After the first unboxing video of DJI’s yet to be unveiled Mini 3 Pro appeared on Friday, it was inevitable that a film of the new drone in flight would drop soon. That muffled sound (accompanied by a distinctive roar) is the predestined sequence that enters, stage right.
That video of the Mini 3 Pro being put through the motions was uploaded just hours after – not illogically – the same content creator posted unboxing photos of the contraption. English drone pilot Darren McHardy posted the film on his YouTube channeland reported it to the world using his @DMPRODUCTIONS twitter account. The clicks started piling up from there.
McHardy’s intention in the demo film is very obviously to give viewers who have been titillated and tormented by months of rumors before the Mini 3 Pro’s scheduled May 10 launch.youh a quick but loving overview of the drone and the built-in screen controller. As such, it features better images of the craft in flight over a beach in England at sunset than technical details.
That last point is pretty much hinted at, however, by previous leaks that have provided the world with all the spec details on the drone they need to know.
McHardy notes a few interesting technical points, however. Despite recent complaints from DJI Mavic 3 drone users of extended delays for GPS connections – some exceeding 10 minutes – McHardy claims the Mini 3 Pro connected to one of 25 satellites it found in 10 seconds.
He also reveals that while many of the supposed features are already usable on his prematurely obtained drone, neither tracking nor obstacle avoidance capabilities have been activated. DJI will probably remedy these absences with a firmware adjustment once the existence of the device has been (officially) acknowledged.
Video of DJI’s latest drone in action, however, seems to contain another element of the inevitable – or at least very likely. Namely, that McHardy’s message yesterday about the unboxing footage he claimed was from a leaker was actually shot on himself.
Apart from the manicure of the hands visible in the two films which is strangely similar, DroneDJ Writer Ishveena Singh noted that in response to yesterday’s unboxing video, “Eagle-eyed drone enthusiasts argue that the box seen in the video is from inventory at UK retailer Agros, which has accidentally released its product list last weekend”. Although it’s a big country (and a world), McHardy’s background (is that the Manchester accent?) makes this connection to England seem more than coincidental.
Perhaps more compelling, meanwhile, is that if McHardy didn’t already have a Mini 3 Pro to unbox on his own, how did he get his hands on one to shoot flight footage on the same day? Why would a leaker have the slightest joy of tearing open the packaging and putting the prize inside for the biggest deal?
McHardy could possibly answer these questions himself, but for now – following his most recent work showcasing the Mini 3 Pro at altitude – most viewers now want to know something else: how the hell did- Did he manage to get the drone a few days before DJI arrived? to present it?