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DJI Mini 3 Pro SD Cards: How to Insert, Eject, and Format (Video)

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If you’ve purchased a Mini 3 Pro, or are thinking of doing so in the future, you will most likely be looking to take and share either 12mp or 48mp photos and 4k videos.

With the Mini 3 Pro’s portability and fantastic image quality ‘skies the limit” when it comes to creativity.

This article and the included YouTube video will be a step-by-step tutorial showing how to insert and eject the micro-SD card, as well as format SD cards for both the Mini 3 Pro drone and the DJ RC.

Inserting the Micro-SD Card (Mini 3 Pro) #

As DJI drones continue to progress and improve over time, they are able to accommodate larger capacity SD cards.

Gone are the days of the Original Mavic Pro with its 64 GB maximum-sized cards. The Mini 3 Pro can store photos and videos on SD cards up to 512 GB.

To insert these larger capacity cards into the Mini 3 Pro:

STEP 1: Make sure the Mini 3 Pro is powered off.

While holding the Mini 3 Pro in one hand, carefully insert the SD card into the Mini 3 Pro SD card slot, with the gold pin set pointed up (towards you). Do not push the card in all the way just yet, as it will most likely fly out across the room.

STEP 2: While the SD card is in the slot, using your fingernail at a slight angle, push the SD card in until it makes an audible “click”.

Because the SD card slot is spring loaded, if you don’t press the sd card in with a nail at a slight angle, your finger could slip, causing the card to eject and fly away from you.

Inserting the Micro-SD Card (DJI RC) #

If you own the combo with the DJI RC, you’ll see that there is also an SD card slot in the remote controller as well.

The SD card on the DJI RC is currently used for storing screenshots and screen recording clips. Time will tell if DJI adds more items that can be saved to the SD card.

» MORE: DJI Mini 3 – 13 Tips and Tricks for Your New Drone (for more information on screenshots and screen recording)

To insert an SD card into the DJI RC:

STEP 1: With the DJI RC powered off, turn the DJI RC over and open the SD card/USB-C port cover.

STEP 2: Like with the Mini 3 Pro SD card, partially insert the SD card into the DJI RC SD card slot, with the gold pin set pointed up.

STEP 3: Push the SD card in until it makes an audible “click”.

Formatting the Micro-SD Card (Mini 3 Pro) #

The process for formatting SD cards that are in the Mini 3 Pro is done within the DJI Fly app, whether you have a DJI RC or the RC-N1 remote controller.

To format the SD card, after powering on both the Mini 3 Pro and your current RC:

STEP 1: While in the DJI Fly app, go into your settings and locate the CAMERA tab.

STEP 2: Under storage, press format. You will be presented with an option to format either the SD card or Internal Storage. Choose SD card and press Format.

Formatting the Micro-SD Card (DJI RC) #

Unlike formatting the SD card in the Mini 3 Pro, to format the DJI RCs SD card you can do so from any screen while the RC is powered on.

To format the DJI RCs SD card:

STEP 1: Pull down the DJI RCs notification screen by double swiping down.

STEP 2: Press the settings/options gear in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.


STEP 4: On the bottom of the screen, under Portable Storage, you will see your SD card. Mine is labeled DJIRC.

Tap on your SD card’s name. You’ll see your SD cards used space.

STEP 5: Press Format. You’ll then be asked to format the SD card. If you choose to format at this time, press FORMAT SD CARD or otherwise choose CANCEL

Ejecting the Micro-SD Card #

Ejecting the SD card from either the Mini 3 Pro or DJI RC is handled the same.

Caution must be exercised when removing either SD card, as a slip of the finger can cause the SD card to force-eject randomly.

To eject either the Mini 3 Pro or DJI RC SD card:

STEP 1: Using a thumbnail, at a slight angle, push the SD card in and then slowly remove your thumb.

STEP 2: Carefully pull the SD card out.

Tip: If you have larger fingers, or find it difficult to remove the SD card, simply attach a piece of scotch tape to the end of the SD card, effectively creating a tab to pull the SD card out.


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