is perfect if you have a larger camera bag that holds other gear and any drone accessories you’re adding to the mix.
DJI Mini 3 Pro Propeller Holder
One of the biggest frustrations I’ve discovered with this drone is that the propellers basically just flop around when it’s folded up. Both the propellers and the motors are delicate and with them flopping about, it makes putting the drone away a delicate task. Using a propeller holder keeps them in place, adding an extra layer of protection.
Propeller Guards for the DJI Mini 3 Pro
While one of the greatest features now added to this tiny consumer drone is the inclusion of 3-way obstacle avoidance sensors, there’s still a risk of damaging the propellers in flight. If you’re likely to be a more adventurous flier, using propeller guards will help protect your drone’s propellers and motor from minor collisions.
Accessories for Your DJI Mini 3 Pro – Fly Better
Drone Landing Pad
Due to its tiny stature, when placed on the ground the DJI Mini 3 Pro sits extremely low to the ground. This risks the propellers hitting debris or uneven ground and becoming damaged. Dusty environments may also mean fine particles getting stirred up and invading the motors. Additionally, a brightly colored drone landing pad is easier to spot from the air to make sure you’re in a good position for landing.
LED Light or Reflective/Neon Tape
Keeping an eye on a tiny drone like the DJI Mini 3 Pro can be really difficult. While I wouldn’t suggest loading this spritely drone down with every add-on possible, making it easier to spot in the sky is a great idea. Many drone laws require line-of-sight, meaning you (or in some cases a spotter) must be able to not only see your drone, but its orientation and position in the sky. Using an ultra-light LED strobe light or simple neon tape can make the task a little easier.
CPL and ND Filter Set for DJI Mini 3 Pro
Using a CPL on the camera of your Mini 3 Pro has the same benefit as using one on your regular camera. It reduces reflections and intensifies colors. When shooting video, the Mini 3 Pro’s fixed bright aperture of f/1.7 means keeping a set of ND filters handy a good idea. These reduce light coming into the lens (same as using an ND filter on a regular camera), allowing a slower shutter speed and smoother video.
Hood & Lanyard for the DJI RC Controller
The new integrated DJI RC controller means no more aggravation with phone-controller connection issues or not being able to use your phone for other purposes while flying. It has some heft to it, and a lanyard ensures that if you drop it or need both hands for a moment you can do so quickly. While not every flying situation needs a hood, that glossy screen can be a real pain to see in bright light. Using a hood makes it much easier to fly confidently.
Choosing the Right Drone Accessories for You
When deciding which accessories for the DJI Mini 3 Pro are best for you, start small. Add to your kit gradually, so you don’t get stuck with items you don’t end up using. Of the items listed in this post, I’d suggest starting with the better bag, landing pad, and perhaps propeller holder. These will be universally useful no matter how you use your new DJI drone.
Bonus: Planning Travel Photography with a Drone
If you’re like me, and your new drone will be used for travel photography there are some tools to help plan. One of the most important parts of planning is knowing the laws at your destination. For example, in the U.S. the FAA website is a great resource for drone pilots to avoid running afoul of the law.
Drone laws vary widely by country – and isn’t even allowed in some! Be sure to find out what the drone laws are and any extra steps you need to take well ahead of travel. Otherwise you risk fines or even having your drone confiscated.
Planning travel photography (no matter what type of camera you use) is more than just laws and weather prediction. Sunset/sunrise timing, sun position and angle, as well as detailed weather (cloud cover, wind, etc) are super useful information to have ahead of time. Using apps for travel photography during the planning process will make things easier at your destination.
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