DJI Mavic 3 and 3 Classic Point of Interest

What are the Intelligent Flight Modes of DJI Mavic 3 Line

Intelligent Flight Modes are extremely useful with drones to produce smooth cinematic moves that are difficult to perform manually. They also have the capability of tracking targets in motion

The three intelligent flight modes of DJI Mavic 3 line are grouped under the name Focus Track. They are Active Track, Spotlight, and Point of Interest. While Active Track is meant only for tracking, the other two can also be used to maintain a static target on the frame while performing other cinematic moves

More details about Active Track and Spotlight mode in my specific articles

Using Point of Interest

Settings for Point of Interest on the Mavic 3 and 3 Classic

We access the three Intelligent Flight Modes of Focus Track by simply drawing a box around the chosen target. A box with three icons for the three modes appears in the lower part of the screen. By default, it is set to Spotlight

To access Point of Interest in the Mavic 3 and 3 Classic, after selecting the target, simply tap on the POI icon, the one on the right of the small window. It is then possible to set the direction and the speed (clockwise or counterclockwise) by using the yellow arrow. Very fast and easy!

If the chosen target is a subject in motion, like a car, a person, or a boat, in the settings, under the Control tab, the option Subject scanning can be selected. In this case, a plus sign will be displayed around all suitable targets. A target is then chosen by simply tapping on the plus sign

Focus Track is available at a resolution of up to 4k and up to 60 fps resolution. This is a nice touch, as we can add some slow motion when tracking sports, or people, which is a very appreciated feature. The three intelligent flight modes cannot be used at the maximum resolution of 5.1k

Point of Interest not working at 5.1k resolution

After a series of firmware updates, Point of Interest, as well as the other two modes of Focus Track, can be used not only in Normal color mode but also in the two 10 bits modes, DLOG and HLG, which is excellent

Point of Interest used in D Log mode

The three modes of Focus Track can now be used with the digital zoom functionalities, between 100% and 300% zoom factor. In the Mavic 3, they are compatible with the telephoto lens at the native zoom factor of 7x. This is another extremely useful update for the flagship DJI line, as when tracking from some distance the ability to zoom in is crucial

When using the telephoto lens manually it is easy to get some abrupt results due to the extreme focal length, using Point of Interest or Spotlight the footage is much smoother and more cinematic. More info about the Telephoto lens of the Mavic 3 in my specific article

Point of Interest at 3x zoom factor

How to Use Point of Interest on the Mavic 3 and 3 Classic

Orbiting around a target is always an interesting move, especially when there are several layers in the scene at different distances, thus creating a nice parallax effect

Using Point of Interest with the Mavic 3 and 3 Classic, the two sticks of the remote controller can be used to add interest to the footage. It is possible to summon the yellow arrow to modify the speed or change the direction of the rotation. Even the pitch of the gimbal can be modified

Example of parallax with Point of Interest

It is possible to select targets very far away. Technology in drones has come a very long way, I still remember a few years ago with the Phantom series we had to fly on top of a place to select it as a target, and then come back to shoot the footage

By positioning the drone above the target for a bird’s eye view we can use POI to easily perform the famous Hollywood screwdriver move. We can add some action from the two sticks for an interesting sort of rotating crane

The screwdriver move using Point of Interest

Some creative examples of the use of Point of Interest are in my article 9 drone moves for stunning cinematic video

Tracking Using Point of Interest with the Mavic 3 and 3 Classic

In POI we can also track a moving subject under specific circumstances, although the two main tools for general tracking are Spotlight and Action Track. 

Point of Interest is effective for tracking targets walking or moving at a slow speed. With faster-moving targets, the drone might not be able to rotate fast enough to go in front of them, but it will still track them from the side

Tracking laterally using Point of Interest

Thanks to the omnidirectional obstacle sensor and to the excellent APAS 5.0 system for obstacle avoidance, lateral movements with the Mavic 3 and 3 Classic are perfectly safe, while with other models o the DJI line a lot of care is needed, due to the lack of lateral sensors

Here I have some trees to the right of the drone, I lower the flight altitude to see how the sensors work with lateral obstacles. As usual, the APAS 5.0 system of the Mavic 3 works to perfection and rises to find its way above them

More info about the Obstacle Avoidance System of the Mavic 3 in this article

Obstacle detection in Point of interest

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I am Vittorio Caramazza, aka Vicvideopic, the founder of this website and author of all the posts. I am a videographer and photographer contributing to several stock agencies. I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Lightroom. I have 10 years of experience with dron videography and photography. I was struck by drone syndrome in 2013. I have owned and tested in depth the following drones: Phantom 3, Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic Mini, Mini 2, Air 2, Air 2s, Autel Evo Nano Plus, Mavic 3, Mini 3 Pro, Mini 3. My home has turned into a breeding ground for drones. I am the owner of two YouTube channels specializing in Videography and Photography, with a focus on drones My main channel is VicVideopic (in English): My other channel is Drone Mitico, the Italian version.: I am currently based in Sicily (Southern Italy), but I tend to move quite often. After all, this is one of the main benefits of being a digital nomad…

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