There are situations where you don’t want to keep worrying about running out of storage space or dealing with the hassle of external memory cards. Take filmmakers working on location for instance. Drones used here need to be suitable for the continuous shooting of high-resolution, cinema-quality footage, with minimal interruptions to maximize creative flow on set. You could be recording extensive 4K footage of wildlife in their natural habitats and want to do so without disturbing them. Travel bloggers and social media influencers on the other hand want lightweight drones that can capture high-quality images and videos on the go, with sufficient storage for several high-quality shots before needing to transfer files. The high-speed thrills of adventure sports and FPV (First Person View) racing need to record extended 4K60fps footage without the need for frequent stops to offload data. DJI's lineup of drones with built-in storage enable you to meet your specific needs. Here’s a look at 6 of them, taking into account aspects such as storage capacity and file transfer speeds to file formats, security, and more.

6 Leading DJI Drones with Built-In Storage

1. DJI Avata

• Internal Storage: 20GB

• Expandable Storage: Supports microSD cards with capacities up to 256GB

DJI Avata’s internal storage can accommodate around 20 minutes of video footage recorded at a 4K60 resolution. Thanks to its aerodynamic design and lightweight, durable frame you get up to 18 minutes of flight time. The drone is also compatible with DJI Goggles 2, which supports microSD cards up to 256 GB for additional storage. It comes with a 2420 mAh battery and is built to endure, with a robust frame that reduces damage risk. The built-in propeller guards add another layer of durability, safeguarding against minor collisions​​​​.

Now, let's talk about the eyes of the Avata – a 1/1.7-inch 48MP CMOS sensor that sees the world in a wide, 155° view for immersive 4K/60fps video and slow-motion capabilities at 2.7K/100fps​​. And with RockSteady 2.0 and HorizonSteady, your footage remains sharp and stable even during complex maneuvers. With features like downward obstacle sensing, an Emergency Brake, and Failsafe Return to Home, you get to have safer flights. That’s also enhanced with DJI’s GEO 2.0 geofencing system and the AirSense ADS-B receiver system​​.

2. DJI Mavic 3

• Internal Storage: The standard Mavic 3 comes with 8 GB of internal storage while the Mavic 3 Cine version offers a 1 TB SSD.

• Expandable Storage: Compatible with a range of microSD cards, specifically those meeting the SDXC or UHS-I standards, with capacities up to 2 TB. DJI has a list of recommended microSD cards that have been tested for compatibility, ranging from 64 GB to 512 GB. 

The Mavic 3 supports various video formats and encoding standards, such as H.264/H.265 and, exclusively in the Cine version, Apple ProRes. It uses an exFAT file system, indicating compatibility with large files and potentially offering encryption options through compatible software solutions ​​.

It features a substantial flight time of up to 46 minutes under optimal conditions, supported by a 5000mAh battery. This extended duration is complemented by intelligent power management features, including an advanced RTH (Return to Home) functionality that considers wind speed and improves flight path calculations, ensuring the drone does not critically discharge its battery and can return safely​​​​.

With a weight of approximately 895g (899g for the Cine edition) and dimensions that support portability without compromising durability, the Mavic 3 is designed for robust performance. It includes a new gimbal cover that enhances protection, making it suitable for various operational conditions. The inclusion of a Galileo GNSS receiver further underscores its capability to maintain precise location tracking in diverse environments, adding an extra layer of operational security​​.

The Mavic 3's obstacle avoidance system, utilizing an omnidirectional binocular vision system and an infrared sensor at the bottom, provides comprehensive safety features that protect the drone in complex environments​​​​. Its video transmission capabilities, supported by the O3+ system, ensure reliable control and high-quality live feed over significant distances, even in challenging conditions​​​​.

3. DJI Mavic 3 Pro

• Internal Storage: 8 GB for Mavic 3 Pro; 1 TB SSD for Mavic 3 Pro Cine

• Expandable Storage: Up to 512 GB.

The Cine version's inclusion of a 1TB SSD for high-quality Apple ProRes footage focuses on professional-grade storage and file handling capabilities. The drone's use of the exFAT file system supports large files, essential for high-resolution video content​​. 

The Mavic 3 Pro reaches a maximum flight time of 43 minutes, thanks to its beefy 5000 mAh battery – making it one of the top long-range drones

Charging is reasonably quick as well, taking about 96 minutes with the charger it comes with, minimizing downtimes​​. Its sensing system that provides safety and confidence in complex flight scenarios, maneuvering between obstacles in all directions​​.

It also features the O3+ video transmission system, giving you crisp and clear 1080p/60fps live feed from up to 15 km away, which is essential for remote monitoring and control​​​​. The imaging system, with a 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera and dual tele cameras, supports diverse video formats and bitrates, ensuring versatility in capturing professional-grade footage​​. The Cine version specifically enhances this with support for Apple ProRes codecs​​​​.

4. DJI Air 3

• Internal Storage: 8GB.

• Expandable Storage: Up to 512GB through microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC cards.

The DJI Air 3 clocks an extended flight time of up to 46 minutes, a substantial 48% increase from its predecessor, the Air 2S. And with its innovative battery charging hub, you're never stuck on the ground for long. This clever hub can transfer of remaining power from multiple batteries to one, optimizing for longer flights, especially in situations where charging options are limited. The Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS 5.0) allows the drone to navigate around obstacles easily. 

In addition to these features, the DJI Air 3 introduces dual cameras with 48MP photo capabilities and 4K/60fps HDR videos, providing users with exceptional imaging versatility. The O4 HD video transmission system ensures stable, high-quality live feeds over considerable distances, enhancing operational confidence and creative freedom​​​​.

Also Read: Understanding the Dual-Camera System of the DJI Air 3

5. DJI Air 2S

• Internal Storage: 8GB

• Expandable Storage: Up to 256GB. Recommended to using UHS-I Speed Class 3 or above microSD cards for optimal performance.

The DJI Air 2S uses a FAT32/exFAT supported file system, and its battery time gives you up to 31 minutes flight time under no wind conditions. That way you can capture more footage on a single flight. DJI has made significant improvements with APAS 4.0, making it way smoother and more dependable for avoiding obstacles. Also, the Air 2S is built tough to withstand the rigors of regular use. 

For the imagery, the DJI Air 2S combines a 1-inch sensor capable of 20MP stills and up to 5.4K/30fps video recording, with advanced features like MasterShots for automated cinematic footage, and FocusTrack for sophisticated subject tracking. The inclusion of an auxiliary LED light improves visibility and safety during low-light conditions​​​​.  

6. DJI Mini 4 Pro

• Internal Storage: 2 GB

• Expandable Storage:  Up to 512GB

The DJI Mini 4 Pro supports the exFAT file system, which is common for handling large files generated by 4K video recordings. With its tandard Intelligent Flight Battery, you get a generous 34 minutes of flight time. Want more? Upgrade to  the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus, and you'll be up in the air for an impressive 45 minutes.

The drone can safely return home or land before running out of power. This is facilitated by its power management system that monitors battery health and usage in real-time​​. So less worrying about sudden power drops and more focus on capturing the desired footage.

Its 48MP camera can capture RAW photos, giving you creative flexibility and detail in post-processing. It also features omnidirectional obstacle sensing, advanced pilot assistance systems for safe navigation. Plus, DJI's O4 video transmission system guarantees smooth 1080p/60fps live feeds, even from 20 km away. These features, combined with the ability to shoot in 4K/60fps and the option for vertical recording optimized for social media, make the Mini 4 Pro a versatile tool for content creators and enthusiasts alike​​​​.

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