DJI has just announced the successor to the Mini 2, and drone enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to because just about everything that could have been improved has been improved.
The new drone, called Mini 3 Pro, features a larger 1/1.3-inch sensor (the Mini 2 has a 1/2.3-inch sensor) that can record 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. The sensor supports HDR, but turning this feature on limits the maximum frame rate to 30 when recording 4K video.
Professional videographers will appreciate the ability to record in a flat color profile for more flexibility during post-processing.
Besides recording videos, the Mini 3 Pro can also capture still pictures, and their maximum resolution is 48 MP. Because the drone’s sensor is paired with an f/1.7 aperture, you can expect great low-light performance both when recording videos and capturing photos.
Of course, even the best image quality isn’t all that useful if your drone can’t stay in the air long enough for you to capture the desired footage. Here, the Mini 3 Pro offers two battery options, and they’re both quite impressive.
With the standard battery, the drone has a flight time of 34 minutes, so you’re already looking at 3 extra minutes compared with the Mini 2. However, you can also get the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus battery upgrade for a flight time of 47 minutes — that’s impressive!
The only downside is that the larger battery makes the total weight of the drone exceed 250 grams, the limit for drone registration set by the FAA and several other transportation agencies around the world.
Without the larger battery, the DJI Mini 3 Pro costs $669, and the kit the battery comes with is priced at $909. You can also pay $340 to add the new DJI RC controller, which supports powerful O3+ video transmission technology.
The Mini 3 Pro can be pre-ordered right now directly from DJI, and it’s expected to ship this summer.
Spotify Is Experimenting With Artist NFT Collections
According to a recent survey, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform.
NFT sales may have declined by 92 percent since September 2021, but that’s not stopping Spotify from experimenting with a new feature that lets artists display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections on the music streaming platform.
At the moment, only a small group of artists are taking part in the experiment, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats. What’s more, only select US users of the Spotify app for Android can see NFTs when they visit the profile pages of the aforementioned artists.
“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,” said Spotify spokesperson. “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences.”
It’s important to point out that not all Spotify experiments result in new features. It all depends on the feedback the music streaming platform receives from users.
According to a survey some Spotify users have recently received, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform. More specifically, Spotify seems to be thinking about allowing its users to directly purchase NFT art to support their favorite artists.
Considering how polarizing NFTs have been since their inception in 2014, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Spotify users have immediately expressed their dissatisfaction with the idea of NFTs becoming part of the Spotify music listening experience.
Other large tech companies are also experimenting with NFTs. Instagram, for example, started testing NFT integration last week, allowing NFT creators and collectors to display their tokens on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg himself believes that NFTs and digital collectibles in general will play an integral role in the metaverse, the new iteration of the internet.