DJI has just made the announcement that they would be releasing their new Action 3 action camera. Although it was released less than a year after the Action 2 camera, the new 4K camera has a whole different housing and a design that is more similar to previous all-in-one models.

Vloggers and streamers are the intended audiences for the more robust design, which has two touchscreens. It is the first action camera to use twin touchscreens (not including DJI’s own Action 2 when the secondary module was mounted). The lens has a full field of vision (FOV) of 155 degrees, which is comparable to 12.7 millimetres.

Without a housing, this camera is waterproof to a depth of 16 metres (52 feet), demonstrating that DJI has definitely paid attention to the largely negative feedback on Action 2. Corning Gorilla Glass protects both the displays and the lens, allowing the device to withstand drops from a height of 1.5 metres.

A battery with a capacity of 1770 mAh that can function at temperatures as low as -20 °C to 45 °C (-4 °F to 113 °C) is included as standard in Action 3. This battery is one of the most significant enhancements made to the Action 3. This is obviously a shot across the bow of GoPro, which has an “Enduro” battery that costs extra.

Coming from Action 2, which contained the batteries in separate modules, things are also a lot easier to manage with this model. The batteries are capable of rapid charging, reaching 80 per cent capacity in 18 minutes and reaching full capacity in 50 minutes. The battery has a remarkable leading shooting time of 160 minutes, and the Multifunctional Battery Case can protect and charge up to three batteries at once, in addition to having the capacity for two more microSD cards.

In the wake of their recently released Mini 3 Pro drone, DJI has also released one that enables vertical shooting. The camera may be quickly and simply inserted into any format by using the fast clip on a quick release frame, which features a magnetically aided rapid release.

The camera has a sensor that adjusts the white balance when it moves in and out of the water, as well as voice control and audio instructions. Additionally, it has three microphones that cancel out background noise. There are also Manual and Pro options available, such as D-Cinelike, which provides a flat video profile that is amenable to editing.

The 1/1.7-inch sensor can record 4K video at up to 120 frames per second using DJI’s ‘RockSteady’ or ‘HorizonBalancing’ EIS, and it can record 1080p footage at up to 240 frames per second. You may also use the vlogging-friendly “HorizonSteady” mode, which was introduced on Action 2 and gives you the ability to swivel the camera a full 360 degrees while maintaining a level horizon (when shooting 2.7K and below).

The camera can record video at up to 4K 120 frames per second or 1080P 240 frames per second. While this is lower than the benchmark established by the GoPro Hero10, which can shoot at 5.3K at 60 frames per second, the camera is less expensive to purchase and does not require a cloud subscription. Mimo is a programme that DJI offers for downloading and editing, although using it won’t cost you anything.

While the Action 3 Standard combo may be purchased for $329 or £309, the Adventure Combo can be purchased for $399 or £439. The second option comes with a Battery Charging Case, three Batteries, a 1.5-meter Extension Rod, a protective frame that can be used horizontally or vertically, as well as two quick-release mounts and screws.

Because Action 3 follows so closely in the footsteps of its predecessor, the GoPro model that served as our point of reference for this evaluation was the same one. On the other hand, it is a particularly active day for action cameras.

GoPro has been dropping hints about an announcement for quite some time, and the reveal will take place exactly one hour after DJI’s. Check out our coverage of the news occurrence involving GoPro.

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