The highly anticipated DJI Mavic 3 has been delayed to Q1 of 2022 due to chip shortage and internal problems.
The DJI Mavic 3 is the newest drone from the world’s leading drone manufacturer, and it was supposed to be released in 2020. But due to a number of setbacks, including a major chip shortage for its new smart controller, the company has pushed back its release date by at least 6 months. DJI has delayed the release of the Mavic 3 to Q1 of 2022.
New leaks have painted a picture of this delayed Mavic 3. The camera sensor is rumored to be the micro 4/3 but development has been problematic. Leakers agree that manufacturing issues have primarily taken place at Hasselblad. Combine all the internal problems with a major chip shortage for a new smart controller and the delay is anticipated to be Q1 2022 before actual product release. (Jan-March).
Finally we have three final prototypes now. Due to three prototypes it is easy to understand that there may not be an interchangeable camera payload. Three units might create a drone specific for certain deliverables. DJI has supposedly gone through various designs and scrapped even entire designs of this Mavic 3. Has this caused further delays? It seems like DJI has created an error chain of delays. By going through various designs, they’ve backed the date up. Now pair that delay with a manufacturing snafu and a chip shortage… and you have the perfect storm of delays. This could create a window of opportunity for other manufacturers like Sony and Freefly.
The recent leaks of the Mavic 3 shell show us a different version that we have seen before. This shell is what we call an EVT units (engineering verification test shells). That’s the second step after DVT testing (design validation testing). Production has nowhere near begun.
Mavic 2 production has been canceled and they completely redid Mavic 3 design just because Mavic is not selling well and DJI needs profit. DJI’s problem is that their hardware is so advanced, the software fails at a much higher rate than before. Will this cause a further delay? Will remote ID broadcast be included, if the FAA releases the protocol?
Seems like the Mavic 3 might be delayed for some time, opening up opportunity for other manufacturers. Manufacturers like Sony and Freefly will have to start selling units this fall.
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