In this article, we will discuss the best SD Card for DJI Mavic 3 and help you to choose the right one according to your needs and preference.
DJI Mavic 3 does come with an 8 GB built-in internal storage and the practical space you can use for videos and photos is only about 7.2 GB. That is to say, it can only hold approximately 9 minutes of 4K videos, let alone the 5.1K videos that the Mavic 3 is capable of.
In order to get more storage, the best choice is to buy a compatible microSD card unless you choose the $4,999 DJI Mavic 3 Cine Premium Combo that comes with a 1TB SSD (Available space is approx.934.8GB).
In terms of Mavic 3 compatible SD Cards, DJI has a recommended SD card list including tested ones from 64 GB to 512 GB.
If you are in a hurry, click here to get a quick overview, you can choose whichever you want. But we strongly recommend you take a moment to learn something you really need to know before buying.
Do I need an SD Card for DJI Mavic 3?
Yes. Like what we mentioned above, DJI Mavic 3 only has 7.2 GB of practical internal storage available. You can only shoot 5.1K videos for less than 10 minutes. So SD cards are necessary for DJI Mavic 3.
If you use the DJI Mavic 3 Cine edition, then it’s not a necessity because it comes with a built-in 1 TB SSD.
DJI Mavic 3 SD Card Specifications
The DJI Mavic 3 comes with a single microSD card slot on the right side, it supports an SDXC or UHS-I microSD card with a capacity of up to 2 TB.
If you look at the specification, you will find that the standard is not that clear. Both SDXC and UHS-I are new SD card standards. SDXC sd cards come with a capacity between 32 GB and 2 TB. UHS-I means the SD card you use must have a minimum write speed of 10 MB/s. So when you choose an SD card for the Mavic 3, you should pay attention to the write speed rather than the read speed, and only choose SD cards that meet the specs.
What would happen if you use an incompatible SD card?
Using an incompatible microSD card may cause slowdowns, stop recordings, low-quality video, glitching video, corrupted files, data loss, or boot issues. So it’s really important that you only choose SD Cards that meet the system requirements or from the DJI recommend list.
How many SD cards do I need?
It’s recommended to get at least two SD cards for your Mavic 3. You will have an extra one in case the other one is full or gets corrupted. Just imagine, if you only have one SD card, you will be in a pretty awkward situation. And for most people, two SD cards are totally enough unless you shoot too many videos.
Which size of microSD card should I choose for DJI Mavic 3?
As mentioned above, it’s recommended to buy at least 2 SD cards. And which size to choose really depends on your budget and the frequency you would use your drone. For example, if you want 256 GB storage, you can buy TWO 128 GB ones, if you want larger storage like 512 GB, you can buy TWO 256 SD cards.
List (Recommended by DJI)
The following SD cards are what DJI listed on its website for pilots to choose from. So we suggest you use the ones in the list.
According to my experience working there, the DJI R&D team has tested them all to make sure they are compatible. If the following ones do not fit your needs, you should only buy SD cards that meet the standard: SDXC or UHS-I microSD card with a capacity of up to 2 TB.
64 GB micro SD Cards
128 GB micro SD Cards
256 GB micro SD Cards
512 GB micro SD Cards
1 TB micro SD Cards
Please note that the 1 TB SD card is not in the DJI recommend list, but it meets the standard so it should be no problem. If you are looking for a 1 TB one, then don’t miss out.
Mavic 3 SD Card Accessories You May Also Need
Fast SD Card Reader
If you want a fast way to transfer your videos and photos to your PC or phone, using an SD card reader might be a good idea.
Other Mavic 3 SD Card questions you may want to know
Where is the Mavic 3 SD Card slot?
Mavic 3’s SD card slot is at the rear of the aircraft. As you can see from the picture below, the number 17 shows where the SD card slot is.
What is the DJI Mavic 3 SD card size?
2 TB. DJI Mavic 3 supports an SDXC or UHS-I microSD card with a capacity of up to 2 TB
How to format DJI Mavic 3 SD Card?
There are 2 ways to format your Mavic 3 SD card, you can either use the computer or the DJI Fly app.
What is the file format of the DJI Mavic 3 SD card?
The supported file format for DJI Mavic 3 is exFAT.