Drone News Roundup: Possible Mini 3 SE Leak, $143K in Prizes for Skypixel’s Annual Contest, and More!

BY Zacc Dukowitz
17 November 2022

This week we’re covering a leaked photo that could show a DJI Mini 3 SE or Mini 3 Classic.

We’re also covering Skypixel’s 8th annual drone video and photo contest opening for submissions, the launch of Autel’s Black Friday sale, an FPV fly through at a haunted mansion, and a new guide made to help search and rescue workers determine the best altitude for each of their operations.

Now on to the links!

Leaked Photo Shows What Could be a Mini 3 SE or Mini 3 Classic

Drone industry insider @DealsDrone recently shared a photo of what could be a forthcoming version of the Mini 3 Pro, either an SE or a Classic. Either of these monikers would indicate the new drone is a toned down, less expensive version of the Mini 3—DJI has used both “Classic” and “SE” to indicate this tiering in launches over the last year or so, with the most recent being the launch of the DJI Mavic 3 Classic. In the photo we can see what look like four obstacle avoidance sensors on each drone, and the drones certainly look like DJI Minis. It’s hard to speculate much further based solely on this photo, but if DJI is actually working on a Mini 3 SE we’re sure to see more leaks come out before too long.


Skypixel Annual Contest Offering $143K in Prizes This Year


This year Skypixel, DJI’s social platform for sharing aerial images, will be awarding prizes worth a total of $143,000 to the winners of its annual aerial video and photo contest. It’s the eighth year in a row for the Skypixel contest, and the contest has grown significantly since it first launched. This year, contestants will be able to submit their photos and videos for 42 different awards being offered across 10 categories—six for drone videos and four for drone photos. You can submit your work from now until January 30. Follow the link below to learn more.


Autel’s Black Friday Sale Has Launched


Autel has launched its Black Friday sale, and there are some great deals to be had as part of it. The main deals are for Autel’s EVO Nano+ and EVO Lite+, both of which are selling for 35% off in the U.S. For the Nano+, the discount brings the price down by $390, from $949 to $659. And for the EVO Lite+, the price comes down $650, from $1,549 to $1,079.


Spooky FPV Fly Through at a Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion FPV Fly Through

Halloween may be over, but there will always be a place in our hearts for a fun, cinewhoop-style fly through of a haunted house like this one. This video was shot in San Jose, CA by drone pilot Roger Apolinar. Roger is not only a gift drone pilot, he also happens to be an instructor for UAV Coach’s hands-on drone flight training.


DJI Releases Altitude Guide to Support Search and Rescue Missions

Credit: DJI

Although we hear about drones being used to find missing people all the time, using a drone for this type of operation is actually fairly complicated. One of the most important variables to consider when using a drone for search and rescue is altitude—if you fly too high, you may not be able to see the person you’re trying to find. To help those working in search and rescue, DJI has released a guide in partnership with public safety company SkyBound Rescuer that allows you to fill out a short survey then get key information to guide your drone rescue work. Follow the link below to see the guide on DJI’s site.


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