Aside from taking great 12 and 48-MP photos, the Mini 3 Pros 1/1.3-inch CMOS camera is quite capable of shooting clear and high-resolution videos.
Unlike its younger sibling, the Mini 3, the Mini 3 Pro can shoot video up to 60 frames per second in 4k and slow motion at 120 frames per second in full HD.
Because of these capabilities, along with true vertical shooting, the Mini 3 Pro works well for hikers, bikers, climbers, social media content creators, and everyone in between.
In this article and the included YouTube video, we will go over how to change the various video settings within the DJI Fly app, by going into Manual Mode and getting the most out of the Mini 3 Pro camera.
DJI Mini 3 Pro Video Settings
Similar to accessing the Mini 3 Pro photo settings, we will be making all of the necessary video settings changes within the DJI Fly apps Live View screen.
» MORE: DJI Mini 3 Pro – How to Change Photo Settings
If you are new to shooting video and would like to learn more about it, feel free to read this article, with sample footage, on the best video settings for the Mini 3 Pro:
» MORE: Best Video Settings for DJI Mini 3 Pro
To access Video Mode, while in the DJI Fly app:
STEP 1: Press the icon above the shutter button on the right.
Here you’ll see Photo, Video, Mastershots, Quickshots, Hyperlapse, and Pano.
STEP 2: Choose the Video option/icon.
You’ll notice that once in video mode, you are presented with two separate shooting modes:
- Normal – fully customizable video mode
- Slow Motion – automatically sets video settings to slow motion standards: 1080p, 120fps – when in Pro Mode, only the ISO and White Balance can be customized
To change between these video shooting modes, simply choose the one you’d like to use.
Pro (Manual) Mode
To get the most out of your video, you’ll want to switch from Auto Mode and go into Pro Mode.
To switch to Pro Mode:
On the bottom right of the Live View screen, you will see an area where the camera settings are located.
In Auto Mode, you will only see the following camera settings available: RES&FPS (Resolution and Frames per Second) and EV (Exposure Value).
STEP: Tap the camera icon that says Auto and it will then automatically switch to Pro Mode.
After entering Pro Mode, you’ll see that there are now quite a few options available for you to adjust.
On the bottom of the Pro Mode screen, you’ll see 4K 30 (or a variation of this as it is based on the Resolution and frames per second), D-Cine or Norm., WB, S, ISO, F, and MM.
Except for F (the fixed aperture of 1.7), and MM (manual metering), all the options are adjustable which helps get the best video possible.
To change these values, simply press the area at the bottom of the screen.
4K 30 (Res&FPS)
This area is where you can change the resolution and frame rate of your video. Whatever the Res & FPS is currently selected will be displayed here.
The Mini 3 Pros’ current Resolution and Frame Rates are:
- 4K 24fps, 25fps, 30fps, 48fps, 50fps, and 60fps
- 2.7K 24fps, 25fps, 30fps, 48fps, 50fps, and 60fps
- 1080p 24fps, 25fps, 30fps, 48fps, 50fps, and 60fps
Note: To get into Slow Motion Mode, you will need to go back to Video Mode and choose slow motion to get the 120fps value
The Mini 3 Pro has two color profiles: Normal and D-Cinelike. Depending on which color profile you choose, you’ll either be shooting in 8-bit or 10-bit. That choice will be shown onscreen as either D-Cine or Norm.
D-Cinelike is a fairly flat video color profile that is specific to DJI consumer/prosumer drones.
When D-Cinelike is chosen the footage will be recorded in 10-bit. You can either choose the h264 or h265 codec (high-efficiency video coding). D-Cinelike is useful for those who use LUTs in their color grading.
The Normal profile is DJI’s interpretation of the color currently being seen. This color profile is useful for those that either do not want to color grade their footage or those that want to make minimal adjustments.
W (White Balance)
White balance evens out the color temperature in a video to make the color look more natural and truer. This is done by making the image Cooler or Warmer, from 2000k (kelvin) to 10000k.
In the DJI Fly app, the White Balance is not represented by Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, and Custom, as it was in the Go4 app.
White Balance is now adjusted using a White Balance slider. The slider is in numerical kelvin values.
Tip: You can forgo manually changing the kelvin (k) values and just choose Auto. In Auto, the Mini 3 Pro will try to decide what White Balance values are best for the current shooting conditions.
This controls how long or how short the shutter is open. Lower numbers let in more light, while Higher numbers minimize the light allowed into the camera.
Instead of using the shutter to regulate light when shooting video, the shutter should be used to regulate motion blur in videos.
This is done using the 180-degree rule. This filming rule is where you’ll want to have your shutter set to double (180 degrees) your frame rate, if possible.
This means if you are shooting at 24 Frames per second, you’d want your shutter speed to be double that, in this case, 1/50 of a second, since the Mini 3 Pro does not have a 1/48 option.
Tip: If you find that the conditions are too bright for your shutter speed, it is suggested to use an ND filter set to minimize the amount of light coming into the camera.
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ISO is the value of measure for a camera’s sensitivity to light. As you increase the ISO number (the lowest being 100) the brighter your footage will be.
Be aware that the higher the ISO is raised, the more noise or grain is introduced into the footage. The Mini 3 Pros ISO range is between 100 and 6400, for both photos and videos.
When possible, keep the ISO at 100. If you must raise the brightness, increase ISO sparingly.
MM (Manual Metering)
This is similar to the Exposure Value (EV) in Auto mode. However, unlike the EV in Auto Mode, you cannot change the Manual Metering value in Pro Mode.
Manual Metering is a value-based guide that tells you when your exposure is correct based on the ISO and Shutter.