The DJI Mini 3 Pro (reviewed here) can now take fully spherical 360 photos automatically after the most recent firmware update, becoming the first DJI drone with such a capability.
Almost all DJI drones can capture aerial 360 photos automatically by rotating and taking multiple photos sequentially then stitching the photos together. Unfortunately, there has always been a gap in the zenith of the 360 photo (the top of the photo) because the camera’s tilt is limited by the body of the drone itself. However, the Mini 3 Pro has become the first DJI drone to be able to overcome this issue thanks to its unique design.
The Mini 3 Pro has a unique capability of rotating the camera to portrait orientation. It also has a space above the camera to enable the camera to rotate to potrait orientation without being blocked. These unique characteristics enable the camera to take a photo of the area directly above the Mini 3 Pro, as I speculated before its release. Now, DJI is finally utilizing the Mini 3 Pro’s capability by enabling it to capture a fully spherical 360 photo.
Here is a fully spherical 360 photo by Andrew Van Beek, shot with the Mini 3 Pro. See the photo on Kuula here.
Some users pointed out that if the 360 photo is stitched manually in PTGui, there is still a small gap in the zenith that looks like a slim rectangle (see crop below by Les Moyle). Fortunately, it is easy to patch it.