New firmware brings 10-bit D‑Cinelike video
In the process of collecting information for the upcoming review of the latest lightweight DJI Mini 3 Pro drone, we came across one informative and objective video review of the new product from a certain Philip Bloom, or rather its additional part, which, according to him, he was forced to shoot after the release of the next new firmware v01.00.0100 dated May 17, 2022. We strongly recommend viewing both reviews to anyone considering buying this drone to be aware of all the nuances before purchasing.
For those who are not in the know, we note that in the face of fierce competition and the rapid development of high-tech devices, the “software dampness” of newly minted products today is the norm, which later the developers of these products correct with software updates. And that is why we recommend beginners with a fragile psyche to refrain from permanently buying new products immediately after the announcement and wait for the arrival of more stable and efficient firmware.
So, back to Philip Bloom. The thing is that in the list of improvements of the new Mini 3 Pro firmware v01.00.0100, published on May 17, 2022, as Philip found out, an important aspect is not mentioned! This is the addition of a 10-bit mode for video recorded in the D‑Cinelike color profile (previously only 8 bit was available). This mode becomes relevant if you plan to post-process the recorded video using specialized software, as this profile provides greater color freedom in post-production. For ease of understanding, 8‑bit gives 16.7 million colors, and 10-bit gives 1.07 billion colors! If that doesn’t tell you anything, then you should know that this much larger color space allows (among other things) to reduce so-called solarization. These are unsightly effects that can sometimes be seen in images with color gradation, such as at sunset or in the daytime sky that changes from white to dark blue.
The 8‑bit image of the Mini 3 Pro on the left (with a little solarization — the color band). On the right is a simulation of solarization to understand the defect.
Also, several users noticed that during testing with the previous firmware, the bitrate never reached the 150 Mbps stated in the data sheet. After upgrading to 4K at 60 fps in D‑Cinelike color profile with 10-bit memory, this speed was up to a whopping 153 Mbps!
This 10-bit mode is great news for those who care about the quality of their images and work on them in post-production. For the rest (shooting in Normal mode), this will not change anything. By the way, it is noted that you will have to monitor the heating of the Mini 3 Pro in 10-bit mode, since the graphics components operate at maximum modes, and the system does not provide active cooling.
Reviews from Philip Bloom
The same video in which Philip Bloom talks about the inconspicuous upgrade that came with the new firmware.
His first review of the quality of shooting drone DJI Mini 3 Pro.