Uncovering the Top 8 Agricultural Insight Features of the Mavic 3M Multispectral

The Mavic 3M Advanced multispectral data platform offers far more besides cameras

Farmers globally trust DJI equipment to efficiently plan, monitor crop health, and detect potential problems before they affect profits. Drones are now an essential agricultural tool for maximizing yields. The Mavic 3M is our latest innovation in precision agriculture, offering enhanced multispectral data and versatile capabilities beyond compare. Discover the top eight exceptional features of the Mavic 3M drone.

The world’s smallest 4-band multispectral drone camera

Multispectral imagery gives agriculture professionals a way to see the invisible and remove the guesswork from day-to-day operations. By having access to data across specific parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, farmers can build smarter workflows that lower costs, use resources more efficiently, and ultimately maximize yields.

The Mavic 3M boasts a sophisticated sensor array that includes Green, Red, Red Edge, and Near Infrared sensors, which work together to support the NDVI, GNDVI, and NDRE vegetation indexes. These indexes offer valuable insights for farmers. For instance, the NDVI allows detection of plants experiencing stress, differentiation between crops, and identification of their growth stage. The NDRE index provides information about chlorophyll content in leaves, and the GNDVI is helpful for estimating photosynthetic activity, as well as water and nitrogen content in the plant canopy. Pilots can access multispectral data in real-time, thanks to a new feature that displays live vegetation indices alongside the visual feed in split-screen mode. All of this is made possible by DJI’s latest offering: the world's smallest 4-band multispectral camera.

A sunlight sensor for more consistent data

When analyzing agricultural data over a period of time, the fluctuations in daily weather conditions can cause discrepancies in the accuracy of your NDVI findings. However, the Mavic 3M drone is equipped with an Incident Light Sensor located at the back of its airframe, which helps to address this issue. This sensor measures solar irradiance, which can then be utilized to normalize and calibrate your multispectral data during post-processing. By accounting for varying levels of sunlight, you can obtain more precise NDVI results and superior data, regardless of the weather or season.

DJI sunlight sensor

An advanced visual camera for efficient surveying and mapping

Beyond its multispectral capabilities, the Mavic 3M has a visual camera that’s been developed to take agriculture and mapping workflows to new heights. With its huge 4/3 CMOS and 20MP image sensor, a mechanical shutter, and 0.7-second interval shooting, everything is geared towards rapid aerial surveys and data quality. Pair this with a 43-minute flight flight time, the Mavic 3M can capture data across up to 2 square kilometers in a single flight.

advanced visual camera

We see these speedy aerial surveys as the perfect partner for multispectral data gathering. For the first time, a single platform can be used to generate both high-quality photogrammetry and multispectral assets, making it cheaper and easier than ever to set up a digital twin of your farm and overlay NDVI data over time.

We also know that agricultural professionals work around the clock. The Mavic 3M’s visual camera is designed to be just as flexible, with 3.3μm pixels and improved low-light software that offers superb performance in dim conditions. Ultimately, the Mavic 3M is about working faster and smarter. With rapid surveys and features designed to mitigate low and inconsistent light, your operational window is wider than ever.

RTK compatibility for precision surveys

When you’re creating photogrammetry assets and gathering multispectral data, precision is everything. The M3M is compatible with our RTK accessory to allow agricultural professionals to conduct surveys with care, efficiency and - crucially - without the need for Ground Control Points.

Achieving centimeter-level accuracy can greatly enhance the precision of your land leveling, crop spraying, multispectral data collection, and harvesting line optimization. This can lead to improved insights and more detailed planning, ultimately resulting in increased efficiency and reduced errors across daily operations.

Setting the standard for safety and stability

The Mavic 3M harnesses the latest in DJI’s safety and transmission technology to reduce the risk of accidents.

Chief among them is state-of-the-art obstacle sensing and navigation powered by our Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS 5.0). Data from six vision and two wide-angle sensors are assessed in real-time to detect obstacles in every direction and - when using Avoid mode - reroute your flight path accordingly. APAS 5.0 also powers the Mavic 3M’s advanced Return To Home feature, which optimizes your flight path to preserve battery and get your aircraft home safe and sound at the touch of a button.

Last but not least from a safety perspective: As with all of DJI’s latest enterprise platforms, the Mavic 3M’s built-in AirSense system provides an early warning of nearby crewed aircraft transmitting ADS-B signals.  

Your connection to the drone is just as stable as its flight. The Mavic 3M comes with DJI’s O3 transmission technology. It sets the standard for video and control stability and provides a reliable link between pilot and aircraft.

DJI’s O3 transmission technology

A compact platform for rapid deployment

Agriculture professionals are used to working with heavy machinery, but gathering data doesn’t have to be that way. The DJI Mavic 3 Multispectral is small, compact, and foldable - easily sliding into a backpack for easy transportation from one site to another.

You can carry the Mavic 3M in one hand and take off in a matter of seconds. This is true portability alongside the smallest multispectral camera on the market. There’s no longer a choice to be made between convenience, capability, and performance. With the Mavic 3M, you can have it all.

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Full compatibility with DJI’s SmartFarm App and DJI Terra

The Mavic 3 Multispectral is fully compatible with the DJI SmartFarm app, allowing agriculture professionals to coordinate any data gathered with spraying and spreading operations.

SmartFarm comes with a range of features for streamlined workflows, including intuitive mission planning, a full fleet overview, field management, data assessment, and effortless collaboration between teams.

Data captured by DJI Mavic 3 Multispectral is also fully compatible with DJI Terra, so you can easily and efficiently create maps and models of your targets.

DJI’s SmartFarm App

Smart Terrain Follow

We’re keenly aware that no farm is the same and that, in particular, not all farms are on flat terrain. That’s why the DJI Mavic 3 Multispectral offers Terrain Follow so you can maintain an even altitude as you fly a survey mission across varying terrain. By smoothly adjusting according to the terrain, you can secure the integrity of your data while it’s gathered, without having to account for any differences in post-processing.

For situations when you weren't able to import a DSM or local elevation data pre-flight, the Mavic 3M's collision avoidance sensors can take over by detecting the ground below and automatically adjusting flight height accordingly.  

Smart Terrain Follow

Cloud API and ecosystem support

If you're looking to collaborate or customize a solution with Mavic 3M, DJI's Cloud API is at your disposal. This tool allows developers to connect with the Mavic 3M's hardware, video feed, and photo data in external software. Furthermore, the Mobile SDK and Payload SDK provide developers with the chance to augment the capabilities of Mavic 3M through its outstanding accessory port.

Redefining drone multispectral

The Mavic 3M drone is both compact and portable, yet it boasts revolutionary capabilities that have transformed the way agricultural and surveying professionals work. This drone has redefined industry standards for small multispectral tools, and it offers a little something for everyone.


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