Is the Mavic 3E Better Than the Phantom 4 RTK?
May 29, 2023
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Is the Mavic 3E Better Than the Phantom 4 RTK?

DJI has developed high-performing drone models—Mavic 3E and Phantom 4 RTK.

These DJI drone models come with cutting-edge technology, advanced features and capabilities that make them perfect for commercial and industrial applications.

But these two drones have significant differences that make one better than the other. So here is a comparison of Mavic 3E and Phantom 4 RTK to determine which is better.

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Design and Build Quality

Mavic 3E and Phantom 4 RTK have a sleek aerodynamic design that makes it easy to fly and maneuver.

However, Mavic 3E is portable. This makes it easy to transport as you can carry the drone in one hand and deploy it when needed. It is also lighter, weighing 1050g, while the Phantom 4 RTK weighs 1391 g at takeoff.

On the other hand, the Phantom 4 RTK is not foldable, so it is more bulky.

Therefore it takes more space, and if you are planning on travelling a lot while using the drone, Mavic 3E is the better choice.

Camera and Gimbal

Despite both drones having 20MP resolution, the Mavic 3E still takes the crown for camera performance, as it has better image quality even in low light.

And the table below demonstrates how different these two drone cameras are.

Feature  Mavic 3E Phantom 4 RTK
CMOS 4/3 1-inch
Pixel Size  3.3um 2.4um
Maximum image resolution  5280×3956  5462×3648
Minimum shooting interval  0.7s  2.5s


Both drones have impressive flight capabilities, but Mavic 3E has a longer battery life of 45 minutes compared to the Phantom 4 RTK, with 30 minutes.

Also, Mavic 3E has a better orthophoto efficiency covering 2.25 square kilometres with 5cm GSD while Phantom 4 RTK has a 2.74cm.

Additionally, Mavic 3E is three times better than Phantom 4 RTK as it has the Smart Oblique Capture. This feature enables Mavic 3E’s gimbal to automatically rotate in front, middle and back, which enables the drone to take perfect 3D images.

Still, both drones have a mechanical shutter that prevents motion blur while capturing images. A mechanical shutter allows for more precision control over exposure and reduces motion blur when capturing fast-moving subjects.


DJI Mavic 3E costs $3,659 on Amazon, while Phantom 4 RTK costs $6,600 in most online shops.

Even though Mavic 3E is more advanced than Phantom 4 RTK, the low price point should not excite you, yet. This is because you need to add more hardware and software to the Mavic 3E before you can enjoy its advanced features.

For example, you need the following:

  • RTK module. It allows for extreme precise positioning and navigation of a drone which is useful in surveying, mapping and inspection.
  • Battery kit. It has a set of additional batteries and a charger which comes in handy if you anticipate using the Mavic 3E for more than 45 minutes.
  • Tripod. It helps stabilize the drone during takeoff and landing and keeps it steady during filming or photography while not in an aerial view.
  • Drone case. This is a protective case used to store and transport a drone and its accessories, thus guaranteeing its safety.

However, the Phantom 4 RTK has the RTK module built-in, so you do not need to attach it later.

Become a Certified Drone Pilot

To enjoy piloting these advanced drones, you must undergo training by professionals.

During your training session with us, you will thoroughly understand how to fly the Mavic 3E and Phantom 4 RTK to achieve the best results.

You also understand the rules and regulations, including the licenses you should have to pilot these drones without breaking the law.

Additionally, we provide flight simulations and hands-on training sessions to help you master the skills to perfection. And after you complete your training course, you will receive a professional certificate to demonstrate that you are proficient in drone piloting.

But that’s not all.

At Coastal Drone we are professional drone pilots known for our skills, we share tips and tricks that have worked for us over the years to ensure that your work may be photos or videos that stand out from the crowd.

And, because we live in an era with so many possibilities for using a drone, contact us today to enroll in our drone piloting course and become the creme de la creme of the drone piloting world.

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